Other Games What should I buy from Pelgrane?

MartinP

Rune Priest
#1
I have this voucher for £10 off at the Pelgrane web store, but I'm not sure what to buy.

Things I have already:

Hillfolk
Night's Black Agents main book
Dracula Dossier (pretty much everything)
NBA Solo Ops (from the current Bundle of Holding)
Cthulhu Confidential (from the current Bundle of Holding)
13th Age (from the 2017 Bundle of Holding)
Fear Itself (1st ed)

Ok, I have more than I thought!

What do people think of The Yellow King, or Trail of Cthulhu? Is The Fall of Delta Green worth a try? Ashen Stars?
 
#4
Would Mutant City Blues be up your street? Game style: US police TV series in a world where a percentage of the population have superpowers. Think I saw the other day that the 2nd ed print book was about to become available. (Editing by moi.)

Also there's an adventure book for Cthulhu Confidential, which I think they're aiming to release soon. Both of these are showing as pre-orders.
 
#5
I've played a whole stack of Gumshoe. My favourite running was Night's Black Agents. My surprise favourite when playing was Ashen Stars - the surprise being I was a little bit put off my some elements (gonzo technology and aliens) on a read, but it really works well.

I absolutely adore the four book Yellow King RPG. Appreciably different to Lovecraft, and so comes across as original. Gumshoe is nicely streamlined. It worked when I played a one-shot online and I'm itching to run it. Pricey though, but worth it.

Another recommendation is The Dying Earth RPG. It's very good, a fun read (less so the Revification version) and might not be there for long with a new Dying Earth with a different publisher coming out soon.
 

MartinP

Rune Priest
#7
I absolutely adore the four book Yellow King RPG. Appreciably different to Lovecraft, and so comes across as original. Gumshoe is nicely streamlined. It worked when I played a one-shot online and I'm itching to run it. Pricey though, but worth it.
Pricey describes my reaction to it. I was tempted by the Kickstarter, but managed to resist. Two of my all-time favourite Cthulhu games have been based around The King in Yellow, so I feel predisposed to like the idea.

Another recommendation is The Dying Earth RPG. It's very good, a fun read (less so the Revification version) and might not be there for long with a new Dying Earth with a different publisher coming out soon.
I didn't find the books particularly interesting when I read them, many years ago, so that kind of turned me off the game. Leaves me in two minds about this.

Thanks!
 
#8
As for Trail of Cthulhu, it's decent enough, but the real draw is some of the adventures which manage some startlingly original things, making the clichéd old Cthulhu Mythos feel fresh again.

The Final Revelation is a set of four scenarios with a framing story, which together embrace utter bleakness. Cosmic horror without a whiff of pulp. Or hope; it feels quite theatrical.

Cthulhu Apocalypse does a similar thing, but also some wonderfully strange stuff. There's no more hope to it, but it's more over the top (I'm running it at the moment; the last session the PCs defused an experimental nuclear bomb as it was on the brink of detonation).

Cthulhu City is also really good. The literary Mythos, awash with Lovecraftian references, crossed with noir.

There are also some quite original settings. Bookhounds of London is the seedy book trade in illicit occult books. Dreamhounds of Paris is surrealist artists trying to effect change in the real world by meddling with the Dreamlands.

For me, it (and a couple of other things such as World War Cthulhu and Delta Green) freshened up the Cthulhu Mythos, which I had grown more than a little bored with. But there's wonder again and variety for me now.
 

Dom

Administrator
Staff member
#9
Cthulhu City is also really good. The literary Mythos, awash with Lovecraftian references, crossed with noir.

There are also some quite original settings. Bookhounds of London is the seedy book trade in illicit occult books. Dreamhounds of Paris is surrealist artists trying to effect change in the real world by meddling with the Dreamlands.
I loved running Cthulhu City at Furnace with the Cthulhu Hack. It felt so... noir. And we managed to play out a full game!

Bookhounds is a brilliant campaign frame.
 

Dom

Administrator
Staff member
#10
The Esoterrorists is lovely. I've played in two campaigns (Albion's Ransom and Worldbreaker) both of which were fantastic. At a push, Albion's Ransom won, but Worldbreaker was suitably world spanning and epic.
 

MartinP

Rune Priest
#13
The Esoterrorists is lovely. I've played in two campaigns (Albion's Ransom and Worldbreaker) both of which were fantastic. At a push, Albion's Ransom won, but Worldbreaker was suitably world spanning and epic.
The premise of Esoterrorists didn't really grab me when I read the blurb. What is it that makes it work for you?
 

Dom

Administrator
Staff member
#15
The premise of Esoterrorists didn't really grab me when I read the blurb. What is it that makes it work for you?
It's very different to modern day Cthulhu, and you are always facing a threat to fracture reality (somewhat different to the monster of the week feel you can get with CoC). The Albion's Ransom campaign (and parts of Worldbreaker) are set in the modern day UK (especially the north in Albion's Ransom) so tick boxes of familiarity.

You always feel up against it, and the resource management part of Gumshoe works really well.

As a game setting it feels very different to CoC / ToC and the creatures you face are very unknown. There's something about it that makes it feel very much like you are the last line of defence, because by the time the authorities get involved the nature of the events start to fracture the veil between realities.
 
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