Announcing the Yellow King RPG

 

The book has been written.

The book has been read.

Now it rewrites you.

Across time it spreads, creating dread new realities.

And you’re in all of them.

Pelgrane Press is terrified to announce that The Yellow King Roleplaying Game is coming soon to a Kickstarter near you.

Written and designed by GUMSHOE master Robin D. Laws, YKRPG takes you on a brain-bending spiral through multiple selves and timelines.

Inspired by Robert W. Chambers’ influential cycle of short stories, it pits the characters against the reality-altering horror of The King in Yellow. This suppressed play, once read, invites madness or a visit from its titular character, an alien ruler intent on invading and remolding our world into a colony of their planet, Carcosa.

Four books, served up together in a beautiful slipcase, confront your players with an epic journey into reality horror:

  • Belle Epoque Paris, where a printed version of the dread play is first published. Players portray American art students in its absinthe-soaked world, navigating the Parisian demimonde and investigating mysteries involving gargoyles, vampires, and decadent alien royalty.
  • The Wars, an alternate reality in which the players take on the role of soldiers bogged down in the great European conflict of 1947. While trying to stay alive on an eerie, shifting battlefield, they investigate supernatural mysteries generated by the occult machinations of the Yellow King and his rebellious daughters.
  • Aftermath, set later in the same reality, in 2017 North America. A bloody insurrection has toppled a dictatorial regime loyal to Carcosa. Players become former partisans adjusting to ordinary life, trying to build a just society from the ashes of civil war. But not all of the monsters have been thoroughly banished—and like it or not, they’re the ones with the skills to hunt them and finish them off.
  • This is Normal Now. In the 2017 we know, albeit one subtly permeated by supernatural beings and maddening reality shifts, ordinary people band together, slowly realizing that they are the key to ending a menace spanning eras and realities.

New GUMSHOE features include:

  • A completely new player-facing combat system.
  • A fresh, evocative approach to wounds, physical and psychic, inspired by the innovations of GUMSHOE One-2-One.
  • Linked character creation across multiple settings.

Crowdfunding in 2017 for a 2018 release.

22 Responses to “Announcing the Yellow King RPG”

  1. My company Crônicas da Magia, leader company for translating & game localization in LatAm, is very interested in bringing this title to Brazil and LatAm as our first RPG release.

    Let me know if this suits your plans. The early days of a KS is the best time to translate a RPG book.

  2. Jon Hook says:

    Take my money now!

  3. SunlessNick says:

    I have seen the Yellow Sign, and am drawn into the orbit of the King in Yellow. I walk Carcosa now, and my eventual purchase of this game will be the mere culmination of a process that began long before.

    That said, two questions:

    1. Can we conclude from the new features that the rest of the system will be close to the GUMSHOE we know?

    2. Will the slipcase be the only physical edition, or is it a special case, with a more regular book being available too? (The slipcase version sounds nice, but if I had a choice, I would prefer an edition that matches my other GUMSHOW books)

    Actually three questions:

    3. Will there be guidelines on integrating Soldiers of Pen and Ink as a fifth component?

  4. Toby Whitty says:

    This looks very interesting. (Reaches for wallet)

  5. Curtis Takahashi says:

    Sounds interesting. Please keep me advised.

  6. Greyjoy says:

    Great !

  7. Lisa Padol says:

    When is the launch?

  8. Scott Haring says:

    Oh just take all my money now.

  9. Mike says:

    Um, when in KS launch?

  10. Thomas van Iersel says:

    Holy shitballs! Had a little positive heart attack there! Would you be able to provide us with an estimate of the creation of the KS page? As in next week or in a month or 2? How about tomorrow, tomorrow sounds good!
    As you may have noticed, I cannot wait, but thanks in advance for the answer ;)

  11. allan says:

    can we subscribe to a list to be informed when its on KS?

  12. Terry O'Carroll says:

    Two of the settings, “The Wars” and “Aftermath”, seem to be inspired by two of the stories in Robin D. Laws’ King in Yellow inspired collection of short stories. Is that right?

    Any date on when the KS goes live, even approximately?

  13. Alex Roberts says:

    Loving all the enthusiasm, everyone! Unfortunately the launch date must remain shrouded in mystery… for now.

  14. The Kings Loyal Servant says:

    Any way we can sign up to be notified when this KS goes live? I’m very interested in this but worry I’ll forget to check back on it and will miss the KS.

  15. SunlessNick says:

    Is anyone else now picturing a slightly rewritten The Black Chateau from Shadows Over Filmland, with the four mutual victims/tormenters each inhabiting a different one of these realities, yet still somehow still having interacted with each other when the Filmland investigators relive their lives and deaths?

  16. Chris says:

    Will there be rules to create unique supernatural beings/monsters?

  17. Boda Gyorgy says:

    When is the launch folks?

  18. D Bateman says:

    The thread of narrative infecting the mundane is ideal ground for the minds of pelgrane.

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