confidential2Cthulhu Confidential, the flagship title for GUMSHOE One-2-One, is now available for pre-order! GUMSHOE One-2-One is designed for two players: a GM and a player who takes the role of a solo investigator, solving Mythos mysteries. In Cthulhu Confidential our PCs are hard-boiled shamus Dex Raymond, investigative journalist Vivian Sinclair, and private eye Langston Montgomery Wright.

We asked the Pelgranistas—as well as some friends of Pelgrane—which fictional characters they’d most like to have a GUMSHOE One-2-One mystery adventure with. This is Cat Tobin‘s choice:

cat-and-precious_400Mma Precious Ramotswe

At the age of 34, Mma Precious Ramotswe set up the No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency, and became the only lady detective in Botswana. “Women”, she says, when challenged about her chosen career by an upstart male lawyer, “are the ones who know what’s going on.”

Mma Ramotswe believes that crimes are committed by people, and her investigative method centers around that. She looks at the situation and the people involved, and tailors her approach to the principal actors. Whether it’s uncovering straying husbands, or finding missing people, she always gets results for her clients – and if she doesn’t, she waives her fees. She’s an intuitively moral woman, who believes strongly in doing the right thing, telling the truth and catching wrongdoers. She’s both practical, and methodical; her process of listing the likely sources of information, then seeking them out, makes her an ideal GUMSHOE investigator (and means she wouldn’t be put off by any intimidating Charlie Gotso or Mickey Cohen types, which is vital in a One-2-One adventure). And yet, despite her brilliance as a detective, she understands the importance of taking a moment to look around her Gaborone base, drink bush tea, watch the sun set and enjoy being alive, so I’m sure she’d be excellent company as a player.

Preorder Cthulhu Confidential at the Pelgrane webstore, and get the PDF plus a preview of the first Dex Raymond adventure, straight away!

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GUMSHOE One-2-One retunes, rebuilds and re-envisions the acclaimed GUMSHOE investigative rules set for one player, and one GM. Together, the two of you create a story that evokes the classic solo protagonist mystery format of classic detective fiction. Can’t find a group who can play when you can? Want an intense head-to-head gaming experience? Play face to face with GUMSHOE One-2-One—or take advantage of its superb fit with virtual tabletops and play online. Purchase Cthulhu Confidential and future GUMSHOE One-2-One products in print and PDF at the Pelgrane Shop.

confidential2Cthulhu Confidential, the flagship title for GUMSHOE One-2-One, is now available for pre-order! GUMSHOE One-2-One is designed for two players: a GM and a player who takes the role of a solo investigator, solving Mythos mysteries. In Cthulhu Confidential our PCs are hard-boiled shamus Dex Raymond, investigative journalist Vivian Sinclair, and private eye Langston Montgomery Wright.

We asked the Pelgranistas—as well as some friends of Pelgrane—which fictional characters they’d most like to have a GUMSHOE One-2-One mystery adventure with. Intern extraordinaire Will Jobst’s choice is:

will-and-doc_400Larry “Doc” Sportello

The stoner PI from Thomas Pynchon’s (and Paul Thomas Anderson’s) Inherent Vice is my ideal One-2-One. Hippies, drug-fiends, surfers, and cops, Doc’s hazy 70’s comes with a hit of the absurd with the backdrop of southern California. The playlist makes itself, including CAN, Minnie Riperton, and the killer Jonny Greenwood (bonus points for vinyl). The fuzzed out noir provides psychedelic scene setting and pacing (“I woke up where?!”). And the web of Sources that hurt as much as they help, introducing Trust and paranoia to your One-2-One. It says stoner PI right up there. The kaleidoscopic web of characters, motives, and conspiracies filtered through Doc makes a cat’s cradle of the typical corkboard and string, encouraging a sandbox out of la-la land.

At least we’ll get the “You’re Freaking Out, Man” card. Now, is that an Advantage, Edge, Setback, or Problem…

Preorder Cthulhu Confidential at the Pelgrane webstore, and get the PDF plus a preview of the first Dex Raymond adventure, straight away!

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GUMSHOE One-2-One retunes, rebuilds and re-envisions the acclaimed GUMSHOE investigative rules set for one player, and one GM. Together, the two of you create a story that evokes the classic solo protagonist mystery format of classic detective fiction. Can’t find a group who can play when you can? Want an intense head-to-head gaming experience? Play face to face with GUMSHOE One-2-One—or take advantage of its superb fit with virtual tabletops and play online. Purchase Cthulhu Confidential and future GUMSHOE One-2-One products in print and PDF at the Pelgrane Shop.

confidential2Cthulhu Confidential, the flagship title for GUMSHOE One-2-One, is now available for pre-order! GUMSHOE One-2-One is designed for two players: a GM and a player who takes the role of a solo investigator, solving Mythos mysteries. In Cthulhu Confidential our PCs are hard-boiled shamus Dex Raymond, investigative journalist Vivian Sinclair, and private eye Langston Montgomery Wright.

We asked the Pelgranistas—as well as some friends of Pelgrane—which fictional characters they’d most like to have a GUMSHOE One-2-One mystery adventure with. This is One-2-One author Chris Spivey’s choice:

sisko-and-chris_400Captain Benjamin Sisko

Captain Benjamin Sisko is my first choice, followed closely by The Doctor (7th or 10th) and Nick (and Nora) Charles. Why Sisko for One-2-One? Sisko is a soldier and a diplomat, and he understands the complexity of racial history. He has all of the Starfleet values and a brilliant mind, and it would be an incredible ride to watch him unearth the horrors of the Mythos. He’d punch out racist cops and, at the end of the day, do whatever it takes (breaking laws and compromising his values) to do the right thing. Sure, he’ll feel remorse for those actions, but he knows he would do it again. Sisko lives within shades of grey so that others can live in the light.

Preorder Cthulhu Confidential at the Pelgrane webstore, and get the PDF plus a preview of the first Dex Raymond adventure, straight away!

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GUMSHOE One-2-One retunes, rebuilds and re-envisions the acclaimed GUMSHOE investigative rules set for one player, and one GM. Together, the two of you create a story that evokes the classic solo protagonist mystery format of classic detective fiction. Can’t find a group who can play when you can? Want an intense head-to-head gaming experience? Play face to face with GUMSHOE One-2-One—or take advantage of its superb fit with virtual tabletops and play online. Purchase Cthulhu Confidential and future GUMSHOE One-2-One products in print and PDF at the Pelgrane Shop.

confidential2Cthulhu Confidential, the flagship title for GUMSHOE One-2-One, is now available for pre-order! GUMSHOE One-2-One is designed for two players: a GM and a player who takes the role of a solo investigator, solving Mythos mysteries. In Cthulhu Confidential our PCs are hard-boiled shamus Dex Raymond, investigative journalist Vivian Sinclair, and private eye Langston Montgomery Wright.

We asked the Pelgranistas—as well as some friends of Pelgrane—which fictional characters they’d most like to have a GUMSHOE One-2-One mystery adventure with. You’ll never guess who is Kenneth Hite’s choice:

 

ken-and-jason-christmas_400Jason Bourne

I know it’s one of many obvious answers – Randolph Carter, Abraham van Helsing, and Thomas Carnacki also pop to mind – but the challenge of a One-2-One protagonist who must also solve the mystery of his own past while dodging assassins is pretty irresistible. Bourne always has the skills to live another day, but he doesn’t know what he should be living for. Furthermore, the player won’t even know which Jason Bourne they’re playing: is he the novel’s Special Forces hired killer aimed at Carlos the Jackal, or the movies’ CIA super-soldier aiming for revenge?

Preorder Cthulhu Confidential at the Pelgrane webstore, and get the PDF plus a preview of the first Dex Raymond adventure, straight away!

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GUMSHOE One-2-One retunes, rebuilds and re-envisions the acclaimed GUMSHOE investigative rules set for one player, and one GM. Together, the two of you create a story that evokes the classic solo protagonist mystery format of classic detective fiction. Can’t find a group who can play when you can? Want an intense head-to-head gaming experience? Play face to face with GUMSHOE One-2-One—or take advantage of its superb fit with virtual tabletops and play online. Purchase Cthulhu Confidential and future GUMSHOE One-2-One products in print and PDF at the Pelgrane Shop.

confidential2Cthulhu Confidential, the flagship title for GUMSHOE One-2-One, is now available for pre-order! GUMSHOE One-2-One is designed for two players: a GM and a player who takes the role of a solo investigator, solving Mythos mysteries. In Cthulhu Confidential our PCs are hard-boiled shamus Dex Raymond, investigative journalist Vivian Sinclair, and private eye Langston Montgomery Wright.

We asked the Pelgranistas—as well as some friends of Pelgrane—which fictional characters they’d most like to have a GUMSHOE One-2-One mystery adventure with. This is TimeWatcher Kevin Kulp’s:

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Constable Peter Grant

A young half-British, half-West African officer with London’s Metropolitan Police, Constable Peter Grant is on a miserable overnight stakeout when he learns that there’s such things as ghosts. He’s soon recruited into the one-person branch of the Met that deals with magic and the supernatural. Before he knows it he’s negotiating a peace deal between the bickering gods of London’s many rivers, solving horrendous supernatural crimes, and training to be the first new apprentice wizard in over 70 years.
Peter is eminently practical, looking at the supernatural through the eye of science and deconstructing what generations of wizards have taken for granted. For all that he’s not a particularly talented wizard, his stubbornness and talent as a good cop pay off. He tries to use good, solid police work and investigation work to forestall supernatural horror and tragedy — if not always successfully.
Peter Grant appears in Ben Aaronovitch’s Rivers of London series, beginning with the novel Rivers of London (Midnight Riot in the US). He’d be a superb character in a Cthulhu Confidential game; his dogged stubbornness, reliance on proper protocol, and nearly unique ability to combine mystical knowledge with traditional police work make him an ideal person to encounter Lovecraftian mysteries and monstrosities without losing his sense of self.

Preorder Cthulhu Confidential at the Pelgrane webstore, and get the PDF plus a preview of the first Dex Raymond adventure, straight away!

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GUMSHOE One-2-One retunes, rebuilds and re-envisions the acclaimed GUMSHOE investigative rules set for one player, and one GM. Together, the two of you create a story that evokes the classic solo protagonist mystery format of classic detective fiction. Can’t find a group who can play when you can? Want an intense head-to-head gaming experience? Play face to face with GUMSHOE One-2-One—or take advantage of its superb fit with virtual tabletops and play online. Purchase Cthulhu Confidential and future GUMSHOE One-2-One products in print and PDF at the Pelgrane Shop.

confidential2Cthulhu Confidential, the flagship title for GUMSHOE One-2-One, is now available for pre-order! GUMSHOE One-2-One is designed for two players: a GM and a player who takes the role of a solo investigator, solving Mythos mysteries. In Cthulhu Confidential our PCs are hard-boiled shamus Dex Raymond, investigative journalist Vivian Sinclair, and private eye Langston Montgomery Wright.

We asked the Pelgranistas—as well as some friends of Pelgrane—which fictional characters they’d most like to have a GUMSHOE One-2-One mystery adventure with. This is Adam Gauntlett’s:

adam-gauntlett_400Merrily Watkins

‘Merrily Watkins has what is very much a night job,’ says Phil Rickman, creator of more supernatural mysteries and straight-up horror shows than you can shake a gnarled and twisted stick at. As Deliverance Consultant for her Diocese she’s been hip-deep in hauntings and conventional corpses since 1998’s The Wine of Angels, picking through evidence and ectoplasm to uncover the true culprits. My personal favorite is a shorter piece, The Magus of Hay, because it features book-lover’s paradise Hay-on-Wye, but it’s all good stuff.

She’s no physical powerhouse, and there are times when her faith wobbles or her family life blindsides her. As one of the few female Church of England priests she’d have a bullseye on her back even without her Deliverance baggage. But once she takes on that role she takes it seriously, shouldering that burden and making what ought to have been the straw that broke the vicar’s back a positive influence instead.

She fights the good fight even when nobody expects her to, sometimes when nobody wants her to. That’s the hallmark of a hero.

Plus it’d be fun to game horror with someone who’s been there and done it, don’t you think?

Preorder Cthulhu Confidential at the Pelgrane webstore, and get the PDF plus a preview of the first Dex Raymond adventure, straight away!

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GUMSHOE One-2-One retunes, rebuilds and re-envisions the acclaimed GUMSHOE investigative rules set for one player, and one GM. Together, the two of you create a story that evokes the classic solo protagonist mystery format of classic detective fiction. Can’t find a group who can play when you can? Want an intense head-to-head gaming experience? Play face to face with GUMSHOE One-2-One—or take advantage of its superb fit with virtual tabletops and play online. Purchase Cthulhu Confidential and future GUMSHOE One-2-One products in print and PDF at the Pelgrane Shop.

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Cthulhu Confidential
, the flagship title for GUMSHOE One-2-One, is now available for pre-order! GUMSHOE One-2-One is designed for two players: a GM and a player who takes the role of a solo investigator, solving Mythos mysteries. In Cthulhu Confidential our PCs are hard-boiled shamus Dex Raymond, investigative journalist Vivian Sinclair, and private eye Langston Montgomery Wright.

We asked the Pelgranistas—as well as some friends of Pelgrane—which fictional characters they’d most like to have a GUMSHOE One-2-One mystery adventure with. This is Robin D. Laws’ choice (and apostrophe preference):

christmas-bogartSam Spade and/or Philip Marlowe

For my ideal One-2-One character, I’m going to cheat only slightly and say “any film noir detective played by Humphrey Bogart”. That enables me to encompass two of the canon’s great detective noirs, The Maltese Falcon and The Big Sleep. It gives me both Dashiell Hammett’s Sam Spade and Raymond Chandler’s Philip Marlowe, and I’ll brook no literal-minded rules interpretation from the likes of a mug like you. A true movie star, Bogart in any performance is always Bogie before he is anything else—sardonic, contained, restlessly intelligent. An outer toughness covering a brittle core. His Sam Spade is the Spade of the novel, yet also Bogie. Likewise with Marlowe. If I’m mentally casting Bogart as Cthulhu Confidential’s Dex Raymond, well you can hire any actor in your mind, can’t you? Whether my scenario invokes the international intrigue of Falcon or the dream logic of Big Sleep, he’ll bring it—especially if the grim coda requires a jab of pathos amid the stoicism. Plus he’d bring quality bourbon for the egg nog.

Preorder Cthulhu Confidential at the Pelgrane webstore, and get the PDF plus a preview of the first Dex Raymond adventure, straight away!

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GUMSHOE One-2-One retunes, rebuilds and re-envisions the acclaimed GUMSHOE investigative rules set for one player, and one GM. Together, the two of you create a story that evokes the classic solo protagonist mystery format of classic detective fiction. Can’t find a group who can play when you can? Want an intense head-to-head gaming experience? Play face to face with GUMSHOE One-2-One—or take advantage of its superb fit with virtual tabletops and play online. Purchase Cthulhu Confidential and future GUMSHOE One-2-One products in print and PDF at the Pelgrane Shop.

confidential2Cthulhu Confidential, the flagship title for GUMSHOE One-2-One, is now available for pre-order! GUMSHOE One-2-One is designed for two players: a GM and a player who takes the role of a solo investigator, solving Mythos mysteries. In Cthulhu Confidential our PCs are hard-boiled shamus Dex Raymond, investigative journalist Vivian Sinclair, and private eye Langston Montgomery Wright.

We asked the Pelgranistas—as well as some friends of Pelgrane—which fictional characters they’d most like to have a GUMSHOE One-2-One mystery adventure with. This is Gareth Ryder-Hanrahan‘s choice:

Holistic Detective Dirk Gentlygar-and-dirk_400

 

Dirk’s holistic approach to deduction – that all things are fundamentally interconnected – would be a marvellous stress-test both for the GUMSHOE rules and for the unfortunate GM tasked with running a mystery for a character who is determined to investigate every case by pursuing seemingly unrelated clues on the grounds that they will turn out to be related on some level to the matter at hand. The most circuitous route to solving a mystery is, obviously, the most thorough and comprehensive, and if that route somehow involve repeated trips to a beach bar in Barbados, well, clearly that’s an argument for turning this into a live-action game and playing on location. Commitment to one’s art and all, you understand. Has to be done. Cheers!

Preorder Cthulhu Confidential at the Pelgrane webstore, and get the PDF plus a preview of the first Dex Raymond adventure, straight away!

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GUMSHOE One-2-One retunes, rebuilds and re-envisions the acclaimed GUMSHOE investigative rules set for one player, and one GM. Together, the two of you create a story that evokes the classic solo protagonist mystery format of classic detective fiction. Can’t find a group who can play when you can? Want an intense head-to-head gaming experience? Play face to face with GUMSHOE One-2-One—or take advantage of its superb fit with virtual tabletops and play online. Purchase Cthulhu Confidential and future GUMSHOE One-2-One products in print and PDF at the Pelgrane Shop.

confidential2Cthulhu Confidential, the flagship title for GUMSHOE One-2-One, is now available for pre-order! GUMSHOE One-2-One is designed for two players: a GM and a player who takes the role of a solo investigator, solving Mythos mysteries. In Cthulhu Confidential our PCs are hard-boiled shamus Dex Raymond, investigative journalist Vivian Sinclair, and private eye Langston Montgomery Wright.

We asked the Pelgranistas—as well as some friends of Pelgrane—which fictional characters they’d most like to have a GUMSHOE One-2-One mystery adventure with. We’ll share their answers over the next 12 days, starting with Wade Rockett’s choice:

Warrant Officer Ellen Ripley

Running CTHULHU CONFIDENTIAL for RipleyWhen the starship Nostromo received what appeared to be a distress signal from a nearby planetoid, it set in motion a nightmarish series of deep space encounters between humans and a mysterious, predatory alien race. Through them all, Warrant Officer Ellen Ripley is a formidable investigator and fighter—whether she’s making life-and-death command decisions, interrogating a homicidal android, or lighting up aliens with a flamethrower.

In his essay arguing that Ellen Ripley is the best female character in SF film, author John Scalzi describes her as “pushy, aggressive, rude, injured, suffering from post-traumatic syndrome, not wearing makeup, tired, smart, maternal, angry, empathetic, and determined to save others, even at great cost to herself.”

Alien mixed noir and Lovecraftian themes remarkably well, so it’s not an stretch to imagine how great a PC Ripley would make in similar adventures: investigating alien artifacts on strange worlds, navigating sinister corporate machinations, and desperately fighting to survive in the dark between the stars.

Preorder Cthulhu Confidential at the Pelgrane webstore, and get the PDF plus a preview of the first Dex Raymond adventure, straight away!

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GUMSHOE One-2-One retunes, rebuilds and re-envisions the acclaimed GUMSHOE investigative rules set for one player, and one GM. Together, the two of you create a story that evokes the classic solo protagonist mystery format of classic detective fiction. Can’t find a group who can play when you can? Want an intense head-to-head gaming experience? Play face to face with GUMSHOE One-2-One—or take advantage of its superb fit with virtual tabletops and play online. Purchase Cthulhu Confidential and future GUMSHOE One-2-One products in print and PDF at the Pelgrane Shop.

cthulhu-confidential-front-cover_350Articles

GUMSHOE One-2-One, Playtest Feedback, and Acceptable Enjoyment Parameters – Robin D. Laws on incorporating playtest feedback into One-2-One

What’s Changed in GUMSHOE One-2-One – Robin D. Laws on the differences between regular GUMSHOE and One-2-One

Downloads

Download “The Red Mist”, an adventure for Cthulhu Confidential, featuring bookhound Phyllis Oakely

Download the Cthulhu Confidential blank character card (PDF)

Download the Cthulhu Confidential form-fillable blank character card (PDF)

Download generic Edge cards

Download an Edge card template

Download generic Problem cards

Download a Problem card template

 

Actual Play Recordings

Watch an Actual Play of “The Fathomless Sleep”, a Dex Raymond adventure for Cthulhu Confidential, with Robin D. Laws and Marty Jopson

Listen to “The Game, The GM, and The Private Eye,” featuring Kurt and Joe from Adventures From The Shed

Listen to “The Fathomless Sleep,” hosted by YouTube user Dr. Muñoz

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