Ask Beth

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So after a few months of cajoling, convincing, and bribery, we have a new regular See Page XX feature – Ask Beth. If there is anything you’ve always wanted to ask Pelgrane about, however silly or non-GUMSHOE related, here is your chance. Questions can range from our games, forthcoming projects, the GUMSHOE system, what kind of cake we prefer, or even just say to say hello. Put them in the comments and I will answer you with guaranteed pith and snark.

Sample questions –

Hi Beth, what do I have to do to get my GUMSHOE scenario published by you folks?

Hi Beth, what is your favourite type of cupcake? I’m placing an order for delivery to your office.

 [If you have a question about an order you’ve placed in the shop, please email me directly quoting the order number]

So to get the ball rolling, I’m going to turn the tables and ask you a question. Now, we all know that the one genre missing from the GUMSHOE arsenal is Fantasy. There is a GUMSHOE Fantasy game in the works, so here is the question for you to answer in the comments.

What would you call a GUMSHOE Fantasy game?


14 Responses to “Ask Beth”

  1. You need a short game about Sword and Sorcery protagonists.



  2. Phil says:

    Investigative Fantasy?

    Interesting, perhaps …

    The Collegium or, perhaps, The Cabal … something hinting of the organisation *behind* the investigation/ors

  3. committed hero says:

    Inquisitor, unless you dislike the similarly titled White Wolf game of few years’ back.

  4. Keith says:

    Coldiron Investigations
    That was the name of a agency we tried to start in a game once.

  5. Sid Wood says:

    How about Lantern Light?

  6. Charlie says:

    Fantasy Files
    Rosetta (or name of fantasy village) Stone
    Uncovered Arcana
    Rigor Mortis

  7. Charlie says:


  8. Dae says:

    Spot Hidden

  9. Christopher says:

    BIG HAIRY FEET (which halflings have instead of gumshoes, right?)

    Really, I’d suggest “Turning stones” as from leaving no stone unturned in a search.

  10. Dae says:

    hunter’s signs, gatherer’s gleans

  11. Charlie says:

    Ironclad (like ironclad alibi and encased in metal armor all at once)

  12. Matt says:

    Gumgeons & Dragshoes.

  13. Gumshoe Fantasy…

    Trail of Adventure

    With Wits and Steel

  14. GB Steve says:

    Carnage Amongst The Tribes
    Find them, Kill them, Take their Stuff (FTKTTTS)
    For Zimondo!!!
    I like Trail of Adventure but I’d call it On the Trail of Adventure.

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