Black Star Magic

Bring Mind-Bending Spellcasting to The Yellow King Roleplaying Game

Ritual magic of the Belle Époque! The desperate Science Jaune of a war-torn continent! Parageometrical horrors perfected in the labs of the tyrannical, overthrown Castaigne regime! Signing, the latest way to turn social media dysfunction into sorcerous reality!

Your players can master them all—at perilous risk!

Each spell is a Shock card with effects both useful and sinister. Do they hold onto that that spell they need to do that thing, even as their inner realities start to break apart? Or do they take the safe route, and cast out the buzzing, insistent power of the Yellow Sign?


Black Star Magic features new magic rules for The Yellow King RPG, including 144 startling spells, background material on Carcosan magic in all four YKRPG settings, and GM guidance showing you how to incorporate player-facing occult powers into your game.

Plus, a quartet of scenarios, allowing the characters of each sequence to make double-edged deals with the world of sorcery:

  • Dancer at the Bone Cabaret pits the art students of Paris against a force that lures their Bohemian friends to the latest, hottest nightspot. But are they the patrons, or items on the menu?
  • A Casket at Le Thil sends the supernatural-quashing soldiers of The Wars into a village haunted by subterranean enemy activity.
  • Memories of a Dream Clown confronts the victorious revolutionaries of Aftermath with a treasured but tarnished memory of childhood—and murder!
  • Love Wears No Mask finds This Is Normal Now’s ordinary heroes battling an intrusive yet enthralling phone app, and the dramatic goings-on of the subtly destabilizing dating reality show it promotes.

Play them separately, or chill your players with all of them. All they have to lose is their grip on reality…

Stock #: PELGY11 Author: Robin D. Laws, Sarah Saltiel, Gareth Ryder-Hanrahan, and Ruth Tillman
Cover Art: Phil Stone Format: B&W 6″ x 9″ perfect-bound book, ~176 pages

Pre-order Black Star Magic now

15 Responses to “Black Star Magic”

  1. Lisa Padol says:

    Yes, please!

  2. Marc Kevin Hall says:

    Having just received my copy of the fancy YKRPG, I am excited to see that it isn’t going to be a “one and done” release.

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  4. Steve Hammatt says:


  5. Daniel Harila says:

    My goodness. Any word on when this is coming out? DHL messed me over and I got the game too late to playtest this :(

    • Becky Smith says:

      Hi Daniel. We’re currently waiting for the playtest feedback to come in for this, so it won’t be released for a while yet. Thanks, Becky.

  6. Martyn says:

    Excited for this! Will there be a set of cards included or will it be a separate purchase?

    • Becky Smith says:

      Hi Martyn. We know there will be a PDF of the cards, but there are currently no plans for a physical deck, although that might change further down the line. Thanks, Becky.

  7. […] Black Star Magic! Investigators in the Yellow King RPG, from Pelgrane Press, gain the use of mind-bending spells! Playtesting is set to begin soon on the new QuickShock Gumshoe supplement. The book is said to contain 144 spells and 4 scenarios.  […]

  8. Tyce says:

    Now that we’re preordering, do we have an idea of an ETA on this? Super excited to get my hands on it!

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