This is a Spanish review from José Muñoz. Here is a Direct Link and here is a link to Google’s Translator.

The Armitage Files is, from my point of view, the best supplement that has brought so far the editorial for The Trail of Cthulhu. Represents a radical shift in the way of set scenarios and from the point of view of the editorial a contribution to help further differentiate whether this product fits the rest of this Lovecraftian material on the shelves across the globe.

Pelgrane books have been nominated for the Golden Geek awards. These awards are given out annually at BGG Con, and this year for the first time roleplaying games have been included. Armitage Files has been nominated both for Best Artwork and Presentation, and for Best RPG Supplement, and Shadows Over Filmland for Best RPG Supplement. Following our success at the ENnies.

Here are all the nominations.

To vote you need to register and login, then go here. If you consider us worthy enough to take that trouble, I can only express my gratitude.

Apparently, only site supporters can vote, and that costs money, or social capital (Geek Gold) you have earned on the site.

The ENnies polling booth is now open, and we ask that you consider us when placing your votes. For Best Cover Art, we have Jerome’s Rough Magicks cover, and for Best Adventure, The Armitage Files.

You can read reviews of Armitage Files here.

and here is Jerome’s cover in all its glory:

A detail:

A review of Armitage Files on Flames Rising.

EnnieThe ENnie award nominations are in. Armitage Files has been nominated for best adventure, with Shadows over Filmland taking an honourable mention. And Jérome gets a richly deserved nod for his cover artwork on Rough Magicks. Last July in Page XX, Jérome let us into the secrets of his photomontage technique in creating this amazing piece of art.

I didn’t enter the books into specific categories, so I am not sure how they made their choices. Perhaps I should have placed Shadows more carefully (perhaps Best Setting, or Best Art , Interior)

Due to my cock-up over release dates, Mutant City Blues didn’t get the chance to be nominated this year or last.

Brennan Taylor gets a Best Writing nomination for How We Came to Live Here, a game which I had feared would slip under the radar. This will give it a much needed boost.

Jason Morningstar, who wrote The Black Drop for Pelgrane has demonstrated himself to be multi-talented with an art nomination for Escape from Tentacle City.

Cublicle 7 is festooned with nominations, including an amazing four for Best Product, and I tip them for a silver or gold in Best Product for Doctor Who, though they might have to wrangle their potential voters a little if they are feeling mercenary.

At this point it becomes a popularity contest, so the big publishers will probably take the metal, but it’s very pleasing to be nominated.

Review of the improvisational Trail of Cthulhu supplement Armitage Files on Stargazer’s World.

“The Armitage Files” is definitely a book anyone interested in running Trail of Cthulhu should own, especially if you want to try something new. But it proves – without a shadow of doubt – that it’s possible to improvise an investigative games if you are open to follow the advice given in the book.

Great review of Armitage Files on 2d6 Feet in a Random Direction podcast, at 40m30s.

Now a Silver ENnie award winner and Golden Geek award nominee.

Formless Fears!

The Armitage Files presents a boldly innovative way to generate blood-chilling adventures for your Trail Of Cthulhu investigators. Players seize on clues presented in the ten mysterious documents.

They choose which leads to track down. The Keeper, using clearly broken down step-by-step techniques introduced in this volume, improvises suitably mind-blasting mysteries in response to their choices. Weave these together into an epic campaign of madness, dread and danger.

Terror Between the Lines!

Mystery takes on written form when pages from a disturbing manuscript fall into the investigators’ hands. Can your mind correlate the awful beauty of 10 stunningly distressed handouts realized by acclaimed illustrator Sarah Wroot? A series of scrawled messages, comprising a free-floating cacophony of facts, speculations, and fevered imaginings, portends cryptic doom. Preliminary inquiries reveal that they are written in the hand of Dr. Henry Armitage, director emeritus of the Miskatonic University Library.

Components of Calamity!

Combine the documents with pre-prepared elements such as supporting characters (in sinister, heroic or in between versions), organizations, locations and artifacts to create your unique version of the Armitage Files. An article on improvising GUMSHOE, by Steve Dempsey, shows you how.

With clear advice to players and Keepers on improvisation, extensive examples and advice, following the Trail of Cthulhu Will Never Be the Same Again!

Will You?

The handouts are available as a colour PDF to owners of the Armitage Files on the Trail of Cthulhu downloads page.

See the complete reviews to date here.

For anyone who doubts an investigative sandbox campaign is possible, this book is the winning counterargument.

I know of no other books like this one. I hope this is not the case for long.

“The Armitage Files” is definitely a book anyone interested in running Trail of Cthulhu should own, especially if you want to try something new. But it proves – without a shadow of doubt – that it’s possible to improvise an investigative games if you are open to follow the advice given in the book.

This is a masterpiece. Not because the adventure is astonishingly good and attractive, but because the thinking behind the book, the perfect sandbox layout and the second to none writing is as good as it gets. This is Robin D. Laws at his best.

Why do I love it? Most modules don’t fit my style of GMing. I’m a very improvisational GM who likes to build scenarios around my players (rather than run railroady static scenarios where the players feel disconnected and “dropped in”). The Armitage Files works perfectly with how I run games.

The Armitage Files is a unique game book. Pelgrane’s once again demonstrated that they’re willing to go in new and novel directions. At the same time we once again get their high standards of production, layout and illustration. I know I’ve spent a lot of attention on the Gumshoe line, but they keep making interesting things… Quite honestly I wish I’d never read this sourcebook. Instead I wish I’d been able to come into a campaign using this without any foreknowledge. That would have been the coolest thing… This product blew my mind. I think every GM with an interest in alternate campaign approaches ought to read it.

The Armitage Files is, from my point of view, the best supplement that has brought so far the editorial for The Trail of Cthulhu. Represents a radical shift in the way of set scenarios and from the point of view of the editorial a contribution to help further differentiate whether this product fits the rest of this Lovecraftian material on the shelves across the globe.

Stock #: PELGT10 Author: Robin D. Laws
Artist: Jerome Huguenin Format: 150 page 8.5″ x 11″ perfect bound, black and white

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