It’s been a long two months, and we hope that you’re staying safe and well, and adapting to life in self-isolation. We’ve been very fortunate in that both our UK and US warehouses are able to work while remaining compliant with the regulations of the UK & Nevada state authorities’ health recommendations. All US & Canadian orders are shipping as usual; our UK shipper has some postcode- and country-level restrictions due to a lack of international freight options – you can read more about these exceptions here.

What seems now like couple of years ago, when it became clear that we had to retreat to the safety of our respective nests to weather this storm, we asked you what sort of resources, articles, and products you were interested in. Here’s a run-down of the most common responses we got, and what we’ve been up to on that front.

Video

Many of you expressed disappointment about missing out on conventions – specifically, watching panels and seminars, as well as hanging out with other Pelgranistas. We’ve ramped up the video offerings on our YouTube channel, and we’re releasing new videos a couple of times a week. There’s a list of our new videos in this article.

And if you want to stay connected with what we’re doing outside of YouTube, find Pelgrane Press on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and now Discord.

More Virtual Tabletop assets/advice and tips for playing online

Most of our team has made the switch to gaming online now, and Robin and Wade have both pulled together tips and advice on how you can make the transition to virtual play smoothly.

Production Apprentice Noah Lloyd has been hard at work building new character sheets and expanding the range of adventures available on a variety of VTTs such as Roll20, Fantasy Grounds and Astral – read more about what’s on offer in his article below.

Support for retailers

We believe that Friendly Local Game Stores are the lifeblood of our hobby, and we know that they’re being hard hit by widespread closures at the moment. We’ve implemented a number of ways to support them:

  • Give your FLGS 20% of the sale amount of any print products you bought in the Pelgrane webstore in April or May, which your FLGS currently stocks. Email your Pelgrane webstore order number, and your FLGS’s store name and address, to support@pelgranepress.com and we’ll send them 20% of your order total at the end of May.
  • All our pre-orders are available through the Bits and Mortar program, so your FLGS can offer any of our pre-orders along with the PDF.
  • While distributors are closed, game stores can order stock direct from us by emailing us at support@pelgranepress.com.
  • We’re delaying the retail releases of Mutant City Blues 2nd Edition, Book of the Underworld, and Swords of the Serpentine until stores have safely reopened.

More One-2-One resources

  • We’re working with a number of authors on new, self-contained PDF-only GUMSHOE One-2-One protagonist characters, settings, and adventures. We’ll be releasing these as they become ready over the coming year.
  • We’ve also made both Cthulhu Confidential and Night’s Black Agents: Solo Ops, as well as the adventures for both, available at a bargain price at the Bundle of Holding until May 18th.

Advice and tips on roleplaying with children

This is Gareth Ryder-Hanrahan’s specialist subject, as he’s been running games for his two boys (now aged seven) for the last couple of years.

  • Gaming for Kids – Some hints and tips on how to make roleplaying games more enjoyable for the smallies
  • GUMSHOE Kids playtesting – Provisionally titled “GUMSHOE Kids”, Gareth’s also been working on an adaptation of GUMSHOE for younger players ages 7-12. We’re looking for playtesters for this until the end of May.

Other customer offers, events and discounts

  • During 2020, we’ll release the PDF versions of all new products as soon as we have the final PDF (so The Yellow King RPG PDFs, Mutant City Blues 2nd Edition PDF, and Book of the Underworld PDFs are all available now in our webstore and shortly on DriveThruRPG).
  • We’re offering a PDF upgrade option during 2020 – if you buy any PDF from the Pelgrane webstore in 2020, you’ll get a voucher for the total amount of the PDF off the print version. We’ll send these vouchers out periodically through the year, or you can contact us at support@pelgranepress.com to get one.
  • Some of you have mentioned that you’ll miss our special convention 4 for 3 offer, so that will be a standing offer on our webstore until September 1st, 2020. If you buy any four items – print or PDF – you get the cheapest one for free with the voucher code COVID20@4FOR3.
  • Want to grab the PDF of any of our Free RPG Day adventures? You can pick them up for a Pay What You Want charitable donation.
  • Another reminder that our existing One-2-One settings and adventures available for a bargain price at the Bundle of Holding until May 18th.
  • Pick up a Night’s Black Agents or The Yellow King RPG mask in our Threadless store, and get free shipping with the code FREESHIP520ebd78d 
  • The Origins Game Fair has moved their physical convention to October 7th-11th, and will be hosting a virtual convention on its original dates, June 19th – 21st. We’ll be supporting this virtual convention with as many seminars and games as we can get volunteers to help us with, so watch this space!

When it became clear that social distancing efforts were going to have a significant impact on all of us in the games industry, we asked you what you’d like to see from us during the lockdown. Many of you expressed disappointment about missing out on conventions – specifically, panels and seminars, as well as hanging out with us in general.

Pelgranista Extraordinaire Robin D. Laws is managing our video creation, and has ramped up production from around one every six months to 2-3 new videos per week, all of which are available on our YouTube channel. (If you’re enjoying what we’re doing, please Like and Subscribe!)

Here’s a quick overview of what we’ve been up to:

Our Favourite GUMSHOE Abilities

Ever wondered which Pelgranistas like the same GUMSHOE abilities as you?

13th Age Crown of Axis Designer Q&A

Wade Rockett talks about his upcoming adventure for 13th Age

Ask Ken & Robin virtual panel

Kenneth Hite and Robin D. Laws take the popular live version of their award-winning podcast to a live virtual audience.

Getting Started with Horror Roleplaying virtual panel

Robin D. Laws, Kenneth Hite and Ruth Tillman join Superheroines, Etc’s Carolyn Noe to give some advice to their Adventure Goddesses on running horror games.

Mother of Cities

Robin D. Laws and Gareth Ryder-Hanrahan experiment with a play-by-clip tabletop roleplaying game, adapting the GUMSHOE investigative system here.

How to Run Mysteries and Investigations In Table Top Roleplaying

Kenneth Hite, Robin D. Laws, Gareth Ryder-Hanrahan, Ruth Tillman, and Cat Tobin lead an investigative roleplaying masterclass.

How to Build a Fantasy Roleplaying Monster

Rob Heinsoo, Ashley Law, and Wade Rockett spitball ideas from panel attendees to flesh out the Eater of Joy, a carnivorous fungal foe that feasts on your happy memories.

How to Create Characters for The Yellow King RPG

Robin D. Laws guides you through the character creation process for his latest Pelgrane game.

How to Run Tabletop Roleplaying for One GM and One Player

Robin D. Laws, Gareth Ryder-Hanrahan, Ruth Tillman and Cat Tobin provide techniques for one player, one GM play as seen in the Pelgrane Press games Cthulhu Confidential and Night’s Black Agents: Solo Ops.

Pelgrane Press Virtual Pub Quiz

Bringing horror to all participants in the form of fiendishly difficult questions, pit your wits against Robin D. Laws, Gareth Ryder-Hanrahan, Kenneth Hite, Rob Heinsoo, Kenneth Hite and Cat Tobin in our homage to the European convention favourite.

How to Add Cthulhu to Your Fantasy Game

An all-star cast of Cthulhu initiates, including Sandy Petersen, Kevin Kulp, Emily Dresner, Kenneth Hite, Gareth Ryder-Hanrahan and moderator Robin D. Laws look at ways to incorporate the creatures, themes and places of H. P. Lovecraft’s Cthulhu Mythos into your table top fantasy roleplaying game.

Night’s Black Agents: Dracula Dossier Actual Play

A full Dracula Dossier actual play campaign, GMed by Grant Ellis and starring Lilli Sparx, Jess, Pr0restarter, and Sharang Biswas. Includes both Director & character prep videos and playthroughs.