View from the Pelgrane’s Nest – May 2018

Here in London, it appears that an enthusiastic eight-year-old has taken over the weather control panel and is twiddling all the dials.

I often forget the weather when running games. When I do remember to highlight it, it really draws the players in, even if there is no mechanical effect. Picture a meeting between spy and handler with collars turned up in driving sleet, a high-speed pursuit through the streets of Lyon in the torrential rain, or a battle with a white dragon set in deep drifts with fat flakes of snow ambling down. You can mirror or exaggerate the real weather, or go for something very different. Huddled up in your basement in a cold snap, making the in-game weather balmy sun helps your group escape. Some settings feature the weather such as the threat of Fimbulwinter in the Albion’s Ransom campaign for The Esoterrorists.

This brings me like a mall security guard segue to the Book of Demons, this month’s new release in print.  It features six hellholes, which have ripped or crept through the gaps in reality to puncture the Dragon Empire. And there, unlike the London weather, it’s not subtle or restrained.

For example:

  • Flocks of flying teeth and burning fog face travellers on the High Heath of Unending Woe.
  • On Claw Peak, the raindrops are as sharp as spears—storms create a bloody mess of the unprepared.
  • Hellgout is afflicted with rains of fire, rocks tumbling from other realms and spontaneous magical storms.

The 13th Age Book of Demons is available now in print from the store.

The 13th Age Dice Tray

Envy of the dice tray produced by our excellent Korean licensees Dayspring Games was the inspiration for our own 13th Age Dice Tray. As well as its handy dice-constraining properties, it can also be used as a convenient protection against the rain, a mouse mat, and a fruit bowl. I look forward to your 101 uses for a 13th Age Dice Tray.

We’ve produced limited quantities, which are available from the store.


The Fall of DELTA GREEN is on the presses. Ken and Robin feature it in two episodes of their podcast; We Are Mutants reviews The Fall of DELTA GREEN and interviews FoDG designer Kenneth Kite, in-depth. It’s a great read. Ken will be outlining the adventure collection, and Gar will write it. They’ve collaborated on the The Zalozhniy Quartet and The Dracula Dossier, so it will be a sweet, sweet collection. Get The Fall of DELTA GREEN pre-order from the store.

GUMSHOE One-2-One – Cthulhu Confidential and Night’s Black Agents

With the launch of the Han Solo movie, we’ve given up on the excellent title SOLO for our Night’s Black Agents One-2-One game, but the manuscript is almost ready for playtesting.

The Cthulhu Confidential adventure collection Even Death Must Die is coming together with one adventure left to be written.


And the Rest

  • The manuscript for Emily Dresner and Kevin Kulp’s game of Swords of the Serpentine is halfway through the pre-playtest draft.
  • Fearful Symmetries is being rewritten to improve its structure. It features a group of magicians facing a terrible threat to England, rooted in folklore and the mythos. Writer Steve’s own campaign has run for more than 60 sessions.
  • The Poison Tree is an enormous history-spanning project, and requires many moving pieces working together. Currently, Scott, Paul, and Matthew are collaborating in Google Docs to produce the first of the adventures for internal Pelgrane playtesting.

11 Responses to “View from the Pelgrane’s Nest – May 2018”

  1. Allan Prewett says:

    Even Death Must Die; first I have heard of this. Is there some more info somewhere?
    Hopefully we will have a single page(s) by clue option as mentioned in my recent Google+ thread, as everybody seems to be having to convert to that format. I just have not worked out how without investing in time and possible money to learn new programs.
    Thanks – hope its possible.

    • Colleen Riley says:

      Even Death Must Die includes the six existing scenarios and three entirely new ones. The product page for it will be up by the next See Page XX. Unfortunately, it isn’t feasible for us to print books in the requested manner.

      • allan prewett says:

        Hi again. I suppose my suggestion, request thing is getting lost in translation.
        I many months ago asked the question if we could have a format within the purchased file of a 121 adventure to have clues broken up by page. Cat replyed, but her response indicated she did not get what I was saying, or like yours did not bother to put any thought into what I had written.
        Frustrated months later I asked how others did this on google+, and there was answers. Many customers are having to do this, if you had bothered to do a quick search on the site as I alluded to in my original post here.
        At no point was I asking for this to be done in print, until you answered my question I had no idea what the book was. So no obviously not the print book, but if you had bothered to check what I was talking about, you would see the failing in your PDF products to format how the customer would like. Totally surprised you dont scan that site to see what is going on with your customers. Give us a break and maybe dont be so quick to shunt the suggestion before actually reading it, you guys are the professionals afterall

        • Cat Tobin says:

          Hey Allan, we understood what you were asking for when you posted it on Google+: you asked if it would be possible to have a “printer-friendly version” of the GUMSHOE One-2-One PDFs, laid out so there’s a single scene per page. Simon and I considered this idea carefully when you first posted it, and it isn’t feasible for us to publish the products that way. The format you’re describing won’t work well in print, and we don’t have the budget to do two different layouts for every GUMSHOE product (one for print, and one with a scene per page in PDF). We also can’t afford to go back and produce new versions of the existing products in the way you describe. Graphic design is time consuming and expensive, and we cannot justify allocating resources to an additional layout without a very high level of demand, which we aren’t seeing. We’ve set up the PDFs so that anyone who wants a printer-friendly, bare-bones version of an adventure can fairly easily copy and paste the text from the PDF into a note-taking or word processing program. We do appreciate your concerns, but this just isn’t something we’re going to do.

  2. Jacques de Villiers says:

    Is Even Death Must Die entirely new scenarios, or does it collect the PDF-only scenarios that’ve been released?

  3. Steve Dempsey says:

    In Session 60, Cassie and Archie investigated the tunnels near and around a London church, with the help of Mr Stepney, a local sewage inspector. Of course their pal Smarmington, Cassie’s badminton partner, was on hand to help. They saw something scuttling in the darkness and Smarmington winged it but it escaped up a smaller pipe.

    The latest session was 76 – we’ve been going for two years now.

  4. jason says:

    Is October still the target release month for NBA one-2-one? Looking forward to it!

    • Colleen Riley says:

      The current plan is to have it printed by the end of October but it may not be available for purchase until early November. We will provide updated information as it becomes available.

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