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Chandler is a Girl's Name

My mind kept drifting to the mess of papers I’d had to stuff into the filing cabinet. Brace had called from the phone-box downstairs just moments before and wouldn’t be dissuaded from coming up. 1,163 more words



Almost every roleplaying game that supports combat scenes has a rule for surprise. The surprised side gets some disadvantage, usually for the first round. Today I’m talking about when the player characters get surprised by the GM’s characters (NPCs or GMCs depending on your system), not the other way around. 450 more words


Mapping the Trail

This Cyclopean textwall is a review of the Trail of Cthulhu RPG which got way, way out of hand. I considered breaking this into several parts, but then you’d get the thing where people start commenting and responding to an earlier part when they’ve not yet read and digested the later parts, so you’re getting the whole epic in one big post. 10,921 more words

Tabletop RPGs


I was very excited when BubbleGumshoe was announced because it seemed like the first iteration of the game engine that would be about detection first and foremost. 1,908 more words

Actual Play

Gumshoe (1971)

This sounded incredible from the description and I pushed it up my “to watch list” and stuck it on the box last night.

Nightclub bingo caller and standup comedian, if he can get some stage time, also dreams up the idea of being a private eye detective. 577 more words


Tabletop RPG Review: Against the Unknown

I’ve been a fan of the Call of Cthulhu tabletop role-playing game for a long danged time.  I started on Basic Roleplaying, which uses the same core mechanic, and I got into Lovecraft and other… 338 more words

Book Review

Advocate For The Dead Chapter 26: A Different Kind Of Goodbye (Epilogue)

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Chapter 26: A Different Kind Of Goodbye (Epilogue)

Lacey and I sat on the front porch waiting. Soon the police would be there. 892 more words