With the release of the second edition of The Esoterrorists (published by Pelgrane Press in 2013), I thought it would be a great opportunity to introduce this game to a group of my fellow roleplayers. As I’m sure many of you reading this post have found, the GUMSHOE system brings a new paradigm to the game table, one that at first sight can be disconcerting to even the most experienced gamer. As such, I thought it would be a good idea to create a scenario that did for the Esoterrorists what Kevin Kulp’s Stowaway Quick Start did for Ashen Stars.
Progress continues a-pace with Against the Flame, and there is now less than a month before its first play test. The last few weeks have been an interesting one for me as an author, with whole chapters of the narrative having been removed, only to be returned once it was realised that they could be accomodated.
Thankfully thse types of decisions are made easier with the help of two Call of Cthulhu stalwarts (regulars over on YSDC.com) with whom I’ve been corresponding. Just having these fine gentlemen to bounce ideas off of, and the opportunity to reflect on their opinions makes this project all the more exciting!
While, as with Monophobia, I plan on releasing Against the Flame for free via this site, it doesn’t mean that the campaign can’t have good design and art work. I have really ‘lucked out’ finding Domagoj Rapcak to help realise some of the key scenes from the plot.
Here is the first he’s completed for the project, a scene from early in the story, titled ‘A Curious Stranger‘.
In Against the Flame, a mini-campaign in the style of Tim Wiseman’s Tatters of the King, you will have a chance to find out…