About us

Established in 2000, Pelgrane Press Ltd publishes award-winning tabletop roleplaying games, including 13th Age by Rob Heinsoo and Jonathan Tweet, Trail of Cthulhu and Night’s Black Agents by Kenneth Hite, and The Dying Earth, Hillfolk and Ashen Stars by Robin D Laws.

Our groundbreaking GUMSHOE investigative roleplaying system shifts the focus of investigative play from finding clues (or worse, not finding them) to interpreting clues, solving mysteries, and moving the action forward.

Pelgrane Press is also the home of the webzine Page XX, The Birds comic, and RPG soundtracks by James Semple and fellow composers.

(If you want to contact us rather than read about us, see Contact Us)

Cat Tobin

Cat is the Managing Director and co-owner of Pelgrane Press. As a full-time employee she oversees all aspects of book production and customer service, and as a company director and shareholder is jointly responsibilty for business strategy.

She has been heavily involved in the roleplaying industry in Ireland and the UK since the late 1990s, during which time she has organised Diana Jones Award-winning conventions, and written everything from advertising copy to RPG and LARP scenarios to srs articles for srs magazines. She likes coffee, hates mornings and her favourite vegetable is the potato.

Simon Rogers

Simon is the co-founder and joint owner of Pelgrane Press. He works part time for Pelgrane Press and co-owns ProFantasy Software Ltd with Mark Fulford and The Noteboard with Mark and Ralf Schemmann. He shares the responsibilty with Cat for company strategy, new projects and creative development. He finds good people and asks them to do things.

Kenneth Hite

Kenneth Hite is a full time line developer and writer for Pelgrane Press,  creator of Trail of Cthulhu, Night’s Black Agents and Ken Writes About Stuff.

Ken claims to have bought the first copy of Call of Cthulhu sold in Oklahoma City, in August of 1981. Since then, he has moved to dread and night-haunted Chicago, written all or part of seventy or so roleplaying game books (including Nightmares of Mine, Dubious Shards, and Adventures Into Darkness), and acquired the requisite Lovecraftian cat. His “Tour de Lovecraft: The Settings” column appears in Weird Tales magazine; his Suppressed Transmission column explores the Higher Strangeness in Pyramid. He and Robin Laws are the cohosts of the award-winning podcast Ken and Robin Talk About Stuff. His wife Sheila knits.

Robin D Laws

Our foundationsal freelancer, and all round good egg. Robin D Laws wrote the Dying Earth RPG and the GUMSHOE system, and the games The Esoterrorists, Mutant City Blues, Fear Itself, Ashen Stars and Hillfolk. He has also written for Steve Jackson Games, Atlas and other major publishers. You can read his blog here, noting the combination of self-deprecation and American pithiness found only in Canadians.

Gareth Ryder-Hanrahan

Gareth’s a full-time writer for Pelgrane. He’s also a veteran of the Irish convention circuit, and accidentally parleyed adventure writing for conventions into a career in game design. He’s contributed to more roleplaying books than he can easily recall, including Esoterrorists 2,0, the Zalazhniy Quartet, Dead Rock Seven and Eyes of the Stone Thief. 

John Clayton

John (Detective) Clayton is the resident geek in the basement, taking care of all things webmasterly, administratorly and other such words that probably don’t exist ending in ‘ly’. From his basement located in the far, far north of the UK, he writes code. Maybe it keeps the world running, maybe not. Are you willing to take that risk? If you have a problem with your website and no-one else can help you, look for him. You can also read his ramblings at Files and Records. and follow him on Twitter (@dogbombs).

Pelgranistas Emeritus

Sasha Bilton

Sash is the co-founder. Sasha is the company enthusiast and black labrador (not the depressed type).

Beth Lewis

Former full-timer and Pelgrane Emeritus,  Beth has a background in academic publishing so, naturally, RPGs were the next logical career step. She has moved on to Titan Books, where she is carving out an empire, and she deigns to assist us on occasion. She plays a vicious drow in 13th Age called Eyes and a half’lin scoundrel, Cactus Kate.

Steve Dempsey

Notable Steve, Steve Dempsey is an ancient foundational relic of the company, freelancer and our number one Pelgrane GM.

Paula Dempsey

She came, she saw, she walked off with an ENnie. Occasional columnist with Page XX as Mystic Moo, she is the author of The Book of the Smoke.

Jérôme Huguenin

Jérôme Huguenin is an artist and layout designer. He created the look of Trail of Cthulhu, The Esoterrorists, Mutant City Blues and Fear Itself, doing all the illustrations. He also provided artwork for this website. He has worked extensively in the French RPG industry and has worked on the French version of the Dying Earth. More recently he has created interior and cover art for PDF Dying Earth releases. See his portfolio and blog

The Dying Earth team

The Dying Earth is supported by the on going efforts of the excellent Jim Webster, editor of XPS and freelance writer and Ian Thomson, prolific one-man PDF factory. David Thomas wrote and edited much material and added much needed mockery of pretension, Steve Dempsey is our number one Pelgrane GM, statistician, and freelancer.


These are the ones who made it through all the hurdles and provided us with a playtest report. Our games are substantially improved as a result of their input. Check our forums for opportunities.

Graham Walmsley

Graham is the author of The Dying of St Margaret’s and The Watchers In The Sky, two bleak Purist Trail of Cthulhu scenarios, as well as Cthulhu Apocalypse. Aside from working for Pelgrane Press, he has published Play Unsafe, a guide to using storytelling and improvisation in games, Cthulhu Lite, and the murder mystery game A Taste For Murder.