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Ashen Stars is the ENnie and Golden Geek-nominated SF GUMSHOE game from RPG legend, Robin D. Laws.

They call you lasers. Sometimes you’re called scrubbers, regulators, or shinestars. To the lawless denizens of the Bleed, whether they be pirates, gangsters or tyrants, you’re known in less flattering terms. According to official Combine terminology, the members of your hard-bitten starship crew are known as Licensed Autonomous Zone Effectuators. You’re the seasoned freelancers local leaders call when a situation proves too tough, too baffling, or simply too weird to handle on their own. In the abandoned fringe of inhabited planets known as the Bleed, you’re as close to a higher authority as they come.

In this gritty space opera game, the PCs are Lasers, freelance troubleshooters and law enforcers operating in a remote sector called the Bleed. They’re needed in the wake of a massive retreat by the Combine,  the utopian empire that colonized it. Amid the ashes of a devastating war, the lasers solve mysteries, fix thorny problems, and explore strange corners of space—all on a contract basis. They balance the immediate rewards of a quick buck against their need to maintain their reputation, so that they can continue to quickly secure lucrative contracts and pay the upkeep on their ship and their cyber- and viroware enhancements.

Featuring seven new and highly detailed playable species -

  • The eerily beautiful, nature-loving, emotion-fearing balla
  • The cybes, former humans radically altered by cybernetic and genetic science
  • The durugh, hunched, furtive ex-enemies of the Combine who can momentarily phase through solid matter.
  • The humans, adaptable, resourceful, and numerous. They comprise the majority of a typical laser crew.
  • The kch-thk, warrior locust people who migrate to new bodies when their old ones are destroyed.
  • The armadillo-like tavak, followers of a serene warrior ethic.
  • The vas mal, former near-omnisicent energy beings devolved by disaster into misshapen humanoid form.

Ashen Stars also contains extensive, streamlined rules for space combat, 14 different types of ship, a rogues gallery of NPC threats and hostile species’ and a short adventure to get you started in the Bleed.

Read feedback, reviews and see sample chapters here.

Status: Out Now. Includes PDF.

Price: $44.95


In the latest episode of their ENnie-winning podcast, Ken and Robin talk Gen Con, Gen Con, and more Gen Con.



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The latest edition of See Page XX is out now, featuring new products Mythos Expeditions available to pre-order, Xeno-archaeology!, the Series Pitch of the Month – a sideways view of DEN in Terminal X,  by Hal Mangold – and a new Stone Skin Press pre-order, Letters to Lovecraft.

There’s also a Gen Con review from Simon Rogers in the View from the Pelgrane’s Nest, notes, recordings and video of some of our Gen Con seminars, as well as a host of inspiring articles.


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The Dubai Reckoning

System: Night’s Black Agents

Author: John Adamus

Duration: Two sessions

Deadline: September 30th


Corporate espionage propels the agents to track down a missing husband, but all is not as it seems. An executive’s husband has been kidnapped, and she will trade information for his safe return. The agents must travel to Dubai to rescue the husband, only to discover that he set his wife up to take the fall, and that her financial statements are a red herring to throw the agents off the Conspiracy’s trail. So clearly, the husband has to be eliminated and the real records recovered.

Your Dead Eyes My Mirror

System: Fear Itself

Author: Karl Vezina

Duration: Two sessions

Deadline: September 30th


Chicago, 1975. The age of the grindhouse in the decaying downtown. A group of friends attend a grindhouse showing of a controversial giallo on its closing night. A savage murder occurs during the showing, amid electrical disturbances and supernatural phenomena.

The following days bring fresh horror, as the patrons discover that they are trapped in a surreal world mirroring the horrific film they saw. And something in that surreal world is stalking them, something methodical and unrelenting. Something that makes them all watch while it kills them one by one. Can the patrons find a way to fight back before they fall victim to a faceless terror or go mad from the horrors they are forced to witness?


System: Esoterrorists 2nd Edition

Author: Gareth Ryder-Hanrahan

Duration: 1 session

Deadline: September 30th


An infamous Esoterrorist just got picked up by the police of a small town in the middle of nowhere. You’ve got to collect him and babysit him until the Ordo Veritatis can extract him for interrogation. You know that he’s part of a cell of dangerous, power-obsessed would-be sorcerers – can you keep your prisoner alive until tomorrow?

Dying in the Name Of

System: Esoterrorists 2nd Edition

Author: Steve Dempsey

Duration: 1 session

Deadline: September 30th


The black metal band GoreShrine all died supposedly in a plane crash whilst on tour in the Mid-West before recording any albums. Their bootlegs recordings have become pretty popular on torrent sites, in particular Dread > Dead and Tear Down the Cathedral. However some new tracks have surfaced, and these have studio sound quality. Ordo Veritas suspects these might be related to a spate of teen deaths and whilst the techies keep taking down the tracks from the internet, the team must find the source of the problem before it GoreShrine goes viral.

Ice and Fire

System: Night’s Black Agents

Author: Steve Dempsey

Duration: 1 session

Deadline: September 30th


The Green Data Center at Asbru in Iceland is not the kind of place you want to be watching at 4 AM in February with six feet of snow on the ground and a wind chill temperature of -5 F. The only thing keeping you warm now is the large amount of Brennivin the local gun dealers gave you. But this is where Rousse SARL have been keeping the data from their stem cell research. Word is, someone is going to hit the place in a big way, and you want to get in there quick before all the good stuff is gone.

Truth & Reconciliation

System: Ashen Stars

Author: Gareth Ryder-Hanrahan

Duration: 1 session

Deadline: September 30th


Seven years ago, the Mohilar War ended. No-one can remember who the Mohilar were, or how they were defeated; the only testaments to their existence were the ravaged planets and shattered fleets left in their wake. The once-mighty Combine is still trying to pull itself out of the ashes. You’re Lasers – Licensed Autonomous Zone Effectuators, freelance police – and you’ve been hired to make sure that negotiations to rebuild the broken world of Demeter aren’t interrupted by local reactionaries and troublemakers. The war’s over; it’s time to build a new future.

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We’ve just about recovered from the post-Gen Con lurgy in time for the latest edition of See Page XX. And what a Gen Con it was for us, with increased sales, more games running, and more ENnie award wins (three for us, and one for Ken and Robin) than ever before. And on Friday, we’re joining our Moon Design colleagues (see here for more details about the upcoming 13th Age in Glorantha Kickstarter) for our first outing to PAX Prime in Seattle – come and say hi at our booth in the Motif hotel level 3 (formerly the Red Lion). While this is good news for those of you looking to pick up shiny new releases, the downside is that there may be slight delays to our customer support while we’re on the road.

If you aren’t going to be at PAX or Gen Con, we’ve got some new goodies right here for you like the pre-order for Mythos Expeditions, a collection of ten stand-alone adventures for Trail of Cthulhu. Written by Kenneth Hite and Robin D. Laws, with contributions from an eclectic mix of mythos experts, this is a great way to inject a taste of the exotic into an existing campaign, or to play as part of the Armitage Files campaign setting in the core rules. There’s also  a new release over on Stone Skin Press, with the pre-order for Letters to Lovecraft, and KWAS subscribers will get the September edition, Hideous Creatures: Lloigor, this month; meanwhile, non-subscribers can now buy Xeno-archaeology! as a stand-alone product in the shop.

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last doorEarlier this month, Phoenix Online Studios invited us to co-sponsor a short-short-short fiction competition to promote The Last Door Collector’s Edition. We’re all for creepy 8-bit Lovecraftian horror, and gladly joined in. Five prize winners got a Pelgrane PDF of their choice (and all of them chose either Trail of Cthulhu or Bookhounds of London); and 5 winners got a free copy of The Last Door.

Here are the winning entries for your enjoyment:

The 5 Pelgrane Press PDF winners:

She didn’t give me her name. I gave her mine. When she left the bar, she took it with her. - Paul Kirsch

Napping in a crowded metro, a whisper in my ear: don’t wake up. - Victor Ribeiro

“The ‘virus’ is an idea,” she said, “spread via sentence. It commands me to obey.” Chuckling, the doctor replied, “The ‘virus’ is an idea…” - Steven Marsh

As her hand slipped from my grasp, I marveled at its rate of descent compared to the other parts of her body. - Philip Gonzales

A step, drip, cold, door, dark. A step, twist, claw, fur, flare. It’s ok, you can’t see anything wrong. Or anything at all. A step. - Linda Evans

The 5 winners of copies of The Last Door:

I woke before dawn & warmed my shivering wife before returning to slumber. I woke again with a scream when I realized she died a year ago. - Brian Webb

He told me to get a bottle of wine from the cellar. I suppose that’s what he told the rest of these women to do, too. - Kyle Williams

Frightening was hungry eyes, watching me from the gloom. Terrifying was knowing I’d seen them before, every time I’d gazed into a mirror. - Noah Baxter

A bump, a creak, a faint rustle; all from me. I wait till you feel safe with these sounds. Then, as you sleep, I emerge from the shadows. - Gerry Bibaud

Slowly the words formed. We are legion it said. He stared at the readout from the quantum correlation encryption experiment. - Christian Mintert

An amazing GenCon, new releases, awards and shipping issues. Out this month on pre-order is Mythos Expeditions  for Trail of Cthulhu and the Letters to Lovecraft fiction anthology from Stone Skin Press. Released is this month’s KWAS episiode Xeno-Archeology, and the DramaSystem Series Pitch of the Month Terminal X, by Hal Mangold. Dulce et Decorum Est and the Gaean Reach and the Gaean Reach Gazetteer are also out now.

BoatShipping Update

US and Canada

  • All pre-orders up to August 1st and Kickstarter reward copies of 13 True Ways have now been shipped, but as I mentioned in this post, there have been some issues with damaged copies. I’m very sorry about this – if you have been impacted, please email support@dyingearth.com and we’ll send you out a replacement.
  • All pre-orders for Dulce et Decorum Est, the Gaean Reach and the Gaean Reach Gazetteer have also been shipped.
  • Pre-orders for the Book of Loot and Shadows of Eldolan will be shipped in the next week, if we can sneak get books out past the Burning Man guards.
  • New pre-orders for Mythos Expeditions will be shipped in mid-September.
  • We are still waiting on components for the Limited Edition 13th Age Bestiary; we hope to have these print-outs and be able to ship these out at the end of September.

Rest of World

  • The physical copies of Dulce et Decorum Est, the Gaean Reach and the Gaean Reach Gazetteer have arrived in the UK, and all pre-orders for these titles will be shipped early next week.
  • The physical copies of 13 True Ways are currently at sea, and due to dock in the UK on September 9th. We’ll have our UK shipper prepped and ready to pack them up when they get here , and so pre-orders and Kickstarter reward copies should be on their way in mid-September.
  • Pre-orders for the Book of Loot, Shadows of Eldolan and Mythos Expeditions will be shipped out in the second week of September, as these books will also be arriving in the UK on September 9th.
  • We are still waiting on components for the Limited Edition 13th Age Bestiary; we hope to have these print-outs and be able to ship these out at the end of September.


Wow, what a GenCon! The entire Pelgrane team gathered in Indianapolis, in a throng of 56K attendees. The team ran seminars such as this one, games pitched new ideas and planned the year ahead. Cat Tobin was assisted in the assembly of the booth by a team of excellent 13th Age volunteers magicked up by Rob Heinsoo, who ran them a game as a reward. We sold out of most core books and new releases, even including Trail of Cthulhu.Book rack

There was a truly positive vibe from all the industry professionals I spoke to, and it’s clear that the quality of games has reached a new, high standard. This was reflected in the ENnie awards – we received two gold and two silver awards for Ken and Robin Talk About Stuff, Eternal Lies (twice) and 13th Age.  The hosts were excellent and speeches were short and entertaining, and the competition included such industry giants as Paizo, Evil Hat and Monte Cook.

I had more conversations with other publishers about GUMSHOE cross-over products than ever before. I think the license has helped here. I exchanged shoes with Jeff Richard of Moon Design to seal the 13th Age in Glorantha deal (more below).

For the first time Pelgrane had two rooms full of GMs, who received swag, and we received quality feedback from participants, which we will use to improve next year’s experience. We are building a library of convention and OP adventures for all our games which will help us at future cons.

Indianapolis is stretched to the seams, and next year’s hotel booking is likely to be hell. The closure of the Canterbury hotel doesn’t bode well – I hope they magic up some extra capacity somehow.

One more thing. Indianopolis, gamers eat and gamers drink. You run out every year like it’s a big surprise, and Omni – don’t you want our money? (The irony of us selling out of many products is not lost on me).

13th Age

  • Rob Heinsoo, Jonathn Tweet and ASH LAW are working on 13th Age Glorantha. You can read the draft outline here. As a gamer, the main takeaway for me initially will be the new character classes, and as a publisher an influx of new discerning 13th Age players. The Kickstarter has been delayed until September 4th to give the team time to recover from the post-Gen Con lurgy; you can sign up for more information about the Kickstarter here.
  • Pre-orders for the Book of Loot and Shadows of Eldolan  will be shipping to customers in the US and Canada next week – the rest are on ship to the UK and will be with us 9th September.  Get them in the store now under the new dedicated 13th Age section of the webstore.
  • Eyes of the Stone Thief is in layout. I’ve gone with my heart rather than my wallet, and it will be a 400-page full colour book rather than a monochrome one.
  • Rob is working on the 13th Age monthly subscription product, similar to Ken Writes About Stuff. We want to build up a three-month lead before committing to a launch date.
  •  Shards of the Broken Sky is in internal playtest. We are discussing an array of other potential 13th Age products, including Demons and an Icon Organisation book.

Trail of Cthulhu

Mythos Expeditions has been printed and is shipping out in the US and Canada; it will be in the UK 9th September for distribution to the rest of the world. Not only is each expedition perilous – the denoument is likely to feature not rest and study, but a horrible encounter with the Mythos.

Dulce et Decorum Est, Adam Gauntlett’s Great War collection has shipped to US & Canada and will ship to the UK in mid-September. Soldiers of Pen and Ink and The Seventh Circle (for both Fear Itself and Trail of Cthulhu) will be out next month.

Gaean Reach

Gaean Reach and the Gaean Reach Gazetteer are out now. It seems Quandos Vorn was doing everything to stop this book from being published and I apologise to our loyal customers for the delay. Now I can consider what else to do in Vance’s playground.

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Accretion Disk is being illustrated, by the marvelous Jerome Hugeunin and Chris Huth.

Night’s Black Agents

We are gearing up for the Dracula Dossier and Dracula Unredacted Kickstarter in October. Gareth Ryder-Hanrahan is channeling Ken as he views the world through Ken’s red-tinted spectacles. There are vampires everywhere!


Unfortunately, the season is over for another year; the supermarkets in desperation filling their shelves with inferior small oranges. Mournfully, we remember the citrus unshiu that were.

Tongued By FireWorking with his brother, Mel, Bill White (author of The Big Hoodoo, Tongued with Fire, and the forthcoming coming All Along the Watchtower and The New World, a freewheeling narrative RPG of mash-up alternate history) has posted a 10-minute excerpt from his Dexcon 2014 game online. It’s from a scenario set in Japan, written by Don Corcoran; the excerpt is labeled “Samurai Staredown.” The complete audio of that adventure, called “Irezumi,” is also on this page. He’s also included the complete audio of a game of “Tongued With Fire” (his Mythos Expeditions adventure) from earlier this year in the same place. The complete recap of all their Dexcon 2014 games is also available here.

You can hear these short and entertaining moments of actual play excerpted from audio recordings here.


Gar, Rob, ASHThe freeform story rules in 13th Age require a different approach to adventure design. At Gen Con 2014, Philippe-Antoine Ménard (aka Chatty DM), Gareth Ryder-Hanrahan, Rob Heinsoo and ASH LAW presented a seminar on how to design great adventures for 13th Age. Video recorded by Kendall Jung.

Watch this on the 13th Age YouTube channel here.


HC Lloigor_cover“You make the usual mistake — of thinking of them as being like ourselves. They weren’t.” God or monster? Species or phenomenon? Dragon or disc — or discontinuity? Invisible, invulnerable, inexplicable — the vile vortices of the lloigor encompass all and care for nought.

Hideous Creatures: Lloigor is the sixth installment of the second Ken Writes About Stuff subscription available to subscribers now – it will be available to buy in the webstore in September. If you have subscribed to the second KWAS subscription, Hideous Creatures: Serpent Folk is now on your order receipt page, so all you have to do is click on the new link in your order email. (If you can’t find your receipt email, you can get another one sent to you by entering your email address here).

Stock #: PELH20D Author: Kenneth Hite
Artist: Patricia Smith Pages: 12pg PDF
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