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    • CommentAuthorJonHook
    • CommentTimeOct 11th 2011
     
    Hi. I discovered Pelgrane Press through Trail of Cthulhu, and I've run "The Murderer of Thomas Fell" once for a group of folks at a local con. The players loved it, and I had a great time, but all of the players were new to Gumshoe, as was I only half-way understanding the complexities of the combat and sanity/stamina mechanics. So I'm positive that I didn't run the scenario in the truest sense of a Gumshoe scenario.

    But then I discovered Fear Itself! Bang! The Gumshoe mechanics fell into place. I totally got it. Now, understandably, Fear Itself is a bit more streamlined, or possibly even slightly more simple of a Gumshoe system that Trail of Cthulhu is, but all of the core mechanics are there and they are described beautifully in that book.

    Now, I'm not sure if a majority of people find the Gumshoe system easy to use or hard to use; I haven't seen any poll data collected on that subject. But I have to assume that I'm a fairly average gamer, and thus I think it might be possible that there are a lot of gamers that have some level of difficulty with the Trail of Cthulhu rules. So, to that end I humbly suggest that Pelgrane Press ramp-up the exposure to Fear Itself. Maybe even advertise it as a gateway game to the Gumshoe system of games. I feel confident that players and keepers that might have trouble with the full ToC rules will have the same mental switch flicked on that I did once I stepped back and then devoured Fear Itself.

    I now love both games, and I'm excited to run/play more Gumshoe games. I'm trying to write a Fear Itself adventure now set in 1950's New Jersey, where the player characters are all members of a hot rod greaser gang.

    And now I need to get Ashen Stars!
    • CommentAuthorSimon
    • CommentTimeOct 11th 2011
     
    I've always considered Esoterrorists our gateway game - Fear Itself can be a much more rewarding experience, but it's not guaranteed to work every time - this kind of personal horror doesn't suit everyone. I do take your point though - it is very straightforward in many resepects.

    Fear Itself - The Gateway to Horror!
    • CommentAuthorbmonroe
    • CommentTimeOct 25th 2011
     
    I adore Fear Itself. I've picked up most of the ToC line, as well as Esoterrorists and a few supplements. But FI really grabs me. It is perfect for my preferred style of 'everyman horror'. I hope to see more material for it in the future.
    • CommentAuthorSimon
    • CommentTimeOct 26th 2011
     
    I'd be very happy to do more support for Fear Itself, but obviously that depends on sales. Invasive Procedures, which is an excellent adventure, is being a little slow to break even. I'm going to release it in print, saddle-stitched, and see what happens. If that goes well, I'm open to ideas for future releases.
    • CommentAuthorJonHook
    • CommentTimeNov 17th 2011
     
    I'm very much looking forward to the print edition of Invasive Procedures.