Happy New Year

New Year’s Eve is upon us and as last year I have invited my gaming group to try out a new game. This time we are going to play “Trail of Cthulhu” by Pelgrane Press.

This is actually the first time I am running a game using the GUMSHOE rules and I wondering how it will turn out. Aside from being pretty rules-light, you don’t need to roll on investigative abilities in that system. All clue-gathering skills succeed automatically. Which removes the old problem that the players have a hard time solving the mystery, because of one or two failed skill checks while gathering information.

If you want to learn more about the GUMSHOE system, you definitely should check out the interview I did with Robin D. Laws in September.

I will now return to my preparations of tonight’s New Year’s Eve party. Take care and have a happy new year 2010!

Michael Wolf is a German games designer and enthusiast best known for his English language role-playing games blog, Stargazer's World, and for creating the free rules-light medieval fantasy adventure game Warrior, Rogue & Mage. He has also worked as an English translator on the German-language Dungeonslayers role-playing game and was part of its editorial team. In addition to his work on Warrior, Rogue & Mage and Dungeonslayers, he has created several self-published games and also performed layout services and published other independent role-playing games such as A Wanderer's Romance, Badass, and the Wyrm System derivative Resolute, Adventurer & Genius, all released through his imprint Stargazer Games. Professionally, he works as a video technician and information technologies specialist. Stargazer's World was started by Michael in August 2008.

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