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Monday 8 March 2021
In March 2021 we presented the GUMSHOE 3 Bundle, our third offer featuring RPGs of mystery and detection that use the GUMSHOE system designed by Robin D. Laws and published by Pelgrane Press. Characters in other RPGs can have a hard time uncovering clues to a mystery — one bad roll and the investigation goes off track. In this offer’s standalone GUMSHOE games your players automatically find the clues — whether they’re in a fantasy landscape (Lorefinder), the Mythos-haunted jungles of 1960s Vietnam (The Fall of Delta Green), or scattered across all of history (TimeWatch).

In the years since our first GUMSHOE offer (September 2013) with Night’s Black Agents, Ashen Stars, Mutant City Blues, and Fear Itself, and our GUMSHOE 2 (May 2018) with supplements for all these games, the system has continued strong. Pelgrane has published more standalone GUMSHOE RPGs such as The Yellow King RPG, and One-2-One variants like Cthulhu Confidential. Under license, or using Pelgrane’s GUMSHOE System Reference Document, other publishers have produced their own games, such as The Design Mechanism’s recent Casting the Runes: Occult Investigation in the World of M.R. James. And you should investigate The Black Book, Pelgrane’s online character builder and gamemastering tools for GUMSHOE games.

This new GUMSHOE 3 offer presented recent standalone games such as the entire TimeWatch product line and Kenneth Hite’s The Fall of Delta Green. There were four titles in our Starter Collection (retail value $61) as DRM-free .PDF ebooks, including the complete TimeWatch core rulebook and the TimeWatch GM Screen and Resource Book, the TimeWatch supplement The Book of Changing Years, and Gareth Ryder-Hanrahan’s Pathfinder/GUMSHOE mashup Lorefinder. And, as a convenience to our customers, we added the free Fall of Delta Green quickstart rules released for Free RPG Day 2018, including Gareth’s adventure “On a Bank, by Moonlight.”

Those who paid more than the threshold (average) price also got our entire Bonus Collection with six more titles worth an additional $67, including The Fall of Delta Green, plus Kenneth Hite’s relevant treatise Las Vegas: 1968; the TimeWatch supplements The Valkyrie Gambit and Behind Enemy Times; and The Gaean Reach, based on the science fiction novels of Jack Vance (previously in the November 2015 Indie Cornucopia 3), along with The Gaean Reach Gazetteer.

Ten percent of each payment (after gateway fees) went to this offer’s pandemic-related charity, Cochrane Reports. Cochrane, a medical information network, has created a Covid-19 working group and published four special collections of pandemic information.