Explore the Winding Streets & Canals of Swords of the Serpentine!

The city of Eversink, in Kevin Kulp and Emily Dresner's upcoming GUMSHOE-powered Swords of the Serpentine fantasy RPG (you can preorder it now) is full of canals, tiny streets, and tall buildings. Cartogrpaher Jérôme Huguenin created the map below!

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Russ Morrissey

Russ Morrissey




SpaceOtter

Drifting in otter space
Nice and obviously inspired by Venice. I don't know how well the Gumshoe system fits with fantasy, though.

It fits incredibly well. GUMshoe may have started as investigative-focused rulesets with ho-hum rules for everything else, but various iterations have evolved dramatically.

Timewatch was streamlined and pulpy, as is Serpentine (itself an evolution of Timewatch). Both have, by Gumshoe standards, stripped down skill lists.

Like the cherries used in Nights Black Agents to add spy type high action, Serpentine has basically expanded Skill point expenditures to become little grenades of awesome.

It has a freeform but simple (and oh so corrupting) sorcery system, beautifully elegant maneuvers system designed to emulate Conan-style combat, flavourful character creation, sway rules for verbal sparring/insulting, etc. that work just as smoothly as combat and sorcery, and a superb setting (especially if you love Lies of Locke Lamora or Fafhrd and the Grey Mouser).

It is, to be frank, insanely likely to be one of the front-runners for multiple RPG awards this year, and I say that as a veteran freelancer and nominee for Best Rules ENnie in 2010.

I honestly wish I had written it, it's just that good.

There's a big thread on it with lots of details on RPG.net too.

Cheers,
Colin
 

atanakar

Hero
Well, well, well. My last foray into GUMSHOE was with Ashen Stars. A fantasy variation sounds very interesting. Added to my wish list. Do we know when the book is coming out?
 



Piratecat

Sesquipedalian
Nice and obviously inspired by Venice. I don't know how well the Gumshoe system fits with fantasy, though.
You'd think, right? I actually wrote a blog post about it here talking about it. The trick was realizing the Investigative ability spends are nothing more than nuggets of exciting narrative control, and then using those to make a combat system that feels fun and epic.
 



doctorbadwolf

Heretic of The Seventh Circle
This is 1000% my thing. Hell yes. I have been meaning to check out more gumshoe based stuff to add some more narrative control mechanics to our 5e game, as well, because a lot of my group very strongly wants to only play with 1 game system regardless of the campaign. What I’ve seen looks like a port shouldn’t even be that hard, and the ppl in my group that do like trying new systems will love this.
 

Numidius

Adventurer
You'd think, right? I actually wrote a blog post about it here talking about it. The trick was realizing the Investigative ability spends are nothing more than nuggets of exciting narrative control, and then using those to make a combat system that feels fun and epic.
Glad to hear that. I'm currently running Trail of Cthulhu and first thing I did was ditching completely the combat system being too fiddly compared to the flow of everything else.
 
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Fenris-77

Small God of the Dozens
Supporter
I'll give this an enthusiastic two thumbs up, and then another entirely unexpected third thumb because it's just that good. Bravo sir.
 

Nullzone

Explorer
This game was written by more than just Kevin Kulp and you would do well to fully and properly credit ALL of the designers when you do posts like this. Especially when they're literally written ON THE COVER.
 



Aldarc

Legend
Despite my lack of familiarity with the GumShoe engine, I have definitely been intrigued by this. Not a big fan of magical corruption mechanics, so that would probably be the first thing that I changed if I got into this.
 

Morrus

Well, that was fun
Staff member
This game was written by more than just Kevin Kulp and you would do well to fully and properly credit ALL of the designers when you do posts like this. Especially when they're literally written ON THE COVER.
Good point! It was mainly because I nabbed the image from Kevin's Twitter feed and was busy making sure I got the cartographer's name correct.
 

Morrus

Well, that was fun
Staff member
We (as in me, and my podcast co-host Peter) played a short one-hour demo of the game which Kevin ran for us. We had a great time! The podcast of that is embedded up there above if folks want to get a sense of how it works.
 

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