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October 14th, 2019, 1:00 pm

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Dogbert, October 14th, 2019, 1:00 pm

Something positive, for a change

Gumshoe happens to be a system I quite enjoy, as it is the case with most of Robin D. Laws' work.

Regarding detective work, I must point out that, while Gumshoe gives you all the clues on autopilot, the player must still make sense of them and reconstruct the crime/mystery on their own and there are no rules to help you on that part (so, if you lack deductive reasoning skills at all, you're still toast). Also, while the game aids players, the GM must still do their homework and properly structure the mystery at hand, so don't think for a moment you can run Gumshoe by the seat of your pants (the game can only show you the way, you must still walk it).

Regarding everything else, Gumshoe is made for low-powered characters (while the Arkham City example was handy, sorry, playing Batman is off the table) regardless of which Gumshoe game you're playing so forget about "action detectives" because if you try your PC is getting pumped so full of lead on the first firefight in which team PC is outnumbered by at least 3-to-1 (even if fighting mooks) that you might as well use your PC as a pencil. No, you'll never be James Bond in Night's Black Agents (at most, think of any of the cast in old Mission Impossible TV series), you'll never be Buck Rogers in Ashen Stars (but you can be BSG's Gaetta) and you'll never be John Carnby in any of the Cthulhu games (but you can aim for cousin Hellmann!)... still, as long as you play with the right expectations, you'll have a great time.

If you haven't tried it yet, what are you waiting for?


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