Some interesting, different games there, with Skulduggery being about arguing, debating, backstabbing and generally having verbal fun at the expense of your opponent. I had never heard of it until I saw Black Smoke, from Gareth Hanrahan. Why did this pique my interest? Well, what’s not to love about a game module centered around the death of a pope in 16th century Italy? Yeah, how about the fact that the players don’t care who killed the pope but are rather 6 cardinals trying to become the new pope? How’s that for a fun time around the diner table! Very excited about this, even though I haven’t roleplayed in ages. Will let you know how it went as soon as it hits the table, which should hopefully be soon. The core rulebook comes with 4 settings and there is an additional 2 that are also available, at a very reasonable price.
The second book is The Esoterrorists 2nd Ed, which is based on the Gumshoes system, which I believe is also the basis for most of the games from Pelgrane. In this game, we see the players being elite investigators trying to stop global occult terrorists, which sounds a little like Call of Cthulhu (or Trail of Cthulhu, depending on what system you prefer), but in a modern setting and with a wider occult bend. I’ve heard a lot of good about the Gumshoes system and I am very intrigued. Again, I’ll let you know more about this game once I’ve played/read the rulebook.