Spy Games

July 30, 2019



After starting back into gaming through AD&D, Dragon Warriors and Call of Cthulhu I also started listening to podcasts about the hobby. The first one I listened to consistently was the Grognard Files, a podcast about RPGs back in the day. It was full of nostalgia for me and these guys started role playing about the same time as I did. Through them I got ideas for other games to play.

Mercenaries, Spies and Private Eyes: The aforementioned Grognard files did three episodes on espionage games, MSPE was one of them. I was intrigued by this and bought a copy of the PDF from DriveThruRPG. Our Roll20 group has played it once in a Saturday night special. We played as special forces on a rescue mission. Pictured is one of the characters, Tom Stone.


Night's Black Agents: Another of the podcast's espionage games. I haven't finished reading this yet. The premise is that the player characters are all top notch agents, think Jason Bourne, whereas on the other hand Vampires have been running nefarious schemes, including infiltration at the highest level of government and business. It is the agent's job to bring them down. It's based on the Gumshoe system, which is unfamiliar to me and although it's a good manual to read the concepts are different to our regular old school role playing. I have the idea for a scenario in my head but until I find the time to finish reading it that's where it'll have to stay.


Delta Green: I've been interested in Delta Green for a while. It's in the Cthulhu universe where you play government agents sent to tackle Cthulhu monster based incursions. It is very similar to Call of Cthulhu. I recommend the free starter set on DriveThruRPG. Our Roll20 group played it as a one shot evening between Call of Cthulhu adventures. I am keen to buy the books but at the moment I am restricting myself as I have far too much to read and play as it is.


That's not all, there's more to come in my next blog entry.


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