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A superhero/police-procedural RPG that uses Pelgrane Press's GUMSHOE system.

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Piggybacking and cooperative rolls - when to use them?

I understand the mechanical difference between piggybacking and rolling cooperatively. However, I am struggling conceptually to see where one would apply and the other wouldn't. What are the ...
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Mutant City Blues Example Characters

I am running Mutant City Blues for the first time, and have never played or run a Gumshoe based game before. I am providing pre-generated characters for the players, and have come up with attributes ...
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Range of Blast powers

A number of the powers available to players in Mutant City Blues are designated as Blast powers, and can be used as ranged attacks. However, I can't find where it explains exactly what the range of ...
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Gumshoe investigative ability pool sizes

I'm trying to get my head around how the gumshoe system works, and although most of it is relatively straightforward, there was one thing I'm not absolutely certain on. A player spends points to gain ...
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Reducing Preparation time for Gumshoe GMs

As a new player in a game of Mutant City Blues, it has struck me that the GM has a very large workload when prepping the investigation scenes if there is to be any real interaction with that scene for ...
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Choosing appropriate skill and power levels in Mutant City Blues

Background to the question: I will be playing Mutant City Blues with a group via e-mail and chat. Most of us have read the rules for this and other Gumshoe games, but not run or played in one ...
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How difficult should hacking a computer or security system be with technokenesis?

The power, Technokenesis, allows control over electronic systems. However, the way the control is described is very odd: a car, driving itself, would have the steering wheel move. It has a strange ...
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The physics of Reduce Temperature in Mutant City Blues

Reduce Temperature states: You can reduce temperatures in a spherical area centered on any point within range. The diameter of the sphere is 1m for each point in your ... pool. ... +1 difficulty ...
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In a game set “ten years into the future” what are some narrative techniques to explain away the lack of significant tech advances?

Mutant City Blues, an excellent setting for a GUMSHOE system, is set "ten years in the future" of whenever the game starts. However, as I want the game to be about powers (the heightened) and not ...
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What Investigative advice is in Mutant City Blues but not elsewhere?

What Investigative rules and advice is in Mutant City Blues but not elsewhere in GUMSHOE games?