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Someone stole my kid brother’s bike…

Someone sabotaged the pep rally…

Someone destroyed the Homecoming queen’s reputation…

The world is full of mysteries. It’s up to your group of intrepid teen sleuths to solve them. In Bubblegumshoe, players step into the shoes of high-schoolers solving mysteries in a modern American small town. Discover clues, solve problems, and throw down with enemies in this streamlined RPG based on the GUMSHOE system.

In this stand-alone game, you’ll find:

  • Rules to create your Sleuth’s web of relationships and make the most of GUMSHOE’s resource-management
  • A simple setting system designed for large scale town creation all the way down to scene locations, plus extensive information on Drewsbury, a ready-to-go setting
  • A variety of short mystery starters, including a full introductory mystery: Hey! That’s My Bike!
  • Extensive support to help GMs create their own mysteries using pre-established characters and settings
  • Rules for social Throwdowns as well as physical altercations to reflect the drama of high school noir
  • A slimmed-down list of investigative abilities vs GUMSHOE’s default to make for faster decision making

Bubblegumshoe. The secrets will out.

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Jeremy Z February 26, 2023 4:17 am UTC
Is this compatible with other GUMSHOE products as-is, or will I have to do some conversion stuff?
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Aaron M July 07, 2022 6:56 pm UTC
would this be a good System for my 16yr old to learn to GM? She has Pathfiner 1ed player experience.
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Sean N July 11, 2022 2:10 am UTC
Hi Aaron, rules and mechanics-wise, I thinks she'd be able to run it no problem. The Gumshoe system is pretty streamlined. Content-wise, the game supports a range of anywhere from Scooby Doo type g-rated adventures to more mature themes. I think it's worth it for teens (or really any players) to talk before the game about the kind of content they want to engage with (and what should be left out).
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Adam C May 29, 2020 7:02 pm UTC
Is it possible to play this game with the GM and just one player?
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Fred Hicks ( May 29, 2020 7:51 pm UTC
Should be!
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Stewart T August 17, 2019 5:19 pm UTC
I think the question we all have is, 'Are there monsters?'
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Fred Hicks ( August 18, 2019 9:52 pm UTC
There are people.

So, y'know. Sometimes, yes.
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Aaron G August 22, 2016 2:55 pm UTC
What are the different files? LAYERED and EPH0015 - file size is the same and all file properties appear the same.
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Fred Hicks ( August 22, 2016 4:30 pm UTC
For folks who have layer-aware PDF viewers, the LAYERED file lets you turn off some of the layers of the layout — like background textures.
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