Our new Penny Dreadful adventure series

So what is a Penny Dreadful? Penny Dreadful is the term for a popular style of Victorian fiction, featuring lurid and sensational stories, usually serialized, and costing a single British penny. Printed on cheap pulp paper, they became incredibly popular in the mid-nineteenth century as a cheaper alternative to more expensive serials featuring authors like Charles Dickens, which commanded the much higher price of twelve pennies (a shilling).

In Brass & Steel we chose to use the name Penny Dreadful to refer to our series of adapted convention scenarios, published as short adventure outlines. Unlike our full-length adventures, such as The Curse of Althan-Ya, the Penny Dreadful series presents the enterprising Game Master with a set of notes for a Brass & Steel adventure in an abbreviated format. The idea is to provide enough information about plot, characters, and locations to relieve much of the creative heavy lifting while simultaneously providing the flexibility to tailor the adventure to suit a gaming group’s personal tastes. We also intend the Penny Dreadful’s to be a source of locations, NPCs and ideas that can be used elsewhere in your games.

The Clockwork Defector will be the first in our new series of Penny Dreadful adventures. We hope you enjoy them!

Character List for “Betrayal, Madness, Regret”


Betrayal, Madness & Regret

Dramatis Personae

Humphrey van AllenMale, mid-50s, American

He is the architect who assisted Augustus Endicott during the two-decade-long eccentric expansion of his mansion.

Maighréad MacCrumb  – Female, mid-30s, Scottish  (Reserved)

Augustus’ groundskeeper for the last decade. Took over from her father.

Ayita (Endicott)Female, early-40s, Anglo-Cherokee  (Reserved)

She appeared out of nowhere with documents purporting to prove she is the daughter of Augustus Endicott. [Continue reading]

Brass & Steel at Midwinter Gaming Convention 2015


Join us at the 2015 Midwinter Gaming Con in January where we'll be running both tabletop and LARP Brass & Steel adventures. More information about the event and how to purchase tickets can be found on our Events page Betrayal, Madness, and … [Continue reading]

Pamean Games GenCon 2014 Roundup

Hello everyone!  This is Ken, one of the designers at Pamean Games.  Now that I've had a couple of days to catch up on sleep and think about GenCon, I thought I'd share some of my thoughts about this year's convention, both about Brass & Steel … [Continue reading]

Characters for the Royal Earlswood Hospital LARP


As with the Expo Milan LARP, reservations are taken on a first come, first served basis.  Please submit requests on our Facebook page or by email at info@pameangames.com … [Continue reading]

Expo Milan 1906 Character List

Here is the character list for the Saturday Brass & Steel LARP.  Character reservations are accepted on a first come, first served basis.  We will regularly update this list to reflect reservations.  Reservation requests can be made via our … [Continue reading]