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Take to the dangerous seas in the Golden Age of Piracy. The friendly harbors of the Caribbean no longer unconditionally welcome the Brethren of the Sea. Pirates must now seek their own fortune with no master to offer blessings. This is a perilous time for pirates. But the ocean is big. There is treasure to be taken and fortunes to be made.


Between the Devil & the Deep (BD&D) is a brutal and supernatural pirate TRPG  set in the late 17th century Caribbean, made with the GUMSHOE system and the home-built SHAMUS system. This is the GUMSHOE version of the game.

This book contains:

  • GUMSHOE rules for creating and playing pirate characters
  • 3+ full-length scenarios
  • Settings, including detailed city descriptions for Havana and Port Royal
  • Rules for sandbox play
  • Ship-to-ship combat rules that emphasize roleplaying and reward player ingenuity
  • Lore Sheet rules for immersion and backstory
  • Adventure hooks for extend campaign play
  • Rules for PC use of Voodoo magic
  • Rules for PC created pirate havens
  • 10+ pre-gen characters with portrait art
  • A separate campaign map (12x18 inches) which can be printed out at DTRPG

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Matthew R July 29, 2023 7:11 am UTC
The "link" to the SHAMUS system doesn't go anywhere.
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RM J December 30, 2022 5:15 pm UTC
It appears that those of us who supported SOS with purchases at release have just been totally screwed out of a PDF unless we pay additional costs. If the new pricing including the PDF was at least slightly more than I paid for the book alone, it would not seem so bad. This has most certainly turned me off to future support.
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Jason S January 21, 2023 6:18 pm UTC
Roslyn, email Jesse at, he will send you a pdf.
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Jesse C January 22, 2023 12:44 am UTC
Hi. When you purchase the book you have a PDF with it. Did you check your library?
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RM J December 24, 2022 4:17 pm UTC
I purchased the physical book. I did not get a pdf.
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ku P November 07, 2022 6:03 am UTC
The "full size preview" is not working correctly. it merely displays the character sheet. Probably better to have the table of contents+the intro
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Richard H May 31, 2022 10:05 pm UTC
Does it not come with a PDF?
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