[Let’s Study] The Alt History Edition!

Posted: June 13, 2012 by pointyman2000 in Articles, Let's Study, Roleplaying Games

Now that we’re done with Degenesis, I’m still thinking of pushing through with a new series of Let’s Study articles on my blog. The question now is, which game will it be? I’ll probably be able to start on it on Monday next week, to give me enough time to read through the game and make my notes on them. The three books I’ve chosen for this edition are all looking very cool, and I can’t help but feel that all of them deserve a wider audience.

Right, so, let’s take a look at the candidates… and you guys do the voting! Remember, the Poll closes on Friday, so vote early, and see if you can get your friends to vote as well!

Early Dark by Athropos Games

Early Dark is a world rife with human conflict, fearsome natures, and uncertain magicks. Millennia ago, kingdoms and empires witnessed the birth of a new power, a magick capable of controlling time, shifting continents, realigning the very stars. Through three generations of war, great Weavers wrought all forms of ill against nature, pitting mighty civilizations against one another before their own kind died out, taking the power of the Loom with them.

Centuries of migration and lost learning followed, and the world went about settling the chaos and hemming the ruptures left by the Weavers. Humans, left to their own devices, went on building new civilizations and new empires oblivious to the past. In time, those who craved magick found secrets of an earlier age hidden deep within the earth. Their grasping thrust the world around the Hara Sea into war again. It is at the very end of this war that the events of Early Dark take place.

Ours is a world of magick, yes, but not a world of fantasy. Our goal in designing the societies of the Hara Sea was to invoke a world populated with realistic human minds and ecologies. What would societies with dark, uncanny magick really look like? How would this magick work and who would believe in it?

Most importantly, where would heroes come from in such a world and how would they live? The Early Dark Role-Playing Game centers on these heroes, characters created and controlled by you, the players. The lives of heroes are both mythic and mundane, and Early Dark hopes to capture both the common and the cosmic sides of a world where morning fog lingers late, and dark falls early.

Wu Xing: The Ninja Crusade by Third Eye Games

The Emperor has called for blood! All ninja of the Izou Empire face the crushing might of their own nation. Where once there was peace, now there is only destruction and death. The ninja are forced to fight back, wielding the ancient art of chi manipulation alongside their shuriken and katana. Empire soldiers pack their own secret weapons to combat ninja wushu… powerful firearms.

Dark Harvest: Legacy of Frankenstein

What if Frankenstein got it right?

What if Victor Frankenstein had embraced his discoveries rather than seeking to destroy them?

Rejected by his peers and his family, hunted by the Creature, Victor slips into the background of history. Manipulating people, events, whole countries, Frankenstein slowly plans and executes his revenge.

Carved out of the Balkan conflicts of the mid-1800’s, Victor Frankenstein hijacks the unification of Romania and creates his own country: Promethea. Established on high ideals of equality and scientific advancement for the good of all, the reality is very different.

Creating Promethea saw Victor make deals that compromised the integrity of his vision. Almost literally walled off from the rest of Europe, Promethea is a nightmare where the rich elite feed off the beauty and strength of the poor. While incredible advances across all scientific disciplines promise a bright future, the land is blighted by a new feudal regime – the Harvest.

Even as Frankenstein moves to bring Promethea in line with his original vision, so he is stalked by the Creature. Seeking to destroy all his creator’s works, the Creature and the resistance movement he leads often find they share Frankenstein’s goals. Both Victor and the Creature know that Frankenstein’s gift must never escape the fortified borders of Promethea, bringing the dark harvest to all the world.

Dark Harvest: Legacy of Frankenstein is a detailed, fascinating game setting, a terrifyingly plausible alternative history and a fiction anthology; a gothic horror fantasy that will appeal to gamers and the general public alike.

A standalone product, Dark Harvest: Legacy of Frankenstein uses a version of the Heresy Engine system and is fully compatible with the Victoriana 2nd Edition, also available from Cubicle 7 Entertainment.

  1. I would like to learn more about Dark Harvest.

  2. Uncle Asriel says:

    I vote Wu Xing, in that I know the least about it. Enlighten me, pointyman!

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