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Spooks! Welcome to the Great Beyond

Tabletop Role-playing in the Afterlife

Congratulations, you're dead! and the afterlife isn't what we thought.  In this fantastical game you play as a spook, otherwise known as the dearly departed, in an Ancient Egyptian inspired hereafter known as the Great Beyond.  Play as a bhoot, doll, ghost, ghoul, skeleton, vampire, wraith or zombie in a predominate Victorian society.  Meet people from history, explore a rich and infinite world under the shinning lights of Necropolis, city of the dead.  Tour infamous locations such as the River of Styx, manifest into the Spirit Realm to haunt the living, unravel the dreams of yesterday and today through the Dream Veil, brave the dangers of the Hellfire Lands or quest for the lost paradises of old such as Elysium, Valhalla or Avalon.  How will you spend your afterlife?

The Story

When Hatshepsut, 5th Pharaoh of the 18th Dynasty of Ancient Egypt, died she inherited the full powers of Osiris.  She reigned in the Great Beyond and protected those who transitioned from their living life into the next.  As her father before her, Hatshepsut was destined to give up the mantle of Osiris when the next Pharaoh passed through the Quietus upon their death so she too may join her ancestors in paradise.  All this changed when her stepson, Thutmose III, out of hatred for her for having delayed his birthright as Pharaoh ordered that Hatshepsut should be erased from history in the Land of the Living.  He desecrated her temples and statues, and had her name stricken from all records. 
After Thutmose III died and arrived in the Great Beyond, Hatshepsut was furious.  She refused to give up the powers of Osiris and fed Thutmose's heart to the demon Ammit - forever cursing him to never pass on to paradise.  Since then, Hatshepsut has refused to give up the powers of Osiris, which has started a shadow war between her stepson and many other pharaohs who feel cheated of their death rights. 
Now all afterlives have been hidden, causing the souls of the departed to pool into the Great Beyond where the great city of Necropolis has erected.  Hatshepsut has announced the start of the Great Journey, where spooks must work to find their paradise and some where along the way, find themselves.  Adventure awaits those who seek paradise!

Game Features

  • d6 mechanic that pools dice for purposes of determining fate and skill rolls.
  • Non-class system where players choose their spook, select their skills and buy equipment without feeling restricted by class abilities.  Watch this video for how to make a character:
  • Statistic point-buy system that is determined on character level and not a variety of rolls.
  • Characters don't die, they just faint.
  • Improvise-friendly game where challenges and denizens can be created in a manner of minutes without spending hours ahead of game in preparation or cause large amounts of in-game downtime.
  • Spell card magic system, where players can either use an official Spooks! WTTGB spell deck or use any playing card deck to track their spells.  No memorization or spell slots on how often a spell can be used.  Magic is tracked by magic points, much like hit points, and regenerate quickly.
  • 24 historical non-player characters (NPCs) that the players can meet including George Washington, Ada Lovelace, Lord Byron, Edgar Allan Poe and more.
  • 12 organizations characters can encounter or possibly join in the afterlife.
  • 34 magic items specific to the game
  • 41 denizens to incorporate into your stories
  • Plus all the rules you need to create your own spells, equipment, magic items and denizens.
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Tobias W July 10, 2014 4:54 pm UTC
I received my book through the kickstarter, so I wasn't able to write a review however I would love to say this this RPG is one of the unique systems and settings that just about anyone can get into. I love the fact that not only is the content fun but it can also be educational because of your tendency to meet historical characters who are now long dead but not inactive! I have found myself more and more paying attention to historical characters from documentaries and reenactments and saying now that would be a cool personality to meet in a game of Spooks! The book is easy to read both for the writing style and the way the layout was done. I would recommend anyone new or veteran to give this RPG a few tries. I would especially encourage RPG families and history buffs who are also roleplayers.
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