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“Godlike in their abilities, let us hope this new breed of man will carry the burden of a suffering world to our ultimate and unwavering goal — freedom for all the people of the Earth.”

Franklin D. Roosevelt 
November 10, 1941

At the dawn of World War II, a handful of people called "Talents" manifested strange powers that set them apart from the rest of humanity. With these powers man took to the air without mechanical aid, explored the depths of the sea without life support, and touched the rim of space.

To others, Talents seemed godlike in their power. Only the Talents themselves, pushed to the front lines of every battle, knew the truth — that these newfound powers seemed pointless in the face of death.

That their power set them apart from family, friends and enemies.

That it made them more, and yet somehow less.

These fears, like the power that feeds them, are godlike in their scope.

“The world is richly super [yet] delightfully bleak and war-torn…. Look, up in the sky — and take cover.” —Kenneth Hite, Out of the Box


GODLIKE is a role-playing game in which the players take the roles of superhuman Talents fighting in World War II.

No bright spandex, no pulp machismo. In the grimmest conflict in history, ordinary men and women emerge who have the Talents their times demand — but who are still as vulnerable, and ultimately as expendable, as the ordinary troops in the foxholes.

The core book includes everything you need to play in a wartime setting ripe with intrigue and combat.

“An excellent game with many roleplaying opportunities and chances to be real heroes.” —Jody Harkavy,

GODLIKE features an amazing, intensively researched alternate history by award-winning author Dennis Detwiller (Delta Green).

There's a full list of ready-to-play powers, and easy rules for creating your own from scratch. A huge "field manual" of weapons and vehicles covers all sides of the war.

And Greg Stolze (Unknown Armies) presents the innovative "One-Roll Engine," built for lightning-fast superpowered action.


GODLIKE features an intensively researched alternate history, the depth of setting and character for which award-winning author Dennis Detwiller (Delta Green) is famous, an innovative rules set by Greg Stolze (Unknown Armies), and a complete "D20" rules conversion by Mike Mearls.

“Slick production values, and a simple and clever system with an eye toward punching through tanks and German machine gun nests, make this a great superhero game.” —Mark Finn, RevolutionSF


This new edition of GODLIKE includes corrections and revisions throughout the book based directly on the feedback of gamers over the years since GODLIKE first appeared.

It also includes a new appendix with further rules options adapted from GODLIKE sourcebooks and campaign books by Dennis Detwiller, Allan Goodall and Shane Ivey: squad combat rules, bombardments, minefields, the One-Roll Patrol generator, new powers and more.

“GODLIKE ultimately succeeds because it successfully and believably integrates superheroes into the war…. Our Pick: ‘A’.” —Kenneth Newquist, Science Fiction Weekly

GODLIKE: You are larger than life...but the War is larger than you.

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Christopher D February 04, 2022 10:09 am UTC
What are the major differences between this and the first edition version?
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Tara F May 30, 2021 11:47 am UTC
I take it back. I read a couple other products by this company and they’re not at all sexist. I guess they just did that cause there weren’t very many (or any) women fighting on the front lines during WWII.
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Shane I August 23, 2021 11:52 pm UTC
Hi Tara, thanks for the feedback. I'm Shane Ivey with Arc Dream. When Godlike came together way back when (20 years ago), the idea was to make the core book focused on Talents in the US Army and having to live within the ridiculous bigotry of the US Army of the day. Then there would be sourcebooks for the resistance movements and spy and special operations services like the SOE and OSS where women were prominent and historically proved spectacularly courageous and effective. The game wound up changing publishers and we sort of started over, improvising our plans within so-so sales. We've been planning a new edition for a while now, which would put resistance, spy services, and international forces more up front alongside the front-line US soldiers.
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neil T January 28, 2024 11:34 pm UTC
When the new godlike out
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Tara F May 28, 2021 11:24 am UTC
Interesting read for the historical stuff but I was disappointed that literally almost all the Talents (superpowered characters) were male.
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neil S November 12, 2019 4:14 am UTC
Does this allow u to play on the Eastern front
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