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Imagine, if you will, that the apocalypse struck mere decades into the heyday of the Industrial Revolution, only to have the world be piece-mealed back together a century and a half later. Sordid Dystopia is a post-Industrial, post-apocalyptic roleplaying game set in a low fantasy world. Whatever sense of magic, whimsy, or supernatural terrors have been lost to the ages. Mankind, busying itself with centuries of picking up the pieces, remains perpetually ignorant to the inhuman eyes watching from each and every shadow.

This is a harsh world, cruel and merciless. Born into this world--where mankind is scattered amongst a scarce few surviving countries, where people will fight and kill for the necessary components to understand Old World technology, where men and women of power prey upon their people, and where men and women with those impossible demands are not only praised for their contributions to society, but put into positions of authority -- your task is a simple one: find hope in this otherwise hopeless world, and defy whatever odds you must to make your own little slice of heaven from this sordid dystopia.

Themes: Sordid Dystopia uses a fairly easy-to-learn and rules light system, focusing more on narrative and adventure than dice rolling and rules.  The book contains expansive histories about countries and politics, but fully invites any new ideas to the world.  
The game's history and setting contains hooks for all varieties of stories to be told in this world.  Examples include:

  • Low-Fantasy Adventures - A group of miners who discover an ancient hidden temple, only to find themselves fighting the company they work for soon after.
  • Cosmic Horror - Becoming embroiled with a monster that exists outside of any perceived reality you understand.
  • Dark High Fantasy - A band of adventurers, turned into pariahs by their supernatural powers, try to find a place to exist in a world that is hunting them down.

Sordid Dystopia Features:

  • Complete rules for the TOPIA engine.
  • Comprehensive setting material including histories and cultures of four sea-faring nations.
  • Dozens of pregenerated NPCs, plus random character generation tables
  • Multiple campaign jumpstart ideas.
  • A fully prefabricated campaign.
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September 8th, 2015
Pros: Unique world with fairly interesting themes and many ways to look at it, from low and dark fantasy to swashbuckling adventures. Comes with full rules for the system, meaning you can homebrew the system to a new setting with a little work and rena [...]
August 19th, 2015
A interesting combination of Dark Fantasy and Post-Apocalyptic Fiction. [...]
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April 13, 2015
This title was added to our catalog on October 28, 2014.
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