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Fight the power, jam the culture, hack the system.

The next generation in role-playing games, BLEEDING EDGE will help you create a character with the limitless potential of next-gen technology, yet weighted down with the legacy of greed, lies, and hate. Explore a future world of supercomputers and subcultures, of multinational corporations and micro-economies, of big ideas and little heroes.

"Lots of people assumed I was still writing about the capital-F future. I began to tell interviewers, somewhat testily, that I believed I could write a novel set in the present, our present, then, which would have exactly the affect of my supposed futures. … Wasn't the future now?" — William Gibson, Distrust That Particular Flavor
Enhance your character with experimental gene-therapy, bionic limbs, and cybernetic senses. BLEEDING EDGE's object-oriented rules keep the pace fast and the options open, where every roll of the dice leads to something new, where you and your friends can work together to turn a tragic failure into a miraculous success.

"Be peacesful, be courteous, obey the law, respect everyone; but if someone puts his hand on you, send him to the cemetery." — Malcolm X, "Message to Grassroots"

What will you do, when the future catches up to you?

Explore the world of 2047, with its broken promises and narcoleptic dreams, with its gleaming towers and carbon cycles, with its multinational corporations and its micro-economies, with its super-computers and its sub-cultures. In this complete game, you take on the role of one of these future citizens of the world:

  • The Hackers who turn the digital world into their personal playground
  • The Opt-Outs who have decided that instead of fighting the system, they would simply not be a part of it
  • The Offenders who coordinate their criminal activities through the unseen, dark web
  • Private Military Contractors who work in the ever-profitable business of mercenary combat
  • Citizens of the Noosphere, the future of journalism, determined to bring the truth to the world
  • The Nextgen post-humans who seek out the next step in human evolution, by any means necessary: augmented reality, cybernetic enhancements, and genetic manipulation
  • The unique Snowflakes who refuse any classification. Be the change you want to see in the world!

"All individuals involved in new left extremist activities should be considered dangerous because of their advocacy and use of explosives, reported acquisition of firearms and incendiary devices and known propensity for violence." — repeated quote found in FBI files on The Anarchist Cookbook, 1971-1999

Building on SRD's proven technology, Vermillion's unique system of paired attributes, dice pools, and "take 10" rotes give characters multiple options in many situations. Do you take no risks and just coast on your skill? Or do you push your luck to stack extra dice? Or maybe you let someone else take the lead, while you assist their efforts. Work alone, or work together. Take the point, or lead from the rear. Vermillion rewards you for thinking like your character would, whether you like to plan in advance or to improvise in the field.

"[E]ven if you're not doing anything wrong, you are being watched and recorded." — Edward Snowden, PBS News Hour

The game of Bleeding Edge breaks everything down into simple steps so that all players can join in the fun.  Work together to deal with your problems, assisting each other along the way.... or split up to cover more ground.  Bleeding Edge blends skill and technology together in a way that works quickly and easily. Push your luck for extra rewards, or breeze your way through talent alone. The fantastic world of technology and information is presented to you and your fellow players as tools to help you get stuff done. Experience the future for yourself.

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Christopher F October 29, 2022 5:40 am UTC
Don't be fooled by their "use" of the OGL/SRD; nothing in the file is Open and their Section 15 Copyright notice is... let's say, not standard. I would have expected them to at least look at some other OGL products and followed the same conventions. I also personally am uninterested in supporting a company that wants to use Open content, without contributing back into the pool
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Lowell F October 26, 2017 3:39 pm UTC
Still no full sized preview.
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RICHARD H April 18, 2015 11:50 am UTC
The Quick Preview works right now, the Full-Size does not. We're working on fixing this.
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Johnathan T April 17, 2015 9:04 pm UTC
is anyone able to bring up the preview, i'm having a hard time, i left it on the loading screen all of last night.
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