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The Sprawl // MIDNIGHT

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The Sprawl: Mission-based cyberpunk, powered by the Apocalypse

Glide through the most secure corporate computer networks. Crack the ICE that stands between you and that big score.

Drop your cyberlinked autoshotgun to the floor empty. Flick chrome blades from your fingers. Dive into the midst of that corporate response team to secure your team’s exit.

Turn up your synth-leather jacket against the rain. Watch the back-alley entrance of the club for your target. Tail the armoured limo through the neon-bathed streets.

Cut power to the alarms. Drop over the wall into the compound. Slip past the auto-sentries. Locate and secure the prototype. Escape under the eyes of the rotor-drones.

Whatever your story, you are the extended assets of vast multinational corporations, operating in the criminal underground, and performing the tasks that those multinationals can’t do... or can’t be seen to do. You are deniable, professional and disposable.

The Sprawl is a game of mission-based action in a gritty neon-and-chrome Cyberpunk future for an MC and 2-4 players.

  • Create your own Sprawl at the nexus of bleeding-edge technology and fragile humanity
  • Play hardbitten professionals caught between ruthless corporate interests
  • Win sometimes, lose sometimes and be double-crossed a lot

There are a thousand stories in The Sprawl. What's yours?


THIS PRODUCT CONTAINS ADULT THEMES AND ADULT LANGUAGE

Product includes three versions of the PDF (MIDNIGHT, as shown in the preview; NOON; and print-friendly black and white), printable playbooks, move sheets and MC play sheets.

This is the MIDNIGHT version of The Sprawl. Print on Demand copies feature white and coloured text on a black background.

(For the NOON version (white background) see here)

 
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Robert S October 02, 2017 10:32 pm UTC
I have played and ran Dungeon World before, but only played Apocalypse World in a play-by-post format. I am very much interested in this book & system but how likely am I to understand & *get* this game should I wish to run it?
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Hamish C October 03, 2017 9:02 pm UTC
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Thanks for your interest, Robert!

There are several reviews in various places online and several actual play examples on podcasts, youtube or twitch (I'd post links, but DTRPG doesn't allow that). Those might let you judge whether the style of play that _The Sprawl_ produces fits with your own preferences. If you have particular questions or want to discuss the topic with others who have read and played the game, there's a G+ community and a subreddit, or if you tweet at @thesprawl_rpg on twitter, I can retweet our question to get feedback from players and GMs. I hope one of those methods suits your preferred information gathering style!

I can't say I've encountered many people who didn't understand or *get* the game, although some people have had questions about various specific things. The G+ community is a good place to see what kinds of questions have been asked and what kind of answers have been given (by me and others).
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Robert S October 03, 2017 10:21 pm UTC
Thank you for the speedy reply, Hamish!

I'm currently watching through Adam Koebbel's playthrough of your game to get more of a feel for the game, but thusfar I think you have a customer in me!

A follow up question - is there a timelimit on the current discount in place for a book & pdf? I'm currently debating between the two styles before I deliberate on a purchase.
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Hamish C October 04, 2017 1:24 am UTC
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No timelimit. What looks like a discount here is just the way DTRPG displays bundles. My policy is the the PDF always comes for free if you buy the physical copy.
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Jordan D September 07, 2017 10:34 pm UTC
I need a quick clarification. There are different pages midnight and noon, but it also says "Product includes three versions of the PDF"

If you buy one PDF do you buy them all or are they separate?
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Hamish C September 07, 2017 11:40 pm UTC
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The separate page for NOON is a workaround because DTRPG won't let you have different layout versions of a Print on Demand product on the same product page.

Regardless of which you buy, you get all three PDFs, so if you just want the PDF, it doesn't matter which page you use.
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Patrick S September 05, 2017 7:30 am UTC
Holy crap, a 1star review because of 2 things which can easily be left out of your game if you don't like em.
You even don't have to change anything mechanically.
Jeez

Bought from a FLGS, so i can't give a proper review here. But if i could it would be a 4 to 5star review.
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Hamish C September 05, 2017 1:41 pm UTC
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Rating aside, if someone doesn't like clocks or allowing player choice in whether something is a setup or an ambush, then The Sprawl might not be the game for them. :)
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July 10, 2017 6:32 pm UTC
Howdy. I purchased this book at my FLGS but it doesn't include the printable playbooks, move sheets & MC play sheets that this pdf purchase includes. I am this close to buying this here so I can get all this stuff because I can't seem to find an online resource for theses things. Does such a resource exist or do I have to just buy this pdf? Thanx in advance
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Hamish C July 10, 2017 6:49 pm UTC
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The playbooks and playsheets are also hosted in the Download section of my website (DTRPG doesn't allow external links, but you can either follow the "Publisher Homepage" link on the right-hand side of this page, or go to ardens dot org).

For FLGSs that participate in the Bits and Mortar program, the playbooks and playsheets should be included with the PDF when you download it from that site.

No repurchase necessary!!
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Kevin D April 24, 2017 5:01 am UTC
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Hey Hamish! A few friends and I just finished wrapping up a two semester long Campaign of the Sprawl. One of my players actually drew a painting based off of her character which i think you liked on facebook.

In it we learned that one of our players was an AI. We witnessed the rise of a cybernetic race. Kidnapped a bunch of people. Had my players sent to a corporate black site in Nunavut, and then had an adventure to rescue them. They stopped genetic plagues, got tangled with the yakuza and even blew up the world trade center to permit a bank to do insider trading.

I felt the system naturally created tons of actiony moments but the one thing i found missing was the ability to edit the odds of success. Like i understand fast talk should be used for standard employees and guards but against a major boss i just felt like it should have been a harder roll.
Im not sure my players really minded however as I made it clear that if they fail on a boss or at a critical moment things would...See more
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Hamish C April 24, 2017 1:11 pm UTC
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Thanks Kevin! It sounds like great campaign; I'm glad you had fun with it!

The way you handled it is the simplest: making a harder MC move on a miss. The consequences of failure to convince the CEO that you should be in their penthouse apartment are worse than if you fail to convince the snitch to spill the beans on a scientist on the run, after all.

I like the occasional use of Fast Talk on major characters, but if you find that its coming up too often and the narrative is suffering as a result, that would be the perfect place for a custom move: "When you try to fast talk a CEO/the CEO of NuTech/etc, roll X..." and maybe make the 10+ a big less conclusive, or the 7-9 results harder (he does it now, but who does he mess with tomorrow?).
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BEN D April 12, 2017 10:13 pm UTC
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Hi, can anyone tell me the main differences between the Sprawl and the Veil RPGs - both PbtA cyberpunk games...
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Hamish C April 12, 2017 11:49 pm UTC
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If you google "SYSTEM SPLIT: CYBERPUNK IN POWERED BY THE APOCALYPSE cannibal halfling" you'll find a blog post that discusses this in detail.

(Sorry for the circumlocution! DTRPG doesn't allow external links.)
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BEN D April 15, 2017 6:34 pm UTC
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That's awesome! Thanks so much!
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Chris B February 15, 2017 10:54 am UTC
Finally a good Shadowrun system!
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Brett M October 29, 2016 4:52 am UTC
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I'm absolutely in love with this game. It's so amazing! I bought the hardcover, PDF, and some super special, stainless steel dice to use for when I play this game

Are there currently any plans, or at least brainstorms for more content? It seems like a pretty complete project that can definitely capture Cyberpunk in its entirety. But goddam I just want nothing but this game in my life. <3
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Hamish C October 29, 2016 3:30 pm UTC
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Thanks Brett!

There are a few more things in the works arising out of kickstarter stretch goals: a set of 1000-4000 word settings, a set of missions (of a similar format and length to The Kurosawa Extraction in the book), Necropolis (a detailed cyber-gothic setting complete with some new moves and playbooks), and Touched (a detailed cyber-magic setting complete with new moves and playbooks). The first three and in a quite advanced stage and the last is still in playtesting. No dates on any of them, mostly because I'm busy with my day job at the moment, but they're all ticking along. I hope to have updates on my blog, ardens dot org, over the next few weeks.
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Sammy T October 04, 2016 12:46 pm UTC
Still reading through it. So far it looks really nice! :)

There ARE a couple of layout glitches I found so far. Is there an official board/forum to get in touch and help improve these?

Also: Please add bookmarks! :)
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Hamish C October 05, 2016 12:40 pm UTC
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Which version are you reading? Both the Noon and Midnight versions should have bookmarks. The B&W version is really just intended for home printing so doesn't have them.

The closest thing to an official forum is The Sprawl's community on Google+, but for reporting errors or glitches, its best to just email me directly: hamish at ardens dot org (or use the "email publisher" link above.
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Sammy T October 06, 2016 6:19 pm UTC
Ah yes, I stand corrected regarding the bookmarks. Sorry for that.

I will send you an email about the layout stuff.

Thanks and keep up the good work! :)
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Harpal K September 13, 2016 9:22 am UTC
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The book says The Killer picks 2 cybernetic options, but the playbook sheet says 1... I'm assuming the book is right since it says v1.1 and the playbooks are 1.0, but could somebody confirm that?
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Hamish C September 13, 2016 11:41 am UTC
PUBLISHER
The book is correct. As soon as I get InDesign working on my computer I need to change that on the character sheets.
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Harpal K September 13, 2016 4:30 pm UTC
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Cheers! It's an awesome game by the way. About to run my first game and I'm stoked!
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Hamish C September 13, 2016 8:13 pm UTC
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Thanks! I'd love to hear how your game goes!
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Sean C September 06, 2016 6:24 pm UTC
I was given a copy of the softcover as a gift - and a great one it is! - but I can't find a way to print the playbooks. Are they located somewhere?
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Hamish C September 07, 2016 1:46 pm UTC
PUBLISHER
The playbooks can be downloaded from the downloads section of the Ardens website (link labeled as "Publisher Homepage" on the right hand sidebar).

Unfortunately, the website is down right now, but if it's still down when you see this, email me at the Contact Publisher link (also on the right hand sidebar) and I'll send you the files.
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Danilo J August 24, 2016 2:32 pm UTC
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Hi? I have bought the game but wronly i select the option without the PDF, What can I do? Can I cancel the product and buy it again or can you send me the pdfs?
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Danilo J August 24, 2016 4:43 pm UTC
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I have solved the issue :D
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Christoph C July 10, 2016 7:43 am UTC
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Excellent work.
I've already bought the PDF a couple of months ago.
But I would like to give some of my precious bookshelf space to a hardcover copy of The Sprawl.
Is there a possibility to upgrade my purchase to a PDF + Hardcover version?
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Hamish C July 11, 2016 11:58 pm UTC
PUBLISHER
I sent out an email about that last week to everyone who had bought the PDF. If you have publisher emails turned off you would have missed it though. Send me an email at the "contact publisher" link above.
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Ryan C October 08, 2016 10:11 pm UTC
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I am ready to buy a print copy of the game (having previously bought the PDF), but I can't find the email that you sent. Can you resend the email? Or is there any other way to upgrade. I feel like an idiot, but I can't find the contact publisher link you are talking about.
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Hamish C October 09, 2016 4:53 pm UTC
PUBLISHER
The link is on the right under the "publisher average rating" stars. My email is hamish at ardens dot org.
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Matt A July 06, 2016 11:02 am UTC
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I'm so curious about this book but the full size preview is not available. Is there anywhere I can look online with a preview I can read?
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Hamish C July 06, 2016 12:07 pm UTC
PUBLISHER
Hmm. I'm not sure why the preview isn't working. I'll look into that and get back to you.

If you just want to see general pictures of the layout, the latest post on ardens.org has images of the four versions.
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Matt A July 06, 2016 12:12 pm UTC
PURCHASER
Thanks alot for the quick reply Hamish. Regardless of the full-size preview issue, my curiosity is getting the better of me and I'm just about to order the PDF and Hard Cover Midnight Edition. The photos on ardens.org, Facebook and G+ look amazing.
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Matt A July 11, 2016 9:12 pm UTC
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I bought the PDF + Hardcover book. I just want to say well done with this release, the layout and general 'feel' of The Sprawl is spot on for the genre. I have only flicked through the PDF as I want to wait until I have the actual book in my hands before I really absorb it all. The game system is totally new to me so it's going to take me a while to get my head around it, but I'm looking forward to diving into it when the book arrives. Once again, well done Hamish and the team. Excellent work.
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Hamish C July 11, 2016 11:59 pm UTC
PUBLISHER
Thanks, Matt! I've been blown away by the response. It great to see that it struck a chord with so many cyberpunk fans!
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tanya L July 05, 2016 11:13 am UTC
I bought the pdf a while back. Can I get a discount on the hardcover?
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Hamish C July 05, 2016 1:03 pm UTC
PUBLISHER
Hi Paul, I sent an email with a discount code through DTRPG to everyone who bought the PDF before the PoD was released, so check your spam folder for that one. The sender will be Ardens Ludere.
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Kevin D July 06, 2016 4:59 pm UTC
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I got an email about an update from you, but I didn't see a discount code....?
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Hamish C July 06, 2016 5:16 pm UTC
PUBLISHER
It was sent on July 1 at around 5:45pm Eastern Time. If you don't see it in your inbox or spam folder, email me at the "contact publisher" link in the right hand sidebar and I'll see what I can do!
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Kevin D July 08, 2016 6:35 pm UTC
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No sign of that email. I got one around that time saying that you had a new release (NOON, I'm guessing), but that's it.

Hmm, don't see a "contact publisher" link on here. I'll try through twitter.
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Hamish C July 08, 2016 7:22 pm UTC
PUBLISHER
It's on the right hand side of the page, right under the red "publisher average rating" stars (or email direct to Hamish at ardens dot org).
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tanya L July 11, 2016 8:51 pm UTC
Thanks for the reply :) Cant find the email from ardens in my mailbox, though i have others from drivethru?! Any chance you could resend it to me?
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Hamish C July 12, 2016 12:00 am UTC
PUBLISHER
Email me at the "contact publisher" link above and I'll sort it out.
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Craig M June 19, 2016 9:27 pm UTC
Is this released under a Creative Commons license or similar open license?
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Hamish C June 20, 2016 3:22 pm UTC
PUBLISHER
Nope. If you want to so something with it that would require some sort of CC, email me ("contact publisher" in the top right sidebar of this page).
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Craig M June 20, 2016 7:04 pm UTC
Cool. Thank you!
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