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Succession is a lightweight, narratively focused fantasy roleplaying game for creating and exploring a dark, dangerous world as your adventurers embark on their quests.  Setup and character creation is quick and straightforward, suitable for one-shot games, pickup games, and for play when your usual game is on hiatus.

Book of Sand is a supplement to expand on the stories Succession can tell: new rules, new gods, an entirely new way to use the existing rules, and most importantly, rules support and guidance for six new genres.  Mythic monsters, fairytales, space opera, cyberpunk, post-apocalypse, and modern horror all feature guidance and adaptation to the standard rules, to allow your group to tell such stories as easily as with the original rules.

Book of Sand is thirty-two pages (including illustrated cover), comprised of an even mixture of rules text and guidance, and five oracle sheets (lists of strange events, mysterious items, locations, and more) to use during play.  It requires the rules from Succession for normal play.

Book of Sand both expands the original game, and modifies it for new kinds of stories it could not support.  For Succession itself, your group can now include any of the three new gods, with guidance on how to design your own.  Your adventurers can use new rules that let your group hone and refine the tone and themes of your game to suit your exact wishes.  You can even incorporate adjustments from other genres, seeing how those adjustments work and why, within their context.

In the new genres offered, you can play as a vengeful Spider Queen, seeking to slay, enslave, or simply consume arrogant mortal warriors who would threaten your web.  Be a hopeful street-urchin, tasked with outwitting the hidden Fair Folk, to earn a priceless blessing and to keep your home safe.  Conquer and backstab among the stars, or show off your flashy chrome augments in the rainy streets.  Fight to the death over a crate of pickled beets in a burning wasteland, and find something more worth fighting for; or try to escape with your life as an unknown force chews your mundane workaday world apart.

These new gods, rules, and genres all assume familiarity with the core game, ideally enough that your group genuinely wants something new.  However, so long as your group understands the basic rules and approach of Succession, and perhaps copies a page containing condensed rules, you should not need to refer to the core rulebook often, if at all.

New worlds await you, there for the taking - if you are ready.

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This title was added to our catalog on May 02, 2016.