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Cartel is an RPG of Mexican narcofiction Powered by the Apocalyse, a combination of Breaking Bad, The Wire, and El Mariachi from Mark Diaz Truman, one of the creators of Urban Shadows. In Cartel, you take on the role of someone tied to the Sinaloa Cartel, trying to stay alive in an increasingly dangerous game of drugs, money, and power.

The Sinaloa Cartel is the largest drug trafficking organization in the world, a sprawling network of narcos, halcones, y sicarias that moves billions of dollars of drugs into Los Estados Unidos each year. One of their prime holdings is Durango, Mexico, a small city ten hours south of the border that's a crucial way station for anything moving north.

But holding the city ain't easy: either la policía gets in the way, or some foolish pendejo thinks he can pull one over on the putos that run Durango for los jefe de jefes. And don't even get me started on Los Zetas...

You want in, cabrón? Fine by me. Just know that once you're in...there's no turning back.

The version presented here is a quickstart version with updated basic rules and 6 playbooks, along with the basic setting information you need in order to play. With this quickstart you can easily play a couple sessions of Cartel, enough to get mixed up in all the goings on in Durango. The full release of Cartel will come on Kickstarter in early 2018.

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Phil O February 16, 2019 12:05 pm UTC
This is awesome! Seems I missed the Kickstarter though :(

How can one find the full version now?
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Dakota D February 19, 2019 3:21 pm UTC
Hi Phil, thanks for the comment! The full version is not yet available, though we are planning to release it later this year.
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Joseph K November 14, 2018 12:25 am UTC
Got to play this at Con on the Cob last weekend. Wasn't the type of game I would normally go for or run, but it was a blast. More so considering it basically people that didn't really know each other.

Could really see how this could get out of hand (in a good way) with a bunch of people that know each other.

Had to grab the quick play and will seriously consider snagging the finished product.
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Patrick S November 09, 2017 10:20 am UTC
Oh, no October 2017 Kickstarter?
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Mark T February 26, 2018 6:44 pm UTC
Hey Patrick!

Unfortunately, I had to take some time off to deal with some health issues. I'm back... so we'll be launching the Cartel Kickstarter very, very soon (March 6!)
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Patrick S February 28, 2018 12:26 pm UTC
Awesome, i will be in, thx.
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Declan F November 06, 2017 10:20 am UTC
Can you reformat this so that if printed double sided the playbooks end up with both parts on the same sheet.

As it stands if I reviewed it I'd have to mark it down for that... it makes it unneccessarily hard to print.

In an ideal world I could print it double sided, take the Basic Moves sheet, playbooks and MC sheets and just start playing.
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Mark T February 26, 2018 6:45 pm UTC
Hey Declan!

I'm a little confused by your comment. The playbooks are set up so that if you print them double-sided, short edge flip, they should print on one sheet of paper. Am I missing something?
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Declan F February 28, 2018 10:48 pm UTC
If you print it double sided the Basic moves are on pages 9 (odd) and 10 (even), so they end up back to back, which is good. But then you get to the playbooks and El Cocinero is on pages 12 and 13, so you end up with the second page of El Cocinero sharing a sheet with the first page of La Esposa, etc. Each playbooks need to start on an odd numbered page.
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Mark T March 01, 2018 11:18 am UTC
Aha! Makes total sense. I'll fix this when I update the Quickstart this week!
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Declan F March 01, 2018 5:55 pm UTC
Thank You :)
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Declan F March 06, 2018 9:16 am UTC
Mark, This is much much better. Thank you :)
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