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Broken Gears

This is a world of animism, where all but the most basic technology is powered by bound spirits, conjured and caged by ritual and science. But in 1945 the Allies built a new device, a thinking machine: Colossus. The result was a war that killed half of all humanity, ruined most of the world's cities, and turned even the weather hostile. But Humanity won. Britain, China and a few other nations endured the apocalypse, while others rebuilt from the rubble.

Now, more than a hundred years later, electricity, mass-production and other such advanced technology is anathema - steam and cogs drive the great warships of the New British Empire, the soldiers of the United Republic of Asia take the field armed with sword and musket alongside vast uranium-driven land leviathan tanks, semaphore towers and horse-riders relay messages from town to town across the expanded territories of the United States, while gigantic Difference Engines calculate and compute in vast complexes below ground.

This is a world of Broken Gears

Broken Gears is a complete game made available free for download. It includes both a novel setting of animistic steampunk, and an easily accessible system designed specifically for the game.

The download file includes both US Legal and A4 formatted PDFs, to allow it to be read and printed anywhere in the world.
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March 12th, 2012
Simplified, but viable mechanics. Things like PO:S&P -but-even-more split of Dexterity vs. Agility with dropping Athletics skill there, while strength and health are merged - dubious, though not too bad. Well made setting. Of course, the id [...]
May 7th, 2010
A good well thought out history which provides just enough for the GM. Allows for a campaign made of numerous quick and fun games. With a simple, but what looks effective system. The only down side is that there could be more on the Chardomancy in the [...]
September 11th, 2007
This was written by college students locked up in a suite with a mound of junk food. From my own years of higher education, staying up 24 hours and existing on junk food was hardly remarkable. However, besides being free, this is an inter [...]
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This title was added to our catalog on May 24, 2006.