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Strain

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Strain is a hardcore survival horror system.

Difficult. Unforgiving. Brutal.

Designed to challenge players in all aspects. Your success is up to you.

Struggle against stress, doom, psychosis, blood loss, and permanent injuries. Customize your game with aberrant character traits for unique races and alien species, mechanically deep character advancement options, equipment templates, settlement building, quick enemy creation, adventure generators, and a GM guide.

Strain is about survival in horrific situations, serving as a high-tension system that works well in dark settings. Ideal for psychological horror, dark fantasy, and gritty survival stories.

For the bare-bones version of the core mechanics, see Strain Basic

For the premier setting that uses the Strain system, see Xas Irkalla

 
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Jeremy H July 14, 2020 4:01 am UTC
I picked up Xas Irkalla recently and dig it... a lot. Very cool stuff. But the system isn't quite clicking with me. (But I'm listening to the playthrough from True Mask and it's helping a bit.) Does Strain present the mechanics a bit more clearly? Or, is there another product you have I could give to my players that would help them grok the system prior to the game.

Also, what are the page dimensions for this one if I decide to get it printed?

Thanks! ^__^
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James V July 20, 2020 3:01 am UTC
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Strain doesn't really present the mechanics differently. Strain Basic is probably all you would really need to get the system, everything else just expands on that. The page dimensions for Strain is ANSI Letter (8.5 by 11 inches)
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Jeremy H November 29, 2018 3:46 pm UTC
I'm intrigued by this one but $10 for 25 pages seems a bit much. I noticed that you you have pieces of this split off into different books too, so I am curious how this compares to Xax Irkalla with about 5x the content for just $5 more. It really looks like a cool game, I'm just curious about the price differentials and what is included in what else.
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James V December 02, 2018 11:34 pm UTC
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Except for the artwork, Xas Irkalla contains everything in this book, and Strain contains everything in Strain Basic, Agony, and Abomination. All of the books have different artwork, with the exception of one piece.
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James D May 26, 2020 7:24 pm UTC
So to be clear, Xas Irkalla contains ALL the content from Strain, Agony and Abomination? What about the content from Alone against the Forlorn Wild?
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James V June 01, 2020 5:27 pm UTC
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Yes, Xas Irkalla includes all the content from Strain, Agony, and Abomination, though with different artwork.

The content from Alone Against the Forlorn Wild is not included in Xas Irkalla.
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