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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 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
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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