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Crossroads Carnival: One Night Only Edition


Dust storms came suddenly and hit hard. You couldn’t see more than three feet in front of you. The chaos created enough static electricity to power cities. Blue flames licked off of barbed wire. People dragged chains behind them to help offset the electricity and touching someone could give enough of a shock to knock full grown men off their feet.

The phrase “if it rains” became permanently etched on the lips of farmers.
It was the end of times.

It was a good time to be in the entertainment business.

Beneath the midway lights of the Crossroads Carnival, you and your fellow performers are drawn into an aged battle between light and dark. You wander from one desperate town to the next, struggling to keep your humanity and save the souls of the rubes. But the cost is high, and personal deals with the darkness itself may be the only way to save others.

Crossroads Carnival is a tabletop roleplaying game that makes use of the same rules-light engine as Apocalypse WorldMonsterhearts, and Bluebeard’s Bride to create stories of outcast souls similar to Penny DreadfulThe Night Circus, and Carnivale.

3-5 players | 3-4 hour sessions | Rating 18+ | Powered By the Apocalypse |

The One Night Only version presented here is an aschan preview edition; it has everything you need to try Crossroads Carnival and learn a bit about being a sideshow performer in 1930's America.

Creator: Kate Bullock

Mark Diaz Truman
Brendan Conway
Marissa Kelly
Sarah Doombringer
Justin Rogers
Katherine Fackrell

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Randy A August 05, 2019 8:35 pm UTC
GenCon2019 event player - The DM did a fantastic job to run the event but the characters of the story really were what most stood out to me, each with their own ways of forcing introspection and separation of game and reality. After a dozen amazing (mostly RPG) events at the convention this weekend, this event remains in the forefront of my mind above all others.
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Artifice M August 26, 2018 6:18 am UTC
Oh this looks /interesting/. This is super charged and neat and gritty and dark in the most interesting ways.

Going to toy around with this a bit and see. Early question, is there a reason that the poison kiss for the Charmer procs off of Breath (her poor stat) rather than Bones (which, well, poisoning someone is absolutely a violent direct act, and her good stat). A minor bit, but still, looks fascinating so far.
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Sarah M August 28, 2018 4:05 pm UTC
Hey Artifice!

Glad to hear you're interested.

I'll pass your comment on to the designer. The game is still in progress, so that's a good note to look at. I'll post if she has an answer.
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Sarah M September 24, 2018 3:52 pm UTC
Hi Artifice!

According to Kate, it should be Bones instead of Breath. We missed that from an earlier draft. Good catch!
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Artifice M October 26, 2018 8:55 am UTC
Oh, glad that I could be of help! Just caught it briefly and was confused. EIther way, this game is great and I'm actually planning a one shot for this Halloween, I'll be sure to let the Charmer skin know about the change.
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