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Midnight Boulevard: 2D6 Adventure in the World of Film Noir

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Film noir (“black film”; plural films noir) is a type of stylized crime movie made from the early 1940s to the late 1950s and known for dark and cynical worldviews, usually illustrated by innovative — and often disturbing — directing and lighting techniques. Films noir highlighted social post-war angst and insecurity and featured such tropes as corrupt authority, deeply flawed protagonists, dark urban settings, dangerous women (the “femme fatale”, often contrasted with the “good girl”), an obsession with the characters’ pasts, unflinching looks at human turpitude, and helplessness against one’s fate.

Awright, that’s enough squawkin’ about the pictures! You birds already knew all that — now you wanna know what’s in it for you! Hang out your ear and I’ll tell you. Midnight Boulevard is the 2D6 treatment for getting along in a film noir world, savvy? It’s based on Cepheus Engine and the Original Science Fiction Roleplaying Game, so you already know kinda what you’re getting with a lifepath mechanic and plenty of past careers. But there’s other swag in here too; here, I’ll let the wisehead tell you:

  • A Scar table to determine the character’s inner turmoil and flawed past that affects present actions
  • Rules for drinking — and being affected by — alcohol, a staple of films noir
  • A table for determining the types of organized crime entities the heroes interact with
  • A selection of equipment, weapons, and vehicles
  • Suggestions for running characters through a film noir setting
  • A selection of slang terms used during the period

Okay, that’s enough, pally; beat it, already! The rest of you mugs, what are you waiting for? Grab Midnight Boulevard and your rod and get in on the action before some torpedo beats you to it.

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Luis O Moura D June 29, 2020 9:21 pm UTC
So, this is a genre expansion for Cepheus and/or Traveller 2D6, not an adventure in and of itself. Correct?
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Rick M January 20, 2020 1:44 am UTC
I have purchased this as well as the adventure, "Devil's Wages." I noticed the animal listings, as well as some of the NPCs in the adventure have abbreviated stats in the form of X/Y where it looks like X= Endurance and y=the sum of Strength + Dexterity. Is that correct and if so, does that mean they don't get the associated Attribute modifiers?

I also noticed that the NPCs in Devil's Wages" have an attribute labelled "Trait." This is not described in either "Midnight Boulevard" nor "Devil's Wages." I have purchased "D6 Talents" as well as Cepheus "Traits" but the Traits assigned to the "Devil's Wages" NPCs are not listed/described in either of those publications. Is there someplace where these are explained?
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Michael B May 03, 2020 10:20 pm UTC
Your assumption of the animals' hits is correct. It's just a shorthand I use rather than statting out a full UPP. Any Attribute mods I leave to the Referee to impose or ignore as (s)he sees fit. As to the traits in "The Devil's Wages", they're just suggested personality hooks for NPCs (I should've made that clear. Sorry), for optional use by the Referee.

And thank you for your support. Happy gaming!
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Rick M November 14, 2018 1:39 am UTC
Is this a stand alone game, or do you need a set of 'core rules?'
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Michael B November 14, 2018 4:47 pm UTC
It uses the rules for Cepheus Engine and/or the Traveller SRD. CE is available here on DTRPG while the Traveller SRD is freely available online.
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Noah D November 14, 2018 12:38 am UTC
Looks like an interesting game, but it's mislabeled.
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Michael B November 14, 2018 4:48 pm UTC
Yep. Caught and fixed. Thanks for the look-over.
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