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Gears of Defiance is a narrative roleplaying game that explores themes of oppression, resistance, and the bonds of family. Players step into the shoes of second-class Imperial citizens, members of a tyrannical society with limited rights and stripped of privilege. Together they must rely on each-other as they figure out their place in the growing resistance against a powerful Empire, and decide what lines they’re willing to cross for a chance at a better future.

  • Create narrative-defined characters by answering a few questions
  • Collaborate to create the oppressive Empire, the Family that still resists, and a customized setting that is completely unique for your game.
  • Undermine the Empire through peaceful resistance, subtlety and intrigue, or actively on the resistance's front lies
  • Tract your character's mutable moral and political standing with The Alignment Matrix. 
  • Rules for one-shots, short-term games, and long campaigns
  • Includes six premade settings by top industry talents for instand plug-and-lay!
  • 3 Maps you can print out to define and manage your city!

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Baruch H September 03, 2019 8:13 pm UTC
apparently i can't write a review because i backed the game on kickstarter and didn't buy it, so here goes:

This game shows some real potential – the subject is interesting, and it has some good mechanics (the collaborative empire building for example). Which is way it's such a shame that this game is an unplayable mess. The rules as written don’t make sense. There are constant writing errors ("doctors are are much needed"). Entire concepts and rules are missing (for example, the "damage and healing" section has no healing rules). Rules are vague and unclear (the alignment matrix in particular is a mess). There are multiple terms for the same things (trait/virtue, Occupation/profession, careful/cautious) There are many contradictory rules (for example – having the needed equipment for a task, like a rope, give you +2 dice. Also, if you need a simple equipment, like a rope, you are assumed to have it but don't get a bonus. Also, the inventor has a passive that says "you...See more
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Gary B April 13, 2019 7:00 pm UTC
Great potential. But did you realise that the Explorer and the Gambler show the same details (page 26)?
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