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"Hello? Mission control? This is Agent McCormack reporting in. Location... deep dreamscape, second layer, reflection of East-London dockyards. Requesting urgent support. Entire team pinned in combat with unknown assailants." 

"At least [fragment missing] on our position. Seemingly human, emerging from the harbour, most with fish-like alterations, many armed. ...I don't know, give me a [speech inaudible, sounds of gunfire]. Good God, it's huge! Coming out of the water, slithering this way." 

"It's [fragment missing]." 

"Oh! I hear police sirens in- [wet ripping sounds] Jesus, it got Granger, his skin came right off... Mucus everywhere, guns don't do... oh Jesus Christ, it sees me! [inaudible, heavy breathing and footsteps] Get me out of here! I can't-" 

[Transmission ends in static]

It is easy to assume that what we see in our waking hours comprise the sum total of reality, and that the places we visit in dreams are mere phantoms, illusions conjured by our sleeping minds and nothing more. But what if that wasn't true? What if the world of our dreams were as real as our waking lives? Indeed, what if it were possible to visit these places while still lucid; to project one's mind out of one's body and into the strange vistas that lurk beyond the veil of sleep, outside of the physical world? Upon descending into the worlds of dreams and madness, what would an intrepid explorer find there? And, indeed, what would gaze back at them with cold, piscine eyes of their own?

In this game, your players will find the answers to these questions, and more. Taking on the rolls of field-agents of the quasi-official Morpheus Agency, they venture into the dreamscape on missions of exploration and espionage. As they progress, they'll encounter strange beings, glitches in the very fabric of reality, and conspiricies that reach across the void between dimensions. 

The game's mechanics will be familiar to those already acquainted with old-school gaming, but feature a number of adaptations to reflect the surreal nature of exploration of the Dreamscape. Of note:

  • Players track their character's heart rate, with each dice roll adding to their heart rate. Should their heartbeat become to rapid, cardiac arrest will force them to be withdrawn from the dreamscape. Likewise, loss of HP in the dreamscape will force withdrawel due to pain, rather than resulting in character death.
  • Upon being forced out of the dreamscape, the stress placed upon the character results in complications going forward; player characters are hard to kill off and instead become permenantly scarred by their experiences.
  • XP is earned for uncovering facts & secrets and achieving mission objectives, unlocking new ways to explore the Dreamscape as the Agents level up. In this way, the game becomes about picking at the various threads of the setting's conspiricies and complications.
  • And various other tweaks to familiar formulas in order to streamline play or bring the setting's tone and metaphysics to the forefront.

This PDF contains handounts for players, namely:

  • A character sheet for each of the four departments of Agent (Logistics, Security, Surveillance and Technical Support), detailing character creation and how their various special abilities work.
  • A rules handout for each of the four departments, explaining the game's mechanics as well as a short background explaining how missions into the dreamscape work.
  • Additions to your character sheets for when the campaign's scope broadens to include activity in the waking world or promotion to special agents.

These printouts contain everything you need as a player in order to play. There is a book for the referee (available to download here) that explains the setting's details, as well as going into more detail on how the referee might want to handle the rules.

 
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This title was added to our catalog on May 14, 2019.
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