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Black Void: Core Book

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“A dark fantasy tabletop roleplaying game

about the fall and resurgence of humanity” 

In the days when Babylon was the greatest city on Earth, mankind lived in placid ignorance of the grandeur, vastness and horror of the cosmos. Following cataclysmic events on Earth the fragile veil between reality and the Void was shattered and the truth of existence revealed. As mankind cried for salvation they were torn from their homeworld by Void-torrents and the surviving peoples of Earth were scattered among the stars. Countless were lost and mankind seemed all but perished. Over the decades the survivors, stragglers and ragged remnants of mankind’s tribes struggled for their lives across countless uncaring worlds. However, a few managed to go beyond mere subsistence and travel the Void-currents to congregate in fabled Llyhn, epicentre of the cosmos.

BLACK VOID takes place in a distant past which is both familiar and outlandish in its dark and exotic ambience. As descendants of the survivors of Earth, characters can adopt many roles such as:

  • Serving as emissaries, defending the enclaves and last remnants of human civilization.
  • Travelling the Void-currents as explorers seeking riches and glory across the cosmos.
  • Venturing to find Earth, the long lost cradle of humanity.
  • Seeking influence and claiming a new home for mankind, taking their rightful places as leaders of mankind.
  • Diving into the intrigues of Llyhn or perhaps building an empire in the dark depths of the city’s underworld.
  • Discovering the true essence of existence finding enlightenment beyond the veil of reality; in a Void filled with mindless abominations.

Black Void uses an original rules set: The entire system is based on a few basic principles, making the rules easy to grasp and implement, which in the end gives more time for the fun bit, namely playing the game. 

Game mechanics: Actions are resolved by a single roll using a twelve-sided dice to determine their success or failure. Actions have a difficulty rating, which is the value the dice-roll must equal or exceed for the action to be successful. Rolls are modified by adding Trait, ability and conditional modifiers - with the key feature that actions can be associated with differing Traits or skills enabling players to adopt their individual style depending on circumstances or personal preference.

Key features: Two main factors in the game are enlightenment and Wastah. Each factor significantly impacts the game as enlightenment grant characters the ability to traverse the Void as well as extraordinary powers and abilities while Wastah confers tangible and vital sway, authority and social influence with other sentient species. Aspects that are essential as mankind’s – and the character’s - very existence is threatened.  

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Paul E July 11, 2020 8:45 pm UTC
I've tried to find out what font it used for the titles, but so far no luck. Is it possible to find out, and if so where to find it?

(Google-fu has let me down so far)
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Jon B October 30, 2020 5:19 pm UTC
Akvaleir, Alaska, scriptina and SegoeScript are embedded in the file.

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Patrick S March 27, 2020 9:00 am UTC
Awesome product. Would be nice to see more.
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James M September 19, 2019 5:27 am UTC
I backed this on Kickstarter, so I do own the hardcopy and pdf.

It is always hard to judge a review when there is no reason given for the rating. While I can’t leave an actual rating since I have not purchased it here I will leave my thoughts here. There are a few typos that have been found, and will be corrected in the pdf and future prints.

Art: 5/5

Layout: 5/5

Character Creation: 4.75/5 I’m giving a small deduction here because there are a couple spots where a page reference for weapon modifiers would be useful, even just on or around the sample character. Overall it is easy to make a character. The hard part is choosing what you want along the way.

Setting: 5/5 Very detailed, around half the book. Set locations, characters, and creatures are all detailed very well, and there is even a way to make your own worlds.

Play: N/A While I have read the book I have yet to get a game together due to other currently running campaigns....See more
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Christoph K September 19, 2019 9:15 am UTC
I absolutely agree with James. But like James - I cannot vote here because I backed it on Kickstarter.

The lore is quite interesting in my point of view. And the core rule book is very, very solid handwork. Ok, the rule mechanics are not a reinvention of role playing games. But so what...

Some of the artwork is absolutely stunning (ok, to be honest: I personally think that the high standard applys not to all drawings in the book but even those are not bad, more "old school".)

So, I can recommend it. A nice piece of work.
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Angelo P August 23, 2019 4:42 am UTC
I’ve been a long time fan of Modiphius so I rolled the dice and this is a let down. It brings little new to the conversation and candidly feels more like a game from the mid-90’s - which isn’t objectively bad but it feels overwrought and immature. I’m sure this was a labor of love; compared to Mothership, Stars Without Number, Coriolis, etc. it lacks innovation and reads a little stale. I haven’t played it but there may be a reason there’s no preview yet.
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Anthony H August 23, 2019 8:32 pm UTC
I mean, this looks pretty damned metal and the preview is now up. What's the beef here?
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Angelo P August 31, 2019 1:43 am UTC
There’s no beef, just my opinion on the game. People put a bunch of work and passion into it as I acknowledged, I shared my two cents on what I think of the game compared to others. I think there are better options but help yourself.
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Patrick S February 06, 2020 6:20 am UTC
While The Void isn't perfect ...
Calling the (setting of) this game not innovative is rather weird and objectively wrong.
And where "feels more like a game from the 90s" comes from ... i have absolutely no clue.
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christopher A August 16, 2019 8:07 pm UTC
Full size preview link is broken, quick preview is only 2 pages. Hard to know what's on the inside.
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J.T. D August 16, 2019 10:41 am UTC
I bought the game and like what I've read so far, but the lack of a digital Table of Contents for the PDF makes navigating the book very difficult. I'd be very grateful for an updated copy with ToC!
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J.T. D August 18, 2019 9:35 am UTC
AKA PDF bookmarks.
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J.T. D February 06, 2020 6:29 am UTC
Thank you for such a quick and responsive fix, and sorry for not acknowledging it sooner!
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Scott I August 15, 2019 2:36 pm UTC
No preview? I can't even see the table of contents before I plunk down $20 for your game? Makes me think you've got something to hide.
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Joe D August 15, 2019 3:29 pm UTC
I haven't seen a table of contents, but there's a few preview pages on the Modiphius site.

Considering how high quality all the Modiphius stuff I've seen is, I really doubt they've got something to hide. Most likely they just haven't gotten the preview up yet.
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Anthony H August 23, 2019 8:33 pm UTC
Preview's up!
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Jay L August 15, 2019 1:35 pm UTC
This is not a 2d20 system, should maybe change that in the sidebar as it is misleading.
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