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The Ultraviolet Grasslands and the Black City is a tabletop role-playing game book, half setting, half adventure, and half epic trip; inspired by psychedelic heavy metal, the Dying Earth genre, and classic Oregon Trail games. It leads a group of ‘heroes’ into the depths of a vast and mythic steppe filled with the detritus of time and space and fuzzy riffs.

  • 32 ready-to-run destinations
  • scores of strange discoveries to pepper around your world
  • a few mini-adventures and a generative lunar dungeon
  • over 200 color illustrations
  • 7 unusual factions, from sentient mind-controlling cats to many-bodied porcelain princes, and dozens of backgrounds for characters
  • preview of SEACAT game system but written to be system-light and easily ported to the game system of your choice, from D&D 5E to GLOG to PbtA.
  • equipment for the ultraviolet wastes
  • long-distance travel rules
  • caravan rules and unusual trade goods
  • spells, biomagical corruption, portal gates, and a ton of strange items
  • history, climate, and discovery generators
  • color referee screen
  • a very long vertical map
For physical copies, visit Exalted Funeral. There are currently no plans to make this book available in POD.

The UVG is the work of the designer, artist, and writer Luka Rejec and was made possible through the generous support of hundreds of discerning fans at the Stratometaship patreon. Luka's previous work includes illustrating Chris Kutalik's acid fantasy Misty Isles of the Eld, co-writing What Ho Frog Demons with the Hydra Coöperative, and writing, art, and design on the twice-sold-out adventure of witch-hunting: Witchburner.

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George F March 17, 2022 7:24 pm UTC
Is there any way to obtain the accessories for UVG such as the fold out map that appeared to come packaged with hardcover editions? I checked the Exalted Funeral store and they didn't seem to carry the map or hardcover edition.
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Luka W March 28, 2022 3:34 am UTC
We're planning a reprint (hopefully later this year). I'll also see about putting up a free / at cost POD version on dtrpg.
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Tim S April 21, 2022 5:28 pm UTC
Where can I follow this reprint?
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Luka W May 11, 2022 3:58 am UTC
I'll announce it everywhere on all social medias multiple times.

I guess the @stratometaship Twitter might be easy, or the Xenon Elasmotherium substack:

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Mathias B January 05, 2022 8:02 am UTC
I bought the 2019 version which is no longer available in DTRPG.
Can you tell me where the differences are and if it would make sense for me to buy this one, too?
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Luka W January 10, 2022 3:46 am UTC
I'm not sure there is any noticeable difference in the text content. This is the same book - there were a few typos changed and some of the later print editions have a different cover. If your copy is ~192 pages long, it's the same book.

If you mean the free introduction, released back in 2018 — that was shorter and had different layout.

If/when a V3.0 comes out, with substantial changes to the content, you'll be sure to know. It'll probably have a giant number somewhere, and a big blurb saying what's new and different :)
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Christopher C May 19, 2021 5:41 pm UTC
Checking in to add my voice to the chorus asking for an estimate on physical copies. Currently, the secondary market for this is insane considering it's a relatively recent publication.
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Luka W May 20, 2021 1:30 pm UTC
See below: waiting on delivery!
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Christopher C May 22, 2021 6:46 pm UTC
Thanks, Luka. :)
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Elijah J May 18, 2021 1:09 am UTC
Does anyone know when physical copies will be available again?
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Luka W May 20, 2021 1:29 pm UTC
Currently in production, waiting on delivery.
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David W J January 27, 2021 6:38 pm UTC
The Roll20 character sheet has words displaying over each other and it really looks bad. I’m organizing a game in a few weeks to introduce several DMs to this system to run with their own groups, but I don’t want them to see the error as their first impressions. Can you please fix the character sheet? Whether I’m on smart phone, tablet, or a computer it looks the same.
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Luka W January 29, 2021 7:04 am UTC
Hi David,

There is no official UVG Roll20 sheet that I work on or maintain. Any sheets there are fan-made and I suggest contacting the creators. I wish you best of luck!

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Pieter-Jan D November 13, 2020 8:22 pm UTC
In my opinion, one of the most innovative contributions to Indie roleplaying games

This oozes 1970 sci-fi aesthetics. Although Rejec has is own inimitable style and intriguing choice of colour palette, it reminds me of the joy I experience when finding Moebius and or reading Dupuis' Spirou, which in the 70, gave us a glimpse of the future in it's own claire ligne style.

The content has gonzo ideas that leaps at you from every page and yet would not be amiss as the basis for a modern sci fi adaptation. Some pages (like the End, the black city) give me Hyperion Cantos, whereas the plagues, or what happened to some locations give me Alastaire Reynolds vibes.

Is it post-apocalyptic, Western, post-humanist, body or cosmic horror or pop scifi? Are we in a Barsoom, Mongo or Barberella? It's all of the above: We have a kind of terminator, Pod-people, Hive minds, and psionic cats. And way too much weird stuff to even touch the surface here.

What we do: traveling on...See more
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Luka W November 14, 2020 10:56 pm UTC
Ahh, thank you! You've summarized it perfectly.
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chris L November 12, 2020 11:36 pm UTC
Luka. Stunning product. Please please please make the screen and map available again. I feel like the DM screen is essential.
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Luka W November 14, 2020 10:56 pm UTC
I will try! If nothing else, I have to upload the .pdfs of it to dtrpg as well. I get overwhelmed by uploading to multiple sites and managing them all, and then I just procrastinate. Terrible, I know.
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Matt F May 12, 2020 9:33 pm UTC
Please make this book POD. I would dearly love ANY kind of print copy. I'll buy two!
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Luka W May 13, 2020 5:40 pm UTC
We're actually planning a 2nd edition softcover with Exalted Funeral after we finish the 1st one.
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Michael P August 27, 2020 10:17 am UTC
would be great if Melsonia could also distribute a few, as shipping costs from US are always a bit special
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Luka W August 28, 2020 7:05 am UTC
It's on the books!
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Martin S December 13, 2020 8:58 am UTC
Yes, please. I really want this as premium color hardcover! And any of the supplements as premium color softcovers. These are so gorgeous, I'd really want them anyway, but due to the many tables and need to flip around, they're also extremely hard to play from the PDFs.
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Robert D December 20, 2020 3:34 pm UTC
Came here to buy a print copy. Take my money!
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Luka W December 21, 2020 9:59 am UTC
Augh. I'm sorry, but I contractually can't put a print copy up here! But, you know, after getting held up at a border for ... I don't even remember what ... the second printing is now in stock at Exalted Funeral Press, I think. O_O
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Martin S December 25, 2020 7:52 am UTC
I just checked, but it's still only available as pdf at EFP. I saw the hardcover in Questing Beast's YouTube review, and I *really* want it, no matter where I can buy it! Please tell whoever has the printing rights that there's demand! And merry Christmas! :)
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Luka W December 29, 2020 7:08 am UTC
I actually checked and the physical books of the second printing went through the following struggles so far:

> held up at border as potentially subversive literature (turned out they weren't),
> held up by massive snowstorm,
> most recently: held up by ransomware attack at logistics centre.

When I add this to the challenges of the first physical printing:

> family tragedy,
> pandemic,
> shut borders during lockdown.

I can only say I'm surprised we dodged (till now) the one I'd really expected to be a mess: brexit.

Life is weird.

Here's hoping the physical book is ready soon-soon!
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Martin S January 03, 2021 10:32 pm UTC
Aaaaaand bought (off EFP)! :D Thanks for the info!!! (Still interested in a hardcover version. If that ever comes out again, please, if you can, leave a note here!)
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Luka W January 04, 2021 2:09 am UTC
Yep, but if that happens, I might redesign it to also include the Rainbowlands, or something. Anyhow, give more space to the art! :D
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