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Dateline: New York City, 1931

In the midst of the Great Depression, hope is scarce. There is an election coming, but until then the local authorities seem helpless to stop a massive crime wave. Some blame poverty, others the decline of decency. Unbeknownst to the Common Joe, the city is being carved into realms by ten sinister cabals. That’s also when a group of ordinary people discover they are changing, acquiring superpowers. Now, will these heroes use their transmogrify for good or for evil?

The game is a study of mortal investigators slowly becoming superheroes or ultra villains. Do your players see themselves as pawns, protectors or the rising rulers of NYC?

Free-Style Role-Play uses a Quick and Dirty system. The players are not going to always control precisely what happens in combat. The player selects a broad action and a result is generated from a set of outcomes. Yes, there are dice rolls. Wouldn’t be a game without such.

Yet instead of rolling D20 and consulting the Hit Chart, you take actions in free-style fashion and compare your abilities (Traits, Swaggering and Cosmic Attacks) against the generated event. A deck of 129 cards spawns the combat actions and allows the players to improve in ability as they adventure. There are eight suits of sixteen cards, the same as used in Era Ten. The last card signals when the deck shuffles.

As can be seen from the playtest videos, links below, the game allows cooperative play with the gamemaster also running his character.

Ask your questions about free-style role-play at our VOX public forum,

Else, watch some of the playtest videos on YouTube, specifically:


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Patrick B May 12, 2020 6:53 am UTC
The product description makes reference to a deck of cards without saying whether those cards are included or are an additional required purchase.
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George R September 01, 2020 12:55 am UTC
Try this

Hard to sell a $20 Tarot deck inside a $5 game booklet. You old enough to remember the ones you cut out of cardstock. But the site listed will serve all your needs, gratis.
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