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Four-Colour Apocrypha is a superhero world-building game that's not built on unshakeable truths, but incomplete facts, dubious rumours, and unproven opinions, followed up by telling the stories the people in your fictional world are telling through superhero comics! That could be classic cape-and-cowl comics, grim and gritty reboots, or bizarre psychedelic deconstructions of the whole genre—it's all up to you.

The game uses Microscope-like mechanics (and takes inspiration from the Microscope-derived i'm sorry did you say street magic and zoetrope) to build a rough timeline of gossip, rumour, and possibility:

  • You start out Exploring Ideas by taking actions such as Introduce a Topic (an issue people are talking about), State a Fact (make a statement that everyone can question), and Ask for Rumours (ask a question and get more than one subjective answer).
  • When you're done fleshing out the current era of the world, you shift to Writing Stories—synopses of superhero comics by characters taking inspiration from the increasingly weird world around them.
  • When you're done poking at and imposing details on these stories, you shift to the final phase in the cycle, Passing Time—the stories you've written affect the world, the world changes by itself, and fiction slowly, but surely starts to bleed into reality.
  • Then you advance to the next era and start the cycle all over again.

This game includes: the full colour landscape pdf version of the rules; a print-friendly version with tiled page; and a .txt version for screen readers.

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June 13, 2020
This title was added to our catalog on June 13, 2020.
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