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Hardboiled Follies: A Setting for DoubleZero


In Hardboiled Follies, you take on the role of a completely unqualified amateur detective. You and your friends avoid your real problems by taking on cases and going undercover to solve mysteries. Opposing you are the trained and licensed professionals of the Columbia Detective Agency. They who urge you to please stop what you’re doing before you get hurt. You know the truth is that they just hate having competition. You’ll show them.

Hardboiled Follies is inspired by every story where an ordinary person gets swept up in some nefarious plot. It’s an homage to all of those comedic fish-out-of-water thrillers where people are suddenly in over their heads, and all of those cozy mysteries where amateur detectives somehow prevail over trained police investigators. Part Murder She Wrote, part The Big Lebowski, it’s a more lighthearted take on the genres covered by the DoubleZero system.

Hardboiled Follies was designed to be used with DoubleZero Easy Mode.

This sourcebook contains the following chapters:

  • The City ProperA lot of people say they’re from the City, but they’re actually from the suburbs or the boroughs or even a town that’s, like, an hour away. It’s not the same as being in the City Proper.
  • Amateur DetectivesAn overview of the player character types available in Hardboiled Follies. This includes new options, restricted abilities, and other changes from the Core Book.
  • Columbia Detective AgencyThe primary antagonists of Hardboiled Follies, this section covers their origins, what their goal is, and how they pursue those aims. It also includes notable members of the organization.
  • Rules ChangesHardboiled Follies uses Easy Mode, so there is a recap of that rules option here. Professions that are not recommended for the setting, and skills that need to be considered.
  • New Equipment: Spy GearA word about weapons available to civilians, and notes on the acquisition and use of commercially available spy gear like listening devices, cameras, and night vision goggles.
  • Allies and Enemies - Full statistics for characters described in the Amateur Detectives and Columbia Detective Agency chapters. This includes a selection of supporting characters.
  • Creating a MysteryAdvice on setting up a simple mystery story for the player characters to solve. A breakdown of preparation, handling clues, and setting up the beginning, middle, and end.
  • BibliographyInspirations for this sourcebook, and recommended media to help establish the overall tone and intention of the setting. Use this section as fodder for adventure ideas and possible characters.
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