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Those Dark Places: Industrial Science Fiction Roleplaying


Space is a hell of a thing but you need to be sure that this is what you want. Like, what you really want. The idea of space exploration to further the frontiers of mankind is noble, but let's not kid ourselves - it's really all about furthering the profit margins. There's money to be made and out there is the place to make it, but you hear all kinds of stories… equipment malfunctions, strange discoveries, crewmembers going insane... You'll be out there in the reaches, alone, for months or years, breathing recycled air and drinking recycled water, with nothing but a few feet of metal and shielding between you and certain death.

Are you sure this is what you want?

- Crew Orientation Briefing


Those Dark Places is a rules-light, story-focused roleplaying game about the darker side of space exploration and the people who travel the stars in claustrophobic, dangerous conditions. Starships, stations, and outposts aren't havens of safety with clean, brightly lit corridors - they're potential deathtraps, funded by budget-conscious corporate interests and running on stale, recycled air and water. The stars may be the future of humanity, but they are also home to horrors and terror the human mind cannot comprehend.

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Robert P December 13, 2020 6:00 pm UTC
I think it's a good product. But leaving out stats and details for alien and cosmic threats seems bizarre, considering the game has quoted Alien and Dead Space as major influences. I hope there's a follow up product that adds some extra info. I like the light mechanics and the artwork is cool too.
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Jonathan H December 14, 2020 7:36 pm UTC
Hi Robert - thank you and I'm glad you're enjoying the game!

That was a decision I made early in the design process. My driving idea was keeping everything a surprise for the players and including such things in the rulebook would give them a definitive enemy and therefore reduce the tension. This way, the GM can design whatever they want using the simple rules and keep the players on their toes - they won't know what to expect!

There is follow up material in the works focusing on more options and background material for GMs, and I'm working on a short additional that addresses such things as Aliens, cosmic terrors and Eldritch horrors. Stay tuned!
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Robert P December 14, 2020 11:41 pm UTC
That's great news! Thanks for letting me know. It's going to be brilliant with those few additions.
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Sean W November 30, 2020 2:48 pm UTC
Bought it, read it, ran it (last night), love it. It's mint.

The light but flavourful and well-written rules really suit the pace for sci-fi exploration and investigation games (and have a great tone). The author has shrewdly pulled back from piling on lists of 'stuff' and gives the GM the necessary tools to pop the players into hazardous situations and locales. It's a joy to run. Players will not know what to expect (apart from creeping anxiety, possible trauma etc). Game design is a lot about good judgement and Mr Hicks knows the score.
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Joe C November 26, 2020 3:53 pm UTC
This is neat and tidy system got hooked by a you tube
The game was run by the author,
have ordered a hard copy from my games store.
Already modified the rules to run Middle Earth.
This is game is versatile and brilliant to modify and hack.
Looking forward to what the book has In store.
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David J November 26, 2020 1:37 pm UTC
For $17, I'll need a preview. And not just of the table of contents.
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George K November 26, 2020 2:07 pm UTC
Yeah kind of disappointing nothing to see.
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Derek H November 26, 2020 5:52 pm UTC
You can find the TOC and the intro on Amazon. I too wish they would provide more, esp some of the mechanics or how stations, etc. are designed. Tables or something else?
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George K November 27, 2020 1:27 am UTC
Yeah, shouldn't have to look anywhere else, other than here for some examples.
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Derek H November 27, 2020 1:52 pm UTC
And now a review has been posted to You can find it here:
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George K November 28, 2020 9:45 pm UTC
Still no pictures of the interior, that's a huge "no-no".
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Osprey G November 30, 2020 9:26 am UTC
There's a preview up now - hopefully it'll give you a decent look at the game and the system. Sorry for the delay and thanks for your patience!
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