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Running Out Of Time

Running Out Of Time is a  minimalist, classically-inspired RPG about survival and empathy in a dystopian cyberpunk future, where time is literally money and you only have a few days left to live, unless you start making more Time, or stealing for those that have too much.

Characters in this game are runners, people who realised the game was stacked against them and decide to act. They become mercenaries, revolutionaries, justice seeker and vigilantes. They take jobs to do whatever it takes to get more Time and share with others, or plan their own operations to steal the almost endless Time the rich have taken from all.

The game offers simple mechanics for cybernetic implants, weapons and other high tech gear, and focus on the dire situation the less fortunate have to live with. XP is based on how you spend your time, and how you share it with others.

The book brings a complete toolkit for the Referee, helping them build a Megacity, with different districts, events, sights, sounds and smells, as well as a job generator and 100 things that are happening in the game to spice things up!

The System

The rules that power Running Out Of Time were developed based on the amazing system created for Into the Odd and perfected with Electric Bastionland by Chris McDowall. They came into being during the Game Jam he hosted called Eclectic Bastionjam. The rules themselves fit in a A5 sheet of paper, but they are incredible flexible and encourages a type of game focusing on exploration, dialogue and creativity few games can match.

Most of the actions are resolved simply by role-play and the dice are only called for when there are serious risk and important consequences at play. When that happen you don't make a test like other games, you make a save. You're trying to avoid a serious consequence here.

Combat is also taken very seriously in a very simple way. All attacks hit and deal damage. You just roll for damage, and so does the Referee with your enemies. So think carefully if you really want to draw your weapons.

All of this and more makes the game system ideal for new and veteran players who want to focus on the story being created together without being bogged down by the rules. Upping the consequences and impact of player choices and actions make every moment counts on these games.

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May 15, 2021 3:59 am UTC
Greetings Mr. Diogo, you made a wonderful cyberpunk game!
I have doubts. I cannot find information through the manual about some terms and their implications for the game. Can you help me?

The rulebook says:
"Attribute Damage
If someone suffers enough damage to reduce their STR to 0, they are dead. For DEX they are paralyzed. For WIL they suffer a Stressful Event."

1) What causes damage (making you lose points) to DEX?
2) What does it mean "paralyzed" in game terms?
3) What cause damage (making you lose points) to WIL?
4) What is a "Stressful Event" in game terms?

These terms are underlined or in bold, as if they were to be somewhere in the manual, but I can't find any references through the pages.
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Robert B June 03, 2021 10:09 pm UTC
Haven't read this game, but since it's based off Into the Odd, which I have played a lot... some creatures and items do DEX or WIL damage rather than (or in addition to) regular damage. In ITO there are things called Arcana that basically are super powers or spells and some of them could do variable damage types.
Paralyzed probably means can't take any action other then talking or thinking. Not sure about the Stressful Event.. is there an insanity table or chart? I haven't this game yet but when I do I'll edit this. EDITED: Sorry just realized this is based on Electric Bastionland (which is based on ITO) which I have. Maybe this will help you ABILITY Loss: If a character has their STR score reduced to zero they are dead. If their DEX or CHA are reduced to zero the character is paralysed or catatonic respectively, and cannot act until their ABILITY is restored.They must be carried to safety.
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Gabriel S March 10, 2021 1:40 am UTC
Em português esse também!!!! Bora fazer um financiamento. Ctz absoluta que vai da boa!
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Diogo N April 02, 2021 8:15 pm UTC
Está sendo traduzido já e vai sair sem financiamento!
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