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Welcome to the Royal Grand Opera House, the largest and most prestigious theatre in the city of Pavilion. All of your characters have just joined the company of the Royal Grand in one of several potential roles. You might be an actor, dancer or musician, but you might also work backstage on the crew, in wardrobe, lighting or sound or even as a stage manager.

Your contract had an extra section asking if you would be happy to do 'additional duties' for a very small bump in salary. You thought that might be just putting out chairs before a rehearsal, or having to help tidy the auditorium or suchlike. Unfortunately, it turns out to be much more.

Other theatres send spies and saboteurs in to try and ruin the show, and you have to stop them. But that's not all, ghosts haunt the theatre looking to suck the life out of the audience. Horrors are often drawn up from the impossibly deep basement levels by the sounds of the show. Then there are the cursed props that need to be handled exceptionally carefully. The rats in the building are also intelligent, so watch out for that.

You and the other poor souls who agreed to additional duties have to solve all these problems. No one cares how, as long as the audience never knows. However, you also have a job in the show to do, and if you miss a cue because you were fighting a ghost, chasing a saboteur or trying to intimidate a morlock that's no excuse.

Opera House is a tabletop roleplaying game designed with three things in mind.

First, its everything you'd expect of a tabletop RPG, with the option to tell stories in the strange world of the Royal Grand Opera House.

Second, the game can be played in a single session, 'one night only' mode where events occur in real time during the performance of a show.

Finally, Opera House is a theatre sourcebook. It explains what each department does in a theatre, and how a show is put together from auditions to the final night.

The book also offers a full description of the Royal Grand Opera House itself. It is a vast building with more than enough stories packed inside its walls to run whole campaigns without ever setting foot outside. As the building is self contained it might be transplanted into almost any setting to suit your group's current campaign.

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James L September 11, 2021 5:58 pm UTC
220 pages!! Good lord, man! I'm on the fence to purchase this. My mouth is wattering at the thought of such an extensive theatre sourcebook.. I can't quite picture trying to convert that much content from it's source RPG to something else, though. Does it have a SOURCE section that is truly independent of it's built-in RPG? COuldn't you just publish that chunk of the book? What is this custom RPG like anyway? I'm picturing something like a cross between LARP, theatre of the mind and simple d6.. but..?

Also, you mentioned a map pack below, how is that going? :D I have a couple of fine maps of a theatre auditorium, one of them even has the wing and backstage areas, but I haven't seen one with an entire theatre with all of it's levels laid out.
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Andrew P September 11, 2021 6:57 pm UTC
Glad you're intrigued. :)
Most of the book is source material to be honest as its a very simple system so that only takes one of the chapters. Its very rules light so if you want to convert it into something else it won't be a problem. But you might even like to try it as it is.
There is more detail on the system in the kickstarter page thats still up. Just google Opera House kickstarter and you'll find it. One of the updates has a lot of system detail.
The map of the theatre is all done and available for free on drivethru under the Corone Design section - just click above - and on the Opera House website.
Links for all these are in the previous comments so just scroll down and its all there.

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James L September 11, 2021 7:30 pm UTC
Oh.. balderdash. You talked me in to it. ;)
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Andrew P September 11, 2021 8:07 pm UTC
Happy to help :)
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James G March 17, 2021 7:09 am UTC
Does this include a map of the Opera House? Thanks
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Andrew P March 17, 2021 10:58 am UTC
No, there is no real need for a map, and the place isn't really very mapable.
But I do have a map in production that will be available for free on the website when complete.
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Patrick S February 26, 2021 9:21 am UTC
Preview please or at least some words regarding the system. The video tells the exact same thing as the descriptive text. Same with the Kickstarter page.
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Andrew P February 27, 2021 6:47 pm UTC
Fair point! At the moment its only live so backers can claim a copy but I'll add that.
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Andrew P February 27, 2021 6:54 pm UTC
Sadly the preview options don't let me share the system pages very easily, but it is the same one as my 'Hellcats and
I'm not allowed to add links to the product page but you will find more detail on the kickstarter page here:

There is a lot of detail across the updates, most especially this one:
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