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Tribes in the Dark - Playtest

We are the dispossessed, the Children of Hom, the Fallen, we are the Eight Tribe and we stand alone. We are those who walk away, those who turn our backs on the Seven Sisters, on our mothers and fathers, and venture into the wastelands around us to find our destiny, to find our calling. Some of us are rebels or outlaws, others malcontents and lunatics, victims and terrorists, but we are one; we are the Children of the Fall. Listen to me, my brothers and sisters, we must no longer stand idle and silent; our time has come. The ashes are vanishing and in their wake a new world is dawning, a world that is our destiny to discover and to reclaim. The past, the camps, the Z'bri, they are all just that - the past. The future is dark and unknown; the future belongs to us.

-Altara Ven, "The Manifesto of the Fallen"

Tribes in the Dark is a roleplaying game set in Dream Pod 9’s Tribe 8 universe, a post-apocalyptic future with PCs who are marked by destiny. 

Conflict, and intrigue, are ever-present as these Fallen stand against numerous forces such as the Fatimas (Avatars of the Goddess), their former tribes, the Z’Bri (Alien monsters who once enslaved humanity), themselves, and more.

The Tribes in the Dark Quickstart ebook (pdf) contains everything needed to start a campaign. 

  • Information on Vimary and Hom (home of the Tribes and Fallen, respectively)

  • Character creation and faction rules

  • Interaction rules

  • A system for Synthesis (the magic of Tribes in the Dark)

  • A recreation of the original introductory adventure, Enemy of my Enemy

The Tribes in the Dark Player Kit (pdf) contains playbook sheets for the 7 tribes, gear & more.

  • Fallen Agnite

  • Fallen Dahlian

  • Fallen Evan

  • Fallen Joanite

  • Fallen Magdalite

  • Fallen Terasheban

  • Fallen Yagan

  • Cell Sheet

  • Faction Sheets

The past is dead; your future begins now!


Number of players: 3-6

Age of players: 16+

Length: 2-6 hours

All rules use Forged in the Dark mechanics, made available by One Seven Design.

Tribe 8 and Tribes in the Dark logos and artwork are Copyright 1998-2021 Dream Pod 9, Inc. and are Trademarks of Dream Pod 9, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

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William H August 18, 2022 8:05 pm UTC
Just wanted to point a couple corrections in the 1.2 rules and player's kit:
* On pg. 40 it says "Mark an Eminence use and roll to determine the effect.". This should say, "Roll to determine the effect, and pay stress or mark an Eminence use:
* The Doomsayer goals were accidentally copy-pasted from the Agnites. The Doomsayer starting goals should be:

* Recruit more Fallen to restore the faction's numbers
* Recover a piece of Joshua
* Make preparations to help Veruka survive the winter
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Micah K August 12, 2022 2:42 pm UTC
I just downloaded this and I'm psyched to read it. DP9 games were my favorite back in the day and rebooting Tribe 8 with the FitD system is a brilliant idea.
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Dani J November 18, 2021 4:16 pm UTC
Ooh new edition!!! Kickstarter someday?
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Oscar S November 20, 2021 11:06 am UTC
That is the intent.
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December 02, 2021 1:28 pm UTC
Interesting. I loved Tribe 8 back in the day and look forward to revisiting the setting.
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