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a|state The Three Coins


The Three Coins is a unique, standalone, 32 page zine-style PDF booklet detailing The Three Coins, a story-telling roleplaying game played in The City, setting of a|state. Featuring annotations by both authoritarian censors and players of the game, The Three Coins provides a unique insight into the world of The City and is a playable game in its own right. Play requires 3 to 4 coins.

Opening Spread of The Three Coins

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About a|state second edition

Cult favourite role-playing game A|State is back in an exciting new edition.

astate second edition

  • Legendary game setting The City returns, loaded with mesmerising and unsettling detail. The new edition of a|state is Forged in the Dark. Experience The City through intense, fiction-first role-playing.
  • Create your own corner of The City and protect it from the powerful factions who want to tear it down.
  • Choose from seven playbooks, including the lethal Ghostfighter, the savvy Mapmaker, and the dogged Lostfinder.
  • Encounter the Shifted and other strange mysteries of The City, a closed environment you can never leave.

You will never forget The City… but The City will forget you.

This work is based on Blades in the Dark (found at, product of One Seven Design, developed and authored by John Harper, and licensed for our use under the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported license (

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April 14, 2022
This title was added to our catalog on April 26, 2022.