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DARK NATION is a game that puts you in the role of ordinary people struggling for justice while living under a repressive regime known as The System. 

DARK NATION takes place in a world that is close to our own. Perhaps in an alternate or actual past or present, perhaps in the near future.

DARK NATION builds on the simple Cthulhu Dark rules to create a fast playing, flexible game. 

In the 92 page, black and white, A5 format book you will find:

  • Complete rules for creating characters and playing the game
  • Guidance for the game's administrator
  • Advice on how to create your own dark plots
  • Four Dark Nations 
  • Seven scenarios
"The thing I was most impressed by was that it created -- more than any Cthulhu-themed game I have played -- a powerful sense of taking a stand against an all-powerful enemy, and doing something worthwhile even if it meant dooming yourself. " - Playtest feedback.

The Dark Nations provided in the book are

  • Dark USA 1938
  • Dark Italy 1982
  • Dark Britain 1985
  • Dark Germany, 2035

The scenarios included in the book are

  • Dark River - tragedy strikes when children go swimming on a hot summer's day. Can the investigators unmask those responsible?
  • The Trial - An old friend resurfaces after an absence of years, but something has changed them, and it won't let them go.
  • Restoration Games - When the curator of the state museum dies in an accident it falls to his friends to find out what happened.
  • Television is bad for you - When a family are killed in a house fire started by a faulty television it's a tragedy, but the evidence suggests it might be worse than that.
  • Controlled burn - Many died when a block of flats burned to the ground, but more survived. The question is, where have they all gone?
  • The boiler room - The local mayor ruined your lives. Now she's running for high office. You can't just let her coast to victory, can you?
  • Lockdown - A deadly virus has arrived in the nation, but are the authorities really doing all they can to contain it?

Content warnings

Dark Nation is a game that does not pull its punches, and the 'real world' setting means games can hit closer to home than the fantasy equivalent. While the content of an individual session will be up to the players, themes of state repression, brutality and cruelty are likely to be ever present. 




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Todd C November 29, 2022 8:38 pm UTC
For some reason i get an error when trying to add the hardcover and pdf combo
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Jeremy A October 19, 2022 3:04 am UTC
Could we get some preview pages, please? Thanks!
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Jordan B September 17, 2022 12:43 am UTC
Any chance of Print on Demand?
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Martin L September 26, 2022 2:52 pm UTC
Yes! There was print on demand, then for a brief period there wasn't because of issues with the paper weight and the number of photos. But since today that's all sorted out and both hardcover and softcover versions are available again, on lovely #70 paper.
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David C October 01, 2022 1:15 pm UTC
The print copy I ordered is reportedly on hold as of 9/15. Is there any word on when I might receive it?
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Paul C July 25, 2022 9:58 pm UTC
Would have given it a five star rating, but no downloadable character sheets.
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