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Wretched Époque takes place in the period known as the Belle Époque. This is the time and the fictional place where Umberto Eco's Simone Simonini crosses paths with Jacques Tardi's Adèle Blanc-Sec, Edgar Allan Poe's Chevalier Auguste Dupin and Maurice Leblanc's Arsène Lupin, amidst anarchist bombings, the echoes of the Dreyfus affair, the catastrophic side effects of secret societies conspiring in the shadows and the mysterious results of experiences conducted by mad geniuses. Not yet pulp, not quite historical, it is neither the right time nor the right mood for Steampunk or Dieselpunk. Welcome to the wretched times of Nouveaupunk!

Wretched Époque includes:

- OSR rules for playing fin-de-siécle anti-heroes (expanded Wretched rules for sanity and mesmerism)
- Information about fictional and real-world secret societies, cults and conspiracies
- Plenty of villains, among them criminal masterminds, mad scientists, mythical beasts and Lovecraftian abominations
- The Apache Underworld and Parisian law enforcement of the late 19th century, as foes or allies to the characters
- The Beyond, origin of all supernatural menaces in the Wretched universe
- Timeline and guide to the Arrondissements of Paris in the Belle Époque

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Olivar T June 24, 2022 3:50 pm UTC
I read Wretched Epoque Paris and I liked it so much that I tested at my RPG club (with 5 PC). Made a quick improvised plot/hook set in the middle of the Commune, from a simple investigation on the unexplainable disappearance of a corrupted police unit, the PCs found themselves facing a sect named the "Belphegor Worshippers" whose leader was one of the Louvre curators, several accesses allowed to reach their hiding place, the archives of the Louvre, the Paris Opera and, of course the catacombs, the scenario was made of 70% investigation and 30% encounters, we ended the game on a half victory of the PCs since even if the unit (half of it was transformed into zombies) was found, the "Big Bad" managed to escape in a boat. My players really liked the game system, simple and effective.

The system runs very well, the reading of PDF is helped by an airy and well thought out layout, you get to the point in each chapter, without "rubbish blah blah", cause i'm french I was particularly...See more
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