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Gran Meccanismo


It is the Year of Our Lord 1510, and one has to wonder how differently history could have played out if Niccolò Machiavelli, the military commissioner of the Republic of Florence, had not understood the true scale of Leonardo da Vinci’s genius. In such a world, the visionary might simply have wasted his time painting portraits of women and doodling in a sketchbook. Instead, he unleashed a technological revolution where primitive computers, decorated with delicately painted cupids, run on water clocks; spring-powered tanks whir across the battlefield, cannons thundering from their flanks; and gliders flit across perfectly blue Tuscan skies.

Gran Meccanismo is a roleplaying game of swashbuckling adventure in a Renaissance Italy where Florence's winding alleys play host to spies, scholars, and sell-swords alike. Players are nobles, mercenaries, inventors, and artisans who may find themselves crossing wits with Machiavelli, avoiding the dangerous charms of Lucretia Borgia, or hearing Christopher Columbus telling tales of the new world he has discovered...

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Scott W March 23, 2024 4:43 pm UTC
Would love to see a Da Vinci Notebook with some examples of the New Science. Even if it was just a small pdf.
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Quinn M September 03, 2023 3:12 pm UTC
I've purchased the physical book, and just ran an adventure for Gran Meccanismo this weekend at the Gamesfest in Tri-Cities, WA. The players were sold by the alternate history of the setting. Are there any plans for a physical map of Florence in something like a poster size? What about supplements or adventures to be published in support of Gran Meccansimo?
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September 05, 2023 4:20 pm UTC
I was one of the players from Gramefest 2023 and we loved this setting and I was sold partially on the artwork etc. I'd love to see some supplemental content and the maps and art work available in pdf or jpg forms as well.
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Greg H August 18, 2022 8:09 pm UTC
Can we get an idea of the mechanics / system ?
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Sven N August 19, 2022 9:57 am UTC
Page five of the full-size preview hints at a dice pool - count successes system, but I agree that a more thorough explanation had been nice.
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Osprey G August 19, 2022 10:32 am UTC
Hi! Gran Meccanismo uses Graham Spearing's TRIPOD system, which stands for Traits In Pools Of Dice. The game uses descriptive phrases – ‘Traits’ – and applies them directly to play by giving each phrase a value, which is converted into a number of six-sided dice that you throw when resolving Challenges. You can find out some more information on the standalone TRIPOD system's page here on DTRPG.
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This title was added to our catalog on August 18, 2022.