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“...and the heretofore mentioned properties on Woebegone Crescent shall be vacated in good order within 10 (ten) days, due to the imminent public health risk posed by under-surface corruption in the immediate area. Thusly,...”

So reads the official eviction notice, tacked to the door of every dwelling in Woebegone Crescent. The Department of Public Health (DPH) of the Three Canals Authority has condemned Woebegone Crescent, and given the residents scant time to vacate their homes and find new lodgings before demolition work begins. Massive wrecking machines are already arriving in the neighbourhood and time is short. If Woebegone Crescent is to have a future, someone needs to fight for it.

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WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

The Machine presents a ready-to-play struggle for the future of Woebegone Crescent. The simplest way to use this material is to start a new game with the Crescent as your corner. A step-by-step guide to doing so appears below in The struggle for Woebegone Crescent.

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Woebegone Crescent is a TCA location, and can be situated nearly anywhere within the TCA’s boundaries. With some adjustments of the factions involved, the Crescent can also be placed outside the TCA.

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About a|state

Step inside a baroque urban nightmare, the world of a|state.

Rookery

In The City you’ll fight off threats to your canalside home, trying to make this grim and haunted place safer and better, somehow.

a|state brings a new, hopeful approach to the much-loved Forged in the Dark ruleset. Your ability to Care counts as much as your ability to Fight.

playbooks

Create Troublemakers such as the deft and deadly Ghostfighter, the caring and curious Lostfinder, the persuasive and passionate Activist, and the striking and stealthy Sneakthief. If they can trust each other they might have a chance.

Defend your corner from selfish authorities, angry gangs and heartless industries, and deal with the spiralling consequences of your own actions as you struggle for a better tomorrow.


spreads

Bringing the wine-dark visual vibes of Dark City and The City of Lost Children, a|state delivers Dickensian anti-Thatcher sparks and knives sci fi.

Here’s a glimpse of some of what you’ll find in a|state second edition, in chapter order:

  • A smooth, powerful iteration of Forged in the Dark
  • Seven character playbooks with many more variations to explore
  • Rules for creating your own threatened corner of The City
  • Guidance for going on missions as you struggle to bring hope to your community
  • New rules to bring downtime between missions to life
  • A toolkit for exploring the unknown reaches of The City beyond your home
  • Focused assistance for the GM to create missions, support players and manage the whole struggle
  • The Trouble Engine, an innovative creation system that will throw problem after problem at the corner and those who defend it
  • A vibrant and instantly usable guide to life in The City
  • Playable details of 26 locations
  • Full descriptions of every major faction in The City and how they will make life difficult for the corner
  • Insights into the deepest mysteries of The City and the strange beings known as the Shifted
  • And throughout, there will be songs, poems, folk tales, advertising, and ephemera that vividly bring to life the world of The City.


This is the story of how you fight back.

Written by Malcolm Craig, Morgan Davie, and Gregor Hutton with Tanya Floaker, Brian Nisbet, Gareth Ryder Hanrahan and KC Shi.


Illustrated by Paul Bourne, Jon Hodgson and Scott Purdy.

The City


This work is based on Blades in the Dark (found at http://www.bladesinthedark.com/), 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 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/).


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