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A city. Alone in an endless desert. Once built by an alien race and then abandoned. In its halls, the machines still hum, the automatons perform their tasks, and water flows in the aqueducts from sources in the depths. It was to this crumbling city that the predecessors arrived four generations ago, fleeing through a portal from a doomed fate. With time, their descendants multiplied and thrived. However, with the means they have, they cannot leave the city. But the city has plenty to offer: intrigues between the factions, a dangerous ecology, strange destinations, and a mysterious history. And most important of all. It has treasures to scavenge for the bold. 

The City Beyond the Portal is an OSR system and a compact science-fiction setting inspired by Franco-Belgian SF comics, a post-apocalyptic DIY attitude, and a love for weird and speculative exobiology. It contains plenty to get someone inspired and started, but not so much that it stifles the creative need to play around with the setting at your table, which is highly encouraged.

Buy The City Beyond the Portal if you want a full and light rules system with its dense setting divided into six destinations with individual encounter tables, four character prototypes (each with three specializations), creatures, equipment, travel rules, treasure tables, NPC generator, and more.

From a rules perspective, The City Beyond the Portal is inspired by the games Black HackBlack Sword HackDeathbringerKnaveMörk BorgOld School EssentialsThe Electrum Archive, and The Vast in the Dark. It is a labor of love in many ways, and I hope you like it, too.

The character sheet is in the PDF/book but also downloadable above as Alternate Preview.

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aureliano R November 25, 2023 3:47 pm UTC
The preview shows the char sheet only.
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Carl-Erik E November 25, 2023 11:50 pm UTC
Thanks for pointing it out. I think it’s an issue with the new web design. On the original drivethrurpg page, I see both the quick- and full-size preview. I’ll put up some images of the spreads until they resolve the issue.
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John G November 13, 2023 6:09 pm UTC
Where can we get a print copy?
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Carl-Erik E November 14, 2023 7:52 am UTC
You can get it here! I just needed to wait for the proof print, so it should be available now.
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