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APU7001 A Dirty World (Print + PDF)


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A roleplaying game of angry decisions, ugly ethics, and black city streets. A game of film noir.

Hammett and Chandler gave us the hard-boiled detective, brought brilliantly to life in the movies through film noir. The cliches are the dame walking into the P.I.’s office to light striped by Venetian blinds as he looks her over with cynical eyes and longs for the scotch in his bottom drawer. But noir is more than that.

The black and white images conceal a world of baffling gray moral complexities. Noir is about secrets, deception, betrayal and hidden vice. “A Dirty World” rebuilds the One Roll Engine from the ground up to support those themes. Action has consequences, but it’s the only way to make progress. But be careful: Your character’s effectiveness hinges on the choices he makes. It doesn’t matter how nice you say he is: If he acts like a rat, soon a rat is all he’ll be able to be.

"A Dirty World" features...

* A unified conflict mechanic, where gunfights, duels of deceit and emotional blackmail not only work the same way, but fuse seamlessly.

* "Swift Justice" character development. Instead of tracking and spending points, your character's abilities improve in direct reaction to the game's events.

* One-Roll Mysteries, a mechanic to spit out intricate plots with one throw of the dice.

* Rules that don't merely support drama, they are drama. Only meaningful choices push your character forward. There is no easy way, by definition.


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This product was added to our catalog on Thursday 24 June, 2010.

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