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Adrenaline: Near Future, Forged in the Dark

A tabletop RPG of near future action and intrigue. Think Ocean's 11, Mission Impossible, or Fast and Furious... With cyberware!

Adrenaline: Near Future, Forged in the Dark

A tabletop RPG of near future action and intrigue. Think Ocean's 11, Mission Impossible, or Fast and Furious... With cyberware!

$1,637
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86
backers
5days to go

All or nothing. This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Mon, September 23 2019 1:00 PM UTC +00:00.

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UPDATES:

  • Click HERE to see the first 19 pages of the Dog Days graphic novel, or HERE for the funded Kickstarter page. (You won't need the book to play the RPG!)
  • Scroll down to see the "Get in the Game" and "Allies and Adversaries" rewards added to all tiers.

 Adrenaline  is a Forged in the Dark game about a group of thrill-seeking characters in a close-knit crew who swindle, steal, and shoot their way to infamy and fortune - or die trying. The game takes place in a fictional setting that looks just like our modern world.

Adrenaline can be played in a modern day setting, or use the cyber, bio and pharmaceutical augmentations to take your action into the near future or cyberpunk. 

 The crew is at the heart of Adrenaline game play. The player selects from one of three crews to determine the style of pay that they are interested in.  They then create their characters from one of eight playbooks. 

  /Enlarge The Tech Character Playbook/         /Enlarge Redlines Crew Sheet/  

 In the Near Future of Adrenaline, the cloud is everywhere. Almost everyone is implanted at a young age with a neural lace interface that provides instant connection to information, at the cost of privacy. Augmented reality is ubiquitous - giving directions to your favorite nightclub, constant connection to your social network, and keeping you up-to-date with pop-up advertisements for the latest fashion, party, or trend.

Characters can be enhanced through cybernetics,  bioengineering or drugs with the only downside being slight difficulties recovering from injuries and possible addiction. Skill and Identity mods (Skitz) give individuals the ability to improve their workplace skills, or live the life of their favorite rockstar, athlete or movie character.    

  /Enlarge the Augmentations Card/   

  The core rule book contains tools for the GM and other players to co-create their world. The Adrenaline World  of the Factbook provides a global sandbox with more than 30 cities - from Miami to Macau, Los Cabos to Lahore, and Sri Lanka to St. Petersburg. Each includes a collection of important NPCs, factions, objects to steal, and locations.

Read an Adrenaline short story, Corporate Care, based in Tel Aviv and Jerusalem 

 Adrenaline uses the Forged in the Dark rules system from John Harper's Blades in the Dark RPG.  Forged in the Dark is a fiction-first system where the results and consequences of a character's actions are based on the circumstances surrounding the characters and crew.  It is a flexible system that provides a rich roleplaying experience without needing a detailed set of rules or extensive GM prep.  If you are not familiar with Blades in the Dark, check out this comprehensive review.   

  Adrenaline expands on the Forged in the Dark rules in a number of ways.  Here are the top 5!

  • The Actions have been revised to fit the setting, and Attune has been replaced with "Juice." Juice allows for a variety of options that are not connected to specific playbooks (expertise, natural enhancements, psionic abilities, magic or non-human abilities).
  • Hacking rules make use of action rolls, with consequences (like Sys Admin begins patching, honeypots, etc), and flashbacks to support social engineering efforts to gain access to authentications. Hacking is accessible to any character and is integrated into the rest of the action - it is not a mini-game that excludes the other players.
  • Expanded rules for vehicles, vehicle modification, and drones.
  • Characters spend Adrenaline instead of gaining Stress. Obligations used to recover adrenaline add personal stories and conflict to the game.
  • Crews can have multiple, upgradeable safehouses around the world.  

$10 // ADRENALINE: NEAR FUTURE, FORGED IN THE DARK Get the core book (Approx. 120 pages) and Adrenaline World Book (Approx. 100 pages) as pdfs. Get the code to purchase the printed core book from DriveThru RPG for the cost of printing and shipping. [Delivered in December] 

  $20 // ADRENALINE PLUS Get the core book and Adrenaline World Book as PDFs In addition, get the Operations Deck and NPC Business Card deck as PDF print & play. Get the code to purchase the printed core book and both decks from DriveThru RPG for the cost of printing and shipping. 

The Operations Deck is a custom deck of poker cards that can be used to generate operations in advance or on the fly. A GM can use the Business Card Deck to quickly generate NPCs. [Delivered in December 

$35 Adrenaline: Allies and Adversaries Folio Get everything in the Adrenaline Plus tier. In addition, I'll collaborate with you to create a major NPC for the Adrenaline world. You will be credited as the co-creator of the NPC. The folio will be included for all reward tiers.

  $40 ADRENALINE: KEYS TO THE CITY Get everything in the Adrenaline Plus tier. In addition, get yourself or a friend (with permission) drawn as the faction leader in the "Gangster Dinner" image (pdf). You will also get listed in the Adrenaline World Factbook as a city sponsor. 

 FUNDED! $1250 STRECH GOAL - MIRROR WORLD This splatbook takes the world of Adrenaline into the immersive virtual reality of Mirror World. Although a virtual reality cyberspace does not make sense for the millions of data transfers and transactions that drive the economy of the near future, it has become the backbone of social interactions. Take your operations into a virtual sprawl of corporate enclaves, social networking, and entertainment venues.  Or, plunge them into the illicit dark markets hidden behind the glitz.  Mirror World includes simple rules to allow all characters to participate in VR operations, and to manipulate the reality of Mirror World.

Mirror World (pdf) will be added to all backer tiers.  

  $1500 STRETCH GOAL - GLITCH This splatbook opens up parallel realities for characters to explore. Gates connect the human realm to the primal world of shapechangers driven by greed, the prideful land of the gods, a realm of ghosts with insatiable greed, the mythical realm of fae, and the chaotic landscape of hell. Glitch provides rules and a new crew type to bring the supernatural into your game. Characters can have non-human heritages and wield magic to bend reality to their will.

Glitch (pdf) will be added to all backer tiers.    

 $2000 STRETCH GOAL - DOG DAYS This splatbook will reskin Adrenaline to a noir investigative setting...where you play detectives, with a twist. This setting is based on the Dog Days graphic novel.

Dog Days The RPG (pdf) will be added to all backer tiers.   

Risks and challenges

The risks for backing this are quite small. The game has been play tested, layout is almost complete, and most artwork is delivered. The World Guide needs a fair amount of editing, but the bulk of the work is done. Only the hacking rules need additional play testing.

The card deck has been prototyped, but changes are being made based on play tests. It is not required for play, but will be useful.

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