The top keeps pushing down harder and harder. Eventually, something’s going to give. What gives and how long until it gives is up to you in Gears of Defiance, a new steampunk RPG that’s up on Kickstarter. Take on the role of a 2nd-class citizen in a fantastic environment and fight against your oppressors, even as they try and take away even more of your liberties. But what form will your resistance take?
From the campaign:
How far will they push before you push back?
Gears of Defiance is a narrative-driven tabletop roleplaying game that explores the themes of oppression, resistance, and family set against an industrial steampunk background. This game is inspired by tales of revolution such as Les Misérables and The Last Exile.
Step into the hand-me-down shoes of one of the Empire’s second-class citizens, members of society who have had their rights limited and their privileges stripped away, and figure out your place in the growing resistance movement. Do you believe in peaceful protest? The idea that change can come from within? Or does the only path forward involve violence?
Characters will have to rely on the bonds they have made with their family as they walk the line between what is good and what is right during their struggle to bring change to their world.
Gears of Defiance will be 200+ pages filled with black and white artwork as well as the following:
Rules for the Founding Session, during which the Empire and Family will be established.
Over a dozen unique archetypes and traits, leading to countless character combinations.
Rules for one-shots, short-term, and long-term campaigns, including maps to support each style of play.
Rules for creating a customized steampunk setting that is completely unique for your game.
Rules for controlling territory and reinforcing locations.
The Alignment Matrix, which will track your character’s political and moral standing.
Pre-made settings created by top talent within the industry.
The campaign is just up and over its funding goal with still 29 days to head through Stretch Goals.