The dropping of the atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki did more than instantaneously destroy those cities. It also created what has become known as the Rip. This also awakened latent psychic powers in people that can be enhanced by grafts. So, far from ending the war, it has only caused it to move in strange new directions. That’s the story behind NecroMech, a new alternate-history RPG that’s up on Kickstarter now.
From the campaign:
NecroMech® is a Dark Fantasy Role-Playing Game in a Post WW2 Alternate History Setting; one in which the world has been irrevocably altered by the “Rip”, a catastrophic event triggered by the dropping of the atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Conjoined with a hellish Otherside our heroes and villains use newly awakened or graft-stimulated psychic talents to fight for survival and power. For some the creatures released into the Wastes of what was once Japan must be destroyed while for others they are the source of that power…
For players there is opportunity for in-depth roleplaying, perhaps utilizing their psychic talents as part of a broader tradecraft skill set, as they penetrate layers of intrigue in London and Paris. The story then leading them on an adventuring mission traversing the chaos in Germany, down into the subterranean passages beneath Wewelsburg Castle, and then on to the Otherside. But making it to the Ash Curtain across the Wastes may require a more strategic approach utilizing organized forces to counter the vast number of Othersiders that bar the way, and what will await them as they eventually cross to the Otherside and stumble into the horrifying Fleshworks?
A believable alternate history timeline.
Realism and familiarity tinged with the fantastic.
Detailed immersive game world.
Subtlety over brute-force, storytelling vs. combat, and compelling character interaction.
Agent Carter (1940s/50s tradecraft with strong female characters) meets Cthulhu (horrific otherworldly monsters) meets Push (psychic abilities)!
Dieselpunk aesthetic with strong fashion elements to reflect a character’s personal style that the player can even take beyond the game table.
A world on the brink of burgeoning technology development driven by Gemstone Capacitors and Psytomatons.
6 Psychically-talented character classes: Qi Master, Energy Adept, Shadow Weaver, Meta Engineer, Reaper, and NecroMech.
Creature artwork more about essence and emotion than precise anatomical representation.
Integrated reputation system.
New logical, easy to understand, d100/d10 encounter resolution system.
Character advancement through the new APTitude System rather than traditional “leveling”.
The campaign is up and running now. It’s set to go for another 28 days.