You know, sometimes when you’ve got your gaming group together, looking to start a new game, it’s rough to get people to decide on what genre you should play. Ether is here to help with that. It bills itself as “A Steam, Diesel & Cyber-Punk Fantasy role-playing game set in a Post-Apocalyptic Dystopia scarred by the war between magic & machinery.” There’s a little something for everyone, it would seem.
It’s a lot more structured than on initial look. You might see that mix of genres and think that it’s an “everything goes” sort of setting, but it’s not. Magic and Machinery lie at two ends of the energy spectrum. So no magical machine guns. Magic draws upon the life-force of the wielder, while Machinery runs on a not-very-much-understood power source (think machine spirits, kinda, maybe, not really). And while it has aspects of fantasy, that doesn’t mean it’s just elves and dwarves and such. Instead you have sentient plants, descendants of various monster races, people who eat spells for lunch, and various other character types like that.
The campaign’s up and running now with still 29 days left to go.