Frontier of Fear Reviewed On The Most Unread Blog on the Internet. Ever.

Tommy Brownell, writer, blogger and RPG reviewer extraordinaire has posted his review of Frontier of Fear on his blog 'The Most Unread Blog on the Internet. Ever.'

"There are some scary scenes, for sure...and the book does a great job of demonstrating the scope of the game beyond that of the core. Two or more of these could easily be linked together, sometimes with the same characters and sometimes just thematically, as the sci-fi elements gradually build from one scenario to the next. The forethought in some of the scenarios (like customizing Space Station Icarus) really seems like it would boost the buy-in." [Read the full review here]

Preview: EPOCH in Portuguese

The good folks at the  in Brazil have been working hard on translating EPOCH into Portuguese and they've just posted their first preview.

Roleplayers Chronicle Reviews War Stories

The Roleplayers Chronicle have just posted their review of War Stories, the collection of 5 survival horror scenarios for the EPOCH roleplaying game, set during wartime:
"The scenarios in War Stories are set in very realistic environments that naturally create tension. This tension is a great way of building horror before unleashing the true source of it. The tension allows for internal (mental) conflict alongside external (physical) conflict that can leave the characters making split-second decisions regarding their ability to survive the ordeal. Do they stand and fall in a heroic way or do they flee and go back to the frontline, knowing what they now know because of the ordeal. In other words, is survival better than death…?"[Read More]

The Horror Stirs...

The horror is never truly dead.  It waits patiently until you avert your gaze.... then it's gone; vanished without a trace, ready to strike once more when you least expect it - which is a roundabout way of saying that work has been progressing on 'The Experiment Continues' a companion for the EPOCH roleplaying game. 

Much of the core text is written and I have received a truly magnificent piece of cover art from Doug Royson.  Now work is underway to assemble some scenarios to round out the book, Doug is working on some interior art and I'm still pondering rules to allow EPOCH to be run over several sessions to reflect a TV mini-series, rather than a feature film (although this is proving trickier than I had first thought).

Below is a tentative table of contents.  A question for you - is there anything else you'd like to see included in an EPOCH companion?  Feel free to post a comment or drop me a line.
  • Playing EPOCH: A Survival Guide
  • Running EPOCH: A Toolkit
  • Optional Rules for character creation and the challenge round
  • Creating a scenario
  • Bringing the horror to the small screen
  • EPOCH Scenario Generator
  • Scenarios including "Crystal Wall" by Igor Divjak, "Slaughterhouse" by Liam Jones, "Death on the Streets" by Alasdair Sinclair, "The Bay" by yours truly and others as yet untitled.

EPOCH in Portuguese

Pensamento Coletivo, a Brazilian publishing company are hard at work on a Portuguese edition of EPOCH.  They recently released a preview of one of the new pieces of art for the scenario Fever Pitch - I look forward to following their progress!

Choose Your Horror

The 16 EPOCH scenario published to date feature a wide variety of horror, ranging from the earthly to the supernatural and other-worldly.  The only thing these horrors have in common is their dedication to sealing the doom of the characters.

The forthcoming EPOCH Companion will feature some new scenarios, and before I begin twisting the arms of previous EPOCH authors and contributors, I'd like to know what kind of horror you'd like to see featured in an EPOCH scenario.  Vote in the poll below, or if the horror you want isn't listed, post a comment and describe it:

What kind of horror would you lie to see feature in an EPOCH scenario

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We Love Games Sale

The good folks at DriveThruRPG and RPGNow are having a 'We Love Games' sale, and as part of this sale you can pick up EPOCH scenario collections War Stories and Frontier of Fear at a discount price.  What better way to show you care than with a solid dose of survival horror roleplaying?

"In honor of this day of love, we're marking a whole pile of stuff down to 14% off this week, February 14-20. Maybe it's not all sweet and cuddly, but we think it'll make you warm inside anyway!"

Roleplayers Chronicle Reviews Frontier of Fear

The Roleplayers Chronicle have just posted their review of Frontier of Fear, the collection of science fiction scenarios for the EPOCH roleplaying game:
"All four of these scenarios truly capture that sci-fi horror feel. However, each one does it in a different way without feeling redundant or even similar. Yes they tend to utilize some fairly mundane sci-fi horror tropes (think movies of the sort), but they do it in a great way that is not only interesting, but open enough for the players to exploit many possible means of surviving or experiencing a heroic death..." [Read More]