Breakdown - The Darkness Within

W Quinellipe ("Quin") Zorn
  • Playtest
  • RPG
System: Breakdown
Date: Oct 29 2:00pm (4 hours)
Spaces: 4
Attendee/Player Age: 18+
Safety Tools: Open Door Policy,Script Change,Other
Characters: Created at the table
The game Breakdown features highly-stressed protagonists ("Pros," as we call these characters) trying to do some fundamental good amid a tide of inhumanity. Their emotional drive makes them powerful and vulnerable; the harder they push, the more they risk breaking down.

The Darkness Within setting is a new supplement under development which focuses on people who have superpowers and, potentially, those close to them. Normally, the group would decide the setting, but for convention purposes three broad settings will be supplied for the players' choice, and it may be modified as players choose during play.

Inspirations include fictions such as:

  • Love and Rockets, the comic book, focusing on the emotional connections of friends in a world of unusual powers and low-key sci-fi

  • Concrete, another comic book, wherein the title hero searches for meaning in his deformed super state

  • the family dynamics and emotional explorations of the early Fantastic Four

  • the aspect of people dealing with possessing power in Buffy the Vampire Slayer

  • the themes of the Dark Phoenix storyline of the X-Men series

Tags: Collaborative GM-less Comical Player antagonism Romance Horror

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