Marcus L. Rowland (ffutures) wrote,
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Another RPG bundle offer - Demon: The Descent

This is another bundle based on the Chronicles of Darkness setting, the revamped World of Darkness RPG Doom / Gloom / Angst / Horror background. This is one I really don't know much about, I lost interest in horror RPGs before the original Demon game was released, this appears to be different anyway:

"This new, comprehensive, bargain-priced collection features Demon: The Descent, the 2014 Storytelling game from Onyx Path Publishing of techgnostic renegades struggling against the God-Machine in the Chronicles of Darkness.

In Descent, the God-Machine is everywhere. It is under the everyday world, behind it, beyond it. Its mechanisms stretch through time and space, and alter events in ways humanity cannot imagine. The God-Machine sends forth its angels to enact its will, delivering messages, building Infrastructure, protecting some people, killing others. And you were one of those angels. But not any more. Now you are one of the Unchained, a fallen angel who defected to the human race. Yours is a world of false identities and clockwork conspiracies, stolen faces and hidden works of the Machine. You cannot -- will not -- return to the sterile embrace of Heaven. All you can do is reign in Hell.

A stark contrast to the original Demon: The Fallen (2002), Descent favors a noir-ish espionage atmosphere a la John le Carré, The Bourne Identity, and the TV series Person of Interest. Demons must move carefully through the shadowy streets and labyrinthine back alleys of the World of Darkness. The God-Machine and its agents are always watchful for a chance to reclaim these assets. The Unchained use a wide variety of powers, including Embeds that let them alter the world on a conceptual level, and Exploits, which allow great destructive and manipulative power -- at the cost of compromising their all-important Cover.

The Unchained must take extreme care as they search for Hell. They are pursued by a faceless, vastly powerful entity that has unlimited time and resources, and they have already fallen once. But what has fallen may rise again.

We provide each ebook complete in .PDF (Portable Document Format). Like all Bundle of Holding titles, these books have NO DRM (Digital Restrictions Management), and our customers are entitled to move them freely among all their ereaders.

Ten percent of each purchase (after gateway fees) goes to this offer's designated charity, All Hands Volunteers.

The total retail value of the titles in this offer at launch is US$108. Customers who pay just US$12.95 get all three titles in our Player Collection (retail value $57) as DRM-free .PDF ebooks, including the complete 414-page Demon: The Descent core rulebook (previously presented in our January 2016 Nest of Spies offer), the player's guide Flowers of Hell, and the complete 226-page World of Darkness First Edition rulebook (2004) that underpins Demon and the other Chronicles of Darkness settings (Vampire: The Requiem, Werewolf: The Forsaken, and more). (Previously in our March 2017 Changeling: The Lost offer.)

Those who pay more than the threshold (average) price, which is set at $26.95 to start, also get our entire Storyteller Collection with six more titles worth an additional $51:

  • The essential supplements: The God-Machine Chronicle (retail $18) and the Demon Storyteller's Guide (retail $15)
  • Two location guides: Splintered City: Seattle (retail $8) and the Demon Seed Collection (retail $3)
  • Dark Eras: Into the Cold (retail $5), a demonic perspective on the Cold War
  • Necessary Infrastructure: Demon: The Descent Storyteller's Screen (retail $2)

At least one more title will be added after launch; "When a title is added after launch, ALL customers who previously purchased the bundle automatically receive the newly added title, REGARDLESS of whether or not they paid more than average. This is their reward for buying early."

I'll be honest, I'm not incredibly interested in the concept, and don't remember the game from the previous spies bundle which possibly means I wasn't very impressed - or that I simply never looked at it, which may be more likely. For various reasons I don't really want to get into World / Chronicles of Darkness again, keeping all the factions etc. straight in my head was a nightmare, but a quick look suggests that you do get a lot for your money - you probably won't want to print it all out, because there's a lot of white on black text etc., but that's what PDFs are for. As usual I have to point out that I'm not paying to see this stuff, if you do your mileage may vary.
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