Other Games Those Dark Places

Dom

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Osprey have announced “Those Dark Places”, a British Industrial SF game.

https://ospreypublishing.com/blog/osprey_games_those_dark_places/

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“Inspired by the aesthetic of iconic science-fiction thrillers such as Ridley Scott’s Alien and the Dead Space video games, this highly thematic RPG thrusts players into deep space; a grim, dark, claustrophobic setting that constantly hints at danger. A sleek ruleset keeps players focused on the story as they venture into shadowy corners of space that no-one has ever explored and face the unknown.”

It looks intriguing. Has anyone any more knowledge of this?
 
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Osprey have announced “Those Dark Places”, a British Industrial SF game.

https://ospreypublishing.com/blog/osprey_games_those_dark_places/

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“Inspired by the aesthetic of iconic science-fiction thrillers such as Ridley Scott’s Alien and the Dead Space video games, this highly thematic RPG thrusts players into deep space; a grim, dark, claustrophobic setting that constantly hints at danger. A sleek ruleset keeps players focused on the story as they venture into shadowy corners of space that no-one has ever explored and face the unknown.”

It looks intriguing. Has anyone any more knowledge of this?
Wow! This looks exactly like what we need in the Science Fiction RPG department. Very, very tempting indeed.
And now just to cross-check against the game engine. Happy to play regardless if I ever GM this.
 
#6
A single D6? Could be nice to play but not something I will purchase for my
collection, now that I know it is just a d6.

The game will use a single D6 for its mechanic. The rules engine is Hicks’ One Dice Determines Success system, but it’s expected Those Dark Places won’t reference it as such.
 
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Not saying I'm not interested but I find myself wondering what it's got to offer that Alien, Cthulhu Rising, Hostile, Mothership or even Void/Chthonian Stars haven't?
The only one of those I've played is Alien, but the difference between that and Those Dark Places is hopefully summarized in this designers note:

'Those Dark Places' is what I call Industrial Science Fiction; it's down and dirty, incredibly hands on and doesn't rely on fancy tech to help the characters get by. If a problem can be solved by a four foot powerwrench weighing thirty kilos then so be it. Players get their hands dirty, physically and mentally.

While there is plenty of scope for nasty aliens ruining your day, or genetic monsters getting all slasher on you, the game doesn't deal with those things directly. You'll not find rules for terrors in the dark, but there is always the hint of them being there, existing either physically or just in the insane ramblings of the broken mind of a deep space traveller who has allowed the void to get to them.
edit: I admit I'm a little concerned by the 1d6 system, I never seem to have gotten to grips with single die systems, other than D&D and percentile system ala Chaosium (couldn't stand Interlock or Fuzion). Weird, as the linear nature of the odds is the same, it's just the intervals that change.

Anyway, this seems not so much to be a space horror game, instead a "space is deadly and dangerous" game.
 
#10
The only one of those I've played is Alien, but the difference between that and Those Dark Places is hopefully summarized in this designers note:

Anyway, this seems not so much to be a space horror game, instead a "space is deadly and dangerous" game.
Does sound a lot like HOSTILE. I wouldn't write it off out of hand but I think it'll have to offer something special to make want to buy it. .
 
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Guvnor

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#11
It sounds like Alien. Dirty, gritty, broken, hydraulic.
So it'll need to be good to go up against Alien or HOSTILE for me.
It will be inexpensive I expect.
Time we started pitching truly interesting games to Osprey.

Maybe we need a random genre and typotag generator?....
 
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