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EPOCH is a game of character-driven survival horror. The goal is to deliver a tense and scary experience in a single game session.ENnies Nominee

“I have been enthralled by EPOCH.  This is a totally new way to run roleplaying games and is extremely satisfying... EPOCH has already improved the quality of my roleplaying and storytelling.  I have complete confidence that it can do the same for you.  Give it a try.” - Roleplayers Chronicle

“It will make you uncomfortable at times and force you to make the hard decisions. In the end, it delivers what it promises. You will get a unique horror experience that you will remember, and at the end of the day, that's all that matters.” - MadMindGamer

There will be blood…  EPOCH is a game of survival horror, and much like a movie, not all of the characters can expect to survive until the final scene.  Unlike many other games, EPOCH players have complete control over the fate of the characters.  They may know the rules of the horror genre, but who becomes a victim, and how, is different every time.

There will be drama…  EPOCH rewards interesting character play with increased chances of character survival.  Players are not just the protagonists, but also act as the audience who hold the fate of all the characters in their hands.  Using a simple, flexible, character creation method, players shape their back story to reveal interesting facts and surprising twists.

There will be a reckoning… EPOCH assumes a high level of character competence.  Skills and abilities are streamlined, placing the focus back on the characters’ story and the personal impact of the horror.  But victory is never assured; evil may prevail, and the true cost of the horror is never fully revealed until the final credits roll.

WHAT’S INSIDE:

  • Strategies and techniques to overcome main challenges of running a genuinely tense and suspenseful horror game.
  • Simple, card-based mechanics that let the players make the crucial decisions about the fate of the characters.
  • Three complete scenarios, each reflecting a different style of horror movie, intended to be run in a single session of play.
  • All of the cards you need to create characters and run the game, laid out, and ready to print.

Nominated for 3 ENnie Awards including Best Rules, Best Electronic Book and Product of the Year.  [Check out the review below by Abraham Zetina for RPG Geek]


 
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Thomas B. [Featured Reviewer]
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January 7th, 2014
WHAT WORKS: EPOCH boasts a very interesting mechanic, akin to many semicooperative board games. You are trying to survive, yeah (and someone is probably going to die), but it's all for naught if you fail to rack up enough points to beat the Horror Track. [...]
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January 21st, 2013
My Full Review is at http://madmindgamer.blogspot.com/2013/01/review-epoch.html Epoch is a horror game that will test your role playing skills and your mental capacities. It is serious roleplaying in which it is imperative to be invested in both your [...]
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December 20th, 2012
The following review was originally posted at Roleplayers Chronicle and can be read in its entirety at http://roleplayerschronicle.com/?p=30327. EPOCH is epic! This is more than just a role-playing game, in that it is also a new kind of narrative tool [...]
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November 12th, 2012
Played this for the first time last week. Amazing!! As with the previous reviewers comments, the system really encourages over the top characters and roleplaying. It was my fault as GM, but the game did turn into a bit of a comedy horror extravaganza. [...]
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November 4th, 2012
Excellent game. We had over-the-top characters and flashbacks that the group used to describe their characters and reveal their secrets. The voting system did push us a bit to be interesting, but in the spirit of the genre that wasn't too hard. [...]
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