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Lucid Dreams Role-playing Engine

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This role-playing game provides a framework for darker, grittier play that is suitable for a variety of periods, from the Stone Age to the near future. Rules are provided for the skill, social conflict, and combat elements, as well as for a variety of resources, from wealth and retainers to agents and military force. Rules for courage, fear, terror, and insanity help with tales ranging from daring action stories to detective noir and especially Lovecraftian / cosmic horror. Mechanics also cover organizations as the bond and force that can help drive many campaigns.

The experience system rewards skill use and has provision for training. Die mechanics use a small pool of ten-sided dice with open-ended re-rolls that afford the opportunity for occasional spectacular results and allow for fast resolution to keep play progressing. Emphasis is placed on favoring higher levels of skills over lower levels, making expertise stand out. A vicious combat system emphasizes the consequences of shock and damage without undue complexity. Organizations can be created to help provide support for characters and impetus for adventure!

The Lucid Dreams Role-playing Engine is a tool kit for use in a variety of settings, with some rules to be used or not, depending upon the needs of the game. Storytelling is as old as humanity, and role-playing is one of the many ways we can collectively participate in this great art. Adventure and excitement can be yours!

PDF Version Note: The Table of Contents and Index page numbers are linked to their respective pages. Page numbers link to the Table of Contents and the lower right-hand corner of each numbered page is linked to the Index.

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Scott D June 02, 2018 7:52 pm UTC
I just bought this and am super excited. Andre has run some of the most innovative and enjoyable campaigns I've ever had the pleasure to play at a convention. His system is really well put together. This praise comes from a former Prof. of Game Design for DIgipen--where I taught a class on rpg's and literally every student had to design their own system.
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Andre K June 02, 2018 9:37 pm UTC
Thank you for your exceptionally kind words!
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Tom M November 30, 2017 8:21 pm UTC
I bought this through Amazon so RPGNow won't let me review it here so... I'll just post a quick review in this Discussion tab:

I'm a sucker for new and innovative RPG systems and this one is very good at what it does. This "Engine" allows you to run many different types of games. It's strength is running gritty, realistic settings, especially horror or investigative type games. What it doesn't do, yet anyway, is run high fantasy genre games. There is no magic system and no list of non-human races and so on.
What it does have is a detail and innovative combat system. This starts with a detailed initiative system which meshes movement, ranged weapon fire and melee in a realistic manner. Attack and Defense are covered thoroughly for both hand to hand and ranged combat.
The damage system makes sure there are consequences for getting hit in combat.
An area where the system shines is in its rules for Courage, Fear and Horror.
There are no Classes. Characters are built...See more
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Thomas S June 02, 2018 4:17 pm UTC
Seems very odd to have a game with no magic system showing a cover with a character obviously throwing magic.
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Andre K June 02, 2018 5:49 pm UTC
The scene depicted on the cover is from the scenario in the book entitled The Opening. There are rules for the weird effects / magic depicted in the scenario, which is a weird tale of cosmic horror with a heroic bent. The rules are intended to provide a framework for dark and gritty play and only some setting may have magic or weird effects.

The system is really not intended to depict high magic settings with PCs often casting spells or learning an array of magic. That being said the framework proved the core elements to easily come up with whatever scenario specify weird effects may be needed in the tradition of weird tales.

Thank you for inquiring.
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Alexandre L November 02, 2017 9:11 pm UTC
No .pdf file?
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Alexandre L November 03, 2017 12:24 am UTC
Or preview for that matter...
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Matthew F November 06, 2017 5:00 am UTC
Likely a Kickstarter placeholder. I am bookmarking it because it seems interesting.
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Andre K November 07, 2017 12:42 am UTC
At some point a hyperlinked PDF may be released. Proper hyper linking can be a project of a great many hours and the medium seems to require it to be done properly.

Thanks for inquiring.
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Andre K November 07, 2017 12:44 am UTC
Thanks for making note of that. The process for making a preview available for a product that is print on demand only, at present, is a tad esoteric. You should find a functioning preview now.
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Andre K November 07, 2017 12:52 am UTC
Thank you for expressing your interest. This is a full print edition of the core rule system in soft and hard cover. There are no immediate plans for a newer Kickstarter edition at present. Perhaps a second edition may be considered in at least few years.

A preview has been posted that shows the Table of Contents and the first few pages of the book including very basics of the core die mechanic. I hope this will help give a good idea of the system elements and scope.
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June 02, 2018 4:53 pm UTC
Ended up here because of the $5.58 deal of the day offer. No reviews and the author's comments give me pause.

@Andre K, both a hyperlinked table of contents and a preview are very simple if you are willing to learn and follow the easy workflow. Throwing your hands up in the air with an excuse isn't really professional behavior; particularly given how easy the tasks. Better to not comment about it at all.

Also, you might want to tighten up your file's metadata. Since you are using InDesign, all of this is quite simple.
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Andre K June 02, 2018 5:39 pm UTC
There is a now a preview and the PDF for sale is hyperlinked in both Table of Contents and Index with links leading to each as mentioned in the product description.

Thank you for you for raising your concerns.
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June 03, 2018 6:34 am UTC
Fair enough. It's hard to argue with the perfect rebuttal. I purchased it. After a quick look, it seems like a well built and interesting product. I'll drop a review after a few trips out of the garage.
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Andre K June 03, 2018 9:20 pm UTC

I hope that you have a good time playing!
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