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The End of the World: An Apocalyptic Tabletop RPG Where Your Character Is Based on You

by Stirling Matheson
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In pencil and paper RPGs, players are usually playing as character that are much, much cooler than themselves. It’s usually a sorcerer with some demonic heritage, a 200-year-old vampire with the ability to manipulate darkness, or a genetically altered super soldier with a gun that fires .75 caliber rockets. In Fantasy Flight Games’ new RPG, The End of the World, you play as yourself.

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That’s right, if you’re lazy, your character is lazy. If you’re out of shape, your character is out of shape. If you majored in Art History, your character majored in Art History. That said, if you spend hours a day practicing Krav Maga and went to West Point, your character is going to be a total badass. Worse still, your starting equipment is based on what you can find while filling out your character sheet, so you’re very likely to be fighting off the apocalypse with nothing more than a 14″ wok and a chef’s knife.

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Fantasy Flight Games is releasing four books, each with five different variations on a theme and the same set of rules. First up is the obligatory Zombie Apocalypse, which will be followed by Wrath of the Gods, in which everything from the Mayan pantheon to Cthulu begins to wreak havok on the Earth. After that, the world will be subjected to Alien Invasion and Revolt of the Machines. In preparation, we suggest you start taking some martial arts, and file for a Class 3 license with the ATF.

[via Fantasy Flight Games]

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Comments (5):

  1. Borque says:

    So, do you “roll” up your own character, or will the people playing with you do it for you? In other words, is the character based on how you see yourself or how others see you (how you really are)? lol

    • To th best of my knowledge, it sounds like there’s no rolling involved. I’m sure there are guidelines (If you can bench XX Lbs. you are strength 5 etc.), but I bet this won’t be any fun at all unless you have some fairly secure friends who aren’t dickwads.

  2. Corpus says:

    BTRC (http://www.btrc.net/)made a game ages ago called Time Lords which had rules for creating yourself and adventuring through time. My friends also had a separate game going with rules to create yourself and then fight the cults of Cthulhu or whatnot. Though I’m interested to know what new twists FFG may have devised for character creation and game mechanics, this is certainly not a new idea.

    • I did a WoD game as myself once… it was a good time. To my knowledge, this is the first time a whole game has been built around the idea of self-as-character, rather than that being an amusing divertisment.

  3. codybennett535 says:

    Zombies is one thing, but giant evil Cthulhu gods? There’s no way we stand a chance against those things, no way!

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