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Universal in the Dark - Fantasy


The base rules are required to play and are available for free here:

Universal in the Dark is a hybrid setting-agnostic system for cinematic games inspired by Blades in the Dark and Freeform Universal 2 (in the spirit of Neon City Overdrive). Its main features are:

  • Rolls use six-sided dice of two colors to track players' ability and the difficulty of the action. Difficulty dice cancel ability dice when they land on the same face.
  • Success/Partial Sucess/Failure system to move the story forward in interesting manners.
  • Threat/Effect level system to describe the effect and consequences faced by the player in case of success or failure.
  • Tag-based system for character creation that allows players to easily come up with characters that fit any setting and the fiction they envision. Tags are then used to decide the number of ability dice rolled.
  • Descriptive harm system, no health bar. When you take a hit, it is an injury that has effects on your character.
  • Stress resource for narrative control. When you really want to succeed, you can increase your chances at a cost.
  • Stunts for special abilities. Give mechanical flavor to your character by coming up with special abilities that break the rules and have unique mechanisms.

This extension is an example of how to adapt Universal in the Dark rules to specific settings, and in the present case, fantasy settings. The extension includes:

  • Character options to help players create a compelling fantasy character.
  • Expanded magic rules with spells examples. Everything you need to play in any setting with magic!
  • Expanded relic and asset rules. Push the blades in the Dark gear system to include special items with unique powers.
  • A large list of dangers and enemies you can encounter, each with unique mechanisms to give you examples of how to use the rules to create your own.
  • 16 new stunts.
  • A new visually themed character sheet with more space to accommodate the new rules.
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January 28, 2023
This title was added to our catalog on August 14, 2022.
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