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MANIFOLD

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Great Table-Top Role-Playing sessions grow out of 8 things:

Players - MANIFOLD has a seductive range of options which encourage players’ imagination and creativity. It’s a game full of twists and turns.  But these are allocated via die rolls. Quieter or newer players are encouraged to participate whilst the more experienced don’t get to dominate.

The Referee - they openly get the same die-roll granted options as players, so they can let loose their own imagination without any worries about being seen to be unfair.

The Genre - this book contains enough rules to get you playing in four different genres - Horror, Superheroes, Science Fiction and Fantasy.*

The Setting - each genre is supported by an introduction to a unique, but stereotypical, setting - Dark Forces, New London, The Empire of Man and Arestia.

The Scenario - each setting has fully detailed starting scenario. Dark disturbing psychological horror.** An older generation of Superheroes gone rogue. Waking from cryo-sleep on clapped out Space Hauler in the middle of a space battle. Wrestling a caravan of treasures and secrets through a deadly jungle.

The characters - you can make anything from a dotty old spinster detective to a Goddess who can move planets. Easily. Using the same systems.

The Game System - MANIFOLD is a medium complexity game - lacking detailed number crunching but with enough moving parts to keeps things interesting.

The Randomising Factor - this is set high. Just two six-sided dice but multiplied to give a swingy range of outcomes. Call it Cinematic. Call it Gonzo. It’s FUN! MANIFOLD is a high octane game of action, twists and plot reversals - no matter which genre you choose to play in.

And that’s just the start. You’re free to use these rules to create and publish your own settings and scenarios. It’s easy and fun to join the growing MANIFOLD community.

* The budget black and white softback book does NOT contain the Superhero chapters. These can be found in the pdf. (Something had to go to keep the price so low!)

** Player advisory. The Horror scenario in this book is 18+ rated and deals with adult and disturbing themes. It isn’t suitable for young or sensitive players. (The rest if the book is just fine, though. Suitable for all. And sundry.)

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Donovan C April 01, 2023 10:03 am UTC
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Simon, can you contact me offline? I spotted some things that need adjusting, but it's too long to go into here.
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Simon B April 03, 2023 3:30 pm UTC
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Sure. Not sure how to contact you directly but my Business email address (at the back of most of my books) is:

Simonburley@squadronuk.co.uk

Thanks for this.
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March 05, 2023 1:29 am UTC
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Looks like the formatting on the "Licence" page is back to being messed up. Also, when you fixed that it looks like you lost the bookmarks. It seems like for some reason your updates are being made to the original file, so you lose all previous updates every time you update.
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Ranjith B February 05, 2023 12:04 pm UTC
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Hello,

I have noticed a contradiction on page 322 dealing with Training.
The text says that the first level costs 2 points, the second level costs 4 points. The example in the side bar says the same. But then the text continues to state that the costs are twice the CURRENT level(, which would be 0 and 2 points respectively). I assume that the first text and the example are correct and that the following sentence should have been twice the NEW level (and paid for each level individually). (my emphasis)

Yours,
Deathworks
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Simon B February 07, 2023 6:18 pm UTC
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Well spotted.

And absolutely correct. (In fact that last “sentence” on that page isn’t even a sentence!)

I’ll replace it with the word “desired” level when I next update the rules, probably at the end of February.

Thanks.
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Robert R February 05, 2023 7:27 am UTC
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I think you did a great job, but it's just not my cup of tea at this time.
I hope you have tons of success with it and it becomes popular.

(Everyone has different tastes, but that doesn't make things good or bad, just different. Despite it not sparking my I want to play this now reaction, it's still well made and looks like a good system, and the promo price right now is definitely worth a look. Yes, I bought it already.)
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Simon B February 05, 2023 10:49 am UTC
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Thanks for taking the time to reply. And for your kind comments. : )

Yup, everyone has different tastes. I write the games I want to play.
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Liam K February 05, 2023 3:50 am UTC
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Where do we get character sheets?
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Simon B February 05, 2023 10:50 am UTC
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Great point.

A separate file of character sheets has been uploaded.

Thanks for the reminder.
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ron B January 30, 2023 2:50 pm UTC
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the sidebars of pages 474 and 476 are on the left hand side of the page when the space for them is on the right, making it difficult to read the main body text.

sorry to post like this, but I couldn't find a way to reply privately. rest of the book looks great tho.
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Simon B January 30, 2023 4:21 pm UTC
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Thanks. Someone else spotted this.

Fortunately it was only in the pdf file and not in the printed books.

It’s been fixed in the “main” file and will be fixed in the bookmarked copy when it’s next updated with more bookmarks.
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Shawn J January 30, 2023 2:44 am UTC
Intrigued but could you please use the Full-Size Preview option? The Quick Preview is too small to read.
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Simon B January 30, 2023 4:22 pm UTC
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For some reason the full size preview doesn’t seem to work with the current files. I am looking into it.
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David C January 28, 2023 11:46 pm UTC
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A fantastic piece of work, streamlining the "Code of ..." system, with lots of sidebars, notes and examples. Character Generation takes but a few minutes but if you don't even have that long there is a random chargen that produces perfectly usable characters. It is big - 500 pages and there doesn't appear to be any bookmarks, but TBH the system is so straightforward you don't really need them. Most of what you need to know in-Game is on the character sheets.
There are four ready-to use settings - the Horror one comes with a warning (18+, 'X' - card or Lines and Veils recommended) but it is a really well-written and atmospheric scenario and I am looking forward to getting it to the table (as a Halloween special with mood music, lighting etc.)
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Simon B January 29, 2023 6:51 am UTC
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: )
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Maxwell T January 28, 2023 6:55 pm UTC
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A long-awaited Magnum Opus from Simon Burley Productions! This includes elements of Simon's genius "Code" system, integrated into a more "rules-medium" environment, with four very well fleshed out sample settings/genres, and of course including his insightful and helpful "Designer's Notes" in the back! And, unlike most "multi-genre" RPGs, this one tackles superheroes right out of the gate! Full review to come once the DTRPG "waiting period" expires :)
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Simon B January 28, 2023 9:34 pm UTC
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:)
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January 28, 2023 5:44 pm UTC
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Looks interesting, but a 500-page PDF without *any* bookmarks is going to be darn near useless in a game.
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Simon B January 28, 2023 6:30 pm UTC
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Thanks for this.

To be honest, I’ve never bookmarked my PDFs. I’ll look into this.
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Jason K January 28, 2023 9:42 pm UTC
Please do. They’re basically table stakes for electronic publishing.
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Simon B January 29, 2023 10:41 am UTC
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I’ve uploaded a file with basic bookmarks. (Chapters, Scenarios). This should be in addition to the original PDF.

Could you please take a look at this and let me have any feedback? I can then add any more bookmarks you think would be useful and try to address any other issues (the increased file size for example.)

Thanks for steering me in this direction.
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January 29, 2023 11:14 am UTC
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Even just the chapter bookmarks are amazingly useful. I haven't had a chance to look at it much yet, but off the top of my head I would say that bookmarking the capitalized section headers would be a solid next step.
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Harald S January 28, 2023 12:13 pm UTC
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Thank You for the loyal customer discounts! I made full use of them and bought all versions. The PDF looks awesome. I will be patiently waiting for the Books. I rarely buy Hardcovers, for this one I made an exception. Thanks again for the discounts.
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Simon B January 28, 2023 1:08 pm UTC
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Thanks for your kind comments. When you’ve had chance to peruse things, please drop a short review.

Better start working out. The Hardback book is HEAVY.
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