What is Dark Era?
Dark Era© is a tabletop role-playing game of Alien Horror and Investigation, pitting ordinary humans against the threat of an alien invasion.
Horrific encounters with terrifying alien monsters, covert investigations into our own law enforcement and government bodies are some of the possibilities in Dark Era©. The player characters can come from any walk of life, college students, tough guy in an Irish mob or gang, sophisticated high society princess or down to earth lawyer looking for justice.
What follows in this book is the summary of how to play Dark Era©. From creating a character in a few easy steps to conflict handling and equipment acquisition.
For the best experience it is recommended that all the players and game master read through this book—while some parts are for the GM only, it is still a good idea for players to know how things work.
For flavor and atmosphere, you can watch movies or TV shows like the X-Files, Fire in the Sky, Dark Skies and Area 51. Men in Black is also potentially useful if you want to play as Earth Defence Force Agents.
First Setting of Dark Era is set in 1963 America. New York City, Chicago and San Francisco are backdrops for the Incursions the players will have to face. Normal, ordinary people doing their own day to day jobs and living their lives are caught up in the midst of a global conspiracy and a near invisible war that is been fought on earth against an Alien intelligence bent on our destruction.
The future setting. 1000 years after the first setting of 1963. Did the Aliens win? What is life like on earth? Is earth still earth – all these questions and more will be answered in upcoming and future releases of Dark Era(c)
1000 years in the past. The world is in the middle of the Dark Ages and Dark Era fits right in. Alien races are seen as magical beings and monsters and the world is a savage and dark place. This setting is placed in the Germanic areas of Europe and is the classic fantasy style game.
What is a Role Playing Game?
A Roleplaying Game or RPG is usually played with 2 to 6 people, 1 been a storyteller or Game Master (GM) and the others been player characters (PCs). The GM tells the story and describes scenarios, setting objectives or opponents to overcome and the Players decide on their characters (PCs) actions.
Think of it as been an actor in a movie with the director (GM) directing the flow of the action around you, but you decide on what you are doing.
The Rules are used to determine success or failure and should add excitement into the game.
Famous games like Dungeons & Dragons(c) and Shadowrun(c) are examples of Role Playing Games
What makes Dark Era different?
We aim to make Dark Era© as unique as possible in both system (but still keeping it easy to understand) as well as Setting. The first edition of Dark Era is set in 1960s America where racial tension, the space race, rumors of the cold war and other conflicts are occurring across the country and the world.
All of earth’s known history up to 1960 is true in Dark Era. The events that occur after the 1960s can come into play or occur just as they do, but the PC’s could also influence the outcomes of historic events.
Anything else mentioned in Dark Era is fictitious.