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Manhattan, 2080. Ruined by decades of war and global crises, the city is now home to those that can't or won't fit in elsewhere. The city is little more than an anarchy, plagued by every imaginable evil and horror, from self-reproducing serial killers to pusher gangs who hold down people and force them to use drugs.

Yet in the darkness of the city, a flame of hope smolders and grows. Homeless families are turning the wisdom from generations on the streets in to power. Good people are starting gangs for self defense, turning gang membership in to something to be proud of. Young people are using the same illegal technology that turns some people in to monsters to turn themselves in to powerful heroes.

People in the city have finally realized that nobody else is going to save them, and they are learning to save themselves.

  • A complete game - no other products needed to play.
  • Powerful & flexible character creation system. Choose from 46 occupations and gang affiliations encompassing every segment of city society.
  • Realistically lethal combat system encourages players to think, rather than fight.
  • 'In brief' boxes let readers skim through for general info and dive in for more details.
  • An incredibly detailed look at one real city, describing every aspect of the city and the people who live there.
  • Fan Rewards: Gain access to free supplemental materials and get free stuff at www.fatesworsethandeath.com.
  • Detailed random encounter tables let GMs easily turn a walk down the street in to an adventure.
  • Two complete introductory adventures.

    Read the FWTD Game Overview: In English ; Espanol ; Français ; Hungarian ; Danish ; Turkish ; Hebrew ; Swedish ; or German . Or see our main page of Non-Engligh Resources.

    If you own a physical copy of Fates Worse Than Death, download the PDF for free here.

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  • Ways To Explore New York City in 2080:

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    Fates Worse Than Death: Sunrise Hotel

    This is the second novel in the world of Fates Worse Than Death and the first novel by Fates Worse Than Death's creator, Brian St.Claire-King.

    Tina is a teenage runaway living in a small single-room-occupancy hotel with some other runaways in the Bowery. The Bowery is the most blighted part of Manhattan, one of the most blighted inner cities in America in the year 2080. Tina survives by begging, by shoplifting, and occasionally by prostituting herself.

    Tina likes to think of herself as "The Blade Queen," a badass knife fighter who always protects her friends and will not back down from any fight. Yet she worries that she's not actually the Blade Queen, that she's what other people call her: a psycho, a junkie and a whore.

    Tina wishes for a challenge, something to come along and change her life, prove to her who she really is. In the next few days, Tina will face a tragedy, a mystery and a danger that will make her regret that wish.

    Sunrise Hotel is being serialized and podcast on the Vajra Enterprises Fiction Podcast (one chapter every other week). Anyone who buys the book can download the entire audiobook on MP3 as well as in ebook formats here. It is also available in eBook format from the Amazon Kindle bookstore and the Barnes & Noble Nook bookstore.

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    Fates Worse Than Death: Spare Change Edition

    This is a free 'lite version' of Fates Worse Than Death, available for download in Adobe Acrobat (pdf) format.

    It's 241 pages and is a complete game, with skills, equipment, a ton of setting information and everything else you'll need to create characters or GM the game.

    However, FWTD: Spare Change edition only comes with the character creation options and setting info pertinent to Street People characters (one of three socioecenomic classes in the city). The full commercial version of Fates Worse Than Death has charcter creation options and setting information for all three classes.

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    The first supplement in the After Midnight series. Behind the Eyes of Madness explores mental illness in the world of Fates Worse Than Death. The book includes:
  • The most complete and realistic rules for mental illness ever; allowing PCs to go insane, be insane and fight their way back to health.
  • Mentally ill homeless people ("Crazies") as a playable character class.
  • In-depth background information on mental ilness and health in city society.
  • In-depth background information on those things which can help or hurt mental health; including sex, religion and politics.
  • New bonus characteristics, skills, equipment and disciplines.
  • Two complete adventures.

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    Game Music
    Fates Worse Than Death Gameplay Album:

    This free music was created to be played in the background during a Fates Worse Than Death game session.

  • Listen to Samples
  • Download Music (16MB zip file)
  • Instructional Video:

    This video was designed to be played to players to give them a crash course in the world of Fates Worse Than Death. It is presented in 3 parts:
    Chapter One: Setting - Chapter Two: Gangs & Other Groups - Chapter Three: Other Dangers. See also the Animated Video Trailer and the Nothing Is Small ad.


    Around The Block v2.0: Create random city blocks, building interiors and random NPCs.
    Character Class Personality Test: Answer 20 multiple choice questions and find out which of the 46 character classes from the game best fit your viewpoint. You can also take this test in Turkish .
    Online Character Sheet: You can fill it out and print it. Join the Fan Rewards program to gain the ability to save, edit and share your character sheet online.
    Sketch Artist: Use this javascript program to create a sketch of your character's head.
    Dirk Vandereyken gives us a thrilling new look at the Fates Worse Than Death universe in the first Fates Worse Than Death novel.

    He was raised to be a killer, given extensive training in virtual reality and the best implants. He has no memories besides his training. He doesn’t even have a name. Those he works for send him out into 2080’s most dangerous ghetto to kill people they say are a drain on society. He has always killed without question, with skill and efficiency. Yet now he is starting to ask questions, questions that may destroy him.

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    Game World Stuff
  • Game Overview An overview of the setting and game.
            (Game Overview also available En Espanol , En Français , in Hungarian , in Danish , Turkish , Hebrew , Swedish and German )
  • Color Map A web-optimized color map of the city
  • Being Muslim in 2080 A brief guide for playing Muslim characters.
  • Being Gay in 2080 (pdf) From the FWTD sourcebook Behind the Eyes of Madness.
  • Fates vs. Cyberpunk A page from the book meant to help orient those familiar with "generic cyberpunk" to the FWTD universe. (pdf format)
  • FAQ: Where did you get your ideas for Fates Worse Than Death?
  • FAQ: What is the population of ethnic groups in 2080? Where are they located in the city? Are there still any ethnic gangs?
  • The World's Greatest Serial Killer A short-story in the FWTD world (warning: the ending will only make sense if you've read FWTD, also the story contains graphic bad-stuff).
  • Sin's New Drug A more light-hearted story in the FWTD world.
  • An Androgynous Being of Indeterminate Race A Fates story.
  • French translation of Ch. 1 (Character Creation) of FWTD (5MB pdf), Ch. 2 (Organic Rule Components) (1MB pdf), Ch. 3 (Black Market), Character Sheet and Combat Sheet.

    Printables
  • Open Game Flyer A ready-to-print flyer for advertising a Fates Worse Than Death session.
  • Adventure Record A page to print for GMs to keep a record of XP earned during play.
  • ORC Combat Cards: Street Combat Set Cards designed to make it easier to learn the combat system. (pdf format)
  • FWTD GM Screen (1.2MB pdf) You can print it out and paste it to some cardboard.
  • Character Sheet
  • Combat Sheet
  • Psych Profile Sheet
  • Technology Sheet By Chrome Ghoul
  • Math Addict Character Sheet By Chrome Ghoul
  • Insomniac Character Sheet By Chrome Ghoul
  • Vehicle Sheet By Chrome Ghoul
  • Immortal Character Sheet & Pg 2 By Chrome Ghoul
  • Psychic Sheet By Chrome Ghoul
  • Black Med Character Sheet By Chrome Ghoul
  • Drug Sheet By Chrome Ghoul
  • Needle Punk Character Sheet By Chrome Ghoul
  • Needle Punk Drug Sheet By Chrome Ghoul
  • Skin Borg Character Sheet By Chrome Ghoul
  • Injury & Bodymod Sheet (male) By Berk Eratay
  • Injury & Bodymod Sheet (female) By Berk Eratay
  • Character Sheet in French (Fiche De Personnage)
  • Character Sheet in French (Fiche De Combat)

    Rules
  • The Metric Solution The most important measurements from FWTD converted to metric. (pdf format)
  • FAQ: What are the rules for healing damage?
  • FAQ: Is there an endurance cost for special skills like Sense Impurity?
  • FAQ: Is there a duration for Psychic skills or do they last as long as you continue to concentrate?
  • A Walk Outside Rules for a shut-ins-on-the-streets campaign for FWTD.
  • Walk Outside Con Adventure An introductory adventure using pregen shut-in characters.
  • Healing Rules By popular demand.
  • Junker Car Rules Cut the price of a car drastically - by buying a car with a few flaws.

    Errata
  • Night Walkers Missing Starting Money
  • Freaks Missing Income
  • Sat Jumpers Missing Text
  • Colin Barley's Typical Attack
  • Production Chemistry Skill
  • Hummingbird INFO skill cost = 8
  • Psychic Response Team member perks
  • ORC changes from In Dark Alleys (1 SPD = 1 MPH, 1 combat round = 0.5 sec., Area Attack difficulty = 10 + size)

    Pregen Characters
    Sunyata Gold (Arcadian Hacker)
  • Amrita Neeraj (Elderly Psychic Eccentric)
  • Cranberry De la Santos (Freak Socialite and Barker)
  • M'buto Drake (Drake Illegal Immigrant Thief)
  • Lucent "Bennie" Gonzalez (Good With Pharmaceutical Skills)
  • Andy Patrick (Young Sider Street-Fighter)
  • Bliss NewGenesis (Well Balanced Utopia Child)

    Reviews & Interviews
    English
    Reviews
  • "Desperate futures never looked so desperate" on RPG.net
  • "I would recommend it for those players and GMs who like their game on the edgy side of reality" on mortality.net
  • "..if you like dark future horror ... this might be a good game for you." on gamingreport.com
  • "..a new and different way of gaming Cyberpunk, focusing more on survival and personal conflict.." on RPG.net
  • Behind the Eyes of Madness: "Definitely consider this book, but mind the warnings on the frontispiece." -gamingreport.com
  • An interview with Fates creator Brian St.Claire King on RPGBlog
  • Behind the Eyes of Madness: "...it makes Call of Cthulhu look fluffy." in Games Gazette
  • FWTD Capsule Review at GamesGazette.co.uk

  • French
    Reviews
  • "L'anarchie est reine." on roliste.com (google translation)
  • "FWTD vaut largement le détour pour son ambiance et son intelligence." on roliste.com (google translation)
  • Behind the Eyes of Madness: "Si vous avez envie de mettre en scène un futur étrange où la société a bien évolué, alors ce supplément vous comblera de joie." on roliste.com(google translation )
  • "A conseillé pour les amateurs de cyberpunk plus social, plus psychologique." -Les Chroniques de l'Imaginaire
  • Guide du Roliste Galactique's FWTD French Tagline Contest winner: "Espérer le meilleur... Etre prêt au pire" (Hope for the best... Prepare for the worst) by Amandine Simonnet.

  • Spanish
    Reviews
  • "Es una ambientación robusta, fuerte, coherente, atractiva y detallada." on psychocorp.net (google translation)

  • German
    Reviews
  • "Wer aber ein realistische Setting sucht, dass sich auf originelle Weise von der Masse abhebt, der ist mit FWTD gut bedient." on x-zine.de (google translation)
  • Behind the Eyes of Madness: "...das vor allem durch den realistischen und ansprechenden Hintergrund..." -x-zine.de (google translation )

  • Dutch
    Reviews
  • "Fates Worse Than Death is een subliem rollenspel..." -Cerberus Too Magazine
             (also in this issue: an interview with the author, and original FWTD fiction by the reviewer)
  • Behind the Eyes of Madness: "Bij het beste wat we ooit hebben gezien in een rollenspel." -Cerberus Too Magazine
  • Black Market Trader, Instuctional Video, Spare Change Edition: "Inhoud Een schat aan boeiende informatie..." -Cerberus Too Magazine
  • Hebrew
    Reviews
  • "גורלות גרועים ממוות" -The ORC Magazine
  • "העת חזקה מהחרב" -The ORC Magazine
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  • Fates Worse Than Death was written and designed by Brian St.Claire-King
    Cover by Jason Juta
    Art by Lorie Albrecht, A 'Lis, Samuel Araya, Paul C Butler, Leanne Buckley, Lance William Card, Jhoneil Centeno, Kari Christensen, Laura Dubuk, Randy Gallegos, Jason Juta, Kyri Konitou, Britt Martin, Rik Martin, Staffan Melin, Katie Miranda, Martina Pilcerova, Brian St.Claire-King, Jason Walton, Kierran Yanner, Ursula Vernon.
    Game Design Assistance by Robert Kwon and Tiffany St.Claire-King
    Editorial Assistance by Tiffany St.Claire-King