It’s not often that I post about the site itself in one of these are articles, but in this case I thought it was about time I did some self promotion for good DCtRPG.info.
Changes are afoot for the site, but don’t worry, only for the best.
From the release of Dark Conspiracy in 1990 through to the closure of their doors in 1995, GDW supported our favourite horror game through their in house magazine ‘Challenge’. Over 40 issues and five years this magazine provided numerous scenarios, stories and other support material for the Dark Conspiracy, and saw the emergence of numerous well respected authors. As an ongoing feature, DCtRPG.info will be reviewing this material and giving our frank and honest opinions on how it pertains to the game today…
3Hombres Games are happy to announce the core rulebook for DARK CONSPIRACY® III is now available (Ed. via DrivethruRPG for the very reasonable price of $10 US)! Entitled CONSPIRACY RULES™, it is the first book of the Dark Conspiracy III series, an update to the original and in many ways ground-breaking urban horror RPG of the 1990s. This update brings the rules into alignment with Traveller: The New Era® and Twilight 2000®, version 2.2.
Tashicorp, a large agricorp with interests in numerous sites around America, has a problem. At their Missouri ‘gardens’ (a term used to cover the massive tracks of agricultural land they control at this one site), a number of their automated worker bots have been destroyed in what the corporation calls ‘acts of terrorism’. Tashicorp blames a small community of ‘hold-outs’ trapped within the garden (made up of the original owners who refused to sell up their land) for these attacks, and needs some outside force to rectify the situation.
The body of Carlos Gratinera has recently been found in on edge of, what was once, Mesa Verde National Park. This in itself is not such an unusual event, with hundreds, if not thousands, of people ‘disappearing’ each day. Moreover, it is certainly not a death that should warrant local, let alone national, media coverage.
However, after a chance inspection of the body by Hamilton Willard, a well-respected Coloradan Ornithologist, rumours have circulated that Gratinera was actually the victim of a deadly bird attack, a story which, as with many recent strange occurrences now happening across America, has been embraced by the media.
Written by Charles E. Gannon (1991, GDW)
The Darktek sourcebook is a bit of a departure for this site and its reviews; it is the first non-adventure/campaign that we have looked at. Weighing in at just over 100 pages, the Darktek sourcebook is a collection of devices, tools and weapons that are examples of the advances in technology that have come about since the arrival of the ET races and the Dark Minions.
Detour is a 14 page Dark Conspiracy adventure that explores portions of New BosWash and the Outlaw lands that surround it. The first by the new DC licensee, 3 Hombres Games, it is available only as a pdf (via RPGnow and DrivethruRPG), for a price point of $6 US. With a new and interesting approach, it offers an insight into the direction that 3 Hombres Games is to take Dark Conspiracy in the future.
by Creede and Sharleen Lambard (1992, GDW)
Ice Daemon is a 16 page adventure published in 1992 by GDW for the Dark Conspiracy gameline. It is the first of a new type of folio style adventures produced for the company (a format that would be used in one other Dark Conspiracy adventure – Nightsider – and at least one of the company’s adventures for the MERC: 2000 gameline). With a pretty typically average level of gaming art (for the period), the illustrations, both cover and interior, are a little below what GDW usually produces in its products (whether this was due to the lower price point of the adventure, or the way in which it was produced, I can not speculate). Fortunately the cartography is still top-notch and the entire adventure’s presentation does have a good ‘unified’ style and theme; ice blues mixed with washed out colours on the cover and end pieces, and easily read black & white text.