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The only difference between your system and CHEW is what kinds of clues you uncover. Since the PCs are federal agents solving crimes, the clues are lists of possible suspects, motives, and means. The game even recommends a corkboard for keeping track of clues and making connections to build a case against the perpetrators. The CHEW Quickstart comes with a scene-by-scene breakdown of a prewritten case, but also an improv-friendly version that follows a very similar format to mysteries from Bump and ECB.
From a game design perspective, I think the difference between CHEW and Brindlewood is that the former is about deciding what details are relevant to the case, while the latter is about using all the information you have to find the truth. That's why Brindlewood has you count up the number of clues you find, while CHEW has you roll the same number of dice as long as you have a theory. Brindlewood wants you to tie it all together, while CHEW wants you to question whether the weird details are just dark absurdism or not.
I do like the Carved from Brindlewood mechanics of rolling +clues-complexity, but I think the simplicity of “answer the three questions and roll 3 dice” works better for this game.
Even the FitD game CHEW uses the exact same showdown roll as Bump in the Dark, which I consider a major improvement over External Containment Bureau rules as written. It
I think the rules for the Showdown Roll are worded in a confusing way. It looks like you add a d6 to the pool for each of the 3 questions you can answer, but it also says that each clue contributes a d6. It’s a little ambiguous as to whether you need to count up the clues or if you just need to have found at least 3 clues
This is also a problem I have with the rules for External Containment Bureau. I like the mystery solving from The Between and Apocalypse Keys, but the Move is only about counting the clues that are part of your theory. When I first read ECB, I thought that you made a separate Theory Roll for each question you try to answer and whether you had found every clue.
You are right. I copied and pasted parts of the rules into a Google Doc because my players didn’t want to have the book in front of them during the game. I did not read the paragraph in its entirety every turn.
I was playing this game with a group and we ran into a major problem. It took so many rounds to unlock new stages because we had to roll a specific number. We ended up playing scene after scene where nothing new happened and the threat didn’t escalate, but still couldn’t finish in a one shot.
Then I looked at the original rules for Abnormal and noticed there is a rule for rolling above the number of the next stage. That rule isn’t in your game and without it the game dragged on far too long. We thought we were supposed to roleplay a scene even if we rolled too high.
You’re welcome and I agree. I say all this even though am a huge fan of both the MCU and Marvel comics. I think it’s really cool that you made a game specifically about The Blip where put so much thought into the setting and NPCs.
This game so interesting that I’m almost annoyed that the lore is so tied to the MCU. I would really like to use it to play as local heroes dealing with a comic book Crisis that effects the whole world, but it’s not as open ended as a game like Before the Endgame. Link: https://www.gauntlet-rpg.com/blog/age-of-ravens-before-the-endgame
Even the stats on the character sheet are named after the Infinity Stones, which is great if you specifically want to play in the MCU and this version of Los Angeles, but I personally want a toolkit to create my own community of survivors.
I have been frustrated that Mothership has so much interesting content and I’m super into the sci-fi horror vibes, but I don’t care for the game mechanics. So I am delighted that there is an lighter OSR game system in the reproductive rights bundle I bought! Thanks for creating this, I already like Into the Odd and this is everything I wanted from a sci-fi variant. Even the worldbuilding provides a great foundation.
My only feedback is that you should create a printer friendly version of the rulebook. Each page is so well laid out that they would make great table aids. I want to print the rules reference on the back of character sheets, then do the same with the pages about Detachments and Ships for their character sheets. The book looks beautiful and the art perfectly sets the tone, but you wrote them so well I want to use the pages as handouts.