August 26, 2013 — Lisle, NY — Spectacle Publishing Media Group (SPMG), an independent book publishing company today announced its first roleplaying game, The Darkest Age (DA). This innovative horror roleplaying game is set in a gritty and dangerous 14th century Europe as an unusual strain of the bubonic plague ravages the countryside and those afflicted won’t die. Instead, they rise up and feast on the living!
Based on the d20 OGL system, The Darkest Age takes players into a grim world of corruption and fear, plagues and paranoia. Wars are no longer fought with masses of men in chain with bows and spears – they are fought through resources, specialists and powder-keg skirmishes.
“We wanted The Darkest Age to be a unique gaming experience for our customers, a game that challenges the common tropes of fantasy role-playing,” said Eric Staggs, CEO and Co-Founder of SPMG. “There are so many games out there that lack what DA brings to the table – a comprehensive, affordable roleplaying game that’s innovative and the portability of the eBook version will change gaming.
The Darkest Age was designed using rigorous and elaborate cause and effect logic – what would happen if a plague broke out in Europe and turned its victims into zombies who feasted on the living? DA authors also gained inspiration from horror and fantasy visionaries such as Roger Zelazny, Max Brooks and J.R.R. Tolkien.
“We were not afraid to go back to the drawing board as many times as possible to make this game matchless,” said Rob Gee, Executive Creative Director at SPMG. “We wanted the characters flawless, a developed storyline, and the concept perfect. We needed everything to be sound because we know the gaming market is very competitive – so it’s critical to give our customers something they’ll remember, as well as something they’ll want to play with other gamers.”
The Darkest Age is now available for in print for $39.99 through the main website and on Drivethrurpg.com. There are also downloadable wallpapers, character class descriptions and a free newsletter for website visitors.
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