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I’ve just received the following message from Nicole Vega of New Dark Age:

“It’s been a while, but we’re live again! We’re currently at Templecon in Warwick, RI – stop by the booth and say hi! It’s been a great show so far, and we’re really exited about what’s up next. Stay tuned – we’ll talk about what’s going on once the con dust has settled.”

If you’re at Templecon this weekend, stop by and see the New Dark Age folks!

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In this, the fourth installment of the Gasmask Gazetteer, we uncover a house of horrors in the most unfortunate area of London, the Spitalfields Rookery. This lodging house teems with lost souls and false hopes. It is the type of place one intends to never enter, but where sometimes the only source of information (or suitable, anonymous fresh meat) can be found. Yet, two Undertakers can be found nearby with an unfamiliar beast said to aid them in their hunting of the living dead. This creature is described below, as are new Monster Hunter Stunts for Undertakers, as well as additional equipment and other content suitable for characters of any Calling.

The Gasmask Gazetteer is a supplement for Unhallowed Metropolis, Revised, of interest to and use by Narrators and players alike. Each installment of the Gazetteer shines a light upon a location in the city of London, 2105 A.D. and the inhabitants thereof and relates to a specific Calling. These places are described in grim detail for use by Narrators seeking locations to include in their games of Unhallowed Metropolis and include statistics for important nonplayer characters. Further, players may find these locations and non-player characters useful in describing the backgrounds of their own characters. Finally, each installment of the Gazetteer concludes with several items intended for the use of players, including new Calling-specific Stunts as well as a number of new combat Stunts, Qualities, Impediments, or equipment of use to any character.

 Gasmask Gazeteer #3: Spitalfields Rookery is now available in the AOP Webstore, or buy it from our friends over at Drivethrurpg.com.

The fine folks at Tor.com are giving away two copies of Unhallowed Metropolis, Revised. Click on over to Tor.com here to enter!

Next: Autumnal updates all around.

Thank you to everyone who stopped by and picked up or purchased Unhallowed Necropolis at Gen Con. It was great to meet you all, and we’re excited that copies of the new book have made it out into the world.

We just wanted to give everyone a quick update about the status on Unhallowed Necropolis pre-orders. The printer shipped a bit late, so books are just arriving at the warehouse this week. The delay was unavoidable, but that means pre-orders have obviously not shipped out yet. I expect we’ll have them all dispatched immediately after the Labor Day weekend. You should start seeing them arrive late next week or early after. This will still be well ahead of the actual release into stores, of course. A VERY limited amount of books can be found at Dragon*Con this weekend, on sale at the Adventure Retail booth.

As a consequence of this, we’re going to leave the pre-order up through the Labor Day holiday weekend. So, if you’ve been waffling one way or the other about whether you want to order it, you have a few more days to decide! The PDF is available over at DrivethruRPG.com. Additionally, if anyone has any trouble downloading the PDF that comes with the combo pre-order deal, please contact us here at AOP immediately.

Due to overwhelming demand, we’ve decided to extend the pre-order period on  Unhallowed Necropolis, Revised, the supernormal source book for Unhallowed Metropolis™ Revised, Through the end of Gen Con Indy. Additionally, we’ll be offering the Print/PDF combination deal at Gen Con as well! Here are all the details on the pre-order deal, presented again for your convenience!

The book may be pre-ordered alone for $32.95 plus shipping, or accompanied by a full PDF of the book for $39.95. The books may also be picked up from Atomic Overmind Press in booth #1201 at Gen Con Indy 2012. The PDF will become available to purchasers of the Print+PDF version on Thursday August 16th, the first day of Gen Con Indy. Pre-ordered copies will ship by August 24th. Pre-release copies of Unhallowed Necropolis, Revised will be also be available for purchase at Gen Con, and the PDF version will be available through DriveThruRPG.com the same day. This pre-order offer ends at midnight on August 13th.

Click here to pre-order now!

The game will be available through major game  and book distribution channels, worldwide, beginning in mid-September, 2012.

For more information and to stay up to date on upcoming previews, supplements, and additional web content for Unhallowed Metropolis, please follow us on Twitter @UnhallowedMet, Facebook at: http://www.facebook.com/UnhallowedMetropolis and on the Atomic Overmind forums: http://atomicovermind.com/forums/.

More previews of the material within Unhallowed Necropolis, Revised, will soon be revealed.

In the second of our previews of Unhallowed Necropolis, Revised, we take a look at the horrors of psychical induction.

The psychics of London, 2105 AD are a tortured lot, engaged in a battle with madness each time they make use of their dubious gifts. But this tragedy is greatest among those who suffered the trauma of psychical induction. This preview examines the rules for inducing the psychic gift in those fortunate enough to have avoided it at birth, and the results of a botched psycho-surgery.

Psychic induction is a combination of psychological methodologies and psychosurgery intended to destabilize the human mind in such a way as to cause a Subject to spontaneously manifest psychical powers. These techniques are characterized by extreme mental and physical abuse including, but not limited to, starvation, sleep deprivation, degradation, isolation, and torture. Subjects may be forced to take psychoactive drugs or undergo invasive experimental surgeries intended to further impair their grasp on reality and trigger a psychical response. Subjects with the strongest wills, while taking the longest to break, are the most likely to result in favourable outcomes.

 These procedures can be incredibly dangerous. The most likely result is the untimely death of the test subject. In cases where these procedures meet with a modicum of success, subjects most often manifest uncontrollable psychokinetic powers. Knowing only pain and suffering, they turn their new found psychical talents on their tormentors, innocent victims, and their own bodies. The handful of experiments that have resulted in even partially positive outcomes have proven impossible to duplicate.

Obviously, such procedures are amoral and unquestionably illegal. However, despite the risks, private research into all areas of psychic induction continues. Many medical professionals question the commitment of the government to enforce its own moratorium on such research.

This preview also includes bonus rules for performing lobotomies!

Click here to pre-order now!

Pre-ordered copies will ship by August 24th. Pre-release copies of Unhallowed Necropolis, Revised will be also be available for purchase at Gen Con, and the PDF version will be available through DriveThruRPG.com the same day. This pre-order offer ends at midnight on August 13th, 2012.

The next in our previews of Unhallowed Necropolis, Revised comes directly from one of the creators, New Dark Age‘s Jason Soles:

Over the past couple years, we here at New Dark Age have been working hard to revise and update our vision of the Neo-Victorian world. In addition to reworking and expanding the setting material and playable content, the project has also given us time to go back and flesh out different aspects of the world visually. As the art director for Unhallowed Necropolis that meant I got to work closely with some truly amazing photographers and illustrators to make this world come to life. Necropolis is the supernormal sourcebook for Unhallowed Metropolis, covering the ghosts and psychics of the Neo-Victorian world. It gives a glimpse of the psychical asylums, spectral eliminators, exorcists, industrial mediums, secret cults, government plots, and spirits that populate the London of 2105. Click the thumbnails for full size images.

Floating Man: While I always though the illustrations and photos in the book were strong and evocative, there was so much more I wanted to see. While many older pieces, like the cover and Robert Tritthardt’s Floating Man were reprised from the first book, I also had the opportunity to commission new works.

Cover & Sculpture: The cover by sculptor and photographer George Higham envisions the escape of a ghost contained in a enclosed environment suit, essentially an aethertech device for both restraining the dead and to give them a form suitable for interacting with the physical world. George sculpted and cast the life-sized helmet for the suit especially for the cover. Admittedly … In the conversation in which we worked out the look for the cover we both fondly referenced  old episodes of Scooby Doo…

Exorcist: The first thing I did when I new I had to start looking for new work was to look around for inspiration. I dug deeply into the ghost photography of the Victorian era, watched a grip of atmospheric horror movies, and commenced a seemingly exhaustive perusal of Spiritualist texts. Thus prepared, I started meeting with artists and photographers. Brian Snoddy (check out his art here) immediately got what I was looking for and nailed my vision of a steampunk exorcist.

Ghost: On the photography side, our intrepid models, photographers, and make up artists made their way out to a decommissioned military base to shoot amongst the ruins. Among my favorite photos from that shoot was Seth Taylor’s atmosphere-soaked shot of model, Moriah Weber. After capturing his image, Seth went back in and made it all the more terrifying with some subtle manipulation. For me it captures the aesthetic of the old ghost photography in a wholly original and alien way. Those vague lines capture something of unknowable and inhuman menace… The implication of rending claws doesn’t hurt either.

Alienist: New in Unhallowed Necropolis Revised is the Alienist calling. The new accompanying illustration was drawn by Chris Walton. I asked Chris for Anton LaVey and I think he was spot on.

Thanks for letting me show off some amazing art!

-Jason Soles

Click here to pre-order now!

Unhallowed Necropolis, the Unhallowed Necropolis logo, Unhallowed Metropolis, the Unhallowed Metropolis logo, the New Dark Age logo, the Neo-Victorian World, and all related character names, places, and things are trademark and copyright © 2012, Jason Soles and Nicole Vega. Atomic Overmind Press logo is trademark and copyright © 2012, Atomic Overmind Press.

In the first of our previews of Unhallowed Necropolis, Revised, we take a look at the Parapsychologist Calling.

Relying on wits, intuition, and an array of aethertech devices, the parapsychologist is an intrepid student of the invisible world. Differing from occultists and spiritualists, the methods of the parapsychologist are scientific and rigorous. Despite being part of the same scientific discipline, the methods of parapsychologists vary greatly. Many are academics who spend the majority of their time writing research papers and teaching classes. No small number dedicate their lives to psychical research, either studying the capabilities of the awakened mind or training and grading psychics for licensing. Others are steely-eyed adventurers who walk the wastelands seeking out undocumented supernormal horrors. Some make their livings conducting spectral-forensic investigations to solve crimes. The vast majority are employed hunting the ghosts of the metropolis.

Unhallowed Necropolis, Revised may be pre-ordered alone for $32.95 plus shipping, or accompanied by a full PDF of the book for $39.95. The books may also be picked up from Atomic Overmind Press in booth #1201 at Gen Con Indy 2012. The PDF will become available to purchasers of the Print+PDF version on Thursday August 16th, the first day of Gen Con Indy.

Click here to pre-order now!

Pre-ordered copies will ship by August 24th. Pre-release copies of Unhallowed Necropolis, Revised will be also be available for purchase at Gen Con, and the PDF version will be available through DriveThruRPG.com the same day. This pre-order offer ends at midnight on August 13th, 2012.

The third installment of the Gasmask Gazetteer investigates the curious goings-on at a rail depot and railway hotel north of London and introduces the hotel proprietor and his staff. This waypoint contains little of interest to most guests, and yet a chosen few may never take their leave once the hotel’s owner takes an interest in them. A hotel with more doors than rooms will serve to house those who choose to stay the night. This material is supplemented with new Intrigant Stunts for Aristocrats, a single new Flash Thief Stunt for Criminals, and a variety of intriguing new Qualities and Impediments suitable for use by characters of any Calling. The Gazetteer concludes with four short appendices on the Loyalty of Service, the State of the Industrialist Class, Trains, and Houses with Secret Passages.

The Gasmask Gazetteer is a supplement for Unhallowed Metropolis, Revised, of interest to and use by Narrators and players alike. Each installment of the Gazetteer shines a light upon a location in the city of London, 2105 A.D. and the inhabitants thereof and relates to a specific Calling. These places are described in grim detail for use by Narrators seeking locations to include in their games of Unhallowed Metropolis and include statistics for important nonplayer characters. Further, players may find these locations and non-player characters useful in describing the backgrounds of their own characters. Finally, each installment of the Gazetteer concludes with several items intended for the use of players, including new Calling-specific Stunts as well as a number of new combat Stunts, Qualities, Impediments, or equipment of use to any character.

 Gasmask Gazeteer #3: Peterborough Station is now available in the AOP Webstore, or buy it from our friends over at Drivethrurpg.com.

Unhallowed Necropolis, Revised, the supernormal source book for Unhallowed Metropolis™ Revised, will be available through all game shops and major book distributors mid-September, 2012.

The book may be pre-ordered alone for $32.95 plus shipping, or accompanied by a full PDF of the book for $39.95. The books may also be picked up from Atomic Overmind Press in booth #1201 at Gen Con Indy 2012. The PDF will become available to purchasers of the Print+PDF version on Thursday August 16th, the first day of Gen Con Indy. Pre-ordered copies will ship by August 24th. Pre-release copies of Unhallowed Necropolis, Revised will be also be available for purchase at Gen Con, and the PDF version will be available through DriveThruRPG.com the same day. This pre-order offer ends at midnight on August 13th.

Click here to pre-order now!

The game will be available through major game  and book distribution channels, worldwide, beginning in mid-September, 2012.

For more information and to stay up to date on upcoming previews, supplements, and additional web content for Unhallowed Metropolis, please follow us on Twitter @UnhallowedMet, Facebook at: http://www.facebook.com/UnhallowedMetropolis and on the Atomic Overmind forums: http://atomicovermind.com/forums/.

More previews of the material within Unhallowed Necropolis, Revised, will soon be revealed.