Friday, July 22, 2022

OSR Review & Commentary On The 'Pay What You Want' Wretched New Flesh Postcards from Avalidad Quick Start Rpg By Miguel Ribeiro, Sílvia Clemente, & Manuel Sousa From The Red Room

"This is a near-future sci-fi/ surreal horror game inspired by the works of William S. Burroughs, David Cronenberg, William Gibson, and Clive Barker. The game setting is centred on Avalidad, a futuristic city in Morocco, where corporations have been conducting research in genetics, cybernetics, augmented and virtual reality, and biotechnology. By default, characters are expected to be ZoneSec operatives (a mix between law-enforcement agency and state police) or executives for Takeda Technologies (one of the most relevant corporations in Avalidad), but other roles such as Avalidad’s celebrities, fiscal royalty and seedy underbelly are also possible."

“in the magical universe there are no coincidences and there are no accidents. nothing happens unless someone wills it to happen”
― William S Burroughs
Wretched New Flesh Postcards from Avalidad Quick Start, is such a place and it's a dangerous one. 

 So this morning in my mailbox was a copy of Wretched New Flesh Postcards from Avalidad Quick Start,  which is the updated & expanded version of  Postcards from Avalidad. Now for the past several months Postcards from Avalidad has been a part of one of our 2d6 campaigns paired with Zozer Games Zaibatzu rpg. And this combination has been highly successful at the table top level. Flash forward & now we've Wretched New Flesh Postcards from Avalidad Quick Start,  & things have been heating up. 
Wretched New Flesh Postcards from Avalidad Quick Start,  clocks in at ninety four pages of well thoughtout surrealist bio cyberpunk with a touch of 70's Orwellian Science Fictional elements mixed with occultism & dangerous simmering elemements of the supernatural thrown in. Wretched New Flesh Postcards from Avalidad Quick Start, uses the tried & true Wretched system to bring the bastards into Avalidad. It's a solid little OSR style of rpg engine & it works quite nicely! The Wretched New Flesh rpg generates PC's quickly, uniquely, and with little fuss with an OSR twist. And then there's the details on Avalidad a city that seems erriely familar to David Chroninberg fans, and those who have read Clive Barker, or William S. Burrough's works. Things, events, & people in Avalidad are balanced in a lens of water in other words very weird. And that's fine because Avalidad is a city on the edge of the Earth. 

And Wretched New Flesh  is an rpg that set's out to set the characters up in the world of Avalidad and does it so well & quickly!  And this is one of it's main draws for me as a DM. Get the players into the action in less then 15 minutes and start playing! And Wretched New Flesh uses the Wretched engine very well and the quickstart has all of the basics needed to get the PC's into the middle of the post Avalidad action well. There are all of the usual rpg elements for the PC's equipment, weaponry, the golden advice that the Red Room is known for. And more! 
Because the Wretched New Flesh Postcards from Avalidad Quick Start Rpg is OSR it's easy to get the experienced players & the beginners into the mix of a basic game right off the bat. The whole package is well thoughtout & has a very solid mix of rpg elements thrown into it. 

You Can Download The Wretched New Flesh Postcards from Avalidad Quick Start Rpg Here

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