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Friday, 30 June 2017

Fleamarket Friday: Rasmussen's New World Order Is Here...




The Administrator himself, Merle M Rasmussen (creator of the original Top Secret RPG) is back with a new iteration of his seminal game - a modernised setting matched with modernised rules for the 21st Century.

Not that it needs my help to promote it, the Kickstarter to fund production of Top Secret: New World Order launched on Tuesday evening and sped past its initial funding goal in no time at all.

A $10 buy-in will get you the new rules and first mission module in PDF, while for $50 (plus shipping) you can get the shiny box set (pictured above), which contains:
  • 128-page Core rulebook
  • Game masters screen
  • 4 player mats
  • 8 vehicle sheets
  • 20 character sheets
  • 40 tokens for cars, hazards, and explosions
  • A set of five dice: D4, D6, D8, D10, D12
  • Introductory mission module The White Queen
Check out the campaign's Kickstarter page for more details on all the investor incentives, a video interview with the team behind the project, as well as an explanation of the new "dice as statistics" rules mechanics (which seem to take inspiration from such systems as Savage Worlds and Cortex).

The campaign runs until July 27.

It's worth noting that, as well as there being no stretch goals to clog up the process:
"The game is complete in prototype form, and will be ready to go to press as soon as the Kickstarter ends."
If all runs smoothly, the publishers are hoping for a November shipping date for the finished game.

Meanwhile, they add that:
"Merle is already working on the first expansion book, and we have several new missions in the works. We're also talking with a few writers about their own ideas, and will announce new missions and third-party support as soon as agreements are in place."

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