What is DH:LOF?

The Basics!

There are, as I write this, three books commercially available in the DH:LoF line. They are the core rulebook (Dark Harvest: The Legacy of Frankenstein), a supplement (Resistance), and a short fiction anthology (Tales of Promethea). Further details of all three can be found below.

Title: Dark Harvest: The Legacy of Frankenstein

Game Line: Promethea

Category: Standalone RPG/Campaign Setting

Release Date: April 13th, 2011

Retail Price: £24.99

Size: approx. 220 pages

Interior Art: B&W (pdf – colour)

Author: Iain Lowson

Edited: Matt Gibbs, Andrew Harman, Jenny Harman and Iain Lowson

Fiction: Iain Lowson, Andrew Harman, Magz Wiseman

RPG Rules & Mechanics; Andrew Peregrine, Walt Ciechanowski, Steve Ironside, Neil Wiseman, Iain Lowson

Layout: James King

Cover Art: Corlen Kruger

Interior Art: Kim Roberts, Scott Purdy, Corlen Kruger, and Rowena Aitken

Maps: Robert DM Coles

Foreword: Juliet E. McKenna

Website: Simon Proctor, John Wilson, Magz Wiseman, Iain Lowson

Testing: Steve Ironside, Kerry Adam, Tracey West, Alexis cole, Gordon Stephen & Jamie Dyker

Stock Code: CB77100

ISBN: 978-0-85744-047-1

Summary

What if Frankenstein got it right?

What if Victor Frankenstein had embraced his discoveries rather than seeking to destroy them?

Rejected by his peers and his family, hunted by the Creature, Victor slips into the background of history.  Manipulating people, events, whole countries, Frankenstein slowly plans and executes his revenge.

Carved out of the Balkan conflicts of the mid-1800’s, Victor Frankenstein hijacks the unification of Romania and creates his own country: Promethea.  Established on high ideals of equality and scientific advancement for the good of all, the reality is very different.

Creating Promethea saw Victor make deals that compromised the integrity of his vision.  Almost literally walled off from the rest of Europe, Promethea is a nightmare where the rich elite feed off the beauty and strength of the poor.  While incredible advances across all scientific disciplines promise a bright future, the land is blighted by a new feudal regime – the Harvest.

Even as Frankenstein moves to bring Promethea in line with his original vision, so he is stalked by the Creature.  Seeking to destroy all his creator’s works, the Creature and the resistance movement he leads often find they share Frankenstein’s goals.  Both Victor and the Creature know that Frankenstein’s gift must never escape the fortified borders of Promethea, bringing the dark harvest to all the world.

Dark Harvest: Legacy of Frankenstein is a detailed, fascinating game setting, a terrifyingly plausible alternative history and a fiction anthology; a gothic horror fantasy that will appeal to gamers and the general public alike.

A standalone product, Dark Harvest: Legacy of Frankenstein uses a version of the Heresy Engine system and is fully compatible with the Victoriana 2nd Edition, also available from Cubicle 7 Entertainment.

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Title: Dark Harvest: The Legacy of Frankenstein – Resistance

Game Line: Promethea

Category: RPG Supplement

Release Date: June, 2012

Retail Price: tbd

Size: approx. 180 pages

Interior Art: B&W (pdf – some colour)

Author: Iain Lowson

RPG Rules & Mechanics; Steve Ironside and Neil Wiseman; with Colin Chapman

Cover Art: Corlen Kruger

Interior Art: Sara Dunkerton, Rowena Aitken, and Corlen Kruger

Maps: Robert Coles

Layout: James King

ISBN: 978-0-85744-137-9

Resistance is the first full supplement for the critically acclaimed RPG Dark Harvest: The Legacy of Frankenstein. Building on what has been described as “…without a doubt the best world description I have ever seen…” (Brian Fitzgerald, Game Knight Reviews*) the supplement focuses on the struggle between Victor Frankenstein’s Promethean authorities and the Creature’s Resistance fighters, as well as covering many other aspects of life within Promethea. Included are:

A full items and equipment listing using 1910’s monetary values

New and clarified rules and mechanics

New NPCs, organisations, and Augmentations

Detailed maps of military installations

A full scenario with campaign suggestions

Six page intro comic

Detail on subjects ranging from the Resistance and the Promethean Military Forces, to the Suffragette movement in Promethea and the thriving black market; from escaping the country to how both the authorities and the Resistance try to stop that happening; from passive resistance by university staff to the knife in the dark arranged by a dark cabal misinterpreting Frankenstein’s wishes.

Three new short stories by Iain Lowson, adding yet more flavour and detail to the                 Dark Harvest setting.

Resistance covers everything from merciless high politics in Victor Frankenstein’s inner circle of advisors, to the desperate fight for life and liberty in the mud and darkness between loyal soldiers from both sides; and looming over all, the relentless Dark Harvest continues…

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Dark Harvest: The Legacy of Frankenstein is a detailed, fascinating game setting, a terrifyingly plausible alternative history, and a fiction anthology; a gothic horror fantasy that will appeal to gamers and the general public alike.

Dark Harvest: The Legacy of Frankenstein uses a version of the Heresy Engine system and is fully compatible with the Victoriana 2nd Edition, also available from Cubicle 7 Entertainment. The core book is a standalone game.

(* 20th September, 2011: http://www.gameknightreviews.com/2011/09/game-review-dark-harvest-the-legacy-of-frankenstein-by-iain-lowson-from-cubicle-7/)

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Title: Dark Harvest: The Legacy of Frankenstein – Tales of Promethea

Game Line: Promethea

Category: Short Fiction Anthology Ebook (all formats)

Release Date: December, 2012

Retail Price: £3

Size: n/a (13 stories)

Interior Art: none

Authors: Iain Lowson, Matt Gibbs, Andrew Harman, Magz Wiseman, Greg Stolze, James Desborough, Gareth Ryder-Hanrahan, Kate Harrad, Stuart Boon, Tim Dedopulos.

Editors: Matt Gibbs & Iain Lowson

Foreword: Ian Livingstone

Cover Art: Jan Pospíšil

Logo: Sara Dunkerton

Layout: Matt Gibbs

ISBN: 978-0-85744-177-5

“Storytelling is at its heart, from the short stories that have featured in role-playing gamebooks, to the stories those books allow you to tell. With this book, you can simply submerge yourself in the tales of Promethea – the country created and ruled by Victor Frankenstein. When you come out at the other side, I am certain you will have a few stories of your own to tell.”

From the Foreword by Ian Livingstone

DH:LoF – Tales of Promethea is a collection of short fiction set in the fictional country of Promethea, first laid bare in the award-winning, critically acclaimed RPG Dark Harvest: The Legacy of Frankenstein.

With stories from both new and established talent from within and without the role-playing game world, Tales of Promethea gives both new readers and those already familiar with Victor Frankenstein’s country a chance to explore this terrifying, wonderful place. Within its pages you will –

Follow one poor soul’s attempt to escape Promethea;

Read of an orphan’s struggle to avoid the Harvest;

Hear from one who was there from the beginning how Promethea came to be;

Discover how desperate you have to be to try to break into the country;

Count the very human cost of Frankenstein’s dark gift to the world.

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Dark Harvest: The Legacy of Frankenstein is a detailed, fascinating game setting, a terrifyingly plausible alternative history, and a fiction anthology; a gothic horror fantasy that will appeal to gamers and the general public alike.  The first supplement, Resistance, was released earlier this year.

Dark Harvest: The Legacy of Frankenstein uses a version of the Heresy Engine system and is fully compatible with the Victoriana 2nd Edition, also available from Cubicle 7 Entertainment. The core book is a standalone game.

 

3 Responses to What is DH:LOF?

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  2. Conan says:

    I have both the core and resistance books, and i am currently playing in a campain based on being members of the resistance, it’s fun.

    however is there anywhere i can go to ask questions about Rules clarifications?
    thank you

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