Jason Engle delivers an epic image of a New “Old World” Character – Medievalism in post-apocalyptic future
You may or may not know about YELLOW DAWN – The Age of Hastur. It’s an RPG I wrote during the noughties and published in 2008. Currently running version 2.5, although I am now working towards a 3rd edition, adapting YELLOW DAWN to be used with 7th edition Call of Cthulhu. This follows Chaosium giving me a green light to proceed with a proposed publishing deal with Modiphius (the folks behind Achtung! Cthulhu).
YELLOW DAWN – The Age of Hastur, is a post-apocalyptic setting for action adventure, survival and Lovecraftian roleplaying, where player characters explore a New Wilderness, investigate the dark machinations of madmen and monsters, unfold high-tech mysteries in the Living Cities, and try to survive in a world that has been changed forever by the Infection.
The re-write for the 3rd Edition started in earnest mid January with an expected launch date for early 2016. I’ve been commissioning artwork for the project, and here’s a piece from the second illustrator to join the team: Jason Engle. What I love about Jason’s work is his facial techniques. These are characters that convey something in their look. The image also highlights the diverse range of gameplay (and story-telling) possible within the Yellow Dawn universe: from Dungeons & Dragons, through Call of Cthulhu into the realms of Cyberpunk and Gamma World. If you want to read a FREE introduction to Yellow Dawn – The Age of Hastur, you can download the PDF here.
EXCERPT FROM 3rd EDITION RULEBOOK (Still in development)
Sønner av Balder
SKILLS: Climb or Swim, Dodge, Fighting (Brawling), Fighting (choose one), Stealth, Spot Hidden, Survival and one of the following: Ride, First Aid, Intimidate, Natural World, Botany, Mythology (Norse), Zoology.
CREDIT RATING: 0
OCCUPATION SKILL POINTS: EDU × 2 + either DEX × 2 or
STR × 2
Sons of Balder, also called the New Barbarians and Ny Barbarens. Refers to a survival movement that came out of Norway after Yellow Dawn. They disregard and distance themselves from all technology. They live on the land, from the land. They embrace ideals of fitness, perfection of the body over mind, and dominance through brotherhood/sisterhood and unlimited aggression (when it is necessary).
The idea spread after Netwerk Zero sent a film-crew down from orbit to follow them for 6 days. The pilot episode was so popular the documentary crew stayed for 6 months and famously several of them abandoned their former lives to join the group.
Aage Mosjoen was and still is the front man. Dozens of affiliated groups have sprung up across the remains of Europe, moving down towards what is left of the Middle East. They travel as individuals or small groups and shun any possessions they cannot carry with them. They never use firearms, mechanical or electrical devices. It is more than a way of life, it is an attitude, a state of mind. However, this does not preclude them from travelling with others who do use technology, firarms and motorised transport. They have been seen riding the back of motorcycles and quad bikes when employed by Nova Punks.
They have an affinity to the old Viking ways. Much of their subculture revolves around stories of Ragnarok, and a new world arising, where Balder who was killed by Loki would return as well his ascendant.
Most Sønner av Balder joined the movement after meeting another Barbaren or watching one of the shows and taking the decision to make the switch. There is no formal support network but tattoos and a common attitude would allow different groups to relate to each other.
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YELLOW DAWN 3rd Edition will allow Call of Cthulhu players to drop their scenarios into the post-apocalyptic horror and action adventures of my novels. More good news: I’ve had a Hollywood screenwriter approach me suggesting the world of Yellow Dawn would make a great concept for a movie – which he is now in the process of planning to write. Exciting days!
You know all there is about what happens after an apocalypse, right? Buy these novels today!
3 NOVELS FROM THE YELLOW DAWN APOCALYPSE
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