The sun hangs low on the horizon illuminating the ruins of civilization with a bloody light. Is it the sunset of the earth or the sunrise of a brave new world? You can decide as you boldly stride the rubble-strewn streets of the AFTERMATH! This is a book version of the game including all 3 books from the original boxed set in one volume. it is not the boxed set.
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Aftermath! is a complex system for post-apocalyptic gameplay that is skill-based and levelless. Players advance through the reputation and merit system rather than combat-based experience points.
Combat plays out on a hex grid where characters can use modern firearms and various hand-to-hand weapons in a phase-based combat turn.
The Game Master chooses the type of apocalypse and the amount of time that has passed since, usually from yesterday to 150 years ago. A significant amount of latitude in the creation of the environment means that each game can be vastly different without the need for house rules to adapt the game.
Aftermath! has systems for tracking hunger and thirst, the first enemies of every survivor. Characters use skills to craft armor and weapons, grow food, and adapt their environment depending on what is needed.
Several premade scenarios, such as the excellent Operation Morpheus, will give game masters a jumpstart in building their first campaign. Online tools are available for character creation and game management, meaning that the game is positioned for online play than most current day games.