Definitely the scientific and technological progress in the present world is most intensely experienced in the health industry more than any other endeavors of modern man. In the past 100 years or so we have seen the eradication of many of the greatest epidemic diseases and in regard to gross development of health care we [...]
In the science fiction rpg H3: Heaven, Hell and Hegemony, humans live on dozens of worlds ruled by the Economic Hegemony of Authorities—a loose collection of nations and planets tied by a common economy. While experimenting with hyperspace travel, scientists opened gateways into two other universes that might be Heaven and Hell. The inhabitants of these universes are at war, and both angels and devils wanted humanity to join their side against the other. While many citizens wanted to join Heaven, the secular Hegemony government chose neutrality.
Angels and devils weren’t too happy with that choice, but after a brief three-way war, all sides signed the Treaty of Pavonis Station that agreed the Hegemony–and by extension all humans–shall remain neutral. This didn’t end the war–it just drove it underground. A cold war exists between Heaven and Hell as both sides try to co-opt humanity for its own ends. When angels and devils enter the universe of man, they look just like any human. This allows them to infiltrate our societies and work on convincing local governments to secede from the Hegemony and join in the war.
Angels, devils and their human allies are widespread in the Hegemony, and it’s your job to root them out. Players take roles as enforcers: a cross between police and military who investigate cases of heavenly or hellish influence. Your job is to enforce the Treaty and keep the Hegemony neutral. During a case, you’ll have to investigate crime scenes, interview suspects, fight religious sympathizers, and eventually put an end to the heavenly or hellish meddling. This could mean arresting or even executing angels and devils. Are you up for it?
The game features some innovative aspects. All characters will be rated in their belief in the three sides: Heaven, Hell and Hegemony. You also pick specific paths within each side such as Christianity, Islam and Buddhism, and these act as character classes by giving you special powers; advance up the ranks in Christianity and you’ll get the power to force people to tell the truth or bring fire down from the sky on your enemies. (That’s right–real world religions will be your character classes. Do you think that will bug some people?) Experience is based on choices, not killing ‘monsters’. If you choose to help Heaven during a case, then your Heaven rating will increase.
Characters have ratings in the three sides but so do the various societies that make up the Hegemony. These ratings represent the collective beliefs of the people; a society with a high Hellish rating is leaning towards seceding from the Hegemony and joining Hell. During the game, you’ll have the opportunity change these ratings and push a society towards the side of your choosing–you truly affect the game world in this rpg. H3 will have several play styles, including one where you and your fellow enforcers are all secretly religious; while working on cases for the secular Hegemony, you work to push a society into secession. Another play style is more like PARANOIA; all players have their own paths and agendas, and while you’re supposed to work together on a case, you secretly work against each other.
H3 will also feature a dice pool mechanic that allows you to manage risk–increase the risk of massive failure to get massive success. More on this later.
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