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Slip into the dieseldream of Mennefai, the Half-Dead City, and the nations beyond it. Fly across the Khamhai desert aboard a cloud dwarf zeppelin. Ride on a sea elf gondola through the canals of Mathilbeind. 

But, whatever you do, wherever you go, however you plan to spend your days—your nights are uneasy. Half-dead can be a whole lot of trouble….

Beyond the Half-Dead City is a setting zine for Troika! the Other World's Favourite Roleplaying Game.

  • 16 New Troika! Backgrounds
  • 6 Advanced Skills
  • 8 Items
  • 2 Spells
  • 28 Pages of Dieseldream fuel

We will be trying out Itch funding for this issue. Right now the zine contains 16 of the planned 36 backgrounds with entirely public domain art. For every $180 we raise we will commission Chris Downey to replace 1/4 of the art with original pieces and we will add 5 additional backgrounds until we reach the full 36.

__Goal 1: $180 - 1/4 original art by Chris. +5 Backgrounds

__Goal 2: $360 - 1/2 original art by Chris. +5 Backgrounds

__Goal 3: $540 - 3/4 original art by Chris. +5 Backgrounds

__Goal 4: $720 - 100% original art by Chris. +5 Backgrounds

Note: Art will be completed after illustrations for Planar Compass Issue 2 are complete.

This zine was made for Troika! as a part of the TroikaFest! 2021 Game Jam.

Beyond the Half-Dead City is an independent production by Planar Compass LLC and is not affiliated with the Melsonian Arts Council.


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In order to download this zine you must purchase it at or above the minimum price of $5 USD. You will get access to the following files:

Half-DeadCityIssue1v1.pdf 5 MB

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