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The Extra Secret Service!

Tim Rodriguez and I just dropped the next Backstory Cards digital reward out, and it’s a public freebie: the Extra Secret Service setting grid. In case you missed the pitch as part of the Kickstarter video:

Nobody knows the President is really a werewolf. It’s okay, he takes pills for that. But for those who don’t—for those whose supernatural powers would endanger the populace—he calls upon… The Extra Secret Service.

The PCs are Extra Secret Service agents, part of a secret government organization who travels the country to solve crises of unnatural natures. Some ESS agents are highly competent “normals”—people without any supernatural ability or curse. These ESS agents could be hyper-intelligent scientists with some combat training, rugged hunters who already knew about the supernatural when they joined ESS, decorated agents in “mundane” agencies that got offered a life of saving people from unknowable threats, and anything in between. Along with all those types, some ESS agents are unnatural themsevlves: werewolves, sorcerers, recovering mummies, ghosts, faeries, and so on!

Inspirations

This setting takes cues from rompy supernatural media both light and dark, like Hellboy, Supernatural, Warehouse 13, Eureka, Atomic Robo, Men in Black, and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., as well as comic takes on harder supernatural procedurals like Fringe and X-Files.

 

It was fun to write this! It’s the setting I used to introduce Wil Wheaton to Fate, which was a joy all its own. I’m looking forward to the next setting grid, in no small part because I get to see Tim cut loose with Third Stringers.

– Ryan

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