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Cosmology- IDA has a unique cosmology, terrible secrets of the nature of the universe, that players will have to discover during game play. You won’t find much about this cosmology on the website, because we want to keep it truly secret. The cosmology was created by taking pieces of every philosophy that has been discredited or suppressed because it has unpleasant things to say about the nature of the universe, from Gnosticism to Freudian Psychoanalysis to Paglian Feminism. Not only are secrets of the world revealed through gameplay, the GM section of the book has several ‘documents,’ all suitable for copying and giving to players, each of which helps unravel a small piece of the mystery of the game world.

Player Characters- Players are not ordinary people, they are people with supernatural powers, yet they don’t start off understanding what’s happening to them. The bizarre and terrible things that have given them powers have left them with more questions than answers about the nature of the universe. Each type of the Touched knows a little about what’s going on, but each holds only one piece of the puzzle. Each type of the Touched has a different experience of the supernatural and different types of powers. Character types are not just frameworks for buying powers, they are a complete experience.

Style- Like Cthulhu, IDA doesn’t have ‘traditional’ monsters (e.g. vampires, werewolves, typical western-style ghosts). Unlike Cthulhu, we tried to borrow from the aesthetic of recent Japanese horror films in building the terrors of the IDA universe. At no point will PCs find themselves confronted with traditional monsters that they are sure they know how to defeat. Some monsters will attack as physical beings, some will be invisible and intangible and will manipulate the world around the PCs, some will attack via the PCs’ own minds. IDA monsters are not goblins that you kill twenty of for XP. Figuring out how to defeat or escape a monster will take up an entire IDA adventure.

Anyone who has purchased a printed copy of In Dark Alleys, This if a Dark Ride or Abandoned from any source can download a pdf copy here.

What kind of In Dark Alleys character should you be?  Choose what intrigues you most in a set of scenarios.  The test is available as text (also in Hebrew) or mp3.

 

You have reached the page for the first edition of This is a Dark Ride. This book has been replaced with This is a Dark Ride Second Edition and is no longer available.

In the world of In Dark Alleys, pleasant façades hide terrible secrets, and there is no more pleasant façade than that of the happiest amusement park in the world. Hiding behind the smiling faces, cotton candy, princesses, rides and fantastic décor, there are creatures that hunt us, people who experiment on us, powers-that-be who watch us, and alien worlds waiting to swallow us up.

This is a Dark Ride is a sourcebook detailing the world’s most famous amusement park as it exists in the In Dark Alleys setting. Included is in-depth info on the mundane park, various supernatural entities, NPCs and groups, guidelines for creating a park employee character and a complete adventure.

Anyone who buys the printed book can download the pdf for free here.

 Printed Version: $17.50 – Fulfillment by Lulu

 PDF: $3.95 – Fullfillment by DriveThruRPG

Click Here to download Little Boy Lost (1 MB pdf), a stand-alone adventure set in the IDA universe. The players play a college-aged babysitter and her friends who must investigate the disappearance of an odd little boy. Little Boy Lost has pre-generated characters and a condensed version of the rules, everything someone would need to play the adventure. Little Boy Lost was a giveaway at the 2007 Free RPG Day. You can read a review of Little Boy Lost here.

Introduction:

The Touched:

Survival Tips:

This free music and ambient sound was created to be played in the background during an In Dark Alleys game session.
01 Wandering A Deserted City
02 Back Room At The Herb Shop
03 Old Pain Echoing in Abandoned Places
04 Strange Machinery Under Your Feet
05 Discovering Family Secrets
06 Staying Alive Until Dawn
07 The Long Hallway*
All Music in a 19 MB zip file

*Ambient sound track.


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