Beautiful full color art adorns this project and the forthcoming book.
(Magic:The Gathering, D&D, Legend of the 5 Rings, Shadows of Brimstone, and much more) has lent his talents to the stunning interior art.
The eye for detail! Paige diligently researched uniforms and and developed the character archetypes.
Great 3D artist handling the modeling of miniatures line for the game.
The overall tone extends that we have never been alone in the universe and other powers have driven mankind toward otherworldly goals.
As new art is developed and released we will be showcasing it here at okkulten.com.
1942 A.D. - World War 2, thus far, is one of the most devastating wars in history. Financially, emotionally, and physically there is not a person on earth who has not been changed or touched in some way by the horrible events that have unfolded. Battle lines are drawn and altered by espionage, theft and more overt means leading to the death of millions of soldiers and innocents alike. Several scholars believe that this is much more than a war of men, this is a battle for the very soul of mankind.
It is a well-known fact that the Nazi Party of Germany has a fascination for the occult and mythological artifacts that are believed to hold boundless power. To those that have the means and the will to pursue and find these items, ultimate power is within their reach. How will the war end if Himmler actually acquires the Spear of Longinus? Even if there are no magical properties associated to it, can you imagine the power over the morale of those who hold these items dear? Even thinking that if a mythological item like Mjolnir, the Hammer of Thor, is real, what power could it bestow upon the owner? Is Germany working with strange technology from other worlds? What of the rumored super soldier programs? Do the Allies have similar goals and secrets? It is these items that we base the premise of this game.
The general public of every country, as well as the rank and file troops in every standing army cannot grasp the concept that these items are, in fact, real. Shrouded from their vision by several organizations ranging from governments to churches and private organizations, it has been determined that these facts must be kept from society or chaos would erupt. A sheep who is happy in the pasture will not run when the gate is opened.
The truth of the matter is many of the religious and mythological stories are not fiction in one fashion or another. Relics and artifacts do exist and can give power to those who know how to access it. Aliens are a part of this world and are on the side of the Axis powers** Black Forest 1936**. (Up until the fall of Berlin when they will make an ill-fated escape attempt from the advancing Allies resulting in damage to one of their ships and a forced landing in Roswell, New Mexico in 1947.)
Super soldier programs on both sides are both theorized and put into practice. The Nazi program is, by far, the most prolific and made real by the scientific efforts of Luthor von Frankenstein, great-great-grandson of Viktor, the notorious scientist of legend. Young Luthor has taken the research of his predecessors to the next level and has had some modicum of success where his relatives had failed. Hitler and Himmler use their vast resources and access to alien technology to give this genius access to everything he may need.
So to sum things up, the world is at war, the general public knows this but does not know about the true implications of what both sides are doing. Germany’s current state of technology and military strength is far above anything the Allies realize... at this point.
This is where the players come in. Gathered from the brightest the Allies have, special units labelled Operation Okkulten that are being put together to prevent the Axis acquisition of relics, artifacts, and supplies for the super soldier program. In this game it is possible to be an OSS operative from the United States, SAS elite from Britain, Spetsnaz from Russia, or a specialist from the French Resistance and many more diverse characters all funded by the OSS. These multi-national squads are all that stand between the safety and freedom of the world and complete domination by the Axis. So gather your Nerve, Faith and Spirit and move forward for God and Country!!
Okkulten will utilize the Chaosium BRP (Basic Roleplaying) system and Reaper Miniatures. Tactical operations will be undertaken by players using the familiar 5' grid many have become accustomed to.
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So as you know by now we are adopting the Chaosium Basic Roleplaying system with permission from Chaosium. The BRP (Basic Roleplay) doesn't utilize classes like several systems out there today. Instead careers/typical stereotypes are used to differentiate between different life experiences. Since Okkulten focuses on the military aspect of the investigation into the Reich's use of alien powered artifacts, we have chosen to work archetypes into this mix with the addition of MOS (Military Occupational Specialities).
While some of the BRP careers will be dismissed because they do not fit the time Okkulten is set in (i.e. Computer Programmer) and others will be modified and merged into one of the archetypes (i.e. Doctor into Medic), the majority will also be made available for character play. Thus allowing players a wide variety of options to play a character they feel happy about. Civilian consultants obviously have a large role to play and the general atmosphere at this time promoted serving your country in any capacity you could. While combat heavy scenarios would prove problematic for civilian based characters, it could prove to be a challenging and fun campaign.
The ten archetypes have been discussed in detail at okkulten.com, and include Medic, Heavy Weapon, Sniper, Scout, Chaplain, Rifleman, Intelligence, Demolitions, Communications, and Engineer. Obviously there are several other MOS's offered by the military at this time, and those are not the official MOS names used by the aremed forces. We want to make the game understandable and enjoyable for all, including those without prior military experience so we went with more common names, just as we have taken historical liberties with removing sexual and racial limitations of the time period. In the finished book, we will also include the historical equivalent names for the MOSs.
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