Voidheart Symphony

Created by Jay Iles

A tabletop roleplaying game of psychic rebellion in the shadows of the city, powered by the apocalypse.

Latest Updates from Our Project:

The Penitent
25 days ago – Sun, Jun 07, 2020 at 11:17:55 PM

Hey folks,

First up - it's been a tough week for anyone who cares about social justice and the fight for a better world. The cruel and racist actions of police departments across the US have cast into stark relief the urgent need for change - across the US, but also further abroad. If you care about the stories Voidheart Symphony is here to tell, I'd ask you to pay close attention to what's happening right now, listen and learn from the folks on the ground, keep pushing for justice even as the system cracks down or offers meaningless compromises and scapegoats, and give what you can to the groups working on all of this and putting together a dream of a better world. Here's some suggestions:

And if you want to grab some games while you send money to good causes, this bundle is a ludicrously good deal: https://itch.io/b/520/bundle-for-racial-justice-and-equality

The Penitent

That all was weighing heavily on my mind as I wrote this draft of the Penitent. This playbook presents a character who has realised the horror of the system they're complicit in, and dedicated themselves to its destruction - but their immersion in the castle still stains their actions.

How do you unpick the assumptions of a life of privilege? How do you wield the power you still retain, without causing collateral damage? Can you hold onto the fervour and compassion that lead to you taking a stand, or will you end up taking the easy way out?

And - I'm writing all this as someone who's white, university-educated, and British. I don't have the answers for how to be a good person who's completely cast off the mindset of white supremacy, colonialism and systemic inequality - only that the work is important, and the work is never done. If there's something in this that doesn't read right to you, or leaves a bad taste in your mouth, get in touch. 

Penitent front side
Penitent reverse side

This is a pretty complex one, mechanically - a lot of its is mechanics are focused around twisting your options in the city, and governing the balance of penance and moral transgression.  But then, it's also a pretty complex character thematically, so I'm ok way that. If you want to play this character, it's important to be clear about what you're going for with them, what particular abuses you've inflicted before the story starts, and be sure that your group is alright with that.

Download it here: https://www.dropbox.com/s/nh64bbd3qd5vcre/The%20Penitent.pdf?dl=0

Character Keeper and The Captive playbook
about 1 month ago – Tue, Jun 02, 2020 at 07:44:22 AM


I hope you're all well, and enjoying v0.5 of the game. To help with that, I've put together this updated google sheets character keeper - make a copy and use it in your own games! 

I've also put together a draft of our first stretch goal playbook, The Captive (previously known as The Trapped and The Resident). You should be getting a link from Backerkit soon containing the PDF download! This one's a bit of a weird one, given that they can't interact with the city in the same way as the other rebels - in fact, they have their own special arcanum governing how their spooky mechanics work. Give it a look and let me know what you think!

Version 0.5: Updated Files
about 1 month ago – Sun, May 31, 2020 at 12:44:43 PM

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May Update - Voidheart Symphony Version 0.5(ish)
about 2 months ago – Mon, May 11, 2020 at 07:07:26 PM

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Voidheart Symphony 0.4 now live!
5 months ago – Tue, Feb 18, 2020 at 01:03:43 AM

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