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Tabletop Game: Adeptus Evangelion

Adeptus Evangelion is a Dark Heresy modification designed to run games in the world of Neon Genesis Evangelion. Religious imagery, Mind Rape, Tangification, the whole shebang.

Despite drawing from Neon Genesis Adeptus Evangelion pushes Game Masters to make their own worlds and change the plot and mythos around in order to avoid a Foregone Conclusion from people who've seen the anime. To this end it adds in weapons and equipment that wasn't seen in the series as well as several new Angels and possible story hooks and changes to the campaign such as different ways the Second Impact could have gone, different nefarious organisations and alternate ways to end the game ...

Adeptus Evangelion v2.5 can be downloaded here. There is also an offshoot, the Borderline Edition, which can be downloaded here.

And the support forum can be found here.


The game provides examples of:

  • Ace Custom: The Concept Model trait for the Evangelions. It starts with two free upgrades but costs two collateral damage when it enters battle because of the cost of replacement parts.
  • Adaptation Expansion and Alternate Continuity — Game Masters are encouraged to expand on the story and mythos as they please (and to throw a curveball at those who have seen the anime).
    • It also includes elements from the various Evangelion video games, namely the Jet Alone Prime and T-RIDEN-T Land Cruiser.
  • And I Must Scream - This can occasionally happen to pilots. If your Eva is defeated, there's a chance that your entry plug will fail to eject, leaving you stranded in the middle of a battlefield... and you can probably still feel whatever it was that incapacitated your mech.
  • Armor Piercing - the AT-fields are handled like this. If the weapon's Breach stat doesn't match or exceed the target's AT Strength stat, the target No Sells the attack regardless of whether the weapon in question was a prog knife or a positron cannon.
  • Artifact Title - The name "Adeptus Evangelion" referred to the fact that the game used the same system as Dark Heresy. The dev team has announced they will be abandoning this system when releasing v3 (though they are simultaneously releasing a 2.5 version that will use the DH system), but are keeping the title because it is recognizable.
  • Attack Its Weak Point - As in The Series attacking an Angels core with a critical can cause it to explode and cause masses of collateral.
  • Awesomeness Is Volatile - Synch ratio, which can change when you get hurt. More=better, at least until you go above 100% at which point it starts to eat your soul alive. Then you pass 200% and essentally attain the power of god. In less than five minutes, you will collapse into Tang. It is sure to be a Crowning Moment Of Awesome, and a Dying Moment of Awesome.
  • Barrier Warrior - Played with, AT Tacticians can be used to buff and shield allies but they also get some cataclysmic powers.
    • What with every Evangelion having an AT Field every PC can technically count as this.
  • Beam Spam - The Archangel Kabaiel tends to favour this sort of weapon, to the point of being an Evangelion-Scale Touhou boss.
  • BFG - Any ranged weapon you wield would fall under this, really; after all, the players characters are piloting 40-meter-tall mechs, so any gun you have would likely be as big as a person, or bigger.
    • Several guns are so big that even an Evangelion needs the Heavy Chassis upgrade to so much as pick it up.
    • The Great Positron Cannon is so huge that you can't even fire it if you aren't plugged into the city's power grid... three times. It's also powerful enough to shoot into orbit.
      • Also played with, Pallet Guns are woefully ineffectual since they just fire Battleship shells that are easily deflected.
    • Inverted with the HELIOS Pistol (kinda, it's still an E-scale weapon of course) which is a pistol sized weapon that fires insanely powerful blasts of energy.
  • BFS - If you get enough Weapon Upgrades you can get a Progression Sword.
    • Not forgetting the Heavy Lances!
  • Body Horror - [REDACTED] has a scenario involving an old Evangelion research facility. At the very end of it is a graveyard full of Evangelion corpses, just like in the series... except that these ones will pull everyone stepping into the pit below the surface and (somehow) replace entire limbs with their own! In a rare subversion of the trope, the victim can actually profit from this, if the GM chooses so.
  • Boss Game - Barring some rare exceptions, most fight tend to only include a single, powerful and unique enemy, making this a rare RPG example of this trope.
  • Captain Patriotic - The "Flagship" attribute in short.
  • Character Shill - [REDACTED] features rules for a thirty second advertisement produced by the party. The Supplement seems to expect the worst ...
  • Chunky Salsa Rule - With organic Humongous Mecha. Needless to say, the results are NOT pretty. This IS a Dark Heresy conversion, after all.
  • Cosmic Horror Story and Lovecraft Lite
  • Crazy Enough to Work - A feat available to AT Tactician's is called this. It involves using ridiculously dangerous AT abilities in intricate ways.
  • Duct Tape for Everything. The only thing keeping the Patchwork Eva together.
  • Dysfunction Junction - All the player characters, obviously.
  • Epic Fail: Some of the extra scenarios can end up like this. During the Court trial a horrible showing can result in the accused being excuted and most of the other PC being locked up as well to await their own trials. On a more humorious note during the Ad scenario the pilots can make a commercial that's so bad it's horrible. The book throws around phrases like "less comfortable in [the gaming groups] presence", "worst in human history" and "economic disaster". In gameplay terms you will lose a class-action suit against the company that hired you, lose your ego barrier and force you to take the drawback "Dark Secret (Participated In Horrible Advertisement)".
  • Expy - Some of the Archangels have similarities to the Angels from the series but play with the abilities in more imaginative ways.
    • Galgaliel, for example, shares Sachiel's amphibious nature; he's just far stronger.
    • Zaazenach can be seen as a scaled-up version of Iruel.
    • Marmaroth and Israfel both create copies of themselves by messing with time. While Israfel uses these to overpower it's oppnents Marmaroth just ... Ends The World.
    • Aradia shares Arael's ability to attack it's host mentally. Aradia just has physical attacks and firepower to back it up.
    • Kabaiel is drawn as looking similar to Ramiel, and even has the same sort of power (Positron blasts) but is a lot less ... patient.
    • Gamaliel is some weird and horrifying mix of Leliel and Bardiel. The game actually makes Gamaliel's connection with Bardiel more obvious and encourages GM's to "trick" anyone who's seen the anime into thinking they're battling Bardiel.
  • Eye Scream - A variation of this can happen if an Eva takes critical damage to its head; the pilot will feel the damage too, which can cause anything from disrupted focus due to intense pain, to going slowly insane from the feeling of your head melting.
  • Flawed Prototype - Evangelion with the "Patchwork" Drawback, described as being made from recycled pieces, dummy bodies, and duct tape.
  • Frickin' Laser Beams - The positron rifles came back. And they have three upgrades. One that has a multi shot fuse. One that is a one-shot and is larger. Then there is the Great Positron Cannon. It is able to one-shot angel if you get lucky. Problem is you can only mount it on a heavy chassis. So you become a Mighty Glacier.
    • Actually, the description of the Great Positron Cannon, alongside the stats, imply that that is the positron rifle used against the fifth and fifteenth Angels in the show. The range and extremely unwieldy nature of it back this up.
    • If you thought Ramiel's attack was bad wait till you see the Archangel Cathetel ...
  • Gainax Ending - Not one, but NINE of them are detailed (including the one from End of Evangelion), each one as apocalyptic as the next.
  • Godzilla Threshold - Lose a battle, and you cross this, with the UN deploying a N2 mine. Later Operations Directors can call this in, but you'll probly still need to cross it before they will.
    • There's an angel encounter circumstance called "Misscommunication" which subverts this. The UN believe you are defeated and launch an N2 mine meaning that you now have to stop the angel on a time limit ...
  • Goomba Stomp - the Gravity Kick talent enables this. With high enough elevation can be Death from Above.
  • Hidden Supplies - Your city will supply you with these. Guns, ammunition, and spare umbilical power cables can be sent to the surface for the Evangelions to use.
  • Humongous Mecha - Well, duh. In addition to the Evangelions themselves, there's also Jet Alone, the Jet Alone Prime, and the T-RIDEN-T Land Cruiser, in Prototype, Interceptor and Artillery flavor. There's even rules to pilot a T-RIDEN-T instead of an Eva, which has its benefits (no Synch Ratio difficulties, unlimited amount of Structural and Weapon Upgrades) and its costs (only the Skirmisher and Pointman careers are open to you, no AT or Biological powers, limited selection of melee weapons).
  • Hilarity Ensues - In the new GM supplement you can have the players hold a dance competition starring the Evangelions, have a sports match with the Evangelions, or have the pilots create a 30 second commercial for a sponsor.
    • The dance competition one has actually happened in at least one campaign that doesn't use the supplement. Said game also had a pop idol pilot's EVA backup dancing for her.
  • It Runs on Nonsensoleum - The scientists haven't really figured out what an A.T. field actually is.
    • Also even the book's writers don't even know what a S2 core does since it's never really explained in anything. They call it a contract between the GM and player about what happens during the end game of the campaign.
  • Ludicrous Gibs - In the manual, there are 8 consecutive pages of critical hit tables and nothing else. Then there is one page with a short paragraph about how angels respond differently to critical damage than Evangelions (since Angels lack pilots), and then there are 8 more pages of critical hit tables. Some of the entries are things like "your Evangelion's head explodes so violently it becomes shrapnel and damages anyone else nearby."
  • Mecha Expansion Pack - In addition to the standard B-Type armour you can also equip your Evangelion with A-Type (Aerial combat), C-Type (Deep sea combat), D-Type (Magma combat, like the one Asuka used against Sandalphon) and E-Type (Outer Space combat).
  • Mind Rape - the "Touched by an Angel" scenario of [REDACTED] allows you to RP this. Characters that go through it receive the Cold Blooded talent, giving them heightened resistance against further sanity loss (not counting the amount they lost during the ordeal itself, that is). The exact effectiveness of the talent is determined by how much the victim's psychological issues bother them.
  • Mundane Utility - Using the Evas for a Dance Competition, or for sports. Supposedly it's to get more data on Synch Ratios but really?
  • Negative Space Wedgie - the "Horror" part of the [REDACTED] supplement includes two REALLY nasty scenarios involving these.
  • Nerf - many things were nerfed and buffed in version 2.5. Skirmishers are less of a Game Breaker, AT Powers aren't as expensive, making the AT Tatician less useless, and the Story Breaker Power Dirac Breach was severely nerfed.
  • Never the Selves Shall Meet - This is the whole point of the archangel Marmaroth. It has two bodies that are both from different time zones. If they come into contact with each other it'll basically kill itself and the rest of reality.
  • No Endor Holocaust - Averted. There's a whole system of subsidiary damage called "Collateral Damage", and it reflects just how badly the surrounding terrain is screwed up after the fighting is over — the higher it is, the less system upgrade points you get as a result, as your organization spends more and more of its budget on fixing the damage. Taken to its extreme with Jet Alone; its Nuclear Powered trait means that if it takes critical damage to the body, there's a 50% chance (5 or less on a D10) that it'll melt down. It does no physical damage, and it stops Jet Alone but the players inflict 100 Collateral Damage on the battlefield. Jet Alone Prime, meanwhile, goes off almost exactly like an N2 Mine, thanks to having an N2 Reactor.
  • One-Hit KO - Averted using the Fate Point system. In any situation where the pilot would die, they can permanently sacrifice one of their fate points for a miraculous survival. Angels can do this too, so you can't win with a single lucky shot.
  • Power Gives You Wings - One of the uses of an S2 Organ in 2.0 .
  • Properly Paranoid - The "Paranoid" asset. Yes, asset. Not drawback.
  • Schrödinger's Gun - A favorite of the Operations Directors; some of their talents specifically rely on the other people not asking what they have been up to. One of them allows them to show up in person to save one of the other PCs as long as they haven't done anything location-specific in the last 10 minutes; another allows them to modify one of the city's buildings into a rocket-turret structure, and neglect to mention which building until he decides to use it, at which point it is retroactively decided that he had picked that building ahead of time.
  • Shotguns Are Just Better - Not so with the "Giant Shotgun" from Boneyard, like most ballistic weapons that aren't the P-8 it's woefully ineffective against Angels.
  • Shout-Out - Touched By An Angel, one of the possible scenarios in [REDACTED] and 2.5, includes a suggestion that figure is "Congratulating you for ... something,".
  • Space Is Air - Lampshaded, the book makes the assumption that AT Float only works in an atmosphere but also admits that it's much easier and less time-consuming if you want to use that as a method of transport.
  • Space Is Cold - Averted believe it or not. The sourcebook points out that Evangelions need specialised heat sinks and other equipment so that they don't overheat.
  • Spell My Name with an S - The A.T. Fields are termed "Absolute Territory" fields in the handbook, as opposed to the opening of the show which hints they should be called "Absolute Terror" fields. The justification the book gives is that Angels use the A.T. field to define what space they can influence the laws of physics in, while humans use a much weaker A.T. field to define the body they house their soul in.
  • Splat - Background and Career. Each background is based on one of the main characters; as well as all but one career
  • There Are No Therapists: AVERTED! However they can only help you so much. Made more useful in 2.5, where now you can either reduce insanity by 3 points/month or drop it down to the nearest multiple of 10 (from 68 to 60, 99 to 90, so on). So now Insanity is less of a one-way street, but it takes a while to recover.
  • The Beautiful Game: The GM Supplement [REDACTED] includes rules for Evangelion scale Soccer / Football matches.
  • There Is No Kill Like Overkill: Referenced by the Borderline Edition in their description of the Linear Rail Accelerator Cannon:
    When new, experimental technology proves to be wildly successful as a weapon, the most natural progression is to then build the biggest gun one can possibly make out of it. The simply named "Linear Rail Accelerator Cannon" is just that; a heavy weapons platform borne out of mankind's instinctive desire to push the limits of practicality in the name of overkill.
  • The Monolith: Apart from SEELE's black and red holographic monoliths there's also the mysterious "Guidestone".
  • Too Awesome to Use: Anything that needs you to burn fate points. You are permanently deprived of a fate point that could have saved you from death later on, and it's hard to earn new ones.
  • Total Party Kill: The Mass Production Evangelions and Keter, from the [REDACTED] supplement, seem to be designed to do this (to the point where the writeup says that making the latter tougher is a legitimate reason for a divorce.)
  • Tournament Arc - This is possible in the GM supplement as well.
  • Traveling at the Speed of Plot - The Evangelion Carrier Plane literally has a listed speed of "As the plot demands".
  • Vertical Mecha Fins - Referred to as "Wings" by the book. You can use them to store weapons, additional batteries, markerlights and other equipments.
  • What Could Have Been - There was a planned supplement called Beyond Evangelion. It would've featured four alternative settings, of the four World War Evangelion especially got a lot of discussion.
  • What the Hell, Hero? - The [REDACTED] supplement includes options to have a pilot stand trial for crimes against humanity. The crime in question can be anything from accidentally knocking down a building to the completely uncalled-for detonation of an N2 mine or deployment of an Anti-AT field in a capital city. Consequences range from a landslide victory for the defense to execution of the accused with everyone else being thrown into prison as well for not stopping him/her.


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