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Age of Steel is a Tabletop Roleplaying Game in the Diesel Punk genre. Set in the world of Neres, the game takes place just after the world’s first global conflict. The game blends occult conspiracy with cold war plotting and a good dose of action adventure.

Tropes found in Age Of Steel

  • Action Girl: The setting is gender-neutral, so women fought in the Great War. Several specific examples are mentioned in the main book, including Red Molly and Eleanor Greywood.
  • Artificial Limbs: Called Mechaugmetics, invented during the Great War and powered by Applied Phlebotinum
  • Anti-Villain: Professor Ansler murdered hundreds of thousands of people in order to save millions
  • Cold War: The so-called ‘Silent War’ currently being waged by the various governments against one another. Not actually an ‘official’ war.
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  • Diesel Punk: The core theme of the setting
  • Disintegrator Ray: Anslertech pistols and rifles, both of which leave nothing but dust of their victims
  • Enforced Cold War: The Great War was ended by Professor Ansler using his ‘Peace Ray’ to destroy a city on each side, and threatening to do so again unless the fighting stopped immediately. He subsequently vanished, leaving the various world governments keeping the peace out of fear of him returning.
  • Gadgeteer Genius: a standard character type
  • Mecha: Heavy Battle Rigs are somewhere between mecha and Walking Tanks
  • Mini-Mecha: Rigs and Battle Rigs are this.
  • Omnidisciplinary Scientist: Professor Ansler is a renowned physicist, electrical engineer, mechanical engineer, and mathematician. He is responsible for the majority of the Applied Phlebotinum technology in the setting, which is referred to in-universe as 'Anslertech'
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  • Powered Armour: Anslertech armor is basically this
  • Rising Empire: the Free Nations of Kijani. A growing Proud Warrior Race nation
  • State Sec: the so-called Midnight Order of the Theocratic Empire.
  • The Federation: the Litvian Empire is somewhere between this and a Hegemonic Empire. Although they are a lot more morally grey than most Federations
  • The Republic: the Republic of Kesh
  • The Theocracy: the Theocratic Empire of Prynne, complete with God-Emperor and State Sec
  • Vestigial Empire: the Haldoran Third Kingdom. They once ruled most of the world, but are now in decline.
  • Walking Tank: Heavy Battle Rigs are basically this
  • Zeppelins from Another World: Airships in Age of Steel are filled with safe ‘loftium’ which replaced the more dangerous hydrogen and inefficient helium. Additionally, airplanes never became as popular in Neres.


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