1 Introduction

Welcome to the dark future of the mid-21st century. The human life is cheap and most Third World countries are completely polluted and demolished in countless wars.

Syndicate is a roleplaying game for futuristic action movies. If you have never played roleplaying games before, this is one place to start. Find an experienced game master (a person that runs RPGs) and start playing. Details are not described here, find another RPG for that.

1.1 Basic Rules for Syndicate RPG

1.2 Dark World

It is year 2036 and the world is a much meaner place to live in. Big corporations rule the economic world and crush all those who oppose them. Skill and knowledge are power, and those without either are worth less than nothing.

First came the wars in the Third World. Countless bombings with biological and chemical weapons demolished most of the African, Asian and South-American nations.

Then came the global depression, famine and collapse of the political system.

The fusion was invented but various resources started to run out. Recycling and reproducing were enforced and the real power moved to those with power plants.

After the wars and the collapse of the totalitarianism, the corporations expanded their power into Third World countries, making them more and more dependent on corporate power and technology. Finally, in some countries, a vote could be hired and thus the corporations could buy votes from the poor.

For new resources and food, mass production was moved to the oceans. Gigantic corporate food droids collect seaweed and other plants from the sea, in order to produce cheap synthetic food and materials for everyday goods.

1.3 How to Start?

Syndicate - The Dark Era (c) Kalle Marjola 1996. All rights reserved.