Dark Matter

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Author/Creator : Axolotl all credits goes to him.

Dark Matter, a deep space scifi horror campaign and spiritual sequel to the Path to Carcosa. For more information, check out this article: https://mysteriouschanting.wordpress.com/2020/10/17/dark-matter-campaign/

In a not too distant future, humanity has begun travelling to the other planets of the solar system, searching for a new haven, and escaping the tendrils of what had happened on Earth. A cacophony of decay and madness is spreading throughout the solar system, from the distant echo of distress beacons, to the mysterious signals originating from the strange moons of Saturn and beyond. This future holds many secrets, and not everything may be as it seems – including your own memories.

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Background story:5 out of 5 stars (5 / 5)
Visual experience:5 out of 5 stars (5 / 5)
Overall experience:5 out of 5 stars (5 / 5)
Average:5 out of 5 stars (5 / 5)
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Axolotl
Axolotl
2 months ago

Hey all! The current version as of this comment (3rd May 2021) is the pre-final release! Which means there will only be slight mechanical changes and typos to fix before the final release. So this is the chance to catch typos! Feel free to contact me on discord at #Axolotl4672 or comment feedback below.

I will be making a comment below when the final release has been posted! (ETA 1-3 months)

Axolotl
Axolotl
2 months ago
Reply to  Axolotl

Pre-final Release Errata – In Scenario 5 (Fragment of Carcosa). One of the locations has wrong location icons and connection icons – should look like this instead!
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Sorry about that PnP players, will be fixed in final release!

Y L
Y L
1 month ago

This is a really good campaign, better than some of the official ones.
I can’t recommend this enough.

McShine
McShine
1 month ago

So far we only played the first scenario, but it’s already great! The amount of work that must have gone into this massive campaign is insane! If there’s a way to support you financially (patreon or other), both regarding this and possible future campaigns, please let me know, you’ve definitely earned it!

We didn’t find any typos, however we noticed that resolving the final agenda (i.e. failing the scenario) incorrectly promts you to read resolution 1. Minor error, but probably should be fixed in the final version.

Looking forward to playing more!

Axolotl
Axolotl
1 month ago
Reply to  McShine

Woo thanks for playing! I appreciate the offer, but there’s no need for financial support! If you’d like to help, spreading word of mouth and letting people know that fan-content exists is always helpful for all creators!

Thanks for the note! The agenda will be fixed in final release, apparently not a lot of people got there during earlier playtesting so it never caught my attention. :p I’m gonna need to double check all the failure states now haha

Hope you enjoy the rest of the campaign!

Lil_W
Lil_W
1 month ago

Fun campaign!
I felt the campaign was too generous with the amount of XP given in certain scenarios though.

Axolotl
Axolotl
1 month ago
Reply to  Lil_W

Thanks, glad you enjoyed! Still tweaking some XP balance throughout for final release – though I’d rather people think it’s too much XP than not enough :p

Ulf
Ulf
1 month ago

fabulous work!

Gatorzftw
Gatorzftw
1 month ago

Greetings!

Just making sure I understand the status of this campaign; are there any other substantial updates coming? Looking to print it via this link (https://boardgamegeek.com/thread/2662814/axolotls-dark-matter-custom-campaign-and-symphony), but it is one of the more expensive PnPs out there, so I just thought I would check in first.

Thanks in advance for designing what I hear is an amazing campaign!

Axolotl
Axolotl
1 month ago
Reply to  Gatorzftw

Hi, thanks for the interest! The current version as of June 22nd (and the one on that link) is still the Pre-final version, and I’m planning on making one last update to clean up all the typos and a balance pass.

ETA 1 or 2 months, still waiting to collect more feedback and typos.

The current version is still very playable, but if you want a version that will no longer be updated, it is the next one!

Gatorzftw
Gatorzftw
1 month ago
Reply to  Axolotl

Got it. Thanks for the quick reply! Just because of the cost of printing, I’ll probably wait on the final version. This will make for a good run through after we finish Innsmouth and Return to TCU.

Thanks for the awesome content though!

J Miles
J Miles
17 days ago
Reply to  Gatorzftw

Hi, First, I’m excited to try this campaign. Live the horror/sci-fi combo. Also, I’m new to this fan-made content thing. I did one other one (Against The Wendigo) by just printing on glossy photo paper, cutting them out and sleeving them so the size/corners worked with my standard Arkham cards. It worked well, but was VERY time consuming. I keep seeing people refer to custom card printing services on this site. Is there a tutorial/guide on this process you could point me to? All the options are kind of overwhelming. I want to know which size to use, which paper,… Read more »

Axolotl
Axolotl
16 days ago
Reply to  J Miles

Hi! I’ve never personally used them but I know most people use something like MakePlayingCards and PrinterStudio to have professionally printed cards ready.

Here’s a link of MakePlayingCards projects that someone compiled for a bunch of different fan content – including the pre-final Dark Matter!

https://boardgamegeek.com/thread/2661759/professionally-printed-cards-ffg-custom-made-conte

I can’t comment on quality or the pros and cons of different services – I wish there was a guide for this process too! Hope this helps!

Kelsey Kropp
Kelsey Kropp
10 days ago
Reply to  Axolotl

For what its worth, I’ve used both MPC and Printer studio. The interface for both is similar. Feels a little clunky, but gets the job done. Personally, I like the quality of Printer Studio slightly better b/c I felt the color fidelity was a smidge better. Both sites are good though, and similar in production. Prices run similarly. It can be expensive, but I personally prefer the tactile nature of physical cards. As an FYI, neither option includes cards that are exactly the same size as the official Arkham cards. The size is close enough, that I don’t find it… Read more »