THE WORLD CAME TO AN END...
Well before you were born, the world ended. While there is no one thing that signified the end of days, archivists agree that the "Year the World Ended" was 2324. Disease, wars, and natural disasters destroyed civilization as we know it, driving people into tunnels and underground bunkers. Most of these pocket cities fell apart due to illness and infighting, leaving only a few dozen remnants of humanity left.
...BUT THAT HASN'T HAPPENED YET
The greatest scientific minds of the early 25th century formed the Substitution Initiative. Substitution technology allows a mind to be uploaded into a quantum computer and sent back in time to permanently override an individual's mind in the past.
To stay under the radar, Substitutes inhabit the bodies of people that had a low impact on the world. They receive text messages from the future via the same quantum computer that transported them. These texts contain their orders, which are missions to carry out that will ideally change the timeline enough to save the future.
YOU ARE A SUBSTITUTE
Leave your present, travel to the past, save their future.
- Full rulebook PDF, Spreads (best for computer monitors)
- Full rulebook PDF, Pages (best for phone or tablet viewing)
- Full rulebook as a text-only PDF, Pages
- Character sheet PDF
- Character sheet PNG (available on the sidebar)
- Gone Rogue Adventure Frame PDF
Content Warning(s): apocalyptic themes, violence, possession, betrayal
Supplies Needed: a set of polyhedral dice (d4, d6, d8, d10, d12, d20), pencils, and these rules
Game Length: 2-3 hours
Third Party Supplements
Check out Breathless Snapshots, a collection of Adventure Frames for various Breathless Games, including two for Substitution!
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This Game is Breathless
Substitution is a Breathless game about performing critical missions to save the world from itself.