IMMORTAL : THE INVISIBLE WAR
Precedence Publishing #1000
Softback 1994. 295 pages.
An oft overlooked game that was released back in (what to me was) the golden age of the RPG industry. The mid nineties was a time where Vampire the Masquerade was only beginning to show signs of how big it would be, Nephilim had just been released in English by Chaosium and Advanced Dungeons & Dragons 2nd edition was at the height of its popularity. I mention Nephilim and oWod specifically as its easy to draw parallels between those games and Immortal:The Invisible War, especially Nephilim. However I firmly proclaim that this game is far from derivative. The players take the roles of Immortals (funnily enough) emerging from the sleep of their mortal guises to rejoin a society fighting a huge war throughout history. Players pick from 'Callings' and 'Prides' that fulfill the clan/tribe style options but they feel far less stereotypical than those offered by White Wolf. The game is a little difficult to get your head around at first as its full of esoteric lexicon and mind bending far out concepts. Reminds me of a 'hipper' less flowery Nobilis or an anti-religious In Nomine. However many games I say Immortal is like, it remains unique and for me is a classic example of the kind of game that in todays industry would go straight to kickstarter, but the boys and girls at precedence didnt have that option back in 94 , but im proud of them for making this game anyways. If only todays creators could have so much faith in their games to put their own money where there mouth is. Anyways. It spawned a few expansions and is the kind of game you can probably pick up dirt cheap...and you should. Before someone starts a 2nd edition reboot on kickstarter...pay now....delivers 2025. yawn.
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