Eulalie's Curse: A Backwater Solitaire Adventure
A downloadable solitaire game
You're a warden, fresh out of training from Fort Adams in the Heartlands, and you're on your way to your first assignment: New Orleans. But something has gone wrong. The caravan you were riding with was attacked by some hideous monstrosities, and you're left to wander the roads of the Jackson territory on your own. As night falls, you come across an ancient, dilapidated structure... Should you stay the night? And what's the worst that can happen?
"Eulalie's Curse" is a solitaire adventure for the Backwater TTRPG system. It's best for level-1 wardens, but the difficulty level can be increased at the start of the adventures. You can use the adventure to introduce people to the game system, or you can use it as the starting point for a character.
"Eulalie's Curse" is originally part of Backwater Adventures: The Prince of Darkness is a Gentleman, which also includes two full scenarios and two one-sheet adventures, designed for 3-5 players at low levels with an easy-to-average difficulty.
The Backwater Setting
Long after The End descended upon the Old World...
Humanity started to rebuild itself, albeit wretched and forlorn. Survivors salvaged what they could of government in the form of the American Lands. They rebuilt roads, though in fewer numbers and inferior quality, and they reclaimed the skeletons of buildings. Nowhere does humankind rebuild so desperately as in the humid swamps of the Backwater, where humanity battles itself and the natural elements to survive. You are a warden here—a roaming peace keeper in the American Lands—protecting order at civilization’s southern reach. You travel the Old World’s crumbling roadways among mosquitoes and snakes. You tend to every small town’s big secret, and you quell strife between old families in a new era. Here in the bogs, you keep mutation at bay, ever-watchful for the wretched cousins of ancient humanity. You protect mankind from supernatural horrors that have only started to emerge.
Welcome to Backwater... where horror writes itself.
Backwater: Southern Gothic Horror Tabletop Roleplaying
Backwater is a tabletop roleplaying game in the genre of southern gothic horror. The southern gothic genre explores social issues relating to fear, poverty, religion, and alienation through its southern U.S. setting. Prominent among the genre's themes is a conscious criticism of superficial values and regional or familial history, depicted through the region's decaying structures and aristocratic families. It contains the supernatural, though the true horrors are often humans themselves. Backwater is set in a post-apocalyptic future with a tenuous social order, and it reimagines the genre as a reflection on issues in not only American history but also our present world.
Built with Backbone
The Backbone game system is original. It uses a 20-sided die for everything except combat damage. It is intended to be relatively intuitive and streamlined. The foundation of this system is a set of four basic attributes that provide both a modifier (which you add to rolls) and a goal score (which others roll against). When you attempt a skill roll against another character, you simply roll against one of their attribute goals, for example:
- When you threaten or deceive a character, you roll against its Intuition goal.
- When you hide from or sneak by a character, you roll against its Vigilance goal.
- When you attack a character, you roll against its Reflex goal.
- When you shove or trip a character, you roll against its Build goal.
Characters have both Health Points (physical health) and Resolve Points (mental health), but they are relatively low to reflect human fragility. Combat scenarios can move quickly as a result, and they often require careful strategizing to mitigate damage or defeat threats rapidly. One especially unique element of the system is its Health rolls and Resolve rolls. Players must try to roll under their current Health or Resolve with a d20 to avoid suffering a condition, like the Bleeding condition. The more damage or duress that a character receives, the more likely it may suffer the condition.
Did you know? Backwater has a character sheet on Roll20, making it easier for you to play with your friends online. Create a new game on Roll20 and select the "Backbone" character sheet. For a tutorial on adding the sheet to a Roll20 game and an overview of the sheet see: Roll20 Character Sheet for the Backbone Game System.
What else do we have?
Check out some of our other items on itch:
- Backwater Quickstart Guide (Free PDF)
- Backwater Core Rulebook (PDF)
- Backwater Adventures: The Prince of Darkness is a Gentleman (PDF)
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