NOVA is a rules-lite tabletop RPG in a world where the sun exploded, and humanity struggles to hold onto what little light they have left. The players will pilot exosuits, called Sparks, exploring the dark ruins of old earth, searching for the technology and knowledge that may just bring on a new dawn for our planet.
A NEW DAWN
NOVA uses the LUMEN system, which is designed for action-packed combat, equipping the players with a set of powers that bring the power fantasy feelings of looter shooters to the tabletop.
Players will each choose a Spark to pilot, specialized exosuits designed to explore the dangers of the Dusk.
Each exosuit was designed by humanity to serve a particular function,
the LUMEN system equips the players with a set of powers and abilities that allow them to excel while on their dangerous missions.
Set in a sci-fi setting of future earth, an extinction level event rocks the planet as the sun begins to go nova. Shards of the sun crashed down onto Earth, wiping out most of civilization as we know it.
Those that remained gathered around these shards, capturing their warmth, light, and now nearly endless energy.
We call them sunwells, and with them humanity has skyrocketed forward in technological advancement. The first creations were the Sparks, exosuits designed to protect brave pilots who will explore the dark beyond the light of the sun...
NOVA was designed to using the rules-lite LUMEN system, which focuses on keeping the action moving forward, and making your characters feel like the technological marvels that they are. Even though the game heavily revolves around combat, fights don't require a map, and turns pass quickly as you dash around the battlefield laying waste to the denizens of The Dusk.
To keep things as quick as possible, players don't even need to roll dice during combat. Instead, they need to carefully manage their Fuel, a resource that allows them to unleash their terrifying powers. As foes are taken out, they drop valuable resources that replenish health and Fuel for the Sparks. This keeps the combat moving quickly, and the Sparks feeling deadly.
Outside of combat, players roll pools of six-sided dice based on how they are acting in the world, rather that what they are doing. That means there are no skill or action lists. Instead, each player has three attributes that describe how they might accomplish a task.
Sun: powerful, emotional, sweeping
Moon: reactive, quickly, effective
Shade: methodical, practiced, surgical
Players roll a number of d6 equal to the attribute they are rolling, and use the highest roll to determine their success! Ranges of success are used in this game so that players are succeeding most of the time they need to roll, though sometimes success comes at a cost...
NOVA is currently available for preorder. The hardcover book will be shipping at the end of 2021, with the beautiful PDF released alongside it!
You can also download the quick start rules to get a sneak peek at a slimmed down version of the game, for free!
Check out the game being played on the Plus One EXP channel!