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Chorus of Devastation

Humanity, it seems, has lived on this planet long enough.

At first, when we called them Angels, we meant it. Their flawless crystalline forms caught the sunlight in dazzling colors, and their radiance set our hearts at ease. These otherworldly creatures didn’t come from any planet we could identify, but we knew the second we set eyes on them that they came from somewhere beyond us.

Then the slaughter began.

Soon, we spat the word “Angel” with a thick, poisonous irony heavy with grief and terror. Their attacks didn’t seem random – in the middle of our largest and proudest cities, they showed their blades and showered the land in their poison. They flashed into existence like exquisite kaleidoscopes, and everyone they touched died. Earth creatures – ourselves included – crumple at their touch, dead in instants.

Where Angels have gone, nothing will live. The air shimmers like an oil-slick in all the colors of the rainbow, and the very grass withers. There is a lingering sound, faint but detectable by sensors, like the ringing of a struck wine-glass.

Now, we call them Angels literally. We know what they are.

They have come from Heaven to massacre us.

We will not let them.

About Blazing Hymn

Inspired by Neon Genesis Evangelion and Senki Zesshou Symphogear, this action-heavy TTRPG takes you to a future where music is humanity's only weapon against the armies of Heaven.

Will yours be a song of pride? Of violence? Of regret?

Build a Hymnal unit, a music-powered anti-Angel battlesuit, and take on missions to protect humanity from destruction. The songs you choose will change how you play, protect you from damage, help you build up power and protect your teammates.

When you sing, you generate Gain, a force used to power your Hymnal unit itself as well as unleash a wide array of flashy moves and daring attacks.

The Blazing Hymn manual includes a sample mission, including a map, and several Angels you can use in your own stories.

About Lumen

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Blazing Hymn is built using the Lumen system, a fast-paced action SRD built by GilaRPGs. It's played with a GM and a small party, ideally 3-4 players.

Conflict resolution involves rolling d6s, and in Blazing Hymn, there will be 3 at most. 

Because the Lumen system is frantic and tactical, a map is recommended so that players can easily see where they are compared to enemies and allies. 

Purchase

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In order to download this game you must purchase it at or above the minimum price of $15 USD. You will get access to the following files:

Charsheet.pdf 68 kB
BlazingHymn-WeWillDamnThisWorldAgain.docx 46 kB
Blazing Hymn.pdf 10 MB

Comments

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This game is a masterpiece and a love letter to Evangelion. I cant' wait to get to play it!

The Short of why this game is amazing:

  • Evocative Musical Theme
  • A Sense of theologically cosmic dread
  • Well Fleshed out setting
  • Mechanics that highlight drama and player expression
  • Stunning layout that ties it all together and helps hammer home the mood

Reading this game gives me the same vibes as when listening to the Evangelion Entry Plug Sound: It captures that uniquely 90s flavor of elegant mecha that all at once is awe inspiring and dread inducing.

The musical theming here shines most of all, with stats being musical terms and spells being literal songs. It's immediately intuitive, yet feels fresh and evocative.

The setting is perfectly fleshed out, focusing on the broad strokes of themes, mood and technology while letting GMs and Players hash out smaller personal details on their own. Frankly the setting alone is enough for me to recommend this game, but the way it pairs with the systems to create a truly inspired world is awesome (in the oldest and newest sense of the word).

Character creation practically begs for player customization and expression, while still maintaining a level of mechanical depth that's refreshing to see in a fairly rules-light system. Duets in particular are a stand-out mechanic, allowing other players to boost a song's cast.

What's perhaps most amazing here is that there's actually no art of the mechs or angels themselves in this book. Yet through Blazing Hymn's stunning layout and intentional prose you'll almost instantly have a clear picture in your head about the kind of world you're stepping into.

If this game has caught your eye, I can't recommend enough that you pick it up and give it a read!

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Blazing Hymn is an amazing game and a true love letter to the source material. I enjoyed reading every single word of it and I can't wait to play it.

You can read me spilling my excitement in this little review.

5 Stars - and I would give 5 more if I could!