This article needs additional citations for. Unsourced material may be challenged and removed. (July 2009) () Bureau 13 is a fictional top-secret government agency which investigates and combats supernatural events, featured in the eponymous (RPG) series. The Bureau's motto is 'Protecting America from Every thing'. Is a Bureau 13 game released by in. In 1991, the Bureau 13 series won the Gamers Choice Award at Gencon for best Fantasy Game. In 2008 a new d20 Modern edition was released.
The series has a definite attitude that is emphasized by both the background stories and the illustrations. Contents • • • • • • • • Background [ ] Bureau 13 (the 13th Bureau of the Justice Department) was founded in 1862 by Abraham Lincoln to deal with supernatural and paranormal threats to the Union (and suppress any public knowledge of them). The original agents were a motley crew of military personnel, Pinkerton detectives, civilian consultants, freed slaves, paroled criminals, and even Confederate prisoners of war. After the war, The Bureau had access to a large budget and limitless resources. Safe houses and caches of equipment were stockpiled across the country. The headquarters in later became the East Coast office.
A West Coast office was created in, to speed up response times to threats on the frontier. After the Indian Wars and the settling of the West, Bureau 13 found itself involved in threats outside the United States, providing its services during World War I, World War II, and the Cold War.
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On 7 July 1977, a highly coordinated attack destroyed the main offices and killed hundreds of agents in what was later dubbed the '77 Massacre'. The organization splintered into groups of survivors that took years to reform. The remaining agents decided to go underground as a cell-based network. Gradually they began to create networks of 'friendlies' - assets and sympathizers that would help the Bureau when called upon.
As the number of original agents retired or died, the 'friendlies' started to be promoted to agent status. Most agents encountered are usually civilians who received their training on the job. The job of Bureau 13 is as it has always been.
Investigate the strange or unusual, analyze the evidence to see if there is a supernatural or paranormal cause, and assess whether the cause is hostile or dangerous. Role-play style [ ] Bureau 13 tends to have a weird, humorous or satirical bent to it.
Another factor is that the characters are usually mundane civilians rather than commandos. They don't usually have a lot of military or espionage skills. Current games [ ] Bureau 13 • (1st Ed.) [Tri-tac (1983)] - Core Rules. • Bureau 13: Stalking the Night Fantastic (2nd Ed.) [Tri-tac (1984)] - Core Rules. • Bureau 13: Stalking the Night Fantastic (3rd Ed.) [Tri-tac (1990)] - Core Rules. Has Phil Foglio art on the cover. • Bureau 13 Adventures: Hellsnight - Contains 7 new scenarios, new equipment, new vehicles and new 'Friends & Enemies' information.
• Bureau 13 Adventures: Haunts - Contains new scenarios, new equipment and tools, new vehicles and new 'Friends & Enemies' information. • Bureau 13 (3rd Ed.): The Lost Files, Vol. 1 by Richard Tucholka [Tri-tac (1991)] - Loose-leaf packet full of recently recovered information from Bureau 13's files. • Bureau 13 (3rd Ed.): The Lost Files, Vol. 2 by Richard Tucholka [Tri-tac] - Loose-leaf packet full of more recovered information from Bureau 13's files.
• Bureau 13: Scenes of Horror, Industry and Adventure • Bureau 13 (3rd Ed.): STALKING THE STEEL CITY by Bruce Sheffer [Outpost/Tri-tac (1992)] • Bureau 13 (3rd Ed.): SCREAMS IN THE NIGHT by Bruce Sheffer [Outpost/Tri-tac (1994)] • Bureau 13 (3rd Ed.): ALIENS AMONG US by Bruce Sheffer [Outpost/Tri-tac (1995)] • Bureau 13: Stalking the Night Fantastic (4th Ed.) [Tri-tac (1992)] - PDF file version of the 3rd Edition Core Rules. • Bureau 13 (4th Ed.): Black Powder - The Origins of Bureau 13 (1859-1889) [Tri-tac (2009)] - 19th Century setting detailing the founding of Bureau 13 and the real. • Bureau 13 (5th Ed.): Special Edition by Nick Pollotta & Richard Tucholka [Tri-tac (2007)] - Incorporates the world of Nick Pollotta's B13 novels.
• Bureau 13 (6th Ed.): d20 EDITION [Tri-tac (2008)] - Has an expanded 'Friends and Enemies' section. • Bureau 13: EXTREME [Tri-tac (2011)] - Details the X Teams - paranormal SWAT units that take out the big threats. Contains 5 new scenarios that are linked in the 'Hearts' campaign. It is a much more gritty setting than baseline Bureau 13.
• Bureau 13: BRASS & STEAM [Tri-tac (2013?)] - Steampunk rules. Spin-offs [ ] has published five novels set in the Bureau 13 universe: • The original trilogy, 'Bureau 13', 'Doomsday Exam' and 'Full Moonster' were published by Ace Books in 1990. • The Russian language editions were published by Armada Press of Moscow in 1994. • An extended version of the trilogy and a fourth novel - ' Damned Nation' were published by in 2003. • 'Bureau 13 Sourcebook' was planned but never released by Wildside Press.
• 'Damned Nation' was released in 2007 by ATS Press in Moscow. • A role-playing game called Era Vodoleya (Age of Aquarius) was published in Russia; it contains several references to Bureau 13. The game's protagonists, the Institution for Applied Exophysics, are actually a Russian counterpart to Bureau 13. • A secret organization named 'Bureau 13' is mentioned in the episode '.
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Introduction BONUS SECTION YOU SHOULD REALLY READ THIS ONE. What did we get ourselves into this time? What is Bureau 13? Do you mean the pen and paper, or the computer game? Both, smart aleck. But let's start with the PnP Bureau 13, aka Stalking the Night Fantastic, is kind of a weird game, in an excellent way.
The core concept is X-Files meets Men in Black with Buck Godot's sense of humor. If that doesn't sound awesome, either you don't know what one of those things is (and it's probably Buck Godot, ) or get out of my thread. Bureau 13 is the secret 13th department of the Department of Justice, slogan 'Protecting America from Everything'.
They handle supernatural threats that the public isn't ready to deal with - everything from vampires to demons to unruly robots to aliens. They also heavily recruit from said paranormal entities, so it wouldn't be unusual to have a squad composed of a 300-year-old vampire, an ultramodern shock trooper, and a stranded alien going up against the chupacabra in Mexico. Th.that's the greatest thing I've ever heard.
Add into the mix the following facts 1) Bureau 13 did this more than a decade before the X-Files OR Men in Black made any of this popular and 2) The entire thing has a madcap sense of humor. It knows that this kind of plot works best when the explosions come as quick as the puns. This kind of thing gets stupid in a big hurry when it tries to take itself seriously. In fact, let me stress that again.
This game gets stupid in a huge hurry if it tries to take itself seriously. Ominous Well, we'll get into that more when we get to the computer game.
So why have I never heard of Bureau 13? 'Couple reasons, but mainly, it was made by tri-tac games, which used to be Tacky Tack games before they decided to take themselves seriously. They made games of the highest sociopolitical and philosophical caliber. Conax Key Software. They also make games with 40-page-long combat resolution specifications.
Every attack in B13 would involve somewhere between 5 and 10 die rolls, and lots of math. Yes, somewhat par for the course for an 80's RPG, but still pretty insane. Moviebox Deluxe Drivers. Bureau 13 is their flagship game, and they've released a lot of supplementary materials for it. There are a whole series of novels designed to flesh out the universe.
And I like them! They are wacky and over the top, with Bureau agents having magically-equipped fighter jets and slipping through pocket dimensions all over the place. The setting in the books and the core game has the world just bursting at the seams, just overflowing with supernatural menace. The world is ALWAYS one day away from being overtaken by brain parasites from the Amazon Rainforest or an army of superdrones being trained in Antarctica. Your agents have a desperate fight, but tend to take it in stride, chilled martini in one hand, plasma repeater in the other. Then there's the computer game. Developed by Take Two software and published by GameTek in 1995, Bureau 13 has an extremely solid premise and an impressive pedigree.
The direction they took was even extremely promising: you are given a choice of six agents, and must pick two for your squad. Each one has very different abilities and powers, and those abilities color the way you interact with the game and solve the puzzles. So what could go wrong with that? One review of Bureau 13 said it was the prototypical example of a good idea gone bad. I tend to agree. We'll get into more of what specifically is wrong with the game as we go, but suffice it to say that we'll have a lot to talk about.
So why LP it? I said it was bad, not boring. There are mines of comedy gold here. Remember how I said if the game took itself seriously it got dumb? Watching that happen is just ONE aspect to this that makes it worthwhile.
Not only that, but the game feels INCOMPLETE. There is a surprising amount of detail in this game, considering how empty a lot of it feels. That emptiness gives US an opportunity. We'll be developing an awesome backstory and in-mission happenings for our characters, meaning not only will I have pages of things to make fun of, but we'll be able to make a narrative that suits us as we go along.
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