When the sun exploded, we built exosuits to explore the ruins of old earth. These machines, called Sparks, are our final hope of ever having a new dawn.
You are those Sparks. Get ready to suit up.
NOVA is a rules-lite tabletop RPG by Spencer Campbell inspired by “looter shooter” video games like Destiny or Overwatch. NOVA is set in a world where the sun has exploded, and humanity struggles to hold onto what little light they have left. Players 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.
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. Each exosuit was designed by humanity to serve a particular function, and the LUMEN system equips the players with a set of powers and abilities that allow them to excel while on their dangerous missions.
A quickstart preview of the game can be found on Itch.
There are several actual plays available online, including one on YouTube from TPK Roleplay.
Designer Sam Leigh has also created a playlist of background music for playing with NOVA.
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