A tabletop roleplaying game about playing paranormal agents in a counter-paranormal-terrorism organization policing a dark world
Story – What Is Division Hex the Roleplaying Game?
Division Hex is a tabletop roleplaying game about paranormals like yourself working to counter paranormal terrorism in the world.
Division Hex is set in a grim near-future world where the people you try to stop are a lot like you and explores fear of “the different” in society.
In recent years, murders and destruction by people have been increasing at an alarming rate, forcing governments to look for outside help. The strongest response came from the well-respected and funded research company, Aegis. Their report claimed that a burst of cosmic radiation from space is causing people to go mad and take it out on others. As of yet, no definitive cause has been discovered and there are cases of the mutation across the globe. Aegis’ recommendation was to institute a secret monitoring and capture program throughout international government police agencies called Division Hex. This division was granted active status within months following a successful six-week test run in the USA and EU. Simultaneously, Aegis is working to create ways to reduce, inhibit, and possibly reverse the mutation’s effects on people.
- All people with the gene mutation are logged in a worldwide master database.
- Those identified with the inactive mutations, called Shadowseeds face a life-long series of annual tests and watchers assigned to them.
- Those who have succumbed to the mutation and threaten others are labeled as Shadows and are captured and imprisoned far from civilized communities.
- And lastly, those who have an active mutation but who have not lost control, Shadowlings, are more closely monitored with weekly tests and screenings by agents. It’s also from this Shadowling cohort where about 5% of them are recruited and trained as agents of Aegis for Division Hex.
This is where you come in as an agent of Aegis, nicknamed Shadow Hunters you may serve in the field monitoring, screening, engaging, and capturing others affected by the mutation in order to protect the innocent and limit the damage caused by this unfortunate genetic condition. In return for your service, you are provided with housing, transportation, healthcare, education, professional training, a monthly stipend, retirement options, and a purpose during these unfortunate dark days.
TOP SECRET: The genetic anomaly allegedly grants affected persons unnatural abilities which often prove to be too powerful for most to handle and are usually responsible for heightened personal and property damage. Agents assigned to Aegis are provided resources and help to control and use their abilities for Division Hex, and for the good of the world.
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In Division Hex, players are Shadowlings—genetic anomaly patients who have not lost their humanity and who are trained as agents (Shadow Hunters) to help protect others from mutants like themselves in a grittier near-future modern world like our own.
As agents of Aegis, you are responsible for monitoring, screening, engaging, and capturing people suffering from the mutation for the good of the world. As a trained Shadowling, hopefully, you’ll never become a Shadow, losing control and killing innocent people and destroying their communities; to then be hunted down and imprisoned in Tartarus with the other Shadows by your colleagues.
TOP SECRET: Maybe someday Aegis will create a cure and you’ll all be free of the drudgery and personal danger, or maybe Aegis will have other plans for its international empowered army?
Playing Division Hex
Division Hex is a tabletop roleplaying game for 3-5 players that takes about 3-4 hours to play. The game uses the Fantasy Flight Genesys system similar to their Star Wars and Android games where you add a Characteristic score to a Skill plus and roll the dice to help shape the narrative result.
The genotype you select for your character encompasses their character type, starting ability, skill, and talents. There are four species with the first three of them playable in the base game of Division Hex:
- Human: people without the genetic mutation. Most of the population which is slowly decreasing.
- Shadowseed: people with the inactive genetic mutation. A small subset of the population which is slowly increasing.
- Shadowling: people with the active genetic mutation who may or may not be an immediate threat to society; also potential or active agent of Aegis.
- Shadows: creatures who may or may not have been human at one point and are now consumed with the genetic mutation effects; often shadowlings who become fully corrupted and require a response from Aegis—usually by agents who capture and turn the Shadows over to Aegis to lock away in Tartarus.
The Twilit World
The world of Division Hex is similar to our own in geography and history, though the technology is perhaps more advanced with forays into fringe science or paranormal connections native to or outside of the world. In particular, engineering and biosciences seem more capable with the potential to create hovercars, nanosuits, elixirs, chimeras, and other unusual products.
TOP SECRET: In order to prevent hysteria and hate crimes targeting people with the genetic mutation, Aegis works with international governments to obscure the full nature of the problem facing the world.