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Ghost Lines by TazioBettin Ghost Lines by TazioBettin
A post-apocalyptic victorian dark fantasy steampunk roleplaying game where characters in leather suits and gas masks fight ghosts on electric railroads using harpoons and leviathan's lightning-oil?

There's an explanation for how such an awesome idea can exist! It's John Harper's Ghost Lines, an rpg based on the Apocalypse system of Apocalypse World. It's just in 4 sheets and can be downloaded from his blog here [link]
Acquaintance with the system of AW is recommended.

In this picture I used photos of gas masks by Bob Basset [link] check his lair because it's impossibly awesome!

EDIT: now in Creative Commons

EDIT 2: now it's three of them! We played today with my friends and it was awesome! Yes he's Michael Clarke Duncan, who doesn't have a fond memory of him?

Read here: [link]
Regarding the 'attribution clause', please indicate: "artwork by Tazio Bettin [link]"
Mind the share-alike clause!
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:iconnils-iver:
Nils-Iver Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
I see what masks inspired you.
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TazioBettin Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
those masks are amazing. But they're part of the visuals of that game, so I merely adapted to the setting :)
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ArtbroJohn Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Awesome!
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TazioBettin Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
thanks!
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Cipherpunkblue Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2014
Ghost Lines is awesome, and so is this. I love that you geek out on some of the same RPG stuff as I do (GL, Apocalypse World, Exalted... and admittedly I bought Anima Prime because of your artwork).
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TazioBettin Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
I wish he damn finished that Ghost Line. I tried it once, but it's like most of Harper's creations: enough to be very interesting and make you want to play it, but unfinished enough to make it unplayable without heavy tweaking... I don't ask that a game be detailed and complete like, say, my beloved Burning Wheel, but at least have enough rules to make me figure what's supposed to happen in a fight with a ghost, considering it's the pivotal point of a mission in GL, would have been appreciated. And that game has been sitting in his blog unfinished for... years, I think? Heh.
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Maxxerek Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2014
R.I.P Michael Clarke Duncan
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Arplexia Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2014
<font><font>Sabes el nombre de la derecha ?</font></font>
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Arplexia Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2014
<font><font>Cual es el nombre de la izquierda ?</font></font>
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BigJimSlim Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Great job!
Those kind of illustrations are really inspiring. I read John Harper's rpgs. I played Lady Blackbird. And it's awesome.
Hope i'll play this one.
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:icontaziobettin:
TazioBettin Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
thank you!
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:iconmadb-muircastle:
Madb-Muircastle Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2013
Wow, wow wow!
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yippee5000 Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2013
LOVE IT!!
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:iconyewro:
Yewro Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I recognize the guy in the middle
who did you use for reference for the other two?
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TazioBettin Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I can't remember... the one on the left is some model a la Suicide Girls, I think, but I couldn't find any other photos of her in the 'net. As per the other girl, she's a russian model. Again, I forgot the name...
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Sonny-Rison Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2013
Great!!
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:icontaziobettin:
TazioBettin Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
thanks :)
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Selyen Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2013
Michael Clarke Duncan, č proprio lui :heart: E' impressionante, i personaggi sembrano uscire dallo schermo, sono davvero realistici ma allo stesso tempo hanno qualcosa di particolare. Inoltre l'insieme rende appieno l'effetto post apocalittico, vorrei portarmi a casa la donna sulla destra :D
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TazioBettin Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Grazie cara :)
La donna sulla destra l'ho presa da una modella russa, ma purtroppo non ricordo il nome... uhm...
Tra l'altro, hai mai sentito la vera voce di Duncan? Corri su youtube, ne vale la pena! E' il baritono pių bello che abbia mai sentito!
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Selyen Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2013
Sinceramente non avevo mai sentito la sua voce originale! Cavolo hai ragione, me lo sto ascoltando ora ed in effetti ha una voce pazzesca :disbelief:
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:icontaziobettin:
TazioBettin Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Di contrasto, prova a sentire quella di Morgan Freeman. Fa quasi ridere :D
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LaChasseur Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I downloaded it myself after seeing and reading this, it's sounds incredible but sadly I have no one to play it with so I think I'll just create the character I would have played if I could :D
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TazioBettin Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I never find any difficulty finding players in google+. We always play via hangout, just like we did yesterday.
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LaChasseur Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh right, you do it online? I've never done that before.
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:icontaziobettin:
TazioBettin Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I had to. My group dissolved and I only have a place to play boardgames, not rpgs.
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mecengineer Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2013
excellent
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RealBricktop Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2013
It is truly a fantastic peace. Great job.
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TazioBettin Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
thank you :)
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CheskaMouse Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2013
I thought the center man looked familiar. He looks like he would be an awesome character if this was a movie. :)
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:icontaziobettin:
TazioBettin Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
He was awesomeness incarnate.
And gosh his voice...
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RODCOM1000 Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2013  Professional General Artist
Fantastic work!
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:icontaziobettin:
TazioBettin Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
thanks!
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Erevis Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I want to play ;_;
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LexiKimble Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Seeing Mr Duncan makes me sad that he's gone. You did an amazing job referencing him, there was zero time between seeing it and my brain going "Oh shit, Michael Clarke Duncan".


I love the girls as well, the one on the left especially.
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TazioBettin Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
good! :D
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:iconlilluvlip:
LilLuvLip Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2013
Which profession is each?
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:icontaziobettin:
TazioBettin Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Spider, Anchor, Owl.
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LilLuvLip Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2013
Any suggestions on how to run the game? I might actually be doing something with this this weekend.
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TazioBettin Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
First of all, I recommend knowing and playing Apocalypse World, if nothing else because it has a list of moves for the GM as well, something that Ghost Lines notably lacks (I think it takes as granted that one will apply the MC moves from Apocalypse World).
That said, the games are very similar so the principles expressed in AW should apply as well (be a fan of the characters, always say what honesty demands, ask lots of questions, portray a dark, apocalyptic world, always look at NPCs through crosshairs, etc.)

Oh and keep track of the problems you encounter. The author will treasure those.
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LilLuvLip Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2013
Hrm, looks like I'll have to get Apocalypse World then...
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:icontaziobettin:
TazioBettin Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
It's my favorite RPG, I can only recommend it! [link]
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:iconlilluvlip:
LilLuvLip Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2013
Arg, buying...
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:icontaziobettin:
TazioBettin Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
You won't regret it I'm sure! That game is amazing!
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pyrasterran Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
MCD ;_;
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:icontaziobettin:
TazioBettin Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
McDonald's?
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pyrasterran Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Michael Clarke Duncan XD
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:icontaziobettin:
TazioBettin Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Whodowelove!
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:iconpyrasterran:
pyrasterran Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
MCD!
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:icontaziobettin:
TazioBettin Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Whodowelove!
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