Things are dark in gaming. They have been for a while. Not dark as in “what a lousy time to be a gaming fan,” but in terms of theme and story. Hence the Dark Urban Fantasy sale at DriveThru Pick, and this particular Kickstarter that a number of friends and colleagues pointed my way. While I readily admit that “dark” isn’t my jam, it certainly appeals to a great many gamers, and it looks like Hellywood is just the destination a lot of you are looking for.
There is no winning in Heaven Harbor, a city consumed by corruption, greed… & demons. There is only surviving for as long as you can.
Primary Hellywood game designer Emmanuel Gharbi declares Hellywood to be his “love cry” to the noir genre. And it shows. The most important character in the game is the city of Heaven Harbor itself. Nicknamed Hellywood, this city is full corruption, greed and violence.
There is no winning in Heaven Harbor. There is only surviving for as long as you can.
Survival is a prospect made even more difficult for inhabitants of Heaven Harbor following the “Day of Ashes” when ashes rained from the sky for an entire day. The city was changed, yet in at its heart remained the same when the “hornheads” emerged. Golem, succubi, seraphim, and the possessed now inhabitant the ghetto known as the Forbidden City, but they also walk the streets of Heaven Harbor. They don’t desires anything as prosaic as souls. Instead, these new inhabitants seek to tap the same appetites that lead so many humans astray in Hellywood: politics, gambling, temptations of the flesh, and more.
A detailed description of the city of Heaven Harbor in 1949 is the heart of Hellywood. Players assumed the role of a tough guy or girl living in the shadows of corruption and violence. These characters are left to fashion their own code for survival, to draw their own lines for moral action.
Despite the presence of the “hornheads”, the setting is all noir. The fantastic elements are added with a light touch in part to allow the stories of Heaven Harbor to tackle difficult topics like racism, bigotry, and addiction. This is to say that Hellywood stories can pack an emotional punch deftly as a hardboiled jab to the jaw.
Your guide to Heaven Harbor is cop and medium Terry Doyle. He describes every neighborhood in the city from Lucky Island to Crescent View and from Russian Hill to the Strangler Fields. Included is information about the district as well the important figures and details about current events.