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Valentines in an Apocalypse

The System Apocalypse: Valentines in an Apocalypse short story

What happens when the apocalypse is over; to love, strained and torn?

How do you pick up the pieces, when life stabilises?

It’s a question our heroes must ask themselves, when they’re no longer fighting off swarms of monsters, no longer struggling for Credits and Levels.

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A New Script

The System Apocalypse: A New Script short story

Every moment, filmed. Every struggle, recorded.

Day to day life is hard for film students. Whether you’re an editor, a scriptwriter or a videographer, it’s never easy. More so when an apocalypse has arrived, taking with it the industry you’ve dedicated your life to and leaving you with Skills ill-suited to a post-apocalyptic fantasy hellscape.

But humans are adaptable and Skills, with just a touch of imagination, can be wielded with precision.

And if there’s one thing this party has, it’s imagination galore.

A New Script is set in the second year of the apocalypse (between books 4 and 5) and features new characters.

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Daily Jobs, Coffee and and an Awfully Big Adventure

The System Apocalypse: Daily Jobs, Coffee and an Awfully Big Adventure short story

Some Adventures Begin and End Small

Life after the Apocalypse is one daily grind after another. It’s a good thing for Wendy that she’s got friends. A lot of friends as a fairy summoner.

But life in Exeter is not easy, even for a summoner and the grind of daily jobs and never-ending quests is getting to her. She’s got one shot at getting a place for her own, a place of safety and maybe getting ahead. But it’ll require Wendy to do the one thing she swore she’d never do again.

Fight monsters.

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Adventures in Clothing

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Some quests require ass-kicking; others require clothing designers.

The System Apocalypse has brought the clothing industry, and just about everything else, to a grinding halt. Now Lana Pearson intends to kickstart the local industry into gear to help Vancouver self-sustain itself. Key to her strategy are special teams of non-combat Classes.

Meg, Hanna, Cassidy and Obrav are Cosplayers, Tailors, Models and more. Not your usual team combination at all. But it’s not your usual Quest they’ve been given. If they’re going to meet Lana’s needs, they’re going to have to think outside the sewing pattern.

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Questing for Titles

What’s in a Title? That which the System gives by any other Title might not smell as sweet.

In the System Apocalypse, a single Title can make or break a build. And in the entire Galactic System, there are Title Seekers, those who make it their life quest to acquire the most unusual and rare Titles possible.

Earth, a new Dungeon World offers multiple possibilities. Not least among them, the one from a familiar set of golden arches. For the Kyaz, it’s a chance in a million to get a rare Title. If he can manage to evade the machinations of a fellow Title Seeker and trust his human sidekick, Xi Ping.

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Blue Screens of Death

Morning in Whitehorse, and everything is the normal. All too normal. A girlfriend who loves him, an evening at the farmer’s market in Shipyard’s Park. Idyllic, relaxing, peaceful. What more could a man want?

John Lee isn’t sure, but stray thoughts intrude, and memories of a different time, a different place, a different world keep intruding. Angst-ridden, exhausting memories of a world of pain and struggle. Nothing like the paradise he lives in.

Now, if only John wasn’t so attracted to them.

This short story is set between Books 9 and 10. Minor spoilers included within.

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My Grandmother’s Tea Club

A Tale About Grandmothers, Civilisation and the System Advent

Oy! You’re looking long in the face. The System getting you down? Monsters not dying fast enough? Or you lost another friend?

Ah, the middle one. I get you. It’s tough out there, but let me tell you, it ain’t nothing like the Advent. You’re old enough to have lived through it, but if you buy me a drink – some good Apocalypse Ale will be fine – I’ll tell you a story you probably never heard before of the System.

One about my Gran Gran and her tea club.

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The Great Black Sea

Even infamous Pirate Captains have to start somewhere, and in the world of the System, that means with a Basic Class as a Cabin Boy on a raid of a merchant convoy.

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Growing Up – Apocalypse Style

Twenty years after the advent of the apocalypse, a new breed of Earth children appear. Hardened by the Dungeon World, trained by jaded parents, they’re everything their parents never were.

Ready for the System and the apocalypse it brought.

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The System Apocalypse Short Story Anthology: Volume I

System Apocalypse Short Story Anthology 1

A collection of System Apocalypse short stories.

A bounty hunting survivor. A Galactic dark elf. A woman who has given up her humanity to become something more.

These stories and more are available in the first short story anthology for the System Apocalypse, covering year one on Earth. When the world ends, humanity steps up, finding new ways to survive in a world with Classes, magic and monsters. The anthology features exciting, new stories by five new writers and a new, never publicly released short story by Tao Wong.

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The System Apocalypse Short Story Anthology: Volume II

Dashing tales of heroics and everyday life abound in the second System Apocalypse short story anthology. Competing alien and human settlements clash, and a simple party planner is caught between in After Party. A New York trashman and his friend fight off loan sharks and exploit the System for gain, finding treasure among others garbage in Completely Trashed and a prisoner must decide between his humanity and humanity itself in WWMRD?

With over ten stories from exciting new voices and a few veterans of the universe, the second anthology highlights the lives and struggles of humanity’s best and worst years after System advent.

The second System Apocalypse short story anthology takes place between books 4 and 6 and covers years two to six during that period.

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