Against the Wicked City: Collected Information

Since I started this blog, I've uploaded a lot of material about the setting and system of ATWC. Like, well over a book's worth. So much that it's starting to get a bit tricky to keep track of it all.

I'm thus going to use this page as a handy way to keep it all in one place. I'll update it as I add more.

General Setting Information and Game Rules

Weapons, Armour and Technology Rules
Spirits and Shamanism
Base Classes
The Wicked City
Denizens of the Wicked City (all playable classes)
The Rest of the World
Foes of the Wicked City (all playable classes)
Monsters From Central Asian Mythology
Introductory Adventures


  1. Hello, I'm Yuri, an italian OSR DM and player. Let me say that your blog is aewsome, man! I visited Uzbekistan in 2015 and I was thinking about running a campaign in a Central Asia inspired setting. I'll plunder shamelessly your ideas!

    1. Glad to hear it - hope you find the blog useful! Good luck with the campaign!

  2. I'm so glad to have stumbled onto this. Brilliant stuff!

  3. I would love to have the opportunity to purchase this as a setting book.

    1. I'd like to put it together, but it's tricky to find the time, and I have no art budget. I may eventually put it all together using out-of-copyright images such as Ottoman miniatures and Orientalist paintings.

  4. Hi! My name’s Ada. I just started DMing recently (which I’ve wanted to do for like 25+ years), and I just wanted you to know that your blog has been a huge inspiration for my campaign.

    I’m running a hexcrawl loosely based on the Iron Gods Adventure Path (your condensation of which was very helpful, btw), because I love the idea of basically doing Expedition to the Barrier Peaks as an entire campaign, but for the non-spaceship parts of the setting, I’ve been drawing a bunch of flavor from your posts about the AtWC setting, and the tone of the campaign is very heavily influenced by your posts about Romantic Fantasy (it helps that my players are already more inclined to solve problems with talking than with stabbing).

    Anyway, just wanted you to know you’re not shouting into the void, and I really appreciate what you’re doing here. I hope you keep blogging about this stuff, and if you ever decide to publish an AtWC setting book or anything, I will absolutely buy it.

    1. Thanks - glad you've found it helpful! I've not had as much time as I'd like for blogging recently, but I do hope to keep it up, and one day I may even get around to compiling all the ATWC stuff into a pay-what-you-want pdf on Drivethru.

      Good luck with the campaign! Hopefully your PCs can come to a better arrangement with Meyanda, Hellion, and the rest than the rather pitiful 'shoot them in the head' insisted upon by the original modules...

    2. Way ahead of you - Meyanda’s goons captured them (as an alternative to a TPK), and they talked their way out of it by proposing a compromise wherein Meyanda would be able to transmit power to Scrapwall for a few days a week, and the plasma-venting failsafe would be engaged the rest of the time so Torch’s metalsmiths can get back to work.

      It’s not a long-term solution - the reactor is still destabilizing and will eventually explode unless the failsafe is engaged permanently - but they’re working on trying to find someone who might know how to stabilize it, so that both Meyanda and Torch get what they want.

      Interestingly, the idea of going to Scrapwall and killing Hellion (who I renamed to Abaddon, because it sounds cooler) doesn’t even seem to have occurred to them. Although that may have something to do with the fact that Meyanda consistently refers to him as a god, and they don’t have any particular reason to think that’s a fight they could actually win.

    3. Nicely done! Now that's a decent solution to the problem. Now all they need to do is befriend someone in the League to make it permanent...

      I've found it very striking that published adventures so frequently take it for granted that the PCs will simply move from one location to the next murdering everyone who is vaguely antagonistic, but that as soon as you remove the assumption that things have to go down that way, the very idea starts to seem fantastical. Run opponents as people rather than murder-bots, and slaughter quickly becomes the exception rather than the rule.

      Over the years, the players in my current game have built deals, friendships, or alliances with a whole range of different factions: goblin tribes, supernatural creatures, subterranean fishmen, forest-dwelling outcasts, and so on. The idea that they were 'supposed' to just kill all these people because they were 'monsters' or 'enemies' would seem very strange to them, even on a purely pragmatic level. How dim would someone have to be not to be able to think of a more advantageous solution than 'kill them all'?