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They Came from Beneath the Sea! is a dramatic and farcical tabletop roleplaying game encompassing the wonder, horror, thrills, and humor of 1950s and 1960s science fiction. This game allows you to play with all the great content from the B-movies of decades ago, and promises a dynamic, fun time for all involved!

In They Came from Beneath the Sea! you play humans in a world under attack. The attackers? Aliens from beneath the sea (obviously). Adventures range from the one-shot defense of a small coastal town, to the lengthier liberation of a cruise ship infested with gill-folk, all the way to the story in which characters seize an alien submarine and ride it all the way down to the sea bed to take the fight to the invaders. In this game, your protagonists are strong-jawed war veterans, cunning and resourceful explorers, utterly insane scientists, and blue-collar heroes, just looking to defend their patches of land. 

They Came from Beneath the Sea! contains a mix of serious threat and unbridled farce. While the book plays it straight with no winking at the camera, your game will include ludicrous statements and events taken with all the gravitas of your boat being set on fire. While this game provides rules for funny quips and amusing cinematics for incorporation in a scenario, we leave it to the players and Director to discover the correct level of humor for your game.

They Came from Beneath the Sea! uses the Storypath System, provided in full in the pages of this book!

They Came from Beneath the Sea! includes:

  • Five playable Archetypes — the Everyman, the G-Man, the Mouth, the Scientist, and the Survivor!
  • Rules for character creation and play, using the Storypath System fully detailed in this book!
  • Cinematic powers such as the ability to insert deleted scenes in your game, cut to black when everything is looking a bit too grim, and redirect shots to kill the extras!
  • Quips to throw in at appropriate (and sometimes inappropriate) moments, giving your characters the chance at an award-winning scene!
  • The history and setting of the 1950s world presented in this book!
  • Scores of aliens promising the fall of the human race, presenting a broad array of dangers and objectives for repeat play!
  • Two ready-to-play scenarios, straight out of the book!

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Paul E July 09, 2021 8:53 pm UTC
As a fan of sci-fi and B-movies, I found this a great book with a fun and surprised detailed setting leaning into its 50's sci-fi movie inspirations, while carefully balancing the Red Menace, McCarthyism and other elements of the time period. There is an impressively wide host of over thirty threats, from the all-consuming Aquatepillars, to the mankind-impersonating Crab-People, to the monstrous Centopus the hundred-legged cephalopod. Spread among the threats are a host of plot threads and adventure seeds that immediately made me think of half a dozen adventures I'd be excited to run with this game.
The PCs are similarly drawn from the stock characters of the source material, with players inhabiting the Everyman, the Scientist, the G-Man or others.
A major conceit of the game is that while the characters are inhabiting the situations as described, the players have a meta level that the game is also a movie, allowing some fun elements like the characters' ability to build up a meta-currency that allows...See more
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Paul E July 10, 2021 12:08 am UTC
Oops, that was meant to be in the review section.
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Richard S February 07, 2021 8:58 pm UTC
The book's layout could be better (stunts here! stunts there!; CharGen kinda just stops), but the game was terrific fun to run, and the players are excited for a sequel. "...from Beyond the Grave" was equally enjoyable (thank you KS backer copy). These are the films I grew up on, and it's a real pleasure to bring them to life in all their cheesy glory.
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Matthew D February 09, 2021 3:54 pm UTC
I'm glad you enjoyed it!
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Jeff D January 26, 2021 7:27 pm UTC
As a huge fan of 50s black and white sci-fi and monster movies I couldn't pass this up. I don't know If I'll ever get to play it but it looks like a lot of fun.
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Matthew D January 30, 2021 10:51 pm UTC
Ask on the Onyx Path Discord! You'll find a group there.
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Jacob R October 07, 2020 1:43 am UTC
There's a link to the Storypath Nexus page on this page. Are this title and its world part of that program?
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Matthew D October 15, 2020 9:50 am UTC
They are indeed.
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Kimberly G September 23, 2020 8:41 pm UTC
This is an absolute joy to read and play. The mechanics are a lot of fun and the print of this is wonderful. I look forward to the sequel, "They came from beyond the grave". I'm not able to leave reviews but this definitely deserves 5 stars. <3
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Matthew D October 15, 2020 9:51 am UTC
Thank you! That's very kind of you to say.
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Andrea B August 31, 2020 5:27 pm UTC
I had played They Came From Beneath the Sea at FabCon on line with Mr Matthew Dawkins
It's a flash back in the USA of '50 with a little... alien surprise!
So many laughters and fun playing this amazing game!

Can't wait play the sequel They Came From Beyond The Grave!

Very simple mechanics, it's seem to be in a movie!
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Matthew D October 15, 2020 9:51 am UTC
You're always a joy to run a game for, Andrea!
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Nicolas M August 31, 2020 4:59 pm UTC
What a brilliant book! Great mechanics. The art is awesome. Anyone who buys this is ready for a fun time!
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Matthew D October 15, 2020 9:51 am UTC
Thank you, Cecilia!
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Justin S August 09, 2020 1:19 am UTC
The chapter fiction alone has made this book worth the price of entry.
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Matthew D October 15, 2020 9:51 am UTC
All credit to the weird mind of Larry Blamire.
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This title was added to our catalog on August 05, 2020.