Engel was a game that I found in Waterstones, but, unfortunately, I did not buy the book. I do, however
have the pdf. The illustrations are gorgeous although the font of the text sometimes makes it a bit hard to read.
The setting, however, is excellently detailed and very imaginative.
Engel is set in a post-apocalyptic real world where everything has gone wrong – lands have been flooded, pillars of fire stalk the Earth annihilating everything in their way and hostile insectoid creatures called the Dreamseed are constantly invading and threatening what remains of humanity.
The human race has sunk into some kind of neo-christian facist state where an ageless pope wages war on the Dreemseed and heretics. The backbone of their defence are the Engel – angelic creatures with special powers. However, it is disturbing to find out where these creatures come from (something I won’t say here).
You play an Engel, whose powers are determined based on which one of the five orders of archangels they are a member – Michael (leadership), Uriel (scouting), Gabriel (fighting), Ramiel (knowledge) and Raphael (healing)
The game was originally from Germay and it used a deck of cards to determine the outcomes of decisions. The English version eschewed this for some reason and just chucked in the D20 rules where humans are warriors, experts, aristocrats, commoners, fighters or rogues. To be honest, I think the D20 mechanics are a bit forced and I don’t understand why a straight translation of the original game wouldn’t work (maybe the publishers thought that a D20 system would appeal more than a deck of cards to Englist speakers).
However, it is the setting that makes Engel stand out – there is much for the players to explore, and there are
plenty of enemies to fight. And eventually, they might realise that the pope is not all he’s cracked up to be. That is another great thing about Engel – the twists in the story will make it hard for you to trust anyone as you realise what’s been going on behind the scenes. would you stand against the pope, or would you follow his orders as he is the best hope humanity has against the hordes of Dreamseed?