We just released a Wretched Époque Quickstart. It’s a 61-page version of the whole thing, including an intro and a condensed version of the rules (sanity and ritual magic rules not included). More than enough to discover how Wretched it is. If you know someone who might be interested, let them know that it’s available for free on Drivethru.
Wretched Époque takes place in the period known as the Belle Époque. This is the time and the fictional place where Umberto Eco’s Simone Simonini crosses paths with Jacques Tardi’s Adèle Blanc-Sec, Edgar Allan Poe’s Chevalier Auguste Dupin and Maurice Leblanc’s Arsène Lupin, amidst anarchist bombings, the echoes of the Dreyfus affair, the catastrophic side effects of secret societies conspiring in the shadows and the mysterious results of experiences conducted by mad geniuses and occultists messing with supernatural forces. Not yet pulp, not quite historical, it is neither the right time nor the right mood for Steampunk or Dieselpunk. Welcome to the wretched times of Nouveaupunk!