At its heart, Aftermath is a story of duty. You will take on the role of a young critter attempting to become a provider, a sort of hero, to their colony. Your job is to leave the relative safety of the colony, and venture out in search of food and scraps of technology that were abandoned by the humans when they vanished. Along the way you will face enemies, forge alliances, uncover intrigue, rescue the weak, and fight the predatory forces that would either steal from you or eat you.
At the beginning of the story, your colony is small and struggling. You are just youngfurs, going out on your first mission to prove that you have what it takes to do the job. Your mission: To bring back as much food and scrap as you can find, plus steal a special treat from a half-buried vending machine. Along the way, you will meet friends and foes, generating new missions and story threads.
While on a mission, you will need to forage for food and supplies. Each map location will have a number of scavenge location icons. Place scavenge tokens on these facedown on these icons, with the token’s difficulty number showing.
To reveal a scavenge token, a character must pass a scavenge skill test equal to or higher than the token’s difficulty number. If you succeed, reveal the token, claim its prize, and then discard the scavenge token. Tokens with higher difficulty numbers will bestow better prizes.
There are a variety of objects your party may come across in this world. Everything you scavenge is recorded on the handy campaign dashboard. In Aftermath, keeping track of your colony is a breeze. The campaign dashboard has a series of dials that allow you to always know your colony’s status.
Stats your dashboard manages:
In addition to scavenged resources, the campaign dashboard allows you to keep track of a few other important pieces of information:
You can mitigate the negative events through colony upgrades and improvements. These improvements often offer other benefits as well.
Aftermath is available for pre-order now and will be released in September. Pre-orders in the 48 contiguous states are eligible for free shipping! Stay tuned for more previews in the upcoming weeks.