First Look: Amethyst Role-Playing Game from Dias Ex Machina–4E GSL with Guns!

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Amethyst is a 4E GSL compatible role-playing game coming out in April 2010 from Dias Ex Machina games. Chris at “Dias Ex Machina” kindly gave me at early look at some of the art and a bit of the first chapter.

The book is not finished, but here is a quick summary of the Amethyst campaign world. Magic reappears in the midst of a modern civilization with catastrophic results. The entire world revolves around the struggle between the forces of magic and technology, with both sides vying for supremacy. While all of the usual GSL classes and equipment appear, DEM also includes technology-based classes, powered armor and guns. There are also rules for adding modern technology to any 4E game.

Enough talk, on to the promised preview!

Here is “Amethyst’s” cover art. It answers the eternal gamer argument; are orcs bulletproof?

and the back cover.

These are the first three pages of chapter one of “Amethyst” and a partial glossary. This chapter is still undergoing revision, so the final version may differ a bit.

This is a sample of the Amethyst glossary and provides some insight in to the greater campaign world.

Amethyst’s chapter one sample as a PDF is available at this link if you want a cleaner view than the images.

Amethyst looks interesting and I like the more realistic take on how a modern society reacts to strange creatures in their midst. I will keep an eye on this release and keep you updated.

Check out the “Amethyst” website for more information, or you can pre-order through Goodman Games.

Trask, The Last Tyromancer



Trask is a long-time gamer, world traveler and history buff. He hopes that his scribblings will both inform and advance gaming as a hobby.

4 thoughts on “First Look: Amethyst Role-Playing Game from Dias Ex Machina–4E GSL with Guns!

  • February 24, 2010 at 4:11 am

    This is one of the few 3rd party 4e products I’m really looking forward to. Rifts/d20 Modern done right? I hope so!

  • February 24, 2010 at 3:00 pm

    Just to add onto this. DEM is producing Amethyst, but it is released through Goodman Games ( That is where you can pre-order the game.

    • February 25, 2010 at 8:06 pm

      I updated the post with this information.


  • March 7, 2010 at 6:45 pm

    Loved the Amethyst preview in Combat Advantage #15, and really looking forward to April’s release as well. I think there’s a lot that you could do with a mix modern and fantasy and scifi using 4E combat rules!

    @greywulf – I remember RIFTS! Old Palladium game, wasn’t it? Man, it’s been a while since I played RIFTS… not since college really, lol.

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