This week marks the release of Dias Ex Machina’s newest product, Apex…

History once spoke of individuals able to accomplish miracles, eventually eradicated or bred out by a population too frightened of what they didn’t understand. As science filled in the void left by absent gods, these gifted individual decreased until they became all but extinct. But they never completely vanished. Each generation, such a rare being appeared with abilities subtle to extreme. However, despite their desire to reveal themselves, forces continually prevent them from doing so.

To many of those who know them, they’re of an inferior class. To others, including themselves, they are considered an improvement on the design of man, an upper echelon.

The apex.

Apex is a module for DEM’s Ultramodern4, a plug-in rather than a full setting: a set of rules and ideas to allow any number of homebrew settings to work within it. There is a basic background involving people who gain unnatural powers, but don’t let that limit you if you wish to use it as a jumping off point.

Apex includes the following:

–Customize abilities and boost powers with over 400 new feats.

–New sacrifice rules to trade penalties for new abilities.

–New lifepaths for normal people and apex.

–Eleven new ladders to focus your superpowers.

–One new superhero class, paragon path, and epic destiny.

–New adversary templates and monsters.

NOTE: Apex requires Ultramodern4 rules, which can be downloaded for free in OGL or purchased with art and layout (http://www.rpgnow.com/index.php?manufacturers_id=2363).


Chris Dias

Chris Tavares Dias is the literary equivalent of that crusty burnt cheese at the bottom of the fondue pot. Some people claim he looks like Mathew Perry. He would like that to be true. It's not. In 2010, Chris co-wrote and created Amethyst Foundations, a 4th Edition setting based on the previous version under 3.5. It has received critical acclaim for integrating science fiction into classical fantasy. In August of this year, Chris was last seen staring at a dead raven that had fallen beside his car. Two months later, his watch and notepad were found in the stomach of a basking shark that had washed ashore off the coast of Florida.