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1648. Paris, France. The endless War of the Counter-Reformation lumbers through another bitter winter in the shattered remains of the Holy Roman Empire. The armies of the Spanish Hapsburgs encircle the kingdom of France to the south, east and north. The king is dead but the Boy King is not yet of age. Queen Anne and her able prime minister, Cardinal Mazarin, do all in their power to keep France alive, but the specter of raising more taxes and selling more offices to fund this generational war has Parlement wagging their beards, and the menu peuple threatening to revolt. Thus the ancient capital convulses with frustration and fury once more.
You step into this world poor, untested but ready to make your mark. Will you ply your blade as an agent of the Cardinal? Will you resist the royal will as Frondeur? Will you seek to profit from the chaos as a merchant adventurer? Whatever you chose, you will spend your very life to achieve your aims.
Miseries & Misfortunes is a roleplaying game for three to five players. A complete game, it adds lifepaths, skills, social combat and the eternal search for truth to the foundation begun by Basic Edition Dungeons & Dragons.