From the back cover:
It is the far future. Earth has been abandoned for generations. Humanity left for brighter stars, richer planets and shining colonies. To fuel their dreams of a better tomorrow, the humans turned to the Elementals and their magic. This magic is an invaluable source of power and labor.
Machines were created to harness and enslave the Elementals . You were one of these Enslaved Elementals. You are machines that echo the legendary magic you once possessed. You and your friends are among the few who have managed to return to Earth. What remains of Earth’s cities is falling apart. The Corp won’t let go of you so easily either. But shining through the cracks is a magic that is ready to be reborn. Can you outrun The Corp long enough and bring forth the Rebirth of magic? Will you survive this revolution you’ve started, or will The Corp recapture you? We play the game of BALIKBAYAN: RETURNING HOME to find out.
This tabletop role-playing game is based on the Belonging Outside Belonging system. Inspired by Powered by the Apocalypse, where narrative and relationships come first, you balance your character’s weaknesses against their strengths. BALIKBAYAN runs for 2-6 sessions. You will need tokens and a printed copy of the playkit. You may play with a Game Moderator and focus on a more guided experience. Or play without a Game Moderator, allowing everyone to have equal narrative power over the story that unfolds.
BALIKBAYAN is great for veterans ready for a more narrative experience, and perfect for people new to the hobby. Bring your dystopic post-Cyberpunk fantasies to life, revel in supernatural Filipino folklore, and dance along the threads between magic and technology.