Café Noir

march 2, 1922

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What is Café Noir?

Café Noir is a dieselpunk world based on our Earth. However, due to anomalies occurring, there will be an alternative development going on that might go into nano-tech, spaceflights to mars and venus, a visit to Earth's inner world. The anomalies can introduce many things. in a sense, they are like the incursions from "the strange," but they are not portals into another world (they are more one-way events).

Café Noir is similar to our Earth in a mix between "Sky Captain of Tomorrow" and the roaring '20s, mixed with a dose of mixed-reality like Riverworld. Characters like Agatha Christie's Poirot, Miss Marple, Harley Quin, Ariadne Oliver, and Parker Pyne surely would have found their way around in this realm. Like H.P. Lovecraft's Randolph Carter (?) or Sweeney's heroine Cassandra Hack', other characters could be inhabiting this world just as easy.

Café Noir is supposed to be different, time and reality-bending, mind-boggling, morality testing, and I might hope, an inspiration for new ideas.


Organisations like "Rockefeller Bilderberg Rothschild group," FBI, CIA or DOD do exist, but might be different from those we have today. The world has a timeline with similar events (but not all) like Earth. So some organizations do not exist; others will take their place.

A note to (prospecting) Players

as a player in this world: assume nothing, find clues, information, documents, or signs (hire a detective or read magazines, newspapers, etc.) to make sure that you know what is going on.

How to use this material as a DM?

I wanted to write this with the Cypher system in mind, but I guess that as always, there are many issues with using a gaming system (is it?). So for now, it is about simplicity and ease. I will focus on writing without any game system in mind.


Important names are Nicola Tesla, Jules Verne, H.P.Lovecraft, H.G.Wells, Orville Wright, Henry Ford, William R. Hearst, Thomas Edison. I am laying a foundation for stories and adventure modules.

About me

I'm learning to work with World Anvil. Things will go slow at first.All material used to create this world (images, etc.) is made by me, open/free for commercial use (like google fonts).

I create my art, maps, and images in tools like DAZ3D. A very time consuming process, slowing me down considerably. For me, it's not a problem, as I use this project to focus my mind.

If you have questions, suggestions, ideas for my written articles or bbcodes, design, etc. or want to chat... feel free to connect! I am on discord

World Anvil Summercamp 2020

I am writing the prompts for the World Anvil Summercamp 2020 in Café Noir. I'll need to disclose a few future items in the game. We know space travel will be possible, So Venus, Mars, Jupiter are not a big secret.