Thirty books, some the kind you could pick up in your local library, others that are carefully hidden away from the general public for good reasons.
30 books to be found within a steampunk setting. Manuals, tomes, and blueprints galore!
The secret for immortality has been discovered by an eccentric wizard/mad scientist. Its found you need to reapply once a month. As people stop dying, and the birth rate increases exponentially, people are forced into homelessness, because of the need for food reamins the same, and food is not being produced fast enough to feed the undying population. The PCs have to find the creator and kill him, and destroy production, to save the world from undying, unending torture from hungryness.