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First Age

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I've picked up Steph's A Life Worth Living: Hard Edged Science Fiction Roleplaying In The Near Heavens Setting Of AD2151.

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It's a nice Bladerunnery TL10 setting with a plot that cuts through some of the core elements and brings everything to life (and possibly death too). This would make an ideal few session mini campaign online

I held fire on buying the two Cepheus core books, as MGt2 has a lot going for it and probably does the job. The scenario would give me an excuse to get the core book out and also play something a little different. Although Steph isn't developing this setting anymore, there are good bones that can be built on.
 
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I held fire on buying the two Cepheus core books, as MGt2 has a lot going for it and probably does the job.
Agreed! If someone has MGT2 and are happy with it, then I would say CE doesn’t really bring anything to the table. It is really a vehicle for publishers to bring out compatible products without being beholden to Mongoose's new licensing terms, which I understand were a little restrictive. And it’s a great way in to 2d6 sci-fi for people who don’t own any existing products and get sticker shock from the MGT2 Starter Set or T5 😀

I had missed A Life Worth Living and am definitely going to check it our now. Shame about no further development but if sales don’t justify it, then that is fully understandable.

- Neil.
 
Probably late to the Traveller party, but I just could not leave this book on Jim Freeman's display case.

And so here I am with the Mongoose Traveller Second Edition Campaign: The Pirates of Drinax. Probably, I may consider running it at LongCon 2019, since prior to that, I may be too pre-occupied running the Dead Suns Starfinder Adventure Path with every relevant Paizo pawn ready to play at the table.

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Also, having been inspired by Ernest Cline's "Ready Player One" shoutout to the 1970s-1980s era, I have the classic Rush 2112 album playing in my head whenever I see this Traveller Pirates of Drinax campaign set.

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I'm playing in the campaign at present. Up to the third session so far. We've found that the rules are a bit lacking in clarity although I suspect that's a translation issue rather than a fault with the system. The method of determining damage is a bit clunky especially as we're playing on-line.
 
I'm playing in the campaign at present. Up to the third session so far. We've found that the rules are a bit lacking in clarity although I suspect that's a translation issue rather than a fault with the system. The method of determining damage is a bit clunky especially as we're playing on-line.
Translation? Like from classic Traveller to this new edition? I never played any other Traveller, since I just joined the franchise with MgT2.
 

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Probably late to the Traveller party, but I just could not leave this book on Jim Freeman's display case.

And so here I am with the Mongoose Traveller Second Edition Campaign: The Pirates of Drinax. Probably, I may consider running it at LongCon 2019, since prior to that, I may be too pre-occupied running the Dead Suns Starfinder Adventure Path with every relevant Paizo pawn ready to play at the table.

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It's very good. I ran part of it. I am thinking of running it again. I have it on pdf to review this summer.
There is easily 2 year's of gaming in that box.
 

Guvnor

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I'm playing in the campaign at present. Up to the third session so far. We've found that the rules are a bit lacking in clarity although I suspect that's a translation issue rather than a fault with the system. The method of determining damage is a bit clunky especially as we're playing on-line.
I am also puzzled. Traveller combat is very simple in almost all editions.
 
About to hit the button on Dungeon Crawl Classics. Looked at loads of reviews and not sure I really want to buy a book that big, which is just a variant of D&D, of which I have lots already. However, there's something that keeps dragging me back to look at it - someone please tell me why I should get it or why I shouldn't.
 
About to hit the button on Dungeon Crawl Classics. Looked at loads of reviews and not sure I really want to buy a book that big, which is just a variant of D&D, of which I have lots already. However, there's something that keeps dragging me back to look at it - someone please tell me why I should get it or why I shouldn't.
Here's my take on it:

I look at the art I'm sold. I page through the book and a combination of the evocative imagery and nostalgia produce a mild euphoric high. And then there's the funnel adventures, which are such a marvelous idea, play a slew of random characters, free free to take risks - if they survive they'll have a great story to tell. But then you level up and it all starts becoming a bit hum-drum, the random tables for everything for random's sake gets a bit wearisome (for example if you level up and get a new spell, but end up with a fairly useless spell with onerous casting requirements), and sub-systems like the spell-dual mechanics feel tacked on and overwrought. It's still a good game but the sheen wears off fairly quickly
Another thing I forgot to mention is that you'll need funny dice.

Also, they have some fantastic modules, which are fun and imaginative. Personally unless you're going to be running lots of funnel adventures, I'd buy the modules and use another OSR ruleset to run them.
 
Also, they have some fantastic modules, which are fun and imaginative. Personally unless you're going to be running lots of funnel adventures, I'd buy the modules and use another OSR ruleset to run them.
Grab a quickstart or the beta rule book to get details of the Luck mechanic so you can tack that on to your favourite ruleset, if you so wish, and you are probably good to go. I’ve enjoyed playing DCC games, but that has almost been entirely down to the referee and not the particular ruleset.

- Neil.
 
Well, I was in Fan Boy 3 to catch an appearance by Maze Arcana folks Satine Phoenix and Ruty Rutenberg --- and I saw these two staring at me from across the room.

I've been tempted by the Bloodborne-esque Fragged Aeternum for a while, just for the concept. I feel slightly dirty buying this when (a) I STILL haven't read Fragged Empire and (b) I know from playing it a couple of times that I will need to tweak it like f*ck to make it work for my gaming sensibilities.

The Fall of Delta Green requires no justification or excuses for the purchase.

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Oh, and if anyone fancied the Unknown Armies three book slipcase edition (with GM screen), Fan Boy 3 has two copies reduced from £100 to £50. I know for a fact that I will never read it (too much on the old reading plate as is) --- so, I'm throwing it out there to folks near Manchester who might have an interest in what would appear to be a bit of a bargain.
 
Well, I was in Fan Boy 3 to catch an appearance by Maze Arcana folks Satine Phoenix and Ruty Rutenberg --- and I saw these two staring at me from across the room.

I've been tempted by the Bloodborne-esque Fragged Aeternum for a while, just for the concept. I feel slightly dirty buying this when (a) I STILL haven't read Fragged Empire and (b) I know from playing it a couple of times that I will need to tweak it like f*ck to make it work for my gaming sensibilities.

The Fall of Delta Green requires no justification or excuses for the purchase.

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Oh, and if anyone fancied the Unknown Armies three book slipcase edition (with GM screen), Fan Boy 3 has two copies reduced from £100 to £50. I know for a fact that I will never read it (too much on the old reading plate as is) --- so, I'm throwing it out there to folks near Manchester who might have an interest in what would appear to be a bit of a bargain.
The "Fragged Wade Dyer" series has interesting fluff but a bit old-school on the miniature heavy rules. So it is still in my relegation league. Ha ha ha!
 
Okay, I splurged on this in February, but now that the revelations of what we really get have been previewed (yesterday), I am so happy I pledged at the top tier with all the goodies for John Carter of Mars.

For example see the tile sets for the ships of Helium below:

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