The Expanse RPG Review, Part 1

Today I’m going to be talking about a product that I helped to Kickstart and finally got a chance to read through in earnest. The Expanse is an amazing story that I got into through the fantastic Amazon series, then followed up that first season by reading every one of the novels. It’s an awesome series and Green Ronin has really done a great job of making it into a game. You can get The Expanse RPG Quickstart on Drivethru now but if you want to know what’s in the full product, then read on!

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Science Division Supplement Review, Part 1

Folks. It’s here. The Science Division Supplement is here. This is the one, everyone. I had fairly modest expectations of the Command Division Supplement and was pleasantly surprised by the result. On the other hand, I was really hoping for something great out of the Operations Division Supplement and it fell a little short of my expectations. The Science Division Supplement is that rare gem among RPG: something you feel excited about but that turns out to be even better than expected!

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Character Generation in Eclipse Phase 2e

From the most recent updates of the Eclipse Phase Second Edition Kickstarter, the new edition is heading for production in the fairly near future. The rules sections seem pretty well established and it’s just the source material to work out before at least the electronic forms can be sent. With that in mind, I thought I’d go through the backer preview and let all of you who aren’t in the Insiders’ Club know just what’s changed for characters from the first edition.

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Collected Options for STA

Today I’m sharing that a lot of people have asked about, here and at Continuing Mission: a comprehensive list of all the options for Star Trek Adventures. Specifically, with all the spaceframes and species in the official books and on Continuing Mission, where can they find them all listed? Well, you can find them here. I’ve made a master spreadsheet with the basic stats of all spaceframes and species to date, with their source for easy looking up. Share with your players and GM to make building your crew and galaxy a little easier. You can search for specific terms and also download a copy if you want to change how things are sorted. Enjoy!

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Operations Division Review

Another Star Trek Adventures book has hit the digital shelf for those with the PDF Collection and I immediately started flipping through it. I loved the Command Supplement and was eager to see what was in store this time. There was a high level of quality to meet and… Well, let’s just get into it.

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Esper Genesis Review, Part 1

I’ve toyed around with science-fiction adaptations of D&D rules (in two separate posts) but today I’m taking a look at one in particular. Esper Genesis is a new product with big ambitions to bring the mechanics of D&D 5e to the heady realms of space opera. It’s got great production value and a good energy but what does it look like under the hood? Let’s take a look together.

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Dark Horizon: Jurgann Species

The pre-contact history of the Jurganna is mostly lost in legend at this point, although considering the emphasis that Jurganna put in legend and retelling stories these may be surprisingly accurate. Tales tell of warring states that took their conflict to the stars and fought each other in epic space battles. These squabbling states were conquered by an emperor serving as a divine mandate who forged a single group from these disparate pieces. His conquest was the only thing to survive his rule, however, as both his religious reforms and military focus dissolved soon after his death. The unity that he inspired did not, however, and the Jurganna struck out for the stars again, this time as explorers.

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Character Creation

Having introduced everyone to the background elements and the long-running history of Dark Horizon, I’m back with some actual game mechanics. Or, sort of. This post is to clue everyone in to how player characters are designed in the setting and why they are slightly different from other Cypher characters.

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Martial Arts Flavor

The character focus Needs No Weapons (Cypher System Rulebook, p. 153) represents a master of martial arts, someone whose entire character concept is based around their ability with unarmed combat. Some campaigns, though, might want everyone to have some martial arts ability which is where this flavor comes in.

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Active Session Zero for Numenera

I’ve been (belatedly) listening to the One Shot Podcast‘s episodes of Numenera and it inspired me to create a new Session Zero contribution. Like my last outline, this is an active Session Zero which combines the first narrative bit of the story with creating characters for an extended campaign.

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