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5 Reasons Why You Should Get The New Star Trek Adventures RPG

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A couple of days ago Modiphius released their eagerly-awaited Star Trek roleplaying game. Star Trek Adventures is the latest game in the long line of Star Trek games which have been pretty much hit or miss. Luckily Modiphus’ game is one of the winners. Here are five reasons why you should check it out:

  1. It’s Star Trek
    Sure, that’s what it says on the cover, but it’s also one of the best reasons why you should get it – especially if you are a fan of the franchise. Star Trek Adventures also does a great job of introducing the setting to people who haven’t watched every single movie and TV episode. I also think that Modiphius managed to create a game that definitely feels Star Trek.
  2. It’s a Modiphius game
    Games published by Modiphius always have one thing in common: awesome production values. Their games look great, if printed they feel great, and overall they also play great. Sure, there are exceptions, but Modiphius has managed to churn out high-quality products in such a short time that it boggles the mind. The Star Trek Adventure game is definitely one of their best-looking books to date.
  3. It uses the 2d20 System
    Initially I was not sure if the 2d20 System was a good fit for Star Trek. But what I didn’t know at that point was that Modiphius always make sure they adapt the system to the settings. While the core mechanics stay intact, they totally pull apart the system to make it fit to the setting at hand. This especially worked great with Star Trek. I played several of the playtest adventures and with each new rules iteration, it got better and better. The final result is definitely one of my favorite 2d20 implementations.
  4. It supports all eras
    One issue I had with other Star Trek games was that they didn’t support all the eras I was interested in. Star Trek Adventures will be the first game to support everything from Enterprise to Voyager. The only omissions are the new Kelvin timeline and the upcoming Discovery series – which I don’t mind at all. I am especially excited to be able to play in the Enterprise era.
  5. The PDF is very reasonably priced
    Often the PDF versions of games with similar sizes and production values set you back $20 or more. Modiphius chose another route this time and released the digital edition of their core rulebook for about $15. That’s actually a very good price for a game book of 350+ pages.

If you want to learn more about this fine game, I recommend checking out my friend Jay’s extensive article series about Star Trek Adventures.

[Kickstarter] The Veil: Cascade

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Cyberpunk is definitely one of my favorite genres. So I am always quite excited when a new cyberpunk game gets released or is being kickstarted. For some reason I totally missed “The Veil” though.

The Veil is a cyberpunk roleplaying game powered by the Apocalypse. I have to admit, while I still have some issues to grok the GM-side of things in PbtA games, I was always (and still am) very intrigued by them. Their novel approach to roleplaying makes it very easy to focus on the roleplaying. One of my best roleplaying experiences was with tremulus which definitely can’t hide its PbtA roots.

Samjoko Publishing is currently raising funds for a supplement to The Veil called Cascade, which will feature not only new playbooks but also a complete setting inspired by the novel Altered Carbon. You can also check out an art-free version of “The Veil” here.

More information about “The Veil: Cascade” can be found on the kickstarter page. The kickstarter ends in about 19 days and has already surpassed its goal of 5500 CA$.

Kickstarter – Archive: Historical People, Places, and Events for RPGs

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Recently Tristran Zimmermann got in touch with me and let me know about his awesome new Kickstarter project: “Archive: Historical People, Places, and Events for RPGs”. The book is already written, laid out and ready to print, they are basically looking for money to fund a first print-run.

So what is Archive all about? As the name implies it’s a sourcebook for the real world, it’s places, important persons, its history. You can use it to do some research for your game set in the real world or read it as a history book. By the way, it’s a follow-up of a book he kickstarted five years ago: “The GM’s Real-World Reference“, which is available on DriveThruRPG right now. So if you are intrigued by Archive, I recommend checking it out as well.

Of course it doesn’t cover everything, but it’s a collection of articles on various persons, places and events in real-world history. In the pages of Archive you find information on the Dartmoor, the Jakarta slums, the Hinterkaifeck Murders, and Omar al-Bashir, just to name a few. I had the chance to look at an advance copy and it looks just awesome! Each article not only gives you dry facts, but also provides you with tips on how to use the event, person, or place in question in your game. The book’s layout is simple, clean and spiced up with some gorgeous photos.

If you’re a history buff, or someone running a game set in the modern world (or its history), you definitely should check Tristran’s Kickstarter out!