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Old July 25th, 2018, 08:33 AM
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To follow up with Aramis' post about TFT, I stumbled across another Kickstarter for The Expanse RPG. Licensed from Mr Corey and his Books. No links, but this also should be easy to search for as well. They have a quickstart guide which I'm reading through now.
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Green Ronin is doing it. They do nice work.
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The funding for the Kickstarter project for the Expanse RPG has gone very well, and they have met almost all of their stretch goals. I have downloaded the Quickstart rules and I'm looking forward to getting the core rule book and the various adventures that are being developed.

I have really enjoyed the books and the TV series. These game rules, based upon the time frame between Leviathan Wakes and Caliban's War look like they will capture the feel of the series.
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I ran the Quick Start adventure for a group of six players. It's a really great module!

I love the diversity of the characters (PCs and NPCs) and the complexity of the relationships in the factions on Ganymede Station. The adventure is set up kind of linearly, but they give you advice for how to handle it in a more sandbox fashion.

My group of players took things totally "out of order," but it all worked out great.

Also, they ended up pulling off a man-in-the-middle attack on a bank computer to convince a mob boss that she'd been paid her portion of the money; none of that was in the written adventure.

I ended up not really using any of the stunts in the game, as we had enough to deal with.

Traveller players will find the game fairly familiar. Instead of 2d6+stat+skill vs. target, it's 3d6+stat+skill bonus vs. target (where skill bonus is either +0 if you don't have the talent, or +2 if you do, like D&D 5e's proficiency bonus). Also, one of the 3d6 is a different color, and that's your Drama Die, which gets used in certain skill challenges ("if you succeed, add your drama die to the success pool, and if you can get the success pool to 10, you win the challenge").
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Traveller players will find the game fairly familiar. Instead of 2d6+stat+skill vs. target, it's 3d6+stat+skill bonus vs. target (where skill bonus is either +0 if you don't have the talent, or +2 if you do, like D&D 5e's proficiency bonus). Also, one of the 3d6 is a different color, and that's your Drama Die, which gets used in certain skill challenges ("if you succeed, add your drama die to the success pool, and if you can get the success pool to 10, you win the challenge").
Ugh. That's similar to the Fragged Empire mechanic. The only thing wrong with that game. I do love the Expanse though...
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I have been sitting on the fence over this one, classes and levels, yuk. Metacurrency, double yuk.

But I have watched the youtube interview, read the Q&A and finally one of the kickstarter updates has an example of ship combat.

So I backed it.
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Play the free quickstart rules, if you're not sure. Only way to know is to try it.
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