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Old December 23rd, 2017, 03:53 AM
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Battle Born, By George "Red" Rahm and Joseph "Conrad" Hilmer...

A Game inspired directly by Traveller (per the designer's notes) and by Warhammer 40K...

They reformatted and released the new edition in Kindle format. There are some format choice issues:
  • No way to print the character sheet nor tables.
  • Tables included as graphics, meaning the text upon them cannot be resized.
  • Several tables are too wide to display legibly onscreen.

Silly, slapstick, and simple... but with a wonky choice of dice: 2d8.

The task system is a 2d8+Skill, with skills being rated (no skill), +0 to +4, and looked up on a table. This results in one of Success, Mixed, Fail, or Fumble. Four difficulties are given: Basic, Difficult, Tasking, and Limit. Limit is not intended to be used for task definitions, only for shifts due to multiple tasks or being unskilled.

(in the sister game, Guardians of Sol, an additional outcome was added: Overkill.)

The Kindle Edition is essentially edition 2.1, and also includes the related Mass Combat game. It does not, however, include GSol.

The game has a number of "Quick and Dirty" tables - these are essentially either canned setups for a scene, or canned downtime scenes. All of them are provocative

Combat uses a three phase process:
  • Phase 1: Advantage
  • Phase 2: NPC's
  • Phase 3: Responsive
Advantage Attacks are easier.
Responsive phase you can defend against the NPC damage, or you can attack, or both.
NPCs have a different system of attacks, simplified vs the players.

I figured I'd mention it, as it's free to read if one has Amazon Prime, and it's interesting to see what Traveller inspired.
The task system could be grafted into CT, MT, or MGT if one wanted to.
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Traveller has inspired many a watered-down version of 2dX mechanics used in other RPGs.
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Traveller has inspired many a watered-down version of 2dX mechanics used in other RPGs.
It's not watered down.

It also has a great "justification" for PC's being bigwigs in a big empire...
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I'll note that Red's got 3 Battle Born novels on amazon as well...
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Duke of the Third Imperium (SPIN 0534)
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Count Gorod (REFT 1302)
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Viscount of Adabicci (SPIN 1824)
Marquis of the Solomani Rim (SOLO 0606)
Marquis of the Third Imperium (SPIN 2410)
Baron of the Third Imperium (SPIN 2231)
Knight of the Iridium Throne (CORE 1434)
Sir William Hostman (OLDE 0512)
Sir William Hostman (DAGU 0622)
Knight of Deneb (REFT 2239)
SEH w/Diamonds for Extreme Heroism - Battle of Boughene
MCG - Battle of Boughene
TAS: William Hostman (CORR 2506)
TAS: Bearer (DAIB 1326)
IMTU ct+ tm++ tne tg-- tt+ tmo+ t4- t20+ to ru+ ge+ 3i+ c+ jt au ls pi+ ta he+ st+
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