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Cepheus Engine System Reference Document
Publisher: Samardan Press
by Customer Name Withheld [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 06/23/2017 15:02:03
My review so far of the Cepheus Engine System Reference Document has been positive and hopefully I'll be able to use the system soon.

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Cepheus Engine System Reference Document
Publisher: Samardan Press
by Gerry M. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 09/20/2016 22:32:32

I think this is an exceptional peice of work. I am a Classic Traveller fan and still play a Classic game. This makes me wanna switch to this system. It is like open source software instead of using microsoft!!! I really like what this platform with its Open Game License is capable of doing for all of the amazing writers out there familiar with the Traditional Science Fiction 2D6 system. Most Excellent work !! 5 Stars!!!



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Cepheus Engine System Reference Document
Publisher: Samardan Press
by Omar J. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 09/13/2016 11:56:10

An excellent offering of old-school sci-fi role-playing rules similar to Classic Traveller. Cepheus presents clearly-written rules in classic flavor for everything from generating a new character in a few minutes, to building an interstellar starship, to generating a sector of space for the players to explore. Best of all, the rules are 100% OGL, so you can use this as a basis for third-party material or even repack the rules and republish them as your own variant.

In other words, the Swords & Wizardry of Traveller.



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Cepheus Engine System Reference Document
Publisher: Samardan Press
by Paul E. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 08/07/2016 02:25:14

A tour de force piece of work from Jason Kemp, the Cepheus Engine is an outstanding recreation of the Mongoose Traveller 1st edition rules, building from the Traveller System Reference Document and other Open Gaming Content made available by the Open Gaming License, yet it does not contain copyrighted material (references to Traveller and the Traveller universe) from products published by Mongoose Publishing. This means it is a fabulous Traveller tool-kit with the serial numbers filed off that I can twist, build and manipulate into my own universe. Wasn't this what the intention of the Little Black Books was back in 1977? In that way it feels like going back to Starter Traveller or the original LBBs, but with all of the rules clean up and logical rewrites of a modern game system. Since I'm a LBB guy through and through and through, the Cepheus Engine presses all my buttons!

Do you need this? Yes! If you play first edition Mongoose Traveller, the CE is a setting free version (that you can modify and print 0- it comes in a Word.doc). If you player Classic TRaveller, this has all of that atmosphere but gives Classic a logical reorganisation, with a systematic task resolution and faster-play combat rules.

I recommend this game!



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Cepheus Engine System Reference Document
Publisher: Samardan Press
by Jacob R. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 07/06/2016 17:06:44

Really nice book. Basically Traveller but friendly to the OSR community. Get it; enjoy it.



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Cepheus Engine System Reference Document
Publisher: Samardan Press
by Dalton C. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 07/05/2016 09:02:47

This is an excellent resource for anyone who wants to get the original feel of Classic Traveller without all the 3I material packed into it. Build your own future and this package gives you the tools to do so which has not existed since the original LBB's from the early 80's.

Being OGL and presented as a complete package vs a hodgepodge of rules that are missing key bits, this allows for those who want to customize for thier own furture universe to do so with ease.

Well worth the money and this product will have me looking for other products by the same publisher.



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Cepheus Engine System Reference Document
Publisher: Samardan Press
by P-O B. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 07/04/2016 16:09:34

The Cepheus Engine. What is it? It is a new set of Traveller rules from Samardan Press that doesn’t say that it is Traveller. (But it is Traveller.)

The rules look very much like a cleaned up version of Classic Traveller, book 1-3 plus supplement-4 and selected parts from book 4 (PGMP and FGMP) and 5 (small ships). You can also find some bits of Mongoose Traveller in it. So far there is no setting except that a few aliens are named as an example.

You know what this could be? The perfect proto-Traveller rules.

Since the Cepheus Engine is a refined set of CT rules, you will recognize most of the rules and can quickly start using them.

First, the character generation and skills are similar to what you already know. Then psionics (important to us at the Zhodani Base) is also what you would expect.

Next in the equipment list you find a tech-level overview table, with the same tech-levels as in Traveller. The currency used is Credits. You can find familiar Traveller items like Fast Drug, TDX, and Air/Raft. The first internal book ends with a combat chapter.

Next book is about Starships, Travelling, Trade and Space Combat.

The Final book is the Referee’s book. In this book are the rules for generating worlds. (It is interesting to see that hydrographics is generated as in CT book-6. That is the same as in MongTrav.) There are rules for all sorts of encounters, including the familiar animal encounter tables from CT. There are also some short help about refereeing and adventures.

This is really the new rule-set we didn’t know we needed. This is proto-Traveller Deluxe.

Review first posted at the Zhodani Base.



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