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2300 AD Man's Battle for the Stars
 
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2300 AD Man's Battle for the Stars
Publisher: Game Designers' Workshop (GDW)
by Steven M W. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 10/07/2011 12:21:06
I'm a long term fan of the Traveller franchise, having purchased the LBBs during their original print run way back in the dark ages. I remember when 2300 first came out and how excited I was by the box's claim of it being "a hard science role playing game." But I was, at the time, less than thrilled by the game system and never actually ran a campaign. I recently had a surge of nostalgia for the golden age of role playing, however, and decided to pick this up again. And I'm quite pleased to have done so. The system is actually elegant and was well ahead of its time. I really appreciate the background detail and the general feel of the setting.

The only thing that keeps me from giving the game a full five stars is the lack of a ship design system. I realize that the rules for ship combat and design are in a supplement, but I still feel that some basics should have been covered in the core release.

Otherwise an excellent product that I highly recommend!

Rating:
[4 of 5 Stars!]
2300 AD Man's Battle for the Stars
Publisher: Game Designers' Workshop (GDW)
by Michael G. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 08/09/2010 18:03:52
My newset purchase, so far I see a lot of really positive things in this set of rules. While many old timers remember it as "Traveller:2300", it really wasnt directly related to the Traveller universe, so it made sense to rebrand it as something different.. but not so different.

I like the more low tech approach in this game, and so far have not been disappointed with the information contained within it. I'll be running a scenario or two and see how it runs, but so far i dont see any problems.

Print quality of the pdf is good and i really liked the Near Star map supplied at the back of the book. This one even comes with a bonus, Kafer Dawn, which i thought is a good introductory adventure as well.

Overall, this looks to be well laid out and if you are looking for something different that more closely matches the technology levels of today, this is it.

Rating:
[4 of 5 Stars!]
2300 AD Man's Battle for the Stars
Publisher: Game Designers' Workshop (GDW)
by Forest M. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 11/30/2009 21:00:50
This is one of the best RPGs I have EVER played! It has an elegant character design process combined with a FANTASTIC combat system that is fluid in design and vivid in conception!

This is also the Thinking Man's Game. The maps and the technology are all based on real world science, as well as real world stellar cartography!

Finally, anyone who enjoyed James Cameron's AVATAR will LOVE this game! The setting, technology, and environment are virtually the same!

Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
2300 AD Man's Battle for the Stars
Publisher: Game Designers' Workshop (GDW)
by David W. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 01/30/2009 08:03:06
Was a great old RPG in it's day and still good now. Prefer these rules to the new D20 stuff but could do with an update a la 2320..
This PDF version should come with the Kafer Dawn scenario as the original did.

Rating:
[4 of 5 Stars!]
2300 AD Man's Battle for the Stars
Publisher: Game Designers' Workshop (GDW)
by Jason P. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 11/10/2007 12:21:59
Classic hard sci-fi rpg. The scan is a little oddly formatted on some pages, but the text is readable and useful.

Rating:
[3 of 5 Stars!]
2300 AD Man's Battle for the Stars
Publisher: Game Designers' Workshop (GDW)
by Rob L. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 08/02/2007 09:10:53
This is a very fine game. The task system is flexible and easy to operate, allowing the Referee to generate rules on the cuff. Combat is fast, furious, and straight forwards. A nice hang-over from Traveller is the fact that player characters can start the game as experienced veterans.

The background is definitely in the 'hard' SF school, and presents one of the most interesting backgrounds I've ever seen. Alien races are well-designed and thought-out, but unlike many SF backgrounds, alien races are not overly thick on the ground.

The potential of the background is enormous. For example, the it can easily accommodate Earth-bound gritty noir-type adventures, stellar exploration (this seemed to be an staple of the original game), politics and intrigue, and so on.

The game has a whole load of supporting material in the form of supplements, so there is plenty for referees and players to get their teeth into.

Overall, IMHO, this is one of the best SF games around.

Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
2300 AD Man's Battle for the Stars
Publisher: Game Designers' Workshop (GDW)
by William S.
Date Added: 09/03/2005 08:46:41
The game always had potential...problem was few at GDW ever bothered to exploit it.

2300AD would've benefitted more from using the mechanics from the Twilight:2000 game system, especially the second-edition rules; the mechanics, as they stand, are inconsistent and unevenly edited.

The combat rules suffer from the needlesly complicated damage point value calculations and hit determinations; again, both editions of the Twilight system offered
a better alternative.

The starship rules are also a little spare, and the creators of the game did a disservice by not including starship construction rules as Miller did with the originial Traveller.

That aside, the background is excellent and interesting, offering many opportunities for roleplaying.

Rating:
[3 of 5 Stars!]
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