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X-plorers RPG (FREE No Art Version)
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X-plorers RPG (FREE No Art Version)
Publisher: Brave Halfling Publishing
by Timothy B. [Featured Reviewer]
Date Added: 05/15/2015 13:14:16

X-plorers is somewhere in the middle of Starships & Spacemen and White Star. Both thematically and in terms of rules. There is a more of an old school vibe of this one. So to continue my analogies to the point of breaking, X-plorers is more Buck Rogers, the old serials and 50s sci-fi movies.

The book itself is 41 pages. This includes cover, title page, ogl page and a trademark license. The trademark license is nice. You can make content that is "X-Plorers Compatible" as long as you abide by the license. Yes other games do this too.

Characters have class, hit points, and levels just like most OSR books. The characters in X-Plorers though only have 4 attributes; Agility, Intelligence, Physique and Presence. They are still ranked 3-18. There are also four classes; Scientist, Soldier, Scouts and Technicians. Personally I think some sort of Royalty or Ambassador class might have been a nice inclusion as well. There are some multi-classing rules too which are nice to see.

Equipment is covered next. The basic unit of commerce is the credit (cr). It functions largely the same way the gold piece does. Gear and weapons are covered, but also vehicles and robots. Near the end we cover skills as well.

Chapter 3 covers running the game. This includes saves, combat and skill checks. All similar territory to other games.

Chapter 4 details Space. This covers ships, buying and outfitting with crew as well as combat. Each phase of combat is discussed, so the gunner, engineer, pilot and so on. This reminds me of some the of old school Naval ship battles. Ship repair is also covered.

This is followed by a referee's section. This covers creating a game and running one. There is a small section on Aliens and Planets. NPCs, Allies and Monsters are featured in the next section. I would have liked more, but again, these are easy to take from any fantasy game.

Chapter X is an adventure/background piece on Roswell. There are even stats for the Greys, whic is really cool to be honest. Chapter Y covers psionics and pyschic characters. This is also pretty cool.

We end with some sheets for characters and ships.

X-plorers is a light game and designed to emulate the games of the 70s. So in that respect it does the job well. Some people will want more, but there is still a lot here. Rule-wise it reminds me more of White Box Swords & Wizardry, in fact you could use S&W as the rules and the rest as add-on.

This is the same as the full featured version, only no art.

[5 of 5 Stars!]
X-plorers RPG (FREE No Art Version)
Publisher: Brave Halfling Publishing
by Dan P. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 11/11/2011 15:12:41

Interesting simple game. It focuses on space, but with little work it can be used for any futuristic genre. Soon As get the money to spare I'm purchasing the art version. The game is based around the simple game mechanic found in orginal fantasy games from the mid 70s (OD&D). It also seems to have some Star Frontiers added for flavor. I highly recomend it to fans of space exploration.

[5 of 5 Stars!]
X-plorers RPG (FREE No Art Version)
Publisher: Brave Halfling Publishing
by Antonio E. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 08/10/2011 02:47:18

The product is interesting, a space-opera game built on the foundations of D&D. The mechanics look simple, and the game seems complete enough to enable the GM to run a decent campaign. I will note that there are quite a few typos, for example:

  • on page 6 Table 2, the Base Hit Bonus is referred to as BTB for Soldiers.
  • on page 7, Table 4, Specialist column: the entry "1 hit" I suppose refers to "+1 attack" like the following entries, but it's not clear.
  • on page 8, Table 5, "Slight of hand" (should be Sleight of hand)
  • on page 24, creature stats define a THB. Why introduce a different stat when the Base Hit Bonus has already been defined?

These are the typos I spotted on a cursory read, so it's possible there might be more.

I would give 4 stars for the products, but 2 for editing, so on average 3.

[3 of 5 Stars!]
Creator Reply:
Hey thanks, Antonio! six months of work and four editors and we never checked the spelling in the tables! You live and you learn. I have corrected the file and will upload it very soon. The print version is already corrected. Thanks again. :)
X-plorers RPG (FREE No Art Version)
Publisher: Brave Halfling Publishing
by Curt M. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 08/08/2011 18:33:07

This is Swords & Wizardry in space. ...the pulp scifi counterpart to Mutant Future, but better because of ascending Armor Class.

[5 of 5 Stars!]
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