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MAGENTA, OPEN SOURCE MILITARY ROLE-PLAYING is designed from the ground up for roleplay in the social context of military culture and the explosive violence of modern war.

The Magenta engine was first used in Sanguine's critically-acclaimed RPG ALBEDO: Platinum Catalyst, and now it sees new life as open-source, Open Gaming Licence content. The document only contains the rules, and has no setting information.

  • Realistic combat rules, without action-movie exuberance. Status-based injury and morale keeps the accounting of combat simple and quick.
  • Chain of command, where players control both one Main Character and a retinue of Supporting Characters, so realistically (and mercilessly) dangerous combat won't knock players out of the game.
  • Morale, as characters succumb not only to wounds, but to the shock and awe of deadly combat. Keep your Supporting Characters alive through multiple missions, and their morale grows along with their loyalty.
  • Firearm statistics are modeled on real-world physics and data, yet gunplay is quick and easy in practice.
  • Support rules include artillery and air support, remote-controlled drones, and targeting by remote camera, so it scales easily in to the near future and far future.
  • Open Source under the Open Gaming License, for use in your own games and publications.
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Joshua P April 23, 2015 6:25 am UTC
Will there be further updates on this? I like having it be out and OGL, as I liked the idea behind ALBEDO: Platinum Catalyst, but I feel like I don't have a basis for creating certain things. For example, the rules for using shotguns are in there, but I don't know what effects those dice changes will have on combat, so I don't know what to set the ranges and damage on shotguns to. I have hit some similar roadblocks for reconciles rifles or, in game settings without a Genia Convention, flamethrowers or gas weapons. There are also some missing rules for using vehicles.

For a company trying to publish a game using your OGL, these lacks are fine, and where they would add their own flare.
For a GM trying to use it for a custom game, it feels a little lacking.

To reiterate what all my rambling is about, will there be further releases and clarification, or is this the whole of Magenta?
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This title was added to our catalog on April 10, 2014.