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Patrol - A Vietnam War Roleplaying Game

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From 1961 to 1973, the United States was involved in a war unlike any it had ever fought in its history. Millions of young Americans streamed over the Pacific Ocean to fight a war in a country they had never heard of, and thousands didn’t come back.

PATROL is a roleplaying game for 3+ players, set during the height of the Vietnam War. Players take the role of American GIs, ARVN soldiers, or their allies from Australia, South Korea and Thailand, tasked with executing an indeterminable and endless campaign of Search and Destroy across the countryside, faced with the perils of the deep jungle, the devious cleverness of the Viet Cong, and the blunders of a disconnected command structure. They’ll need every bit of their skill and determination to survive their tour with their body, mind and soul intact.

PATROL’s systems have been designed from the ground-up to be an immersive and informed game about guerrilla war, long-term missions and infantry combat. A unique d6 pool system allows for the introduction of complications and twists to any roll with simple skills and only a handful of stats. Thanks to the always-ticking clock, every action is fail-forward as time pressure is constant. A simple but powerful system of status effects and opposed alignments drive players into conflict with one another as, in their desperation, they become incentivized to act irrationally.

The game includes 12 player classes, over 150 pieces of equipment including firearms, grenades, supplies and period electronics, 28 vehicle profiles, rules for playing US Army, Marines, Navy and Special Forces, 9 different South Vietnamese anti-communist forces, Australians, South Koreans, Royal Thais, Montegnards, Viet Cong and North Vietnamese Army, plus NPC profiles and guidelines for a wide variety of interesting factions and actors in the region.

  • Fast-paced, high-lethality gameplay using real world maps.
  • Highly accessible; just 3 stats, straightforward skills, and d6 pools.
  • Innovative morale mechanic challenges players to make tough choices.
  • Unique turn structure for realistic multi-day missions.
  • Simple but meaningful logistics, without headaches.
  • 200 pages of rules, guides and history.

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Jeffrey S June 15, 2020 2:59 am UTC
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Many of the weapons available in PATROL have a modifier to their attack. What does this modifier change? Is it the number of dice you roll? Or successes you start with before your roll?
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Erika C June 16, 2020 7:08 pm UTC
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The number of dice you roll.
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Robin G June 06, 2020 2:52 pm UTC
Great product, I like it very much. It is harder than I thought to find players interested to play though. I'm trying to run a 100% online campaign now.
I purchased the digital and print version, it is really nice to have the printed book. I would buy it again in a heartbeat. Now if only I could play it more...
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Maurice R May 28, 2020 5:09 pm UTC
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Hello there! Very cool Product! I wanted to ask if you would like to translate it to german too? Would love to get my hands on your game and make it available for a bigger audience! Have a nice Day :)
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Erika C June 09, 2020 11:48 am UTC
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hey, sorry for only seeing this now! I would *love* that!!!!
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Maurice R June 28, 2020 9:53 pm UTC
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Cool :) Im gonna see how i can pull this off best, im back from holidays now and would be able to talk if wanted :D Cheers and i wish you good health and a good day:)
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NEIL S March 26, 2020 5:16 am UTC
POD
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vladisl N November 29, 2019 10:33 am UTC
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Hi. This game is really awesome! Can i translate it into Russian? (As well as trench raiders).
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Erika C January 29, 2020 5:48 am UTC
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Oh my god, I only just saw this. PLEASE! I would love it if you did!
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thorsten G October 10, 2019 9:51 pm UTC
From the comments it seems like that there was a POD option once. Any chance to see that again soon? I am a dinosaur - I like pages that I can touch ;-)
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Erika C January 29, 2020 5:47 am UTC
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I will be restoring the print on demand version soon.
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Erika C August 24, 2019 12:44 pm UTC
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I recently updated the PDF to a new version with some quick corrections and clarifications, as well as making it not deadname me anymore. The print version will be unavailable until I confirm everything is fixed satisfactorily.
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Quint N May 20, 2019 1:12 am UTC
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On page 197, the book mentions an expansion called Enduring Freedom and it is implied that there are more contemporary offerings in terms of equipment. I have been yet unable to find said expansion. Does it exist, and, if it does, where can I find it?
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Dan S August 19, 2019 7:01 pm UTC
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Yeah i'm very interested in seeing a modern version of Patrol for conflicts like Afghanistan, Syria or South America.
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Timothy S August 26, 2019 7:18 am UTC
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Well "Patrol 2nd Edition (Revised Patrol) will be a priority of mine following my obligations on Flying Circus, so look forward to that!" was in the last email so.....

Maybe it's after 2nd Edition.
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Karsten L August 18, 2018 7:42 pm UTC
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Just got the book and I am disapointed about the quality of the print. All pages are somewhat warped at the bottom. Everything is good visible and readable, so I will keep the book.
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Erika C September 07, 2018 6:57 pm UTC
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I'm really sorry to hear that. Unfortunately I don't control anything about the printing itself, but you can probably contact DTRPG and get another.
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Nick R March 09, 2018 12:15 pm UTC
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This is one amazing book, easily worth the price (even if you never play the game) for its great background information on the military, infantry warfare in general, Vietnam and the period, and GM advice! Very well written with simple explanations, fantastic for those with no knowledge and providing plenty of insights for those more familiar with the subject.
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Craig T August 12, 2017 10:34 am UTC
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If you are on the fence about this one, maybe I can push you over the edge. The alignment system is just incredible. When people are well rested, feel safe, and fed, pretty much everyone can hold it together and get along. However, this is Vietnam and so that isn't always the case. When people get stressed, they react in different ways which creates "doubt" in game terms. The more "doubt" you have, the more fatigue (add to that the usual ways you get fatigue) you have which will gradually make your PC less and less effective especially if you don't play true to your alignment. This can create conflict inside the group much like what you see in the movie Platoon and Casualties of War. Unlike a D&D game where combat that doesn't kill you, really does make you stronger, this system is much more true to our world where stress, doubt, and fatigue eventually make you ineffective and more of a liability than an asset unless you feel like you are making a difference which depends on your...See more
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Craig T August 07, 2017 12:43 am UTC
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If anyone is listening... if we could get the actions is a card format, we could cut them out and put them in a sleeve or have them printed as cards... that would be cool... :-)

love the action concept in this game, they are almost in a card format but not quite...
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Erika C August 08, 2017 2:53 am UTC
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i'll look into that!
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Craig T August 09, 2017 12:47 am UTC
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minor nit
page 192, should say Ia Drang instead of La Drang, under the second bullet of Important Events, well maybe, it looks like to an L to me..
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Nathaniel C July 24, 2017 8:25 am UTC
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Question, is "Saigon Gothic" a term of your own creation? Because it is brilliant.

Also what projects are in the pipeline from you guys this system and otherwise?
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Erika C July 25, 2017 9:03 am UTC
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Right now, working on a game set in African conflicts of the 70s and 80s, fit to run either as a depressingly educational one-shot about apartheid and Rhodesia, or a fun mercenaries game set in fictional conflicts, and a modern expansion covering Iraq and Afghanistan in the 2000s.

(and a star wars one. that ones just for tho obvs)
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Nathaniel C July 26, 2017 4:28 am UTC
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They sound amazing, can't wait.

Are you still doing the Kickstarter you mentioned a few months ago?
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Erika C July 26, 2017 4:33 am UTC
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not for Patrol. circumstances change and such! I'm instead working on a flying ace adventure game for kickstarter!
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Matt M September 16, 2017 9:17 am UTC
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I really love both of these ideas! Fun mercenaries probably more fun for an all round audience as but as someone interesting in these the idea of almost teaching people more about it trough an awful one shot is really intriguing.

If you haven't I highly, highly recommend 'Shake hands with he Devil', the autobiography of the UN commander in the run up and throughout the Rwandan genocide and the highest ranking member of any military to openly suffer with PTSD. It's a facilitating, educational and haunting read. Also lots of details on equipment, tactics and organisation of the time.
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Evan K June 08, 2017 9:32 pm UTC
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I have a brief question about how one of this game's rules functions now that my players have finished character creation:
How do Strength and Fortitude influence carrying capacity? The rulebook mentions the need for Pigmen, for example, to have a great deal of fortitude to haul their extra weight in ammo and machine gun around, but also that everyone's carrying capacity is 10 plus whatever load bearing gear they pick up.
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Erika C June 27, 2017 12:12 pm UTC
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It doesn't affect overall capacity, but it quickly starts to matter with your Load. Remember, you won't always be in tip-top condition; making sure the Pigman can still keep up with the team humping his giant gun and belts of ammo when your out of water and lightly wounded is huge.
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Craig T August 06, 2017 7:31 pm UTC
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Strength is 2X their fortitude plus any modifiers like the pigmen. Various gear can adjust your strength also. See page 13 for the Standard Issue Webbing and Military Pack. They add to what you can carry which is limited to 10 (which I think is 10 items?). See Page 27 top left for the rules related to strength. Page 30 has the impact of being loaded down. Load=Weight minus strength Some of the gear allows you to carry ammo and grenades with no cost. Good to have!
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Patrick S February 02, 2017 2:31 pm UTC
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As it seems that i can not comment on your answer, i will do this here.
I think not a lot of RPG authors would be able to handle criticism like you can, thank you for this!
Actually i know Recon and The Legion. Recon was one of my first RPGs, some 25 years ago :)
I didn't want to compare PbtA to Patrol (and i am not a hardcore fan either, i like straightforward mid-crunch games with a few "indy" mechanics the best). It's just that your Actions and the Roundel reminded me of Moves and Clocks very much. In a good way.
But there are just way too many Actions here to handel 'em comfortably.

Yeah, maybe i just dcouldn't find the rules for the Roundel, i gave up writing my CheatSheet half way through. Absolutely my fault.
And maybe i have a different understanding of a rules light game.

I think some screen inserts would be the next logic step in improving the game.

All in all i appreciate the energy and passion which went into these pages....See more
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Patrick S January 23, 2017 10:39 am UTC
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The PDF seems to be corrupt.
I can't open it.
Since I tried Acrobat Pro (and other Adobe products and other PDFs) i think this is a PDF problem, not a software problem.
Please fix this.

Edit: A second Download fixed the problem. So if any of you experience the same problem. Try downloading ist again.
Looking forward to reading and maybe reviewing this.
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