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Hostile Setting

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HOSTILE is a gritty, near future roleplaying setting for the 2D6 Cepheus Engine rules that is inspired by movies like Outland and Alien. It is a universe of mining installations, harsh moons, industrial facilities, hostile planets and brutal, utilitarian spacecraft. And out here the Unknown is real – it is horrific: there are rumors of the disturbing side-effects of hyperspace, of ancient horrors entombed on icy moons, and of monsters – killer aliens, perfectly evolved to survive the hostile wastes of space – at any cost. 

This edition features a beautiful revised layout with full colour interior. A printer-friendly white background option is also included.

  • An immersive and realistic near space setting
  • Gritty and scientifically plausible Off-World Colonies
  • Many references to classic late-70s and early-80s SF movies
  • Complete career write-ups, from Roughneck to Corporate Agent, Marine to Spacer
  • Mega-ton starship construction rules
  • Campaign and referee guidelines
  • More than 30 fully-realized scenario hooks
  • The USCS Hercules – a complete commercial towing vessel
  • Setting-specific equipment and weapon lists
  • With a variety of realistic photo-illustrations and replica documents
  • A2 Format Colour Starmap PNG file included
  • Full colour throughout!
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Christoph W November 01, 2022 9:21 pm UTC
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Hi, the skill list on pg 135 has no left margin. I hope this helps. Great books by the way!
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T. G October 29, 2022 10:41 am UTC
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I am loving the HOSTILE books. Started with Solo and just bought the Mega Bundle.

One complaint, however... the print-friendly versions of Rules and Setting are not at all print-friendly.
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Paul E October 29, 2022 3:49 pm UTC
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Yes, I’m sorry, it is a bit of a misnomer - it simply has the full colour text background removed to try and reduce the ink use when printing out.
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Christopher J December 18, 2021 9:37 pm UTC
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Will the PDFs be updated with the errata? I noticed Paul E posting errata corrections here but I would hope the pdfs get updated.
I'm pretty close to purchasing this and would like to know :)
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Paul E December 18, 2021 11:07 pm UTC
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Yes the PDFs always get updated!
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Luis A December 29, 2021 12:28 pm UTC
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I have found that from v3 I have in print to v4 there are changes on Pag 131 and 183. Posted here.
What are the new changes on v5? Is there a changelog? Thank you.
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Paul E December 29, 2021 5:26 pm UTC
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Hi Luis, there is no change log. V5 adds in a missing table for the speed of manoeuvre drives to page 245. Each level of manoeuvre drive equals 10 Million km of travel.
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Luis A December 30, 2021 5:40 pm UTC
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Thank you!
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Jeff C November 24, 2021 5:41 pm UTC
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Do Hostile players select traits from Cepheus?
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Paul E November 24, 2021 7:57 pm UTC
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Hi Jeff, I’ve not used Hostile with Cepheus Light or Cepheus Deluxe, but I think it would be very appropriate to use the Traits within those books.
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November 13, 2021 7:26 pm UTC
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I ordered the print copy, and received the pdf. Great stuff. Looking forward to the Rules book.
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Paul E November 13, 2021 6:31 pm UTC
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ERRATA: The Stern Universal T51 Rifle [7.78mm] has the wrong statistics.
Cost: $1200
Wgt: 3.4kg
Range: rifle
Dmg: 3D6+2
Recoil: 6+
Lgth: 99
Mag Rds: 8
Mag Wgt: 0.4
Mag Cost: 20
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Carlos G November 10, 2021 10:54 am UTC
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Hello guys, in page 131, in the Survey Scout mishaps table, result 6 looks like the text is incomplete:
6 You are sent to a location by an corporate exec, but he knows it is dangerous, and your crew are

what is the complete line for that?

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Ian S November 11, 2021 3:25 pm UTC
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Hi
The complete line should be.
'You are sent to a location by an corporate exec, but he knows it is dangerous, and your crew are badly injured. He threatens to blame everything on you. '
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Carlos G November 14, 2021 7:49 am UTC
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Thanks a lot Ian
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john C September 20, 2021 12:06 am UTC
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*looks at watch and taps foot for Hostile Rules Book* :D
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Chris M September 15, 2021 4:26 pm UTC
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On page 7 of the "Full Size Preview" pdf it mentions a "Hostile Rules Handbook". Is that an upcoming product? or am I just missing where it is here on DriveThruRPG? I ask as I've looked and can't find it.
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Paul E September 15, 2021 8:52 pm UTC
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The HOSTILE Rules book is a 300 page standalone ruleset for the Hostile setting, it is written, but not yet laid out ready for publication. It will be a companion book to the Setting book, and can take the place of Cepheus Engine if you wish. It includes a huge amount of Hostile-specific material. We hope to have it ready by the end of the year.
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Chris M September 16, 2021 6:09 pm UTC
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Awesome, thanks for the prompt reply. Looking forward to the this release!
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Johnathan C September 12, 2021 8:43 pm UTC
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Will you be revamping your entire "Hostile" line with the new Revised layout? I'd hate to buy the old version on Lulu and then have them come out with new "updated" versions at a later date.
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Paul E September 13, 2021 1:50 pm UTC
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No that isn’t on the cards for any of the supplements.
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Johnathan C September 12, 2021 8:42 pm UTC
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When you purchase the Revised Edition from Lulu, do you get a free DrivethruRPG version of the PDF? Thank you.
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Paul E September 15, 2021 8:53 pm UTC
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Yes you do, you must get in touch via the link on the product's Lulu page. I'll ask you for your Lulu receipt. Many thanks!
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Eric W May 27, 2021 6:17 pm UTC
Any chance for a print option
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Paul E May 27, 2021 6:35 pm UTC
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POD is done on Lulu Publishing's website simply type in a Zozer Games search to see it there. If ordered, you can request a free copy of the PDF from via the link in the book's description.
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Christopher P March 23, 2021 8:10 pm UTC
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Hi Paul,
What’s the timeline on the Hostile redesign? Also what’s the map situation?
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Paul E March 23, 2021 10:54 pm UTC
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The new 2nd edition is almost complete and ready for upload to replace the 1st edition. There will be no charge. I hope it will be complete within a month. The rulebook is written and will begin formatting once the setting book has been updated.
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Christopher P March 24, 2021 6:29 am UTC
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Oh ok that’s good to know. Now how different is Hostile from Outworld Authority? I assume Hostile has some sub-sector maps? Are these compatible with each other or are these completely separate settings not meant to intersect?
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Paul E March 25, 2021 11:09 am UTC
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Hi Christopher. The Outworld Authority setting is for Classic Traveller and is a 'HOSTILE light' for that rule system, all packed into a single subsector. The two aren't connected, other than you could easily port across lots of the HOSTILE books, rules and setting into Outworld Authority if you wanted to!
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Andy L December 30, 2020 4:48 pm UTC
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Is there a Hostile Bundle that has everything? I just want to jump in here. Hah! Never mind. My past self already bought a bunch. Well... diving in. What's that weird sounding distress signal mean?
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Andy L December 30, 2020 8:23 pm UTC
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My collection is pretty lacking... would be interested in hearing your "must have" extra books for the Hostile universe.
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Paul E December 30, 2020 10:05 pm UTC
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There is currently a 30% sale on all Zozer’s Hostile books, but a bundle is certainly a great suggestion...!
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Paul E December 30, 2020 10:09 pm UTC
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Getting started? The Hostile setting book has everything you need, but other books generally go into more depth on careers. Alien Breeds will give you a lot of mileage, as will Pioneer Station- a horror adventure with a small space station that can be used again.
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Andy L December 31, 2020 5:26 am UTC
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I truly appreciate both of your amazingly prompt responses. Can't wait to fill my PC's with some dread.
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Michael H September 14, 2020 3:04 pm UTC
Come on Paul, create your own set of rules to support your brilliant source material. :-)
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Paul E September 25, 2020 8:56 am UTC
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Thanks Michael - it is on its way!! As is a redesign of the HOSTILE setting book.
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Max F October 09, 2020 8:58 am UTC
Looking forward to it!
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Warren E October 23, 2020 9:52 am UTC
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What are the main revision and redesigns you heop to put in a potential version 2.0 of the HOSTILE setting book?
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Paul E October 23, 2020 10:15 am UTC
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Almost entirely cosmetic. It will be a full colour, with a full and rich redesign and designed to compliment the new Hostile rulebook. My aim is not to change rules or add in any extensive new rules, I do not want to force anyone to buy the setting book again if they do not want to. I hope they will, but... the new rulebook will be perfectly compatible with the current Hostile setting book.
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Warren E October 25, 2020 3:14 am UTC
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Regarding "your own set of rules", what will that consist of? What would be the main differences from the Cepheus Engine default?

As for the potential new version of the HOSTILE setting book, how much would it cost compared to the current book?
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Paul E October 25, 2020 7:08 am UTC
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The rules are Cepheus Engine, with some parts removed, other parts rewritten with new rules that have been tested in some of my other CE games. The combat system will take cues from Modern War, there are survival rules from Dirtside, new encounter tables and radiation rules, starship combat inspired by Omer Golan's Cepheus Light ... various rules reworking to keep the play speed up and provide the kind of options HOSTILE players would need.

On the new setting book ... no decision has been made yet.
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Warren E November 23, 2020 3:16 pm UTC
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Reading this comment, is it like we'll see a seperate rulebook and setting book? Or will they both be together in the same book?
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Paul E November 23, 2020 7:52 pm UTC
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Two complimentary books. One book holding both rules and setting would be far too big and such books are not popular with customers I hear! The new rulebook can be used either with the 'first edition' setting book or the newly revised book. I don't want to force anyone to buy the new and sumptuous looking setting book when much of its contents remains the same ...
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Brett P November 26, 2020 12:49 pm UTC
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Well Paul, Ill have to rebuy that, Full colour Nom Nom Nom :) When is the Hostile rules book going to drop?
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Paul E November 27, 2020 3:23 pm UTC
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It is not immediate: 'sometime next year' - the text and rules are all finished, but the layout will take a while. Thanks for your support!
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John P December 24, 2020 8:14 pm UTC
Will you be making a print-on-demand option for the upcoming books, Paul?
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Paul E December 24, 2020 10:25 pm UTC
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Definitely, everything gets the print on demand treatment.
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Alex G June 11, 2020 3:28 pm UTC
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Congrats on Hostile becoming the Deal of The Day for 2020 06 11!
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Mark H June 11, 2020 4:21 pm UTC
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Typical, as I only bought it at full price 3 days ago!

Sod's Law I suppose.
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