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Hostile Setting (Revised)

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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. Search for HOSTILE on the LULU Publishing website if you would prefer a softback or hardback version. 

  • 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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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
PUBLISHER
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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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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Warren E March 10, 2020 9:08 pm UTC
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1. Been wondering something, since subsectors here are called "Zones", what term would be used for when humans in HOSTILE finally enter into a 16th Zone and finally make a full on region of space that Traveller would normally call a "Sector"?

Would HOSTILE have a term for that?

2. Are there any places that have something equivalent to a Red or Amber Zone restriction?
Does HOSTILE have equivalent terms?

I ask these questions because I was looking at that Kosmos 68 setting of yours and I found it neat it had its own little terms to differentiate it from a standard Traveller setting's terminology.

It's little flavor differences like this that really add to a setting snd I enjoy that HOSTILE often has its own terms for common Traveller items and astrogaphy. :)
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Paul E March 13, 2020 8:00 am UTC
PUBLISHER
Hi Warren, in the near future, when the Americans and Japanese colonize 16 zones (subsectors) they might call these large tracts of interstellar space 'stellar districts', with the first being centred on Earth itself. As for red zones and amber zones, we left those out because with so many worlds being hostile to humans, most would be considered Amber Zones! And Red Zones? Well, it makes things too easy to isolate a world like that ... let players go where they need to go, and suffer the consequences. .... !
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Warren E March 14, 2020 7:06 am UTC
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Neat! Would Stellar Districts be generally named after a main planet or a stellar designation?


Do you plan on any supplements that cover the Japanese & European Sectors, like you do the American Sector?


Will we be seeing supplements on military ships or even maybe some privately-owned ships, such as that "executive transport", like the supplements we have for the Harbinger or the Hercules tug?


Also, one thing I notice for your vehicle stats, there is no little indicator on whether a vehicle is closed or open, like that "O/C" we see in the Cepheus Engine SRD.

Does that mean vehicles statted out are generally ones with closed cockpits in-setting?
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Paul E March 14, 2020 7:56 pm UTC
PUBLISHER
Hi Warren, pushed for space on those Vehicle Tables! So I'd refer you to the written descriptions for those. On stellar caattography, I think your idea is dpot on and matches the Traveller approach of naming large stellar territories after a major planet or star. I do have a book planned covering all of the Japanese/Asia Pacific Partnership, but its in a queue behind a few others at the moment, I'm afraid! That does include another ship book.
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Warren E March 19, 2020 12:39 am UTC
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Nice. One final question: considering we see possibilities of characters having status F aka "Chairman" in HOSTILE, and considering one of the backgrounds you can pick is "Corporate Exec", will any later books possibly allow players or Managers to create their own corporations?
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Paul E June 20, 2020 2:22 pm UTC
PUBLISHER
Interesting idea ... Its a little bit too meta-game for my writing style, but Independence Games have produced a Cepheus Engine book which covers such things. I'm sorry, the title escapes me at the moment.
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Warren E March 10, 2020 9:08 pm UTC
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1. Been wondering something, since subsectors here are called "Zones", what term would be used for when humans in HOSTILE finally enter into a 16th Zone and finally make a full on region of space that Traveller would normally call a "Sector"?

Would HOSTILE have a term for that?

2. Are there any places that have something equivalent to a Red or Amber Zone restriction?
Does HOSTILE have equivalent terms?

I ask these questions because I was looking at that Kosmos 68 setting of yours and I found it neat it had its own little terms to differentiate it from a standard Traveller setting's terminology.

It's little flavor differences like this that really add to a setting snd I enjoy that HOSTILE often has its own terms for common Traveller items and astrogaphy. :)
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Neil S February 05, 2020 5:14 am UTC
Does this have a random creature creator in it?
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Paul E February 14, 2020 12:44 pm UTC
PUBLISHER
No Neil, it doesn't. I'm not sure one exists for Cepheus Engine or Traveller.
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Joseph H March 16, 2021 6:41 am UTC
Mongoose Traveller and Classic Traveller both had random creature generators. (Not Mongoose Traveller 2, though.) I don't know about other editions of Traveller.
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Jean-Francois B January 29, 2020 12:12 am UTC
I bought HOSTILE, The Technical Manual, Dirtside, and Crew Expandable via Lulu (I'm full on physical books) and I can say that's packed with tons of ideas and work! And for the printed price it is worth it a lot, not something you see everyday in the tabletop RPG world.
The setting itself is pretty original considering the mainstream transhuman / space opera settings around there.
I will certainly buy two or three other books from you to complete the collection. Great work!
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Paul E January 31, 2020 10:56 am UTC
PUBLISHER
Thank you Jean-Francois!
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Scott C January 14, 2020 1:56 am UTC
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Any chance you will put out a full colour printed book?
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Paul E January 31, 2020 10:57 am UTC
PUBLISHER
It looked to be too expensive for customers at the time. We are rethinking this year, perhaps also including all of the Cepheus Engine rules that are needed to run the game. Thanks for your interest.
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Philip C August 26, 2019 11:21 pm UTC
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A well organized setting for playing in the 80s movie inspired space universe. Book contains one highly detailed subsector and five others which are sparsely detailed so Gamemasters can choice which they want to use. Other sections give you everything you need to expand the original 2d6 space rules into this setting, from character creation to equipment to organizations to work for and against. Should note that you need to either Traveller or Cepheus Engine as this is a setting and not a complete rulebook.
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Scott M July 13, 2019 7:33 am UTC
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No bookmarks in HOSTILE-5.pdf - Paul E would you be able to get that fixed? Thanks!
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Paul E July 13, 2019 9:59 am UTC
PUBLISHER
Still working on that! There are some tough issues with my layout and bookmarks.
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