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Cepheus Light

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Starships riding fire across the sky. Heroes and villains exchanging laser fire. Desperate spacers struggling against an alien monstrosity. Vast alien vistas, flying cities, moonscapes, mad robots, and first encounters. In short: high-action science-fiction adventure that stimulates your sense of wonder. Cepheus Light puts you in the shoes of an adventurer visiting distant stars and encountering untold alien wonders. Whether you are a seasoned player looking for a rules-light game, or a new gamer wanting to experience what science-fiction role-playing games are all about, Cepheus Light opens your way forward.

Cepheus Light is a set of rules for playing classic science fiction games. It includes rules on creating characters, resolving actions, fighting other creatures, and engaging in space battles, generating worlds, handling the risks of interstellar speculative trading, exploring new worlds, and many other activities. While rules-light and designed for fast, action-packed play rather than an accurate simulation of reality, Cepheus Light encompasses a wide variety of rules and materials for building a science-fiction universe and playing in it.<o:p></o:p>

Cepheus Light draws its inspiration from old-school science-fiction roleplaying games. It shares a lot of similarities with these games. Material from older rules sets and those created with Cepheus Light, the Cepheus Engine Core, and old-school sci-fi roleplaying games are easily compatible with only a moderate amount of adjustment.

The future awaits!


Compatible with the Cepheus Engine System Reference Document and other OGL 2D6 Sci Fi games.


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David A October 22, 2019 4:01 pm UTC
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A very effective edit of the core Cepheus rules set. I appreciated many of the choices made to streamline game play, particularly regarding the skill list, vehicle combat, and ship design. It's very close to how I've played Traveller since the LBBs. Would recommend.
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Garrett K June 07, 2019 5:34 am UTC
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Any ETA on the POD version? I would like to pick up this, FTL, and the regular game for the summer.
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Omer J June 07, 2019 5:44 am UTC
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There is a PoD version available from another site; I cannot post the link here but you can google it. I am also working on a PoD version which will be available from DriveThruRPG within approximately two months.
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Omer J October 19, 2019 6:41 pm UTC
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I am happy to say that we are in the final stages of producing a PoD version sold here, on DriveThruRPG. Expect an announcement within a very few weeks.
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Michael H February 01, 2019 11:08 am UTC
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Hi there,
I'm finding a small issue with character generation in this game compared to original Traveller (although not necessarily with the original Cepheus, which I haven't played). The dice throws required to progress in a career are pretty steep. In original Traveller, you could get as much as +3 from the right characteristic scores. In this game, you'll be very lucky to get +1 with +0 being much more likely and -1 being a real possibility (it never was in Traveller). It struck me as quite jarring whilst creating my first five characters, none of whom survived the process; checking out before their third term. Is this something you've encountered or considered?

Here's a quick example of enlisting in the army; in both systems the required throw is 5+. In Traveller if you have STR 5+ and DEX +6 you get +3 to the throw (+1 and +2 respectively), it's automatic for many candidates. in Cepheus Light you get +1 with END 9+ and +2 if you have a 12. If you had an END of 5 you'd suffer a -1 penalty....See more
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Omer J February 01, 2019 3:54 pm UTC
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Thanks for the comment.

The system is one inherited from the Mongoose SRD, upon which the Cepheus Engine is based. Indeed, the +DMs are smaller than in Classic Traveller, where sometimes you get DM+3 if you meet two requirements. This indeed makes things tougher than in Classic Traveller.

Indeed, in a later revision, I may lower these numbers.
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John W January 10, 2019 10:29 pm UTC
Not having a POD option is the only thing holding me back from buying this title, but I really like what I see. The stuff Zozer, Michael Brown and yourself are doing are really pushing the Cepheus engine forward.
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MR M H P March 16, 2019 5:24 pm UTC
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+1 this looks like it hacks out most of the irritations around you-know which game and its immediate offspring, especially bonkers level of detail for computers and software, though I'd love to see more abstracted rules for trading.

Once it's in digest sized hardcopy I'll buy it.
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MR M H P March 18, 2019 5:37 pm UTC
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Purchased! I'm going to have fun with this.
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Omer J March 18, 2019 6:48 pm UTC
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Thanks!
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Omer J May 09, 2019 12:40 pm UTC
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We are currently working on a Print-on-Demand version of Cepheus Light for publication right here on DriveThruRPG (the current PoD version is on a secondary site).
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Peter K November 12, 2018 9:08 am UTC
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After taking a closer look, I REALLY like this rule set. It definitely clears a lot of detritus from the original CE and adds the best elements of MgT2. The Combat rules contain everything essential. The only thing missing are animals and non-space encounter rules, but those can easily be adapted from other rules systems.

If you are looking for a fast, compact version of the 2D6 SF rules, you should really give this ruleset a closer look. And while it is "pay what you want" it is definitely worth the recommended $ 10,-.

And, from a personal POV it fits perfectly with my GDW RPG Apps, so you can use all of them without having to do any rule bending.

https://peterssoftwareprojects.com/category/traveller/
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Omer J November 12, 2018 10:33 am UTC
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Many thanks for your kind words!
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Michael H November 07, 2018 11:53 pm UTC
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I see there's a revision of the game available. Any major changes?
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Omer J November 08, 2018 5:54 am UTC
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No, only minor errata corrections and minor layout changes.
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Jon S November 05, 2018 10:12 am UTC
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Plans for a hard copy book?
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Omer J November 05, 2018 1:04 pm UTC
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Potentially so. We're definitely considering this option.
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Omer J November 06, 2018 5:21 pm UTC
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We're now working on this! Stay tuned!
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Omer J May 09, 2019 12:40 pm UTC
PUBLISHER
We are currently working on a Print-on-Demand version of Cepheus Light for publication right here on DriveThruRPG (the current PoD version is on a secondary site).
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Omer J October 19, 2019 6:42 pm UTC
PUBLISHER
I am happy to say that we are in the final stages of producing a PoD version sold here, on DriveThruRPG. Expect an announcement within a very few weeks.
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Jeff M November 01, 2018 8:10 pm UTC
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Silly question about Cepheus Light : do you plan to make a specific character sheet or can we use the Cepheus Engine classic character sheet ?
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Omer J November 01, 2018 10:20 pm UTC
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Indeed, we will eventually publish a specific Cepheus Light character sheet.
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Jeff M November 02, 2018 10:32 am UTC
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Thanks :-)
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Tamás I November 01, 2018 12:17 am UTC
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How is this different from the Cepheus SRD?
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Omer J November 01, 2018 5:54 am UTC
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The rules are simpler and significantly streamlined, particularly character generation, personal and vehicle combat, and starship combat. We playtested and checked every rule so there are changes in other areas as well to suit new players and fast play (including one-off and convention play).

There are also extensive examples of rules use, unlike the SRD.
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Tamás I November 01, 2018 6:32 am UTC
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That sounds really good if you could keep the compatibility too. I will check it out, thanks!
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