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Modern War is a complete squad-level game that opens up roleplaying for a wide-range of modern military-themed settings. It is based on (and fully compatible with) the science-fiction game called Cepheus Engine. With almost 70 military vehicles, 90 firearms and comprehensive military careers, the game can be set anytime in the past thirty years: 2019, 1999, 1989 - no matter. But it can also be used for almost any science-fiction or horror cross-over setting that you can imagine.

This book contains infantry creation rules with kit lists, guidelines on how to game-master a squad-level game and combat rules that  factor in area fire and the inability to see your foe. There are squad templates from modern militaries, suggestions for building squad-based adventures and six fictional future war scenarios.

  • How to roleplay a squad of infantrymen.
  • Playing the crew of a tank or APC.
  • Future wars! Six fictional wars to set your games within.
  • Vehicles – almost 70 military vehicles with stats.
  • Firearms – almost 90 firearms, with Cepheus Engine stats.  
  • Rules for skiiing, combat swimming, NBC protection … and more.
  • Suppression, area fire and the uncertainty and chaos of modern battlefield combat.
  • Detailed equipment lists.
  • Create infantry, tank crews, chopper pilots, even civilians or intel officers. 
 
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Petterson C May 03, 2020 11:40 am UTC
Hi Paul,

Do you have Character Sheet available for download other than the one found in the book?
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Paul E May 18, 2020 8:32 pm UTC
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I do, great idea ... I will include them with the download as well as put them up on the Zozer Games website. Look for the Modern War page.
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Andrew S April 19, 2020 1:30 pm UTC
This looks really interesting. Can this be played solo?
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Paul E April 20, 2020 12:20 pm UTC
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No ... I don't think so. There are no rules included for solo play ... however, Zozer Games has done some preliminary work on a Solo Military book (to compliment the science-fiction Solo book). We hope that project can be developed later this year... that could certainly be used to run Modern War solo.
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Pavel K May 13, 2020 7:06 pm UTC
Awesome...
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wayne B April 08, 2020 2:41 pm UTC
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Just brought a hard copy via lulu and while there discovered a supplement as well! My question is will there be any chance of a twilight 2000 style supplement in the future?
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Paul E April 08, 2020 8:03 pm UTC
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We have a couple of historical books planned for release this spring/summer, with a World War 3 Soviet invasion of West Germany (including limited tactical nuke strikes) in the 1980s planner after that. Work has already begun on all three books.
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John W March 29, 2020 10:07 pm UTC
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A quick question. On page 73, under basic training, the text it says the recruit will have Rilfe of 1 but at the bottom when it lists the skills gained it shows Rifle-0, Melee Combat-0 and Wheeled Vehicle-0. The example characters show basic training skill levels all at zeros. Is the Rifle-1 a typo?
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Paul E March 30, 2020 3:47 pm UTC
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Ah, yes, Rifle-1 was an earlier version of basic training, before it was decided to go with all level-0 skills. Thanks for the message, I'm catching a few others and will update the PDF in a week or so.
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Johnny H March 28, 2020 8:51 pm UTC
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Hi Paul,

Do you have a formula available for converting over vehicles (like the one available for Firearms?). I am a Helicopter junkie, and noticed that several helicopters I wouldn't mind using in game are not available in the main book or Baltic War supplement, and I would love to stat them up in the system.

Thanks.
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Paul E March 30, 2020 3:49 pm UTC
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I do, and may release it for publication at some time in the future. I can give you the guidelines for converting helicopters now, though. Could you get in touch via the Contact page via the Zozer Games web page? A simple Google search will being that up for you.
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Johnny H April 07, 2020 8:12 pm UTC
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Thanks Paul. Message sent through Zozer Contact Page.
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John W March 26, 2020 1:01 am UTC
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Whoops looks like rest of my review got cut off. Oh well. I should have been paying more attention.
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Dmitriy E March 20, 2020 7:10 pm UTC
May we have a brief system preview? What dice are used? What is the core resolution mechanic? Are attacks done as opposed rolls or regular rolls? Is there hand-to-hand sub-system? What are character's main building blocks (stats, skills, advantages)? How long does combat turn (if any) takes in-game (1 sec, 5 sec, 10 sec)? Thanks in advance, I'm pretty interested.
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Paul E March 21, 2020 8:26 pm UTC
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Hi Dmitriy, the system is based on the free to download Cepheus Engine (here on Drivethru). It is quite a simple system, demanding an 8+ on 2D6. Various modifiers alter this, including difficulty, skill etc. Characters are rated by six characteristics, 2-12, 7 is average: Strength, Dexterity, Endurance, Intelligence, Education, Social Influence. The combat system is pretty fast, designed that way, and broken into 6 second combat rounds. Initiative is set by a roll at the start of the encounter. Weapon damage is deducted directly from the first three characteristics, there are no hit points.

Here is a sample character:

Sergeant 1st Class Dan White BA7A65 Age 29
Rifle-2, Heavy Weapons-2, Tracking-3, Melee Combat-0,
Wheeled Vehicle-1, Admin-1, Comms-0, Machinegun-0
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Paul E March 21, 2020 8:28 pm UTC
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I should add that, for the purposes of writing out those characters, numbers over 9 are converted to letters so they occupy a single space. Dan's Strength is 11, his Dexterity is 10. That's a quirk of Cepheus Engine that allows such short and concise character write-ups!
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William N March 15, 2020 7:42 am UTC
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I like the game a lot but I have one minor correction, I'm a welder by trade and Oxy-Acetylne doesn't require a generator, also like no one uses it anymore because good portal arc-welding machines have been a thing since the 2000's. Also, any advice on converting other military vehicle stats into this system like the way you can do it firearms?
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Paul E March 15, 2020 7:18 pm UTC
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Thanks William, I never knew that ... and never even thought to check out new developments - too focussed on firearms and vehicles! I do have a similar conversion system system for vehicles, but it needs a bit of work before I post it up.
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Gerald M March 09, 2020 3:52 am UTC
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I just wanna say "WOW" I mean "WOW". This PDF is absolutely amazing. I give it 5 stars!!! The rules her go into depth in regards to military style combat. This fires up mu imagination in a thousand directions. I am impressed with how weapons are explained illustrated and used. Also how armor and armor plating work. I also like the book addresses Armor piercing weapons and combat issues in general. I think of running a Red Dawn campaign, A special Ops rescue or any mercenary style ticket you can imagine. I highly recommend this supplement. It is a must have!!! Great work!!!!
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Paul E March 09, 2020 7:53 pm UTC
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Thanks Gerald, it's a great relief to know that a player likes the book. Sometimes these projects take so long, you get lost up in the details. Thanks!
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Paul E March 07, 2020 8:52 am UTC
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Now available as a softback ... see the Zozer Games website
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Matt S March 03, 2020 5:37 am UTC
What scale is this designed for?
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Paul E March 03, 2020 7:55 am UTC
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Roleplaying scale, focussed only one character one player, but within a squad.
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kenneth F March 01, 2020 11:06 pm UTC
great, now civs can learn the horror of a sucking chest wound form 5.45 ;p. actual question here, did your team putting this together have any vets or military advisors working on it?
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Paul E March 02, 2020 9:28 am UTC
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The writer isn't a military veteran, but he is in contact with several (including a dog handler from the Vietnam War!).
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NEIL S March 01, 2020 4:31 am UTC
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What are the wars covered?
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Paul E March 01, 2020 9:42 am UTC
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There are page-and-half treatments for six fictional wars: Baltic War, 2nd Suez War, Turkish War, China Sea War (North Vietnam), Venezuelan War and the 2nd Korean War.
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Jeff M February 29, 2020 9:20 pm UTC
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I suppose the game is more on the realistic side than high hoctane action (as in Metal Gear Solid) ?
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Paul E February 29, 2020 9:40 pm UTC
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I can't comment on Metal Gear... but it is designed more on the realistic side, than the Hollywood action movie side.
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Jeff M March 01, 2020 2:07 am UTC
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Awwesome, thansk for the answer I ll check out the book as soon as possible.
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Nathaniel C February 29, 2020 8:41 pm UTC
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Bought this yesterday and went through it, it looks like I may have finally found a good lite Twilight / Merc 2000 successor I've been looking for. Any plans on expansions down the road? Maybe something for Mercenaries / PMCs or more historical / alt-history scenarios like World War II?
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Paul E February 29, 2020 9:43 pm UTC
PUBLISHER
There are several short supplements planned covering fictional or recent conflicts. The first is Baltic War, presenting a short story arc and three scenarios in a war between NATO and Russian forces in the Baltic states. It includes backstory, deployments, units, and new vehicles and weapons and suggestions for extending into a campaign.
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Jarkman D March 06, 2020 8:14 am UTC
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So similar enough to Twilight 2000...
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Garrett K February 26, 2020 11:04 pm UTC
Looks cool. Plans for POD?
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Paul E February 27, 2020 7:17 am UTC
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Yes Garret, this time next week, hopefully. Please check Zozer Games website or Facebook page for details.
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Patrick S March 04, 2020 11:01 am UTC
Oh. Just on LuLu?
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