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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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Supplements

Airstrike Puts the players in the cockpit of fast jets and helicopters.

Baltic War A fictional future battlefront preventing a Russian invasion of the Baltic states.

China Sea War A fictional future war where China has invaded both Taiwan and Vietnam.

1917 Trench RaidsSquad-level roleplaying on the Western Front.

Modern War Conversion System Create stats for your favourite weapon, vehicle or aircraft that we might have missed!

Gun Conversion Just want new firearms? Use this free booklet to convert from Wikipedia.  

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Roberto H December 22, 2021 12:52 am UTC
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Just one question:
How melee works for the enemy if they attack first or counterattack?
+8 like the characters or +10/+12 (in MW-13)
I can't found it in the text.

Thanks in advance.
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Paul E December 18, 2021 8:27 am UTC
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An update has been made (modernwar-13) which increases NPC to hit rolls to 12+, due to continued testing player feedback.
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Robert R November 14, 2021 6:57 pm UTC
Hi Paul, I’ve got another of your games, GRUNT. Is MODERN WAR a kind of a child of GRUNT? Is there any compatibly?
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Paul E November 14, 2021 10:19 pm UTC
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Yes it is, the whole concept of ‘area fire’ and invisible enemy was tested out in Grunt.
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YH L November 14, 2021 6:31 am UTC
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Is there a skirmish wargame version of these rules? I like them but would prefer to have them converted for skirmish gaming.
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Paul E November 14, 2021 8:34 am UTC
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No there isn’t, it’s purely a roleplaying game. Unfortunately we don’t have much experience with table-top wargaming.
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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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Paul E November 13, 2021 3:59 pm UTC
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Modern War: Conversion System is now available for turning real life data on aircraft, helicopters, firearms and military vehicles into Modern War stats.
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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
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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
PUBLISHER
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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Dmitriy E June 11, 2020 4:02 pm UTC
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Thanks for such a detailed answer. Now I'm sure I gotta buy it when I get my next paycheck.
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Robert R November 14, 2021 6:54 pm UTC
I must say that I really like the way this seems so compatible with former GDW systems!
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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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