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A complete starship book, ideal for Cepheus Engine or other sc-fi RPGs. 

On worlds with low-populations and few port facilities, any colonial supply ship has to carry with it a suite of cargo handling equipment. The Tharsis Aerospace Argosy is a premier example of this class of ship - the ‘colonial support vessel’ (CSV).

The Argosy has been designed to carry a varied mix of cargoes, from passengers to pallets cargo containers, out-sized industrial machinery, vehicles and various types of chemicals and fuels. It is able to land on a bare-rock landing pad and off-load its entire (and diverse) cargo where there are no port facilities. This 5,000-ton starship is fully deck-planned, and includes four variants, two scenario outlines and two new types of vehicles.


  • 22 pages of detailed plans
  • example crew
  • the 10-ton workpod
  • a 6 wheeled ATV, the Dynacat
  • ship walk-through
  • complete barracks deckplan for the military variant
  • complete hospital deckplan for the medical variant
  • two scenario outlines featuring the Argosy
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Chris P December 06, 2022 5:43 am UTC
There are so many creative peaple generating fantastic supplements for RPGs but none of them seem to be able to conceive of spaceships as they will be. They will not be oceanliners levitated to the heavens. Unless the setting throws in gravity manipulation as mundane tech, down will always be in the direction of the main drive, not perpendicular to it. Think flying skyscrapers, not watercraft. Even with "grav plating" down would still be towards the main drive for safety reasons, since large rooms become elevator shafts of death if the ship needs to maneuver when the grav system is offline. I would love to see ship designs account for this basic fact. Such designs would help gritty campaigns set themselves apart from generic space opera fair.
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Paul E December 06, 2022 6:09 pm UTC
I see your point, but Hostile is all about 'genre emulation' and so tries to follow the rules of spaceflight set out by that genre. That said people are designing ships you might like, including my colleague Ian Stead.
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Chris P December 07, 2022 3:58 am UTC
Thanks for the reference. Ship looks reasonable, plus with its wedge shape almost all frontal hits would be glancing blows. The fins probably aren't neccesary, but don't hurt anything, could consider them as folded radiators. Have purchased the plans. Nice work on the mood of Hostile by the way. My RPG pals are gonna love it.
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Andrew T August 20, 2020 6:48 am UTC
Is there going to be a print on demand release of this?
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Paul E August 21, 2020 7:28 am UTC
Yes, there will be a softcover version, please check the Zozer Games website for details in a couple of weeks. It will include a free copy of the PDF.
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