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The Terminator RPG

The Terminator RPG

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The Terminator RPG is the official roleplaying game based on The Terminator movie and associated graphic novels published by Dark Horse comics. It is the sourcebook for the first Terminator film and its expanded universe and extrapolates from hardcore existing canon to create a living and breathing world with a multitude of possible and probable timelines.

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Join the Human Resistance 

The world is a wasteland—broken by the machines we built. Our own creations, our own hubris. Not in some distant future. Today. Now. The machines think they have won, but there is one last chance for humankind; a secret weapon that Skynet, in its infinite calculations, could never have anticipated: You.

Play in any time—including the 1980s and future war. All the main characters from the movie, such as Sarah Connor, Kyle Reese, and the T-800 are included, as is content from the graphic novels and all all-new, never seen before Terminator variants and hardware. 

The rulebook includes two mission packs, enabling you to relive The Terminator movie and to join the fight to bring down Skynet in a not-so-distant future war.

Human Resistance Fighters Bringing the Fight to SkyNet

You play resistance fighters struggling against the machine onslaught of Skynet in an alternative and post-apocalyptic version of today—the once "far future" of the 2020s. You can take the role of rebel time travellers sent back to various points in time to stop Skynet from altering history. You can even play natives of any historical time period, targeted by Terminators and trying to stay alive as a future hell is unleashed around you. 

The book is designed as a toolbox to allow the Director to create their own campaigns or one-shots, including detailed campaign arcs, campaign seeds, mini-missions, NPCs, weapons, detailed locations, and enemy characters.

You have the option to play either pre-generated characters or to create your own—tailored to your preferences, weapon choices, and role within your team. If your character is killed, a new one can be brought in from the future, past, or present. That new character can be many things—including even an alternate you from a divergent timeline.

The game has been built from the ground up to both evoke the tone of the film and place you in the middle of the action. The terror and desperation of facing unstoppable killing machines are yours to bear. Only united with your fellow resistance fighters can you hope to defeat them.


The Terminator RPG features Nightfall Games’ S5S System, first seen in SLA Industries 2nd Edition. The S5S is a d10-based rules system that uses a pool of dice: one Success die, and five Skill dice per player. The more skilled your character is in the task being attempted, the more likely you are to succeed and "succeed big." 

The rules set have been tailored specifically to The Terminator RPG setting. Combat, survival, and investigation are all dealt with in the rules, along with vehicle combat, time travel, and computer hacking, allowing your character to take control of the conflict with unique skills and training. You'll need all of this and more to take the fight across the timelines and survive. 

Don't Forget

The Campaign Book

The Director's Pack (Booklet)


Quickstart Part II: One Step Forward

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This game is a licenced product from STUDIOCANAL and includes content from The Terminator movie and its associated Dark Horse comics.
Copyright © 2022 Nightfall Games Ltd., All Rights Reserved. 
T1, The Terminator, ENDOSKELETON, and any depiction of Endoskeleton are trademarks of STUDIOCANAL S.A.S. All Rights Reserved.
© 2022 STUDIOCANAL S.A.S. ® All Rights Reserved.

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Tal O July 18, 2022 7:59 pm UTC
Can you play a Terminator in this?
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Chris H June 28, 2022 8:08 pm UTC
How many pages is it?

Is there a decent variety of terminators and equipment for a future campaign? IE band of survivors / military folks trying to survive shortly post dday?

I've never played SLA before how similar is the system to say Free Leagues games or Cubicle7's?
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Craig A July 01, 2022 3:06 pm UTC
It’s about 230 pages. It includes lots of models of terminators and equipment for either future war or present day scenarios. The systems isn’t that similar to Free League games (I don’t know about Cubicle7), but you can pick up the quick start for an over view of the rules.
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Lazaro I June 20, 2022 2:07 pm UTC
The rules are on the complex/convoluted side but with a bit of effort they are a great fit for the setting. I wrote my own short summary of the rules in Word and GMed the first Quickstart adventure with two different groups. We had a blast. The rules definitely bring the dark world of The Terminator to life at the game table. I’m currently prepping the second Quickstart adventure and looking ahead to the Campaign Book adventures.
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Patrick M June 14, 2022 5:24 am UTC
After skimming the QuickStart I have to say that the rules are unfortunately convoluted, complex and don’t add anything we haven’t seen dozens of times.

I will pass on this one. But you might get it for the setting details and then play it with your choice of generic rules (SavageWorlds, GURPS, Fate …)
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Mark R June 21, 2022 9:38 am UTC
The rules are no more complex than D&D 5e, and many people that play either Terminator, SLA or StokerVerse RPGs (which all use this system) have no issue once they start playing…it’s just d10s and six stats at its core
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Damien D June 11, 2022 10:13 pm UTC
Any chance of a lite version as an additional doc for download?

Whilst the provided PDF is beautiful, it is extremely intensive even for a mid-high end tablet - taking multiple second delays when jumping from page to page.

And the amount of ink required to print off a personal copy of the PDF would require multiple refills!
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REMI T June 09, 2022 10:23 am UTC
It’s not a good RPG. Clunky rules, and every scenario is the same: find Sarah Connor and run from the Terminator.
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Mark R June 09, 2022 10:40 am UTC
Urm...given that there are 2 scenarios in this book and one has nothing to do with Sarah or even the Terminator from the movie, I wonder whether this commenter has actually read the book at all. Yes the 1st mission IS the story arc of the movie - but that is the intent, but it is significantly embellished and fleshed out. Even if the other products (Quickstart, Quickstart II and Campaign book are included), there is no repeat of the movie script, or story arc and few of the movie characters featured.

If you think 1 scenario out of 2 is 'every', (or even 1 out of 16 across the entire current scenario offering) then this comment warrants consideration, otherwise I suggest it is ignored as factually incorrect. And yes we intended 1 to be the story of the movie...its cool to play the movie out and see where you end up...thats least to my sensibilities.
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Craig A June 15, 2022 5:23 pm UTC
I take it you don’t have an imagination then? Even the 2nd scenario in the book is pretty unique, as are the two in the quickstarts. It is certainly enough for a mini campaign on its own and with the campaign book included you have enough varied scenarios to keep you going for a year or more.
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Craig A June 02, 2022 7:40 am UTC
Come with me if you want to live -
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richard H June 01, 2022 8:41 pm UTC
Cool! Will there be rules in the future to play rogue Terminators?
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Richard H June 04, 2022 5:26 pm UTC
I am coming for you.
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