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As long as there have been wars, there have been mercenaries. In ancient times the Persians and Romans used mercenaries as auxiliaries. Later, Napoleon had regiments of mercenaries and George Washington used Soldiers of Fortune to train his 'Rag-Tail' army. Mercenaries rode and fought with J.E.B. Stuart and Morgan during the American Civil War and Hitler's War Machine had divisions of foreign troops spread throughout his Wehrmacht and Waffen S.S.

Elite units were often composed entirely of mercenaries, such as the Wild Geese, the French Foreign Legion, the Lafayette Esquadrille in World War I, the Lincoln Brigade in the Spanish Civil War, the S.S. Division 'Prinz Eugen' and the Americans in the Flying Tigers. In more modern times, we have seen Col. Hoare's 5 Commando in the Congo in 1964.

Whether for 'money,' 'patriotism,' or just the 'Love of Adventure,' they came; the Lafayettes and Von Steubens, the Mickey Marcuses and Mike Hoares. All rallying to foreign flags to lead, fight, and die. These are the Twilight Soldiers!

Now, you can enter the World of MERC with this role playing/skirmish game. You have everything at your fingertips to enter 'the Bush.' All you need add is imagination.

Think of the possibilities: go back to 1954 and go on patrols with the Legion in Indo-China, or search the countryside of Ireland for I.R.A. terrorists, join 5 Commando in 1964, or even lead a patrol of Soviet 103 Guard Army Airborne into the Afghan hill country. With these rules and your imagination you can visit Rhodesia, Chad, Angola, El Salvador, Panama, or even Cuba. Of course, your accommodations won't be first class and you'll have people shooting at you, but we guarantee lots of excitement.

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Matthew C August 20, 2023 7:43 pm UTC
Odd,I got a notice that someone replied to me and yet there is nothing here. Oh well.
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Matthew C June 10, 2019 3:35 am UTC
Would love to see the Rhodesia book. That's all I'm missing.
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James H December 05, 2019 8:36 pm UTC
You are in luck as of today!
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Matthew C January 01, 2020 2:59 am UTC
I didn't find anything via the search tool.
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Albert A December 22, 2018 12:47 am UTC
As an old player.... The other Merc supplement was FGU-8303 Campaign Book 1 Rhodesia. I am not going to get into a political debate about this item. But, from an RPG perspective, it included the following: Optional damage rules (very good), tracking rules, mine detectors, rules for AP and AT mines, Horse rules and damage, as well as stats on all the combatants involved. Also two scenarios were included. One called Three Blind Mice was very good. If you come across any old FGU catalogs, Merc was going to do a Campaign Book 2 The Congo... Wish they had done that one first!
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Matthew C June 09, 2017 9:49 pm UTC
Okay, so I have three different-colored dice in my box, which I assume I put there as they don't look like the cheap kind that used to come in boxed sets way back when (game is copyrighted 1981). The only dice needed are regular six-siders, but it's advantageous to have at least two different colored dice because a lot of the rolls are read as results from 11-16, 21-26, 31-36, etc. That's how you roll up your Merc PC. You can also toss three dice for random age, height, hair color, etc. Physical and mental attributes (Strength, Agility, Intelligence, Knowledge, Intuition, and Prior Military Service) are generated with 2d6 resulting in 11-16, 21-26, 31-36, 41-46, 51-56, and 61-66. Prior Military Service is kind of neat because it generates "why the character is in the mercenary business." Based on your attributes, you check the list of Specialties and see what you qualify for. It seems possible through bad rolls to qualify for none of them, in which case I'd either just roll up a new Merc or let the player...See more
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Andrew C May 31, 2018 12:45 pm UTC
Thanks for the review Mattew C - remarkable you are in the same town as me!.....
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Matthew C December 23, 2018 1:05 am UTC
Maybe we can get a Merc game off the ground sometime. I know at least one other local who would probably be up for it.
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