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Leviathans is a steampunk game that simulates combat between warships that have taken to the air in an alternate history 1910. The king leviathans, battleships, are the largest vessels. Maneuvering in support are light cruisers, destroyers and other vessels. Will you captain your fleet for king and country, expanding your nation's power and becoming legend? Or will you fall from the sky, forgotten?

You determine the outcome!

The Development Journal is a free compilation PDF of development blogs written by Randall N. Bills and posted to across roughly six months. It covers the development of the game mechanics as presented in the Lieutenant's Manual, providing a detailed, behind-the-scenes view of the creation of a new game and the universe to go with it.!

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TBeholder C December 04, 2016 6:06 pm UTC
Structural system can be fine-tuned, but isn't plain digging through hit points. Balance of gameplay streamlining and basic customization capability.
Not good:
The need to streamline crunchy part is questionable unless huge fleets are used, and there could be even less without dice stepping. The more cut and dry the core is, the less it can expand: everything have to modify Breach Roll because there's not much else (BFG's firepower pool + table is more clunky, yet more flexible); you start with no difference between "damaged" and "destroyed" slot, it becomes a problem when you add repairs, etc.
The "color code" is a reincarnation of the FUDGE dice. This way lies madness! And that's before you start shuffling and entangling random number distributions.
And then there are moments like using two terms ("firing arc" and "damage arc") for the same thing.
Overall, the system has strange quirks,...See more
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