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Terra Arisen
by Eric F. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 06/19/2022 22:32:46

"Terra Arisen is a space-opera setting for the Cepheus Deluxe sci-fi RPG rules. Terra Arisen introduces player characters to the immediate aftermath of the Terran Liberation War against the mighty Reticulan Empire and its many thralls. The Terrans forced the Reticulan Empire to sign a humiliating peace treaty and reluctantly accept Terran independence from the Empire. The upstart Terrans, bolstered by their victory against their old masters, are becoming a power to be reckoned with in interstellar affairs. On a backdrop of espionage, maneuvering, and saber-rattling on new interstellar frontiers, bold player characters can leave their marks as heroes or villains of the new United Terran Republic (UTR). This book provides background information, a 16 by 20 hex star-map covering most of the UTR and some alien territory, and write-ups of all 120 major worlds in this area, as well as other materials necessary to run a science fiction roleplaying campaign in the exciting times of the 23rd century."

This book contains:

History and background material for 23rd century Terra and the larger universe.

Corporations, political parties, and illegal groups – both Terran and alien.

4 major alien species and several minor ones – all detailed!

Rules for generating and playing characters from 5 alien species.

7 alien Careers and 5 Terran ones - from psionic Reticulan Nobles to the heroic Terran Guard!

Character generation rules and event tables for all included careers.

2 small craft and 5 starships with full game statistics and high-res deck plans.

The Terran Quadrant, including 120 detailed worlds and a high-res star map.

A detailed adventure chapter with a wide variety of hooks for exciting adventures in Terran and alien space!

Note that this book provides character generations, biological and cultural background, and flying saucers (!) for playing Gray Aliens – ready to drop into any Cepheus Deluxe campaign and quite compatible with other 2d6 sci-fi RPGs as well!

This setting requires the Cepheus Deluxe rules for use."

Terra Arisen Rpg Campaign Setting By Omer Golan-Joel, Richard Hazlewood, & Josh Peters is one of those space opera's there's far more bubbling below the surface then at first it seems. The Terra Arisen setting is perfectly suited for the Cepheus Deluxe rules. Terra Arisen takes on humanity & it's alien allies rising up against their Reticulan oppressors in a series of rebellions that ultimately results in the establishment of the Terrran Quadrant.

Terra Arisen is a two hundred & eleven page book that wears its history, alien cultures, & background on it's sleeve. And in Terra Arisen these factors colours your PC's life events, careers, and other 2d6 Cepheus Deluxe rules & rolls during character creation. And this applies across the board for the aliens and the humans. This isn't exactly a Reticulan friendly game per say as the later generations of the hybrids and full blood Reticulans have come to question their own ancient empire's practices. And Terra Arisen is a thinking DM's campaign setting with ton's of potential for the player's to step onto the interstellar stage of old sectors of the Reticulan Empires. Now in the hands of the their former slave races both human & alien. While Terra Arisen seems very woven into it's own campaign setting with its history, politics, sciences, technologies, etc. the setting is a fun one with plenty of opportunities for military campaigns, interstellar merchant hi jinks, and much more all baked into the Cepheus Deluxe rules powered setting. Terra Arisen is a solid addition to the world of Cepheus Engine powered rules. The interstellar's scene is interesting. The ideas here are smartly done. And Terra Arisen is a campagin setting is one that can do a wide variety of play styles. The playground of the former Reticulan empire populated by their former client races is one of recent military victories. But the interstellar parts & pieces still very much dangerous and not necessarily nice at all. Terra Arisen is a complex & multi dimensional interstellar political & unsettle frontier with its own rules, alien races, & wild edge bubbling just below the surface. Terra Arisen has some solidly done starships and the interior artwork is a mix of Pulp & Science Fictional styles that works for the 2d6 asthetic of the Cepheus Deluxe rules powered material. The layout is crisp, easy to read, & ready to play. Terra Arisen is a campaign for the Cepheus Deluxe rules that is waiting to be played & played well. Terra Arisen is a excellent addition to the the Cepheus Deluxe rules line of supplements & I for one can't wait to see the next line in the Terra Arisen family of books. Terra Arisen is a five outta of five for creativity, ulility, & actual usefulness at the table top level. Thanks for reading our review Eric Fabiaschi Swords & Stitchery blog Want more OSR goodness?! Please subscribe to https://swordsandstitchery.blogspot.com/



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Piracy and Privateering
by Matthew M. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 06/13/2022 14:07:16

Much better, and more useful for a wide variety of campaigns than it sounds

Would you like to, for five dollars, have enough material to fill an entire space pirate campaign with adventures and encounters? Get this book.

Alternatively, would you like to just have some really good space encounter tables, which offer a very wide variety of different results without becoming overcomplicated? That alone is worth 5$. Get this book.

Likely the best indie published content for space RPGs that I've seen.



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Cepheus Deluxe
by wade g. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 06/04/2022 04:06:41

Good, other than no water aboard which can be used for drinking, showering, pooping. Remove some fuel and replace with water, water filters, and some of containers for refuse for poop which can be emptied during the trip.



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Quantum Starfarer
by Rafael L. V. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 05/30/2022 22:32:14

This book is a super-simplified version of the Cepheus Engine rules, here called the "Quantum Engine". Instead of just redacting parts of Cepheus Engine (or Cepheus Light or Deluxe for that matter), Stellagama did a pretty good job rewriting it and rebalancing it for an audience that wants much less crunch, and yet keeping it backwards compatible enough that you could repurpose Cepheus content easily. I would highlight the elegant solutions they found to reduce ship design, ship combat and psionics into 1-2 pages each (and yeah it works just fine). That's talent right there.

As with other titles from Stellagama, they stand firmly in 4-star realm by writing a compact, no-nonsense and very playable game that falls short in only two categories: uninspired book layout and rules that assume that the reader knows either Traveller or the Cepheus Engine well. In this case I almost gave them 5 stars regardless, because the conciseness of this book is pretty good, and we need more of this. But there ya go, it's a good game and good purchase with room for improvement.

Considering the price, getting this as a backup to a sci-fi itch is pretty much a no-brainer.



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Quantum Starfarer
by Mike K. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 03/09/2022 09:54:28

Quantum Starfarer is a quick 33 page sci-fi game and a delightful read. And it's a great primer for jumping into Cepheus Deluxe or any of Stella Gamma's 2d6 based games. And the price point is outstanding. Your gaming to cost ratio more than balances out with this rule set.

The interior is black and white with stock public domain photos and the layout is well done and easy to read. Character creation is simple as is combat, starship building, and world building. The quality is typical of Stella Gamma. Excellent.

And my review is based upon the booklet. Great Stuff!



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Quantum Starfarer
by David A. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 03/02/2022 13:18:38

A GREAT introductory Traveller rules set. Brilliant streamlining job on this. Concise but with just enough detail to be interesting.

Two suggestions at this point:

  1. Include a couple of Support Weapons in the Weapon Lists as examples. Plasma Gun and Rocket Launcher would be my suggestions.

  2. I couldn't find a tonnage/ammo equivalent for missiles or torpedo magazines. I know it's in Cepheus Deluxe but perhaps a note here:

Missiles cost Cr1200 each, torpedoes Cr5,000 each. A missile rack holds 3 missiles, a torpedo launcher holds one. Each ton of magazine space can accommodate 12 missles or 6 torpedos.



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Thank you for your kind review! The additional data about support weapons, more detailed vehicle weapons, and ship missiles will come in a (free!) 1-sheet supplement, together with other cool stuff - and ships up to 10,000 tons!
Quantum Starfarer
by Todd B. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 02/27/2022 17:14:01

This looks great! I love how the game is so streamlined. For example, compressing the huge list of Traveller or Cepheus Engine skills down to just 7. And combining stats and skills into one thing. Character creation will be a breeze. For the first time in my 40 year Traveller love affair, I can imagine "rolling up" characters and starting an adventure in the same sitting. I also like the character advancement approach, throwing out the traditional approach for something more D&D-like.

This seems like a great system for cinematic games. Whereas Cepheus Engine is great for running an RPG that feels like The Expanse, Quantum Starfarer seems great for running an RPG that feels like Star Wars

This is the most radical Traveller-ish variant that I've seen, and I look forward to trying it out.

Now what I want is a version formatted to make into a Pocketmod format tiny booklet, like this: https://pocketmod.com/howto

Here are a few little issues that snuck through proofreading:

Sheet 1:

"Surgeon: when treating a Seriously Wounded character, the surgeon may throw Heal 6+ to double the recovery rate.." - There is no skill called Heal in this game. Do you mean Knowledge or Technical?

"Each time a player succeeds in a skill throw of at least 8+ and surpasses the target number by 6 or more, the group Hero Points pool gains another point." - I'll be interested to see how this works in play. It's impossible for any character with skill of less than 2.

"PERSONNEL COMBAT" - I think you probably mean "personal" here, not "personnel".

Sheet 4:

"ENCUMBRANCE" - The next line starts "a character may carry a number of major". The "a" should be capitalized. Also, there appear to be at least 2 - maybe more - spaces after the end of that sentence. Just a weird formatting thing...

"Submachinegun(Auto)" - There should be a space before the left parenthesis.

"restores full Lifeblood in 1" - That "r" should be capitalized.



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Thank you for the excellent review and finding the errata!
All the errata you noted have been fixed :-)
Cepheus Deluxe
by Andrew K. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 01/26/2022 17:48:24

Not a fan of several changes to the rules.   Advantage/Disadvantage added, this was a big problem for many in D&D 5th ed and when mongoose decided to imitate it. Not including it in Cepheus was a big point in it favor, so why put in? Skills have been removed. Not odd esoteric things, but long time standbys like comms and gambling. Less randomness character generation. One of the key points of Taveller character gen was that it would not go according to some well laid out plan power gamer blueprint. Like real life unforseen events haveinfluence



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Cepheus Deluxe
by Alex T. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 01/19/2022 09:40:39

Enough rules to make the game work, but not so many that they get in the way.

This is an excellent "middle ground" between the classic 2d6 system (which was in some places a bit sparse and lacking) and the current versions (which are in many places too fussy and unnecessarily complex, or suffer from contradictions and clarity issues). Think of it as the classic system which has been enhanced, introducing some new ideas and incorporating some of the better ideas from the later versions.



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Cepheus Light: Upgraded
by Joe C. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 12/07/2021 15:14:47

Having alreadyPurchased Cepheus Deluxe. Decided check out C.L.U. Just awesome. It's got 112 pages of streamlined concepts. That take the Cepheus Rules Engine and adadd adds some great touches. For the pricesprice you're getting great value. Gave my Pocket Version of. Cepheus Light Away. Upgraded is what you will want to run with.

If you're new to. Cephues this. is a great. way to get. Into it.

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Cepheus Deluxe
by Joe C. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 11/10/2021 20:29:02

This ruleset is comprehensive neat and tidy. Fantastic addition for your 2D6 scifi needs. Highly recommend getting this. The comprehensive system isnt hard to pick up. Great for new and old players alike. You can run  eons worth of adventures with this. Stellgamma always deliver and the price is a steal. Got a print copy as well as the PDF. Looking forward to that landing.



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It Came from the Scriptorium
by Eric F. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 11/07/2021 12:16:13

"Dark times has fallen upon the Storm Wolf Tribe. Once edible fruits and plants had become poisonous and game that was docile turn into viciously aggressive malformed monstrosities. The source is an abbey used as a vault for dark knowledge way too harmful to be left loose on the world. Something horrible has happened to the kind yet weird monks living in the abbey and it seems to be ancient and beyond evil. Is up to the tribe's most brave warriors to find out and stop this force before it engulfs the Storm Wolf tribe in its darkness." "It Came from the Scriptorium is a horror dungeon crawl adventure for 3 to 5 PCs, using the Barbaric! sword & sorcery rules ruls and fully compatible with The Sword of Cepheus or any other 2d6 OGL fantasy game. The default setting is the Steel Borderlands, a wilderness distant from the settlements composing the civilized lands of kingdoms and empires but it will fit very easily into almost any sword & sorcery setting.

The players should be aware that due the horror nature of his adventure that their PCs mortality rather will be high."

' It Came from the Scriptorium' By Ivan Cantero Muñoz "The Fictionaut" is a solid adventure for the Barbaric rpg & its a rather nasty horror adventure. But its a fun one. And while it only clocks in at twenty three pages of horror goodness I'd say that this is an adventure for experienced Barbaric players. Barbaric is a full on Sword & Sorcery 2d6 supplement rules for 'The Sword of Cepheus' Rpg.

And now back to ' It Came from the Scriptorium' By Ivan Cantero Muñoz "The Fictionaut". This is a lethal little adventure about the goings on at an isolated monastery that has a whole tribes of Wolf barbarians who live nearby. They're bothered by the haunted goings on at said monastery. Now Ivan Cantero Muñoz "The Fictionaut" seems to be a fan of Bruce Campbell vs the Army of Darkness because this adventure is a back handed love letter to that cultclassic movie.
Forbidden books, undead demons, plenty of undead, and more make ' It Came from the Scriptorium' a must get for the fans of those films. But this is a lethal little number of an adventure and quite perfect for a mid Winter horror game. ' It Came from the Scriptorium' would work quite nicely as a 'The Sword of Cepheus' Rpg. one shot quite well. Where ' It Came from the Scriptorium' shines is when this adventure is used with Barbaric! Then its full on barbarians vs demon undead in the monastery from Hell.

' It Came from the Scriptorium' provides a fun little horror filled & lethal romp through a barbarian horror filled 2d6 adventure that will thrill your players. And kill more then a few PC's off.

Thanks for reading our review Eric Fabiaschi Swords & Stitchery Want more OSR 2d6 action? Please subscribe to https://swordsandstitchery.blogspot.com/



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Cepheus Deluxe
by Dorrell Z. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 10/12/2021 13:52:46

Book is great. Filled tons of information to construct your own campaign. A must have for any scifi RPG fan.



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Cepheus Deluxe
by Craig U. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 09/25/2021 12:11:44

Within the realm of 2D6 Sci-Fi games, Cepheus Deluxe stands in an interesting position of being both an excellent restatement of the classsic core rules we've all loved and used since the late '70s as well as being interesting take on many of those rules that I haven't seen done before.

Probably the change I was most concerned about (but nevertheless very intrigued by) was the decision to replace the classic 2D6 SF character generation system with one that allows more player input. Having created a few characters of my own, and used the system with some of my players, I have to say I think this new character creation system works well. While the old SF character creation system is of course iconic in it's own way (who doesn't love dying in character creation!) I feel the decision to switch the character creation system to one that is more player driven was ultimately a positive one. The system is also quite a bit faster when it comes to using it with new players, as there is less need for each player to have a copy of their career's table for reference. Overall, I like the new system. It's similar but different in a good way, less random but still gives room for random events (and the optional ability to die in character creation like the good ol' days hehe.)

Speaking of character creation, an aspect I really enjoy about Cepheus Deluxe is the addition of the Traits system. While similar to the Feat system from that very popular Fantasy Role-Playing Game, the Traits system meshes surprisingly well with the 2d6 SF skeleton. None of the traits seem "broken" in a way that could cause serious issue, and given this game's high lethality I doubt it would be possible for any combat traits to be excessively unbalanced. What the Traits instead allow is more player choice, while not being overwhelming, as the Traits available are constrained by what skills and abilities the player character already has.

Other than the traits and the character creation system, much of the rest of the book is made up of rules which are all refinements to the already excellent Cepheus Light rules. The book also contains many optional rules allowing for more heroic Science Fiction campaigns if that is more your thing. There are plenty of random tables for GMs as well, something which I feel more modern 2D6 SF games should take advantage of. Formatting is very good, much improved from the first publication of Cepheus Light. Also of special note, as of writing this, this is only one of two 2D6 SF RPGs I own which has an Index.

Cepheus Deluxe is a great system, and for it's price it's price it is truly wonderful. I would say if you are looking for a 100% pure restatement of original 2D6 SF rules, you may be better served elsewhere, but if you are looking for an excellent RPG using those rules a base I can't recommend Cepheus Deluxe enough. Personally, I can't wait for a print copy.



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Cepheus Deluxe
by Gerald M. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 09/16/2021 13:07:12

Cepheus Deluxe is fabulous!

This game has taken concepts aspects and multiple optional rules and combined them in a new edition. New character generation systems, life events, character traits, animal rules.This game can be used as an addition tio the Cepheus Light rules or as a stand alone rule set. The artwok is gritty simple and old school. I like this game and its layout. I also very much like the fact it is so compatible with the original Cepheus Light system. You can tell a whole lot of heart and passion was put into this edition. Also The price!!! You have a complete game for a very affordable price compared to some of the other over priced game system printing companies. I love this system it is the same 2D6 engine as other more pricey Sci Fi versions. I highly recommend Cepehus Deluxe but I would play it with Cepheus Light and decide which systems and home rules you want to apply at you table. Most excellent game and great value

G Miller.



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