[Zozer Games] Orbital - A Solar System Setting for Traveller

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[Zozer Games] Orbital - A Solar System Setting for Traveller

Postby Mithras » Sat Dec 15, 2012 11:51 am

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Out now on DriveThru: http://rpg.drivethrustuff.com/product/109160/Orbital

Orbital is a science fiction setting for Traveller with a fairly realistic (TL 9) feel that is set within our own solar system. The Earth us locked in a Cold War with the people of Luna. Both face off, 400,000 km apart, threatening mutual annihilation whilst they compete to colonise the moons of Jupiter and Saturn. Older colonies such as Mars and Mercury are independent and caught up in this struggle for solar system supremacy. Spacecraft use nuclear thermal rockets and create gravity by spinning pods or centrifuges, this is spaceflight as envisaged today!

In keeping with the near-future and hard-science fiction themes, role-playing campaigns focus on real people doing real jobs. The game has rules, technology and advice to allow scenarios based around deep space haulage, asteroid mining, salvage, rescue and exploration.

Should the referee and players decide to stick with the default campaign premise for Orbital, then the player characters will be spacers, the rough and tough crew of a deep space vehicle owned by a corporation that leases its spacecraft out to agencies, individuals and corporations. Like the crew of a salvage or heavy lift ship today, the characters will find themselves engaged in diverse, challenging and dangerous jobs with every mission.

One month may involve dropping a cargo of habitat modules into the Martian atmosphere, a few months later it could be salvaging a robotic drilling rig in the asteroid belt that has come to the end of its useful life. The emphasis is on ‘being in space’, working in space and dealing with all of the challenges that operating in the solar system throws at them. The referee can put all kinds of obstacles in the way of PCs, making the outcome of a mission always uncertain. It will be ingenuity, resourcefulness, skill and bravery that will see them right in the end – or alternatively, asphyxiated, frozen, irradiated, boiled, depressurized or out of a job!

Requires only the Traveller Main Book, although High Guard will be useful.

Orbital features:
  • History of events up to 2100 AD and the causes of the Cold War
    Organisations; 35 corporations, crime gangs, NGOs and agencies
    Guidance on creating suitable TL 9 characters
    Rules for designing and operating deep space vehicles
    Hardware and how it works; from vacc suits to rovers, lunar landers to mass drivers, airlocks, oxygen mining units and plenty more
    Habitats, space stations, outposts and O’Neill colonies
    Ways to Die in Space
    How to Establish a Colony
    Rules for striking it rich as a Belt miner
    UWP stats for all significant bodies in the solar system
    Complete write-ups for all the planets and main moons
    How to run a game of Orbital; what do characters do?
    NPCs and plot ideas
    Alien ruins on Mars, SETI transmissions ... options for aliens in Orbital
    Reviews of movies, books and online resources that add to the game
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Re: [Zozer Games] Orbital - A Solar System Setting for Trave

Postby Ewan » Sat Dec 15, 2012 7:27 pm

Looks interesting.

When do you think the POD will be available?

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Re: [Zozer Games] Orbital - A Solar System Setting for Trave

Postby Mithras » Sat Dec 15, 2012 8:11 pm

Thanks Ewan, POD will be shortly after Christmas.
Ewan wrote:Looks interesting.

When do you think the POD will be available?

Thanks
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Re: [Zozer Games] Orbital - A Solar System Setting for Trave

Postby crazy_cat » Sat Dec 15, 2012 8:14 pm

Looks interesting. Will there be a POD + PDF bundle? Any idea on price if there is?
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Re: [Zozer Games] Orbital - A Solar System Setting for Trave

Postby Mithras » Sat Dec 15, 2012 9:13 pm

crazy_cat wrote:Looks interesting. Will there be a POD + PDF bundle? Any idea on price if there is?
I'll be using Lulu for the print on demand, which means unfortunately I can't offer a combined price.
The POD price will be as low as I can feasibly manage!
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Re: [Zozer Games] Orbital - A Solar System Setting for Trave

Postby Lemnoc » Sun Dec 16, 2012 8:00 pm

Bought it, to flesh out my near-future, hard(ish)-science Traveller campaign. This it does. Lots of vehicles, lots of organizations and associations, components that can click in to solar and extra-solar campaigns. I enjoyed Outpost Mars for the same reasons and was not disappointed.

Well organized, with helpful drawings and diagrams. No deck plans, but they're really not appropriate here.
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Re: [Zozer Games] Orbital - A Solar System Setting for Trave

Postby Rockymountainnavy » Tue Dec 18, 2012 1:16 am

Got both Orbital and Outpost Mars this past weekend. Outpost Mars had an unfinished feeling to me whereas Orbital comes across as a more complete product.

I like the near future setting, especially the refined version of the NTR rules.

After Outpost Mars I sorta expected to see the Reputation/secret Agenda/secret Ally mechanic here too. Bit disappointed that it was seemingly lost. I think the author missed a great opportunity to redefine Social Standing by using Reputation instead.

Still a worthwhile buy!
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Re: [Zozer Games] Orbital - A Solar System Setting for Trave

Postby 2330ADUSA1 » Tue Dec 18, 2012 1:50 pm

Ok I bought and downloaded Orbital yesturday and already own Outpost Mars. I also have the Vacc Suit (forget it's exact name now) as well too. I like the setting and it shows very good promise. My question is what will be the next book in the series? I would hope you would cover other settlements and worlds in the solar system too.

Now speaking for myself, I like the setting but would tweek it to better fit my own style and add to it and making more my own style setting. I do believe you ahve done a pretty good job so far

All the products have been well worth buying and I normally do not buy just .pdf's but I did buy these.
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Re: [Zozer Games] Orbital - A Solar System Setting for Trave

Postby rust » Tue Dec 18, 2012 7:21 pm

Mithras wrote: Out now on DriveThru: http://rpg.drivethrustuff.com/product/109160/Orbital
Very well done, with lots and lots of good ideas.
I gave it a well deserved 5 Star rating over on
DTRPG.
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Re: [Zozer Games] Orbital - A Solar System Setting for Trave

Postby kermit » Tue Dec 18, 2012 7:23 pm

Speaking solely as the Developer credit, and not putting words in Paul's mouth, for Orbital I can say that more books are planned. There is already a long adventure campaign with lots of source material in the pipe line. Hopefully this will arrive as a PDF by early next week. Furthermore, Paul has said OK to a Venus sourcebook that expands that setting and explains the planet's strange ecology.

We have also talked about doing a series of smaller source books highlighting different aspects of the Orbital setting while making them portable to both Traveller and 2300AD. My goal is to do a sourcebook giving an in depth look at the Makers, Servants and the robotic Hands. Paul has mentioned that he wants to do a Military sourcebook as well.

Our biggest stumbling blocks seem to be time and a lack of artistic skill when it comes to illustrating the setting in a professional manner. This is especially true regarding the alien and military books where visualizing the creatures and equipment can really add to the gaming experience.

As a final note...regarding floor and deck plans. As of right now I don't plan on including many. I've seen too many RPG books that have suffered because of bad floor plans. And truthfully, until I improve my own skill at making floor plans that are useful, easy to print and add to the book, I won't include them. Instead there are in depth verbal descriptions of locales and space vehicles so that a GM can quickly draw up plans to whatever scale is required. Perhaps in the future as I practice with such programs as iDraw I'll get better and will include more illustrations and deck plans.

A hearty thanks to everyone who purchased Orbital and feel free to ask questions or make suggestions.

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Re: [Zozer Games] Orbital - A Solar System Setting for Trave

Postby Mithras » Wed Dec 19, 2012 7:54 am

Ben beat me to it!

Orbital: Fighting Forces is on the books, as well as a series of short books, each detailing a single aspect of the setting with lots of scenario ideas and plot hooks; a moon, an NGO, a set of problem cargoes, etc.

The first follow up is Gift of the Makers, a scenario book. A Venus supplement will follow that.

Fighting Forces will expand on the differences between Luna and Earth Union security forces, the Mars regiment will receive more detail, and plots and gaming opportunities around the struggles for Titan and Mars and other corners of the solar system will be included. All at TL 9 of course.
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Re: [Zozer Games] Orbital - A Solar System Setting for Trave

Postby Vile » Thu Dec 20, 2012 1:15 pm

This is great stuff, Mithras, ever since your old CT STL Traveller work I've been hoping you'd make the move to MGT. I got Outpost Mars when it came out, and I'll be off to get Orbital in a mo. Is Outpost Mars set in the Orbital universe?
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Postby Rikki Tikki Traveller » Thu Dec 20, 2012 2:19 pm

I am still reading through this but I just wanted to say that I LOVE it.

Excellent work sir!
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Re: [Zozer Games] Orbital - A Solar System Setting for Trave

Postby Mithras » Thu Dec 20, 2012 3:45 pm

Thanks for the kind words!
Vile wrote:This is great stuff, Mithras, ever since your old CT STL Traveller work I've been hoping you'd make the move to MGT. I got Outpost Mars when it came out, and I'll be off to get Orbital in a mo. Is Outpost Mars set in the Orbital universe?
It is, 50 years on, so much of Outpost Mars can be used as a Mars supplement. :)
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Re: [Zozer Games] Orbital - A Solar System Setting for Trave

Postby Mithras » Thu Dec 27, 2012 5:40 pm

Orbital is now available as a £12.99 223 page softback on the Lulu website:

http://www.lulu.com/shop/paul-elliott/o ... 90286.html
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Re: [Zozer Games] Orbital - A Solar System Setting for Trave

Postby Ewan » Thu Dec 27, 2012 6:44 pm

Will order up tonight :)

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