msprange wrote:Just to chip in, we are hoping to make Italian Vehicles available before the weekend!
Great. As for doing Vehicles of the Race, we would probably have to get Harry Turtledove's permission, though we could create our own alien species that invades Earth during World War II as well without using specifically his Race. Though I think there would be some value in hooking this to Harry's Balance series, and Harry might also find that he may sell more of these books as a result of a role playing game setting being based on it, but who really knows? Harry Turtledove has recently finished another Alternate World War II series, The War that Came Early
, it is more a history buff what if, while the Balance series is clearly science fiction.
I must say the 'Balance' series is a very good one! I'd love to see a sourcebook for the Race's invasion. One thing I'd probably do is have several 'fronts' and get each player to make one character for each; part of the reason you get a very good feel of a global war is the way the action keeps bouncing from the RAF to Germany to Russia to the US to Manchuria and back
It's easy enough to create a Race Landcruiser from the vehicle handbook - although I guess you could have done the same for the WWII gear, as well.
Mercenary has a nice updated mass combat system, so it's easy to play out campaigns. As noted, all you really need are career tables for the soldiers, etc, with appropriate events and skills like "Battle Dress" subbed out for more era-specific useful ones (Drive?)
Also some people might want to play a Race character as well, basically they are heat loving diminutive lizard people from Tau Ceti.