Dropping in again

Putraack's picture
April 5, 2013 - 7:18pm
Hi, all, it's been a (long) while since I've really visited.

It was a slow night here, and I started musing about a game for one of my groups, and thoughts turned to SF, and soon to the Clarion Royal Marines and then to the Mercy Mission concept. Did that ever get run?

I'm sliding back and forth between running 2 games. One would be with the players as crew of a ship, either in the Royal Marines, or as civilian contractors to the RM. The latter would be hired to set up/maintain/upgrade the net of sensor buoys orbiting Clarion, or perhaps a net going up around another world? Various side events might or might not pop up, perhaps tied to the enmity with Streel?

The other would not be a traditional RPG, but a miniatures campaign, using the concepts developed here. The Clarion peacekeeping force, injected into the civil war below. My favorite rulesets so far are Stargrunt II and  Dirtside II, both from Ground Zero Games (free rules on their websites!). While they have their own setting, the rules are written as generics, so one can set up their own forces and equipment. Per the suggestion mentioned here, the player characters would be the squad & platoon leaders, with replacement PCs/cohort NPCs in their subordinate units. I dunno if I'll get deep into that, but it could be something fun.

jedion357's picture
April 7, 2013 - 1:13pm
Hey P. Mercy mission got sidelined but its been simmering on the back burner with the establishment of the communities first quarterly magazine. We actually found a kickbutt cover pic to use with this adventure and got permission to use it. However, we have a packed submission cue and wouldn't get around to Mercy mission till late '13 or '14. I am a fan of Dirt side and star grunt soley on the basis of reading the Star grunt rules -best organized and written rule set ever. If you do develop missions for star grunt for this adventure I'd love to look at them. (PM me on it).
I might not be a dralasite, vrusk or yazirian but I do play one in Star Frontiers!

Putraack's picture
April 8, 2013 - 6:34pm
Will keep that in mind. I spent the weekend downloading everything from the Clarion folder here, and saving it so I can read & edit more easily.

Sidebar: SG sold me with its command rules, about the same time I was reading about troubles a US Army battalion was having in training. The CO scrambled his command arrangements, and then they kicked butt. I highly recommend The battle for Hunger Hill, by Daniel P. Bolger. Actually, I'll recommend anything he's written, but that one most of all.