Marcus L. Rowland (ffutures) wrote,
Marcus L. Rowland

Another RPG bundle offer - Jovian Chronicles

Jovian Chronicles is an SF RPG I don't know much about.

"Jovian Chronicles from Dream Pod 9 is set in the 23rd Century, when humanity has established colonies on or around most planets of the Solar System. More than a century earlier, the economy of Earth collapsed, leaving the planet unable to care for its offworld colonies. The colonies became independent settlements. But now the new, militaristic Earth government has aggressive policies that are building tension with the settlements. In this turbulent era, can the players prevent war? Or will they cause it?
Inspired by classic science fiction and giant-robot anime, Jovian Chronicles takes you beyond Earth to a Solar System on the brink of war -- a time of excitement, promise, and danger. Meet a rich cast of characters, employ tons of anime-style weapons and vehicles, visit exotic locales, and possibly alter the destiny of the Jovian Confederation and the human race.
This comprehensive offer features the 1997 Jovian Chronicles Second Edition and most of the support line. We provide each ebook complete in .PDF (Portable Document Format). Like all Bundle of Holding titles, these books have NO DRM (Digital Restrictions Management), and our customers are entitled to move them freely among all their ereaders.
Ten percent of each purchase (after gateway fees) goes to this offer's designated charity, Make-A-Wish International.
The total retail value of the titles in this offer at launch is US$118. Customers who pay just US$14.95 get all eight titles in our Starter Collection (retail value $56.50) as DRM-free .PDF ebooks:
  • Silhouette CORE Deluxe Edition (retail price $12): The Dream Pod 9 universal rules set that also underpins Heavy Gear (previously presented in our April 2017 Heavy Gear Bundle).
  • Jovian Chronicles Player's Handbook 2E (retail $12): This complete 258-page rulebook (1997) details the Solar Nations, organizations like SolaPol and ZONet, the pilots and agents of the Jovian Confederation, and daily life in the planetary settlements and Orbitals.
  • Four vital equipment and vehicle guides: Mechanical Catalogs 1 and 2 (total retail $13.50), Spacer's Guide (retail $5), and the Space Equipment Handbook (retail $5).
  • Two Planet Sourcebooks: Earth (retail $5) and CISLunar Space (retail $6).
Those who pay more than the threshold (average) price, which is set at $24.95 to start, also get our entire Bonus Collection with ten more supplements worth an additional $61.50, , including the Jovian Chronicles Companion (retail $7.50); four more Planet Sourcebooks (Mercury, Venus, Mars, and Jupiter, total retail $23); all three Ships of the Fleet volumes (total retail $19) cataloguing spacecraft from the Jovian Confederation and Earth's government, CEGA; the campaign sourcebook The Chaos Principle (retail $6); and the Gamemaster Handbook & Screen (retail $6).
At least one more title will be added later. When a title is added after launch, ALL customers who previously purchased the bundle automatically receive the newly added title, REGARDLESS of whether or not they paid more than average. This is their reward for buying early."

I'm a bit undecided on this one - it looks pretty, especially if you like anime and mecha, and there's a lot of world-building in it, but it belongs to the school of world building that exists largely to give characters reasons to wear combat armour, drive mechas, and blow sh*t up, and I'm not convinced that necessarily goes with the idea of an interplanetary civilization that's capable of colonizing most of the solar system. Opinions differ, of course, and if you like this sort of thing there's definitely a lot here for your money. It isn't really my cup of tea, but I'm recommending it anyway because I know I'm not the intended audience, and I think others will love it. As usual I have to stress that your mileage may vary.
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