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Thursday, January 1, 2015

River of Heaven (OpenQuest / D100 SciFi) Giveaway - PDF



+Newt Newport recently emailed me and asked if I would be interested in giving away a PDF copy of River of Heaven (and it's companion PDF, the adventure Reunion) to one of the readers of The Tavern. I'm no fool - of course i said yes!

This is not part of OSR Christmas (that should pick up again this weekend.) This is a total separate generous giveaway.

River of Heaven takes the OpenQuest rules and ports them to SciFi. OpenQuest is the current version of the d100 / OGL RuneQuest rules that I feel comfortable with. They remind me of the classic Chaosium RuneQuest 2 rules, and those were my go to rules back in the day when I wasn't running AD&D.

I'm damn tempted to take River of Heaven for a spin when life reaches a speed that's manageable. In the meantime I'll brainstorm the campaign that will drive my players happily crazy ;)

So, this is how we are going to do it - post a comment between now whenever I wake up Saturday morning (January 3rd, 2015). One random commenter gets a PDF copy of the River of Heaven rules and the Reunion adventure.

It's already a Silver Best Seller at RPGNow and it's only been out for a week and a half.

(if you want to check out the OpenQuest rules for free, OpenQuest 2 Basic is available RPGNow in PDF)

Here's info from the blurb:

It is the dawn of the 28th Century.

The Third Renaissance, or Bright Age as future historians will call it, is at its zenith.

After the catastrophic first contact with extra-terrestrial life that led to the horrific Solar System war, humanity clawed its way back from the brink and finally reached the stars. For millions of people, Earth’s sun is no more than another star in the night sky, a mote of light, a spiritual birthplace that they will never visit in their lifetimes.

It has been over a century since the Machine Civilisation gifted humanity technological marvels such as the Visser Cube, allowing wormhole travel across the vast chasms of interstellar space. Now interstellar distances grow ever shorter. How the myriad of splintered cultures view this gift varies. Some see it as a blessing, a way to draw humanity into a united whole. Others see it as a curse, robbing them of their individuality. And then there are those who would use it as a means to subjugate humanity and impose their own will upon all…

Across the river of heaven, humanity clings to a scattering of islands in a sea of stars. Players can take on a multitude of roles in this future: a crew member on an interstellar trader, a member of the mysterious Engineers’ Guild, a body-hopping Intercessionist agent – out to manipulate human cultures to its own secret ends, a Renouncer Zealot – intent on destroying Artificial Intelligence in all its forms, or perhaps one of the Reclaimers – planetary engineers dedicated to terraforming any viable planet they happen upon…

River of Heaven uses D101 games’ OpenQuest rules engine; a sleek and streamlined D100 rule set that enables you to maintain the tempo of your stories whilst keeping the rules simple and in the background.

In the core rulebook you will find:

The OpenQuest rules engine - tailored to a hard sci-fi setting.

Simple Character generation

Enabling you to go from concept to fully finished character as quickly as possible.

Augmentations

Humanity has found many ways to improve upon what nature created. Quickly augment your character with the latest biotech/nanotech upgrades.

Equipment

All the weapons, armour (those damn Brits ;)and other types of equipment your character might need to go adventuring in the 28th century.

Transportation

Information on how to get around the River of Heaven universe, be it lowly pack animal on a frontier dirt farm or an interstellar trader equipped with exotic stellar-tap drive.

Background

In addition to a timeline spanning 1000 years of future history, River of Heaven includes an introduction to the Bright Age, the default play setting for the game. It also includes a campaign setting – the Kentauran Hegemony – and information about all the colonised star systems at the start of the 28th century.

Adventure Seeds

Ideas for adventure ideas set in the River of Heaven universe, covering a wide range of styles and themes.

Friends and Foes

An A-Z list of lifeforms that may be encountered by the player characters during their adventures. It includes humans from the various divergent cultures and castes, mundane animals encountered on many worlds of humanity, and some more exotic creatures too.

Written by John Ossoway.

60 comments:

  1. Count me in. Old school sci fi is the way to go.

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  2. I'd be happy for a copy, so please count me in!

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  3. Always loved the BRP system from my Runequest days (1st ed.!). This OpenQuest version sounds like bang up version.

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  4. Awesome, love OpenQuest and Sci-fi. I'm in!

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  5. John Ossoway wrote Cthulhu RIsing and Jovian Nightmares, both of which I love, so consider me intrigued.

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  6. Old School d100 would make for an interesting sci-fi game!

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  7. Sounds fantastic to me - I've been pining over this once since I saw it launch!

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  8. I'm in. I love all things d100 based, and this might help with an idea for a Call of Cthulhu in Space game I have been thinking about.

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  9. Been thinking about checking this out so winning it would be awesome. Count me in!

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  10. So this is the beginning of total human subjugation?...... Count me in!

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  11. I'd like to give it a test spin.

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  12. Take me to the river, drop me in the water...

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  13. Space the Final Frontier, Jim look its a class M planet they need our help ... Yes Please!

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  14. How many SF rule sets is enough? N, where N is an arbitrarily large integer. I'm in.

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  15. Heaven. Heaven is a place. A place where nothing ever happens. (One good Talking Heads reference deserves another)

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  16. I like SF. I like RQ. I think that means I need to comment. And so I am.

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  17. I'm definitely interested in d100 games like OpenQuest and River of Heave, so count me in and color me intrigued!

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  18. I got everything D101 has put out so far! Been looking forward to this release! Count me in!

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  19. Sounds amazing!!! Count me in, please

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  20. Let's go where no man has gone before.

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  21. Interested. I like Bareboens Fantasy so perhaps this is good, too.

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  22. River of Heaven. Written by a great guy and a great dad too.

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  23. I love BRP (& OpenQuest) and I really like Alastair Reynolds (who seems to be one of the major inspirations). I think I may try to include some parts of Outpost 19 (which was a revival of the old FutureWorld).

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  24. Looks interesting, I wish I could get a sci-fi game going....

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  25. Love the OQ engine, love Newt's vision.

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  26. I met Newt Newport at the 2014 RPG Furnace in Sheffield and got his Open Quest RPG rules there, plus had a memorable game of "Cowboys and Dinosaurs" with him, so I would lean towards "River of Heaven" being a great book too. :-D

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  27. I love OpenQuest, and would love a copy of River of Heaven!

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  28. Never heard of this before, thanks for the heads up. Please throw my name in the hat for this! :-)

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  29. let's swim across the icy rivers of heaven

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  30. I love sci-fi, and good sci-fi RPGs are somewhat more rare than fantasy RPGs.

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  31. I have never had the chance to play a Sci Fi d100 game. Maybe now is the chance. :)

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  32. Sounds like a great product. Thanks for the chance to win it.

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  33. Great time to be interested in sci-fi.

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  34. Very cool looking! I will have to check that out more

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  35. I'm in! Would love to give it a spin!

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  36. Woot! I have been looking at this for a while.

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  37. and closed to further entries - will pull a winner later today :)

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  38. Dammit! Missed it. This is what get for being busy all day yesterday! This looks really good.

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