Monday, October 17, 2016
New Release - Apes Victorious (Labyrinth Lord / Goblinoid Games)
I got to grab a sneak peek of Apes Victorious at NTRPG Con this past June thanks to +Tim Snider . What I saw looked very cool. Cool as in "Shit! This is Planet of the Apes without being Planet of the Apes!"
I grew up watching the 430 movies on channel 7 here in NYC. Kung Fu movies, Godzilla and the Planet of the Apes series of movies were the afternoon staples.
+Dan Proctor and +Tim Snider are the authors of Apes Victorious. If you know either of them, you know the quality of the work they do.
I'll be snagging a copy later on this week (I had Uncle duties today and again tomorrow, so I won't have a chance to enjoy this until later, but enjoy it I will, even if it is just to use intelligent apes in my Swords & Wizardry gaming.)
Apes Victorious is $4.97 in PDF.
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You groggily come back to consciousness after a long cryosleep. Your ship’s warning system is telling you the ship has entered the atmosphere of a planet and is about to crash land under autopilot. Crawling to a seat, you buckle in, joining your fellow astronauts as you quickly check instrument readings.
Through the cockpit window you see a barren, desolate landscape flashing by. The ship skims a large lake before coming to a stop just off the pebble shore. The computer indicates that there is a breathable atmosphere, and after gathering survival packs the crew exits the ship.
“Where are we?” you ask each other, as everyone wades to the shore seeing a wasteland with little vegetation.
“Which planet is this? We must have gone off course on our return from Alpha Centauri.”
Then there is the sound of hoof beats, adding to the disorientation. Hoof beats? Are we on Earth?
Around an embankment comes several riders bearing rifles. As they approach, the sun glares in your eyes and a shot fires; a companion to your left falls to the ground holding his stomach. A large rider stops in front of you, momentarily blocking the sun and providing a clear look at his face.
“An ape! We’re on a planet ruled by apes!”
Apes Victorious is a roleplaying game in which you take the role of an astronaut from the 1970’s who finds himself marooned on a future Earth ruled by intelligent apes. Players may also take the role of an ape, a degenerated human, or a psi-active underdweller. Fight to survive in this post-apocalyptic future ruled by four species of apes. Or play apes who hunt humans for sport. For a different kind of campaign, play highly intelligent but insane underdwellers who have advanced technology and powerful psi powers.
This book contains:
A complete game
A post-nuclear apocalyptic setting in which apes have become the dominant species
Seven player classes
Animals and creatures of the post-nuclear future
A complete introductory adventure
Conversion notes for compatible games including: Labyrinth Lord, Mutant Future, Starships & Spacemen