Monday, September 11, 2023

Bundle of Holding - Hostile (Cepheus Engine/Traveller Horror RPG)

If you are going to push a horror RPG, September is the month to do it as we ramp up to celebrating Halloween at the end of October. Humble Bundle has Trail of Cthulhu and Bundle of Holding already has a bundle or two up for Delta Green. So, we have 1930-era horror and modern-day espionage horror, but where is the sci-fi horror? Well, Bundle of Holding has it with Hostile, a stand-alone sci-fi horror RPG built on the Cepheus Engine (itself built off the Mongoose Traveller SRD).

You can get the Starter Bundle of Hostile for 9.95, or for a hair over 20 bucks, you can get it all in the Bonus Collection. 

Adventurer! Name notwithstanding, this Hostile Bundle, resurrected from April 2022, is a friendly offer of the tabletop science-fiction roleplaying game of deep-space alien horror, HOSTILE from Zozer Games. Based on the Cepheus Engine rules (closely modeled on Classic Traveller), HOSTILE is a gritty retro-future setting inspired by movies like Outland, Blade Runner, and Alien – a universe of harsh planets and toxic atmospheres – claustrophobic space freighters and brutal industrial colonies – ancient horrors entombed on icy moons – killer ETs, perfectly evolved to survive at any cost. Whether you're a combat-weary veteran or a miner on a grungy corporate star tug deep in the Extraction Zones, HOSTILE pits you against deadly hazards in an unforgiving void where no one can hear you scream.

This revived April 2022 offer gives you a new chance to get much of the HOSTILE line for an unbeatable bargain price – an obviously generous and well-meaning gesture. For just US$9.95 you get all five titles in this revived offer's Starter Collection (retail value $48) as DRM-free ebooks, including the complete standalone HOSTILE Rules and Setting core books, the Gunlocker weapons guide (it'll come in handy, trust us), the Cepheus Handouts, and the Referee's Screen.

And if you pay more than the threshold price of $20.04, you'll level up and also get this revival's entire Bonus Collection with eight supplements worth an additional $56 that let you build out your pitiless universe:

  • Three guides to survival on bad worlds that don't want you: Explorers, Dirtside, and Colony Builder
  • Two bestiaries about entities that really, really do want you: Alien Breeds and Synthetics
  • Two hardware and vehicle guides: Gunboats & Shuttles and Marine Corps Handbook 2215
  • A campaign framework well described by its title: Crew Expendable

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