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« on: May 07, 2013, 10:31:11 AM »
I took at look at Orbital from Zozer Games after Jeff mentioned it.  It looks pretty cool.  It eliminates the couple of handwavium things the OTU always gets dinged on, and goes for realistic Solar System Sci-Fi.

Anyone else have it or try it?
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« Reply #1 on: May 07, 2013, 10:43:49 AM »
Holy crap. Drop in mobile suits,and you have the One Year War from Mobile Suit Gundam.

Once you get past the Newtypes and the Beam Sabers, MS Gundam is a very hard SF setting. No artificial gravity,no FTL, everyone uses handguns, people live on O'Neill cylinders.
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« Reply #2 on: May 07, 2013, 11:30:55 AM »
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It looks pretty cool.

Yeah it does.

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Drop in mobile suits . . .

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« Reply #3 on: May 07, 2013, 11:41:11 AM »
I have it, have read it, but have not yet played it. I like it as well. Enough that I bought everything out for it so far. It would work really well as a near future mystery/espionage setting perfect or playing games modeled after stuff like the movie Outland. Very well done setting IMO, I'd recommend it. If I can find time (not likely until after Thursday), I'l try to go into more detail.
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« Reply #4 on: May 07, 2013, 12:46:15 PM »
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Holy crap. Drop in mobile suits,and you have the One Year War from Mobile Suit Gundam.

Once you get past the Newtypes and the Beam Sabers, MS Gundam is a very hard SF setting. No artificial gravity,no FTL, everyone uses handguns, people live on O'Neill cylinders.


Yes, once you drop half the setting (including the mecha), Mobile Suit Gundam is very hard SF. However, it still does not fit the setting for Orbital. If you want Gundam, try Jovian Chronicles or Mekton (and if you look closely, you'll find some of the writers for those currently writing for Mongoose Traveller).

If Orbital was to match any anime/manga, it would be Planetes.
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« Reply #5 on: May 07, 2013, 12:54:38 PM »
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I have it, have read it, but have not yet played it. I like it as well. Enough that I bought everything out for it so far. It would work really well as a near future mystery/espionage setting perfect or playing games modeled after stuff like the movie Outland. Very well done setting IMO, I'd recommend it. If I can find time (not likely until after Thursday), I'l try to go into more detail.


This is pretty much how I feel as well. I was reluctant at first, but after buying and reading Orbital, I wanted everything associated with it. It is that good.
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« Reply #6 on: May 07, 2013, 08:54:48 PM »
I had run across this before Jeff mentioned it. Looks pretty sweet. If I only had more loot for gaming stuff....

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I have it, have read it, but have not yet played it. I like it as well. Enough that I bought everything out for it so far. It would work really well as a near future mystery/espionage setting perfect or playing games modeled after stuff like the movie Outland. Very well done setting IMO, I'd recommend it. If I can find time (not likely until after Thursday), I'l try to go into more detail.

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« Reply #7 on: May 07, 2013, 09:04:12 PM »
Well, that shoots down one project I was going to work on for StarCluster. Scratch the "In The Beginning" setting! I set it aside to work on Volant and Lowell Was Right!, and now that window has shut. Fuck!

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« Reply #8 on: May 07, 2013, 09:46:21 PM »
I have it but I haven't got around to actually reading it yet.

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« Reply #9 on: May 08, 2013, 03:21:54 AM »
I have a lot of Robert Zubrin books about Mars.  And Paul's Outpost for Mongoose Traveller fits right in that theme.  Outpost adds alien artifacts on Mars as a story hook all it's own.  It also adds three explorer careers, and changes the navy career since here is no jump drive technology.  I have not role-played with Outpost yet, but I already like the game a hell of a lot better than 2300 for Mongoose.

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« Reply #10 on: May 08, 2013, 08:29:55 AM »
When I see "Orbital" I think Downbelow Station.
Not sure it would be a good generic gaming setting but you could replace "Hisa" with degenerate Earthlings (active pandemic survivors) as a spin.
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« Reply #11 on: May 08, 2013, 03:55:38 PM »
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When I see "Orbital" I think Downbelow Station.
Not sure it would be a good generic gaming setting but you could replace "Hisa" with degenerate Earthlings (active pandemic survivors) as a spin.
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You really need to read the setting. It isn't that, but it still is good.
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« Reply #12 on: May 08, 2013, 04:08:41 PM »
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« Reply #13 on: May 09, 2013, 06:50:13 PM »
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I've been pondering notions in that vein for a long time now.
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