Wed. Dec 1st, 2021
Surviving in a Mutant-free Post Apocalypse

On 17 April 2000, the US Army 5th Infantry Division (Mechanized) was in dire straits.  Shattered by Soviet counterattacks of a lot better energy than anticipated, pushed again almost to Kalisz, and with no communication with III US Corps and no resupply for days, Major General M.A. Buonagurio declared his division “combat ineffective and incapable of field operations, including defense.”  Giving the command to scatter and make their means again to the German border, his orders signed off with, “Good luck.  You’re on your own now.”

Thus is the stage set for a marketing campaign in the world of the Twilight:2000 RPG.  It’s a sport of gritty survival and hex-crawling as you and your fellow misplaced souls attempt to survive in a world ravaged by tactical nukes, societal collapse, and the final, gasping makes an attempt by the superpowers to strangle each other. 

Those of you who play Free League Press’ different RPGs will discover a lot that’s acquainted right here.  It contains a lot of the exploration of Forbidden Lands with the stress and gritty survival themes of ALIEN.  It additionally shares a core mechanic with these two video games, the place you roll cube swimming pools and are in a position to “push” by rolling extra cube, however on the danger of much more issues going incorrect. 

The authentic Twilight: 2000 RPG got here out in the ‘80s, when a conflict between the NATO and the Soviet Union was nonetheless believable.  The present sport envisions a world the place the Soviet Union didn’t collapse, and the place its army would possibly was robust sufficient that a conflict between the 2 superpowers resulted not in a sudden erasure of civilization, however a grinding battle of attrition in which each side collapsed behind the primary strains, leaving their armies to contest first with out air help, after which with out logistical help, till they disintegrated into ragged bands of hungry survivors.  The result’s a milieu paying homage to a 20th century model of the 30 Years War. 

The character sheet contains the 4 stats Free League followers know from their different video games: Strength (protecting abilities like Heavy Weapons and Close Combat), Agility (for Driving and Ranged Combat), Intelligence (which you’ll use to maintain the failing equipment of your autos and weapons in working order), and Empathy (which covers each Command and Medical Aid).  In protecting with the survivalist theme, the character sheet additionally retains observe of armor for various elements of the physique (head, arms, torso, and legs), stress capability, coolness underneath hearth, circumstances (resembling sleep deprivation, dehydration, and hypothermia) and, in fact, how a lot radiation your character’s been uncovered to.

You can construct your character in two methods.  You can choose an archetype, which is fast and ensures that your characters all begin out at about the identical relative functionality, or you should utilize the longer, extra random, however far more free-form life path system.  Archetypes embrace the Spook, the Mechanic, the Officer, and the Kid, which provides you some thought of the breadth of the system.  It doesn’t assume that the PCs will essentially be NATO troopers (although selecting them offers you glorious survival abilities and kit); you may be Soviet troopers, native civilians, or any mixture of individuals you’d care to play. 

The sport offers maps and eventualities for taking part in in both Poland (the traditional model of the sport) or Free League’s dwelling of Sweden.  However, you may theoretically set your marketing campaign anyplace, they usually’re promising a lot of help in the longer term, together with enjoying in the US (maybe after your crew escapes Europe) or the Free City of Kraków, the place, rumor says, the lights are nonetheless on and the rule of legislation remains to be enforced. 

The Twilight: 2000 RPG comes as a stuffed boxed set which incorporates a 154 web page Players’ Manual, a 114 web page Referee’s Manual, cube, maps of Sweden and Poland in addition to tactical hex maps for fight, cardboard tokens for fighters, autos, and circumstances, and a deck of playing cards to assist Referees design encounters.  The e-book in fact contains guidelines for changing between this model of Twilight: 2000 and the three earlier ones, in addition to guidelines for solo play. 

The Cold War could be over, however it continues to be an inspiring setting for fiction and video games.  If you’re a fan of what-if alternate histories, gritty survival, or extra lifelike post-apocalyptic settings, you’ll positively wish to give this sport a attempt.  Fans of Free League Press who’re curious to see what they plan to observe up ALIEN with may even discover a lot to take pleasure in in this boxed set.  Give the RPG specialists at your native Dragon’s Lair Comics and Fantasy® a name at present to see how one can get your fingers on the Twilight: 2000 boxed set.

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