Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Support Terran Trade Authority

It was inevitable.  I am calling attention to a Kickstarter project.

Battlefield Press is a publisher of primarily role playing games.  I have worked with them in the past, writing short story text for Pulp Fantasy, a game created by Jonathan Thompson and my good friend, Christopher Helton.  Now, Battlefield Press begs you for help in their struggle against underfunding.

Sorry, couldn't resist.  Their new Kickstarter project is a game called Terran Trade Authority: The Proxima War.  This is a game setting based on a series of science fiction books entitled, what else, Terran Trade Authority by British author Stewart Cowley.  This is a sprawling epic of space opera, the sort of storytelling that brings you back to the doe-eyed vision of humanity expanding outward into the galaxy.  If the summary descriptions I've been reading of this series (I myself have never read the books) are accurate, then it has at least one very intriguing aspect to its mythic landscape.  That is the notion of alien relics left behind on various worlds and the nature of the relics left unexplained by Cowley.

The game is set in the time period of the Proxima War.  Apparently, our first contacts with various alien races are not always friendly ones.  Full-blown wars erupt between the Terrans (us) and alliances of extraterrestrials.  It all looks far too complicated to get into here, but suffice it to say that the setting allows for no shortage of ship-to-ship combat in space and even open warfare on strange, alien worlds.

In terms of the game, the RPG is of the Savage Worlds system.  I haven't played actual tabletop RPGs in years so you'll have to head over to the Kickstarter page for information on that game.  If you're a real geek for game system mechanics, you may wish to contact Battlefield Press directly with questions as to how Terran Trade Authority: The Proxima War gels with Savage Worlds.  I sure can't help you.

As with all Kickstarter projects, you give as much as you feel that you can and you are rewarded in proportion to your investment amount.  I'm concerned that in-person RPGs may be a dying form of recreation.  If you have it to spare, please consider supporting Terran Trade Authority: The Proxima War.

My e-novella, Hound of Winter is available for only 99 cents 

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