The Starvation Cheap Kickstarter is now live. Within these 110 pages, you’ll find tools for sandbox military and mercenary campaigns for Stars Without Number, including a host of system-neutral tools that work handsomely with your own favorite sci-fi RPG. Between these covers, you’ll find…
- Details on the typical structure of a modern ground army. Ranks and roles are described, along with the pertinent details of military justice, the chain of command, and the various types of modern military units. GMs unfamiliar with military culture and flavor can use these pages to tighten up their game.
- Guides for creating planetary conflicts through War Tags, rolling up reasons for savage conflicts and assigning critical Vital Points that must be captured or overcome if a side is to be victorious.
- Building ground armies, dividing them into units, and dealing with the potential complications of sending modern laser rifles and gravtanks against spears and lostworlder jezails. Creating a mercenary legion? Everything you need is in here, too.
- Strategic mass combat rules for resolving these planetary wars with the armies and mercenary legions you’ve made. The rules are quick and streamlined, meant to give a fast outcome and focus on player involvement in offensive priorities and desperate defenses.
- GM tools for building battlefield missions and adventures, with the PCs thrown onto the field to achieve some grave task or die trying. These rules interface with the mass combat tools, making PC success in their objectives the crucial factor that tips a bitter defeat into a hard-won victory.
- Hardware, of course. Lots of merciless hardware, from self-propelled artillery guns to radioactive weaponry and semi-sentient landmines. The far future battlefield is a dangerous place to be.
And you can read it right now. Just pledge and download the complete beta from the first backer-only update. I’m doing Starvation Cheap with the same techniques I’ve used for my prior three successful Kickstarters, so I have every anticipation that I’ll be dishing up the final product as briskly and efficiently as I did the last three times.