In the past few weeks there have been four new releases from Zozer Games, for their ‘Hostile’ setting. These are only small releases, but of course welcome as they add to the content that is already available. The first is ‘Introduction to Hostile’, which is available from DTRPG for a PWYW (Pay What You Want) fee. I would encourage potential buyers that even though you have the option to download the product for free, if you can afford a couple of quid/bucks to send it Zozer Games’ way as it all helps towards the development of future products.
The book is 31 pages in length and is designed to give potential purchasers of the Hostile core book a ’taste’ of the setting and what you can expect to do in an adventure. The ‘Orientation’ section looks at what careers and jobs players characters will be involved in. It is worth noting that the core Hostile book requires the Cepheus Engine rule set, or the original 2D6 Classic Traveller rules. A proposed Hostile rulebook will soon form a companion product for the current core book with rules tailored for the setting and its assumptions. A brief explanation of task resolution is described along with characteristics and skills, so you have an idea of what a sample character looks like.
The next couple of pages list the current line of Hostile books and supplements. Hostile is set in 2225-50, over a hundred years after another Zozer product, Orbital 2100. All the products listed include active links so that you can open them up in a web browser straight away. It is worth noting that a couple of the products lists do not include active links because they haven’t been released yet; ‘Colony Builder’; create and run colonies within the Hostile setting and ‘Hostile Solo’ which details how to play Hostile alone, running a crew on the frontier. Both are listed for a 2021 release. I also featured a number of Hostile books and supplements which I maintain, in the blog post ‘A Hostile Christmas’.
Pages 11-12 provide a brief overview of the nations and alliances of Earth. Corporations are immensely powerful and chances are you’ll probably be working for one of them in a Hostile game. Space travel involves massive starships if you want to move between solar systems, typically using ships that are over 5,000 tons in size. A couple of pages follow with some adventure seeds, ranging from types of ‘jobs’ that a crew would have to perform, to some of the worlds in the Hostile ‘universe’.
The next three pages provide a short narrative situation with a couple of nice illustrations of a space to surface transport illustrated by Ian Stead. Page 20 delves deeper into the setting itself and the vision of Hostile; this is a grim, dirty and threatening place and being out on the frontier has a good chance of killing you, or worse. You can play a corporation employee, a colonial marine or troubleshooter; the latter being on call by the company to fix a difficult and potentially expensive situation. A complete spacecraft with deck plans is also provided; the Orchid Lifeboat, which looks not unlike a certain shuttle craft from the films Alien / Aliens. Rounding off the book are four pages of ‘advertisements’ with ‘situation reports’ from the setting. If you are thinking of dipping your toe into the Hostile universe, this is a really good introduction as to what sort of games you can play and is certainly worthwhile picking up a copy.
Also just published are three single-page NPC / scenario hooks, available from Drivethru RPG as free downloads. Published under the heading ‘Hostile: Situation Report <number>’, the three titles are:
#001 – Ghost Ship (scenario) – the players have to investigate an unresponsive starship whose orbit is slowly decaying towards the gas giant it is currently orbiting.
#002 – Snakehead (NPC) – a profile of a techno-criminal for the Snakeheads crime syndicate.
#003 – Repellent (Scenario) – the crew is woken from Hypersleep to find they are still in Hyperspace with the ship damaged. They must effect repairs but the question is, what caused the damage…
Its good to see the Hostile range of supplements expanding and the two upcoming releases (for later in 2021) mentioned previously will certainly help to bolster what is already a strong line-up.