Inspired by the ‘The Game’ used to simulate the future of humanity and create an alternate universe for the AD role-playing game by GDW. We have taken it. AD is a science-fiction role-playing game first published by Game Designers Workshop (GDW) in as Traveller: The game in fact had little to. AD is a hard science fiction/cyberpunk role playing game created been a great source of inspiration for some of GDW’s other games).
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At the end of the 20th century, a global thermonuclear war took place between the United States, China, the U. This is the same “Twilight War” that is depicted in the role-playing game Twilight: In the intervening three centuries, mankind has rebuilt and returned to space. A practical means of faster-than-light FTL travel has been discovered, leading to the exploration and eventual colonization of interstellar planets.
GDW 2300 AD – the original SFRPG
The post- Westphalian nation-state remains dominant, and most space colonies are considered the territories of various nations back on Earth. The dominant power, both on Earth and in space, is the Third French Empire, which escaped the nuclear war relatively unscathed by abandoning its NATO allies at the start of the war, 230 thus had a head start in the technology race.
Competing powers include Great BritainManchuriaGermanyand an alliance of America and Australiaall of which control certain extrasolar planets themselves. The Kafers tdw the most humanoid of the alien species; unfortunately their history and biology means that war between the Kafer and mankind is inevitable; in the Kafer start an invasion of human space that will be costly to both attackers and defenders and serves as one of the major dramatic events of the game line.
A faster than light device called the Stutterwarp Drive allows mankind to colonize other solar systems. Ships can usually reach about 3.
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Because ships need to reach a world within this distance, the effect of this limitation is the creation of lanes along which travel and commerce are conducted and along which wars are fought.
There are three major lanes through known space, called Arms, named after the nations which dominate them thus the French Arm, The American Arm and the Chinese Arm. It is still early in mankind’s expansion into space, thus exploration has reached little beyond light years from Earth.
Overall, the technological level of AD is not terribly more advanced than the modern day. What is depicted refines or updates currently used technology, with occasional instances of breakthroughs predicted by modern science. For example, most personal combat is still conducted with guns firing chemically projected slugs even though energy weapons do exist.
The background history of AD is a continuation of the nuclear war depicted in the Twilight role-playing game by the same company. A custom strategy game called “The Great Game” was used by the authors to develop the background history for AD. The game has some very obvious influences.
AD – Traveller: – Wayne’s Books RPG Reference
In various supplements and adventures one can find characters, situations and equipment which were clearly modelled on items from popular science aad movies and novels. Guns and the power loader from the movie Aliens and a buggy from Silent Runningfor example.
The alien Kafer bugs could be seen as loosely modelled after the Bugs of Heinlein ‘s Starship Troopers.
The game also includes several types of powered armor combat suits quite similar to those of the Mobile Infantry of the same novel. References to such works as Neuromancer or Blade Runner inevitablely appear. Retrieved from ” http: Pages with broken file links. Navigation menu Personal tools Create account Log in.
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