Time to bring you up to speed with what’s happening!
The expanded rule book is coming along and we’re already 50% complete with layout. I’ll admit to having a few of those great moments where you look over something or read something in the game and just think, “wow, that is so cool – I can’t wait to play that!”; which I’ll take as a good sign.
So what are some of the cool things we’ve been working on?
Aside from all the new species options we’ve included a slew of new talents; both species specific and general.
Next there are the pages of new gear; including gear from the pretador nations, the theocratic empires of the reptiles and the mysterious terrans of SPEAR. Also the rules for gear specific talents! Gear talents are great as you don’t pay for them with xp, but from your DP and they make gear much more versatile and fun.
There are generic gear talents as well as specific talents associated with some gear items only. Do you remember the Blessing G8-50 breaching shotgun, from one of our previous updates? Well here’s an example of what you can do with it using talents.
Gear talents aren’t limited to weapons however. And there’s so much more – warp pocket cubes, crazy nanite wands that can morph into many different things, bunker making grenades from Rigby Tech and let’s not forget powered armour, for varmint, reptiles, terrans and pretadors.
There’s also the optional rule for recoil of burst fire weapons.
We’ve also got new esper abilities, at least one for each school and a few more besides. And let’s not forget the new cytech rules for full body prosthetics – so now you can be the cyborg you’ve always wanted to be.
Players can use one of the dedicated full body chassis or even adapt one of the droid templates from the core rule book, so you can even wear a 2Do body.
Next up is MAULs (VANGUARD’s version of mechs) and starships, design and combat – so stay tuned!
The file for the soft cover book is still being looked over by the printer. It is certainly taking much longer than we anticipated and we still need a proof copy before we can give the go ahead for the print run.
We’ve spoken to the print liaison and asked if the process can be sped up, but it seems we will just have to wait. We’ll let you know how things develop. I’m still hopeful for printing by end of month.