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RIVER OF HEAVEN - Science Fiction Roleplaying in the 28th Century


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#1 Trifletraxor

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Posted 28 September 2011 - 03:04 PM

It is the dawn of the 28th Century. The Third Renaissance, or Bright Age as future historians will call it, is at its zenith. After the catastrophic first contact with extra-terrestrial life that led to the horrific Solar System war, humanity clawed its way back from the brink and finally reached the stars. For millions of people, Earth’s sun is no more than another star in the night sky, a mote of light, a spiritual birthplace that they will never visit in their lifetimes.

It has been over a century since the Machine Civilisation gifted humanity technological marvels such as the Visser Cube, allowing wormhole travel across the vast chasms of interstellar space. Now interstellar distances grow ever shorter. How the myriad of splintered cultures view this gift varies. Some see it as a blessing, a way to draw humanity into a united whole. Others see it as a curse, robbing them of their individuality. And then there are those who would use it as a means to subjugate humanity and impose their own will upon all…

Across the river of heaven, humanity clings to a scattering of islands in a sea of stars. Players can take on a multitude of roles in this future: a crew member on an interstellar trader, a member of the mysterious Engineers’ Guild, a body-hopping Intercessionist agent – out to manipulate human cultures to its own secret ends, a Renouncer Zealot – intent on destroying Artificial Intelligence in all its forms, or perhaps one of the Reclaimers – planetary engineers dedicated to terraforming any viable planet they happen upon…

In the core rulebook you will find:
The OpenQuest rules engine - tailored to a hard sci-fi setting, making River of Heaven a self-contained game.
Simple Character generation: Enabling you to go from concept to fully finished character as quickly as possible.
Augmentations: Humanity has found many ways to improve upon what nature created. Quickly augment your character with the latest biotech/nanotech upgrades.
Equipment: All the weapons, armour and other types of equipment your character might need to go adventuring in the 28th century.
Transportation: Information on how to get around the River of Heaven universe, be it lowly pack animal on a frontier dirt farm or an interstellar trader equipped with exotic stellar-tap drive.
Background: In addition to a timeline spanning 1000 years of future history, River of Heaven includes an introduction to the Bright Age, the default play setting for the game. It also includes a campaign setting – the Kentauran Hegemony – and information about all the colonised star systems at the start of the 28th century.
An example adventure: Reunion is an introductory adventure designed to get you up and running River of Heaven as soon as possible. It can be played as a one-off, or as the start of a campaign.
Adventure Seeds: Ideas for adventure ideas set in the River of Heaven universe, covering a wide range of styles and themes.

By John Ossoway. To be published by D101 Games.

Edited by Trifletraxor, 30 June 2012 - 12:20 PM.

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#2 Trifletraxor

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Posted 28 September 2011 - 04:19 PM

Will River of Heaven be published by D101 Games? (Can't see the logo on the cover)

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Posted 28 September 2011 - 04:21 PM

Yes, its in editorial now ;) More updates and previews (Contents list, internal art etc), as things get finished off.
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Posted 01 October 2011 - 11:11 AM

Looks very interesting!
Have a freshly started relatively hard sci-fi campaign at the moment which I have named Exodus. But I am sure there will be plenty of usable stuff in there to use even if I don't run it in River of Heaven setting.

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Posted 02 October 2011 - 10:03 AM

When it gets published, open my cryo pod will you?
http://www.basicrps....quick_start.pdf A sense of humour and an imagination go a long way in roleplaying. ;)

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Posted 02 October 2011 - 11:39 AM

I think you should allow a reasonable thaw period, or the thrill power overload might shatter your cellular bonds.

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Posted 05 October 2011 - 09:25 AM

I think you should allow a reasonable thaw period, or the thrill power overload might shatter your cellular bonds.





I hope so. I'm beginning to feel jaded, and would like nothing more than a setting that knocks my socks off!

Edited by Conrad, 18 October 2011 - 07:57 AM.

http://www.basicrps....quick_start.pdf A sense of humour and an imagination go a long way in roleplaying. ;)

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Posted 10 October 2011 - 01:33 AM

I have to say that this is definitely a setting that I want to see more about...

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Posted 13 October 2011 - 02:23 AM

This also looks like a great setting, and I'll grab it fure sure as there's not much actual sci-fi settings for BRP (and BRP related systems). I'll be interested in how biotech/nanotech is handled, as well as having a large sci-fi equipment list. The setting itself sounds fascinating as well.

I wonder if this will be a hardcover. I picked up "The Book of Glorious Joy' recently from D101 Games and I was impressed by the hard cover and internal presentation of that book, certainly one for the gaming bookshelf. Hopefully this one will have similar production standards.

Looking forward to it.

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Posted 13 October 2011 - 05:51 AM

I'm glad that you liked the Book of Glorious Joy, its the first book that I've done as a hardcover and I'm very happy with the results myself.

In answer to your question, YES River of Heaven will be availble in Hard-cover, as well as softcover, pdf and print/pdf bundles. The art is being handled by a proffessional artist so will be up to the standards of BoGJ :)

Edited by Newt, 13 October 2011 - 05:55 AM.

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#11 Mankcam

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Posted 13 October 2011 - 10:03 AM

Excellent!

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Posted 17 October 2011 - 02:40 PM

Cant wait, I'm seriously looking forwards to this.

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Posted 30 November 2011 - 10:41 PM

Any movement on this? Looks good!

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Posted 02 December 2011 - 12:55 AM

Movement is happening at a very slow pace - currently with me and editorial. But should rev up in the new year....watch this space ;)
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Posted 02 December 2011 - 01:59 PM

Slow movement is fine, as long as it's regular!

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Posted 03 December 2011 - 07:38 AM

Funny that's what the Dr said to me t'other day ;)
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Posted 10 December 2011 - 10:11 AM

Slow movement is fine, as long as it's regular!




So long as the supplement isn't sh#t!;)
http://www.basicrps....quick_start.pdf A sense of humour and an imagination go a long way in roleplaying. ;)

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Posted 10 December 2011 - 11:21 AM

Shush enough of this toliet humour, because

"In space, no one can hear you flush!"

(OK I'll get me coat)
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#19 Vile

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Posted 10 December 2011 - 12:53 PM

It's all reaction mass.

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Posted 21 December 2011 - 02:06 AM

I said it before and I'll say it again - I'm very, very excited by this book. Who does one have to - kill/bribe/tickle (select one) - to get involved in this project (playtesting?)

Cheers!

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