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Christmas has come early for D101 Games this year, since our latest full RPG , the Science Fiction Adventure Game, River of Heaven is now available in Pdf, Print (hard and soft covers) and Print/Pdf bundle from DriveThruRpg.com.

 

 

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…

 

River of Heaven uses D101 games’ OpenQuest rules engine; a sleek and streamlined D100 rule set that enables you to maintain the tempo of your stories whilst keeping the rules simple and in the background.

 

In the core rulebook you will find:

 

The OpenQuest rules engine tailored to a hard sci-fi setting.

 

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.

 

Adventure Seeds

Ideas for adventure ideas set in the River of Heaven universe, covering a wide range of styles and themes.

 

Friends and Foes
An A-Z list of lifeforms that may be encountered by the player characters during their adventures. It includes humans from the various divergent cultures and castes, mundane animals encountered on many worlds of humanity, and some more exotic creatures too.

Written by John Ossoway.

 

Cover by Jon Hodgson

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Got it - and it looks really very, very good, worth the five stars I gave it. :tu:

 

It will need a few minor modifications to fit my water world setting, but it covers all

the elements I expect of a d100 science fiction rules set, and I really like the pre-

sentation.

 

Well done indeed, and highly recommended. :)

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Got it - and it looks really very, very good, worth the five stars I gave it. :tu:

 

It will need a few minor modifications to fit my water world setting, but it covers all

the elements I expect of a d100 science fiction rules set, and I really like the pre-

sentation.

 

Well done indeed, and highly recommended. :)

 

I still say you need to get your Varun and Pharos IV material into publishable form and bless us with it.  ;)

 

Glad River has finally seen print.  As discussed elsewhere, D100 needs more good sci-fi material.

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It will need a few minor modifications to fit my water world setting, but it covers all the elements I expect of a d100 science fiction rules set, and I really like the presentation.

 

Love the rules, and looking forward to reading them and the scenario in some detail over the holidays. rust, you know you need to get that waterworld to the rest of us. Don't be a tease.  B)

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Brought it, read it, damn good. Nice to see decent hard sci fi for d100. Just have to wait for the companion now for some more setting detail, though there is plenty in there already.

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Just ordered a hard cover book and downloaded the PDF about ten minutes ago.  At $46 with shipping it was not a bad deal (book and PDF should be a standard package anymore).  I almost backed a KickStarter for a keyboard waffle maker (for $60) yesterday, but glad I held off and got this instead. 

 

Looking forward to reading this over the long weekend. 

 

BTW, that was your review, rust?  One sentence?  Not the most helpful review I've ever read....  :)

 

Oh, and congrats to Newt, John, and all those involved in bringing this to us. 

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BTW, that was your review, rust? 

No, I just gave five stars, no time to compose a review. ;)

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I'm liking what I've read so far, feeling very good about getting this in print, so I can show it off to my gaming friends. 

 

Newt, would it be possible to get a printer friendly character sheet?  That space background will eat up a lot of ink, especially with a two-page character sheet. 

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I'm liking what I've read so far, feeling very good about getting this in print, so I can show it off to my gaming friends. 

 

Newt, would it be possible to get a printer friendly character sheet?  That space background will eat up a lot of ink, especially with a two-page character sheet. 

 

Yup I'll get on it over the coming week :)

 

Thanks for the compliments. Getting River of Heaven out the door has taken a long time (John started writing it in 2008 ) so its nice to see folk picking it up and enjoying it :)

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Hey Newt, congratulations on getting pick of the week on drivethru and being one of their top sellers.

One thing tho, they mentioned that the game system was "SYSTEM: Unique system (OpenQuest)" and only mentioned its connection to d100 deep within the description. Was this an error or deliberate? Wouldn't showing its parentage and connection to the d100 universe more clearly enhance the possible sales?

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Thanks Newt. 

 

I've read up to the first part of the Skills section.  Funny, I've used 10% as the Critical Success chance for 20 years now.  I was introducing the BRP system to three newbie gamers and I wanted a simplified approach.  It worked so well, I never went back to the RAW.  This is my first real look at the OpenQuest system, or is it modified even more for the RoH book?  Either way, I'm getting a very familiar feel -which is good.  The older I get, the less enthusiasm I have for learning new RPG systems.  :)

 

Oh, and I'll be sure to take the time to do a review on DrivethruRPG once I have read RoH completely.  I know I like to read the reviews to see what others liked and disliked about a particular RPG. 

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Hey Newt, congratulations on getting pick of the week on drivethru and being one of their top sellers.

One thing tho, they mentioned that the game system was "SYSTEM: Unique system (OpenQuest)" and only mentioned its connection to d100 deep within the description. Was this an error or deliberate? Wouldn't showing its parentage and connection to the d100 universe more clearly enhance the possible sales?

 

This was down to Drive Thru who made up the news item from a combination of the product description and their own information.   I categorise OQ and its child games/supplements as "Broadly compatible with other D100 games" out of honesty and respect for other D100 publishers' trademarks.

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I've read up to the first part of the Skills section.  Funny, I've used 10% as the Critical Success chance for 20 years now.  I was introducing the BRP system to three newbie gamers and I wanted a simplified approach.  It worked so well, I never went back to the RAW.  This is my first real look at the OpenQuest system, or is it modified even more for the RoH book?  Either way, I'm getting a very familiar feel -which is good.  The older I get, the less enthusiasm I have for learning new RPG systems.  :)

 

RoH uses OQ as a base and then adds to it. If you want to see OQ rules checkout the OQ Srd

 

http://openquest.d101games.com/openquest-srd/

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Well, finally my hard cover copy arrived.  A bit the worse for wear, as the bottom right corner got crumped a bit somewhere along the way.  It still looks nice up on the gaming shelf though. 

 

I read through the combat section on the PDF, but look forward to finishing with the book.  There is no rush Newt, but a simplified character sheet would complete the package.  :)

 

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Hardback? Won't say no to that! Not so hard the postie didn't manage to get a good ding right in the centre of the front cover, but that'll teach me to go for the cheap-as-chips postage option.

I've had the PDF since the Kickstarter, but this is really so much nicer. Now, with RoH, Luther Arkwright, and M-SPACE, I think we can say BRP Space is no longer vaporware.

 

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On 10/7/2016 at 9:43 PM, Vile said:

Hardback? Won't say no to that! Not so hard the postie didn't manage to get a good ding right in the centre of the front cover, but that'll teach me to go for the cheap-as-chips postage option.

I've had the PDF since the Kickstarter, but this is really so much nicer. Now, with RoH, Luther Arkwright, and M-SPACE, I think we can say BRP Space is no longer vaporware.

Hear hear! There's also Cthulhu Rising and End Time for more hard SF, though they're probably harder to get now.

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35 minutes ago, Questbird said:

Hear hear! There's also Cthulhu Rising and End Time for more hard SF, though they're probably harder to get now.

Luckily I got them when they and I were young. :)

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Newt, any progress on that printer friendly character sheet?  I didn't see anything in the downloads section, so I though I'd ask.  I still owe you guys a solid review of RoH too. 

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