Cepheus Journal Issue #008

Issue #008 of the Cepheus Journal is ready for download. The theme of this issue is Retro Sci-Fi.

Our editors have written two articles: one about the Space Force outlining some Area 51 style adventure seeds and an article outlining how to build characters and adventures for a Space Patrol style game.

Steve Attwood wrote an article about Orbital 2100. Norton Glover sent us an article about Martians for the Cepheus Engine. Brass Jester has updated an article about solo play (that originally appeared on the Freelance Traveller website.) In A R Kavil’s article you can read about Lethal Hits for Cepheus Engine.

We have part 2 of Jo Jaquinta’s The Raiders Lament story, as well as his look at what a future galaxy might bring to gaming. Finally, Brett sat down and had a virtual chat with Independence Games John Watts, a great bloke with some great games.

We have also added a map of Lancaster Subsector (where the Travellercon/USA is held.)

Cepheus Journal Issue #007 can be downloaded from the downloads page.

Lancaster Subsector

Lancaster Subsector

Lancaster Subsector made with the subsector editor at Cepheus Journal, and then edited using GIMP. (2170×3020 pixels.)


The coreward side of the subsector belongs to the Pennsylvaani Confederation and the rimward side belongs to the Free State of Maryland. There is an ongoing cold war between these two pocket empires and there are various trade embargoes in effect.

On the trailing side of the subsector is Philadelphia subsector with the very important planet Philadelphia. Most long-range trade to Philadelphia (in Lancaster subsector) goes through Baltimore and then in the Maryland part of the Subsector. This leaves a lot of opportunities for Free Traders in the backwater Pennsylvaani part of the subsector.

The total population of the subsector is close to 11 billion (Most of them live on Baltimore). The highest tech-level is 12 at Baltimore.

More information about the Lancaster Subsector at the Zhodani Base.

Download the map from its own Download Page.

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Cepheus Journal Issue #007

007Welcome to issue #007 of the Cepheus Journal. Since this is issue 007 we decided to make this a spy themed issue.

To that end this issue of Cepheus Journal is taking a hard look at superspies and espionage. Norton Glover provides a short  set of rules for dealing with intelligence networks, a realistic upgrade for starting your adventures when compared with “So you are in a bar when…”, while Ewan Spence outlines how to make characters in the modern CIA’s Special Activities Center Special Operations Group. Those of you who game in the relatively near future can look to a passel of gadgets and upgrades that would make Q slightly queasy as Mr. Glover makes his second appearance with Zaibatsu Retrogenics. Peter Simon writes about the motivations for betraying secrets. There is also short spy adventure for a medieval setting by our own P-O Bergstedt.

There are also a number of SF articles in this issue. Joseph Jaquinta brings us a brace of articles on Lagrange points and the humble spaceship door. Timothy Collinson supplies us with some alien cephalopods to come through those doors and Neil Lucock a shuttle to put them on. We also have the first part of  Jo Jaquinta’s story “Raider’s Lament”.

Cepheus Journal Issue #007 can be downloaded from the downloads page.

Cepheus Journal Issue #006

Welcome to issue #006 of the Cepheus Journal. This is a fantasy only issue and we have saved other submitted content for later issues, a big thank you to the authors who have submitted.

This issue we have more great articles. This fantasy special issue kicks off with a review of Barbaric! by our own Brett Kruger, followed by more articles on the fantasy theme. There’s the Swashbuckler advanced combat rules from Peter Kreft, some expositions on dragons (Jo Jaquinta), kobolds (our own Paul Drye), and Quantum sorcery (Steve Attwood).

The ever proficient Timothy Collinson gives a Barbaric! NPC to use in games, while our own P-O Bergstedt gives us the Octorus to use in his Störtebeker, or any, fantasy setting. And finally, something we’ve not had before, some fiction from Robert L S Weaver, The Dead Forest.

Cepheus Journal Issue #006 can be downloaded from the downloads page.