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Cepheus Journal – Issue #003

This is Cepheus Journal Issue #003 the third issue of Cepheus Journal. The theme for this issue is the Closest Stars. There is an article about Alpha Centauri and another one about Tau Ceti. There is also an article about Vega Subsector about a number of nearby worlds, based on the Near Stars map from Stellagama Publishing.

There are also some rules for Sword of Cepheus, rules for Factions, a Vietnamese Rifle Platoon for Modern War, a review of These Stars are Ours! and a Provincial Cruiser that you can find in the Vega Subsector.

Finally there are three very different alien races. The Quarlon is a parasitic virus that will take over its host sophont. The Gebbebem is an insectoid race in a symbiotic relationship with a worm-like creature that acts as it brain.

The last race is the Nissi. A race that was inspired by the Nisse from Scandinavian Folklore. When editing this issue, there wasn’t room for the image of the Nissi (and a few other images as well). This is what they look like (if you can see them).

We want to thank all of you who have sent in submissions, and if your submission isn’t in this issue, it will be in a later issue.

 

 


ArticleAuthorPage
From the EditorsPaul Drye2
Alpha CentauriThomas Smith3
The QuarlonJim Hunsinger9
Procyon ClusterRobert Graves11
Additional Shield Rules for Sword of CepheusBob Weaver12
Disarm Rules for SoCBob Weaver13
Pencil LaserBob Weaver13
Factions as CharactersPaul Elliott14
People’s Army of Vietnam Rifle PlatoonEwan Spence18
Vega SubsectorNeil Lucock21
Provincial CruiserNeil Lucock27
The GebbebemP-O Bergstedt29
Tau CetiRandy McDonald32
These Stars Are Ours ReviewJonathan Sherlock38
The NissiNeil Lucock40
Size: 12.5 MB
Version: 1.0
Published: December 19, 2020
Trans Dolovia

A Sector generated using the Cepheus Engine rules.

The zip-file includes a map in PNG-format, and two text-files. The text-files includes the UWPs and the XML-data. The UWPs and the XML-data can be used to create your own maps at the TravellerMap Poster Maker or a booklet at the TravellerMap Booklet Maker.

You can also find Trans Dolovia Sector at TravellerMap.

Size: 15 MB
Version: 1.0
Published: November 25, 2020
Cepheus Journal – Issue #002

Cepheus JournalIn our second issue we have more great articles. There are two articles on CE creatures, how to salvage and repair starships, another Sword of Cepheus NPC, what those technological levels really mean, and an adventure on the earthlike world of Kaldraa. We want to thank all of you who have sent in submissions, and if your submission isn’t in this issue, it will be in a later issue.

Hi-res versions of The Near Space and the Sector Maps from this issue can be downloaded separately.

ArticleAuthorPage
From the EditorsBrett Kruger2
Quick StartsPaul Drye3
CE Beasts – The DragonMichael James Cross4
Major OperationsPaul Drye6
Winged SkeletonsBob Weaver13
Near Space Star ListRobert Graves15
Salvage Prizes and RepairsTom Mouat16
SoC NPC – GythaRobert Foran20
Starship OwnershipMichael Major23
Tech Level EquivalentsPaul Elliott28
Rosalis Cluster and Fantana SpurP-O Bergstedt33
Size: 65.6 MB
Version: 1,0
Published: October 14, 2020
Sharand: Land of the Halflings

Hi-res version of the map found in Cepheus Journal Issue #002. (Zipped file)

Sharand: Land of the Halflings by Brett Kruger.

Size: 5 MB
Version: 1.0
Published: October 13, 2020
Wallwichen

Once, the Orion Arm was humanity’s plaything, the Earth Alliance expanding by leaps across interstellar space. But as happens with all our species creates, it was destroyed through greed and lust for power and spite.

A thousand years on, space is still dark, but light sometimes flickers for a while in a little corner here or there. The dream of the Alliance dies hard, and over and over one world or another has tried to recreate a fraction of its glory, only to fail.

Enter the Three Clusters, where it’s happening again. Whether or not they succeed this time depends on you.

The Three Clusters Campaign is a “classic-style” Hard Space Opera game setting, using the PWYW Cepheus Engine rules. for which Wallwichen is the first world book. Players take on the character of merchants, mercenaries, explorers, or many others in a universe where every world is hand-crafted by a veteran game setting designer.

This introductory book is FREE and further volumes will be low-priced. Each book details one world, and all are designed to interconnect into a larger whole. Alternatively GMs can use it as a “drop-in” planet when they need a new, detailed destination quickly in their usual setting and haven’t got the time to make one.

The Three Clusters setting is also OPEN for use in other works, including commercial products. See details on the Wallwichen book’s copyright page.

Size: 2.1 MB
Version: 1.0
Published: October 1, 2020
Fantana Spur

A Sector generated using the Cepheus Engine rules.

The zip-file includes a map in PNG-format, and two text-files. The text-files includes the UWPs and the XML-data. The UWPs and the XML-data can be used to create your own maps at the TravellerMap Poster Maker or a booklet at the TravellerMap Booklet Maker.

You can also find Fantana Spur at the Traveller Map.

Size: 27 MB
Version: 1.0
Published: September 22, 2020
List of nearest stars

This is a list of the nearest stars compiled by Robert Graves. It contains 395 star system with coordinates and distance in light-years.

The list can be very useful for anyone making their own Cepheus Engine setting. It may also be useful for science fiction authors wanting to use real stars in their works.

Size: 41kB
Version: 1.0
Published: September 19, 2020
Cepheus Journal – Issue #001

In the first issue of Cepheus Journal we have some great articles. There is an article about CE skills, part one of a scifi adventure on salvage and recovery, a Sword of Cepheus NPC, a description of a free trader with deckplans, a small pseudolizard species to encounter, a piece on modern war, tech level comparisons and more. We want to thank all of you who have sent in submissions, and if your submission isn’t in this issue, it will be in a later issue.

ArticleAuthorPage
From the EditorsBrett Kruger2
Cepheus Rules and VariantsSteve Attwood / Alegis Downport3
The RhabdomanePaul Drye8
Looking at the Skill ListPaul Elliott10
Which Cepheus Careers Give Which Skills?Timothy Collinson15
1980s British Infantry SectionEwan Spence20
Abhainn Free TraderMichael Johnson / Ian Stead22
Helzr’s Recovery/SalvageGraham Bayley26
Sword of Cepheus CharacterRobert Foran39
Störtebeker TeaserP-O Bergstedt41
Size: 10.8 MB
Version: 1.0
Published: August 13, 2020
Rosalis Cluster

Rosalis Cluster

A Sector generated using the Cepheus Engine rules.

The zip-file includes a map in PNG-format, and two text-files. The text-files includes the UWPs and the XML-data. The UWPs and the XML-data can be used to create your own maps at the TravellerMap Poster Maker or a booklet at the TravellerMap Booklet Maker.

You can also find Rosalis Cluster at the Traveller Map.

Size: 27 MB
Version: 1.0
Published: July 28, 2020