Cepheus Journal – Issue #008

Cepheus Journal – Issue #008

Welcome to issue #008 of the Cepheus Journal. This is issue is a Retro Sci-Fi issue.

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.)

From the EditorsBrett Kruger2
Space ForcePaul Drye3
The Space PatrolP-O Bergstedt10
Orbital 2100 FeatureSteve Attwood / Alegis Downport13
Cepheus MartiansNorton Glover17
Travelling Alone 2021Brass Jester21
Cepheus Lethal HitsA. R. Kavli27
The Raiders Lament Part 2Jo Jaquinta31
Future GalaxyJo Jaquinta37
Chatting With… John WattsBrett Kruger43
What’s NewBrett Kruger49
Lancaster SubsectorP-O Bergstedt50
Size: 15 Mb
Version: 1.0
Published: October 10, 2021

Cepheus Journal – Issue #007

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”.

From the EditorsPaul Drye2
Beyond the Iris ValveJoseph Jaquinta3
EroctopiTimothy Collinson7
Lagrange RendezvousJoseph Jaquinta12
The Raiders LamentJoseph Jaquinta15
The ChortNeil Lucock21
Why do people betray secretsPeter Simon23
Zaibatsu RetrogenicsNorton Glover27
Intelligence NetworksNorton Glover29
CIA Special Activities CenterEwan Spence31
From Visby with LoveP-O Bergstedt33
Who Goes There?Brett Kruger34
Size: 5 MB
Version: 1.01
Published: August 3, 2021

Cepheus Journal – Issue #006

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.

From the EditorsBrett Kruger2
Barbaric! ReviewBrett Kruger3
SwashbucklerPeter Kreft4
The Dead ForestBob Weaver6
The Legend of IgnatiousJoseph Jaquinta19
The KoboldPaul Drye23
Quantum SorceryAlegis Downport26
The Vengeance of DimionTimothy Collinson29
OctorusP-O Bergstedt30
Size: 44 MB
Version: 1.0
Published: June 3, 2021

Cepheus Journal – Issue #005

Cepheus Journal – Issue #005

Cepheus Journal 005

Welcome to issue #005 of the Cepheus Journal, the first issue without spaceships on the cover. In this issue, many settings are represented: Fantasy, Modern and Science Fiction.

For fantasy we have an article about Fighting Undead by Bob Weaver and a map of a Hidden Temple by Ade Stewart.

For a modern setting we have an article about British Cold War Tanks by Ewan Spence.

For Science Fiction settings we have Two articles by Neil Lucock. One about clothing and one about world building hellish worlds. We have an article about Jump Theory by Joseph Jaquinta. We have an article about Alternative  Rules for Wealth by Ben Gray. Randy McDonald has written an interesting article about the close star Epsilon Indi.

From the editors we have an article about Hydrazine, one about an alien race, and one about an alternative method for planet sizes.

You may also want to download an addendum for Paul’s article Old School Rethink.

From the EditorsBrett Kruger2
High Tech ClothingNeil Lucock3
Making HellNeil Lucock6
Fighting UndeadBob Weaver14
Exotic ChemicalsBrett Kruger16
Abstract Wealth RulesBen Gray20
The Hidden Temple (map)Ade Stewart23
Epsilon IndiRandy McDonald24
The ScheP-O Bergstedt30
British Cold War TanksEwan Spence32
Old School RethinkPaul Drye34
Lemon and Gold Sector (map)P-O Bergstedt39
Size: 24 MB
Version: 1.0
Published: April 2, 2021

Cepheus Journal – Issue #004

Cepheus Journal – Issue #004

Welcome to issue #004 of the Cepheus Journal, the thickest issue yet at 56 pages. In this issue, many settings are represented: Historical, Modern and Science Fiction.

For historical settings we have an article about smuggling and piracy in the 18th century and some cog travelling in the middle ages (both from the editorial team.)

For a modern setting, there is a Chinese infantry squad by Ewan Spence.

For science fiction settings we have two articles about close stars. 40 Eridani by Randy McDonald and Altair Subsector by Neil Lucock. Neil also wrote an article about Ship Damage.  For the new (Dune inspired) Science Fiction Setting Godstar from Zozer Games, Neil Lucock has supplied a short adventure. Finally we also have part 2 of Helzr’s Recovery that started in issue #001.

From the EditorsPaul Drye2
Ship DamageNeil Lucock3
PLA Heavy Armoured Infantry SquadEwan Spence9
Altair SubsectorNeil Lucock12
Dr Syn, or, the Scarecrow of Romney MarshPaul Drye18
40 Eridani in 2021Randy McDonald25
GarinarsGraham Bayley30
Archbishops’ GambitP-O Bergstedt31
European Arm (map)P-O Bergstedt37
Escape from Qasim’s TeethNeil Lucock38
Helzr’s Recovery Salvage & Repossession Services Part 2Graham Bayley42
Trans Dolovia Sector (map)P-O Bergstedt51
Size: 21.2 MB
Version: 1.0
Published: February 12, 2021