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HOSTILE is a gritty, near future roleplaying setting for the 2D6 Cepheus Engine rules that is inspired by movies like Outland and Alien. It is a universe of mining installations, harsh moons, industrial facilities, hostile planets and brutal, utilitarian spacecraft. 

And out here the Unknown is real – it is horrific: there are rumors of the disturbing side-effects of hyperspace, of ancient horrors entombed on icy moons, and of monsters – killer aliens, perfectly evolved to survive the hostile wastes of space – at any cost. 

  • An immersive and realistic near space setting
  • Gritty and scientifically plausible Off-World Colonies
  • Many references to classic late-70s and early-80s SF movies
  • Complete career write-ups, from Roughneck to Corporate Agent, Marine to Spacer
  • Mega-ton starship construction rules
  • Campaign and referee guidelines
  • More than 30 fully-realized scenario hooks
  • The USCS Hercules – a complete commercial towing vessel
  • Colony schematics
  • Setting-specific equipment and weapon lists
  • With a variety of realistic photo-illustrations and replica documents
  • Additional PDFs with this book add another 65 pages of content!
  • Full colour throughout!

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Paul E March 07, 2018 12:23 pm UTC
Announcement: If the print version is bought on Lulu, I can now offer the PDF as a free download.
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March 08, 2018 2:14 pm UTC
Great! How does this work? I have recently ordered both this and Zaibatsu from lulu (also 43 AD!). I just checked my lulu account and they were not in my downloads.
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March 08, 2018 6:54 pm UTC
Thanks - I sent you a message via your contact form.
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Chris H March 13, 2018 3:13 pm UTC
Excellent! How do I claim my PDF copy? I genuinely love this setting.
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Paul E March 13, 2018 6:46 pm UTC
Please get in touch with me via Zozer Games:

When I reply to uou, I'll ask you to forward your Lulu reciept. Please get in touch.
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John L February 04, 2018 10:51 pm UTC
Any discount on the pdf if we buy the print version from Lulu?
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Paul E February 12, 2018 3:09 pm UTC
I'm afraid not.
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John L February 14, 2018 9:29 am UTC
Well, that's inconsiderate of you. Do you at least have sufficient courtesy towards your customers to provide a pdf of the character sheet so folks who stupidly paid for the physical book don't have to break its spine to copy it?
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John L February 14, 2018 4:06 pm UTC
I apologize for the tone of my last post. While I am disappointed about the pdf situation and now wish I had not ordered the print copy, you have a right to not cut deals on the pdf and I failed to filter some general crankiness out of my reaction to your choice. I guess I am old enough to still prioritize physical books and look at pdfs as supplements/add-ons. You have created a very nice setting for the 2D6 sci fi rules. I just wish you had chosen to not be so Mongoosey-stingy about the pdfs.
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Paul E March 03, 2018 10:32 am UTC
Hi John, the character sheet and a few other items are up on the Zozer Games website,

I'd love to use DriveThru's Print on Demand system, because it lets publishers on here bundle up PDFs and Print on Demand books all together, provide discounts on the PDF, etc. It's all very good. The reason I don't use it, and unfortunately cannot offer you a discounted PDF (much as I would like to) is that the software I use to build my covers is not up to scratch for the DriveTHru POD system. Lulu publishing employs a different cover designing software package that I can upload to easily and without fuss.

Believe me when I say I am not trying to rip off customers or stubbornly demand full prices for everything no matter what, it's simply a matter of software compatibility (and no doubt skill and learning too, its a complicated business!). I do hope to rectify the situation later this year though!

I really do apologise for any inconvenience...See more
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John L March 03, 2018 4:53 pm UTC
Hey, Paul.

I understand what you have written. I also know that it is possible for one such as yourself to provide discounts for pdfs on an individual basis (e.g., send an email or personal message that contains a link that adds the item to the recipient account at a reduced price). They need not be tied to a PoD version of the item.

It is your call. I wish you well in your RPG publishing endeavors!

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Paul E March 03, 2018 9:12 pm UTC
Hi John, you may have the answer there, I think. If you can spare the time would you contact me, I have a couple of questions regarding your idea:
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Alex B December 19, 2017 12:28 am UTC
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Paul E December 23, 2017 7:13 pm UTC
Bookmarks - they are linked to my word processor's chapter/heading/titling system. I'll have a look into that.
Orbital and Hostile come from a shared universe, it is true, but Hostile certainly isn't a 'historically accurate' sequel... the mood is all different, there is the retro-tech, too. As you noticed, I have included a couple of sections verbatum from Orbital 2100 (In particular aspects of working in space), which seemed preferable to referencing the earlier book and expecting readers to go and buy it. But in Hostile, you've just got to have rules for mining in space!
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Warren E February 17, 2018 11:01 pm UTC
I would say Hostile is more like a parallel mileau to Orbital 2100. The retrotech is what does that. We also don't see mention of anything weird found on Mars.<br>
I'm really enjoying this setting. Will we get to see rules on ship combat or see more maps on various worlds? Because I noticed Tau Ceti was the only place to a map of the surface.
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Paul E March 03, 2018 4:14 pm UTC
I would like to find time to flesh out a Future War on Tau Ceti book for Cepheus Engine. I once wrote a military history book on the Vietnam War, so you can guess where my inspiration will come from!
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Hugh A December 12, 2017 10:39 am UTC
Is this a stand-alone product? As in, do I need additional rulebooks?
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Paul E December 12, 2017 3:42 pm UTC
Yes, you will need Cepheus Engine, an open gaming system based on Mongoose Traveller. It's free from DriveThru, and an absolutely cracking and versatile system.
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Antonio M December 11, 2017 8:07 pm UTC
Paul, is a print version planned?
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Paul E December 11, 2017 8:34 pm UTC
Yes, there should be a POD version in a week or two!
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Antonio M December 12, 2017 4:51 pm UTC
Thanks, Paul.

Looking forward to it!
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Todd B December 18, 2017 9:01 pm UTC
What's a good way to get notified when the print version is available for sale?
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Paul E January 07, 2018 9:36 am UTC
I am hoping for the print version, through Lulu, to be ready by mid January. Check on Zozer Games' facebook page, or on Zozer Games website:
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Jacob R December 09, 2017 5:13 pm UTC
Interesting. You've never steered me wrong before. So what's the additional content? Gazeteers and player handouts? Ship plans?
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Paul E December 09, 2017 6:34 pm UTC
Hi Jacob, to reduce the page count on the main book, a set of colony plans is included (in the form of an email from the architect), likewise there is a magazine review of the Hercules tow ship, with specs, performance table, engine discussion and full walkthrough with deckplans by the reporter. Fun stuff :)
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Jacob R December 10, 2017 7:25 am UTC
Sounds fantastic. This is now on the list.
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