Taurin Tales is a shared world anthology featuring some of the top names in small press science fiction. The Taurins were created by science fiction writer, editor, and game designer J Alan Erwine. Once he had created them, he invited some of his favorite writers to play in the universe, and further flesh out these new aliens. Thus was born Taurin Tales. The stories in this collection cover a large aspect of Taurin life…grand space adventures, small character studies, the tackling of difficult social issues, the past and the future of the Taurins. Included in this collection, you’ll find David Lee Summers, D. Moonfire, Ian Brazee-Cannon, Tyree Campbell, Anna Paradox, Laura Givens, and Rick Novy.
If you’re looking for something new and interesting in Sci-FI RPG, then Ephemeris is well worth picking up.
A hard part about running a SF roll playing game is developing a good balance of character types and skills. I found this book useful as it had a well-tested background.
At 332 pages, 297 are the content. When trying to get a review or rwo for Ephemeris; I found this one: https://youtu.be/NQS6mRd– kdzQ I do agree with most of what he says (Tetsubo57). Editing: font size ok. Perhaps saved 20-30 pages by condensing some of the example classes shown (possible.)
Combat rounds are 10 seconds long. Weapons have a damage factor, which is multiplied by the difference between the attack and defence rolls.
The Arbonix to me do seem somewhat wierd, with 2 rows of ‘nipples’ on their chest to ‘float’.
The system shouldn’t be too hard to ‘home rule’ by GMs, if they wish to make changes for their campaign or scenario(s) they are running.
If you prefer using D6 instead of D20 for OGl; Ephemeris should do pretty much ok.
As work progresses on our third RPG, let’s go back to our very first RPG, and still our most successful title, Ephemeris.
The year is 2185. The human race has gone to the stars, and found that they’re not alone. Local space is teeming with civilizations, some hostile, some friendly, and some indifferent. This is the universe of Ephemeris.
Ephemeris is a game of galactic trade and galactic conquest; of inter-species conflict and cooperation. Ephemeris is a science fiction role playing game. Here you will be able to take on the role of your favorite alien species and your favorite class. You will be able to trade, fight, negotiate, conquer, whatever you’d like to do with your fellow players. You can play the role of an Althani Trader, or maybe an Arbonix Cyber Wizard, or maybe even a Human Nanist. You can create a party made up entirely of one species and set out to upset the trade routes of a rival species. Or maybe you want to create a party with a variety of species that preys upon the trading routes of the various civilizations. Or maybe you want to explore the ancient ruins on long dead planets, ruins that clearly show that there were other species roaming the spaceways in the past…but where are they now? You can fight in great wars, negotiate grand peace treaties, and explore sections of the galaxy that no sentient has ever explored. Or maybe your party has joined with one of the interplanetary corporations; corporations whose motives are never entirely clear. These are just some of the possibilities open to you. The universe of Ephemeris is yours to do with as you please. What you now hold in your hands are the basic guidelines for the games. Here you’ll find the races, classes, abilities, skills, weapons, and ships that allow you to create your own Ephemeris universe.
Now, step inside for the greatest science fiction adventure you’ve ever been on…
We’ve lowered the prices on some more of our paperbacks that you can order through Amazon. You can now order The Battle for Turtle Island, Disharmony of the Spheres, The Divided States of America Vol. 1, Ecotastrophe II, Future Syndicate, Future Syndicate II, Manic Musings of a Maniacal Mind, Seedlings on the Solar Winds, and Taurin Tales at a reduced price. Enjoy! There are some really great reads in there.
This is quite a strange book, in many ways a kind of psychoanalytical exploration of narrative–I have never encountered anything like how the author narrates the complex identity of the protagonist. At times it is difficult, and I found myself wincing at some of the viewpoints expressed, particularly around gender (not a politically correct book!), but still and all this book is definitely worth reading for the strange genius of its narrative technique. Parts of it are laugh out loud funny, if only because of being bewilderingly bizarre.
We’ve lowered the prices on all of the print copies of our old magazines through Amazon. You can get copies of Environmental Holocaust, The Fifth Di…, The Martian Wave, and Mundanities for even lower prices than before…so, what are you waiting for? Hurry up and order today.
Max checked out of reality years ago. When he comes back, he finds himself to be a bum dressed like a priest. He also finds himself to be the only potent man in an otherwise impotent America.
Max eventually reaches the west coast where he finds himself the host of an hour long TV show watched by billions. His adoring fans begin to call him The Poet, and they see him as the savior of the world.