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Play as a colonial marine grunt in the year 2450, in a 1D6 tabletop RPG system of scene building, great danger and terrifying horror.
Play as a colonial marine grunt in the year 2450, in a 1D6 tabletop RPG system of scene building, great danger and terrifying horror.
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Greetings, citizen! Do you enjoy films where marines must survive in space or on deadly planets against horrid creatures and insurmountable odds? Then this is the game for you, soldier!

The I Love the Corps game system integrates tension-building narrative scenes and streamlined action scenes, blending psychological horror with high-octane battles! 

Oohrah! The game has achieved its first stretch goal!

All right marines, the second stretch goal is- MILITARY GRADE: £7400 (approx. 8500 USD). There will be an increased amount of art from the initial goal at around 1 image per 4 pages on average.

The video below shows the game and its world in play. 

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  • Experience a tabletop RPG that feels like you're playing a movie!
  • Choose when you roll the dice; you can gun down Hostiles without a single roll in sight. 
  • Creative play is encouraged by the game's flexible system! Any dramatic action is resolved through one of eight core abilities.
  • Abilities have a military flavour, such as Collateral Damage (to open fire) and Drop and Give Me Fifty (for the athletic marines). 
This marine puts their Powerhouse ability to the test. (Image by Debbie Jackson.)
This marine puts their Powerhouse ability to the test. (Image by Debbie Jackson.)
  • Create the marine you want with the points available using a wealth of options. Want to be a medic? Get the MEDIIIIC! aspect. 
  • Some marines might be genetically and/or cyber-enhanced, Sensitive to psychic energies or machines wearing the skin of humanity. 
  • Going from the vacuum of space to a fiery Hellworld? Then swap your contact armour for blast armour with the Gear Load-Out system. 
Here is a narrative scene... for now. (Image by Daniel Tyka.)
Here is a narrative scene... for now. (Image by Daniel Tyka.)
  • A game of marines means fire-fights! Ability totals allow you to complete actions and provide your defences. Gun down your enemies when it isn't even your go!
  • Fight massive enemy hordes! An ILTC GM can control a group of Hostiles with one ability total.
  • Take risks, survive and evolve! Create memorable, characterful moments, and earn points to both help survive a story and advance your character if they live.  
The primary character sheet. (Image by Stef Brooke-Harris).
The primary character sheet. (Image by Stef Brooke-Harris).

 (For more character sheet designs, please go to- https://www.facebook.com/ilovethecorps.uk/photos/?tab=album&album_id=989339877829879

The video below gives you a richer taste of the setting. 

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 I Love the Corps is launching with three books. These will be available in both print and PDF forms. 

  • The Marine Training Manual gives players what they need to get their boots on the ground and take on the enemy. (This book is currently 315 pages.) 
  • Classified Materials is for GM-eyes only. This has everything Games Masters need to prepare for marines out in the field. (This book is currently 325 pages.) 
  • The Mission Dossier is an optional collection of pre-written missions for groups that want to jump straight into the action. (This book is 224 pages.) 
Just one Razor Ant is terrifying enough. (Image by Scott Neil.)
Just one Razor Ant is terrifying enough. (Image by Scott Neil.)

 

  • The game has been in serious development for the past three years, and now I need your help with funding the art quota for the books. 
  • Money is being initially raised for black and white interior art. Increased funding will allow for colour interior art. 
  • Printing and shipping will be handled by DriveThruRPG and their Print on Demand service. 

 

  • Print copy pledges will require paying DriveThru for printing and shipping when the code is sent to you (the total cost, however, will be cheaper than the cover price for the finished books). 
  • DriveThru's shipping costs are laid down here (and average around $5 for North American and European backers). http://support.drivethrurpg.com/hc/en-us/articles/209936893
  • PDFs will be sent to you directly as soon as the proofs are finalised, and come for free with pledges for print copies.
  • The discount you receive only gets greater with the more stretch goals that are unlocked! 
  • Whilst black and white print copies of the Marine Training Manual and Classified Materials are approximately £6/$8 per print, this only increases to £9/$12 if enough funds are raised for colour, a considerable discount. Black and white copies of the Mission Dossier are approximately £4/$6 per print, £7/$10 for colour. 
All marines have their scars. (Image by Debbie Jackson.)
All marines have their scars. (Image by Debbie Jackson.)

 

 

(INITIAL GOAL) STANDARD ISSUE: £4100 (approx. 5400 USD). All books will be available as PDF and Print on Demand, A4 softcover books with a colour cover and black and white interior art and page design. The art is limited to an average of 1 image per 8 pages. GOAL REACHED!

RESTRICTED ACCESS GOAL: £5000 (approx. 6600 USD). 10 pages of extra bonus material will be added to Classified Materials: this will be unique black and white art for Hostiles to inspire you to create your own statistics for them. MISSION ACCOMPLISHED!

MILITARY GRADE GOAL: £7400 (approx. 8500 USD). There will be an increased amount of art from the initial goal at around 1 image per 4 pages on average. 

EXPERIMENTAL TECH GOAL: £12500 (approx. 16400 USD). All books are upgraded with colour interior art and page design. Some individual art pieces may remain in detailed black and white, as appropriate to the image. The bonus material from the “RESTRICTED ACCESS” stretch goal will be in black and white.

AUTHORISED ACCESS ONLY GOAL: £14150 (approx. 19200 USD). The bonus material from the “RESTRICTED ACCESS” stretch goal will be presented in colour with the rest of the book. 

 

There are some fates worse than death. (Image by Scott Neil.)
There are some fates worse than death. (Image by Scott Neil.)

 

  • The game is ready; it has been through intense playtesting and so far even complete strangers to RPGs have loved it.
  • Text tiles for the Marine Training Manual and Classified Materials books are ready for graphic design. The Mission Dossier is undergoing proof-reading. 
  • I have a team of artists and a layout designer ready to produce art and design for the books. 
  • A Quickstart has been prepared and a PDF will be made available as soon as possible. This features summarised rules and a short scenario to play the game with, along with a pack of pre-generated characters. 
Get ready for war! (Image by Kristian Richards)
Get ready for war! (Image by Kristian Richards)

 

 

Many Hostiles lurk in the darkness. (Image by Lewis Marvelly.)
Many Hostiles lurk in the darkness. (Image by Lewis Marvelly.)

 

Risks and challenges

I've already completed the rules text and subjected it to over 60 playtesters, so I am confident in the game itself.
The main problems that could occur would be a problem with the artists producing the work that the Kickstarter is paying for and a serious failure of DriveThruRPG. I have enough artists that I have worked with to produce the concept and promotional art, and I am confident in their professionalism. If misfortune should prevent one or two of them from working on the project, there are others I can call on to do the work.
DriveThruRPG has an excellent reputation and so I do not anticipate any problems in getting the printed games to you once PDFs are complete.

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