War Stories Quickstart is a generous 45-pages from Firelock Games.
The RPG uses Free League’s Year Zero Engine for a historical Second World War setting instead of an overtly fictionalised one.
As a result, characters might parachute as soldiers into Normandy during the 1944 Operation Overlord or be a harried tank crew struggling their way through France in the breakout that followed that.
War Stories extends to the underground resistance, to war correspondents, and engage in the liberation of France through bravery, courage and personal sacrifice.
Smear on your war paint and haul your gear as you leap into the world of War Stories, a roleplaying game set during the ravage and ruin of World War II. This Quickstart document provides all the basic rules required to run your first foray into the breathtaking action that awaits. With it, your group will create tales describing the desperate missions and harrowing exploits of those who participated in the struggles of the war.
Once you’ve had a taste of the bare bones of the game, it’s time to dive into the depths and details of the core book itself as well as an accompanying campaign setting. In no time at all, you and your fellow players will be able to create moments of valor and courage, ultimately weaving your personal tales into the fabric of the historical events from beginning to end. These will be your War Stories.
The quickstart is from G. I. Garcia, with art from Peter Diesen Hosfeld and Anhar Hawari.
The quickstart has rules for character building and mechanics. War Stories uses in-theme terms such as lucky strikes and fubars instead of criticals.
There are World War 2-themed skills, combat rules including grenades and full-auto, and suppression fire. This is followed by an introductory section on weapons and gear.
The mid-point of the free download introduces Cut The Lines, a short introductory scenario designed to let groups test out the abbreviated rules provided.
The PCs have come upon a Norman town in chaos. Some of its buildings are on fire, likely a result of burning debris from a C-47 Skytrain that exploded in the air above or perhaps the recent bomber airstrikes. The characters have surreptitiously worked their way forward and are presently hidden behind some buildings that border the center of the town. Nearby, two or three structures are engulfed in flames.
Firelock Games originally announced the RPG in November last year, providing sample character sheets.
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