Heavy Gear 20th Anniversary RPG and Test Pilot Program
Progress on the roleplaying game continues and I’m currently working on the technology section of the book. In the vein of Terra Nova Technology, this section will showcase the variety of engineering and scientific developments on Terra Nova, but it will also include technology from Earth’s past and present as well as a sampling of other colonial technology.
A big section that I am also currently working on polishing and finishing is the core rules section of the book. Greg and I are exploring ways of improving presentation and visual aids for the section to make the game easy to learn and teach. Once the core rules section is finished, our plan is to release a Beta version for player feedback and development.
As part of this core rules launch, we will be starting the Heavy Gear Test Pilot Program. Joining the program has a number of benefits including a custom patch only available as part of the program, early stage access to the playtester forums, and exclusive offers. In addition, members of the Test Pilot Program will be credited in the playtesters section on books they worked on. Lastly Test Pilot members will receive a discount on the final product.
As part of the product development, we will have monthly revisions based on feedback and a change log posted with the update. More information on how to join the Test Pilot Program will be released the closer we are to releasing the beta. Stay tuned!
Our first novella, Rumble in the Jungle was just the beginning of our novella range. Our next book is set during the War of the Alliance and follows the exploits of the Northern Guard’s 74th Heavy Gear regiment, the Nova Riders, as they fight to the bitter end against the invading Earth forces. The story is fantastic and is currently going through early stage editing before we send it off for final copy editing.
In addition to the War of the Alliance era story, we have two more novellas planned. The first covers the exploits of Peace River’s gladiatorial team as they fight for glory and the bottom line, both on and off the arena. The famous semi-sentient Bowser and his pilot will be playing a central role in the story along with other Khayr ad-Din notables. The second novella in early planning stages takes place during the Ice Age Crusades. While the story takes place nearly three thousand years in the past, the events in the novella will have far reaching consequences for Terra Nova and the future of humanity.