Empire

 

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The Empire series of books takes you on roleplaying adventures in the age of Napoleon! Inspired by the Sharpe and Hornblower books and TV series, players take the roles of a small band of British solders (in Duty and Honour) or a ship’s company (in Beat to Quarters) and … well, take the battle to the French!

Both games use a simple to learn playing card mechanic that resolves each outcome in a single flurry of card flopping that brings real tension to the table, and a mission system that blends GM-driven military plots with player-driven character plots and uses both to seed the game play with inspiration.

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Duty and Honour (Pay What You Want @RPGNow.com)
Published 2008
128pp B&W Softcover

Rules for creating your character and your group’s regiment.
The Mission system: military and personal missions
The Empire card resolution system: tests, skirmishes and challenges
Combat, both single and massed!
Rules for cavalry, artillery and other variants
Guidance for running the game and planning a campaign
A potted guide to the flavour of Napoleonic military fiction
A bevvy of allies and enemies to slot into your game
Cheat’s guides to regiments and period names.

 

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Beat to Quarters (Pay What You Want @RPGNow.com)
Published 2009
162pp B&W Softcover

Rules for creating your character and your group’s ship.
The Mission system: naval and personal missions
The Empire card resolution system: tests, skirmishes and challenges
Combat, both single and ship-to-ship
Rules for weather, grog, the Captain’s table and other matters nautical
Guidance for running the game and planning a campaign
A potted guide to the flavour of Napoleonic military fiction
A bevvy of allies and enemies, and their navies, to slot into your game
Cheat’s guides to ship and period names, nautical phrases and ship parts!

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Duty and Honour Miscellany 1809 (Pay What You Want)
Published 2009
80pp B&W Softcover

Scoundrel enemies from within your own ranks!
A fully fledged regiment – the 5th Northumbrian – to add to your game
Spanish characters! Adding guerillas! Priests! …. women!
Additional rules for curios, class, previous experience and newspapers!
The sights and sounds of Georgian London!
Duelling – both pistol and sword
Three adventures: The Last Stand of the 22nd, Cadiz or Bust, and City of Vipers

 

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Duty and Honour Miscellany 2010 (Pay What You Want)
Published 2010
78pp B&W Softcover

‘The Old Barky’ – a fully realised ship and crew for Beat to Quarters
Rules for the Black Brunswickers and Hessen Jagers for Duty and Honour
Seven despicable enemies for both games – Utter Bastards!
Guidance on creating traits and adding BtQ rules to D&H
The Irish Rover – a Beat to Quarters game like you have never seen before
Rescue the Lady – an adventure using both D&H and BtQ characters with whom you may be passingly familiar….
Treason and Gold – an adventure for Duty and Honour

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