I like Modiphius, and I’ve written previously about some of their initiatives. Their latest idea seems to be the introduction of quickstart rules for each of their RPGs. Well, for most of their RPGs. They do produce rather a lot.
These quickstart packs are described by company:
Welcome to the Modiphius Quickstart Collection, where you can sample many of our great games and RPGs in PDF for free. Whether you want to explore the final frontier or experience the splendours of the Hyborian Age, here you’ll find a fine selection of adventures which are ready to play ‘out of the box’ – just add a gamesmaster, dice and friends!
I think this is a fantastic idea. There are a fair few RPGs that now have boxed intro sets, and these are generally good introductions to their respective systems. Myself, I’ve picked up a couple of the Star Wars ones, along with the sets for Pathfinder, Dungeons & Dragons and Paranoia. They are useful not only as an actual starter for new players but also as a resource for more experienced ones, often including tokens, reference books or sheets, maps or premade adventures. All great stuff that can be used straight from the box or with adaptation by a more experienced GM.
These PDFs are the digital equivalent of these boxes. They’re not a physical product, so you don’t get all the goodies that come in many of the boxes, but then you also don’t pay for them. All of the PDFs are free and comes with the necessary rules and sample adventures. Can’t really argue with free, can you?
The games covered in this release are:
- Star Trek Adventures
- Coriolis The Third Horizon
- Achtung! Cthulhu Skirmish
- Cold and Dark
- Infinity RPG
- Elite Dangerous RPG
- Mutant Chronicles
- Space 1889
I’ll be honest, there’s a few in there I had never heard of. I suppose that’s the point of putting out these PDFs. I’d have liked to see a set for Tales from the Loop, but that might come later. Oh, and because I do like to add a little colour, here are the covers for each set:
I’m going to have a poke around some of these sets to see if there’s anything worth trying as a one-shot in the near future. I reckon I’ll start by taking a look at Infinity and Star Trek Adventures.
You can take a look for yourself by clicking here to visit the relevant page on Modiphius’ site. Have a rummage and let me know if anything piques your interest.