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  1. You see that's the point. A lot of these guys either aren't able to obtain the publications or come here to flesh out the fluff for the game. The whole reason I recovered my old MW handle was so I could learn the new fluff and back story, and any other holes in my knowledge to make my home brew system. I wouldn't have known all that and would have made the same mistakes that the game publishers do. With that knowledge I can now flesh out better fluff for the destroids and variable fighters. I'll open a new thread once my system is ready. I'll post the PDF files on that thread. FEMAS as a system will be separate. I'll have a Macross version separate from the FEMAS version.
  2. I said similar. Chobium armor is a lightweight highly resistant composite, for which the manufactur is an official secret of the United Kingdom. OTM is the name but unofficially, according Kawamori, is space metal. Hyper carbon which I've seen referenced several time in Macross publications, is in real life Carbon 60. So much retcon. I really stopped caring. To me it is space metal, that is what Kawamori said in the beginning, that is what it is.
  3. Naturally the VF-1 would seem less armored then the Tomahawk. Us in the know understand the VF-1 uses energy convertion armor with hyper carbon. And the Tomahawk uses a composite armor similar to real life chobium armor. The thing is that both are equally strong, but it is obvious that the designers are casual fans of the series and don't dive into the details. This is where good GMs know the subject material and make modifications where necessary. I went back to working on FEMAS and tinkering with the combat system. Debating whether I should use target number or threshold numbers for the armor values.
  4. It didn't look as though they did. I saw a ton of obvious mistakes even to Robotech. They didn't even use real life terms like FLIR (Forward Looking Infra Red) which is a system they actually use in real life and in Macross. I thought it was overly simple. My gripe was that any skill could be used for almost anything. There wasn't a set of specialized skills for combat or social or technical. Saying that the system was a little to similar to FEMAS (Fast Engagement Mecha And Sci-Fi), a system I've been working on as a general open source system that uses some similar mechanics to Shadowrun 3rd edition but has some similar concepts from Shadowrun 4/5 and d20. I liked the play though in SMG but I feel that FEMAS would do it a lot better. It was eerie that they had a stress tracking system similar to mine but not quite identical. I haven't even competed FEMAS yet so there is no way they had copied it, and now that SMG released theirs, I am reserved to release my open source version. Not true. My wife loves Macross and mecha anime, but she doesn't like overly complicated systems. She likes better character development and stat derivatives, which I felt SMG was lacking. Mecha combat could have been better. There again kinda similar to my system where armor values are used as part of target numbers, except I have a speed/velocity system and the action system is based on the pilot or combat skill. Another thing there isn't anything to quantify what a character could do without a skill. Someone who doesn't have say 'acrobatics' as a skill should at least be able to do a test against a target number to climb over a fence, even if they're not good at it, this would be in the base stats. Another thing I felt was missing was a perk and flaw system which could have fleshed out the character development aspect. Well that says a lot for their future with the branding and confirms that HG is merely a properties company that only wants to monopolize on a property and have power over it.
  5. Ahhh! I hadn't played Macross: 2023 or Macross: Eternal Love Song yet. I remember the VF-X-4 being in the PC98 game.
  6. Hello, I've been trying to hunt down some rare art. I found this little gem and made an attempt to clean it up and enhance it. It is the VF-X-4 Siren from the Macoss: Remember Me game on th PC98, correction Macross: Eternal Love Song promotional art. Thanks to @Seto Kaiba for the correction. Original drawing unknown author; possibly by Koichi Ohata. Enhancement and Color done by Me.
  7. Hi @sketchley, I'm using my own conversation using @Mr March's database as reference. Any another Macross reference I can find. All I need is the size, mass, thrust, velocity and any other relevant details. I have a pretty good handle on the mecha since I've been doing this for over 20 years. Your resources will still be helpful. The way the system works, there isn't a conversation that can be made, directly anyway. It is more of a narrative, descriptive rpg. The combat is dice pool based kind of like shadowrun. The stress system tracking drama and fatigue is pretty good. Here is a basic break down of combat. I have a dice pool of 4; I roll 4 six sides and get a result of 4, 4, 5, 6. Two 4s are equal to one success, one 5 is equal to one success and one 6 is equal to two successes. That gives me a total of 4 successes. My target has 2 armor and 2 structure. The 2 armor negates 2 of my successes and leaves 2 successes to take out the structure. My target doesn't want to die, so instead he sacrifices an arm, and a leg to absorb the damage. He can still fight not, just as well, but he can. The GM gives the target a -1 penalty to his dice pool because he can't maneuver very well. Now if the target had decided to defend for his second action instead of attacking two other members in your party, the armor rating would be higher by a success or two from all the maneuvering. This is a very basic description of the combat, but as you can see damage is handled more abstractly, rather than literally quantified.
  8. This game is more about narrative style of play which I feel encompasses the story aspect of Macross rather then trying to quantify cold hard stats. Yes Palladium is only what we've known for many years, so many are biased by it. After many years of playing Macross games Palladium was terrible for this style of story telling. I've played though the final product and it feels far more cinematic. I really like how my game played out like a Macross series and the interactions between characters seemed richer. Combat is fairly basic but I like the more abstract systems and components damage rather then 1000 hit points and all the stat bloat. It felt quick and more cinematic. I have to say this style isn't for everyone. Much like Paranoia, this game requires a GM that really knows what they are doing. The nice thing I like about this book is that they credit Shoji Kawamori, Haruhiko Mikimoto, and others involved in the making of Macross. Unfortunately, HG got the rights renewed. HG is a company that won't go away. Most of their money comes from property holdings, real estate, and other properties. Macross is just a thing they claim rights to. Yes, they are jerks. They are a company with poor ethical compass. Sadly, they aren't going anywhere anytime soon. So with that in mind I'd rather support s company that is currently holding the IP for RPGs and is doing it well rather then supporta a company that screws over their kick starter subscribers and has the same personal and ethical issues as its licensee. Palladium is a mess.
  9. Apparently after the Robotech RPG Tactics debacle and subsequent loss of the Robotech/Macross IP from HG, Strange Machine Games now has the SDF-M/RT IP and has released a new RPG using their Advantage 6 (AD6) system. I have a copy and so far I like it. It isn't hard to make adjustments to run SDF Macross games, just change some terminology. An ebook copy can bought at RPG DriveThru. I'm strongly thinking of making some fan supplements for the RPG so GMs and Players can run games within other eras of the Macross canon (yes even the alternate universe of Macross II). Of course none of the RPGs mechanics or components can be published in the fan supplement except for stats and components not in the core book. Robotech RPG by SMG So what do you guys think? ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- [Edit] General Review: I've analyzed the game after a run and mostly theory play, the game works mostly on the narrative style rather then simulation. Although there are various optional rule that allow for more simulation style play and high legality modes. The general mechanics are: Narrative > Conflict > Resolve > Narrative. Most RPGs operate or are supposed to operate in this fashion. Robotech by Palladium attempts to use a more direct direct approach to Simulation leaving the Narrative to abstract conflicts with some conflict resolution conducted with the use of skills. Much like how D&D works, the characters have stats that represent the physical and mental capabilities of the character. Skills and combat are derived off of those stats. This a stat derivative simulation where the data drives the character. When is comes to combat everything has a large number of damage points to represent the material health of an object. Although in Palladium there are some system consistency issues, largely it is ruled by the Mega Damage system and concept where a certain material cannot be damaged unless the weapon also deals mega damage. This, although not ideal, is fine for simulation of large advanced vehicles and assets. The biggest complaint with the mega damage system is number bloat for damage which tends to bog down the flow of game play. The other complaint I often hear is that Palladium is that resolution of conflict, especially in combat in where large numbers of combatants are present, aren't handled too well. The refers to swarms, as seen with tens of battle pods. This leads to numbers bloat and upkeep bog down during combat. Many shortcuts have to be created by the GM to resolve such battles. In Robotech by SMG, the system is much different. The game is described as a hybrid of narrative and simulation conflict resolution. There isn't any attribute stats to generate, as it is assumed that you are generally competent in the role you are playing. You are a hero after all. Instead of a series of derived stats there is a skill system. These skills are derived by the role the player has selected. Level of competency with in skills are regulated by a simple priority system. This ranges from Specialized, Focused, to Versatile. These skills are used for all conflict resolution. The two types of conflict are Social and Combative. The system, at first glance, seems very simple, especially to those who are used to such systems as D20 and Mega Damage systems which are very simulation based. The system is designed to handle conflict resolution at a quick pace preventing choke points where upkeep bogs things down. This accomplishes many things: allows players who aren't familiar with the system to quickly generate a character, prevent people from becoming disinterested when bog down occurs while waiting for their turn, and maintain flow of the story and game. Combat in A6 Robotech is much like how the narrative role play works. Damage is more system function oriented and complete destruction of vehicles don't always happen. It comes down to what the character is doing or how they are behaving that dictates if they parish or not. This is the narrative aspect. Where as the system damage and structure points are a set of indicators to dictate the condition of the vehicle before it can no longer engage in the conflict and limps away damaged. The combat system has a few optional rules to increase and decrease lethality and also rules to make the game more narrative or more simulation based. You can pretty much say that SMG's A6 system is a middle ground between Palladium's simulation style Mega Damage system, and Mongoose Publishing's Paranoia which is solely a narrative system. I often compare A6 Robotech (A6 being the system that Strange Machine Games [SMG] uses) to Paranoia because of the narrative element and conflict resolution. Although, Paranoia's conflict resolution is handled by the whims of the GM and dice rolls are largely superficial. A6 Robotech keeps structured elements as seen in simulation based systems and unites it with narrative role playing. I have game-mastered many games in Palladium's system and in Paranoia. I personally like how this game works. It can feel over simplified at first, but the depth is created by the players though the system of skills, traits, career, nature, and stress which all guide its narrative play. I feel the system really fits with the Macross story narrative, and beside the nomenclature difference which is easily corrected by a GM that knows the pure Macross canon, can easily run games that have a genuine Macross feel. Overall, it doesn't matter what system you use whether it is Palladium, Advantage 6 [A6], or whatever system you want to run your game in, how well your game is played is up to the GM.
  10. Seeing the love for Macross in KSP always makes me smile. Gamrin Kerman to the rescue!
  11. Cool, nice job I like it a lot. I added more SMS logo's to the GERWALK and Battroid mode. I'll take a crack at coloring your image if it is alright with you. Again, original coloring by Mr March.
  12. Ok, cool, so it is not the Caliburn. It all makes sense now. Is there any more line art for the VF-19Advance?
  13. I've looked at the footage for M.F.: Wings of Goodbye and I realized it is basically the VF-1A upgraded with newer FAST boosters and armor parts. The model I've seen posted on the internet looks nothing like the VF-19EF in the movie footage. The picture below, I took the YF-19 from Mr March's site and added SMS logos. Please note: The original was colorized by Mr March.
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