18 February, 2013

Login Tabletalk RPG Series: Gundam Senki


Heh heh. So this is a Japanese RPG book, called a TRPG for 'tabletalk', as 'RPG' in Japanese is used almost exclusively for the videogame type. 

This here is a special one. This is the official MS Gundam RPG, using R. Talsorian Games Mekton Z rules. RTG, for those that don't know, was the company behind Cyberpunk 2020, my very favorite RPG. Mekton Z (pronounced 'zeta'), and thus Gundam Senki here, use the same system, Interlok.


Very cool. Not sure I'd have gotten it new, listed at ¥4800 in 1999) but my copy ran less than a quarter of that - and it still has the hex maps and fold-up counters!
 
So, the book is in Japanese of course, and rather difficult language (political, military, and gaming terms abound), but I now have official write-ups of the characters and mecha from the year one war! See, there's Amuro!

The book itself is about B4 sized and a very Japanese dust-jacketed softback. 336 pages, 123 pages of setting, 50 of rules, and the balance of NPC and mecha stats!

3 comments:

  1. Hi!
    I have been trying to find this game for a long time, I have found a seller on Internet, but I am still on the fence as I can't read Japanese, and I don't know whether the stats at least are understandable. I am particularly interested in the capital ships; are the stats in the same format as in Mekton Z?

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    1. Thanks for stopping by. The stats are mostly kanji and pretty dense. Because of that I haven't been quick with translating this. However, I have a friend who does this sort of thing professionally - so I suppose I could tap him and try to get something put together to publish here.
      As for buying the book... it runs pretty cheap on the second-hand market here... mine was near mint and only a bit over ten bucks. Don't know what the international sellers are asking... but it shouldn't be much more than that.
      Stay tuned I'll try to get something together...

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  2. Hi, THANK YOU ever so much!
    I have found a Japanese ebay seller, and he is asking around $75 :(
    Are you based in Japan? Is there a cheaper seller you know that would consider shipping?

    I had also been looking at the Gundam Sentinel Outlaws Edition website:

    http://www5a.biglobe.ne.jp/~outlaws/gundam/

    It is very interesting, Google does a decent job at translating, but the mechanics look somewhat complex, more wargame than RPG. I managed to create a formula to adapt their stats to the Mekton Zeta Tactical System (which uses Structural Integrity instead of locations.) I recalled an old post on the MZ mailing list, where the author of the Gundam Senki RPG posted the stats for a MS-05B Zaku, which has the equivalent of SI 7. So I normalised all the stats to the MS-05B. For example, the RX-78-2 Gundam has SI 16, which sounds about right. A Magellan capital ship would have SI 24 (which fits the "tin foil" model of ships in the Gundam universe.)

    The formula is: ROUND( Basic Endurance/7+Armor (maximum value)*2/3 )

    Conversion of weapons also looks pretty easy; I consider the average of the d6 rolls.

    The one stumbling block I found is, there does not seem to exist any information about ship-to-ship combat, so I have no idea how to convert them (the Gun and Vice Gun stats are meaningless to me, but I might as well be missing something.)

    Anyway, thanks for any and all help you will be able to provide.

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