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Five Parsecs From Home

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Five Parsecs From Home is back, leaner and meaner than ever before!

Create a crew of randomly generated personalities and see if you can make a profit on the fringes of space. Look for patrons, get into gun-battles and build up your squad.

Five Parsecs is aimed specifically at the solo gamer (though you can play with a friend just fine) and lets you build a crew, take them through missions, gain new equipment and level them up. 

Watch your men, women and bug-eyed aliens improve, grow (or die horribly) as you play.

Experience random events and unforeseen circumstances.

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Who is this game for?

If you have wanted a Necromunda style campaign experience to play solo.

If you want to play a miniatures campaign in the style of Traveller, Trigun or Borderlands.

If you want a game that is written with solo gamers in mind.

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This is a second edition of the original Five parsecs rules. It includes the following changes:

*Completely stand-alone game based on an original, ultra-simple system.

*Stream-lined to make it far more manageable for a single player.

*Solo advice for running enemy forces is included right in the combat rules.

*The game has been condensed to focus on the results that matter. That meant pruning some random tables down. 

*Far fewer exceptions and special rules to keep track of.

*We added more optional rules and difficulty settings, allowing the game system to be customized to your liking.

*An economic system allowing you to earn and spend cash.

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All you need to play is a handful of scifi adventurer figures and some suitable enemies to get started. Figures need to be based individually. Scale is up to the player.

The PDF is laid out in single column, for the benefit of screen reading, especially in light of the popularity of ipads and android tablets as gaming accessories.

To be print-friendly, all images are grey-scale rather than color. 

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Should I pick this or Starport Scum which seems to cover similar territory?

If you prefer a more roleplay oriented experience, then /product/188598/Starport-Scum will fit your needs better.

Five parsecs is intended to run with very little interpretation and "game mastering" needed by the player and features more concrete systems.

Is this a supplement?

No, this version is a completely stand-alone game. No other purchases are necesary. 

Does the download include reference sheets?

The site has issues with multiple files disabling the previews, so the reference sheets are included in the main game PDF. Simply print those pages and you are good to go.

Care was taken to ensure that the main weapons and equipment tables fit on single pages, to enable easy printing or in-game reference on a tablet.

 
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Michal M December 09, 2017 5:34 pm UTC
PURCHASER
Thanks for the new editon, Ivan. Please tell me which one is correct regarding morale tests: do you count only 1s (as per the QRS) or 1s and 2s (as per the rules)?
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Ivan S December 09, 2017 5:35 pm UTC
PUBLISHER
Rules are correct (1 and 2).

Will amend. Thanks!
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Michal M December 09, 2017 5:49 pm UTC
PURCHASER
Thanks, man. Great job, looking forward to giving it a go. The 1-2 version made more sense but I preferred to checks :)
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Ivan S December 09, 2017 5:50 pm UTC
PUBLISHER
It was originally 1, but it ended up dragging out too long.
I figure people can adjust it if they need to :-)

Let me know how you get on with it!
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Fernando C December 01, 2017 3:46 pm UTC
PURCHASER
Finally got and gave a read. I think these are the solo rules I've been looking for.
Looking forward to testing out. Rules read clearly and seem malleable if necessary.
Customer avatar
Ivan S December 01, 2017 9:48 pm UTC
PUBLISHER
I hope you enjoy and let me know how you get on with the rules.

The intention was to keep the core simple so people could add detail later on, if they liked.
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neuzd N November 30, 2017 3:33 pm UTC
PURCHASER
I have yet to play a single game, but the character creation process along with all the Campaign turn is the most inspiring setup I've ever experienced. I always thought I needed heavy RPG elements to let my fantasy flow and in that regard I was hoping Starport Scum would have lit the creativity in me, well, this one was far more successful in doing just that! I'm obviously going to salvage bits and tables from other products of yours, but this read was already among the most exciting times I had just by reading a new rulesystem.
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Ivan S November 30, 2017 6:02 pm UTC
PUBLISHER
Awesome, I am super glad to hear that!

Let me know how you get on.
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Schyer H November 21, 2017 5:06 pm UTC
PURCHASER
Another quick question: when searching for a patron, recruiting, etc. Do you have to have a crew member doing that job to make the roll? Or can you just roll, not add any bonuses, and just hope for a natural 6?
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Ivan S November 21, 2017 5:07 pm UTC
PUBLISHER
Cheers!

This could be a little clearer, but to get any of the job rolls, you have to assign a crew member.
Though if you wanted to play it that a 6 means a Patron seeks you out, I don't think that'd break anything.
Customer avatar
Schyer H November 21, 2017 12:47 am UTC
PURCHASER
Concerning the to hit numbers; is behind cover and within 6" just the same as behind cover and within weapon range?
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Ivan S November 21, 2017 4:45 pm UTC
PUBLISHER
There was actually intended to be a "covered within 6" category that hits on a 5+.

I'll add that back when I get a chance. Thanks!

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November 20, 2017 9:29 pm UTC
PURCHASER
Nice improvement from the 1E. Your layout and editing is more professional. Keep up the development. You have some good, concise ideas.
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Ivan S November 21, 2017 4:45 pm UTC
PUBLISHER
Cheers and thank you!
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Jason S November 20, 2017 5:22 pm UTC
PURCHASER
Yeeesss! I definitely do not have time for this distraction, but it's about time! :)
Customer avatar
Ivan S November 20, 2017 5:29 pm UTC
PUBLISHER
I hope you like it!
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November 19, 2017 7:42 pm UTC
PURCHASER
If I purchased the previous version of Five Parsecs From Home for full price do I get a copy of 2nd edition free?
Customer avatar
Ivan S November 21, 2017 4:45 pm UTC
PUBLISHER
Not at the moment no.
If you are really hard up, shoot me an email and maybe we can sort something out.

Cheers
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