Goblinoid Games’ newest RPG, "Apes Victorious" has been released! This thrilling new role-playing game places your players in the roles of astronauts who have crashed upon the surface of a planet where apes are the dominant species. Inspired by classic "ape planet" movies and TV shows, Apes Victorious also provides rules for playing intelligent apes (four species!), savage feral humanoids, and mysterious psionic underdwellers.
The game initially takes place in an Alternate Future of the 1970s, where FTL travel and interplanetary exploration is already underway. This gives the game an interesting "retro-future" feel where technology is both incredibly advanced (cryopods, interstellar spaceships) and primitively dated (room-sized computers, silver spacesuits).
Once the players are thrown into this world, you may think the genre of humans vs. apes would be limited. Instead, Apes Victorious offers several adventure prompts and ideas for the Ape Master
(AM). What will be found in the Forbidden Zone? What mysteries are located in a long-forgotten ruined city? What are the bomb-worshipping underdwellers planning? And what will ape society do to the players once discovered? There is even an introductory adventure included with the game, so you can throw your players into a thrilling adventure immediately! As discussed in a thorough review of the game at Swords & Stitchery, the genre may appear narrow of focus, but the gameworld is wide open and can go in numerous directions.
Although compatible with Labyrinth Lord, Mutant Future, and Starships & Spacemen 2e (complete with conversion notes), Apes Victorious is a self-contained, complete RPG. You can mix and match material from the various games by introducing intelligent apes to your LL fantasy games, or drop your future mutants into an ape-dominated society! Apes Victorious is also covered under the OGL, so creative types are encouraged to produce and release new material!
Apes Victorious is 122 pages, and is currently available in PDF for less than $5. A print version will be released in the coming weeks, so watch for that. Sniderman says check it out!
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