You are holding a copy of the rules
to Eternal Soldier. This is a set of rules suitable for fighting alien hordes on distant
planets, vanquishing evil necromancers in dark castles, or winning the West. In this book
you will find every battle since Cain slew Able. With this book, no adventure is farther
away than your imagination.
For those of you who have never played a role-playing game, you're
in for something new. For those of you who are very experienced at role-playing games,
you've never encountered one like this one.
A role-playing game requires you the player to take
on a persona, and act as if it were your own. A referee sets up a situation, and the
players deal with it. The referee will pit the players against foes, place them in deadly
situations, and give them great goals to accomplish. The players will succeed or fail
depending on their wits, cunning, and sometimes sheer brawn.
Experienced players will recognize differences in
the way their characters must be played. As characters advance and become more skillful
they will be able to take on greater challenges. But unlike other role-playing games, they
can seldom afford to put their guard down.
The result is a phenomenon sorely lacking from most role-playing
games; Characters (even powerful ones) act like people.
The game Eternal Soldier developed out of a need felt by the authors
for one basic role-playing system that could be used for any situation, time-period, or
scenario. A look in any gaming shop will reveal a wall of role-playing games that are all
completely different. Many games that are produced by the same company and/or deal with
almost identical situations bear no resemblance to each other at all in terms of the
playing systems they use. Whenever a player wishes to try a new game or situation, it is
necessary to buy and learn a completely different set of rules.
The requirements to play Eternal Soldier are not
great. The necessary items include paper, pencils, dice, and this rule book. The dice may
be different from any kind of dice you've seen before. There are several different kinds,
all of which can almost certainly be bought in the same place you (we hope) bought this
book. Other than these things, you need only bring your imagination.
We will make extensive use of dice. The various dice include
four-sided dice, six-sided dice (the kind you're probably used to), eight-sided dice, ten-
sided, twelve-sided, and twenty-sided. It would be best to have at least one of each kind,
and is advisable to have two ten-siders and several six-siders.
We refer to dice with a "D", followed by the number of
sides on the die. A six-sided die will be referred to as a D6. Eight-siders would be D8,
etc. There will also be many references to D100. This refers to a one hundred sided die,
which we fake by rolling two ten-sided dice. We use one die for 10's, and another for
units. A 4 rolled on the 10's die and a 7 on the units die gives us 47. Two 0's (00) would
If there is a number prior to the "D" it refers to the
number of dice to be rolled and added together. 2 D6 means "roll two six-sided dice
and add them together." In craps we roll 2 D6. 4 D8 would mean "four
eight-siders rolled and added together."
We assume you already know how to use pencils and paper, which
leaves only the rules. If you've never played a game like this before, don't be thrown by
the size of this booklet. The rules are learned more easily than you might think. Most of
this book is occupied with charts that you will learn to use very quickly, and details
that you will only need to look up as they become necessary.
We have included in the rules a series of examples. Each
demonstrates how the last discussed part of the rules works when combined with all the
previous parts. This gives a step by step development, and is also supposed to provide
something interesting to read once in a while. They should definitely be read.
We would like to take a moment to explain what's NOT
in this game, and why. We have quite intentionally not included a "prefab"
world. It's not our place to define your world for you. We have specifically avoided any
limiting characteristic that would cause you, the game-master to run OUR world. This game
is designed and presented in the spirit of individuality in gaming.
This will allow you to design your world from the ground up.
Alternatively you could invest in one of the adventure worlds already on the market. There
are some very good ones out there and where the emphasis has been placed on the world
rather than the rules.
We would like to publish a line of support equipment in the future.
This will include such things as information on other weapons for use in the game,
scenarios for use in various situations, architectural structures from all ages, etc. Or
perhaps, other companies will. But these will never change the rules, only add to them.
This game is designed in a freewheeling style that is intended to once again put the
game-master in charge of the rules.
A note from the authors about fairness, sexism, and
the womens movement as they relate to these rules. There is much talk about the
"non-sexist" denominator in writing such things as this set of rules. This asks
that every place where we say he, we instead say "he or she", every place where
we use a sex-specific term (mailman) we instead use a non sex-specific term (mail person)
We have tried to respect this request as much as possible. But it
has been noted that the people who are most adamant about this point have also never done
a long piece of technical writing. Take our word for it, had we been overly rigid on this
point we would be rattling around an asylum right now shouting "He or she! HIS OR
HER!", laughing the laugh of the insane and making ceramic wallets to relax.
In those areas where we have lapsed we ask for your understanding
and forgiveness. We're not bad guys. One of us has even been known to watch Phil Donahue.
In return for your understanding we offer the results of five years of effort on what we
think is the best role-playing system ever produced.
Welcome to Eternal Soldier. You need never buy another
role-playing game again
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