Starship Troopers (role-playing game)
|The Roleplaying Game|
2006 (pocket edition)
Starship Troopers: The Roleplaying Game is a role-playing game produced by Mongoose Publishing in 2005. The game is based upon the book Starship Troopers by Robert A. Heinlein, two movies (Starship Troopers and Starship Troopers 2), and cartoon series (Roughnecks: Starship Troopers Chronicles). While it is impossible to seamlessly merge all three different interpretations, this RPG does not pick one over the other, instead merging the three as best it can.
There are two editions of the game; the original hardcover book, published in 2005; and a softcover pocket edition, published in 2006.
Mongoose Publishing have released the following supplements:
- Starship Troopers RPG (2005)
- Starship Troopers RPG Pocket Edition (2006)
- Blaze of Glory 1: Alamo Bay (more novel than RPG supplement)
- Starship Troopers Floorplans
- The Selvache Incident
- Boot Camp
- The United Citizens' Federation
- The Arachnid Empire
- Mobile Infantry Field Manual
- Ambush at Altair
In Starship Troopers: The Roleplaying Game, players play as units from the Mobile Infantry (though the ability to play as a Skinny is granted).
Mobile Infantry Classes
- Mobile Infantry Trooper
- Comms Trooper
- Field Medic
- Hero of the Federation/Veteran
- Light Armour Trooper
- Marauder Driver
- Neodog Handler
- Officer Cadet
There are other classes in the game that players can play if they choose not to be in the Mobile Infantry.
- Special Services Agent
- Memory Man
- Lucky Man
- Fleet Officer
- Skinny Raider
M.I. Equipment and Weapons
The weapons and equipment available in the game originate mainly from the movies, TV series, and the novel. Some original equipment unique to the game was also added.
In Starship Troopers: The Roleplaying Game, the players fight against the Arachnids and the Skinnies. The Arachnids include the warriors depicted in the novel as well as the diverse sub-species portrayed in the films and TV series. The Skinnies are primarily based on their depiction in the Roughnecks TV series, and are a playable race.
The Starship Troopers Role-Playing Game was in the process of being redone using the rule set from the Traveller Role-Playing Game. It would have featured all previously revealed races plus several new ones (Terrans, Arachnids, Skinnies, the Forth, and the Coven). However Mongoose has since lost the license to Starship Troopers; as such, the game will not be re-released under the new rule set as originally planned. This according to Matthew Sprange of Mongoose Publishing (http://www.mongoosepublishing.com/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?t=44665).
- Starship Troopers RPG at Mongoose Publishing