Macross II: The Role-Playing Game

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Macross II: The Role-Playing Game
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Front cover of the Macross II RPG core rulebook, illustrated by Kevin Long
Designer(s)Kevin Siembieda, Jean Carrières, Martin Ouellette, Claude J. Pelletier, Marc-Alexandre Vézina
Illustrator(s)Ghislain Barbe, Wayne Breaux, Jr., Dominique Durocher, Newton Ewell, Kevin Long, Thomas Miller, Bryant Velez, John Zeleznik
Publisher(s)Palladium Books, Dream Pod 9
Years activeJuly 1993 (1993-07) – August 1996 (1996-08)
Genre(s)Science fiction
Language(s)English
System(s)Megaversal
Websitepalladiumbooks.com

Macross II: The Role-Playing Game is a role-playing game published by Palladium Books in 1993. Based on the Macross II mecha OVA and manga series, the game is structured around Palladium's Megaversal damage system.

Development[edit]

Palladium Books continued seeking new licenses in the early 1990s and received one for Macross II, producing Macross II: The Role-playing Game (1993) and Macross II: Sourcebook One (1993).[1]:161 Ianus Publications (later known as Dream Pod 9) began taking on work as a design house, and thus created three sourcebooks for Palladium's Macross II RPG in 1994.[1]:271 Palladium soon decided that the new line was not going to match the success of their best-seller Rifts, and cancelled the Macross II line.[1]:161

Main Game[edit]

The main RPG contains all the rules of the Megaverse system, and various options for creating characters, as well as special protocols for playing as the series' characters themselves. The 112-page book also contains technical data for many U.N. Spacy and Marduk combat vehicles. Further material is included with Sourcebook One: The UN Spacy.

Deck Plans[edit]

In 1994, Palladium joined forces with Canadian role-playing game company Dream Pod 9 to produce a three-part Deck Plans supplement series. Each of the 64-page sourcebooks have schematics for all U.N. Spacy and Marduk warships. The books also introduced new rules for players who want to engage in ship-to-ship battles, with the warships now capable of using gun or missile volleys to attack targets. A campaign based around a Marduk Emulator is also included.

While some of the mechanical information presented is translated directly from the Japanese source material, the Dream Pod 9 acknowledged that some of it is also "pure conjecture".[2]

Publication history[edit]

  • Macross II: The Role-Playing Game, Palladium Books July 1993.[3]
  • Macross II: Sourcebook One—The U.N. Spacy, September 1993
  • Macross II Deck Plans Volume One, Palladium Books/Dream Pod9, March 1994
  • Macross II Deck Plans Volume Two, Palladium Books/Dream Pod9, July 1994
  • Macross II Deck Plans Volume Three, Palladium Books/Dream Pod9, December 1994

Reception[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Shannon Appelcline (2011). Designers & Dragons. Mongoose Publishing. ISBN 978-1-907702- 58-7.
  2. ^ Ouellette, M., Vézina, M., & Carrières, J. (1994), Macross II: Spacecraft and Deck Plans—Volume One, Palladium Books, p. 5.
  3. ^ Siembieda, K. (1993), Macross II: Sourcebook One—The U.N. Spacy, Palladium Books, p. 5.