Phoenix Command

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Phoenix Command
Phoenix Command boxed set.jpg
DesignersBarry Nakazono, David McKenzie
PublishersLeading Edge Games
SystemsPhoenix Command

Phoenix Command is a 1986 role-playing game system published by Leading Edge Games, and copyrighted by Barry Nakazono and David McKenzie. Various versions of the system featured in the games Morning Star Missions, Living Steel, and Aliens Adventure Game.

Phoenix Command has extremely detailed rules in an attempt to realistically simulate combat. The game utilizes lookup tables which resolve injuries to specific digits, organs, and bones, and simulates the physics of different attacks, such as bullets with different velocities. Simplified rules were used for most of the movie tie-ins as well as Living Steel.

The manuals have quotes and extra information in the margins, many of which are darkly humorous. The original game contained a 56-page spiral bound rule book, 32 page modern military weapon data supplement, reference tables, blank character sheets and one ten sided die.

Additional supplements included the Hand to Hand Combat System (1988), World War 2 Weapon Data Supplement (1988), Wild West Weapon Data Supplement (1989), Civilian Weapon Data Supplement (1987), Living Steel Power Armour Sourcebook (1991), Advanced Damage Tables (1987) and High Tech Weapon Data Supplement (1987) amongst others.

Design philosophy[edit]

In the designers' own words, Phoenix Command is "...designed to be truly realistic; not complex, or deadly, but simply a representation of what really happens to people."[citation needed] The goal of realism made the rules very complex for a role playing game,[citation needed] to the point where Phoenix Command is regularly held up as an example of the extreme end of RPG complexity.



External links[edit]

  • Grabianowski, Ed (16 December 2013). "The most controversial pen-and-paper RPGs ever made". Gizmodo.