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Hostile Solo

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Hostile Solo is a stand-alone solo roleplaying game set in a grim and gritty future, inspired by movies like Outland, Alien, Dark Star, Pitch Black, Event Horizon and The Thing.  It allows a single player to create and play the roles of a group of blue-collar workers out in deep space, overcoming difficult challenges and facing unknown terrors. Although the name and the cover art suggest that the player will create only a single character, in fact the game is best played with a ‘crew’ of characters. Your crew will interact, fall-out, develop their own schemes and build bonds of friendship. Steer them through their chosen career; either asteroid mining, exploring, freight shipping and salvage, corporate troubleshooting, colony operations or US Marine interventions.

Both full-colour and white-background versions are provided. Hardback and Softback also available, please check the Zozer Games website for details. 

Since it is stand-alone, everything needed to play is found within the book, including a brief description of the Hostile setting, a set of concise character creation rules and a quick-play task and combat system. For players wanting additional depth in rules and setting, they can use all of the resources from the Zozer Games’ Hostile table-top roleplaying game. This is made up of a 319-page Setting book, a 236-page Rules book and more than a dozen supplements that flesh out the universe of Hostile. None of these are required to play Hostile Solo, of course, but players might find the additional detail useful. 

Solo roleplaying allows a single player to enter a fictional universe, to become embroiled in plots and decision-making and to gain the satisfaction of success and achievement normally associated with traditional table-top play with a group of friends. Using a combination of random encounters, character-driven motivations and on-going storylines, the plot will develop in exciting and interesting ways, surprising even you! Tasks and situations are resolved using various methods, the most powerful of which is the scene resolution mechanic. This innovative tool allows you to resolve an entire, complex scene involving multiple characters, with just a single dice roll.

· An immersive and realistic Near Space setting

· Six campaign types: asteroid mining, Marine combat, corporate troubleshooters, shipping & salvage, exploring, colony survival.

· Character creation rules

· Complete roleplaying and combat rules

· Innovative scene resolution mechanics

· Solo mapping tools for ships, stations and colony outposts

· Unique tools for solo play

· Dozens of random encounter and event tables

· Nexus—a fully detailed cyberpunk city on Earth’s equator

· Fully compatible with all Zozer Games’ HOSTILE products

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Ciaran B May 02, 2024 8:24 pm UTC
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Hello sorry I asked a question the other day on a different product but after looking more I think I am going to get some of your stuff off Lulu. Hostile solo and the setting book. I was just wondering if the core hostile add anything else I could draw from gameplay-wise or would these books suit most things? I know you have alot of other books supplements that flesh things out a good bit more with details and some extra full worlds. Thanks again just wanting to double check before I order on Lulu.
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Paul E May 03, 2024 8:57 am UTC
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Hi, the Setting book would be the most useful. There are other supplements that work well with different solo activities, but you are better off having a read through and trying the game before you buy anything else. Send me your receipt at paulelliottbooks@yahoo.com for a free PDF to accompany your print copy.
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Ciaran B May 03, 2024 5:39 pm UTC
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Thank you just made an order. I ended up getting more stuff anyway, I enjoy to read and put things in over time :-) plus I know I already love these games and I love more gritty surival and chaos in my games so this was perfect thanks again for your help :-)
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Trevis M November 12, 2023 6:01 pm UTC
This looks very cool. Is the cover art a stock image? It looks like The Wretched by Chris Bissette is using almost the same image. https://loottheroom.itch.io/
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Paul E November 12, 2023 6:15 pm UTC
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It is, we both used the same piece of stock art … it’s one of the downsides of stock libraries…
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Trevis M November 13, 2023 11:55 pm UTC
Understandable.
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JF A November 10, 2023 12:46 am UTC
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How printer friendly is this? Are the tables gathered into an appendix at the end so I can just print part of it?
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Paul E November 12, 2023 6:17 pm UTC
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There is a colour background, we do include a white background version too. There is still alot of colour illustrations in there however. Tables are included within the body of the text.
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RM J November 09, 2023 9:43 pm UTC
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Question for Paul, how does this compare to Solo Zozer?
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JF A November 11, 2023 2:22 pm UTC
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Obviously better to hear it from Paul himself, but from what I've gathered there are two main differences:

Hostile's setting is very influenced by the Alien franchise: think military/industrial robustness built into relatively near future technologies being used by blue collar pawns trying to survive dangerous missions so they can make ends meet.

Normal Solo works in conjunction with the Traveller Setting, either Mongoose or Cepheus, so it's much more your traditional space opera type setting: alien and human factions vying for control of huge stretches of space.

The other difference is that Hostile Solo is self-contained, while Zozer Solo requires that you have a core rulebook for Cepheus (Traveller).
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RM J November 12, 2023 9:09 pm UTC
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Thanks so much for the explanation. Now to watch the videos.
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Richard H September 29, 2023 11:01 am UTC
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I'm about to start playing, and was wondering if anyone can clarify item size. Does an Engineer's Toolkit, size 4, really count as 4 out of 6 items? And an axe takes up 3, the same as a Light Machinegun?
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Paul E September 29, 2023 3:22 pm UTC
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Size is more of a measure on ‘inconvenience’. The toolkit is full of power tools and such, probably in some kind of big carry case.
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charles B September 08, 2023 5:54 am UTC
Print copy?
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Paul E September 08, 2023 11:06 am UTC
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Yes there is but it is provided by another website, I am unable to post the link here. Please check the Zozer Games website under ‘Hostile’ to see details of the print of demand.
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charles B September 10, 2023 5:36 pm UTC
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Jack M August 09, 2023 9:38 am UTC
Any chance we can get a character sheet for HS?
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Paul E August 09, 2023 1:01 pm UTC
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Group or crew character sheets are included with the download. Do you mean a character sheet for a single character? Check out the Zozer Games website, free sheets are offered as downloads on there under the Hostile tab.
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William B May 22, 2023 4:19 pm UTC
Is there a way to incorporate aspects of the movies The Terminator and Scanners fairly easily? Basically just adding Terminators, an insane AI, and psychic powers is what I'm after.
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Paul E May 22, 2023 7:26 pm UTC
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Yes, its designed especially for that. We don’t have psychic powers, though, but if you have a version of Traveller you can port over its psionic rules.
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William B May 23, 2023 2:27 am UTC
Are the Terminators or similar robots in the base Hostile Solo game? If not, which book are they in?
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Paul E May 23, 2023 6:42 am UTC
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Either the Hostile Setting book or theSynthetics supplement, I would recommend the Hostile a setting book.
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Nicolas L March 13, 2023 12:37 am UTC
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Two little problems with the art ...
p.27 There is a picture with "Adobe stock" filigrans all over it.
p.83 there is a detail from an H.R Giger painting without any mention of the painter anywhere in the book.
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Paul E March 13, 2023 7:11 am UTC
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Nicholas, could you check the image on page 27? That was sourced from free stock art provider, and I see no Adobe filigrans on it. Occasionally I do accidentally insert the preview image of art that I have purchased, and have to swap them around quickly!
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Nicolas L March 13, 2023 10:44 am UTC
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Yep. I just downloaded the documents on a different computer. "Adobe Stock" filigrans are still there, on both versions (hostile-solo-printfriendly5.pdf and hostile-solo-colour5.pdf).

It may be hard to see depending of the configuration of your screen, as it is a grey filigrane on gray background. But the filigran appears more than 20 times ont the picture.
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Paul E March 13, 2023 6:03 pm UTC
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Oh I see, I was checking the image in my hardback copy! I've swapped the preview thumbnail around for the actual image. Should look good now. Thanks for the heads-up on that Nicolas.
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Paul E March 12, 2023 11:14 am UTC
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Fillable PDFs are now included with the download.
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Michal K March 12, 2023 11:26 am UTC
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Unfortunately the attributes are all in one field which makes it hard to fill them correctly.
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Paul E March 12, 2023 12:55 pm UTC
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I’ll see iif I can get the software to play ball…
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Paul E March 12, 2023 1:20 pm UTC
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That's now been updated to v2 with individual fillable character boxes.
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Michal K March 12, 2023 8:14 pm UTC
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It's now perfect, thank you very much!!
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Zakk H January 13, 2023 6:17 pm UTC
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A must have for any solo player OR someone who wants some dreat tables and inspiration for a Cepheus game
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Fey N January 13, 2023 7:23 am UTC
I'm currently deciding between Solo and Hostile Solo for running my next Solo Traveller (MGT2e) campaign. I frankly am not that interested in the Hostile system/setting. This is no offense to the author, I am simply not a fan of sci-fi horror. However, I see it does have 2 extra campaign types, one of which I'm highly interested in (asteroid mining). Is it worth double the price? Is the Solo stuff basically the same, just with Hostile integration? Interested in advice from those who have both (or the author)!
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Lee S January 14, 2023 11:47 pm UTC
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I have both.
I haven't played Solo, yet, but I'm setting up a Hostile Solo game currently.

The main difference I've seen is the progression of the space society and technology.
Hostile Solo is geared more towards '80s futurism/Modempunk Sci-Fi and space travel is harsh. Most everyday folks don't travel, unless they have to.

Solo is a bit more advanced, closer to a Star Wars/Star Trek progression. Civilian travel is more common. Solo gives you campaigns featuring bounty hunters or traders, both of which would be somewhat out of place in Hostile.

For me, personally, each campaign has its own strengths. I do like that there's guides to which types of characters to include to keep them thematically compatible.

If you decide to go with Solo, I'd still consider getting Hostile Solo. While it might be hard to fit the campaigns from Solo into Hostile Solo, it does look very possible to go the other way around. The campaigns from Hostile Solo would probably...See more
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Lee S January 15, 2023 12:17 am UTC
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I forgot to add: Another key difference is that Hostile Solo has the core rules baked in and you don't need the rules book unless you want to add more details.
Solo requires you to have a copy of Cepheus or Traveller. This may not be a deciding factor for you, as you mention MGT2e in your post. But I wanted to add that for anyone else that may be deciding between the two and reading this.
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Fey N January 15, 2023 12:44 am UTC
Thanks for the comments, you were right that for me having the rules baked in was not a selling point. I also am not into the 80s futurism setting you are referencing, I like the standard Traveller experience with the high tech futurism. So I'll go with Solo I think, and maybe try out the campaigns in Hostile Solo down the road if its not enough for me.
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Paul E February 02, 2023 4:06 pm UTC
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Fey N, please contact me via paulelliottbooks@yahoo.com. I'll see what I can do regarding the asteroid mining campaign.
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Lee S January 11, 2023 7:41 pm UTC
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Is there a possibility of an inverted map that's easier to print?
I want to print it out over four to six sheets but don't want to use all the ink to do it.

Thank you, also, for making Hostile Solo, as well as Star Trader/Solo.
These have been great additions to my solo gaming library.
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Lee S January 15, 2023 2:41 am UTC
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Update: I ended up printing the sector maps from Crew Expendable and taping them together.
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Paul E February 02, 2023 4:02 pm UTC
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That's also what I did!
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Randy M January 05, 2023 5:21 pm UTC
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Loving this so far! Thank you to all involved for putting this together!

I had a couple of rule questions on the shipping campaign.

1) The checklist's second item it to roll to see if a character has a 'stake' in the mission, but I don't see this explained anywhere. What does having a stake in the mission mean? I assume it's up to the player to come up with something, but just checking.

2) After completing a mission and returning to step 2, is it assumed that the crew has to return to Earth or a class B starport? Seems like this is implied, as receiving a new mission to carry cargo would not make sense if the crew is already out beyond the Outer Rim or something.

Thanks!
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Paul E February 02, 2023 4:01 pm UTC
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Hi Randy,

1) Yes, the 'stake' thing got written as as I went along. Its a hidden agenda or plot connection. "Rescue some scientists, but the chief scientist is married to character Z". You know, a 'Kirk-Carol Marcus' situation, or a Doom-style 'Karl Urban-Rosamund Pike' situation!

2) More likely the crew would pick up a local cargo (probably some type of raw material) to take back with them. Shipowners don't like to fly their ships empty!
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Paul E September 14, 2022 4:07 pm UTC
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EDITS: Formatting error has hidden descriptions of Admin and Agriculture skill. Now corrected. Clarification of highest starting skill at 3 is made. Rogue had two Brawling entries - the last one should be Security. Corrected. Please redownload the new file v3 if desired.
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Meng K September 01, 2022 11:25 pm UTC
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Would be any chance of a free or discounted pdf if I purchase the physical copy?
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Chance C September 02, 2022 3:24 pm UTC
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Yes, you can email your receipt to them and will receive (quite promptly in my case!) free download links to the PDFs via DriveThruRPG. You should see the instructions in the product description when you grab the hardcopy.
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Paul E September 02, 2022 4:26 pm UTC
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As Chance eloquently said, if you buy the hardcopy first, your receipt guarantees you a complimentary copy of the PDF. Go to the Zozer Games website and look up Hostile Solo to find out print details.
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Meng K September 03, 2022 7:24 am UTC
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Thanks
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Meng K September 05, 2022 6:43 am UTC
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Yes, mine came promptly too :)
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