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Cepheus Universal

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This universal science fiction RPG allows players and Game Master to emulate most kinds of sci-fi gaming, from time travel or near future cyberpunk, to space opera; from modern-day Solar System exploration to a far future that enjoys antimatter power, matter transportation and food replicators. As much attention is given to low-tech societies as mid-tech and far future, high-tech societies. You'll find options for gunpowder weapons, disintegrators, fusion power, portable shield generators, flint tool production and using beasts of burden. The scope of Cepheus Universal is huge.

A Player's Book is available for Cepheus Universal. 

 

The 2D6-based Cepheus rules are adaptable but not complex, and easy enough for players new to sci-fi gaming (or to roleplaying in general). Character creation is purely by design, and features a life path system that adds depth and which connects them to the setting. Create a character in 5 minutes or less.  

 

Packed with material that you can use to build your setting, or adapt your favourite setting from a novel or movie, it includes systems for building not just characters, but starships, animals, robots, vehicles, AI machines, star systems, spacesuits … you name it. Pick the parts you need to build the type of setting you desire.

 

No setting is included, but three examples are provided to give you an idea of the scope of these rules.

Note that the core part of these rules previously featured in Zozer Game’s Hostile and Modern War RPGs. The book does contains some examples of  AI art.

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Frank M May 30, 2024 10:54 am UTC
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So is this an update from Cepheus Deluxe? There is some talk on that page that it was being updated.
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Paul E May 30, 2024 5:58 pm UTC
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No, Cepheus Deluxe is a lighter faster version of the 2016 release of Cepheus Engine. This Cepheus Universal is a crunchier more detailed version of the 2016 Cepheus Engine.
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Paul E May 30, 2024 5:58 pm UTC
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No, Cepheus Deluxe is a lighter faster version of the 2016 release of Cepheus Engine. This Cepheus Universal is a crunchier more detailed version of the 2016 Cepheus Engine.
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Ciaran B April 29, 2024 1:00 am UTC
Hello seen some reviews on this will be getting it in the future for my birthday I think. One thing I was curious about with some of your other books. Are they comptable with Classic Traveller? I know stuff is based off Traveller but just curious would must work be required? Thanks again For your help. Your Solo book looks brillaint for any setting it seems :-) That is also on my radar for general use as well.
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Paul E April 29, 2024 7:09 am UTC
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Thats’s interesting question. Do you mean will the Hostile setting books work with the Classic Traveller rules? I would say yes. You would have to for couple of things:

1 Nominate a CT weapon to stand in for a Hostile weapon.

2 Adopt the hyperspace way of travelling with Jn indicating hexes per week.

3 Converting Hostile creatures into CT, probably just by adding up their Str, Dex and End, and then having knockout be two thirds of that total and kill be the final third.


I wrote a Classic Traveller version of the Hostile game which you might find helpful, it is called Outworld and is available for free here. https://www.drivethrurpg.com/en/product/283531/outworld-authority
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Ciaran B April 29, 2024 8:40 pm UTC
Oh cool thank you very much :-)
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James C April 23, 2024 11:20 pm UTC
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Hi. Really like what you’ve done here. I’m building my own unique setting, so is there an editable version available?
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Paul E April 24, 2024 8:14 am UTC
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Hi James, that is something we are hoping to create in the future.
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James C April 24, 2024 1:58 pm UTC
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Thanks for such a quick response. Looking forward to seeing it.
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Richard S April 21, 2024 11:47 pm UTC
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Fission Powerplants are better than Antimatter Plants?
Both require double tonnage.
FP 12 month life - 10KCr
AP 3 Month life - 2 KCr.
Page 255

Is there a way to power a warp drive with a Antimatter Plant?

Book is great - Thank you.
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Paul E April 22, 2024 7:38 am UTC
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Interesting .. the antimatter plant is cheaper to buy, and marginally cheaper to refuel, but that is probably not enough of a 'game changer' for such an advanced power system. It may be worth an edit, removing the requirement for the anti-matter plant to be refuelled at all.
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Richard S April 22, 2024 8:41 pm UTC
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Wow - Go ZOZER Customer Service.
Response and update with 10 hours (over Sunday Night)
You ROCK!
Thank-you.
I will still home run this stat.
I've been reading a NASA Paper that lists Antimatter being 300x more energetic Fusion output.
I'm thinking of keep the 2x tonnage for the plant but fuel requirement a small percentage of the volume of H-fuel.
I also want to expand on the Ftl fuel rules in 'Hostile".

Goal: a TL 16 vessel capable of a 5-year mission.

https://ntrs.nasa.gov/api/citations/20200001904/downloads/20200001904.pdf

https://www.deviantart.com/guardnacho/art/Screenshot-2024-04-21-005400-1044440347

Thank-you for a great resource!
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Richard H April 16, 2024 6:53 pm UTC
Is there any chance of an updated version of Solo with room for all the variant rules and setting details in this edition?
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Paul E April 17, 2024 9:37 am UTC
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That might be difficult Richard, since the Solo book relies on solo minigames with some kind of setting assumption (in Solo, for example, reference is made to jump drives, and anti-grav drives), but the biggest difficulty would be catering to such an open-ended and setting neutral universe. That said, we do intend to produce a 2nd edition of Solo (this year hopefully) and there have been various ideas thrown around about which set of rules to best use with it.
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Richard H April 18, 2024 6:27 am UTC
Solo 2e is great news, I look forward to however you decide to go with it.
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Paul E April 07, 2024 9:25 am UTC
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A hardback version is now available, have a look at the Zozer Games page, linked on this product page.
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Richard H April 08, 2024 7:56 pm UTC
Awesome, thanks.
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Richard H April 08, 2024 8:06 pm UTC
Is there a way of picking up the PDF if I bought the hardback on Lulu? No problem if not.
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David V April 09, 2024 8:59 pm UTC
Just picked up 3 of the hardbacks. Look forward to getting them.
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Andrew P April 11, 2024 5:16 pm UTC
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Why no POD through DTRPG?
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Christoph W March 30, 2024 3:11 pm UTC
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Hey Paul, in the Player's Book there is a term-by-term variant for character creation, but as far as i can see (from the preview), this is not included in this rulebook. Is this true? If so, would you add it if possible? For me, term-by-term character creation is an essential element of traveller/cepheus.
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Paul E March 30, 2024 9:10 pm UTC
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Initially, the Player’s Book was simply going to be the parts of Cepheus Universal a player might need, released as a cheap PDF. A GM told me he wanted his players to have copies of the rules, but it was totally unrealistic to expect them to buy a 441 page book. Hence the Player’s Book. But … I felt I could not just release previously published material, without at least adding some more content. This is how the term-by-term career rules came to be, as well as the gadgeteering rules, load-outs and other add ins came to be. I will look into including the term-by-term rules as an add on file to be included with the Cepheus Universal download, sometime in the next week or two.
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Christoph W April 08, 2024 5:01 pm UTC
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Thanks Paul, looking forward to it.
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aza B March 26, 2024 2:01 am UTC
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I have a hard time reading pdfs. I was wondering if the layers of the pdf can be adjusted so i can print it. Everything being colored makes printing it not worth buying. Thanks for any information.
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Paul E March 26, 2024 9:55 pm UTC
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Could you send your message to paulelliottbooks@yahoo.com so that I can ask you a bit more about the problem, and see what I can do?
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Joe C March 25, 2024 12:29 am UTC
Stoked for this be great to have this to add to the collection
Looking forward to the P.O.D with bated breath.
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Paul E March 10, 2024 6:05 pm UTC
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Update on the Hardback version of Cepheus Universal. Unfortunately, we are having some persistent problems with this.

Thank you for your patience / Zozer Games
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David V March 13, 2024 1:18 pm UTC
Fixed yet?
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David V March 13, 2024 1:18 pm UTC
Fixed yet?
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Paul E March 14, 2024 10:04 am UTC
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We are waiting for a second proof to check.
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David V March 26, 2024 11:02 pm UTC
Get the 2nd proof back?
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Richard H March 27, 2024 5:25 pm UTC
Let's just wait until they tell us. I'm eager for it too, but you don't make anything happen faster by badgering people.
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David V March 27, 2024 7:06 pm UTC
That was not really question for you. Also people can get busy get with other things. So asking politely again never hurts. I have had other publishers not get back for months. So always do a follow up after a week or so
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Benjamin S April 05, 2024 8:27 am UTC
Hey David - I came across this in the Zozer games discord as of April 3rd, 2024 from Paul.

"I’m in Australia until the weekend, the (hopefully!) final proof of Cepheus Universal is waiting for me in the kitchen"
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mark S April 09, 2024 12:37 am UTC
It's up now at lulu! Enjoy i just ordered my copy (fyi, just under 50)
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Magnus E March 07, 2024 10:12 am UTC
TYPO on the sample... Nice...
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Paul E March 07, 2024 7:32 pm UTC
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Thank you for your response.,The sample is over a 100 pages long, I’d appreciate it if you could specific which of those pages it might be on .
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Isaac S March 07, 2024 7:06 am UTC
Question: How well would this system cover Mass Effect?
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Paul E March 07, 2024 9:26 pm UTC
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Hi, it has been a long time since I played mass Effect (1)! But based on that experience it should be possible. Find a Mass Effect wiki if one exists so that you don’t have to search to hard for basic setting information.
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Ulf A March 04, 2024 1:02 pm UTC
Out of curiosity, what would you say are the main differences between Cepheus Universal and Cepheus Deluxe? I'm not looking for "which one is better", but rather "how does it differ in taste?"
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Paul E March 04, 2024 2:47 pm UTC
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I would say that Stellagama’s Cepheus Deluxe is lighter and faster and easier to pick up and play. Cepheus Universal goes into more depth and is more comprehensive, and gives attention to rules and systems that Deluxe does not. The rules cover all tech levels in detail and aspects of sci fi settings such as deep water diving, damage to buildings, stress, the resilience of objects, the details of uploading minds, etc. For players who like this detail, Universal is a boon. For those who would rather cut to the action and keep things moving at pace, I think Deluxe is more suited.
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Ulf A March 04, 2024 3:14 pm UTC
Perfect, thanks! :-)
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Billy D February 29, 2024 5:24 pm UTC
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Hello Paul! I'm curious why the Merchant character doesn't have either Admin or Leadership in the career skills table? Is that an oversight or intentional?
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Paul E February 29, 2024 6:48 pm UTC
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It is intentional, there are only 7 skill slots for each career and that starship needs to be run! Broker was included since it is the skill of sales, and purchasing, a much more important skill than Admin. However, treat Leader and Admin as secondary skills, and pick one of those up as a bonus skill instead. I hope that covers t!
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Billy D February 29, 2024 10:07 pm UTC
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It does. Thanks for the response
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Justin S February 27, 2024 10:09 pm UTC
I don't see Economics/trading or Merchant Prince type rules in the TOC. Am I just missing that or is there a separate supplement you have or recommend?

Also, Is this available on Lulu or going for POD here? Just waiting to pick up a book. Also I have bought some off Lulu from you before, do you think there is a difference in quality between Lulu and POD here? Thanks.
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Paul E February 28, 2024 8:02 am UTC
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Hi Justin, the traditional Cepheus rules for trading were swapped out for a more streamlined version, not just for space but because the scope of the game is intended to be much wider than Cepheus Engine. I didn't want to drop interstellar trade completely though, so it is still there. I'm waiting for proof copies of the book. Due to its size it will only be available in hardback, unfortunately.
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Justin S February 28, 2024 4:24 pm UTC
Ok thanks. Do you think Lulu pod is any better than DTRPG pod or are they just faster?
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Paul B February 24, 2024 11:02 am UTC
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This has just nudged Cepheus Light out as my favourite version of CE!

Just to clarify, you do NOT add characteristic mods to skill checks?

Also, is there a particular forum where most CE fans go argue? I mean, discuss the game in a civilised manner :-)
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felbrigg H February 24, 2024 11:15 am UTC
https://www.facebook.com/groups/1560107317619028
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Paul E February 24, 2024 12:35 pm UTC
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Thank you Paul. The intention was to leave the adding of a characteristic bonus to the GM to fit the situation, rather than mandate it. There has been an update of the PDF and I've made that point in the Skill Roll section. Feel free to redownload that corrected version.
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Paul E February 24, 2024 12:56 pm UTC
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In fact you can read the update on page 57 of the 'preview' offered under the product's book cover illustration (above)
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Paul B February 24, 2024 2:52 pm UTC
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Thanks for the replies. I realise now that I'd just missed it :-)
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