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Amazing Engine: Bughunters


Redolant of Aliens or Starship Troopers, this is a military action science-fiction setting.

Publisher's blurb: "The Bughunters game is a role-playing simulation of action adventure in a gritty, not-too-distant future. It is a time in which humanity has begun to colonize the worlds of other stars, but the race has at best a tenuous hold on those worlds and is beset by many dangers. The environments of the colony worlds are often hostile, and colonial resources are limited. But what's worse, a host of inimicable aliens prey upon the colonies and have even begun to threaten the safety of Earth itself.

"Player characters in the Bughunters game are 'synthetic humans': vat-grown clones of human volunteers, specially modified to serve as starship crews, combat teams, and general troubleshooters for the human race. As members of the United Terra Reconnaissance and Peacekeeping Force (UTRPF), these 'synths', or 'syn-ners', are often all that stands between the human race and extinction at the hands of a cold and hostile universe.

"Synths are tougher than normal humans in many ways. Physically, they have been enhanced to react more quickly, to keep moving longer, and to endure more punishment during battle. Mentally, they are able to withstand the psychological stresses of hyperspace travel, a situation that disorients normal humans, sometimes to the point of madness. Psychically, they have been trained to bear up under the stresses of combat, whether it be against human terrorists or hideous, unknown aliens. And they are supplied with the best equipment that human technological ingenuity has to offer. As members of UTRPF ('utter-puff' in synner slang), synners are the unsung heroes of the human race, a buffer from its enemies without, protectors from its enemies within. But for all of that, they are still individuals with hopes and dreams of their own, struggling as much as anyone else to make something of their lives."

Megan's review

Book Details:
Author: Lester Smith
Publishers' Reference: TSR2702
ISBN: 1-56076-623-9
Paperback, 128 pages
Date: 1993

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Product page last updated: 27 May 2019