Friday, November 5, 2021

Review & OSR Commentary For Wendy's Guide to the Fleets of Earth Sector, Volume 3 By Michael Johnson From Independence Games For The Cepheus Engine rpg

"Incoming intelligence!

Ship captains need information about the systems to which they are traveling. These captains depend on Wendy’s Naval Weekly as their primary source of naval fleet information.  It is rare to find a ship captain that doesn’t have Wendy’s Naval Weekly on their handcomps or mindcomps.

Wendy’s Guide to the Fleets of Earth Sector Volume 3 is the third entry of a series which will collate all the available information to provide a complete overview of the fleets of the nations of Earth Sector.  Each of these books will briefly outline a nation’s spacegoing navy as well as provide some insight as to how that organization functions and provide a list of the ships reported to be in commission.

This book provides information on the space navies of the Antiochian Union, Indonesia, Israel, Korea, Mexico, New Zealand, and the Seleucid Confederation.  The book covers every ship currently operated in those fleets, their doctrines, and even their uniforms.  The book also contains an in-depth discussion of the Nahash-class system defense boat, one of the many classes of ship used by the Space Navy of Israel."

So I'm coming at   Wendy's Guide to the Fleets of Earth Sector, Volume 3 very late. Earth space  has been cut off from the Clement Sector.  The Clement Sector &  Earth have no connections with each other. The interstellar hyperspace gateways have collapsed entirely. 
In the meantime, technologies have gone on including space craft.  Wendy's Guide to the Fleets of Earth Sector, Volume 3  brings more of the  smaller space craft fleets of Earth. Wendy's Guide to the Fleets of Earth Sector, Volume 3  By Michael Johnson brings this home right within the introduction; 'At the date of this publication, it has been twenty years since the collapse of the wormhole conduit leading to Clement Sector. This volume explores the naval forces of those nations who were little effected by the Conduit collapse. These smaller navies, regarded by defense organizations as third tier, still provide their nation with defense and security of their interstellar holdings'. This is brought home by the first Wendy's Guide to the Fleets of Earth Sector, Volume 1

Wendy's Guide to the Fleets of Earth Sector, Volume 3  By Michael Johnson From Independence Games breaks these lesser Earth  fleets down. The volume is solidly done with a great indepth discussion about the Nahash-class system defense boat. This is a backbone craft of the lesser interstellar fleets. PC's would encounter these craft dealing with some of the Earth trade routes when pirates or criminals come calling. Given each of the Earth nation’s space going navies are showcased there's a sense here that the Earth is a dangerous interstellar power unto itself. 
For old school Traveller or Cepheus Engine Wendy's Guide to the Fleets of Earth Sector, Volume 3  By Michael Johnson outlines the Earth as a force to be reckoned with.  Its a solidly done book with some very good Earth details thrown into the interstellar  mix.  Countries such as Indonesia fielding a small space fleet means that these smaller interstellar powers can take the fight to galactic pirates or other local issues. Are there opportunities for adventure?! Yes I believe there's plenty of hooks for using Earth as a center for Cepheus power campaigns and Wendy's Guide to the Fleets of Earth Sector, Volume 3  could provide what the players need when dealing with Earth's smaller fleets.  I have to mention the fact that artists such as Ian SteadMichael Johnson, & Tiziano Cremonini really help to make this supplement a really solid addition to the Clement Sector family of books. 

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