Renegade Legion: Legionnaire
Legionnaire is set in the year 6831 AD in a time when Earth is ruled by an oppresive government. Players in this game take the roles of freedom fighters who work with aliens to stop the Earth government.
Legionnaire uses a simple D10 system for combat resolution and skill checks. The combat system includes some modifiers for realism but the number of die rolls is kept to a minimum. A character must only roll for initiative, roll to hit and then determine the hit location and any possible damage. All ranged weapons have set damage amounts so there is no need to roll them.
Creating a character for the game is also streamlined. There are several templates from which to choose. Players can also choose to play the role of a human or one of the seven alien races in the game. Certain skills are given with each career template and several elective skills are also included. Career choices range from intelligence to marines to space fleet options. If no choice suits a player, then a customized career template can be made.
The combat section not only includes rules for small arms battles but also has sections on ground vehicle and space vehicle combat as well. Each of these sections is written well and makes running combat a lot easier than the systems used in other games.
The premise of this game is great because it is the classic "rebellion" theme that is present in scifi movies and TV shows like Star Wars and Babylon 5. In fact, a good way to describe this game would be Babylon 5 with teeth!
Legionnaire is a game that does a great job of balancing roleplaying with action. The Renegade Legion in the game is made up of defectors who left Earth and now fight against their countrymen. The Earth government has an interesting slant because it is modeled after the Roman Empire. Characters from Earth, fighting for the Earth forces or the Renegade Legions, all have ancient Roman names like Marcus Antonius, Julius,etc. This game raises the question of what the Roman Empire would be like if it had prospered into the future?
The seven alien races in the game are covered in exquisite detail. The biology, history, government, culture, etc are all well presented. In addition, color plates are added to good effect so one can tell what each alien race really looks like. The depth to which the alien section is detailed is excellent and one of the best of its kind in any rpg I have ever seen.
The history of the Earth government and the alien and renegade groups are as well presented as the alien section. Not only is an overview of political, social and other concerns for each faction presented, but an overview of a campaign setting to give the players a place to start is also presented. In addition, details of seven worlds near a disputed area are given. Many different roleplaying opportunities abound with interaction between aliens, the various governments and free traders.
If the roleplaying opportunities don't interest you much, perhaps the large list of weapons and equipment will. Legionnaire provides a plethora of vehicles as well from combat sleds to APCs to tanks and starfighters. There is plenty to interest those more concerned with "hack and slash" combat than roleplaying.
I can't find much to complain about with this game so the only thing I would ask for is more of a good thing.
THE BOTTOM LINE Legionnaire is one of the most complete scifi games I have ever seen. I suggest that all fans of scifi roleplaying try this game and that true lovers of the genre buy it!
Style: 5 (Excellent!)