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Let's Have a Peek At TRANSFORMERS and GI JOE!

Over the last few days, Renegade Game Studios has revealed more information about its upcoming line of tabletop RPGs, including Power Rangers, Transformers, and GI Joe! The three hardcover core rulebooks have been revealed ($55 each), powered by their new Essence20 system, along with dice, dice bags, GM screens, and deluxe editions of each book.


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Fighting for freedom wherever there is trouble, G.I. Joe is there!

In the G.I. JOE Roleplaying game, create your own Joe by choosing your military training origin, personal traits, and role within the G.I. Joe organization to become a Real American Hero and save the day!

This book contains everything you need to create your own G.I. JOE character and play the game - just add dice, some friends, and your imagination.

Features:
  • Create your own unique G.I. JOE character
  • Full rulebook for running your own G.I. JOE Roleplaying Game
  • One Gamemaster leads the story with a group of players
  • Contains introductory adventure for new team
  • Full color hardcover book with 304 pages with ribbon bookmark

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It’s Morphin’ Time!

Become a Power Ranger and protect Angel Grove and the Earth against the evil forces of Rita Repulsa, Lord Zedd, Master Vile, and more in the epic world of Power Rangers! Whether you interrupt Rita’s monster attacks in her attempt of world domination or defeat the forces of the Machine Empire from invading Earth, there is no limit to the heroic stories you will tell.

In the Power Rangers Roleplaying Game, create your ultimate Power Ranger persona by combining personal traits, childhood influences, and your chosen Ranger color to make a hero worthy of the Power!

This book contains everything you need to create your own Power Rangers character and play the game - just add dice, some friends, and your imagination:
  • Complete rules for players and Game Masters focused on fun storytelling and epic combat
  • Character creation tools, weapons, equipment, Zords, and more from the Zordon era
  • Combat and exploration information, detailed locations in Angel Grove, and tools to get your campaign started
  • An introductory adventure for 1st-level characters that is ready to play with your new character

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More than meets the eye...

In the Transformers Roleplaying game, create your own Autobot character and wage your battle to destroy the evil forces of the Decepticons! Whether defending Earth against Megatron’s plans of attack, searching for elusive stores of Energon, or protecting innocent humans and Cybertronians alike, your game is only limited by the stories you create!

This book contains everything you need to create your own Transformers character and play the game - just add dice, some friends, and your imagination:
  • Complete rules for players and Game Masters focused on fun storytelling and epic combat
  • Character creation tools, weapons, equipment, vehicles, and villain dossiers
  • Combat and exploration information, details of secret bases and special equipment, and tools to get your campaign started
  • An introductory adventure for 1st-level characters that is ready to play with your new character
Autobots, Roll Out!

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Russ Morrissey

Russ Morrissey

Undrave

Hero
While all of these series have recent TV shows and/or movies, all the art we've seen is from the original incarnations, and the Power Rangers ad copy even refers to the "Zordon era." This makes me think they are leaning heavily on the nostalgia of existing gamers.
The Transformers art aren't G1 tho, that's totally the evergreen designs. And the Power Rangers art is evocative of the Boom Studios comics, which, while set in the Zordon era, are their own narrative.
 

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I wonder if we wil can allow some space for an updated version of Transformers kiss player, something like cybertronians with waifus, but this time something softer and more innocent tone, even almost framily-friendly with a touch of comedic, and with a totally different name, for example "power maiden", like a sci-fi version of magica girls, or an alternate universe where cybertronians face creatures with mystic powers or linked with totem spirits (the power source of special power rangers).


What about a human-cybertronian hybrid as Sari Sumdac?
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Technically transformers aren't mecha but practically they look giant robots, and this allows to label the franchise as mecha.
 
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Sunsword

Adventurer
GI Joe has had three movies. One in 2009, 2013 and the latest one 'Snake Eyes: GI Joe Origins' just came out this week. Not a coincidence. :)

Essence20 only has 4 Ability scores and I believe only does 1 point of damage per hit. Its not as directly compatible and I'd hope but it sounds cool.
 



Being able to make your own G.I. Joe is one of the things I loved about them as a kid. All you needed is a small Phillips head screwdriver and you could kitbash your own characters. Those B.A.T.s were great for adding cybernetic limbs, for example. Of the three, I'm looking forward to G.I. Joe the most - I'm old enough that I missed Power Rangers, and while Transformers were up my alley as a kid (and I still think the toys are cool), the appeal of playing a transforming robot in an RPG isn't as immediate to me.

This book contains everything you need to create your own G.I. JOE character and play the game - just add dice, some friends, and your imagination.
 
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ART!

Hero
Despite having no strong emotional or nostalgic connection to any of the properties, the G.I.Joe game is the one I'm curious to look at. I had the big, 12" Joes (the Kung-Fu Grip era!) when I was a kid, so when the cartoon came around in the '80s I didn't understand why it wasn't about those guys. But I had friends who were into it - some or all of them ironically - and there was so much Joe stuff then and since, that I can grok it.

Neither I nor my kids were ever the right age any of the times that the Power Rangers or Transformers were really popular, so although I've seen snippets of episodes and the toys are cool, I've got no skin in the game there. I have friends just a bit younger than me who will be all over the Transformers game, though.
 



Marc_C

Solitary Role Playing
Being able to make your own G.I. Joe is one of the things I loved about them as a kid. All you needed is a small Phillips head screwdriver and you could kitbash your own characters. Those B.A.T.s were great for adding cybernetic limbs, for example. Of the three, I'm looking forward to G.I. Joe the most - I'm old enough that I missed Power Rangers, and while Transformers were up my alley as a kid (and I still think the toys are cool), but the appeal of playing a transforming robot in an RPG isn't as immediate to me.
Sadly I never had a GI Joe.

I had Big Jim instead. He was a karate master and secret agent. I just looked him up on wiki and had no idea there were so many different Jims.

 

I remember that there were still a few of that line (plus the original G.I. Joe and oversized Star Wars ones) still circulating when I was a very young kid, but they were mostly on their way out.

Sadly I never had a GI Joe.

I had Big Jim instead. He was a karate master and secret agent. I just looked him up on wiki and had no idea there were so many different Jims.


So who is your favorite Autobot?

I generally preferred the bad guys as a kid, but my very first Transformers toy was this guy:

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I am really excited about the transformers RPG I grew up watching the show and really want to play as my favorite Autobot!
 


Well, sure, but I haven't seen many since I was pre-K, around 1990.
I've seen new vinyl in bookstores in the last year. Didn't pay much attention, as my turntable has been missing for years.
I'll note that Lorde has released her 3rd album on vinyl this year. Entitled Solar Power. The Scorpions rereleased Lovedrive 50th Anniversary on Vinyl.
Have a link to the top-40 vinyl for 2021 so far: The Official Top 40 best-selling vinyl releases of 2021 so far
 

In that case I'd have to go for either the Insecticons' Shrapnel or the Constructicon's Mixmaster.

The Transformers franchise has definitely evolved and changed over the years, displaying a richness belying its origin as the simple Diaclone toyline.

Ooh Brawn.

Well, nothing stops you from playing a Decepticon, you just need to set your story in the Post-War reconstruction era! You could totally do a game with the Scavengers!
 

grimslade

Doddering Old Git
Two weeks back I stopped in a shop in Lake Placid that had GI Joe No1 in mint condition for sale. I loved that series. I loved the cartoon in all it's campy glory for different reasons. I am very much looking forward to E20 GI Joe. Now I need a Thundarr the Barbarian RPG and my nostalgic self can be complete...
 

In the shatered universe the autobots are evil and the decepticons are the good guys, and even the colorful pattern are the opposites.

Nostalgy is a good hook but my opinion is G.I.Joe will allow more different types of stories when the others are always the same enemies. G.I.Joe as TTRPG has got more creative freedom.
 

ART!

Hero
G.I.Joe will allow more different types of stories when the others are always the same enemies. G.I.Joe as TTRPG has got more creative freedom.
I agree - it seems like there's a lot you could do with a G.I.Joe game system.

But this begs the question: for those who know Power Rangers well, how useful would it be for other subgenres? Granted, we haven't seen the full rules yet, but given the various series/incarnations, is there a good chance it would work as - for instance - a fairly generic supers system?
 

Undrave

Hero
I agree - it seems like there's a lot you could do with a G.I.Joe game system.

But this begs the question: for those who know Power Rangers well, how useful would it be for other subgenres? Granted, we haven't seen the full rules yet, but given the various series/incarnations, is there a good chance it would work as - for instance - a fairly generic supers system?
It COULD, but maybe not in this specific book? If the book focuses on the Zordon era (Mighty Morphin, Zeo, Turbo, In Space) then the most generic super powers you got is probably the Kerovans psionic training (and I guess the Triforian's abilities to split into 3?) which allows them to move things with telekinesis and that, supposedly, any human in the PR world can learn.

In the Disney Era, however (Ninja Storm, Dino Thunder, SPD, Mystic Force, Operation Overdrive, Jungle Fury and RPM), it was FAR more common for each Ranger to possess a unique powers they could deploy as a civilian. Super speed, super strength, sonic screams, invisibility, and then some!

That said, if the book does cover Power Rangers In Space, and possible Lost Galaxy, we could have ourself a decent basic sci-fi system. After all, other planets and aliens are a mainstay of Power Rangers. With the martial arts aspect you might be able to get a kung fu movie setting out of it, though I would imagine GI Joe could also cover that.

Lightspeed Rescue was basically Thunderbirds with more martial arts (at least in the first few episodes, they don't do THAT much rescuing :p ). And both Time Force and SPD dealt with cops fighting against superhuman threats (mutants and aliens, respectively) so we might get some investigation skills in there. But that's all outside the Zordon era proper, even if Lightspeed Rescue and Time Force were from Saban.

If we covered Mystic Force you could easily kludge an Urban Fantasy game out of it.
 


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