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Recon: The Roleplaying Game of the Viet Nam War


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Historical RPGs, as you can probably imagine, take place in the past sometimes real, sometimes imaginative. Settings that have been explored in role-playing games include Pendragon (based on Arthurian legends), Sengoku (about Japanese warring states), Recon (regarding the Vietnam War), Fantasy Imperium (takes place in historical Europe).

Recommended for players above 14 years.
Includes a glossary of military terms used during that war.
"SNOOPIN' AND POOPIN'... Four to twelve men operating deep in the bush of Vietnam. Outnumbered. With only wit, skill, and raw courage between them and violent death. Looking for the Viet Cong in his jungle sanctuary; then dumping on him. Snooping and pooping, the recon missions of the LRRP, SOG, SEAL, Delta, PRU, and Phoenix.
Recon recreates 34 operations using a percentile role playing system that features a unique mapless terrain generation, for faster play and simpler preparation. Recon can be played with 20mm Vietnam figures already available (but not on Englishtips ;P)
Special artillery, airstrike, and helicopter gunship rules let you call in anything from miniguns to napalm.
Begin your mission by inserting via chopper, river patrol boat, HALO parachute drop, or underwater using SCUBA.
Continue your character's career after 'Nam as a soldier of fortune with the 19 missions also in this book.
But, mind you, the protagonists, the "Americans" don't have to win in this game ... they have a rather slim chnce of survival!  - your faithful player, stovokor

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