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Ground Forces: Defending the Imperium in the Army and Marines


Holding together an Imperium requires the services of an iron elite, Marines willing to jump from a starship and into the teeth of a planetary defense net, Army troopers willing to travel the universe one slit trench at a time, armor commanders willing to bet their lives that they can get there first with the most.
Do you have what it takes?
GURPS Traveller: Ground Forces describes the Imperial Marines and ...

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Holding together an Imperium requires the services of an iron elite, Marines willing to jump from a starship and into the teeth of a planetary defense net, Army troopers willing to travel the universe one slit trench at a time, armor commanders willing to bet their lives that they can get there first with the most.
Do you have what it takes?
GURPS Traveller: Ground Forces describes the Imperial Marines and Unified Armies, laying the foundation for a campaign thick with laser fire and full of action! It includes:
A history of ground combat and campaigns in the Imperium.
Detailed descriptions of Marine and Army units, from squads to battalions and up—as well as rules for easily determining the makeup of a world or subsector army.
New, expanded templates for Marine and Army characters.
New gear for Imperial soldiers.
New, modular rules for designing military and civilian grav vehicles in GURPS Traveller.
And much more!
GURPS Traveller: Ground Forces has everything you need to add untold punch to your campaign!

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781556344442
  • Publisher: Jackson, Steve Games, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/1/2004
  • Series: Gurps Series
  • Pages: 144
  • Product dimensions: 8.30 (w) x 10.80 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 4
About the Author 4
About the Line Editor 4
Journal of the Travellers' Aid Society 4
About GURPS 4
1. Into the Mud 5
Instruments of Policy 5
Why an Army? 5
History 6
The Birth of Armies 6
The Vilani and the First Imperium 6
Non-Humans 6
The Interstellar Wars 7
Gender 7
The Wars of the Imperium 7
The Fifth Frontier War 7
The Rule of Man 8
The Long Night 8
The Third Imperium 8
Invasion: Earth 8
Memories 8
Roleplaying in the Military 9
Military Terms and Slang 11
Planetary Defense Forces 14
Oath of Enlistment 16
"What Did You Call Me?" 16
2. The Unified Armies of the Imperium 17
Army Organization 18
The Command and Staff Sections 18
Regimental Lineage 18
The Battle Staff System 19
Gunbarrel Diplomacy 19
Lift Infantry Battalion 20
Military Pay and Benefits 20
Grav Tank Squadron 21
Counting Cadence 21
Barracks Life 21
Regimental Mess 22
Lift Artillery Battalion 23
Regimental Associations 23
Rapid Interface Battalion 24
Uniforms 24
Support Battalion 25
Branch Colors 25
Different Eras 25
Brigade Command Detachment 28
"With the Gratitude of the Emperor," Part One 28
The Independent Brigade 29
Lift Infantry Brigade 29
Grav Tank Brigade 30
Drop Infantry Regiment 30
Larger Units 30
Divisions 30
Army Corps 31
Field Armies 31
Other Army Organizations 31
Army Base Management Command 31
Army Transportation and Material Corps 32
Army Intelligence 32
The Sylean Rangers 32
Inspector General's Office 32
The Rangers Unveiled 33
3. The Imperial Marines 34
The Marine Life 34
Marine Traditions 34
Inside Battledress 36
The Marine Line Regiment 38
Uniforms 39
Duty 40
Marine Snipers 40
"With the Gratitude of the Emperor," Part Two 41
Marine Armored Cavalry Regiment 43
Marines and Nobles 43
Navy Relations 44
Army Relations 44
Marine Commandos 45
Boarding Actions 45
Marine Guard Detachments 46
Ship's Troops 46
Marine Squadrons 47
Higher Level Units 47
Marine Equipment 48
The Future of the Marines 48
The Gray Masks 48
4. Characters 49
In the Regular Army-O 49
Sergeants Run the Army 49
Point Totals 50
Advantages 50
Military Rank 50
Campaign Types 50
Imperial Army 51
Imperial Marines 51
Character Cliches 51
Awards and Decorations 52
Patrons, Contacts, Allies, and Enemies 53
Disadvantages 54
From Civilian to Soldier 55
Service Academies 56
Character Templates 57
Imperial Army 57
Infantry 57
Cavalry 58
Artillery 58
Support Personnel 58
Speeder Pilot 60
Speeder Weapons/Sensors Officer 60
Sylean Ranger 61
IG Agent 61
Imperial Marines 61
Line Marine 61
Marine Commando 62
Integrating Previous Character Templates 62
5. Operations 63
Mission Codes 63
How Missions Are Named 63
You Are Not Cleared to Read This Sidebar! 64
World Modifiers 66
Mission Priority 67
Life Support 67
Logistics 67
Transportation 67
Supply 68
Military Justice 68
Opposing Forces 70
External Threats 70
Battles in Games 71
Internal Threats 72
The Imperial Way of War 73
Nexus Warfare 73
Tactics and Combat 74
Situation Report: Spinward Marches 74
Invading a World 75
How to Build an Army in Eight Easy Steps 77
Planetary Forces 77
Battalion Equivalents 77
So There I Was 79
Subsector Armies 82
Levies 82
6. Standard Issue 83
The Military Procurement System 83
Imperial Standard Catalog Number 83
The Supply Market 83
Battledress, Armored Vehicles, and Starships 84
Vehicles Key 84
Type 438-B Redding Assault Battledress (TL12) 85
Type 62-C Rearden Medium-Duty Battledress (TL12) 86
Type 29-L Colom Light-Duty Battledress (TL12) 86
Army Combat Armor (TL11) 87
Grav Vehicles 87
Intrepid Heavy Grav Tank (TL12) 87
Bergstrom Light Grav Tank (TL12) 88
Astrin Grav APC (TL12) 88
Kushkikkan Marine Grav APC (TL12) 89
Terrapin Meson Sled (TL12) 89
Sunburst Missile Sled (TL11) 90
Thresher Close-Support Speeder (TL12) 90
Type-431 Heavy Recovery Sled (TL11) 91
Teamster Heavy G-Carrier (TL10) 91
Rusto Engineering Sled (TL11) 91
Zhdiakiz Grav Tank (TL11) 92
Cratermaker Missile Grav Tank (TL10) 92
Serendipity Grav Tank (TL12) 93
Fragrant Flower Grav Tank (TL9) 93
Aehr Grav Assault Gun (TL10) 94
Stalingrad Grav Tank (TL11) 94
Starships 95
New Standard Modules 95
Modules 95
Keith-class 30,000-ton Transport (TL12) 96
Nakerkh-class 1,200-ton Lander (TL12) 97
Caen-class 1,200-ton Dropship (TL12) 97
Caen-class 1,200-ton Dropship (TL12) 98
Weapons 102
Weapon Tables 103
Personal Issue 103
7. Grav Vehicle Modular Design 107
Design Sequence 107
Step 1 Concept and Tech Level 107
TL of Grav Vehicles 107
Step 2 Vehicle Body 108
Vehicle Bodys 108
Step 3 Add a Turret 109
Vehicle Turrets 109
Vehicle Crew Requirements 109
Step 4 Vehicle Component Modules 110
Module Descriptions 110
Vehicle Systems 110
Gunnery Made Easy 112
Battlefield Scale 112
Other Attack Roll Modifiers 113
Vehicle Modules 114
Indirect Fire 114
Angle of Fire 115
Weapon Module Descriptions 116
Warheads 116
Weapon Modules 118
Beam Weapons 119
Guided Missiles 119
Step 5 Armor 120
Step 6 Surface Features 121
Step 7 Statistics 122
Point Defense 122
Drone Missiles 122
Step 8 Performance 123
Microdrones 123
Vehicular Armaments 124
Launchers 125
Rocket and Missile Statistics 125
Grav Armor in Action 126
Fire and Movement 126
Turning Radius 126
8. Personnel Files 128
Maj. Ralph Arronaeks 128
Sgt. Gwenith Sikorski 130
Marine Jason haut-Kemp, Baron Casttie 131
Cpl. Greg Aldridge 132
Staff Sgt. Khashi "Mouse" Khurlushasum 133
Capt. Sir Irlar Kallan 134
Gen. Lord Kurt Feltenberger, Marshal of Jewell 135
Technician Mikhail Yons 137
Force Capt. Petra Kimdottir 138
Over-Leader Four 139
Commodore Harvey Rathbone 140
2nd Lt. Colin Kerr-Ardor 141
Bibliography 142
Index 143
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