Freebie: Bill Coffin’s Septimus

Septimus The only game ever released by WEG under the Open D6 brand was Bill Coffin’s Septimus. Now that Bill got the full rights to this game back  by Eric Gibson, WEG’s owner, he has decided to release it for free over RPGNow/Drivethru RPG. So what’s Septimus about? Here’s the blurb from the RPGNow product page:

Bill Coffin’s Septimus sets the players inside a Dyson Sphere made from an unknown and unknowable alien technology. Faction pitted against faction to control the sphere and the amazing technology therein — a technology so great that no weakness cannot be eliminated and even death is not final. But, even as the obsessed techno-cult, the Sindivar Extant seeks to build a Utopia around Septimus’ many nanofoundries, a dark secret spreads. The same technology that is a boon to so many billions of people contains a flaw, a flaw that may have spelled doom to the great originators, a flaw that threatens to crush Septimus and its inhabitants, even before the greatest of secrets yet remains undiscovered

Whether you fight alongside the Extant and the Cadre, or whether you join one of the many factions seeking to wrestle power and wealth from the Cult, you are sure to find a game that is right for you. This 360+ page RPG comes packed with everything you need for many hundreds of hours of gaming. This books needs no additional material to play. It comes with the OpenD6 core rules, huge amounts of setting information, complete with area maps, plus the most exhaustive character generation and character option information ever in a single D6 System book.

Inspired by, and meant to capture all the fun of the Classic Star Wars roleplaying game by West End Games, this free-wheeling Space Opera also takes you science fiction fun to the next level. More mature and multi-tiered that Star Wars D6, Septimus includes elements of Cyberpunk, Transhumanism, Light Mecha, all the way to fantasy elements. Septimus’ vast territory only about 1 or 2% of which has been mapped, means an almost unlimited field to play in.

If you like the d6 System and space opera, you should definitely have a look at Septimus! You can download the complete game as a 364-paged PDF here.

Michael Wolf is a German games designer and enthusiast best known for his English language role-playing games blog, Stargazer's World, and for creating the free rules-light medieval fantasy adventure game Warrior, Rogue & Mage. He has also worked as an English translator on the German-language Dungeonslayers role-playing game and was part of its editorial team. In addition to his work on Warrior, Rogue & Mage and Dungeonslayers, he has created several self-published games and also performed layout services and published other independent role-playing games such as A Wanderer's Romance, Badass, and the Wyrm System derivative Resolute, Adventurer & Genius, all released through his imprint Stargazer Games. Professionally, he works as a video technician and information technologies specialist. Stargazer's World was started by Michael in August 2008.

5 thoughts on “Freebie: Bill Coffin’s Septimus”

  1. Any chance someone has a link to this, since it is free anyways? I'd like to check it out, maybe run a few games, but I'm not about to give out that level of personal information just to download a PDF…

  2. Sounds VERY similar to a game I ran shortly after D&D 3e came out, mixing heavily elements of sci-fi and fantasy, inside a dyson sphere. Mine focused on some post-apocalyptic elements (a region of the sphere that had been heavily damaged by a battle between two factions of the beings that built the sphere). I ran it using a mix of 3e rules + dragonspace + a few other things (spell points instead of spell slots, etc.).

    And, at free, I will have to give it a look.

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