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About the Author

Terry Sofian describes himself as a generalist in a world of specialists. After starting out as a naval architecture student at Michigan he (finally) earned degrees in anthropology (BA) and biology (MS) both from the University of Missouri at St Louis. He has worked as a genetic engineer, a radiopharmachemist, in disaster preparedness and homeland security management and in health, safety and environmental compliance for hospitals, nuclear waste cleanup sites and numerous industry clients. In addition to paid work he has a long history of community involvement as a volunteer Firefighter/EMT, Hazmat Team member and Vice Commander/Diver for his county's Search and Rescue Team. Army National Guard/Reserves and the Navy Reserve as a Non-commissioned Officer complete his resume. Through all of this he has maintained his love of history and science and a vast curiosity about nearly anything. In his copious free time he reads voraciously and occasionally writes. He has had a novella Blackwater Ghosts published in Weird Tales and several non-fiction pieces in The Coast Artillery Journal and Warship International. A number of gaming articles have appeared in Challenge, Mars, Transactions of the Royal Martian Geological Society and several fanzines. His first complete game was No Sailor But a Fool published by Clash of Arms for their Admiralty Trilogy. His current projects include the Steampunk/Victorian Science Fiction setting of Stars of Empire, also know as Hive, Queen and Country. Merging his intricate back-story and universe with Black Pigeon Press' incredibly adaptable Hacktastic game engine has produced Stars of Empire a detailed but flexible role playing setting that allows players to adventure in an altered Victorian era, facing threats from both Earth and Off-World. He is married to his amazingly intelligent wife Shannon and has an extremely bright daughter Kelly. In addition they share their home with four cats as well as a vast and ever increasing library.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 286 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (September 20, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1453848673
  • ISBN-13: 978-1453848678
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.6 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,208,969 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Arun Rodrigues on December 2, 2010
Format: Paperback
This exciting new game combines simple playable mechanics with a detailed background.

The background is more than a basic setting, but includes an alternate history for Earth, the nearby planets, and hints at the wider Universe. The SoE universe contains several new races, a detailed time line, and new technologies. It is self contained, but leaves enough open ends that there is plenty of room to grow and expand.

The game mechanics are straightforward and flexible. I particularly like the "invention" mechanics which are simple but really capture the "feel" of the Victorian age of invention.
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I finally got to play in a game of this. It was great! The book gave the GM enough material to create a completely believable world and made it challenging to get through. The GM did the character generation and I felt that all were well balanced with skills and equipment. Great game all around. I can't wait to play it again!
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Early on in the book (page 9), it says you will need the character sheet and AOE templates "provided in the back of the book". They're not there. So... Nice setting, nice idea - but unplayable. Something of a let-down.
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Excellent work. Characters are believable. Settings are fantastic, yet realistic. Scenarios are engaging and well thought out. All in all a great work.
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