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  1. Nanban Jim
    Nanban Jim
    Alright, since I can't expect everyone to buy a copy of Twilight 2013 (though as e-books it's $20 on Drive-Thru RPG and they've got a $27 bundle), this thread is for posting resources for the game.
  2. Nanban Jim
    Nanban Jim
    First resource: The publisher's Forum.

    Please check out the combat example here, it should illustrate the general mechanics (even though combat isn't everything):

    Notice two things: 1.) A Moderate wound is enough to declare someone out of the fight (considering their motivations), and can even cause shock (or not). 2.) Thomas, clearly the combat-oriented character, gets neutralized by some moderately skilled foes. Wade, who by the banter doesn't seem to be primarily a fighter, pastes someone. Fighting is meant to be deadly (though I won't be out to kill anyone, and there are mechanics to mitigate deadly wounds).
  3. Nanban Jim
    Nanban Jim
    Second: Timeline

    Twilight 2013 is the "Third Edition." The "Twilight War (Third Edition)" link is probably the best bet, the years aren't filled out very well. 3rd ed uses a far more different timeline than the others--which are more believable, really. I just say 3rd Ed's timeline is more like the lead paragraphs of what you'd read in the papers than being 100% factual.
  4. Nanban Jim
    Nanban Jim
    Third: Timeline Summary

    I'm breaking the timeline down into bullet points from the narrative, which I may throw into the Wiki above. But then I decided to start summarizing those bullet points narratively. This is turning into around 1 paragraph per page. I'll be posting that shorter version below. Starting it off with an excerpt as I think it's relevant.

    "Design Notes: The Twilight War
    This game is a work of fiction and about the future. At some point we must mark a time where our current timeline and the events of Twilight: 2013 separate. That break point for the future history of the Twilight War is 01 January 2007. That is our arbitrary line in the sand. Everything that happens after this point is completely fictional. We have, however, tried to include some of the events of the year 2007 as development progressed.

    Also, unlike previous editions of Twilight: 2000 that included tons of details about specific events and units; we decided to take a different approach in this new edition. The Twilight War has been a long time in the making and a short time in its execution. While there are many facets of the war covered here, there are an equal number that are not. This should leave room for exploration and personalization.

    We plan to offer enough details about the past to allow for an understanding of what happened and who took part in what, but we will leave the details to you, the players. This should allow for more individual and personal perspectives on the Twilight War. As future supplements are released, we will include more details about the events of the next few years. There are tons of conflicts and tensions not listed in the following pages that can be explored and flushed out in more detail. Several examples of such conflicts are: the Turkey-PKK conflict, the Turkey-Greek Cyprus conflict, and extremist groups in Southeast Asia and Somalia." -- Twilight 2013 Copyright 2008 by 93 Games Studio.

    What follows is my summary of 93 Games Studio's timeline

    The man who will be the last UN Secretary-General is sworn in with the new year amid such news as the successful test of Chinese anti-satellite missiles and 20,000+ additional US troops being commtted to Iraq. He will face issues ranging from Russia flexing its muscles by cutting off oil supplies to eastern Europe and Germany for three days and suspicious Ukrainian election results, to the Red Mosque incident in Pakistan (which heralds a civil war when Al Qaeda decalares war on Pakistan), the insertion of 20,000 agents into Iraq by Iran, Saudi Arabia, and Turkey (all in conflict with each other, Iraq, and the occupying powers). Following the instability of their neighbor, Afghanistan and the US coalition fights an insurgency reinvigorated by money from the opium trade. Mother Nature seems to oppose him as well, with a series of brutal earthquakes in the Pacific and drought cutting crop yields around the world (to include the US and China) increasing demand for aid while diminishing supply. The food recalls of 2006 increase in volume as well, all linked to China. Finally, conflicts rage in Africa; over 200,000 for example are killed in the Darfur alone.

    The US Congress, Australian President, and British Prime Minister all see shifts to the left, while of all nations France sees a right-wing President and parliament ensconced into office.

    This year is arguably the tipping point of the Twilight War, with instability rising at a rapid pace globally. In the US, the Democratic and Republican parties determine their candidates for the November Presidential and Congressional elections. A hard-liner form New York wins the Republican nomination, while the Democratic party backs a governor from the Southwest. This should have clued more than a few people in to the impending apocalypse.

    Elections see new Presidents around the world. The US votes in change with a Democratic candidate who leads his party to even greater majorities; Taiwan, likewise, looks to upset the status-quo by electing a pro-Independence candidate (China immediately and loudly reasserts its right to pre-emptive use of force, as does Russia, though for different reasons). Some nations, such as the Ukraine and Pakistan, see very suspicious elections favoring the status-quo, though most disputed elections don't end up breeding an insurgency such as the former or a government crackdown on the slightest hint of dissent as in the latter.

    Elsewhere in politics, the same old figures are up to the same old tricks. Chavez uses a border dispute with Colombia to bring Venezuela's neighbors to the table and renegotiates trade rights, using oil as an unstoppable bargaining chip. Oil is also to blame, indirectly, for food shortages in the Third World: as farmers transition to crops for biofuels, the "Haves" use their dwindling supplies and surplus to feed their people instead of feeding the "Have-Nots."

    Chinese manufacturing standards lead to the death of an American Senator's grandson, which leads to a complete embargo on their goods until Chinese manufacturing standards can improve. Several European nations follow suit. China faces an immediate economic collapse and depression, and America faces economic hard times as a result too, though it was arguably unavoidable as 90% of the tainted goods went to the US. Countries and companies addicted to cheap Chinese goods now look elsewhere, giving Eastern Europe and Mexico an economic boost. (The illegal immigrant sneaking SOUTH across the border becomes a comedy staple with more than a grain of truth.) China copes with a wave of nationalism... The People's Army has never seen this level of (voluntary) enlistment.

    Africa is still in turmoil, though the EU sends one of its new Battlegroups (half French) to Chad and the Central African Republic for UN peacekeeping. Finally, bringing us full-circle to signs of the Apocalypse, 3 days before the closing ceremonies of the Olympic games North Korea signs a formal peace with South Korea, promising denuclearization and normalized relations in exchange for desperately needed food and oil.
  5. Nanban Jim
    Nanban Jim
    This is a bit long. It was twice as long as 2008 when broken into bullet points. @_@ I may cut it down some more tomorrow.

    The withdrawal of one third of US forces in Iraq brings about great dividends in peace for that country. The massacre at Karbala last year brings unity instead of factionalism--a Kurd is appointed the Minister of the Interior, for example, and is lauded when he reforms his whole department. On the other side of things, a slew of high-profile interceptions of arms and personnel shipments from Iran in the Spring, including the capture of an unnamed raking Iranian officer, has a significant effect on terrorist operations. Iraq may indeed parallel the American experience in Vietnam--and in some ways, for the jihadists: the American withdrawal is heralded by them as a sign of victory, and terrorists rapidly redeploy elsewhere. This fall, for example, 25,000 hardened jihadists flood into the Darfur conflict.

    That conflict itself becomes the proving ground for the first EU government sworn in under the auspices of the Lisbon Treaty this year, headed by an ultra-conservative French official. By summer the conflict has spilled over into Chad, and by fall into the CAR, involving the largely French EU BG sent there. The UN acts in October, sending a number of EU BGs (manned mostly by Central European forces) to the Sudan. The War on Terror keeps the US from offering more than logistical and intelligence support via Combined Jount Task Force - Horn of Africa.

    By years end, the atrocities being reported by embedded reporters in the Darfr conflict leave a bitter taste in the mouths of a public largely preoccupied with problems at home. The summer's unprecedented heat wave and its droughts kills 60,000 people and crop yields worldwide are cut in half. Most nations' reserves are depleted, even after eating into the portion held over for next year's planting, further reducing long-term yields. Food aid and commercial food exports are cut to the bone as nations see to their own needs first--or try to, at any rate.

    Nature's fury strikes the rich and poor alike; nowhere is this more apparent than in Hurricane Larry in July. The Cat5 storm sustains winds over 265km/h as it levells Cuba and bulldozes much of south and Central Florida before turning out to the Atlantic near Kennedy Space Center. Cuba is, in a word, flattened: The US Naval base at Guantanamo Bay is levelled. Much of the military in the southeast US is mobilized to assist Florida (Katrina lessons learned); only a small team of Marines are spared to scout and secure the remains of Guantanamo Bay. There they find two things: Very few survivors, especially among the prisoners at GITMO; and Cuban forces demanding an end to the American lease-slash-occupation. The Marines and survivors are quietly whisked away, and a "Guantanamo Standoff" to rival the Cuban Missile Crisis ensues. Cuba eschews American offers of humanitarian aid in favor of Venezuelan help, and eventually the American president reinforces his apologetic reputation (the kind might say "politic") by acquiescing and ending the 100+ years of American presence on the island. This fall, the US Coast Guard conducts aggressive inderdiction operations in the Caribbean in retaliation, harassing Venezuelan cargo ships on their way to Cuba. Other nations harassed tend (remarkably) to blame both sides for rudely involving them in the two nations' grudge.

    Man's folly and nature's fury show up in China as well: The Three Gorges Dam is completed in February, but structural defects appear within a the month, a result of shortcuts taken to make up for the loss of GDP from the trade embargoes. On May 15th, 2 days after first reports of a large leaking crack, the dam bursts. A nearly Biblical deluge crushes the Yangtze valley. Over 5,000 are dead or missing, and nearly 1 million are directly affected. Unofficial estimates provide far larger numbers. Just in time to see their American rivals slammed by Hurricane Larry, power is restored to those places affected by the dam burst. Further cleanup is hampered by Beijing's budgetary woes.

    The largest car-bomb on record is detonated in Islamabad, killing the President and Prime Minister of Pakistan in June. The crisis of succession and the rivalry between the nation's military and government snowballs until, on November 18th, the military engages in a coup as bloody as it is successful. On the 21st, the President and entire Parliament are found guilty of treason. Their death sentences are carried out amidst rioting. As undeniable, full-scale civil war grips Pakistan, the US and several European nations deploy in December to secure nuclear weapon sites in Pakistan amidst mild protest by India, China, and Russia (who had vetoed such action in the UN Security Council). For its own part, India has ramped up border presence to over 4 times the pre-June levels.

    Christmas, of a sort, comes for the militant wing of the Rada in Ukraine: A raid on a military base in the Luhansk Oblast in eastern Ukraine, making away with military supplies--including armor and artillery.

    All is not war. In August the US announces an end to large-scale military presence in Korea. Out of 35,000 troops stationed there, only 1,000 billets (including DoD contractors) stay to sustain the US-Korean military relationship. Just past the other side of Asia, Muammar Gaddafi dies in September. Due to the quirks of his position there is no successor; his duties are absorbed into Libya's Prime Minister's portfolio relatively calmly, contrary to the fears of the West. Libya's Prime Minister (and new leader) begins a "world tour" to improve Libya's relations with leaders and image amongst the people of the world. He also greatly expands the Great Man-made River project: in exchange for participation in development, foreign companies (mostly European, and next year American) are granted tracts of land 10 square kilometres in area along the Mediterranean in the Benghazi area. Ports and company towns grow in these grants almost overnight to accomodate the influx of employees (including heavily armed security forces to deter the inevitable disapproval of the "Arab Street").

    "Summer of 2009
    July and August of 2009 are two of the hottest months on record globally in over 100 years. Hundreds of cities worldwide experienced temperatures in excess of 38 Celsius for weeks on end. The chaos and devastation caused by the heat wave and its after effects are felt equally across the northern hemisphere. The heat causes more problems than just discomfort and death. It creates havoc with national infrastructures: interrupted river transport due to low water levels, building fatigue, strain on energy consumption and weak economies due to poor retail sales. The U.S. Dow Jones drops by almost 100 points a day for the month of July. Before the summer ends it will dip below the 10,000 mark for the first time in a decade. It’s estimated that up to 50% of summer deaths in the U.S. are suicides related to the stock market plummet.

    The most dramatic event of the heat wave results from a wild fire in Kansas. A large wheat farm catches fire due to the high temperatures and destroys 500,000 acres of farm land before it is contained. At one point smoke can be seen from as far way as St. Louis.

    Man-made River Project
    The Man-made River Project is one of the largest engineering feats undertaken in the modern era. Connecting over 1300 wells, a network of pipes supplies water from the Sahara Desert in Libya via the Nubian Sandstone Aquifer System. Work began on the project in 1984, and progress was slow until 2007 when an explosion of construction began to see tangible results." -- Twilight 2013 Copyright 2008 by 93 Games Studio.
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