Based on the landmark 1984 film and the graphic novels published by Dark Horse Comics, The Terminator allows players to create characters and face off against the horrors of Skynet in both the “present” of the 1980s and the post-apocalyptic “future” of the film’s imagined 2020s. Players can become resistance fighters or time-travelers sent back to stop Skynet from changing the past, and can explore alternate timelines inspired by the story.
The Terminator is built on Nightfall’s d10-based S5S System, also used in SLA Industries 2nd Edition, with modifications for the Terminator setting. In addition to rules for character creation, combat, investigation, and hacking, the 192-page hardcover book includes game stats for the major characters from the film, Terminator variants, and two “mission packs” that recreate the original film’s storyline or battles in the future war. The lead writer was Andrew E.C. Gaska (ALIENS RPG). MSRP is $55.00.
Rounding out the launch is The Terminator RPG Director’s Pack, geared for gamemasters. It includes a four-panel GM screen and a 16-page booklet with quick reference sheets and ideas to help the gamemaster create campaigns. MSRP is $30.00.