One of my favorite sets of roleplaying rules has been the D6 System published by West End Games. First used in the Ghostbusters RPG, they are best known as the rules for the Star Wars Roleplaying Game that WEG produced in the 1980s and 1990s. I’ve long preferred the D6 System for its speed and ease of play, and it remains a staple in my gaming library.
In the summer of 2013, a fellow member of the RPGNet Forum created a port for Heavy Gear using the D6 System rules. This conversion quickly became my favorite version of my favorite game, and I’ve created several supplements to support it (with more on the way).
For your dining and dancing pleasure, here is the current Heavy Gear D6 library:
- Heavy Gear D6
- Battlelogs: Gears of the North (September 2016)
- Battlelogs: Gears of the South (September 2016)
- Battlelogs: Gears of Peace River (September 2016)
- Battlelogs: Tanks of Port Arthur v1.1 (September 2017)
- Battlelogs – GRELs (October 2017)
(Some of these links used to go to a Google Drive account, but I’ve moved them locally so I can keep track of how popular these are. The Google Drive links still work.)
Check the Posts section from time to time for more information on new expansions and comments.
So Many Choices…
The D6 System has been out for many years, and several different versions have been made to support particular games.
I highly recommend the original Star Wars RPG books from West End Games. Heavy Gear D6 is based on the simpler 1st Edition of the rules (it has poster artwork from the original movie on the front), though I also like the 2nd Edition Revised and Expanded version (with the Millenium Falcon on the cover). These books have been out of print since the 1990s, but they can be found online.
Fans of the original games have made PDFs updating and revising these original rules sets. Star Wars Classic Adventures consolidates and updates the 1st Edition rules, and Star Wars Roleplaying Game Revised, Expanded and Updated (REUP) combines the best of the 2nd Edition rules into one publication. They are unofficial and are not authorized by Lucasfilm or Disney, but they are very well done and are easy to find online.
Beyond Star Wars, the D6 System rules were released as OGL material several years ago. Published versions include D6 Adventure, D6 Fantasy and D6 Space, as well as MiniSix Bare Bones Edition, which includes a setting that’s best described as “Star Wars with the serial numbers filed off.” Any of these can be used to play Heavy Gear D6 with very little effort.