Intro to Planet Mercenary. "The Gun-Toting, Maxim-Quoting Space Opera RPG!"

Intro to Planet Mercenary. "The Gun-Toting, Maxim-Quoting Space Opera RPG!"

Planet Mercenary on Zoom, Theater of the Mind, Roll20

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  • Duration: 2.5 to 3.5 hours

  • Number of players: 2 to 6 players

  • Experience required: Open to all

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About the adventure

Planet Mercenary is a zany space opera shoot-em-up based on Howard Tayler's amazing web comic Schlock Mercenary! It's easy to get into, easy to play, and incredibly fatal! No seriously. Your character will probably die, but that's alright, because you've got an army of grunts behind you, ready to take, er, be promoted into your place. This is an intro game for people who haven't played before and want to jump into meeting new aliens and shooting them! William loves space opera and amazing worldbuilding. In Planet Mercenary, you'll usually take an episodic mission (though there are also campaigns), where you are part of a mercenary crew trying to the objective, and get paid double if you can! You can be anything from a human, to a purple human, to a space koala, to a four armed...thing, and more! The combat is based on 3 d6s, where a high roll on a special die will lead to Mayhem! cards that throw a wrench (sometimes literally) into the works. William loves to focus on problem solving and character backstories, while still having a fun time chewing the scenery and shooting the bad guys. William loves the "yes, and" style play and will try never to shut down a player's imagination. The real joy of the game is finding what new opportunity is created in a botched dice roll! If fun characters, voices, and new places to explore with morally gray characters sounds like a good time, sign up for Planet Mercenary!

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2 years on StartPlaying

8 games hosted

Highly rated for: Inclusive, Creativity, Storytelling

Additional Details

How to prepare

1) Webcam and mic are required. If you do not want to use video, that is ok, but it is recommended so players can see reactions and react accordingly to best avoid misunderstanding between players. Some people do better responding to facial expressions or are hearing impaired. 2) 6+ d6 dice. At least one die should be different visually for Mayhem! rolls. 3) Make sure you have Zoom and Roll20 downloaded beforehand (, 4) I will send player sheets and instructions to all players before the session. You can print them out or use them on your computer. 5) Some materials for Planet Mercenary can be found here:

What I provide

If you want to strap a vibro-axe made of a dead bionic alligator to your plasma cannon, I'm here for you. Just be aware you may blow your own hand off! This game is a lot of fun, and I'll do my best to throw a lot of surprises (and bullets) at you. I want you to be challenged just enough so that major victory at the end is really rewarding! I am very open to interpretations too, so no matter what you dream up, I will try to incorporate it into the game. If this sounds fun, join in!

Gameplay details

William likes to bring a diverse and inclusive environment to the table, where people can be whomever they want. You will likely encounter LGBTQIA+ content, POC, people with disabilities, trans and non-binary people, and more. Ask for pronouns, be kind, and if we run into a problem, we will rewind and assess how to best continue. Offenders will be asked not to schedule more games. I do not tolerate: homophobia, transphobia, racism, harassment (verbal, visual, sexual, or other). Safety Tools used: Open Door policy, X, N, and O cards.

Content warnings


Safety tools used
  • X, N, and O Cards
How will character creation work

I will send out materials in advance. You can also find a lot of content here: and here: Feel free to make your character in advance, but in this intro game, we will be working together to create your mercenary crew and how you operate together.

Players can expect

  • Combat/Tactics: High
  • Roleplay: Medium
  • Puzzles: Medium
  • Experience Level: Open to all

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