On the Eastern Front of World War II the Russians and the forces of Nazi Germany laid waste to one another in one of the deadliest military campaigns in human history. Having begun the war ravaged by the internecine slaughter of the Great Purge, and having been savaged by the initial German offensives, the Russians were forced to draw from reserves and establish new units. Among them was the 588th Night Bomber Regiment. The aviators of the 588th were tasked with perilous night harassment missions using outdated biplanes, and would go on to fly for 1,100 nights of combat from 1942 until the end of the war.
And every single one of them was a woman.
To each other, they were sisters. To the Red Army Air Force, an infuriating challenge to the ideals of soldiering and womanhood. To the Germans that they fought against, however, they were simply the Nachthexen – the Night Witches.
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Welcome back to The Independents, your source for reviews of out-of-the-box tabletop roleplaying games. The small outfits, the crazy geniuses, the little projects, the ‘Indie’ creators who are simply out to make a name for themselves and a game people can enjoy. Here at The Independents we aim to highlight some of these games, for a change of pace and a new (and great) experience!
You’ve staggered from the wreckage of the vehicle transporting you, memory full of holes and psychic powers threatening to go wild. You’re free for the moment, but whoever was transporting you is going to want you back, and they will not be shy in their efforts to recapture you.
Can you control your powers? Can you discover the truth of what’s happened to you? Or will the Chasers catch up and take your life from you a second time?
No time to lose. Start running.
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In the Tabletop Gaming world you have your big names, your corporations, your bastions of the genre with a pedigree that spans decades and an unassailable claim to greatness.
And then you have the little guys and gals. The small outfits, the crazy geniuses, the little projects, the ‘Indie’ creators who are simply out to make a name for themselves and a game people can enjoy. Here at The Independents we aim to highlight some of these games, for a change of pace and a new (and great) experience!
Somewhere in the vast universe of the far future a sentient starship plies its trade, moving goods and cryogenically frozen passengers through the void to new worlds. This is such a feat that only extremely valuable cargo (material and personnel both) is worthy of being transported. Alas, disaster strikes, and the destruction of the ship is imminent.
One of you is the ship. You cannot be saved. But some of your cargo might.
The rest are the passengers. There is a single escape pod, room for one.
Are you the one who gets to live?
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