Infinity: Mercenaries Sourcebook By Modiphius, £7.99 GBP, Website
Review by Seth Stauffer
The world of Infinity is vast, and not because it’s set in deep space. There are far-flung planets, countless asteroids, hidden wormholes, and even more locations populating the depths of space. With all this territory to cover sometimes a little outside help is needed. Modiphius’ Infinity: Mercenaries Sourcebook expands the Human Sphere with private security companies.
The book distinguishes itself from other Infinity sourcebooks but does an excellent job of tying itself into the larger game. All throughout there are sidebars and notes referencing the core text, as well as where inside the main book to search. Reading through it gives the impression that it is truly an amendment to the core game.
Beginning with a definition of what mercenaries are in Infinity, these characters aren’t just rank and file soldiers, but potentially hackers and con-artists as well. There are clear reasons why they exist, and how they are managed-provides reasons for the prevalence of mercenaries in the game. There is also a slew of gear, vehicles, plot hooks, and optional rules to flesh out mercenary missions.
Additionally, there is material in this book creating a unique theme beyond cliche bloodthirsty goons. For example, in the section on Gear (find quote’s page), “…very few clients understand how hungry those they hire are, how intensely desperate or broken you must be before you’re willing to threaten and fight and kill strangers for nothing more than a paycheck.” (p. 47) This is great stuff and goes above and beyond for defining mercenaries, not for Infinity, but in general terms.
The biggest problem with this supplement is that it never directly addresses the law. This should have been codified in the rules as its own chapter, rather than implied as a plot hook. How is criminal activity by mercenaries handled in deep space, when it’s legally permitted to exist? There’s very little stopping players from becoming contract killers despite that sort of thing supposedly being prohibited. Perhaps this will be more thoroughly addressed in a later sourcebook.
This sourcebook complements Infinity’s core rules while permitting players to function with a different sense of autonomy. This promises to be a popular option for, and a great addition to the Infinity line. Maybe some of the wrinkles could be ironed out in another sourcebook, but aside from that, I could see this being a go-to resource for Infinity players.