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Looking for a cheap, one-book SF rpg.

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13 Dec 2008 00:01 #15315 by Cranberries
Hey Ameritrash,

I'm looking for a one-volume science fiction themed RPG that I don't have to buy a mountain of expansions for in order to play. Ideally it would be cheap (otherwise I'd spend $40 for the Star Wars D20 thing). Thanks for any suggestions!

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13 Dec 2008 07:48 #15319 by timeLESS
Might i suggest Burning Empires ? Its epic space opera based on the Iron Empires Comics. Also its a little more boardgamey then traditional RPG. The GM has to actually keep to the rules as much as the next guy and you play against eachother. Players try to achieve goals that will give them bonuses in resolving the overarching plot that the GM tries to achieve.

If you're into a little more sophisticated SCI-FI i'd probably say Shock: Social Science Fiction . The game has no GM just players. You come up with Shocks and Issues before you start the game and players have ownership over certain themes and elements in the game. This one is much more expirimental and hard-core sci-fi. Not really an adventure game. It's really about exploring social issues as its name suggests. This is done by creating Hard-core Sci-fi Settings in which those issues are amped-up and brought to the front.

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13 Dec 2008 08:00 #15321 by timeLESS
Oh yeah concerning the "one-book-to-rule-them-all-issue" Burning Empires has 600-something pages of gaming goodness !!!!

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13 Dec 2008 10:11 #15323 by Cranberries
Thanks for these suggestions. Burning Empires looks really cool, but I'll be playing with my kids, probably, so the social SF game might not fly (but it looks fascinating).

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13 Dec 2008 12:50 #15324 by moofrank
Go old school and buy the PDF's for Pacesetter's Star Ace.

www.rpgnow.com/product_info.php?products_id=25860&it=1

The game is simple and fun, the setting is pure space opera, and the adventures are...cute.

As an aside, Pacesetter's Timemaster game is much more interesting S/F, but revolves entirely around the concept of players as Time Police. It is a great mix of futuristic weapons and historical settings. My favorite adventure is when the players jump to a fictional parallel and have to help the amazingly clueless Odysseus get home.

The clever setting makes this at least as believable as a giant alien Abraham Lincoln.

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14 Dec 2008 22:32 #15346 by dan daly
Encounter Critical. It's free.

There's a module published. It's also free.

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14 Dec 2008 22:32 #15347 by dan daly
Or you could go with Mutant Future by Goblinoid Games. It's also free.

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14 Dec 2008 23:27 #15348 by Cranberries
dan daly wrote:

Or you could go with Mutant Future by Goblinoid Games. It's also free.


Winner Winner chicken dinner! Thank you!

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15 Dec 2008 01:15 #15349 by dan daly
You're quite welcome. You can download Labyrinth Lords too and use them together to add some magic in with your sci-fi.

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