Looking for a good Sci-fi setting

Eltab

Explorer
Is it too late?
I have always liked Gamma World, which has been converted into many rules systems. The most recent was called "Omega World" for D&D 4e. You get to play wild-and-wacky in a post-apoc world that need not be a blasted wasteland (mine was more untamed jungle).

I found a supplement for Star*Drive (uses Alternity rules) that made me interested in finding the setting sourcebook. It suggested the ambiance of "re-explore the fallen Empire of Stars", so you can scale the map as you think best.
 

Jd Smith1

Explorer
Is it too late?
I have always liked Gamma World, which has been converted into many rules systems. The most recent was called "Omega World" for D&D 4e. You get to play wild-and-wacky in a post-apoc world that need not be a blasted wasteland (mine was more untamed jungle).

I found a supplement for Star*Drive (uses Alternity rules) that made me interested in finding the setting sourcebook. It suggested the ambiance of "re-explore the fallen Empire of Stars", so you can scale the map as you think best.
You're too late, I'm afraid.

And we don't do wild & wacky.
 

aramis erak

Adventurer
For your future consideration...
I'll recommend Alien... the core book drops in two weeks (preorders in europe are already getting their books, and the US are starting to dribble in, but the PDF was sent to preorders weeks ago). It uses the Year Zero Engine, has a fairly limited map. The book is a great overview of the setting, but also supports three campaign modes with a Call of Cthulhu style "bad stuff will sooner or later eat you, but you may go insane first"... It also supports "cinematic mode" where survival isn't guaranteed. It supports a large subset of the Traveller 2300 tropes.
Produced by Fria Ligan aka Free League.

FL has another compelling setting: Coriolis. An Arabian Nights In Space, per the label, it incorporates a pre-muslim middle eastern vibe, ant a setting of only 36 systems.
 

Istbor

Explorer
I don't know that there is a book for it, but probably some info. I have been considering one in the Bebop universe for some time.
I think it would certainly fit finite space, loose fluff that can be built upon, and small ship crew out to make it big.
 

aramis erak

Adventurer
I don't know that there is a book for it, but probably some info. I have been considering one in the Bebop universe for some time.
I think it would certainly fit finite space, loose fluff that can be built upon, and small ship crew out to make it big.
There is one, unlicensed, commercial, not even filing the serial numbers off: Bounty Head Bebop
 

Tun Kai Poh

Explorer
I don't know that there is a book for it, but probably some info. I have been considering one in the Bebop universe for some time.
I think it would certainly fit finite space, loose fluff that can be built upon, and small ship crew out to make it big.
Scum and Villainy (a Forged in the Dark game) has a bounty hunter ship as one of its three campaign modes (the others being a Firefly-sort and a Blakes 7-sort). I always thought it would work well for Bebop.

As far as settings go, The Expanse is a favourite of mine, although I wouldn't use the Green Ronin RPG to play in it. Maybe Mothership or Ghost Orbit. :)
 

Jd Smith1

Explorer
FL has another compelling setting: Coriolis. An Arabian Nights In Space, per the label, it incorporates a pre-muslim middle eastern vibe, ant a setting of only 36 systems.
I ruled out Coriolis in my initial post; me and most of my players have experienced a middle east 'vibe' in RL.
 

Dannyalcatraz

Moderator
Staff member
There isn’t an RPG for it, AFAIK, but Ben Bova’s Grand Tour novels details the early stages of man’s expansion through the solar system. Nice hard Sci-Fi with a bit of pulp thrown in.
 

Umbran

Mod Squad
Staff member
Hm. I know a system has been chosen, but for anyone else who is reading the thread looking for ideas - Ashen Stars (from Pelgrane Press) hist many of the points in question:

Imagine a great federation of star systems fights a war with a strange, unknown enemy... and doesn't quite win. The federation must retreat to its core to rebuild, leaving the fringe to mostly fend for itself. One of the last vestiges of the old government are Licensed Autonomous Zone Effectuators - "Lasers" for short. They are small crews of freelance investigators and enforcers that local governments and powers hire when things get sticky. The work is dangerous, but it pays... usually.

 

Jd Smith1

Explorer
Hm. I know a system has been chosen, but for anyone else who is reading the thread looking for ideas - Ashen Stars (from Pelgrane Press) hist many of the points in question:

Imagine a great federation of star systems fights a war with a strange, unknown enemy... and doesn't quite win. The federation must retreat to its core to rebuild, leaving the fringe to mostly fend for itself. One of the last vestiges of the old government are Licensed Autonomous Zone Effectuators - "Lasers" for short. They are small crews of freelance investigators and enforcers that local governments and powers hire when things get sticky. The work is dangerous, but it pays... usually.

Well, the system has been chosen, but not the way the thread indicated. I passed around the free demo of The Expanse, and it crashed and burned.

Since a extended conversion of Star Wars to 5e rules is available, I have been looking at doing terrible things to the history of the franchise in order to offset my player's superior knowledge; this has gotten a unanimous vote from the group, but I haven't given up hope for an original setting. I've only seen three of the SW movies (the first three released) and bits of a couple others.

Pelgrane does good work, so I will look at AS.
 

Bagpuss

Adventurer
The Expanse RPG is based on the Books rather than the TV series, after book one. With the books I think there is something like a five year gap between the first book and the second. The timeline was compacted significantly for the TV series.

So plenty of time to play around before you even consider if the ring appears or not.
 

Bagpuss

Adventurer
I passed around the free demo of The Expanse, and it crashed and burned.
Did they mention what they didn't like? Also it seems odd that you are now talking Star Wars after you originally said no magic. I find a lot of folks seem to claim they want a no magic campaign, but then there a some that just can't seem to live without that fantasy element.
 

Jd Smith1

Explorer
The Expanse RPG is based on the Books rather than the TV series, after book one. With the books I think there is something like a five year gap between the first book and the second. The timeline was compacted significantly for the TV series.

So plenty of time to play around before you even consider if the ring appears or not.
Nope, my players vetoed The Expanse as a setting. They don't often shoot down a setting, so I heed it when they do.
 

Jd Smith1

Explorer
Did they mention what they didn't like? Also it seems odd that you are now talking Star Wars after you originally said no magic. I find a lot of folks seem to claim they want a no magic campaign, but then there a some that just can't seem to live without that fantasy element.
I'm hoping to dodge Star Wars, as the next campaign after this one will be post-apoc, so we're looking at mid-2021 at the earliest.

I don't think they liked the overall tone of the document. I know I was disappointed in it after seeing the dark, gritty nature of the TV series.

I may just blow off sci-fi and run a zombie campaign in its place; we're overdue for one of those, and frankly, I'm tired of looking at sci-fi settings. If Ashen Stars doesn't pan out, I'll probably drop the whole idea.
 

Dannyalcatraz

Moderator
Staff member
Run a Sci-fi zombie campaign.

Colony on the outskirts of human space encounters a (natural or artificial) zombifying pathogen. They get quarantined, and have to solve the issue with only minimal support from the greater human interplanetary community.
 

Jd Smith1

Explorer
Run a Sci-fi zombie campaign.

Colony on the outskirts of human space encounters a (natural or artificial) zombifying pathogen. They get quarantined, and have to solve the issue with only minimal support from the greater human interplanetary community.
Already did that using FTL Now, which is a great setting, BTW.
 

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