Ashen Star RPG [Pelgrane Press]

bioreplica's picture
June 11, 2013 - 11:36am
I discovered the GUMSHOE gaming system this week. While its very different from SF I thought you might be interested on the mystery/problem solving system. Plus the cover of Ashen Star is cool !


A review :

Ashen Star official page:
«Language is a virus from outer space» William S. Burroughs

bioreplica's picture
June 13, 2013 - 11:03am
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After reading one third of the book I can see that this game could easily support the SF setting, professions and races.

If you are looking for a streamlined rules-light rpg that includes ship combat this could be it. All the rolls are resolved using a single d6 – including weapon damage.

It a skill bases system that has 40+ investigation skills (anthropology, forensics, etc) and 15+ general skills (shooting, etc). Skills definitions are very generous. A single skill has multiple applications. Skills are bought with points.

There are no classes. Players get to choose between a set of 5 onboard the ship roles and 5 groundside roles. So each character as a role while on the ship and a role during investigations/missions :

<!--[if !supportLists]-->-       <!--[endif]-->Ship roles : Captain, pilot, Comm/hacker, Engineer, Weapons. 
- Ground roles : Cultural officer, Operations, Survey, Security, Technician. 
- Medic is a «mixed role» that is used both in the ship and on the ground.

Cyberware and wetware are part of the rules if you want to include recent tropes of the sf genre.

The system is a good mix between traditional rpgs and story telling games. It does not use miniatures or complex combat rules that bog down the game.

Im hopping to run a mini-campaign starting september.

«Language is a virus from outer space» William S. Burroughs

jedion357's picture
June 14, 2013 - 11:25am
You shoul write a conversion article for using it in SF- more or less how you would include the Sf races into the character creation process and submit it to FE or SFman.
I might not be a dralasite, vrusk or yazirian but I do play one in Star Frontiers!

bioreplica's picture
June 17, 2013 - 7:32am
I've tought about it. Maybe during my vacation in July I'll sit down and work something out.
«Language is a virus from outer space» William S. Burroughs