In many sci-fi settings, the future is a pretty bleak place. Dystopian governments, alien takeovers, megacorporations only out for themselves. It's a bit dour. But Return to the Stars shows things in a more positive light. The future's going to be awesome and you can be a part of it. The game is up on Kickstarter now.
From the campaign:
Return to the Stars, a tabletop science fiction role playing game, helps players create their own stories in an optimistic space opera setting.
Return to the Stars is designed to allow the creation of characters that evoke the best elements of geek culture. In the far future hyperspace travel gave easy access to countless worlds, and humanity sorted itself into like-minded communities. One such society was the Convention Authority, founded to celebrate the now classical arts of science fiction, fantasy, and gaming.
One day, without warning, the stellar beacon that illuminated hyperspace went silent rendering galactic travel impossible. The systems of the Convention Authority stayed connected thanks to a replica fleet of early starships. Now, after more than a century of effort, a long-range exploration craft has been built. Its purpose: to return to the stars and reconnect with lost civilizations of humanity.
The players of Return to the Stars are a new generation of geeks — makers, genetically enhanced cosplayers, scientists, and pop culture enthusiasts setting out on an adventure of exploration and discovery.
If you enjoy tales filled with optimism and hope, where players can paint a better future in bold primary colors, then you should prepare to Return to the Stars!
The campaign is up and over their funding total, so it's on to stretch goals for the next 37 days.