Sometimes you want to break out of the fantasy RPG rut you've found yourself in, but you're also not really interested in learning a whole new game system. Thankfully, that's where Starships & Starwyrms comes in. It's a Sci-fi RPG that uses the popular 5th Edition game engine. It's the rules you know in a setting you're probably not used to using those rules in. The game is up on Kickstarter now.
From the campaign:
Spaceships & Starwyrms is a science fiction d20 game based on the foundations of 5th Edition.
A wiry Human woman guns the throttle of a contraband military vessel while navigating through an asteroid field. Her copilot, a round, squat creature with one eye on a long stalk, gleefully fires the ship’s plasma cannon at the pursuing bounty hunters. A gnarled hunk of meteorite lays in the hold. It pulses with the ultraviolet glow of dark matter magic. A vaguely humanoid android snaps a jeweler’s monocle into place on their optical sensor to get a closer look as a feline man takes a wrench to the smoking engine room.
At its core, S&S is born of our love for all things sci fi, from Blade Runner to Star Wars to Firefly to Halo. More than that, we wanted to stay true to the 5th edition philosophy of simplicity and accessibility. We strive at every turn to keep our rules and mechanics in the spirit of 5th edition while still bringing a plethora of new options to the table.
It costs a lot to print a high-quality, diligently-revised book of this length. That's where you, the backers, come in! We're Kickstarting a print run of the Spaceships & Starwyrms: Core Sourcebook to make sure we have the funding necessary to deliver as many copies of our game as the community wants.
With your support, we expect to deliver a full-color, 300+ page Core Sourcebook in addition to a Kickstarter-exclusive galactic adventure module and our very first supplementary book for the system: the Galactic Primer on Natural Environments, in both PDF and print formats. Our team consists of seasoned and new game designers, editors, graphic designers, and playtesters, so you can be sure you're getting a high quality product that will help you bring science fiction and science fantasy to your gaming table in an accessible, familiar format.
The campaign is up and over its funding goal with 34 days left to go.