Get ready to blast off into adventure with science fiction tabletop role-playing games! Whether you’re exploring new worlds, battling alien menaces, or uncovering the mysteries of the universe, these games let you and your friends step into the shoes of daring spacefarers, brave adventurers, and heroic rebels. With a wide range of settings, systems, and styles, science fiction RPGs offer something for everyone – from classic space opera to cyberpunk dystopias to post-apocalyptic wastelands. So grab your gear, suit up, and get ready to boldly go where no one has gone before in the thrilling world of science fiction tabletop role-playing games!
Here is the list of the five best science fiction tabletop role-playing games you must play.
Stars Without Number
Embark on an epic space adventure with ‘Stars Without Number’ – a fantastic science fiction tabletop role-playing game that combines classic sci-fi with old-school RPG gameplay. In this vast, open universe, you and your friends get to create your own stories and shape your own destinies as you explore new worlds, encounter strange aliens, and uncover the secrets of the ancient civilization that once ruled the stars. With its simple and flexible ruleset, its wealth of character options and its emphasis on player choice and creative storytelling, ‘Stars Without Number’ is perfect for both experienced role-players and new gamers alike. So gather your crew, choose your ship, and set course for the stars – the adventure of a lifetime awaits you in ‘Stars Without Number’!
Stars Without Number uses a classically-inspired skill-based character creation system and a d20 roll-under mechanic for task resolution, while also incorporating a sandbox-style open universe for exploration and adventure. The game features a mix of old-school and modern gameplay elements, including a point-buy character creation system with background packages and faction affiliations, a deadly combat system that emphasizes tactics and positioning, and a system for generating random planets, star systems, and NPCs to provide endless possibilities for adventure.
Get your copy here: https://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/226996/Stars-Without-Number-Revised-Edition
Coriolis: The Third Horizon Core Book
Get ready for an epic adventure in the far-off future with ‘Coriolis: The Third Horizon’ – a stunning science fiction tabletop role-playing game that transports you to a universe of mystery, intrigue, and endless possibilities. Explore the sprawling space stations, engage in intense negotiations and combat, and uncover the secrets of the Third Horizon, a mysterious region of space where humanity has found a new home. With its captivating blend of science fiction and Middle Eastern mythology, its rich and detailed setting, and its flexible and narrative-driven ruleset, ‘Coriolis: The Third Horizon’ is the perfect choice for anyone looking for an unforgettable gaming experience. So gather your friends, create your characters, and join us for an unforgettable journey through the Third Horizon – the sky is the limit!
Coriolis: The Third Horizon uses the Year Zero Engine, a dice pool mechanic where players roll a pool of six-sided dice and count the number of successes to determine the outcome of actions. The Year Zero Engine is designed to be flexible and easy to learn, while still allowing for depth and complexity in gameplay.
Journey to the Third Horizon here: https://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/204291/Coriolis–The-Third-Horizon-Core-Book
Blast off on an intergalactic journey with ‘FrontierSpace’ – a thrilling science fiction tabletop role-playing game that takes you to the frontiers of space. In this fast-paced and action-packed universe, you and your friends get to play as daring space pilots, brave explorers, cunning smugglers, and more, as you explore strange new worlds, face off against deadly alien threats, and uncover the secrets of the universe. With its sleek and cinematic ruleset, its focus on intense space combat, and its emphasis on player choice and freedom, ‘FrontierSpace’ is perfect for anyone looking for a pulse-pounding sci-fi RPG experience. So grab your blaster, strap into your spacecraft, and get ready for adventure beyond the stars – the frontier awaits you in ‘FrontierSpace’!
FrontierSpace features a d100 (percentile) based system for resolving combat and skill checks. The skills in FrontierSpace provide a framework for whatever role you desire to play, in a meaningfully cinematic system designed to keep the action smooth and entertaining.
Get the Player’s Handbook here: https://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/225299/FrontierSpace-Referees-Handbook
Get the Referee’s Handbook here: https://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/225299/FrontierSpace-Referees-Handbook
Battlelords of the 23rd Century
Step into the future with ‘Battlelords of the 23rd Century’ – a military science fiction tabletop role-playing game set in a galaxy of war, politics, and high-stakes adventure. In this intense and immersive universe, you and your friends get to play as powerful battlelords, leading your armies to victory and claiming your place among the stars. With its deep and complex ruleset, its focus on tactical warfare, and its rich and detailed setting, ‘Battlelords of the 23rd Century’ is perfect for anyone looking for a challenging and rewarding sci-fi RPG experience. So grab your weapons, rally your troops, and get ready for the fight of your life – the 23rd century awaits you in ‘Battlelords of the 23rd Century’!
Battlelords of the Twenty-Third Century features a d100 (percentile) based system for resolving combat and skill checks. Combat is resolved through the use of d100 attack rolls and detailed hit location tables; futuristic armor systems and massive critical hits feature prominently. There is no better military science fiction game for the simulationist who enjoys crunch and specificity.
Become a Battlelord here: https://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/295682/Battlelords-of-the-23rd-Century-Rulebook-Kickstarter-7th-Edition
While 7th edition is the current edition of the game, the author of this article much prefers Battlelords of the 23rd Century 6th edition. It’s a better game with many, many more resources available for the system and the setting. You can get 6th edition here: https://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/290637/Battlelords–Battlelords-of-the-TwentyThird-Century-Rulebook-6th-Edition
Join an interstellar crew on a daring mission with ‘Star Adventurer’ – an old-school themed science fiction tabletop role-playing game that takes you to the far reaches of the galaxy. In this exciting and action-packed universe, you and your friends get to play as starship crew members, each with unique skills and abilities, as you face off against deadly enemies, explore uncharted worlds, and uncover the secrets of the universe. With its easy-to-learn ruleset, emphasis on player choice and teamwork, and its focus on fast-paced space combat and exciting character-driven storytelling, ‘Star Adventurer’ is perfect for anyone looking for an unforgettable sci-fi RPG experience. So gather your crew, rev up the engines, and get ready for adventure beyond the stars – the galaxy is waiting for you in ‘Star Adventurer’!
Star Adventurer” uses a streamlined and flexible game system that emphasizes player choice and teamwork. The game features a modular approach to combat, allowing for both ship-to-ship and character combat to be seamlessly integrated, as well as a focus on exploration and discovery, with a wide range of alien worlds, ancient ruins, and strange creatures to encounter. Overall, “Star Adventurer” is a fast-paced and exciting RPG that puts the emphasis on action, adventure, and collaboration.
Become a Star Adventurer here: https://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/308685/RPGPundit-Presents-100-Star-Adventurer
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