This is the tenth post and at the moment I’m writing this, I’ve only done 2 others. A good lesson for future blog challenges. Start working on posts before the challenge begins. The questions of the March Madness Non-D&D OSR Blog Challenge at the Tomb of Tedenkhamen blog deal with non D&D roleplaying games. As my collection consists of a good number of non-D&D RPGs, I decided to take up the challenge.
March Madness Non-D&D OSR Blog Challenge Question 10: What science fiction RPG have you enjoyed most?
I’m not a big fan of science fiction. Although I did watch the Battlestar Galactica series, I’ve never really been into Star Trek, Stargate, or Star Wars. Firefly was pretty cool though and Yoda is the man! When it comes to role playing games, the science fiction game I really like is the Fading Suns RPG.
Fading Suns RPG
Fading Suns is a science fiction role playing game that was first published by Holistic Design in 1996. A second edition of the game was published in 1999, also by Holistic Design. In 2000, with the advent of the D20 system, Fading Suns received a D20 version and a number of books were published using dual stats. In 2007 Red Brick Limited took a license on the Fading Suns world and published the 2nd edition revised and a few supplements. In 2012 the current version of Fading Suns was published by FASA.
In Fading Suns humanity has taken to the stars. Huge technological advances made space travel more and more easy and all of a sudden a jump gate is discovered beyond which lie multiple other star systems. And so the diaspora begins and the First Republic collapses. Planet after planet is discovered and humanity finds it’s not alone in the universe. Their run-ins with aliens don’t always go as planned but the Second Republic is the summon of human ability and technology. And then the suns start fading and the church preaches how humanity has sinned all these centuries and how the Pancreator is now punishing them. Noble houses pop up to take control and we go back to a sort of dark ages with hints of technology. There are still computers called think machines but almost no one remembers how to use them. There are spaceships but only certain guilds know the secrets of flying a space ship and have the codes to enter a jump gate.
I really like this game because when you read its history going all the way up to the year 4996, you can but smile and nod and think ‘That’s exactly how it will go’. You have the companies who become bigger and bigger and become as powerful as nations, you have the contacts with ‘inferior’ alien races whose worlds are plundered and whose inhabitants are sent off to reservations (sound familiar?), you have the contacts with the Vau, a vastly superior alien race that obliterates a complete human fleet. So what does humanity do? Send a bigger army over there. You see nobles and church officials make deals that keep them in power and the population under control, …
You can take this setting in a Star Wars direction with space ships battling one another, and players travelling from one planet to the next in search of adventure, you can play this game as a very dark and gritty fantasy game which has hints of technology, you could make it an intrigue-laden mix of nobles fighting for power, … The possibilities, as the game’s star systems, are endless. The fluff is great. And almost all of the books below are setting material. There are only very few published adventures available for Fading Suns. In conclusion it’s an incredibly rich setting and just browsing through the books makes me want to create a character and start playing.
Fading Suns RPG Collection
|Introduction to the Fading Suns rpg|
|FS #200||Fading Suns|
|FS #201||Gamemasters Screen & Weapons Compendium|
|FS #202||Fading Suns Second Edition Rulebook|
|FS #203||Gamemasters Screen & Complete Pandemonium|
|FS #204||Fading Suns D20|
|FS #225||Forbidden Lore: Technology|
|FS #226||Lords of the Known Worlds|
|FS #227||Weird Places|
|FS #228||Priests of the Celestial Sun|
|FS #229||Fading Suns Players Compendium|
|FS #230||The Dark between the Stars|
|FS #231||Merchants of the Jumpweb|
|FS #232||Children of the Gods: Obun & Ukar|
|FS #233||Sinners & Saints|
|FS #234||The Sinful Stars: Tales of the Fading Suns|
|FS #235||War in the Heavens: Lifeweb|
|FS #236||Imperial Survey 1 – Hawkwood Fiefs|
|FS #237||Legions of the Empire|
|FS #238||Imperial Survey 2 – Al Malik Fiefs|
|FS #239||Star Crusade|
|FS #240||Star Crusade 2 – Lost worlds|
|FS #241||Imperial Survey 3 – Hazat Fiefs|
|FS #242||Passion Play – Live Action Roleplaying|
|FS #243||Lords & Priests|
|FS #244||War in the Heavens: Hegemony|
|FS #245||Imperial Survey 4 – Li Halan Fiefs|
|FS #247||Into the dark|
|FS #248||Secret Societies: Spies and Revolutionaries|
|FS #249||Imperial Survey 5 – Decados Fiefs|
|FS #250||Secret Societies: Heretics and Outsiders|
|FS #251||Aliens & Deviltry|
|FS #252||Lord Erbian’s Stellar Bestiary|
|FS #253||Worlds of the Realm: The collected Imperial Survey|
|FS #255||Fading Suns D20 Character Codex|
|FS #256||Orphaned Races: Ascorbites & Hironem|
|FS #275||Byzantium Secundus|
|Emperor of the Fading Suns PC Game (1997)|
|RBL1000||Fading Suns Revised Second Edition Hardcover|
|RBL1000||Fading Suns Revised Second Edition Softcover|
|RBL1001||A road so dark pdf|
|RBL1003||Arcane Tech (Ltd afgesneden bovenkant)|
|RBL1004||Kraken’s Loom pdf|
|RBL1005||Ruinous folly pdf|
|RBL1006||Dead end pdf|
|RBL1007||Shards collection Volume 1 Softcover|
|RBL1007||Shards collection Volume 1 Hardcover|
|FAS21001||Fading Suns Player’s Guide|
|FAS21002||Fading Suns Game Master’s Guide|
Entries in bold are in my Fading Suns RPG collection
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It’s indeed a brilliant game 🙂
It is worth to mention that all Fading Suns books are now, till Friday, at 30% off at Drivethrurpg’s GM’s Day.
Thanks for pointing that one out !
I got some of the Red Brick releases through Drivethru’s sale.
RT @RPGamesbe: March Madness day 10: A look at my favorite science fiction role playing game Fading Suns. #rpg