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Machinations of the Space Princess


Machinations of the Space Princess is a Science-Fantasy role-playing game. That
means it’s very much about style over substance, mixing science-fiction, magic and
psionics in a game world that owes much more to Metal Hurlant and Star Wars than
it does to 2001 or Bova’s Grand Tour. This is a game of strangeness and fun, of space
pirates and beautiful alien princesses, of living planets and robot hordes, of blasters at

This is...

Sexy, sleazy, swords and sci-fi!

A full game combining old and new school thinking, packed with GM and player advice and with simple tools for creating your own monsters, adversaries, weapons, armour, ships and alien races.


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Matthew R July 09, 2018 6:27 pm UTC
I'm so tired of seeing previews on RPGNow that barely preview anything worth previewing. This is yet another example of a horrible preview. Out of 10 pages, there are only two (three if you count the table of contents, but that's pretty generous considering that half of the chapter headings are vague and the other half are generic) that give any idea of what sort of game this is, and they don't really tell me anything that I couldn't get from reading the product description.

Publishers, here's a tip: if you can't bother taking the time to make a decent preview, don't put up a preview at all, because a half-baked preview just makes you look lazy and/or incompetent. This has been a Public Service Announcement.
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James D July 09, 2018 10:42 pm UTC
They're only meant to be tasters. Nobody wants to give away too much..
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Gang L July 10, 2018 3:07 am UTC
I agree with Matthew. I don't know whether the website did this automatically or the publisher did it. It seems to be automatic?
You don't have to give away to many pages. Even one page of the real content plus cover will be enough for me. It will help me to know the style, the language and the background a little.
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Matthew R July 10, 2018 6:45 pm UTC
There's a difference between not giving away too much and not giving away anything at all. Your 10-page preview includes the cover page (which I can see just fine in the quick preview), one blank page, *two* pages of OGL, a credits page, yet another "What is an RPG?" description (pointless, given the target audience), and a page devoted to author and publisher blurbs. That's at least six pages -- more than half of the preview -- that tell me next to nothing about the game's contents. As tasters go, that's like giving someone a taste of your hamburger by handing them the wrapper it came in.

I wouldn't be harping on this so much if I didn't see it over and over and over. It's not meant as an attack on you personally. I'm hoping that if I say something every time I see another lousy preview, it'll build up to enough of a critical mass that some publishers might take the hint and try to do better. And indeed, there've been one or two that have taken my criticism to heart and actually posted...See more
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Gang L July 12, 2018 3:46 am UTC
Just notice you are in Shanghai, I am a Chinese player in Tianjin. There are less players here, but many DMs of different systems, mostly DnD or COC.
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Matthew R July 12, 2018 7:10 am UTC
Not sure if that was directed at me or at the publisher. If it's me, I've no idea where you got the idea that I live in Shanghai. (I *used* to live in Hong Kong, but I haven't been back there since 2006, and I've never been to Shanghai.)
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David D April 16, 2018 3:00 am UTC
Does this have anything to do with lamentations of the flame princess?
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James D April 16, 2018 6:47 am UTC
Yes, it derives from the rules-set.
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Lee W October 22, 2017 11:10 pm UTC
The inevitable "will this be POD anytime soon?" question. Will it?
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Sam H November 18, 2017 3:07 pm UTC
I thought the same thing immediately upon seeing the asking price for the PDF.
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James D April 16, 2018 6:47 am UTC
PoD is available at Lulu.
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Matt M January 01, 2017 5:16 pm UTC
I just downloaded the file MotSPPDFCOLOUR.pdf, and when I attempted to open it in Adobe Reader, I received an error message telling me the file is damaged and could not be opened. I tried downloading it again and received the same message when attempting to open the second version of the file.
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James D April 16, 2018 6:48 am UTC
I don't automatically get alerts on conversations about products, hopefully you managed to sort this out. If possible, contact me directly with issues.
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Timothy B May 21, 2015 7:28 pm UTC
Sample ship stated out.
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This title was added to our catalog on July 04, 2013.