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Metamorphosis Alpha—in any edition—stimulates the imagination,
encourages keen thinking, and breaks the mold of typical fantasy
and science fiction roleplaying games.”

— E. Gary Gygax
Hobby Games: The 100 Best
Green Ronin Publishing

A human barbarian cuts through enemies with her sharp blade. A blue-skinned man uses the power of his mind to confuse and evade. A bipedal leopard teleports behind prey before rending with claw and tooth. A shambling tree ventures beyond its grove, peaceful until provoked. They explore strange lands and face many dangers … until they reach the wall at the end of the world.

Metamorphosis Alpha contains endless possibilities aboard the starship Warden, built as a gigantic generational colony ship filled with all examples of life on Earth, now a derelict “world” filled with malfunction and mutants who no longer realize they are on a ship at all. This book uses the System 26 game rules for fast-paced action and intuitive conflict resolution. Grab pre-made characters or create anything from pure humans to mutant animals and plants! Enjoy the exploration of classic dungeon crawl, the mutant powers of your favorite comics, and the technology of spacefaring science fiction in an exciting mashup as first revealed in the original science fiction roleplaying game first published in 1976. All you need to play is this book, a group of friends, and six-sided dice.

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Joe C July 10, 2021 12:34 pm UTC
Just received this from EBay and the offer code
Worked what a stroke a luck
Bargain of the day.
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Damien L July 19, 2018 10:01 am UTC
I bought hard copies (ordered on 17th July and arrived 19th July via Amazon) and successfully used the code.
Added item to cart, logged in, checked out item, and then used the code from the inside cover in "Redeem Code", and it reduced the price by 100%.
So I have the pdf for free as advertised.
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Ryan H July 20, 2018 12:54 am UTC
I'll be. It worked for me now. Thanks for posting!
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Ryan H March 02, 2018 9:04 pm UTC
Has anyone been able to get the PDF download?
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Joseph K November 13, 2017 2:36 am UTC
Getting the code expired as well
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November 07, 2017 11:48 pm UTC
OK, same issue, bought the hard copy and the download code says it is expired ?
How do I get my PDF ?
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Ryan H September 14, 2017 1:42 pm UTC
I purchased a hard copy and the inside cover had a download code for digital version. I used the code but it says the code is expired. How can I get my digital copy?
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Nicholas B July 21, 2017 8:24 pm UTC
I'd pre-ordered this on the website and never got a physical copy. Tried reaching them via the contact provided and never got a response. Very disappointed.
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Richard H July 25, 2016 5:59 pm UTC
Will a POD version of this ever be made available?
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Scott M February 02, 2016 3:24 am UTC
I had heard that there was a 'sci fi' game even before Gamma World and from around the same time as original D&D, so it is cool to discover a new version of this classic game. (Plus I was a big fan of the Cortex RPG on which I believe the co-author of MA also worked.) The "Metamorphosis Alpha" setting looks like great fun, and on the whole System 26 seems really solid. I'm excited to play.

Is a "fillable PDF" version of the character sheet in the works, for those of us who game by computer online rather than at a table with printed-out sheet?

Also, I noticed that the Questionnaire Trait Method of character generation is slightly better than the Custom Trait Method (net +3d vs. +2d). Is this intentional to favor the Questionnaire, or just an oversight at the Custom method should be given 3d instead of 2 for traits?
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Nicholas B July 21, 2017 8:31 pm UTC
The original is back in print via Goodman Games.
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Jamie C June 27, 2015 2:10 am UTC
Michael: There have been several previous editions of the game. Both 3rd and 4th edition used a completely different game system designed by creator James M. Ward. This version is the debut of a new game system called System 26. It's a d6 dice pool game with variable difficulties that defaults to two six-siders if your character is neither good nor bad at an action. If you check out the free preview it goes over the core mechanics of the game in detail. Thanks for your interest!
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Alan P September 27, 2015 7:02 pm UTC
I started playing "D&D" using the original MA rule booklet, D&D Supplement I (Greyhawk) and the 1E MM. Basically, 0E on Starship Warden. What a blast we had. I'm looking forward to diving back into pure MA with my kids. Will a print version be available?
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Michael D June 25, 2015 6:16 pm UTC
Okay... I have the original game and all of the add on material for it. It was D20. Now it's been converted to 2d6? Is that correct?
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Johnnie W July 01, 2015 12:44 am UTC
It is a dice pool system using d6s. 0 to 5 is the usual range, the baseline is 2d6. You try to get at least one success based on a target range. Like an easy would be a success on a 3 or more, average is 4 or more, had is 5 or more. You just need one success, but the more you get the better the result of the action performed.
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