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Starguild: Space Opera Noir

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Starguild is Space Opera Noir, where futuristic weapons and faster than light travel meet heartbreak, decadence and betrayal. Be brave naval officers or devious smugglers. Match wits and passion in high society or creep through ganglands in derelict cities. Explore dangerous jungles on the frontier worlds or engage as high tech mercenaries on future battlefields. But it all has a price.

The game setting has been influenced by the high action space opera of Star Wars, by the competing diplomatic regimes of Babylon 5, by the grittiness of Firefly frontier worlds and by the underlying horror of the Cthulhu mythos for those who wish to draw in genuinely inimical aliens. It isn’t exactly like any of those, but the fingerprints are there, and it is easy to run adventures which are drawn from any of those settings within the world of Starguild. 

All this is underlaid with the essential noir setting details – cynical, ambitious, cruel; with dark undertones of emotional blackmail, sex and betrayal. Conflicting agendas and fragile trust. Secret deals and complex intrigues. The good guys do not always win. The good guys do not always live. The good guys are not always good guys.

To support this atmosphere, the game treats social conflict - the ability to alter someones emotions and thinking - just as importantly as the more traditional kinds of conflict of fist and gun. There are many ways that adventurers can achieve their objectives, including manipulating their friends and allies should the need arise. But beware - lest your head be turned by seduction, poisoned by distrust, swindled out of something important or taunted into an irrational act!

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Neil S August 05, 2021 2:03 am UTC
What aliens does it have
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August 05, 2021 9:21 pm UTC
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There are no playable alien races or NPC alien races in this game, although there can be alien threats. The ethos to this part of the game is described in a blog post over here https://www.planesailinggames.com/influences-on-starguild.html
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Neil S August 05, 2021 1:45 am UTC
does this have a bestiary
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August 05, 2021 9:18 pm UTC
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Thanks for the question - it doesn’t have a bestiary, instead it has rules for several generic types of critter (aggressive herbivore, giant grazers, pack hunters, patient trappers, stalking ambushers and thundering herds) and a range of options for boosting the challenge of the creature (e.g. faster, larger, tentacles, armoured, poisonous etc)
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Mamading C September 07, 2019 2:45 am UTC
I have a hardcover of this game, how do I get a pdf of the character sheet?
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Mamading C September 07, 2019 2:53 am UTC
Not a pdf, but I did find this Auto-calculating Excel Character Sheet
https://starguildrpg.files.wordpress.com/2016/03/starguild_character_sheet2.xlsx
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Mamading C September 07, 2019 2:59 am UTC
By doing some web archaelogy I managed to dig this up:
https://starguildrpg.files.wordpress.com/2016/01/charactersheet.pdf
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September 07, 2019 7:53 am UTC
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Sorry you had to resort to archaeology to find those files - I’m just in the process of re-doing the product pages of my website at Plane Sailing Games and I’m producing a downloads page - I will make sure to include those resources there, clearly labelled.
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Mamading C September 07, 2019 2:05 pm UTC
Cheers Alex!
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September 08, 2019 6:02 pm UTC
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I've now added a downloads page to my revamped site, which includes a pdf character sheet, excel character sheet, Numbers character sheet and the five page 'quick reference' sheets from the back of the book. https://planesailinggames.com/games/starguild-downloads.html

Cheers
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Christopher R September 13, 2017 3:57 am UTC
Was shopping for a space opera rpg, but unfortunately the preview only contains the table of contents which tells me nothing about the game, so I will never know if this game is what I'm looking for.
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David J February 24, 2018 1:48 pm UTC
Agreed. Even worse, the first page of the preview is a blank page. :/
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May 31, 2018 12:14 am UTC
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I'll see what options I have for getting more information into the preview. What would you ideally see in the preview out of the 236 pages?
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Christopher R June 20, 2018 1:03 pm UTC
The most important points I want to see is what can I do, and how can I do it? I would like to see the core mechanics (what kind of dice, how conflicts are resolved, what kind of rolls there are, etc.), character creation, sample character, and a little about the setting. If I don't know how to play or what kind of characters I can play I'm just not interested.
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David J August 25, 2018 11:46 pm UTC
And still no change. I gotta pass on this.
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January 20, 2019 4:01 pm UTC
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Apologies for the long delays. I’ve now been able to enable more extensive previews, covering all of character generation.
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Stacie W February 20, 2017 7:50 pm UTC
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I just received a physical print copy and it didn't come in color. It was all black and white except for the covers. Not exactly what I paid for.
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February 24, 2017 9:26 am UTC
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Really sorry to hear that Stacie, I'm working with DTRPG to get this resolved for you.
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Stacie W March 05, 2017 4:43 am UTC
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I got the replacement book and it came in color. The customer service of this website is the best customer service I've ever received from any retailer.

The color copy makes the book look a lot more crisp and readable.
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