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A high-speed pursuit along the derelict starlanes of Route 663!

The Space Exploration Pole has run afoul of the powerful star-spanning Conglomerate and the lawdogs are on his trail. Help him evade justice or ride shotgun with the cop sworn to bring him in. Either way it’s a two-fisted, white-knuckled chase through the most dangerous and derelict part of the galaxy, chock full of memorable characters, scheming aliens and deadly traps.

You call the shots: fly, gamble, fight and sleaze your way to freedom or victory in this Two-Fisted Fantasy adventure! Inside you’ll find a complete set of rules for racing along the starways and thumping the denizens of the Star Bastards universe: all you need to provide is a couple of dice and your two rock-hard fists!

This Two-Fisted gamebook is a full-scale gamebook adventure of the kind you might remember from the 80s or early 90s. If you've never played a gamebook it's more or less a solo RPG with some light stats and item management where the book itself acts as the GM. This one has 400 paragraphs and 100,000 words packed full of adventure, interesting characters and action-filled alien locations. Two complete adventures in one, with a large selection of co-pilots and items to ensure replayability. Inside you’ll find 32 full-page illustrations, a bunch of smaller graphics and 20 or so pages of rules and fluff. The pdf version is hyperlinked and bookmarked throughout for your convenience although you'll have to hunt through the print version the old-fashioned way. 

Be sure to check out the crew and item card deck here on DriveThruRPG too: it'll really improve the playing experience and looks pretty snazzy! You can also get the free Support Pack which has a digital version of the card deck and a quick reference guide.  You can also get a copy of Space Exploration Quarterly, a free lore booklet with some background info. The book's perfectly playable as is though. All you'll need is a couple of dice and your two rock-hard fists.

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Emil H April 11, 2021 5:41 pm UTC
Are this and The Sword of the Bastard Elf like the old Fighting Fantasy books in that there is "one true way and it will take you several attempts to find it", or are there multiple paths and endings?
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Samantha I April 11, 2021 7:38 pm UTC
Heya Emil,

Star Bastards is a little more linear (there are a few possible "good" endings and it's really two different short adventures) but really you either get away from the cop/catch the fugitive before he escapes, or you don't.

Elf is a sprawling monster of a book with numerous paths through. There is a "true ending" but it's no more exciting or interesting than the other endings and it's really more about the journey than anything else. I doubt any individual player has ever found everything you can do in it.
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Emil H April 13, 2021 2:11 pm UTC
Thanks for the quick and informative reply.
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Samantha I December 01, 2017 1:06 pm UTC
Apologies for the recent price fluctuations, the price was reset to the pre-sale value. I probably entered it weirdly. Anyway should be ok now. If you buy this book and enjoy it (or not) you'd be doing me a big favour if you write up your thoughts on it - it'll help me with the next one.
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Samantha I November 03, 2016 8:56 am UTC
Thanks for that! I hope you enjoy the book and the cards. I'm hoping DriveThru can expand its card business a bit because at present it's not a great deal for anyone outside the US, but what can you do. Also thanks for the heads up on Star Smuggler. I'm hoping to make a kind of fusion board game/gamebook at some point in the future and it's interesting too see how modular rulesets work. Anyway their catalog should keep me busy for a while.

I'll put a link to the Space Exploration Quarterly booklet on the product page as well. It's just a short lore book.
Anyway thanks again! I'd be interested to know what you think once you've bashed through the book as well.
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Pierre S November 02, 2016 6:25 pm UTC
...You should also mention the free Space Exploration Quarterly supplement available, whatever it does.
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Pierre S November 02, 2016 6:21 pm UTC
Delightful! I'm a-buying, and the cards as well, although the courier "processing fees" to go across Customs will be killer for me.

It is great to have a game which is not just a pick-a-paragraph game but has some dice-rolling and sheet management like an RPG. I remember an old product similar to this in the 80s, which was STAR SMUGGLER (Heritage USA/DwarfStar), with paragraphs for adventure incidents, cards for the hemispheres of planets which could be mixed and matched as needed, and another modular booklet for rules (also in numbered paragraphs and accessed only as they were needed). That and their other (fantasy) RPG set (BARBARIAN PRINCE), plus several war games, are now downloadable online at no cost.
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