Advanced Search

Strange Stars OSR Rule Book
Quick Preview
Full‑size Preview

Strange Stars OSR Rule Book

Selected Option:
Watermarked PDF
Softcover, B&W Book
Watermarked PDF + Softcover, B&W Book

It's the far future, Old Earth is lost and shrouded in legend, and the children of paleo-humanity have long ago populated the stars, branching into new forms and strange cultures. Adventure is measured in light-years!

STRANGE STARS is a setting where modern transhuman science fiction meets classic 70s space opera. Now you can explore the STRANGE STARS universe in Sine Nomine Publishing's acclaimed Stars Without Number or similar Old School Rennaissance-derived games!

Join a salvage mission to steal ancient tech from the wreck of a deranged sophont warship. Scavange parts from giant ancient robots on Gogmagog. Cross swords with a Zao Pirate in hard vacuum. Experience a galaxy of adventure with STRANGE STARS OSR!

This 35-page rule book includes:

  • Tips for creatings characters and 19 clades--from Atozan librarians to armored thrax warriors--as player character options.
  • A catalog of adversaries and threats from the monstrous ssraad to the more subtle agents of the Instrumentality.
  • A gazeteer of known worlds and rules for creating random orbital habitats
  • A sampling of factions big and small from across the known galaxy
  • Advice on running adventures and campaigns in the Strange Stars with a random adventure seed generator

The Strange Stars OSR Rule Book is NOT a full game but a supplement to Stars Without Number (available here in a free version) or similar science fiction games and a companion to  STRANGE STARS .

 Customers Who Bought this Title also Purchased
Reviews (2)
Discussions (6)
Customer avatar
Olaf B February 08, 2019 5:32 pm UTC
Is this compatible with the revised SWN rule book?
Customer avatar
Trey C February 09, 2019 1:27 am UTC
I'm not familiar enough with the revised edition to so say with certainty, but from what I read it would be broadly compatible.
Customer avatar
David D March 23, 2018 7:01 am UTC
I'll risk the cost. But I'm curious; Am i missing any setting info by taking the OSR version over the core version?
Customer avatar
Trey C March 23, 2018 4:25 pm UTC
The OSR rulebook is meant to be a supplement/implementation of the setting book, so not everything is repeated. How much you will miss it is difficult to say.
Customer avatar
David D March 24, 2018 3:14 am UTC
I've had a chance to skim the book already. I'm quite happy with the content. Especially for the price tag. But I do hope the core book has a tiny bit more. Happy customer here though :)
Customer avatar
Benjamin S March 26, 2017 10:14 am UTC
How do the rules change space combat, if the setting doesn't make use of the spike drive?
Customer avatar
Trey C March 26, 2017 9:57 pm UTC
Full starship combat rules was beyond the scope of what I was doing here, but the first paragraph of the page 67 in the SWN Core edition rulebook describes Strange Stars space combat relatively well, in broad strokes. An easy solution is to run it similarly, just ignoring all the "phase" stuff. In Strange Stars, Combat does not occur within the hyperspace network, but occurs around nodes, worlds, or habitats. Boarding actions and the like are possible.
Customer avatar
Chip W February 18, 2017 5:40 pm UTC
I just got the email with the discount for the print version for those of us who already purchased the PDF, but the price shows as $9.95 even though the product page clearly shows I purchased the PDF.
Customer avatar
Trey C February 18, 2017 5:59 pm UTC
An email with the corrected code has been sent.
Customer avatar
Chip W February 18, 2017 10:51 pm UTC
Thank you. Worked perfectly this time. I hope you're planning more installments of Strange Stars, which is the best science fiction roleplaying setting ever (or at least since classic Traveller in the '70s).
Customer avatar
david K February 12, 2017 2:15 am UTC
No luck with opening either of the previews. I am interested to see what it offers beyond Strange Stars & Strange Stars Fate supplement
Customer avatar
Trey C February 12, 2017 12:07 pm UTC
Sorry you're having trouble, but it's a glitch in the site, I assume. I just checked the previews (not logged in) on both drivethrurpg and rpgnow and they worked fine.
Customer avatar
February 08, 2017 6:47 pm UTC
Have you done any play testing using your supplement in the White Star RPG?...I was curious how it works with that system.
Customer avatar
Trey C February 08, 2017 8:29 pm UTC
I have not, but over at his blog Mike aka Wrathofzombie has run some sessions of Strange Stars in White Star with some adaptation of the setting book of his on devising. Here are some races/clades:

Looking at what he did there, I don't think it would be very hard to convert over, as White Star looks even "rules lighter" than SWN, but with a similar OSR chassis.
Browse Categories
 Follow Your Favorites!
NotificationsSign in to get custom notifications of new products!
 Recent History

Product Information
Electrum seller
File Size:
2.74 MB
Original electronic
Scanned image
These products were created by scanning an original printed edition. Most older books are in scanned image format because original digital layout files never existed or were no longer available from the publisher.

For PDF download editions, each page has been run through Optical Character Recognition (OCR) software to attempt to decipher the printed text. The result of this OCR process is placed invisibly behind the picture of each scanned page, to allow for text searching. However, any text in a given book set on a graphical background or in handwritten fonts would most likely not be picked up by the OCR software, and is therefore not searchable. Also, a few larger books may be resampled to fit into the system, and may not have this searchable text background.

For printed books, we have performed high-resolution scans of an original hardcopy of the book. We essentially digitally re-master the book. Unfortunately, the resulting quality of these books is not as high. It's the problem of making a copy of a copy. The text is fine for reading, but illustration work starts to run dark, pixellating and/or losing shades of grey. Moiré patterns may develop in photos. We mark clearly which print titles come from scanned image books so that you can make an informed purchase decision about the quality of what you will receive.
Original electronic format
These ebooks were created from the original electronic layout files, and therefore are fully text searchable. Also, their file size tends to be smaller than scanned image books. Most newer books are in the original electronic format. Both download and print editions of such books should be high quality.
File Information
Watermarked PDF
Watermarked PDF

These PDF files are digitally watermarked to signify that you are the owner. A small message is added to the bottom of each page of the PDF containing your name and the order number of your purchase.

Warning: If any files bearing your information are found being distributed illegally, then your account will be suspended and legal action may be taken against you.

Here is a sample of a page from a watermarked title:

File Last Updated:
February 08, 2017
This title was added to our catalog on February 08, 2017.