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The year is 3200 and mankind's empire lies in ashes.

The Jump Gates fell six hundred years ago, severing the links between the myriad worlds of the human diaspora.

Now, the long isolation of the Silence falls away as men and women return to the skies above their scattered worlds.

Will you be among them once more?

Stars Without Number: Revised Edition is an old-school-inspired game of sci-fi adventure, one built from the ground up to encourage sandbox play and simplify a GM's job in providing it. Familiar mechanics are employed to forge new worlds and explore new possibilities, guidelines built on long experience used to help a group venture in wholly new directions. Within the full-color pages of Stars Without Number: Revised Edition, you'll find… .

  • Backwards compatibility, as the Revised Edition is built to work cleanly with existing Stars Without Number supplements and materials. The new systems slot in smoothly, and you can take or leave them individually as your group prefers.
  • Expanded character creation, with PCs now customized by special talents and character foci, new options for psychic characters, and new ways to make your hero mechanically distinct. Yet the process is still smooth and quick, with a special quick generator spread to create a hero from nothing more than a half-dozen die rolls.
  • Refined psionics, with more options to distinguish your psychic hero's powers and more flexible choices for their abilities. Tailor your psychic to your concept, whether as a cynical gunslinging brainguard or an ascetic psychic healer from a world of austere psionic scholars.
  • Improved starship combat, with decisive roles for every member of the party. Build your own starships with the included system and employ new hardware and new starship mods to make your ungainly crate the fastest contraband runner this side of the Veil Nebula.
  • New systems to support additional types of play, including rules for hacking, remote drones, and expert technical modification of gear and starships.
  • Upgraded tools for sandbox sector creation, with forty new world tags to help define a GM's stellar creations, guides for adding additional system points of interest, and material to help a GM define the interesting traits of the worlds they create. These tools aren't just a clump of random tables, they're a framework to boost your own creativity and help you make fast, good, playable material for your game.
  • Augmented adventure creation guidelines. Aside from a hundred piping-hot adventure seeds that mesh smoothly with the world creation tools, Stars Without Number: Revised Edition also includes content to help you turn your vague ideas into a playable evening's adventure. Guidelines on challenges, rewards, and complications in play are all aimed toward the working GM, the man or woman who's not just theorizing their adventures, but actually responsible for making something fun for the whole group.
  • Tools for creating aliens, Virtual Intelligences, and hostile human foes, with guidelines for handling potentially-hostile encounters and creating the kind of fearsome xenobeasts that can challenge the doughtiest explorer. Or perhaps you want to be an alien or robot? You'll find the tools for that in Stars Without Number: Revised Edition.
  • Faction rules, for handling the background warring and intrigues of hostile groups. Need to add life and motion to your stellar sectors? Sprinkle in a few factions to make news for the PCs to respond to, or use these rules to handle the colonies, spy agencies, mercenary companies, or other enterprises your heroes establish.

And these things? They're all in the free version. Yes, just like the original edition, Stars Without Number: Revised Edition has a free PDF edition to share with your friends and pass around to interested parties. Those daring stellar freebooters who purchase this deluxe version will get...

  • Transhuman tech, with rules for bodyswapping, digital identities, post-scarcity economics, and just as importantly, GM guidelines on making exciting adventures when all the old pillars of familiarity have fallen away.
  • True AIs, the vast and terrible intellects that can bring forth wonders and ruin in equal measure. Playing a synthetic VI or aspiring organic godmind? Learn how your PC can accumulate the tech they need to ascend to this new plane of being.
  • Mechs, for those GMs who relish the thunder of steel titans on their far-future battlefields.
  • Heroic PCs, for groups that want to trade the gritty, lethal tone of a standard campaign for classic space opera, with larger-than-life heroes and superhuman skills.
  • Society creation, customizing a world or a hab with its own culture and history, pre-designed with fault lines and conflicts to engage your heroes. You'll get more than a dry recounting of details; you'll get the information you need to build adventures that fit with this world's smouldering tensions.
  • Space Magic, with rules and guidelines for introducing sorcerous powers and old-school magic into your starfaring adventurers, with sagacious Magisters, versatile Arcanists, and Adepts graced with supernatural powers.

So leap forward, brave adventurer! The stars await you, and the wild glories of an untamed sky!

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Tim O September 25, 2020 6:12 pm UTC
Don't know if this is the place to ask rules questions, because I just got the deluxe book and need something clarified.

When choosing a background, it says you get a free skill, then either choose 2 skills from the Learning list, or roll 3 times between Learning and Growth list. It also gives the option to choose 3 pre-determined "Quick Skills"

So, if you choose to either roll 3, or pick Quick Skills, do you still get that free skill, or does these options replace it?

For example: If you chose the Criminal background, and decide to go with the Quick Skills, do you first get Sneak 0 Free, then get Sneak (again) bringing it to Sneak 1, Connect 0, and Talk 0?. Or do you only get those 3 skills at 0?
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Kevin C September 27, 2020 7:27 am UTC
Those options replace it; you only get those three skills at zero.
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Tim O October 10, 2020 9:38 pm UTC
And the same with Rolling?
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Jeff S October 18, 2020 5:51 pm UTC
As I understand it, your options are:
1. Quick skills: take the 3 listed skills at 0 (one of those is the free skill).
2. Take the free skill at 0, then roll 3 times on the tables of your choosing.
3. Take the free skill at 0, and two other skills from the Learning table.

You always get the free skill, regardless. Quick skills is basically option #3 with typical picks for the background already chosen for you.
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Thomas M September 16, 2020 12:17 am UTC
Spent the big bucks and got the premium hardcover. Nice. Very nice! The system also seems very good for the Space campaign I have in mind.
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Jeffrey L July 29, 2020 4:54 am UTC
Just wanted to verify that this runs off of the Dungeons and Dragons 5th Edition base ruleset since i found it in the Dungeons and Dragons System category?
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STEVEN R August 07, 2020 3:08 am UTC
No, it does *not* run off of D&D 5e - look more carefully at the rules system and it says OSR. It runs off of a base engine that's similar to older versions of D&D, but is definitely its own thing.
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Scott S May 29, 2020 11:28 am UTC
I bought the revised edition hardback 2 years ago. After normal usage, the binding failed. I'd like to order a second hardback copy but $60 dollars is insane especially since I already own both the PDF and hardback. Otherwise 10/10 would recommend to anyone!
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Chris T May 13, 2020 7:17 pm UTC
Wow. The content of the book might be good but damn the standard color hardback that cost me $84 CAD is not worth it. If I had seen this book in a shop I would have laughed and put it back. This is maybe worth $30 and even then it wouldn't be a sure thing.
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Jack H May 03, 2020 8:13 pm UTC
What is the difference between the two hardcovers except price?
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Andrew B April 18, 2020 8:34 pm UTC
Might be a good idea to put a note on the free version's product page noting what is not in that edition.
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James W March 07, 2020 6:37 pm UTC
Does anyone know where to find pictures of the differences of the premium and standard quality hard covers? I've seen mixed reviews, some people say they can't tell the difference, some say the standard looks washed out.
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November 26, 2019 7:46 pm UTC
Are there ePub and mobi versions included with the PDF version?
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John L November 29, 2019 7:03 pm UTC
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Neil J October 02, 2019 1:24 am UTC
Ah, I bought the original version as a print book but this version looks so much more enticing. I'll have to consider getting it one day if I start doing more sci do again. Any chance of a discounted PDF for people who bought the original down the line? Or sales coming?
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Hunter S July 13, 2019 9:58 pm UTC
What's difference between this and free version?
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Paul S July 15, 2019 1:40 am UTC
The differences are listed immediately below the free version's Table of Contents.
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Scott H February 28, 2020 9:55 pm UTC
"What does the paid version add? It includes transhuman campaign rules for body-swapping post-scarcity adventures, OSR-compatible “space magic” for GMs who like a little more fantasy in their sci-fi, heroic PC rules for star-striding space operatic protagonists, True AI rules for playing the half-embodied godminds of the far future, planetary society guidelines for building interesting new cultures, and mech rules for campaigns that like a little humanoid armored vehicle spice to their play. All told, it’s more than sixty pages of piping-hot content."
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John S June 01, 2019 5:13 pm UTC
Maybe someone can help me with this, but reading the below paragraph makes it seem as if having a dump stat makes it easier to pass saving throws than not. Is this an artifact from the first edition where checks were roll under?

PG 46 Saving Throws
“Your character’s saving throw scores start at 15, and decrease by one point each time you advance a level. Each saving throw is modified by the best modifier of two different attributes: Physical by the better of Strength or Constitution, Evasion by the better of Dexterity or Intelligence, and Mental by the better of Charisma or Wisdom. Thus, a first-level PC with a Strength of 5 and a Constitution of 14 would have a Physical save of 14. To make a save, roll 1d20 and try to equal or beat the appropriate saving throw score. On a success, you evade or mitigate the peril, while on a failure it takes full effect. A natural roll of 1 is always a failure, and a natural roll of 20 is always a success.”

Shouldn’t a PC have a harder time...See more
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John S June 01, 2019 5:55 pm UTC
I should clarify my question a bit better with the math I "see."

Start at save needing 15 or better for LVL 1 PC.

Enter two characters, Boberto with Str 5(-1), and Grognax with Str 18(+2)

Bob had a STR of 5, he'd only have to roll a 14 or better.

Versus Grognax who at Level 1 has a STR of 18, but has to roll a STR Saving Throw of 17 or better!
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Jonathon P June 02, 2019 4:26 pm UTC
Boberto would have a save at 16 (15 - (-1))
Grognax would have a save at 13 (15 - 2)
15 minus the modifier.
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Alexander M June 03, 2019 9:21 am UTC
It's quite poorly worded but I'm pretty sure that it means that the modifier is applied to the *roll* rather than the *target*.

So Boberto, as a starting character, needs a 15+. He rolls a D20 and applies his Strength modifier of -1. His modified roll is equal to the target number on an unmodified score of 16 or more. Grognax, meanwhile, adds +2 to his roll, so he saves on a 13 or more (13+2=15).
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John S June 04, 2019 1:16 pm UTC
Oh, see now that makes so much sense! When reading I immediately honed in on the "Thus, a first-level PC with a Strength of 5" and not the "and a Constitution of 14 would have a Physical save of 14."

In which the math makes more sense.

My brain hurts less now that you did the math. Thanks Jonathon!
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John S June 04, 2019 1:18 pm UTC
Alexander, I prefer your interpretation. I agree the verbiage there is a bit tough to chew. It could've been explained a tad bit better.

Its my only gripe about this book though, the whole library of SWN is insanely good. Thank you for your help.
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Tom M December 22, 2019 9:50 pm UTC
Given the values, it looks like you need to roll at or above the listed save value. It's a "match or beat the DC save", similar to an attack vs AC.

Yep, I just looked in the book, and the rules are on page 46. "To make a save, roll 1d20 and try to equal or beat the appropriate saving throw score. On a success, you evade or mitigate the peril, while on a failure it takes full effect. A natural roll of 1 is always a failure, and a natural roll of 20 is always a success"
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Brian O May 28, 2019 5:40 pm UTC
Why is the print version not available as of 5/28?
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Kevin D April 12, 2019 10:12 pm UTC
Does this book include all the information from the little supplements I see on Drivethru?
Like . . .
Character Options for Stars Without Number
Expanded World Generation
Sixteen Stars: Creating Places of Perilous Adventure

In other words . . .
If I pick up this revised edition, how do i know which of the other supplements to buy/download? (I want it all!)
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Kevin C April 22, 2019 5:16 am UTC
There's no overlap between the core book and the currently-available supplements. Skyward Steel has an optional space combat system that's largely superseded by SWN:R, and I recall putting some of Polychrome's cyberware into the core book list, but all the content in the other supplements is unrepeated in the core book.
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Kevin D August 24, 2019 1:58 am UTC

I finally placed my order for a premium book and look forward to getting it.
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David R January 01, 2020 9:00 pm UTC
How is the premium book quality? Is the binding good?
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Maxime L February 17, 2019 1:21 pm UTC
What will be the best way to get in contact with you after G+ is completely dead Mr. Crawford? Are you migrating somewhere else? A Discord channel maybe?
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J Keith W February 22, 2019 10:51 pm UTC
He is very prolific and quick to answer questions on the SWN reddit.
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Maxime L February 16, 2019 5:01 pm UTC
Hello! Can you please tell me whats the difference between the standard and premium prints? I'm seriously thinking about buying a print on demand copy of the book and have never done so on DTRPG. Thank you! :-)
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Maxime L February 17, 2019 1:18 pm UTC
I did a little internet research and fund my answer. Inkjet vs digital print. Standard's colors are a bit less vibrant. Paper quality is the same.
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Matthew H July 17, 2019 6:40 am UTC
Hi Maxime, it's been a while since you brought this up, just wondering if you've bought either version and what you thought of your purchase. I got the pdf in a bundle, love it, and am trying to decide between standard or premium. Thanks in advance!
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