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NGS is an adventure setting for Trav/Cepheus Engine, but it should be easy to adapt to other sci-fi rule systems as well. The rules presented here are a solo or GM-less framework for telling a story of exploration, discovery, mysteries, and survival.  It kind of plays like Oregon Trail (if it was an RPG set in space.)  You have a crew, equipments, specialists, and a mission. 

The PDF includes info on setting up your ship, selecting a mission, tips on solo play, a large 'encounter table' of pregenerated star system, and rosters for all the crew (pilot, navigator, engineer, and gunner) and a large list of patrons and mission specialists, as well as four subsector maps for your exploration enjoyment.

No GM's Sky is not a complete game but is intend to help solo gamers (or a GM-less group) with a setting and system for adventure and discovery.

Table of Contents
Page 1 Permissions and Usage
Page 1 A Little History
Page 3 What is NGS?
Page 3 Preflight Checklist
Page 5 Mission Details
Page 5 Ship Loadout
Page 6 Equipment
Page 7 Beyond the Fringe
Page 8 Tracking Mysteries
Page 9 How to Solo
Page 12 Fringe Space Encounters (216 systems)
Page 32 Appendix A – Pre-generated Crew
Page 35 Appendix B – Mission Specialists and Patrons
Page 43 Appendix C – Fringe Space Maps (sample maps for four subsectors)

Reviews and ratings are welcome.  However if you do leave a negative review or rating, please reach out to me so I know how I can make this adventure better.

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Christopher W April 25, 2020 5:18 am UTC
Ok, I'm seeing a brief history, a series of tables, and even a section labeled "How to Solo", but for the life of me I cannot find a section describing the actual game loop and how to run it. What am I missing?
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Todd Z April 25, 2020 5:51 am UTC
No GM's Sky is intended to be a solo exploration framework for Traveller, Cepheus Engine, Cepheus Lite, or other 2d6 based sci-fi game. Here are some links if you do not have any of those. (free, online) (PWYW) (PWYW) ($5)

If you you prefer something that is Powered by the Apocalypse, there is No GM's Sky - Uncharted Worlds which is geared towards the Uncharted World game by Sean Gomes. ($10) ($10)
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Gary N April 05, 2018 10:58 pm UTC
Is it just me, or does anyone else see a particularly bad word embedded in the "symbol" for this system? I see an F on its right side at the top; The letter U is just below that (resembling a V); A similarly-shaped large C is on its left side at the bottom; and a somewhat disguised K is on its left side in the middle. Since I have no idea what that extra letter E is there for, perhaps all of it is just my imagination. Or does the design purposely use those letters? Please tell me I'm wrong.
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Todd Z April 05, 2018 11:15 pm UTC
Tilt your head to the right. It says FRED, one of the aliens in the setting. It probably means something completely different like Ensign Narzly Gill. But, that's what the first explorers saw on the chest patch and the nickname stuck. :-)

Or, it might be a hand feeding a hungry creature. No one has actually spoken to a live Fred to find out.
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Gary N April 05, 2018 11:17 pm UTC
Good grief! I never saw that! Well, I guess you now know where my thinking usually goes. My apologies for misunderstanding.
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Todd Z April 05, 2018 11:20 pm UTC
No problem, it gave me a good excuse to spill some of the lore that didn't make it into the text. [Yes, I played the whole first contact scene out in my head so I would have the 'history' of the discovery.]
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