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What is Dark Matter?

Dark Matter is a full science fiction conversion for 5th Edition that unlocks a universe of adventure for your table, without leaving your favorite fantasy staples behind.

Everything in Dark Matter, from character options to space combat, is easy to learn, generic enough to use with any sci-fi setting, and made to work with 5th Edition. Moreover, this entire 298-page book is filled with gorgeous illustrations from start to finish.

Dark Matter is for any player or GM who wants a little more sci-fi at their table. Though it's a full campaign setting, Dark Matter is designed with flexibility as a top priority: the rules and options in Dark Matter can seamlessly be applied to any 5E campaign from the definitely-not-Star-Wars settings the to all-inclusive fantasy games. You need Dark Matter if you want to throw a blaster, laser sword, or starship into your next game, even if it's only for one session.

What can you expect from Dark Matter?

Dark Matter is a 298-page book with full-color illustrations and gorgeous art direction. Its 8 chapters (and appendices) are chock full of sci-fi action, from beginning to end. Here's what every chapter entails:

The 'Verse: An introduction to the universe at large, providing the all-important top-down view on everything. This chapter details much of the 'verse's history, outlines all the major races, introduces all the major factions, and gives some insight in how to adventure around the galaxy.

Races: Six new playable character races, plus an extremely customizable human subrace, to inhabit the 'verse alongside the usual fantasy standard of elves, dwarves, gnomes, and so on. Your next character could be an Amoeboid, a shapeshifting ooze-person, a Vect, a living construct of magical technology, or an Avia-Ra, a bird-headed sun worshiper.

Gadgeteer: A highly-customizable technological base class (complete with four subcalsses) that uniquely belongs in the Dark Matter universe. 

Character Options: A swathe of archetypes for every class in 5E core; plus a handful for Mage Hand Press classes, a deluge of new feats, a host of new backgrounds, and three new skills. With these options, you can finally play the tech-savvy gnomish space marine or the dashing elven starship pilot you've always longed for.

Equipment: Blasters, laser swords, rocket hammers, magic items, artifacts, and more! This chapter contains everything from personal radios and tool kits to universe-shaping artifacts. You know what they say: hokey religions and ancient weapons are no match for a good blaster at your side!

Ships: Innovative rules for space combat, options for assembling and customizing your own starship, and over 40 example ships to populate your space battles. Everything you need to explore the universe! Will you spend your hard-earned gold on upgrading the dark matter drive in your custom Freelancer, or does it need another battery of pulse cannons?

Monsters: A bestiary full of alien critters from the adorable thrwirrel to sinister wandering rift. These creatures, all of which come with full descriptions and statistics, should provide a sci-fi challenge all the way from 1st level to 20th. In addition, the Monsters chapter comes stocked with a vast array of NPCs, ready to pilot opposing vessels and populate humanoid factions. 

Spells: A catalog of spells to influence technology, harness hardlight, and travel the universe. From cantrips like technomancy, which give some harmless tech-manipulation, to the devastating orbital hardlight cannon (which is a magic space cannon that is every ounce as cool as it sounds), there's spells for every caster of every class and every level.

Appendicies: The appendicies of this book are a treasure trove of world-building fun, including tables to randomly-generate exotic alien planets, a breakdown of neat spacer lingo, a d100 table of plot hooks, and even a helpful unit reference and conversion guide!

 
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Michael S August 02, 2020 7:40 pm UTC
Does this include a form fill-able character sheet for creating and storing characters digitally?
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Justin F August 02, 2020 8:33 pm UTC
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It does!
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Thomas R July 23, 2020 5:13 am UTC
Are there plans for more books or content in the Dark Matter universe? I've been driving myself nuts trying to choose which 5e sci-fi supplement/conversion I want to run for my next campaign. The only thing holding me back from choosing this is how much more content most of the other supplements have in comparison. This is my favorite single book in this category and I'll probably end up going with this regardless, but it would set the decision in stone if I knew MHP still planned on developing this further.
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Thomas R July 23, 2020 9:55 pm UTC
Nevermind! Just saw the Starter Pack kickstarter releases on 7/29 with a campaign in it. Perfect timing!
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Justin F August 02, 2020 8:35 pm UTC
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Glad you found it! I miss comments on Drivethru way too often!
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Benjamin A July 22, 2020 11:57 pm UTC
Any word on when POD will be available? I'd pay good money for a HC physical copy, from what I've seen (and heard from my son who's in the middle of an online Dark Matter campaign) this is an excellent book!
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Justin F August 02, 2020 8:34 pm UTC
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Check out our kickstarter! We sell our Hardcovers through kickstarter and on our own store page because we want to make sure that the books are printed in the highest quality possible!
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Talon Dunning D August 19, 2020 1:39 am UTC
The Kickstarter appears to be over and your store says they're sold out. Any chance on another print-run of the physical book?
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Justin F August 19, 2020 9:03 am UTC
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The Dark Matter Starter Kit campaign is still live and includes a second print run of the core book! :)
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Daniel B February 20, 2020 5:14 pm UTC
This is, hands-down, the best science fantasy supplement for Dungeons & Dragons Fifth Edition. It expertly melds familiarity with D&D 5e with inspiring lore, flavorful races/subraces, a bevy of pitch-perfect subclasses for the D&D classes (as well as some of Mage Hand Press' best-loved supplements), inventive feats and backgrounds and hundreds of new equipment, magical items and spells. The spaceship combat system is the best by far that I've found, balancing complexity and ease of learning, as are the rules for building and upgrading your party's ship. The included monsters are original and perfectly-portable into any game.

I have looked far and wide for the perfect science fantasy add-on to D&D 5e and I promise you - this is it. (I purchased the book from Mage Hand Press' website, hence the lack of purchaser tag here.)
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DM S November 15, 2019 3:45 pm UTC
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Excellent writing, fantastic information, and a whole world of things to explore! Absolutely cannot go wrong with this! (And all other titles in the series!)
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kenneth F September 22, 2019 4:34 am UTC
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so would it be possible for the PDF to be optomised or a more optomised version put out, as it stands this PDF can use over 2 gigs of ram opened with adobe.
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Mage Hand P October 01, 2019 5:34 pm UTC
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I'll be doing that with this month's update! We recently added 6 more pages, so this month's update will both include that, and /much/ better performance.
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Aaron H August 13, 2019 2:30 am UTC
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Is there any place we can go to in order to see a change log between versions 1.0 and 1.1? If not I would understand as it isn't the easiest thing ever to keep a change log up to date. I'm just curious to know if it was art, lore, or just balancing stuff. Otherwise, this is an amazing PDF! Everything inside it is incredibly detailed. I can't wait to run a campaign with it!
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Mage Hand P August 13, 2019 7:07 pm UTC
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There aren't any big mechanical changes from 1.0 to 1.1 -- just editing and removing typos, that sort of thing. The official changelog is at https://mfov.magehandpress.com/2018/12/dark-matter-changelog.html if changes do happen in the future.
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Joseph O July 17, 2019 6:30 am UTC
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How does Mega Damage effect normal health creatures and vice versa? Or is that something left to DM's discretion?
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Mage Hand P August 13, 2019 7:06 pm UTC
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The intent here is that mega damage can affect normal characters, and normal characters can eventually deal enough damage to equate to mega damage. However, ship weapons just can't target non-mega creatures, so these systems are pretty separate in practice. In fact, there's a line somewhere in the book specifically stating that GMs can rule that creatures with mega hit points can only take mega damage.
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Moses D July 14, 2019 9:19 pm UTC
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I had a small problem downloading the final version. On mobile, it just keeps saying that something went wrong and reloads itself, the same thing happening again and again. This happens at maybe about 80% downloaded. It works fine on any other device, it's just mobile that's problematic. I don't have this problem for any other PDFs on DriveThruRPG, just this one. I was wondering if anyone has the same problem or knows how to fix it.
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Mage Hand P July 14, 2019 10:32 pm UTC
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Thanks for lettings us know! I discovered that the most recent PDF upload had some file corruption. I've uploaded a new version, so the problem should be solved.
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Moses D July 15, 2019 12:26 am UTC
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Thanks a lot! That was really fast!
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neil S June 04, 2019 6:30 am UTC
When will POD be available
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Elliott A May 30, 2019 3:09 am UTC
Question about the Space Marine is the composite plating armor class 16 + dex mod or is there no dex mod conferred by the armor plating?
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Victor V May 24, 2019 10:45 am UTC
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Will a print version be available to non-backers in the future?
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Mage Hand P July 14, 2019 10:33 pm UTC
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We'll be doing a print run soon. I'll announce officially when I have more precise details.
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Ty V April 20, 2019 5:08 am UTC
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So, while reading through the book (going off of the last alpha update) I noticed that the book mentions in a few places that the void crystals can go critical if something goes wrong; thus causing them to collapse in the engine and become a sphere of annihilation. Am I missing something in the book, as I don't find any actual rules about causing that situation occurring, or is it more of a DM decision kinda thing in terms of when it happens and why?
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Justin F April 23, 2019 12:20 pm UTC
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A Dark Matter engine going critical is DM-fiat. ^_^
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Nails of V April 26, 2019 11:30 am UTC
The idea is that any damage at all can make a void crystal unstable, but we generally assume that they're given enough protection to eliminate that risk. Having an engine implode is essentially a narrative event, so the details are left up to individual DMs.
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Mage Hand P July 14, 2019 10:35 pm UTC
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This is a situation I'd govern with the ship falling to 0 HP. There's no exact situations called out in the ship combat rules which cause a Dark Matter engine to go critical, since they're generally insulated enough to withstand all but the worst hull damage.
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Joshua T March 26, 2019 3:15 pm UTC
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Please do not mind the question below. After conducting a little research, I was able to find a answer. Thank you.
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Justin F March 27, 2019 4:08 pm UTC
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Yeah basically it was cheaper for the kickstarter as a thank you to early supporters. Also we are looking into budling our base classes on drivethrurpg once we finish the complete craftsman redux (soon).
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Joshua T March 26, 2019 4:58 am UTC
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The kickstarter has the beta pdf for $25.00 and includes the MHP Stater pack (new base classes) but this product is 29.99 with no inclusion of a MHP Starter pack attached? Is there a way to get the MHP starter pack since the product has not been fully release? If not, I plan to buy the new base class pdf because this game is awesome and the artwork is fantastic. This game really engages me as a reader and makes me want to jump into this new setting. Thank you for producing a great product.
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Joseph O March 22, 2019 9:43 am UTC
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Has anyone else had a problem with the alpha covering the page?
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Justin F March 25, 2019 4:11 pm UTC
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Are you having an issue with the watermark? What PDF viewer are you using?
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