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A wiry Human woman guns the throttle of a contraband military vessel while navigating through an asteroid field. Her copilot, a round, squat creature with one eye on a long stalk, gleefully fires the ship’s plasma cannon at the pursuing bounty hunters. A gnarled hunk of meteorite lays in the hold. It pulses with the ultraviolet glow of dark matter magic. A vaguely humanoid android snaps a jeweler’s monocle into place on their optical sensor to get a closer look as a feline man takes a wrench to the smoking engine room.

This vignette is a glimpse into one of many space adventures that you can bring to your table with Spaceships and Starwyrms. S&S is a comprehensive 5th edition supplement that gives you nearly 400 pages of science fiction flavor and rules to transform your 5e experience. The supplement includes:

  • 13 playable species
  • 5 new classes
  • 2 augmented classes
  • Archetypes for bards, fighters, rogues, paladins, and sorcerers
  • 16 new backgrounds
  • New equipment, including armor, weapons, and vehicles
  • A whole chapter on spaceships and spaceship combat
  • Hacking rules
  • New cover rules
  • Environmental rules for zero gravity, radiation, and more
  • New monsters, including robots, abominations, and starwyrms
  • A brand-new setting to play in
  • A custom character sheet

The S&S Core Sourcebook provides everything you need to play in and run all sorts of science fiction adventures, from space operas to cyberpunk runs to exploration missions and everything in between! So buckle up, spacers, and get ready to dive in at warp speed.

Interactive character sheets can be found through our website or here on drive thru for free.

The Beginners' Kit is available for free if you want to try before you buy.

For more previews of classes, species, equipment, monsters, and more, you can find Spaceships and Starwyrms on Facebook, Twitter, and Tumblr, or visit our website.

**Update 1/26** Errata V1.2 will be released this spring. No major changes, just a few clarifications and branding updates.

**Update 7/21** V1.3 is out. Now with more art, some stat block corrections, and general grammar cleanup.

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NEIL S January 25, 2020 7:20 am UTC
Is there a bestiary?
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Audrey S January 28, 2020 8:55 pm UTC
Hi Neil! There is a bestiary chapter in the Core Sourcebook, or you can check out The Galactic Primer on Natural Environments for over 100 new creatures.
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John G December 07, 2019 8:32 pm UTC
What's the quality of the PoD? There's a lot of color on the pages, and I'm concerned about it appearing dimmed or washed out.
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Benjamin Q December 09, 2019 2:05 am UTC
We have photographs and if you contact us at we will be happy to share them with you. Overall we're very pleased with how they came out.
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John S August 24, 2019 12:39 am UTC
Are there mecha?
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Benjamin Q September 02, 2019 2:51 am UTC
The Roboticist class focuses around building a robot companion or creating a Mech! Depending on how you set up your game, those mechs can be spaceship sized for Gundam type adventures or smaller for more intimate things.
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Scott M April 05, 2019 5:04 pm UTC
Any rules for different forms of FTL travel other than jump-lines (wormholes)? Hyperspace? Warp Drives? Jump Drives?
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Audrey S April 12, 2019 7:20 pm UTC
Sorry for the delay on the reply!

At present, we have no rules written for any mode of FTL travel besides the wormhole gate system. Warp drives (ala Star Trek) do not currently exist in the Nacora Galaxy. Thanks for the question!
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5E Solo G February 20, 2019 11:50 pm UTC
To the publishers - how would you feel about someone creating a module for your system and selling it through DTRPG?
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Audrey S February 21, 2019 9:39 pm UTC
Thank you for your interest in creating content for Spaceships and Starwyrms. We're glad to have created a system that inspires others to write their own content!

Unfortunately, given that the bulk of our new rules, classes, monsters, and setting are not available for use under the OGL, at this time we do not endorse people creating for-profit modules and other content using our system as a base without collaborating with us.

We are in process of reviewing our current OGL content, and as we develop our IP and our company, we will continue to consider collaborations.
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Audrey S January 03, 2019 12:58 am UTC
A new version of the Core Sourcebook has been uploaded! If you already purchased the book, you can just redownload the book. Errata has been corrected and the whole file is now bookmarked and hyperlinked.
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David C December 12, 2018 6:57 pm UTC
I haven't read the material itself yet, but I do feel that any PDF product is inherently made better by the addition of navigation tools. The layout and presentation looks very professional, so I'm surprised not to find any here. May I assume that they're a work in progress?
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Audrey S December 12, 2018 7:04 pm UTC
The pdf we exported/uploaded had crosslinks and hyperlinks as a standard, all checked. Could you let us know what program you are using to view the document? It may be a setting we need to double check.
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Audrey S December 12, 2018 7:13 pm UTC
We've checked with some other purchasers and it seems it is not working across the board for some reason! Thanks for bringing this to our attention. We will see what we can do to fix this issue so that when we upload the version with errata corrections at the end of the month all links are working.
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David C December 14, 2018 6:35 pm UTC
Thank you for your prompt attention! I'll look for the revised document at the end of the month. I'm viewing the current version in Preview on a Mac, in case that's still useful information for you.
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Audrey S December 14, 2018 7:00 pm UTC
That is definitely good info for us! We have noticed some users having issues with the form fillable versions of the character sheet as well, so any info on system/program/OS is great. Thank you!
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Garm B December 12, 2018 9:28 am UTC
Quick question, I see that the cyberware mentions that if you replace two limbs or your torso you become vulnerable to Thunder damage, is that supposed to be Lightning damage? Or are you weaker to really loud things if you're aug'd up?
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Benjamin Q December 12, 2018 5:45 pm UTC
Thunder damage is correct. We took our cue with the Shatter spell and had thunder deal extra damage because you are essentially part construct. Additionally, we found that thunder damage balanced against poison damage better than lightning did as vulnerabilities really hurt. There's more sources of lightning damage than thunder out there in the game and we didn't want the drawback to be overwhelming.

Think of it like this, your cyber parts are built to withstand sudden shocks and overcharged electricity, but the intense vibrations of thunder damage shake their parts loose and damage them internally.
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Garm B December 12, 2018 7:20 pm UTC
Makes sense, thank you for the quick and detailed response.
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Stacie W December 12, 2018 4:30 am UTC
Print on Demand?
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Audrey S December 12, 2018 5:55 am UTC
Unfortunately, we are not offering print on demand at this time.
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Reid S December 13, 2018 8:28 pm UTC
Are you waiting until the PDF has all of the errata or do you need assistance setting up the POD? Let me know if it is an assistance issue.
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Audrey S December 13, 2018 10:38 pm UTC
Thank you very much for the offer of assistance. We have been waiting to allow the product to be on the market for a bit before we decide on PoD, Kickstarter, or a third party print run for the Core Sourcebook. While we have had extensive playtesting and beta editing, there's something to be said for a lot more eyes on the product!
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Tim R December 14, 2018 3:39 pm UTC
It would definitely be good to have a PoD/PDF bundle. If Eyes are the issue an art-less or ltd (better than the typical "Preview") may help. It's hard to justify a full-price PDF with no other knowledge. Kickstarter probably would get more eyes and if you are 90% may be a good idea.
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Audrey S December 14, 2018 5:58 pm UTC
We have had multiple previews of mechanics and pages from the book on our social media accounts if you are looking for more information before buying. We have a lot of faith in our beta readers and so far, consumers have mentioned only two pieces of errata, and one is a typo. We wanted to give it a little time before we put print on the table as an option so that we can be 100% certain there aren't errors in the print run.
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