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Whether exchanging laser fire with aliens across a cratered moonscape or pushing the speed of light in a shining spaceship, interstellar adventurers lead exciting lives. These minimalist rules allow you to experience these wondrous adventures without fuss or complication. They are perfect for convention play, pick-up games, or a beer-and-pretzels night when you roll dice and blow stuff up. They include everything you need to play: character generation, task checks, personal, vehicle, and starship combat, as well as the basic rules for interstellar travel.

Included in these lightweight rules are:

  • Simple, skill-based task resolution!
  • Procedural character generation!
  • Essential equipment for interstellar adventuring!
  • Streamlined and exciting personnel and vehicle combat!
  • Starship operations and combat!
  • Hazards and adventuring!

Compatible with Cepheus Light, the Cepheus Engine System Reference Document, and other OGL 2d6 sci-fi games.

This is a FREE, lightweight ruleset ready to send you and your friends to exciting interstellar adventures. Stellagama Publishing also offers, for the discerning interstellar adventurer, the full-scale CEPHEUS LIGHT rules. These include:

  • 6 additional career.
  • Character advancement and experience.
  • Expanded and detailed equipment.
  • Many more combat options.
  • Detailed interstellar travel, starship operations, and trade rules.
  • Ship design system.
  • Many more space combat options.
  • World generation and design.
  • And more

Virtual Table Top support for Cepheus: Faster Than Light available on the Foundry VTT - search for for Twodsix in in FoundryVTT's Game Systems tab!!

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Stjepan S March 21, 2021 2:53 am UTC
The computer DMs do not appear to be in this PDF. It does say they should be listed in the ship stat blocks but they don't appear to be.

I've seen that Light is getting an update, is there a plan for Faster Than Light to be updated as well?
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Omer J March 21, 2021 8:11 am UTC
Thank you for pointing this out. I will check this soon, and correct if necessary.
We are indeed working on a second edition for Cepheus Light. There will eventually be a second edition for Cepheus: Faster Than Light as well.
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Dwight F April 12, 2020 6:05 pm UTC
Are you willing to make a digest sized version of this (preferably at Lulu) so they (I'll want 4) can sit on the same shelf with most of my other Traveller/Cepheus stuff?

Also, has anyone made any products specifically for FTL yet?
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Omer J April 12, 2020 6:26 pm UTC
The version of Cepheus: Faster Than Light available from here in print is A5-sized. Is this sufficient?

C:FTL is directly compatible with all Cepheus Light books, so anything published for Cepheus Light is usable with C:FTL.
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Dwight F April 12, 2020 10:32 pm UTC
It's sufficient. I didn't know it was that size here. If a game is available on Lulu, I always go there first. DTRPG is a last resort but often the only avenue for some things. Lulu has friendlier International shipping and isn't owned by OBS. Next time I order from DTRPG I'll bundle a few FTLs with it. Cheers.
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Omer J April 13, 2020 7:31 am UTC
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Newbie F February 20, 2020 11:05 pm UTC
The table of contents and the actual contents seem to be offset by an additional page (Combat is in page 28, not 27).
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Omer J February 21, 2020 5:56 am UTC
Thanks for spotting this - will fix this in the next revision.
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Eris R January 11, 2019 7:49 pm UTC
Omer wrote:
As for trading, I felt that it was context-dependent; the skill depends on what you trade and with whom. Trading with a corporation will use Admin, as you'll have to negotiate a proper contract. Unless you close the deal with their CEO over a cocktail or at the gambling table, in which case it will be Carousing. Black marketeering uses Streetwise. In most other cases, you use Liaison. Oh, and Deception can be handy, too, in some "niche" cases :-)

I reply:
I understand what you're getting at, and I don't disagree with you, but...I still want a Trader/Broker skill. ;) Why?

Well, (1) there will be PC's from the Merchant career that don't have Liaison, Carousing, Admin, Streetwise, etc and I want them to have more than a -3 DM on *this* specific use of those skills, but not on all uses of the skill (I'll likely let them add or substitute if they have those specific skills, too; (2) I've always let a PC with Broker (or Trade when it was available) use their...See more
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Omer J January 11, 2019 8:38 pm UTC
In that case, adding it back won't be much of a trouble. Substitute Broker for Admin on some of the Merchant's chargen table, and use it instead of Admin/Liaison in (Cepheus Light) trading.
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David J January 11, 2019 1:48 pm UTC
Incredibly minor, picky layout comment: document page 8 (Rogue/Scout tables) has an errant, stray blue line in the middle of the page.

See? Told you it was picky. :D

Now for a legit question, and it's curiosity (not a criticism): why do you consider forgery to be Admin? What's the thought process of putting under that umbrella instead of, say, Streetwise?
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Omer J January 11, 2019 3:06 pm UTC
Thanks for spotting this. I'll fix it in the next revision.

As for forgery, you usually forge official documents, so an intimate knowledge of official documents and procedures is essential. Of course, if you want to forge a mobster's signature, that would be streetwise...
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David J January 12, 2019 12:54 am UTC
What about art?
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Omer J January 12, 2019 6:56 am UTC
Cepheus: Faster Than Light has some art in it, but not much; I was trying to make it as compact as possible.
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David J January 12, 2019 1:23 pm UTC
Ha ha, no, I meant what about *forging* art--paintings, sculpture, whatever passes for priceless valuable art in the future. I'm guessing that's Streetwise.
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Jeff M January 09, 2019 10:30 pm UTC
is there any character sheet coming for CFTL or can we use the one for Cepheus Light ?
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Omer J January 09, 2019 10:46 pm UTC
You can simply use the one for Cepheus Light, it is 100% compatible.
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Jeff M January 10, 2019 8:40 pm UTC
awesome, thanks for your quick answer.
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