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Beam Saber

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Beam Saber is a Forged In The Dark game about the pilots of powerful machines in a war that dominates every facet of life. They are trying to do their part, then get out physically and mentally intact. The organizations that perpetuate The War throughout all of known space are too incomprehensibly huge to take down. There is no “winning” The War, there is only surviving it. Hopefully you can help others get out too.

This game is best played with 4 or 5 players, with one player filling the role of Game Master, and the other players will be the protagonists of the story.

Engage challenges on a titanic scale! Each pilot has a custom vehicle created from the ground up to suit their desires. The base frame can be humanoid, a more traditional vehicle, or something completely bizarre! They can be equipped with holo-projectors, grapnel anchor tools, missiles, and much more. Take advantage of your vehicle's Quirks (such as Loads of Guns, Exposed Boosters, and Ominous) to more effectively overcome obstacles. Or lean into your machine's faults for XP! Bombard, Scan, Maneuver, and more to deal with threats.

There are several pilot types players can choose from, each facing The War in a unique way, and all have a powerful vehicle to command.

Aces are daring drivers.

Bureaucrats are clever functionaries.

Empaths are compassionate psychics.

Envoys are diplomats and spies.

Hackers are subversive technicians.

Infiltrators are stealthy operators.

Officers are calculating tacticians.

Scouts are pathfinders and snipers.

Soldiers are terrifying infantrymen.

Technicians are chemists, mechanics, and biologists.

The pilots are part of a squad, which is created through a consensus by all the players. Just like a pilot, the squad gets a “character sheet”.

The Consulate spies and politicks.

The Frontlines grind the enemy to dust.

The Logistics deliver the goods.

The Mechanized Cavalry strikes fast and hard.

The Profiteers sell what people can’t get.

The Recon are spies, thieves, and sneaks.

The R&D advance The War’s technology.

The REDACTED neutralize targets.

This game is currently unfinished. All of the final rules are in (barring bug fixes) but final polish is not yet present. Purchasing this unfinished version WILL get you the final version and all updated in between now and then.

BEAM SABER SUPPLEMENTS

The Growing Conflict by Austin Ramsay

Rush Wars by Austin Ramsay

The Dracula by Austin Ramsay

SOLAR DIVIDE by Sulcata

Fear & Loving by Hellabytes Games

Beam Saber Actual Play

The Cenotaph on youtube

Plurality Gaming: Kingdom Come

Leandro Pondoc's youtube channel

WhyCalibur's charity streams: 2018 session and 2019 session

Gauntlet Hangouts One-Shot

An unaffiliated group's One-Shot: Part 0 and Part 1


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Sebastian C October 22, 2022 3:32 pm UTC
What do I gotta do to buy the hardcover?
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Konrad ? October 01, 2022 11:05 am UTC
Does the game include form-fillable character and squad sheets? If not, can I find them anywhere?
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Marygold A June 03, 2022 5:42 pm UTC
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Tom S September 14, 2020 9:56 pm UTC
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There is a newer version (or at least higher version number) on itch.io than what's included in this purchase. Somewhat annoyed that the description didn't mention that this is an unfinished product.
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Tom S September 15, 2020 2:52 pm UTC
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The product version has been updated to match the one on itch.io. I must have timed my purchase between the update here and the update there. Loving the book so far. Looking forward to the upload of the finished version.
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Morgan R September 12, 2020 11:24 am UTC
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I too am wondering if there will be an official version added to this purchase once complete, as what is bought here seems to be the playstest, yet there is no mention of that in the above description.
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Austin R December 07, 2020 1:13 pm UTC
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I had forgotten to include a statement that the game was as of yet unfinished (which has now been added). Purchasing this also gets you the final version when it is ready.
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Daryl G July 24, 2020 8:07 pm UTC
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Is this still in playtest or has the final version been released? I bought it after some strong reviews and the PDFs seem to be playtest versions?

Its cool if its still in playtest and final PDFs will be uploaded later, but the product description should be updated to reflect that.
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Austin R December 07, 2020 1:12 pm UTC
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I had forgotten to include a statement that the game was as of yet unfinished (which has now been added). Purchasing this also gets you the final version when it is ready.
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Lillian B April 05, 2020 2:47 am UTC
I love this game so damn much.
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Joseph M February 26, 2020 4:19 am UTC
$3000?!
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Austin R May 26, 2020 6:29 pm UTC
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I had set it to $3k so that people would back the Kickstarter instead of purchasing it here. The price has now been reset to the normal $30.
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Brett M August 27, 2019 2:22 pm UTC
I see that this game is also available through itch.io; which platform supports you more? Will the finished product be available on both locations?
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Austin R September 01, 2019 6:31 pm UTC
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Itch takes a smaller cut so the game's less expensive there, thus I get roughly the same amount of money on either site. Hopefully I'll be getting published by Evil Hat, so I don't know if they'll put the pdfs on both DTRPG and Itch, but both would be MY preference.
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Tim O June 24, 2019 5:22 pm UTC
Would this system be able to portray vehicles like in the M.A.S.K. cartoon from the 80s?
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Austin R June 30, 2019 5:39 pm UTC
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Yes. The rules are designed such that your vehicles do NOT need to be mechs. In some of the playtest groups there have been players with a Dodge Charger, an 18 wheeler, and a stealth jet fighter.
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Tim O July 02, 2019 12:51 pm UTC
So there are rules for transformation/conversion?
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Austin R July 29, 2019 2:20 am UTC
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The Ace playbook has an ability called More Than Meets The Eye which allows them to transform.
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Tim O August 27, 2019 1:33 am UTC
Sweet.
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Charles H April 02, 2019 3:02 pm UTC
Will purchasers of the Early Access version be given access to the final version when that time comes?
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Austin R April 03, 2019 11:38 pm UTC
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The Early Access version will get you all future rules updates. The Final version will contain professional artwork, layout, and other polish, and will need to be purchased separately.
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Charles H April 05, 2019 1:54 pm UTC
Thanks for the heads up, I'll be sure to hold off on this and keep an eye out for the final release then.
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Lee S December 24, 2019 3:40 am UTC
$40 for an early access PDF and you still have to purchase the final release? Sorry, the game sounds pretty cool, but not that cool. Way too expensive and similar games are to be had for a quarter of the price. I hope early access purchasers at least get a discount.

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Austin R January 23, 2020 11:02 pm UTC
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This policy has since changed. If you have already purchased the game you will get all future rules updates, including art/layout/etc.
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Charles H January 24, 2020 3:41 am UTC
Oh! Thanks for the heads up! I'll definitely be picking this up the next paycheck or two in that case.
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