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Orbital Blues: A Space Western RPG

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This is the rock and roll future of yesteryear that never was—and nobody wanted. 

It is an intergalactic age of cowboys, outlaws and bandits playing on an interstellar stage. It is a time of hyper-capitalism and a cut-throat gig economy. Unreliable trash-heaps carry scrappy underdogs to their next gig, and corporation freighters lumber across the horizon laden with an empire’s bounty.

These are the music-fuelled, moon-age daydreams of a rebel space age. 

These are your ORBITAL BLUES.

ORBITAL BLUES is a lo-fi space western roleplaying game from SoulMuppet Publishing, written by Sam Sleney & Zachary Cox.  A roleplaying love-letter to off-beat sci-fi, vintage music, and cooperative old-school styled roleplay, Orbital Blues allows you to play out rules-light tabletop adventures in the style of space westerns such as Cowboy Bebop, Firefly and Guardians of the Galaxy

Stepping into the shoes of Interstellar Outlaws, players band together to form Crews, and navigate a hard-going, gig-economy living on the fringes of a space-faring society.

Developed on the critically acclaimed rules-lite system of Best Left Buried, Orbital Blues uses a simple D6 based system with 3 basic stats - MUSCLE, GRIT, and SAVVY - to handle rolls and uncertainty - putting the narrative and relationships of the player characters at the heart of play without the baggage of hefty mechanics, classes or roles.

Art by Joshua Clark. Layout and Cartography by Lone Archivist.

 
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Ian W November 18, 2021 10:10 pm UTC
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I can't seem to find anything about pricing for equipment, am I just missing it or is it something that the DM is supposed to make up?
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Brian S November 26, 2021 10:34 pm UTC
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Money is pretty abstract in this game, measured in Credit and Debt where that could symbolize large denominations of money (100s? 1000s? If its Cowboy Bebop's Woolongs it could be millions) rather than exact figures. I believe the GM should just eyeball it. Look at what accrues Debt (repairing and refueling the ship, using limited ammo weapons like rocket propelled grenades, etc) and judge by that.
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Tanner R August 17, 2021 2:03 am UTC
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Will there be a fully editable character sheet we can use for online play at some point?
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Brian S August 27, 2021 11:07 pm UTC
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Roll20 character sheet up and running!
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Tanner R August 28, 2021 4:12 pm UTC
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Sweet, thanks! :)
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Brian S August 12, 2021 11:34 pm UTC
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Errata fixes and rules clarifications are in the latest version (8/12/21).
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Jackie K July 30, 2021 8:24 pm UTC
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I can't actually see where fuel is for ships past it being referenced as part of the money system.
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Brian S July 30, 2021 8:58 pm UTC
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My understanding is refueling happens (or at least is paid for) off camera at the end of a session when calculating Credit and Debt.
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Jackie K July 30, 2021 9:34 pm UTC
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Well yeah but the issue is that fuel is talked about as if it's more than a binary.

And if it's just a binary then why's it a separate condition from just travelling broadly?
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Brian S July 30, 2021 9:51 pm UTC
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Ohhh I see! That looks like a holdover from an older version. Page 61 mentions a "Hull" and "Fuel" stat. Neither exist for current ships I think. I'll add that to errata on the discord.
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Brian S July 31, 2021 1:34 am UTC
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While the author is compiling errata, I'd say you can safely ignore any Mention of "Hull" or "Fuel" stat, they appear to be left overs from the Unchained Melody playtest doc.
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Zachary C July 31, 2021 11:08 am UTC
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Yeah we got rid of Hull and Fuel since we preferred the new ship combat system. We'll remove all references to it in the next errata.
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James H July 30, 2021 12:15 am UTC
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will there be a print version?
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Zachary C July 30, 2021 3:32 pm UTC
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Most certainly. Check out our webstore at soulmuppet-store.co.uk and jump on the mailing list at soulmuppet.co.uk for updates!
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David P July 29, 2021 3:52 am UTC
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Quick question to the game makers. My downloaded copy of the game included 5 different versions of the corebook, some of which were multi-hundred MB files. Is there some reason for this? Thanks.
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Derek V July 30, 2021 1:50 am UTC
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One is a flattened, compressed, spread view. That'll be the smallest file size, but suffers from compression artifacts. There's flattened uncompressedspread view and page view, the former being the two page spread version and the latter showing single page view. There's also a spread view and page view "screen reader version" or SRV, which are the ones that let you copy-paste and ctrl+F text inside the file.

Take your pick. Though I recommend the spread view, if only to maintain the absolutely beautiful artwork that is every two page spread.
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Anton R July 28, 2021 9:45 pm UTC
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First of all, such a beautiful game!
Also a have a couple of questions
If I do 3+ damage with lethal or dangerous weapons, how much will I reduce the size of the crowd?
And if deadly and explosive?
In addition, I did not find any mentions of the armor in the book, other than the description of the spacesuit, am I missing something?
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Zachary C July 30, 2021 3:32 pm UTC
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Hey this has been discussed in depth on our discord server. My reading as one of the game's designers:

1. My gut says that Explosive stacks with Deadly/Dangerous, but they don't stack with each other.
2. If you're weapon is Dangerous/Deadly, 3+ damage roll wouldn't do anything extra.
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July 28, 2021 8:42 pm UTC
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Since we're doing questions/answers/issues:
1) On Page 60 you have "You sell something important" on the Credits greater than Debits table.
2) On Page 29, it'd help to either list the ship stats or list a reference to where to go to get them.
3) Some examples of what Troubles Brewing looks like and how a Blues check should be handled (both successful and otherwise) would be helpful... I really don't understand the failure condition of a Blues Check... nothing is at risk if you fail other than not getting the Blues point... which makes the roll counter-intuitive...
4) Hiring Mobs (page 61), do you have to pay 10 credits for a Mob (i.e. you have to buy the Goons first)?
5) Crew Projects cost more for bigger crews? That seems weird.
6) Page 67 mentions "Scoped" tag, but I didn't see it anywhere in the equipment section. There is a Long Range tag that seems to do what scoped is meant to do.
7) Page 74. Military weapons don't seem to have any real benefits......See more
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July 28, 2021 9:08 pm UTC
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I've also spotted some typos here and there if you'd want to know them.
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Zachary C July 28, 2021 9:19 pm UTC
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Thanks for mentioning these, I'll take a look at them
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Brian S July 28, 2021 9:21 pm UTC
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You might enjoy the Soul Muppet Discord, we're errata hunting right now.
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July 28, 2021 9:38 pm UTC
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I'll track down the discord and join... thanks!
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Jackie K July 31, 2021 11:29 am UTC
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Military Weapons in vehicle combat auto inflict damage without needing a 3+
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Rafael K July 28, 2021 5:58 pm UTC
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Backed it and started reading the PDF today. I'm only on page 50 but I have a few questions/comments:
1) Is "spread" the only pdf version available? Can we have a "regular" version with individual pages?
2) There are quite a few tables (mementos for example) that ask me to choose or roll... But some tables have 18 items numbered from 1 to 18.. How exactly am I supposed to roll on an 18 items table? Some tables say D6 or d100 but others don't.
3) Troubles says "WHenever you answer one of these questions during play, gain 1 Blues. Can the player decide to just answer all of them during the first minute of play and get all the Blues? The troubles section doesn't explain.. unless it's explained later in the book how its used?
4) On Page 50 it says that if the total is 8+ (so 8 or more) you succeed.... On the paragraph just under it says that the target number is 9.. Is it 8 or 9?
5) The mementos table has "Former Crew Patch" twice (numbers 3 and 9)....See more
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Zachary C July 28, 2021 6:04 pm UTC
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1. There are 3 versions in the product now, you should be able to grab a different file format now.
2. You can do a D18 by rolling a D3 for the column and D6 for the row. 1 and 3 would give 3, 2 and 4 would give 10, 3 and 5 would give 17.
3. If you're trying to powergame, you're probably playing the wrong kind of RPG.
4. Target number is 8, we'll get that fized.
5. We'll get that fized.
6. It is certainly a ship that you could have. There are lots of different styles of ship in the OB universe. The stars are the limit!
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Rafael K July 28, 2021 6:12 pm UTC
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Thanks for the quick reply!
1. Will do
3. Not trying o powergame.. is just that being a game designer myself (not tabletop) I always analyse the rules for those kinds of exploits...
4. I thought it was 9 because the dice show 9 :D Thanks for the clarification though.
6. That's a weird looking ship but I got the idea haha

Really enjoying the book so far! Best of luck with the release!
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