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Starships riding fire across the sky. Heroes and villains exchanging laser fire. Desperate spacers struggling against an alien monstrosity. Vast alien vistas, flying cities, moonscapes, mad robots, and first encounters. In short: high-action science-fiction adventure that stimulates your sense of wonder. Cepheus Light puts you in the shoes of an adventurer visiting distant stars and encountering untold alien wonders. Whether you are a seasoned player looking for a rules-light game, or a new gamer wanting to experience what science-fiction role-playing games are all about, Cepheus Light: Upgraded opens your way forward.

Cepheus Light: Upgraded is a set of rules for playing classic science fiction games. It includes rules on creating characters, resolving actions, fighting other creatures, and engaging in space battles, generating worlds, handling the risks of interstellar speculative trading, exploring new worlds, and many other activities. While rules-light and designed for fast, action-packed play rather than an accurate simulation of reality, Cepheus Light: Upgraded encompasses a wide variety of rules and materials for building a science-fiction universe and playing in it.

Cepheus Light: Upgraded draws its inspiration from old-school science-fiction roleplaying games. It shares a lot of similarities with these games. Material from older rules sets and those created with Cepheus Light, the Cepheus Engine Core, and old-school sci-fi roleplaying games are easily compatible with only a moderate amount of adjustment.

This is an update and upgrade of the original Cepheus Light rules, rebalanced and rewritten.

This is a FREE, complete, lightweight ruleset ready to send you and your friends to exciting interstellar adventures. Stellagama Publishing also offers, for the discerning interstellar adventurer, the wider-scale CEPHEUS DELUXE rules - double the size of Cepheus Light: Upgraded! Cepheus Deluxe includes:

  • Six more Careers for your characters to embark on.
  • MORE of everything: equipment, cybernetics, vehicles, and starships.
  • Detailed examples of all major game mechanics.
  • Many optional rules to help you make Cepheus Deluxe your own.
  • Detailed social encounter rules - generate complex NPCs on the fly!
  • Transcend death by becoming a cyborg!
  • AND MORE!

The future awaits!

Compatible with Cepheus Deluxe, the Cepheus Engine System Reference Document, and other OGL 2D6 Sci Fi games.

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Michael H September 03, 2022 12:14 pm UTC
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Hey peeps, a bit more editing required here...the animal creation tables mention speed but don't give a hint of how to calculate that. I went back to the original book for the data. Worse still, the "upgraded" starship construction rules don't allow you to calculate the jump, manoeuvre drives and power plant; as it stands the rules are insufficient to design a ship. My feeling is that the original Cepheus Light (no longer available) is a superior product. It lacks the animal section but includes 6 extra careers and the ship design rules work. I might have to stick with the original.
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Omer J September 03, 2022 1:41 pm UTC
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Please accept our apologies. We will correct this as soon as possible.
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Aaron E August 21, 2022 3:46 pm UTC
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I also cannot find anything on traits. It looks like there was a book on here, but it was pulled. Also any update on the random generation system?
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Omer J August 21, 2022 5:53 pm UTC
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Traits are included in the full Cepheus Deluxe. We are hard at work on the random chargen system...
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Shaun S May 24, 2022 9:42 pm UTC
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I see a mention of "Traits" on the chart on page 12, but I can't find anything about Traits elsewhere. Does this refer to stat increases, or to something culled from another version?
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Shaun S May 24, 2022 9:37 pm UTC
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Am I missing something, or have survival and re-enlistment been removed from the system entirely? Alongside aging, those were the limitations that served to control overly-skilled characters.
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Omer J May 24, 2022 9:58 pm UTC
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We will clarify this in the coming revision, but in this system, the Referee chooses the number of terms the player characters can serve, to gauge the amount of skills.

We will release a FREE random character generation system for Cepheus Deluxe and Cepheus Light: Upgraded soon as well.
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Newbie F April 04, 2022 11:26 am UTC
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Hello! A bit confused about Page 12:

"Note that even if the character is not yet 34 years old, begin rolling for aging effects at the end of Term 4."

As far as I'm aware, this is not possible. You're always age 34 during the fourth term. Is this a leftover from Cepheus Deluxe, which has the optional rule of +1d6 years for character aging? Thanks.
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Omer J April 04, 2022 12:23 pm UTC
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This is a remnant from older rules, yes. It will be corrected in the next revision.
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Newbie F April 04, 2022 1:39 pm UTC
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Thanks for the quick reply! That makes sense.

In addition, may I ask the minimum amount of ammunition needed to resolve Full Auto attacks? My personal interpretation is that: I can have 2 rounds in the magazine and still attack twice, the "Auto Aspect * 3 = Ammo Spent" mechanic being kinda moot at that point.
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Omer J April 04, 2022 2:14 pm UTC
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At least 3 rounds. For 2 rounds, use the Double-Tap rule.
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Pierre S February 12, 2022 6:20 am UTC
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I suppose I can find them somewhere, but where do I go for a Cepheus Light character sheet and subsector map sheet? If it's not printed in the .pdf, newer players would have to be told where to go to get some.
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Omer J February 12, 2022 6:34 am UTC
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Are you looking for a character sheet for the older edition of Cepheus Light, or for Cepheus Light: Upgraded?
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Pierre S February 12, 2022 7:44 am UTC
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This edition, Upgraded.
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Omer J February 12, 2022 8:26 am UTC
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Character sheet and subsector map now added to this product page. It says "Cepheus Deluxe" on both, but they are perfectly compatible with Cepheus Light: Upgraded.
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Pierre S February 13, 2022 7:10 am UTC
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Oh, okay. I've already got those. Thanks.
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David A January 18, 2022 12:49 am UTC
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Is it possible to still have the previous edition available as a download? There are things I like about the Upgrade but I still prefer the previous version as my default Traveller set and would like to be able to refer my players here.
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Omer J January 18, 2022 7:05 am UTC
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Please e-mail us at stellagama@stellagamapublishing.com and we will send you the old PDF. If you want it in print, the old edition is still available from Amazon.
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David A February 01, 2022 7:45 am UTC
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Thank you. You've always been great about dealing with customer feedback. Will you be maintaining the old edition on Lulu as well?
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Omer J February 01, 2022 7:48 am UTC
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The old Cepheus Light is available from Amazon.
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Angelo C December 07, 2021 5:16 am UTC
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The table for Xenofauna speed is missing?
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Omer J December 07, 2021 6:23 am UTC
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We checked the matter, and, indeed, the table seems to be missing. We will fix the PDF ASAP and add a separate downloadable table as well as one of the book's downloadable files.
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Angelo C December 07, 2021 6:33 am UTC
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That's great! Thank you
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Michael T November 03, 2021 9:22 pm UTC
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How does this differ from Cepheus Light: Pocket Edition?

thanks!
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Omer J November 04, 2021 6:58 am UTC
PUBLISHER
Greetings, Cepheus Light: Upgraded is based on the Cepheus Deluxe rules, and thus has several differences from the older Pocket Edition, such as less random chargen and adding Characteristic modifiers to skill checks.
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Todd B October 01, 2021 9:27 pm UTC
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This looks pretty good to me so far. I noticed most of the appendices are missing but I guess those are in the Deluxe version. Is your goal to rebase TSAO on this instead of on Cepheus Engine SRD?
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Omer J October 01, 2021 9:29 pm UTC
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Indeed, Cepheus Deluxe has the appendices - including several new ones! And yes, we are working on a revised edition of TSAO, using Cepheus Deluxe as its baseline.
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Garrett K October 01, 2021 5:00 pm UTC
Does this include all of the errata that was identified in Cepheus Light?
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Omer J October 01, 2021 9:30 pm UTC
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Yes.
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Lawrence P September 20, 2021 10:57 am UTC
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After a quick review, this looks solid. If you don't want to purchase one of the premium rulebooks, this has everything you need. Actually, there is no difference between this and the other books; this IS a premium book. The book has an appealing layout, and nice retro art spread throughout. Stellagama Publishing did a great job.
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Omer J September 20, 2021 2:30 pm UTC
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Thank you for the kind review!
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