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MA4e is the 4th edition of the world’s first Sci-Fi RPG. It is designed to be playable, and not to get bogged down in rules. It is flexible, and values fun over mechanics.   The game has been developed by a small team of dedicated Metamorphosis Alphaenthusiasts, supervised by James M. Ward himself. This game has been a long time coming.   The game has evolved a lot since 1976. The new version of the game has tried to emulate the original 32 page book, in that the mechanics are simple and functional. The adventure begins, as per the original, on the Starship Warden, a massive ship that has experienced disaster.   Rather than just simple radiation, as in the first edition, the ship has been exposed to radiation, mutation-causing substances and aliens. It is a busy place to wake up in!
This electronic edition of the game contains all known errata, and color versions of much of the artwork and cartography included in the hardcover book, as well as a few tweaks here and there :)
We have also taken the time to bookmark the pdf to make finding things a little easier :) 
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Scott N September 22, 2021 1:20 pm UTC
J. Ward still owns it all. He currently wrote starship warden and published it through Troll Lord games. It uses the original MA 1e or the Siege Engine system like Amazing Adventures or Castles and Crusades.
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Adam J July 31, 2021 8:17 pm UTC
Does anyone play this game anymore? I think it sounds like an interesting game but can't find anyone to play with. For that matter, it appears that WardCo isn't even in business - who owns 4e?
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Jeff B February 25, 2024 7:54 am UTC
I haven't played MA for decades, but I think Ward Co Ceased operations in the last few years because James Ward shed this mortal coil.

You might try Gamma World, as it was based on MA, but was somewhat more popular.
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This title was added to our catalog on November 19, 2008.
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