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Shatterzone (Classic Reprint)

Shatterzone (Classic Reprint)

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VintageCollection.pngPrecis Intermedia brings back this classic sci-fi roleplaying game (originally published by West End Games).

Humankind reached beyond Earth centuries ago, forced by conditions on that planet to seek a future elsewhere. Colonies sprang in unlikely places, technology improved, and Humans traveled far. It was feared that control would be lost over these far-flung colonies, leading to the establishment of the Consortium, a loose union of worlds. Conflicts eventually led to the coalition of military units, forming the body known simply as Fleet. Megacorporations exploited the resources of newly-discovered planets. The frontiers continued to expand, bringing conflicts with radical groups who claimed planets as their own. Despite all this, opportunities for expansion still seemed limitless. 

Then the shatterzone was discovered. A vast field of matter and energy, the shatterzone is where light and dark matter collide and combine—a beautiful, deadly, and ever-changing river in space. Humans and other species cautiously probed its depths, but believing it to be an impenetrable barrier between known space and the rest of the spiral arm, they relented in their investigations. The zone can be a treasure trove of uncountable wealth, albeit one that can demand equal payment in blood. Ships have finally managed to breach the other end of the zone. 

Fortunes can be made, dangers encountered, and dark mysteries solved. Do business in the Core Worlds where bureaucracy rules, and Fleet makes sure of it. Smuggle in the Near Colonies where there is slightly more freedom, provided Fleet does not take an interest. Sign up for mercenary work in the Inner Frontier where new worlds can be discovered, as can bolters, aliens who have fled the other side of the shatterzone. The true brave of heart can enter the shatterzone, in search of the next big discovery or simply for the huge salary. Finally, the Outer Frontier reportedly holds many verdant worlds, but also a terror beyond anyone’s imagination...

This scanned reprint combines the Rule Book, Players' Guide, and Universe Guide into a single volume and also includes remastered MasterDeck™ action cards in PDF format (in both black & white and color, for both single and double-sided printing) -- a $4.95 value for FREE. The game requires two 10-sided dice. Masterdeck™ cards optional, but recommended for enhanced play. A physical deck of cards is available here.


  • Value scale lets every attribute, action, effect, or skill use be quantified numerically to determine results.
  • Results table measures success for both combat and various social maneuvers.
  • Create your own aliens with special backgrounds and abilities.
  • Rules included for psionics, cyberware, and starships.
  • Background information on regions of space, aliens, megacorps, and Fleet with sample non-player characters.
  • Reference sheets provided in back of book for commonly used information.

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Neil S March 23, 2021 5:22 am UTC
Does this have an ALien generator
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Brett B March 23, 2021 5:12 pm UTC
Hi. This does not have a generator, but a variety of notes for creating your own aliens.
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Andrew M August 10, 2021 2:53 am UTC
Neil, you might find this page useful. It's GURPS, but I'm sure a lot of it would translate over into any detailed system.
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Bryan C December 15, 2020 5:21 am UTC
Oh MasterDeck. When you you stop haunting my dreams?
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Brett B December 15, 2020 4:40 pm UTC
In what way? :)
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Bryan C December 19, 2020 4:30 am UTC
MasterBook was the first roleplaying game I ever owned. I won it as a door prize, but never got to play it.
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Andrew M August 10, 2021 2:59 am UTC
It sort of had that legacy, seeing as WEG was losing a grip on the market by the time they released it. Not entirely your fault. I'm planning on picking this up though, if not just to use for ideas in Starfinder. Also curious on how it compares to the original system? I have the core Masterbook in print (and unplayed) as well. Would love to get some use out of it, especially if this includes the cards!
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Brett B August 10, 2021 3:27 am UTC
This actually predates MasterBook, but followed TORG. The included PDF cards are also compatible with MasterBook.
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Chris M February 03, 2019 5:37 am UTC
If the publisher ever comes back and see's this msg, if you print on "delux" paper, even if the book is in black and white, it prints out pretty well actually.

I had the same problem years ago with first book I bought from here, color book, thin paper. Next one I got with the delux paper and it was great.
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Brett B February 03, 2019 5:49 pm UTC
With their newer inkjet-looking printers, the quality is even worse -- washed out, banding on solids and halftones, and lower resolution. So you've got the possibility of the older, laser-style printer with low toner (or whatever they use) and now the problems associated with the newer style printing. Other POD services are starting to use this new type of printer too, making it harder to get decent POD prints in general. And this is both B&W and color (and I'm talking books I've ordered from other publishers at OBS).
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Marius B July 02, 2015 7:34 pm UTC
I wish I could get PoD's of Shatterzone books from OBS - getting them from PI means I have to pay a small fortune to have them shipped to Europe from the US, another small fortune in customs and another two small fortunes as a fee to the postal service for charging me the previous small fortune.
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Brett B July 02, 2015 7:47 pm UTC
I originally tried getting a hardcover done via OBS, but the quality was sub-par. If you already have the PDF, contact us via the Precis Intermedia website for a reduced rate on the softcover or hardcover. I'm afraid I can't do anything about high shipping costs - they have been going up steadily for years. Another option is that you can purchase the softcover from Amazon Europe (,,,, and, usually with free shipping.
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October 27, 2011
This title was added to our catalog on October 24, 2011.