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Cepheus Deluxe Enhanced Edition

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Starships riding fire across the sky. Heroes and villains exchanging laser fire. Desperate spacers struggling against an alien monstrosity. Vast planetary vistas, flying cities, moonscapes, mad robots, and first encounters. In short: high-action science-fiction adventure that stimulates your sense of wonder. Cepheus Deluxe: Enhanced Edition puts you in the shoes of an adventurer visiting distant stars and encountering the unknown. 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 Deluxe: Enhanced Edition opens your way forward.

Cepheus Deluxe 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 designed for fast, action-packed play rather than an accurate simulation of reality, Cepheus Deluxe: Enhanced Edition encompasses a wide variety of rules and materials for building a science-fiction universe and playing in it.

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

The future awaits!


What's new in the Enhanced Edition compared to the original Cepheus Deluxe?

  • New and better layout.
  • Full color book.
  • Rules clarifications.
  • Correction of all Cepheus Deluxe errata.
  • Many more, high-quality, full color illustrations.
  • Deck plans for all thirteen included star ships!
  • And more!


Roll20 character and ship sheets are available!

Role Virtual Tabletop character and ship sheets available!

Foundry VTT character sheet and support available through the twodsix module!


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Brian W January 27, 2023 5:20 am UTC
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I just bought this in September. This says that deck plans are included. Are those available via an update, or do I need to buy this for the plans?
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Omer J January 27, 2023 5:22 am UTC
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Please e-mail us at golan2072@gmal.com and we will resolve this issue.
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Michael I January 26, 2023 4:16 pm UTC
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A 2nd edition 1 year after the original release and no discount for the poor suckers that bought the 1st edition (with what sounds like errata + more art)? What am I missing that would make this a buy for me?
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Omer J January 26, 2023 5:15 pm UTC
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We did send a major discount to owners of the previous edition. I apologize for them not reaching you. Please e-mail us at golan2072@gmal.com and we will send you the discount links.
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Michael I January 27, 2023 4:00 pm UTC
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Thank you for the quick response & resolution! FYI - to folks that may be following this point, the updated PDF was updated to free and the hardcopy was discounted fairly.
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Nicholas B January 19, 2023 10:16 pm UTC
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I picked up a copy (ordered the POD hard cover). I've got a ways to read it, but wanted to comment on the art for those interested: I counted roughly 15 pictures I found "fine" and the ship images in particular are good, using a computer art element to design, so those worked especially well. About 9 pieces were "okay" in that they weren't great but I wasn't overly embarassed by them. Two pics stood out to me as godawful. I would describe the art as "Much better than Star Crawl" which is the lowest bar possible, but not as good as is in some other Stellagama books (I love Sword of Cepheus, for example). It's best thought of as an OSR vibe, but there is better OSR art out there that evokes an earlier art style but isn't obviously amateur. I could give this to my game group and I think they might comment on the art but it wouldn't be a deal breaker (by contrast I can only get them to play Star Crawl if I hide the actual book from them). As for the borders, I kinda like it, has a weird...See more
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Dale J January 17, 2023 1:37 am UTC
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Can the bookmarks in the PDF be updated? Bookmarks for the different careers etc would be handy.
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Omer J January 17, 2023 3:33 am UTC
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Will update them soon.
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Nigel S January 14, 2023 4:39 pm UTC
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This looks really good, been waiting for updated and revised Classic Traveller rules for years. This might well become my Traveller game from now on. Can people create new products for sale for this version as well as Cepheus Engine? What's the print quality like if I was to buy the hardback or softback book?
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Omer J January 14, 2023 4:48 pm UTC
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Many thanks!
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Nigel S January 17, 2023 12:38 pm UTC
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Errata for Cepheus Deluxe - says use the Effect on the Aging Table and it should say use a 2D throw. There is no way you can avoid aging badly if you only use the Effect of the throw lol. Checked this in MgT and CT and yes it's a 2D throw.

Overall mind these rules are really good. Coupled with some Classic Traveller ships from Supplement 7 Traders and Gunboats, along with some official Traveller aliens like Aslan and Vargr, and possibly an Imperium map or two like the Mongoose Spinward Marches, these Traveller rules are the best in existence. Well done! Think the only thing I've noticed you are missing is mesh and ablat armour!
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Nicholas B January 01, 2023 7:39 pm UTC
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What distinguishes Cepheus, mechanically, from Mongoose Traveller 2E?
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Warren E January 08, 2023 6:29 am UTC
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Cepheus Engine is more based on Mongoose Traveller 1E. It's essentially a retroclone of sorts. You could say it's the Pathfinder 1E to Mgt1E's 3.5
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Nigel S January 17, 2023 1:13 pm UTC
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Quick rough list:
You pick the skills during character creation and generally characters are a lot more configured to suit the player's desires rather than being randomised.
You assign fixed numbers 5,6,7,8,9,10 to the stats initially.
There are character traits.
Some skills are slightly different - for example there is now repair to cover vehicle repairs, and some such as advocate and gambling have been amalgamated into others.
Can use corrective Cybernetics to try to remedy injuries etc during character creation.
Ship and vehicle combat uses 'Position' to determine advantage.
Characters use stamina and lifeblood for injuries rather than the physical stats.
No laser carbines or ACRs !!!
Animals have gone back to Classic Traveller specs.
Ships and aliens are all different for licensing reasons.
Ships have either Standard, Streamlined or Distributed hulls.
Better player actions in ship combat and a lot clearer.
Rules include for ship...See more
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Nicholas B January 19, 2023 10:00 pm UTC
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Thanks! Very comprehensive breakdown, much appreciated (LOLed at the last entry though!) ....Seems worth investigating further (being closer to CT is a plus), but yeah the art from what I can see is a cultivated taste.
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Jeffrey W January 27, 2023 2:23 am UTC
Hey! What's wrong with laser carbines?
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Michael T December 30, 2022 7:10 pm UTC
Is the softcover digest sized? thanks!
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Omer J December 30, 2022 7:26 pm UTC
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It is a bit bigger than Digest, to best fit all tables in a readable font size.
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Michael T December 30, 2022 8:28 pm UTC
8.5 x 11 bigger?
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Omer J December 30, 2022 8:42 pm UTC
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No. 8x10.
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Jayme A December 30, 2022 5:23 pm UTC
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Hello! Have you considered releasing a Black & White version of Enhanced Edition?

It might appeal to people who bounce off the new color scheme. Plus it'd lower the print cost!
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December 30, 2022 6:49 pm UTC
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I second this request! Thanks!
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tom R December 25, 2022 11:28 am UTC
Does this edition/version have the Random Character Generation rules integrated into it, or is that still requiring the use of a separate book?
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Omer J December 25, 2022 11:32 am UTC
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It still requires a separate, free, booklet.
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tom R December 25, 2022 12:10 pm UTC
Thanks for the quick reply!
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Jeff S December 25, 2022 2:22 am UTC
I have some of the older Cepheus core books, but looking at the layout of this one from the preview, I'm highly unlikely to buy this (and definitely not a print copy should one become available). I really dislike the page borders, and while art is subjective, the examples I've seen are not my cup of tea. Mostly it's the page borders that are dealbreakers, maybe if you did a low graphics version I'd consider it.
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December 28, 2022 7:57 pm UTC
It's the borders that bug me.
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Lee H December 17, 2022 2:47 am UTC
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Just got this and excited to give it a go. On page 149 under the Population table it is showing atmosphere type instead of population numbers. I am just checking that it should be a population table and the atmosphere one is separate to Population DMS.
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Omer J December 17, 2022 7:26 am UTC
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Thanks! There is no population table, as the population multiplier is simply the exponent of 10 of the population.
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Darby M December 13, 2022 4:07 pm UTC
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Amazing! I have read this book cover to cover a few times now, and I am very impressed. I am particularly fond of how the career pages look compared to the previous version of Cepheus Deluxe. I think that the overall visual theme is great, it looks very professional and contrary to what one other commenter said, the colors choices are spectacular.

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December 12, 2022 6:36 pm UTC
Will there be a B&W option for POD? I want to get this but the colour scheme is awful...
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Omer J December 12, 2022 7:20 pm UTC
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We will try to arrange for a B&W version.
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December 13, 2022 10:46 pm UTC
Thank you!
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Stuart D January 10, 2023 8:57 am UTC
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I would also like a b/w version. I like to print my pdf version and use a combi binder so I can lay it flat on the table.
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Simon A December 12, 2022 10:41 am UTC
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Hello, what do we do if we didn’t receive the discount code? I bought Cepheus Deluxe back in July, but there’s no notification in my account inbox. Am I looking in the right place?
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Omer J December 12, 2022 12:41 pm UTC
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Please contact us at golan2072@gmail.com and we will send the discount code.
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Simon A December 12, 2022 12:55 pm UTC
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Thanks, will do :)
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Colin C December 11, 2022 9:12 am UTC
A couple of questions:
1) How does Cepheus handle range and movement?
2) Does its random planet generation default to the "Imperial Space" model like Traveller (where many planets - especially those with higher populations - are almost always some form of oligarchy, dictatorship, or other authoritarian government and democracy is rare)? Or does it take a more random and less specific approach?
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Omer J December 12, 2022 12:53 pm UTC
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1) Personnel combat uses map movement in meters, with typical humans moving 10m per action (up to 20m per round).
2) Default planet generation indeed increases the chance for bureaucracies and tyrannies the higher the population, but this is easy to change if desired (just roll 2d6-2 without adding the world's population).
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