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Stars Without Number: Original Free Edition


(Be Advised! The new Stars Without Number: Revised Edition is out and available here, with a free version you can snag here. Original-edition content is still compatible with the revision, so you can rest safe that your SWN library is as useful and jam-packed with crisp GM tools as ever. If you want to start playing the game, however, you're best off grabbing the revised edition.)

The year is 3200 and mankind's empire lies in ashes.

The Jump Gates fell six hundred years ago, severing the links between the myriad worlds of the human diaspora.

Now, the long isolation of the Silence falls away as men and women return to the skies above their scattered worlds.

Will you be among them?

Stars Without Number is a retro science fiction role playing game influenced by the Old School Renaissance and partially inspired by the great fantasy role-playing game editions written by Tom Moldvay and Frank Mentzer. The contents are compatible with most old school clones and are designed to be easily imported to your own favorite gaming system. In addition to a complete pre-made stellar sector, Stars Without Number offers GMs and players the tools to create their own sandbox-style adventures in the far future.

  • Classic mechanics adapted for science-fiction adventure in the far future
  • Extensive GM support for building adventure-crammed sandbox settings more quickly and easily
  • World building resources for creating system-neutral planets and star sectors
  • 100 adventure seeds and guidelines for integrating them with the worlds you've made
  • Old-school compatible rules for guns, cyberware, starships, and psionics
  • Domain rules for experienced characters who want to set up their own colony, psychic academy, mercenary band, or other institution

While Stars Without Number can be fitted to a wide range of settings, the backdrop provided is a vast canvas of scattered stars awaiting exploration by intrepid spacefarers and bold explorers. Tramp starships flit from world to world, trading the treasures of distant suns as reckless wanderers find adventure beneath alien stars. Elite mercenary bands launch surgical strikes from orbit, grav-tank dropcraft crashing down on the heads of native kings while guerilla fighters plot to draw knives in the dark of two moons. Alien eyes watch human interlopers from the acidic mists of forbidden worlds, their shining, poisonous relics plundered by daring hands. All the classic elements of sci-fi adventure have room to shine in Stars Without Number. Come make them your own!


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Colin H June 06, 2021 7:06 pm UTC
Can this be solo'd ?
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Brian L December 31, 2017 6:37 am UTC
Given that I own the original, is there any discount on the revised edition?
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Thomas M August 05, 2017 1:33 pm UTC
So if we buy this version can we get the full pdf?
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Geoffrey W September 01, 2017 4:53 am UTC
If you look down a few comments he provides his e-mail, and notes that if you buy a print book of this version, he'll send you a code for the Core PDF.

As a note, though, there is a Revised Edition of SWN coming out soonish. The Kickstarter ended literally yesterday, and he talks about it at the top of the description for the Core Edition.
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Samoel D April 11, 2016 10:06 pm UTC
Would it be possible to get this printed and sent from within Europe?
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Antonio E October 24, 2016 12:23 pm UTC
It depends where you are in Europe; for example, there are printers in UK who will ship at a reasonable price.
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Kevin C February 13, 2016 4:48 pm UTC
Due to the way files get packaged on the site, people who buy the starfield print version will get the free PDF bundled with it. You can just drop me a note at at with your order number and I can get you a code for the core PDF, however.
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Sylvain M December 12, 2014 6:12 pm UTC
Indeed, I ordered the combo and got the pdf for the free version. Anyone knows if there is a way to get the CORE pdf version?
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Nicholas L March 21, 2014 5:17 am UTC
If I buy the PDF+hardcover combo, will I receive the free edition PDF or the core edition PDF? As far as I know, the print is the same as the core edition except for the front cover. Am I right?
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D. V March 28, 2014 3:21 am UTC
I did exactly this combination, and the content and page count of the hard copy with the star field cover is exactly the same as the alien cover. The star field pdf will be of the free copy only, which doesn't include AI, mechs and planetary society construction.
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michael A November 30, 2013 12:57 am UTC
Has anyone tried to use star frontiers modules with SWON?
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Brian J September 16, 2014 5:11 pm UTC
Not yet, But I am working on it..
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Ivor C December 05, 2019 8:06 pm UTC
How did that work out for you? I have some modules of Star Frontiers but not tried them out yet. Just bought SWN, any tips for a new GM?
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