TLDR: A free Sci-Fi rule light game! Awesome! Play it!
The game plays like a PbtA game but without all the moves defined, which is really great in play. I had some seasoned players and a relative newcomer and everyone could grasp the play style immediately even though all of us were new to this type of game.
Character generation was a snap and the players made some really interesting characters while avoiding niche overlap. Character and ship options are all interesting and meaningful. The simple inventory system with this game makes perfect sense for a rules light game.
Adventure prep was easy. I had a starting scenario, 3 events and 4 questions. The collaborative play took care of the rest. I trusted the rules as written and the game took on a life of its own immediately.
When we reached the end of the job/adventure we decided this one-shot should be a few more sessions because a) the characters and setting were so fun, and b) the game was so much fun to play.
I think one of the most memorable moments was when the player’s situation with a pirate attack frigate just kept snowballing with one failed roll and partial success over another. In the end a critical success resolved things with the player’s ship leaving nothing but wreckage behind. Fun stuff!
This game was easy to prep for, and a blast to play. I think this is my new go-to game for one-shot sci-fi games or those going for a few sessions. The players certainly want more.
And it has a fun art style that I found inspiring.
So in Offworlders RPG you get a sci-fi rules like game that checks all the main boxes of the genre. And with a price tag of free? Yeah, this gets a 5 star rating.
[5 of 5 Stars!]