View Full Version : What are some good science fiction games?

2014-07-19, 06:13 PM
I would like to know what are some good science fiction games that I should give a try that most of you have played? Do you have any to recommend?

Jay R
2014-07-19, 09:37 PM
I'm assuming you mean role-playing games, or I would recommend Stellar Conquest or Merchants of Venus.

But for role-playing, I have one simple question: are your players willing to do simple arithmetic while setting up their characters?

If so, I strongly recommend Star Heroes.

If not, I very strongly don't recommend Star Heroes.

2014-07-19, 09:45 PM
I recommend Traveller as one of my all time favorites, though it comes with the caveat that character creation by default is semi-random, and a lot of the game play revolves around the acquisition of wealth. But it's very much an adventure friendly universe, and the maximum speed of Jump 6 (no more than 6 parsecs travelled in a week) imposes a very old school age of sail feel.

2014-07-19, 09:55 PM
I've enjoyed both Dark Heresy and Rogue Trader from the Warhammer 40k setting.

2014-07-20, 03:28 PM
Diaspora is my favorite to play. It's a Fate game that goes for Hard Scifi. It has an SRD (http://www.vsca.ca/Diaspora/diaspora-srd.html) you could check out.

Blue Planet is my favorite scifi book. It also aims to be on the harder end of things, but stages the exploration and colonization of a waterworld. TBH, I've never used the system, but the fluff of the book has been gold in 3:16 Carnage Among the Stars and Cascade Failure games.

2014-07-20, 03:58 PM
Is Space Opera counts, Cosmic Patrol looks like a pretty good rules-light-ish game.

Real life has rendered the Cyberpunk games redundant, so that's out. fnord

GURPS has sourcebooks for pretty much everything, and a fair number of science-fiction-y ones, like Atomic Horror (1950s Big Bugs, alien invasions, and Communist Robots!), and Transhuman Space.

I've heard a lot of good things about Eclipse Phase (transhumanism with a dash of horror), and the rules are free (http://eclipsephase.com/resources).

Call of Cthulhu is technically science fiction....

2014-07-20, 06:29 PM
For space opera I always liked 'Fading Suns'

2014-07-21, 07:53 AM
I think Star Wars Saga Edition is a quite good game, for generic science fiction as well. I'm not a huge fan of d20 games, but as they go Saga is probably by far the best one. It's very easy to learn if you already played other d20 games.

2014-07-21, 08:18 AM
What flavor of sci fi are we talking about? Offhand:
Future d20
Star wars
Dark Heresy
No shortage of others

2014-07-21, 01:36 PM
It's a bit older, but the second-longest running campaign our group ever ran was a science-fiction campaign in the Alternity system. Looking back now you can see where TSR was experimenting with things that eventually found their way into D&D 3.x. It's a skill-based system where the five classes determine what those skills cost for you. The dice mechanic was an interesting one - you roll a d20 and then either add or subtract the result of another die depending on the bonus\penalty (and subtracting was good). Also intriguing was that there were degrees of success: if you made the target number (say 12) it was a success - but if you got half of that (6) it was a *good* success, and if you got half of that (3) it was an even bigger success.

2014-07-21, 01:37 PM
Depends on what setting you're aiming for? Apocalyptic? Space Travel? Cyber? Planet of the Apes sort of deal? There are so many pre-formed settings (Dark Heresy, Star Wars, Shadowrun, Alternity, Serenity, Primate Terra, etc) and then more open-ended rule sets like D20 Future that give you the mechanics and you build whatever setting you want on top of it.

2014-07-21, 03:47 PM
Nobody has mentioned Eclipse Phase yet?

It's great if you like transhuman science-fiction conspiracy and horror.