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Questions tagged [science-fiction]

Science fiction is a literary genre which revolves around the consequences about new technologies and/or scientific possibilities.

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Which Article Helped Get Rid of Technobabble in RPGs?

Some time ago I saw an article on the Internet about technobabble in RPGs, specifically about why and how to get rid of it and replace it with something better. While I'm inclined to believe that I ...
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Looking for a Space marine RPG similar to Starship Troopers (the Novel)

I'm trying to find an RPG that appropriately reflects the feel of Robert A. Heinlein's Starship Troopers and could use a system commendation. (The novel, not the movies. They're very different in many ...
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How do I technobabble without sounding like technobabble?

On occasion, I've had reason to describe obviously fictional technical processes in-character. I'd like to be able to describe on these occasions without sounding like I'm saying utter gibberish. But ...
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A modern-SF, non-transhumanist, simulationist-leaning game? [closed]

I'd like to GM a sci-fi game, one that falls, preferably, somewhere between space opera and hard sf. I've been looking at options, reviews, etc., but haven't found anything to my taste. Please, ...
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Mapping software for 2D universe maps

I'm looking for a utility that I can use to generate 2D maps for hyperspace links between star systems for my Star Wars game, I've had a look at some 3D ones but for the sake of ease of explanation I'...
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Cyberpunk chronicle… any ideas? [closed]

I want to run a Cyberpunk chronicle using a system that I designed, but have run out of ideas. I don't want to employ the clichés, like the AI who's gone sentient and want to merge his mind with ...
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How to solve a player feeling like their socially-focused PC isn't useful?

I have a player (I'll call him Jeff) whose PC is a peaceful diplomat. He invested most of his points in Charisma and charisma-based skills. He also has minor telepathy (able to read and influence ...
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Looking for a versatile but reasonably fast combat system for hard sci-fi setting [closed]

I am looking for a Sci-Fi combat system that is versatile and reasonably fast-paced. I'd like it to be as streamlined as possible, but won't be to scared by complexity if it's well justified. ...