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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What are the best Futuristic RPG? [on hold]

I started playing DnD October 2018 and I enjoyed it a lot and always wanted to play rpg since I was little, I have been in a couple campaigns and I DM one. Just for context, I was always fantasy guy ...
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How do fighter ships in the Dark Matter supplement communicate with each other?

I was looking through the Dark Matter supplement for 5th Edition D&D by Mage Hand Press (Kickstarter with sample PDF; store page) to find out what the fewest-in-common Ship Systems were, when I ...
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What effects would nuclear weapons have in Traveller space combat?

How would a nuclear explosions operate in the cold, hard vacuum that is Traveller space combat? Battlestar: Galactica and Mobile Suit Gundam SEED both portrayed nuclear weapons (or fusion/fission ...
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What Cannot be Nanofabricated From CHON?

Context My campaign's party is situated on an habitable oceanic world (specifically Droplet), but away from civilisation. They have a Nautiloid variant, with the usual internal nanofabricator and an ...
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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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How to Reduce Anthropomorphism When Roleplaying Uplifts?

A handful of science fiction and even some fantasy settings include animal uplifts. However, there's often a problem with roleplaying members of such species: excessive1 anthropomorphism. This is a ...
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How to Roleplay a Sapient But Only Borderline Self-Aware Character? [closed]

I'm interested in portraying a character who is both sentient and sapient, and even reasonably intelligent and capable of initiative, but is relatively low on the scale of self-awareness. (Some may ...
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How can I avoid railroading in a sci-fi campaign?

I run a fantasy campaign and a sci-fi campaign. I always find it much easier to create interesting content in the fantasy world than the sci-fi world. In fantasy, for instance, a dungeon can be many ...
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Good system for a sci-fi homebrew. [closed]

So, I am in the mood to make a sci-fi tabletop RP in a custom universe, but do not know any good systems to use for it. I am used to DND 5E and Edge of the Empire, but I do not know if either those ...
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Are there any roleplaying guidelines for Science Talk [duplicate]

I'm going to try my best with roleplaying a crazy Scientist. However I have got a problem with 'Science talk'. I was wondering, are there any techniques or guidelines for nerd/technical talk, which ...
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How to handle Extravehicular Activities?

I'm preparing to run a Savage Worlds game using the Science Fiction Companion book. There are a couple of references to 'going EV' on page 41 with regards to performing Hull Repairs. Searching ...
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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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Best way to build a sentient swarmbot in GURPS 4e?

I'm trying to put together some PCs for a GURPS space opera style game I'm planning, and while I've found character creation to be amazingly flexible and detailed, there's one character I just can't ...
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How can I run an interesting council meeting? [closed]

The Story so Far The end is nigh for planet earth! The sun is running out of fuel and life on earth only has about 100-500 years before it gets burnt to a crisp as the sun expands. Several years ago ...
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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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What role-playing game is best for playing isolated sci-fi single-session adventures? [closed]

I am interested in running sporadic sci-fi short adventures, preferably with a duration of one session. It should be a fast system and with a simple context. What system do you recommend?
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How do I keep a player engaged whose starship pilot doesn't get to go on away missions? [closed]

We're playing Stars Without Number. It's story telling heavy; not simulationist. The starship pilot doesn't get to go on away missions, and the player is feeling left out. I'm currently using A/V ...
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How do I create pre-generated characters for a science fiction Fate Accelerated RPG one-shot?

I am running a one shot under the Fate Accelerated RPG system with a science fiction theme this weekend in lieu of our normal game. The characters will wake up on a ship that is derelict and on a ...
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Savage Worlds vs. Traveller for a Science Fiction Campaign [closed]

I'm thinking of starting up a RPG group with some similarly minded friends, but unfortunately, we're not 100% on which setting to go with. I'm going to be GMing the group, and its fallen to me to ...
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Recognize Firefly-esque sci-fi scenario with minimalist narrative d6 system?

In the first half of 2009 a friend of mine went to a con in the USA (don't know where exactly), and brought back a great scenario which we played in the UK. I would like to know if anyone recognizes ...
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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. ...
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What is a good, free, Space-faring RPG? [closed]

I'm looking for a Sci-Fi Space-faring RPG that meets the following requirements: The system is free or has enough OGL rules to be played for free. The rules should be primarily or solely developed ...
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Where can I find pre-painted plastic miniatures for Sci-Fi games?

I love the plastic d&d and pathfinder miniatures. No assembling, no painting, lightweight, cheap(ish) and most importantly you can throw them in box together without worrying about them chipping ...
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System Recommendation: Traders/Truckers Spaceships Sci-Fi

First: English is not my native language (and not my players too), so there is may be some missunderstanding or mistakes. I'm sorry about it. Second: I know about game-recommendation question's rules ...
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How do I balance the starting equipment of my players?

The other night me and my group were getting started with creating characters for a sci-fi campaign in the Coriolis RPG system, where the party will be based off their own spaceship. Problems arose ...
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In a Sci Fi game, how do I keep the team together when one is “netrunning”? [duplicate]

I have a science fiction campaign where one of the characters is a "netrunning" hacker who's skills are based in a virtual world. The rest of the characters are in the real world. I want them to feel ...
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RPGs about human commandos fighting aliens like in X-Com?

Are there any tabletop RPGs that involve being a group of humans fighting some kind of an alien threat? Something similar to the XCOM games for the PC: Or the Omega Protocol Level 7 board game: My ...
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How to ensure that players don't forget they're always in a microgravity environment

In Eclipse Phase, the default assumption is that there is virtually no gravity. Indeed this is the default assumption in most hard(-ish) space scifi. There are 3 places in Eclipse Phase that have ...
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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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What is a good/solid contemporary (near future)-Sci Fi rpg setting?

I'm looking for an RPG setting that is contemporary (near future)- mechanics/system is not a consideration. I want to run a campaign in a world inspired by the ideas in "Pattern recognition" by ...
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Any real hard science rpg systems?

I'm trying to find a roleplaying game system that lends itself to hard science fiction. To quote another stack exchange user, "Hard science fiction is defined by scientific rigor." I'm looking for ...
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How to add roleplayed investigation in a “search for the items” city quest?

The situations is this: the party has to find three rare starship components in order to make its starship fly. These items are a modified computer part, a military motor piece and a century old motor ...
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I want to run an RPG inspired by Monáe's 'Metropolis' concept series [closed]

Janelle Monáe has created a compelling --if lightly-defined-- science fiction future setting: In the dystopian world of The Metropolis Suite, an android is condemned to death for falling in love ...
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Savage Worlds: Lasers, Reflective Vests, and Armor Piercing

Are Reflective Vests the only defense against lasers? If they are not, what would you suggest the AP value of a laser gun is?
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System Recommendation: Gritty Sci-fi [closed]

I am looking to start writing a campaign for some friends, but am not sure what system to use for this. I am trying to be as specific as possible with my requirements, so as not to end up asking a ...
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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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What is a sci-fi system that would feel familiar to reluctant Pathfinder players? [closed]

For the last few months I've been running a Pathfinder campaign, and recently I told my players that I needed a break and they agreed on switching games for a few months. I'm a fan of the works of ...
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When GMing in a high-tech game world how do you handle potentially disruptive tech?

This question stems from my Eclipse Phase campaign, but applies to any high-tech setting. While the setting books describe a wealth of technology, there are plenty of tools that are not listed. That's ...
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Star System Summary Sheets

I'm updating my Star Wars notes (from hastily scribbled notepads) to a more organised format in a binder and I'd like to make a page that summarises each star-system with helpful information, like ...
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Earth (and surroundings) in the near future [closed]

I am looking for the best sources for a consistent setting of a near-future Earth, extrapolating whatever one can conceivably extrapolate from the current state to something around 50 years into the ...
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What are some mage-related abilities in a Sci-Fi setting?

One of my PC's wants to be a mage type character. I would be all for this, except that we are playing the Fallout Pen and Paper game, which doesn't really have any magic related techniques or attacks. ...
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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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Where to find an adventure with a crashed spaceship

I'm running a fantasy sandbox game and would like to include a crashed spaceship as an adventure location in the game. Two of the player characters are humans with some scifi tech and they are ...
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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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What Classic/Old-School Sci-Fi Adventures might adapt well to a Serenity Game?

I'm going to be running a one-shot Serenity game and I'm not sure if any of the published adventures fit what I want to do. I've thought about mining some older modules (e.g., Traveller), but I've ...
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What game system is best suited for running a campaign based on EVE Online? [closed]

The game system would need to (at least) handle the following well: detailed rules for space combat (especially movement in space and damage to ships) highly customizable ships (preferably offering ...
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Is there an RPG for Iain M Banks' setting of The Culture?

And if not, what would you recommend using? I've always thought it would make for some interesting gaming.