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A science-fiction RPG that emulates style and mechanics of the original Basic D&D (i.e. a retroclone).

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How does disarming work? What skills are used?

I'm playing Stars Without Number revised. There is a section on page 52 that describes "disarming a foe" with an example at the bottom of the page: Thus, if a bare-handed assailant tried to ...
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Biopsionics - can the player limit how much healing they do?

A level 1 biopsionic psychic can heal 1+1d6 hit points. What if they want to limit it to some lower value? is there a way to "pull the punch"?
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In Stars Without Number, how can a PSI increase the number of dice rolled for a skill check?

How can a PSI increase the number of dice rolled for a skill check? For other skills the player can pick the specialized foci and bump the number of dice rolled. I don't see a similar mechanic for the ...
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Is psychic succor massively overpowered or am I understanding it wrong?

I am GMing a SWNR (revised) game for the first time and one of my players decided to go for Biospionics. The exact paragraph in the description of the Biopsionics Ability psychic succor, that makes me ...
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What parts, if any, of the spellcasting rules apply to Savage Sorcery?

Codex of the Black Sun includes a focus called Savage Sorcery (p. 91), along with rules for spellcasting. Savage Sorcery's level 1 use is described as a "Main Action invocation". While "Invocation" ...
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Am I a bad GM or are my players out of control? [closed]

I just started GMing my first-ever Stars Without Number game. I decided I’d have a session zero and walk my players through the character creation, as they were casual and had never used the system ...
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What can happen to my Partial Psychic from using his power?

I've just started playing in a Stars Without Number (Revised Edition) campaign. My character has a Technician background, and Adventurer class (Partial Expert, Partial Psychic), with foci of ...
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How to handle investment in Stars Without Number?

I'm GMing a Stars Without Number game. My players have just come into a fair amount of money, and one of them would like to invest his cut. How do I handle this investment? Should I just roll dice to ...
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How much do illegal explosives cost?

My players are trying to get their hands on some powerful explosives in Stars Without Number. Enough to wreck a car or two. The planet they're on has fairly loose laws, but the thing they're trying to ...
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How to calculate cost of renting a starship?

I'm running a Stars Without Number game. My players, being cheapskates, would like to rent a starship of some kind. If a normal shuttle costs 200k credits, how would I calculate the cost of renting by ...
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Are there rules for dual-wielding?

Dual swords are, I think we can agree, awesome. Because of the cool little thing that monoblades can be anything from a well-made katana to a roaring chain sword, I wanted to get one of each. However, ...
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How many psi points are gained per level?

I've looked through the Stars Without Number rulebook for a mention of psi points gained per level, but I can't find it. CTRL+F "psi points" through the whole document reveals nothing related to ...
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What's the difference between drive upgrades?

I'm making a starship in Stars without Number. Specifically, I'm trying to decide what drive to put on it. However, I can't find anything on specifically how having a better drive affects me – there's ...
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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 should I reward xp to my players in my game of Dark Heresy in Stars Without Number? [closed]

I'm about to start running a game of Stars Without Number hacked to play Dark Heresy. My players will be creating their characters in a few days. But in my hack, I have so far not a word on what they ...
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