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The Expanse Roleplaying Game brings James S.A. Corey’s award-winning series of science fiction novels to the tabletop.
The Expanse Roleplaying Game brings James S.A. Corey’s award-winning series of science fiction novels to the tabletop.
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Venture Into The Expanse!

The Expanse Roleplaying Game brings James S.A. Corey’s award-winning series of science fiction novels to the tabletop. Using the Adventure Game Engine (AGE) rules found in Fantasy AGE, Blue Rose, and Modern AGE, The Expanse takes players to a far-future solar system where humanity is divided: Martians, Belters, and the people of old Earth struggle for political power and resources, but even older, alien, forces are stirring in the universe, and human history is about to take an unexpected new turn. The Expanse applies the fast-playing and action-based AGE rules to spaceships, solar colonies, and adventure and intrigue in the far-future, where the actions of the characters may change the course of history!

As long time fans know, The Expanse was a roleplaying game campaign long before it was a series of novels or a TV show. We are delighted to bring it full circle with this game! And here's the best thing about The Expanse RPG: we've been working on this for well over a year and rules are done! They've been through multiple iterations and playtesting, and we've worked closely with Ty Franck and Daniel Abraham (together, James S.A. Corey) throughout to ensure we are getting The Expanse right. Now let's hear from Daniel and Ty themselves!

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Want to check the game out RIGHT NOW? Download The Expanse RPG Quickstart today! This is a 40-page PDF that includes stripped down rules, pre-generated characters, and an adventure you can play right away. The download is free. 

The Expanse RPG Features 

The Expanse is based on the exciting new Modern AGE rules-set, and includes many of its features, such as customized character building using Backgrounds and Professions, Drives for character engagement, and an abstract resources system. It also makes use of the Modern AGE approach to action, exploration, and social encounters, complete with stunts and systems for all of them. To get a closer look at Modern AGE, you can download the Quickstart here.   

The following are some of the unique features of The Expanse in comparison to other AGE games:  

  • Fortune: Rather than Health, characters have a Fortune score that measures lucky near-misses, close scrapes, and trivial hits before the character takes serious harm. Fortune is also useful for modifying die rolls and offering players some narrative control but, watch out! Spend too much of it and your luck could run out when you get caught in a crossfire!
  • Conditions: In addition to a running Fortune total, characters use various conditions to measure things like injuries and fatigue as well as tactical challenges like hindered movement or sensory abilities.  
  • Interludes: The interludes in between encounters are given their own treatment, allowing players to make use of their “down-time” (including long hauls between destinations in the System) to recover, do maintenance, build their connections with others, or pursue their own projects.  
  • Spaceships: The Expanse RPG features a system to model and create spaceships and its own system for space combat, including the assault on Thoth Station as an example of the system in action!  
  • The Churn: The Expanse also offers something for the Game Master with the Churn: A ticking counter that measures the crew’s progress through a story and just when things are going to suddenly go sideways and become even more complicated!

Two Editions to Choose From!

We are offering the core rulebook of the Expanse RPG in two formats:

The Standard Edition is now (thanks to unlocked stretch goals) a 224 page full color hardback with a poster map of the solar system. This is the version that will stay in print after the Kickstarter has been fulfilled. 

The Special Edition is a deluxe version of The Expanse RPG. It features the same beautiful full color interior of the Standard Edition with a black leatherette hardcover and a ribbon bookmark. This version is a Kickstarter exclusive, so it will not be available after the close of this campaign. Thanks to an unlocked stretch goal, the Special Edition now includes a dust jacket featuring the game's gorgeous cover art!

The Expanse Game Master's Kit

This Kickstarter also includes The Expanse Game Master's Kit, which will ship alongside the book. It currently includes the following, but may expand with the unlocking of stretch goals:

  • A three-panel landscape format GM Screen with vital game system reference tables on one side and three panels of Expanse art on the player-facing side.  
  • A set of game reference cards, including an initiative tracker, stunt references, and action references useful for players at the table.
  • Now includes pre-generated characters after a stretch goal unlock!
  • Now includes an adventure after a stretch goal unlock!

Abzu's Bounty

Abzu's Bounty is the first campaign for The Expanse  Roleplaying Game. This series of six linked scenarios will let you kick off your adventures in The Expanse in style. All six parts were unlocked as stretch goals so the full campaign is a go! Best of all, if you back the Kickstarter for $30 or more, you get a PDF of Abzu's Bounty for free! 

Design Team

We assembled a great team to design The Expanse Roleplaying Game. Steve Kenson is the lead designer. You may know Steve from our Blue Rose and Mutants & Masterminds RPGs, or from any of the dozens of RPG books he's worked on over the last two decades. He had the able assistance of Seth Johnson, Ian Lemke, Rich Lescouflair, Rob McCreary, Jason Mical, Neall Raemonn Price, Zack Walters, Nicole Winchester, and of course James S.A. Corey!

Important Note: Shipping!  

We are going to be charging shipping separately later this year when the books are almost ready, and it will be EU-, Canada-, and Australia-friendly. In our previous Kickstarters, we tried to keep it simple with just a few standard shipping costs but this has proved a poor way to handle it. International shipping can be brutal and in too many cases we were paying more to ship than we collected for it. Shipping rates can also rise after a campaign ends but before the games are ready to ship. So about a month from shipping, we will assess and collect actual shipping costs using a pledge manager. The upside is that you don’t need to pay the full cost now. We also want to point out that The Expanse RPG Standard Edition will be sold through distribution and into game and book stores after backers get their books. If you are concerned that shipping is going to be too expensive, be aware that the Kickstarter will not be the only way you can get the game. If you can get it from your local game store and save yourself a lot on shipping, that’s a totally reasonable decision to make. There are also special tiers of the Kickstarter for retailers, so you can also talk to your local store and find out if they'll be bringing in books that way.

Gamers and retailers may also be interested in our Pre-Order Plus Program. Basically, this lets gamers pre-order our games through their local stores and get the same special we offer on our website. You can find out more about Pre-Order Plus here

Stretch Goals

Our initial batch of stretch goals are focused on enhancing the core rulebook and GM's Kit, make them bigger and better. 

Unlocked! We will add an adventure to the core rulebook.  

Unlocked! We will add pre-generated characters to the GM’s Kit.  

Unlocked! We will expand the Belt background chapter of the core rulebook.  

Unlocked! We will add an adventure to the GM’s Kit.

Unlocked! We will add poster map of the solar system to the core rulebook.  

Unlocked! We will expand the Mars background chapter of the core rulebook.  

Unlocked! We will add a dust jacket to the Special Edition of the core rulebook.  

Unlocked! We will expand the Earth background chapter of the core rulebook.   

Unlocked! We will add a foreword to the core rulebook by James S.A. Corey! 

Unlocked! All backers who pledge for a $30 reward tier or higher will get a PDF of the first adventure of the Abzu's Bounty campaign. For more information about the campaign, see Update Number 5

Unlocked! All backers who pledge for a $30 reward tier or higher will get a PDF of the second adventure of the Abzu's Bounty campaign. For more information about the campaign, see Update Number 5.

Unlocked! All backers who pledge for a $30 reward tier or higher will get a PDF of the third adventure of the Abzu's Bounty campaign. For more information about the campaign, see Update Number 5. 

Unlocked! All backers who pledge for a $30 reward tier or higher will get a PDF of the fourth adventure of the Abzu's Bounty campaign. For more information about the campaign, see Update Number 5.  

Unlocked! All backers who pledge for a $30 reward tier or higher will get a PDF of the fifth adventure of the Abzu's Bounty campaign. For more information about the campaign, see Update Number 5.  

Unlocked! All backers who pledge for a $30 reward tier or higher will get a PDF of the sixth adventure of the Abzu's Bounty campaign. For more information about the campaign, see Update Number 5.

Unlocked! We will add a new flash fiction reward tier. Imagine if you could have Daniel and Ty write a one page story about your Expanse RPG character. A select number of backers will be able to do just that if we unlock this stretch goal. All backers who pledge $30 or more will get a PDF of these stories for free!  

Unlocked! Backers who pledge $30 or more will get PDF deck plans for a rock hopper mining ship.  

Unlocked! Plans Backers who pledge $30 or more will get PDF deck plans for a light freighter.  

Unlocked! Backers who pledge $30 or more will get PDF deck plans for MCRN Corvette-class ship. The most famous ship of this class is, of course, the Rocinante.  

Unlocked! Backers who pledge $30 or more will get PDF deck plans for a Belter pirate ship.  

Unlocked! Backers who pledge $30 or more will get PDF deck plans for a UNN Munroe-class destroyer. 

Unlocked! The big enchilada! If we unlock this stretch goal, Ty and Daniel will write a brand new Expanse short story for the rulebook. It will be set in the period between Leviathan Wakes and Caliban’s War (the timeframe of our core rulebook) and feature new characters. How awesome is that?

Music

The song featured in our video is the Theme to Spaceship Zero by long time Green Ronin pals the Darkest of the Hillside Thickets. Fun fact: Green Ronin published a game based on the Spaceship Zero album in 2002 and this was our very first scifi RPG! 

 Legal

The Expanse Roleplaying Game is ©2018 Green Ronin Publishing, LLC. The Expanse is ©2011-2018 Daniel Abraham and Ty Franck. 

Risks and challenges

Green Ronin has been in business for 18 years and RPGs are our bread and butter. If there's one thing we know how to do, it's make RPGs! The Expanse RPG is written and playtested. At this point it's a matter of adding any extra material unlocked by stretch goals, commissioning the remaining art, and the doing the graphic design and layout. These are not trivial tasks but they are comfortably in our wheelhouse. The only real risk is one that confronts every RPG: lateness. This can happen on any project with a lot of moving parts but we are already well ahead of the game.

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