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Star Ascension - A gritty sci-fi RPG of exploration, adventure, danger and interstellar war in Open D6
Star Ascension - A gritty sci-fi RPG of exploration, adventure, danger and interstellar war in Open D6
Star Ascension - A gritty sci-fi RPG of exploration, adventure, danger and interstellar war in Open D6
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Core Rulebook Cover
Core Rulebook Cover
 

Star Ascension is a new science fiction roleplaying game using Open D6. Using a modified version of the Open D6, we’ve play tested Star Ascension and have a solid RPG and universe developed. Our Quick Start is on DriveThruRPG.com and we’re now looking for funding to bring the full game to life with fantastic art!

As a matter of fact, roughly 95% of funds raised in this campaign will go straight to commissioning beautiful art from local independent artists! 


*Uses the Open D6 System which is easy to learn and quick to play
*Flexible character creation - Use a template to create a character quickly or build your character from scratch
*Tactical style rules optimized for use with miniatures
*Trauma Points accumulate and result in psychological baggage
*Open Sandbox style rules allows you to play in our setting or create your own!
*Play in any sci-fi subgenre from sci fi horror to military fiction to cyberpunk and anything else! 


In the late 23rd Century, the Star Ascension Project resulted in one of humanity’s greatest achievements- star drive technology. Having spent the previous two centuries crawling through space at fractions of the speed of light, humanity could now travel even further and quicker than ever before through deep space.

Your characters will seek new riches, explore new planets, defend against space pirate attacks, encounter hostile cyborgs, fight in interstellar wars and hopefully survive it all. Your characters will fight against injustice, fight for money, or maybe just fight because they can. 

Hegemony agents infiltrate a smuggler base
Hegemony agents infiltrate a smuggler base

 

Map of Known Space
Map of Known Space

 

Star Ascension is a sci-fi roleplaying game that explores many themes in both science fiction and science reality:

*Space travel and combat
*Free trading through space and resource management
*Psychological trauma and damage
*Cybernetics and loss of humanity
*Genetically enhanced people
*Genetically altered creatures
*The ethics of cloning and hyper-growth clones
*Piracy and crime in space
*Interstellar war and politics

Space Pirates!
Space Pirates!

 

Star Ascension uses the Open D6 because of it's tried and true history and simplicity. The Open D6 has a very simple core mechanic in that Skills and Attribute are rated in terms of the number of six-sided dice you can roll. The goal is for your total to beat the established Difficulty Number or total rolled by another character.

Excerpt of the Equipment Page
Excerpt of the Equipment Page

 

Combat Medic Character Sheet
Combat Medic Character Sheet

 

A firefight with game miniatures!
A firefight with game miniatures!

 

Rather than being extraordinary people, characters in Star Ascension are built to be just as vulnerable as everyone else in the universe. This means player characters have just as much chance of dying as the NPCs they face! Character death is common, but handled by giving the character a chance to be resuscitated through cybernetics or allowing the player to create a new character of equivalent level. For particularly wealthy characters, hyper-growth clones are another option if not controversial. 

Because death and other horrors are common in Star Ascension, characters can accumulate Trauma Points every time they experience something psychologically damaging. Accumulate too much and a character flaw such as PTSD, Substance Addiction or Clinical Paranoia can crop up!

We use an updated form of the Open D6 system that's even more streamlined and optimized for tactical style game play.

Tactical Style Rules Optimized for Miniatures
Tactical Style Rules Optimized for Miniatures


Skill check and Difficulty scales have been modified such that usually only three or four dice are being rolled a time making game play quick and easy.

Unlike many other Open D6 games, Star Ascension uses Experience Points and Levels to track character advancement. This makes it easier to quantify a character's abilities and balance the challenges they face.

Characters also accumulate Infamy and Renown Points based on their actions that begin to form their reputation through the galaxy. Rather than choosing a moral alignment during character creation, their actions shape their morality over time.

EVERY backer gets one of the following game editions depending upon pledge amount:

Star Ascension: Recruit Edition

Recruit Edition Cover
Recruit Edition Cover

 

The Recruit Edition is our beginner's set of rules in a 100 page rule book. Print copies are softcover with color cover and interior. 

The Recruit Edition includes easy to customize Character Templates, Starship specs and layout, easy to master rules and a starting Adventure!

Table of Contents
1. Introduction to Roleplaying Games
2. Character Creation
3. Basic Rules
4. Movement and Combat
5. Weapons and Gear
6. Space Travel
7. Gamemasters
8. NPCs: Adversaries and Allies
9. Starting Adventure
10. Character Advancement and XP

Star Ascension Core Rulebook

Core Rulebook Cover
Core Rulebook Cover

The 320 page Core Rulebook is the comprehensive rules for Star Ascension including more Character Templates, scratch character creation, advanced combat rules, full listing of Perks and Flaws, gazetteer of prominent planets, corporations and factions, expanded equipment list, more ship specs and layouts, detailed guide for campaign play and another adventure. 

Print copy is in hardcover with both color interior and exterior.

Table of Contents
1. What is a Roleplaying Game?
2, Introduction to the 24th Century
3. Character Creation
4. Basic Rules
5. Movement
6. Combat
7. Money, Weapons and Gear
8. Trauma Points, Experience Points and Other Rewards
9. Attributes and Skills
10. Perks, Flaws and Story Factors
11. Scratch Character Creation
12. Vehicle Movement and Combat
13. Space Travel and Starship Maintenance
14. Space Combat
15. Advanced Combat and Movement
16. Cybernetics, Robotics and AI
17. Genetics
18. Gamemasters
19. Running the Game
20. Adventure and Campaign Types
21. Creating Adventures
22. Equipment Index
23. Creatures
24. Friends and Foes
25. Vehicles
26. Starships
27. Prominent Planets
28. Adventure: Asteroid Blues

Starter Set
This set includes:
-Recruit Edition (Print AND PDF)
-Poster Map
-6 figures manufactured by Heresy Miniatures
-5 dice 
BONUS: 1 Creature Figure by Whitehorn - Krakon Games (ships May 2017)

6 Figure Set
6 Figure Set



This is the perfect set to get started right away with all materials. An excellent gift option!

Full Set
This set includes:
-320 page Core Rulebook (Print AND PDF)
-Recruit Edition PDF
-poster map
-6 Figures manufactured by Heresy Miniatures
-5 Dice
BONUS: 1 Creature Figure by Whitehorn - Krakon Games (ships May 2017)

This set immerses you into the Star Ascension action right away!

Master's Set
This set includes:
-320 page Core Rulebook (Print AND PDF)
-Recruit Edition PDF
-poster map
-12 Figures manufactured by Heresy Miniatures
-5 Dice
-MDF Terrain Obstacles Set (doors and crates)
BONUS: 1 Creature Figure by Whitehorn - Krakon Games (ships May 2017)
This set is our most comprehensive Star Ascension Bundle

12 Figure Set
12 Figure Set

 

Roughly 95% of funds will go to commissioning art from local independent artists. Supporting Star Ascension not only brings you a great product and launch our game, but it supports several talented people in our local community of artists!

Concept sketch of an "H shuttle" by Etienne Andlau
Concept sketch of an "H shuttle" by Etienne Andlau

 The rest of the funds will go to miscellaneous expenses such as office supplies, fees and other minor costs.

PDFs will be fulfilled through DriveThruRPG. Print copies and game sets will be shipped direct from us to you!



EVERY backer receives the following Stretch Goal Rewards:

 

UNLOCKED! Engineers' Handbook
UNLOCKED! Engineers' Handbook

 At $3,200, we unlocked the Engineers' Handbook, a supplement detailing the design and creation of new Starships, Vehicles and MECA (Mechanical Exoskeletal Combat Apparatus). This book outlines the system we use to design the different ships, vehicles and MECA in Star Ascension including the use of engineer character's skills to optimize design and inclusion of design perks and flaws. Estimated Delivery in PDF format - April 2017.

UNLOCKED! - Six Additional Ship Specs and Floorplans
UNLOCKED! - Six Additional Ship Specs and Floorplans

 At, $4,000, we unlocked a technical manual including floor plans and specs for six starships in PDF format. Floor plans can be printed as a game mat for shipboard encounters and combat. Estimated Delivery - April 2017. 

$5,000 - Bonus Module!
$5,000 - Bonus Module!

 At $5,000, you will get the module, Uprising on Cerulean Gate. During the latter years of The War, General Mortimus Patel of the Earth Hegemony Army went renegade with a division of his crack troops. They then occupied the lush agrarian world of Cerulean Gate which has been under his dictatorial rule since. Your crew has been hired by the Hegemony to support the local partisans to destabilize General Patel's regime! Compatible with both Recruit Edition and Core Rules, this full length adventure will be available in PDF format May 2017.

$6,000 - A Free Trader Campaign Book!
$6,000 - A Free Trader Campaign Book!

 At $6,000 you get the campaign book for free traders, Outward Bound. This open world style campaign begins when your crew signs the loan paperwork for the starship Amestris Shahbana from government impound. You now have a ship to fly, do jobs, trade, or even steal! This expansion is based off of a living Star Ascension campaign provides comprehensive material to truly allow players to choose their destiny. Available in PDF format June 2017. 

$9,000 - A Comprehensive Faction Sourcebook
$9,000 - A Comprehensive Faction Sourcebook

 At $9,000, all backers will receive our largest companion and first of several faction books, The Earth Hegemony Systems Sourcebook. After the last of the Colony Wars, the nations of Earth collapsed and the Unified Government arose in their place. Quickly asserting dominance over the nearest systems to Earth, the Earth Hegemony Systems was born. This sourcebook details the first and most influential of all the factions in Known Space including gazetteer of systems, political parties and figures, industry, notable megacorps and military strength and organization. Available in PDF format September 2017.



Our Quick Start is already available on DriveThruRPG.

Like us on Facebook!

Meet us in person at one of our demo events listed on our events page!

And of course on our website - www.RadiantGamingSystems.com

Thank you for your support and we look forward to bringing you Star Ascension!

 

Risks and challenges

As mentioned, 95% of the funds are needed for artwork. We have connected with and vetted dozens of very talented and local artists. Occasionally, artists become unavailable due to a number of life circumstances that could force us to drop certain artists from our project. I couldn't say the individual style of an artist can be replaced, but we know how to look for and find the right artists for our project.

The game itself is very nearly complete and all of the core rules and mechanics have been thoroughly play tested. The game itself is there, so there's no risk of not having a completed game.

In the unfortunate event we do not meet our funding goal, we will continue to produce the Recruit Edition hiring artists out of pocket which will make the product available in Summer of 2017. At that point we'll likely put Star Ascension on the back burner in pursuit of other game products we'd like to develop!

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    Stuart Yee, the lead designer and gamemaster with decades of experience will run an exclusive Star Ascension adventure for you.

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