[Gaming 101] Games to Start With Part 3: Science Fiction

Posted: August 13, 2012 by pointyman2000 in Articles, Dark Heresy, Eclipse Phase, Roleplaying Games, Shadowrun 4th Edition, Warhammer 40k
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Space. The Final Frontier. Locally, sci-fi has not had much luck getting off the ground (bad pun, I know.) That said, there’s a wealth of games that are worth checking out with their own (often dark) visions of the future.


Eclipse Phase by Posthuman Studios
Taking place in a transhumanist future where mankind has transcended the constraints of a physical body, Eclipse Phase has players taking the role of agents of Firewall, a secret society of agents dedicated to stopping Extinction-Level threats. The technology level of this game is almost staggering, as being able to switch your mind from body to body to suit a given situation is almost commonplace, and conspiracies and strange alien horrors born of our own technological advancement haunt humanity.


Shadowrun 4th edition by Catalyst Game Labs
Magic came back, and the future is weird. Dwarven hackers and Elven street samurai conduct clandestine missions for mysterious corporate benefactors in this no-holds barred cyberpunk meets fantasy rpg. Having been around for 20-something years, Shadowrun is no pushover, and has a massive metaplot full of opportunity for the enterprising party with a quick trigger finger.


Dark Heresy by Fantasy Flight Games
Innocence proves nothing. Take on the role of the agents of the Inquisition in this dark future rpg set in the world of Warhammer 40k as you try and root out the devious machinations of humanity’s countless foes. While the rest of the world fights for mankind’s survival, you’re there to purge corruption from the inside.


Rogue Trader by Fantasy Flight Games
Leave the witchhunt to the Inquisitors, Rogue Trader puts you in the helm as one of the starfaring space pirates of the Imperium. Money is the only thing that matters in Rogue Trader, and it is your duty to the empire to make a profit no matter what, even if it means dealing with the Xenos while the Inquisition isn’t looking.


Deathwatch by Fantasy Flight Games
Enter the Adeptus Astartes, mankind’s angels of death against their enemies. As one of the fabled Space Marines of the Imperium, take on the missions that no other can handle. Armed with the very best equipment, and genetically modified to become superior to any normal human the Deathwatch are a special team of mixed Space Marine Chapters sent to take on only the most dangerous of missions.

Tomorrow, we tackle Alternate History and Pulp!

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Comments
  1. Nadiv says:

    How could you miss Fading Suns or Traveller? 🙂

    • Hey Nadiv!

      I was hoping to get word of the new Fading Suns coming out officially this GenCon before I started talking about it here, that way it would be bright and shiny and new again. My bad about Traveller though. I’ve already received several notices that I’ve been remiss about not including it, but I’ll be up front and say that I know little about it aside from the fact that it’s been around for a while and a lot of people think it’s great. 😀

      Maybe I should try to find a copy that I can study one day…

  2. Stars Without Number! 🙂 And nothing from the D6 / Minisix crowd?

    • Dammit, I knew I was forgetting stuff. Yeah Stars Without Number and it’s sister game Other Dust are both excellent games for starting groups. Not sure which of the D6 games are in print for this series, any specific titles , Alex?

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