I think I have already made up my mind as to what Sci-fi based rpg to buy. Seeing that nothing substantial, in the way of a BRP Sci-fi rpg, is out I have picked Traveller. There are tons of neat stuff for it and it combines my favorites...Space 1999, Aliens movies, Martian Chronicals, Dune and Dead Space pc game series!
Starting with the core rule book, Traveller Core Rulebook - Core Rulebooks & Accessories - Traveller - RPGs, buying the DM screen, Referee's Screen - Core Rulebooks & Accessories - Traveller - RPGs , and the campaign setting The Spinward Marches - The Third Imperium - Traveller - RPGs . Later will add some other books but this is plenty to start from)))
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Mongoose Traveller's 2d6 system gives you only 11 possible results, while BRP's per-
centile system gives you 100 possible results. Mongoose Traveller uses 6 characte-
ristics, BRP uses 8 characteristics plus 7 rolls (Effort, Stamina, Idea, etc.). And so
on. As a result Mongoose Traveller's core is more "rules light", BRP's core has more
granularity and depth. It is a matter of taste.
"Mind like parachute, function only when open."
I'd rather see an all in one game based on a successful set of SF rules (e.g. Ringworld) but with the copyrighted elements renamed or removed. Maybe we'd call it "Future World" or something.
Of course, a big problem with any "science fiction" game is ... what subgenre? Modern transhumanist? Near future hard science? Cyberpunk? Military SF? 1950's space opera? 1920's pulp SF? 1890's scientific romances? A five year mission to explore strange new worlds, to seek out new life and new civilizations? A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away? A madman in a box?
Still, as Nick demonstrated, it's not that hard to grab a setting or source-book you like -- 2300 AD, Traveller, GURPS Space, Star Hero, Prime Directive, Star Wars D6, whatever -- and convert on the fly.
"Don't get into a spaceship with a madman. Didn't anyone ever teach you that?" -- The Doctor, "Journey to the Center of the TARDIS"
Being serious for a moment, I am well aware of the reputation of FGU / Scott Bizar and I'd be far more likely if I had a lottery win to use it to fund creating a BRP SF game with similar feel and the same inspirations (but the sort of production values a lottery win could fund) rather than try and untangle that particular mess.
There was a serious effort to relaunch Ringworld, or a version rebadged as Known Space about eight years back, and subsequently some extensive discussion of the concept of a "BRP Space" on one or more of the BRP Yahoo groups. To summarize what I took away from those discussions: one should be DEEPLY skeptical that any licensed IP is either feasible or workable (especially for Chaosium, especially in the current market); and equally one should be highly critical of any generic "SF sourcebook" proposal. There is a surfeit of the latter for many generic RPG systems and pretty much every genre of SF; and the former bring with them a tangle of legal and practical complications that will seriously impact the viability of any product.
My own opinion then and now is that what Chaosium / BRP needs is an in house SF game:
- based on the BGB, and through its subsystenms laying the groundwork for future takes on different sub-genres
- with a setting specifically tailored to maximize its appeal, whilst leaving the door open for future supplements
- Self contained in a single book, so a single purchase will let people get started.
Fond as I am of Future*World neither it, nor even a "modern" reworking such as my own Outpost 19 fits the bill I suspect. Nor will a Ringworld with the serial numbers filed off I suspect. I think better approach is to think about what tabletop RPG's excel at; what their strengths are (teams; action on the scale of individuals; stories focused on characters) and build the initial setting from there and use that as the spring board for the game.
Let's not forget these two beauties from Fantasy Flight Games... Fantasy Flight Games [Star Wars: Edge of the Empire Beginner Game - Products] - Leading publisher of board, card, and roleplaying games. and the massive book that is soon to be released... Fantasy Flight Games [Star Wars: Edge of the Empire - Products] - Leading publisher of board, card, and roleplaying games.