Echo Chamber News Flash: Starships & Spacemen Crowdfunding

In case you’ve missed it elsewhere…

Carry Out Missions in the Final Frontier!

The IndieGoGo project to fund the Starships & Spacemen Second Edition rule book is now live!

Starships & Spacemen was first released back in 1978, only the second science fiction RPG ever to be released.

This second edition of the classic game is compatible with Labyrinth Lord and Mutant Future. The best elements of the first edition have been kept–the classes and subclasses, the excellent starship rules, and the space adventuring rules. Classes, races, and abilities have been made more in line with Labyrinth Lord.

This second edition has elements that let you customize the style of play whether you prefer an “original series” feel, a “next generation” feel, or something in between.

You won’t be bogged down by an over-complicated and detailed galaxy. That’s one of the difficulties sometimes when trying to play in an established licensed universe. With Starships & Spacemen get just enough information to get going, and plenty of advice for designing your galaxy. Galactic space will be yours to customize.

Much like in Labyrinth Lord, in Starships & Spacemen you design your milieu. This is adventuring in space, not History 101!

Pledging at any level gives you access to the playtest draft and the playtest forums!

Because we all need something else to spend money on, right?

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4 thoughts on “Echo Chamber News Flash: Starships & Spacemen Crowdfunding

  1. James Hutchings


    Apologies for the off-topic comment, but I couldn’t find a contact email for you.

    A while ago I put out an ebook of my writing, called ‘The New Death and others’. It’s mostly short stories, with some obvious gamer-interest material. For example I have a story inspired by OD&D elves, as well as poems which retell Robert E Howard’s King Kull story ‘The Mirrors of Tuzun Thune’ and HP Lovecraft’s ‘Under the Pyramids’.

    I was wondering if you’d be interested in doing a review on your blog (either a normal book review, or a review of its suitability as gaming inspiration).

    If so, please let me know your email, and what file format is easiest for you, and I’ll send you a free copy. You can email me ([email protected]) or reply to this thread.

    You can download a sample from Smashwords:

    I’ll also link to your review from my blog.


    1. the venomous pao Post author

      Thanks for thinking of me, James! I’m interested, but I can’t promise anything even remotely resembling a speedy review, so I’m inclined to hold off on accepting your offer. I always feel bad when someone scratches my back and I don’t scratch back in a timely fashion.

      If that’s not a problem in your eyes, let me know and we can arrange for me to get a copy.


      1. James Hutchings

        Thanks for replying. I don’t mind if you take a while, as long as you do it eventually. So email me (news at apolitical dot info) letting me know your preferred file format, and I’ll send you a review copy.


  2. James Hutchings

    “only the second science fiction RPG ever to be released.”

    I’m not sure this is true. I think Metamorphosis Alpha and Starfaring were 1976, and Space Patrol and Traveller 1977, so it would be the fifth at the earliest.

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