Available now from DriveThruRPG,
Stellagama Publishings new campaign setting, These
Stars are Ours! This is not the Third Imperium, but a whole new
setting with new alien enemies, new alien allies, and dozens of new
worlds of adventure. TSAO is available as a .pdf, or in print under a
soft or hard cover.
The bulk of the text deals with the new
alien races, presented with enough detail for the referee to pick up
and run with them as NPCs right away. There is also advice given for
players who want to try out a Cicek or Ssesslessian as a PC. The
humans get some new career options, and the 'standard six' are
re-skinned to fit with the setting background.
While the book describes “Known
Space” the setting as presented is smaller than the 3I, and smaller
than Clement Sector. It's almost three subsectors worth of worlds,
but as Chris Kubasik points out over at Tales to Astound!, small
is good. Even so, there is still more than enough room for a
player group to spend years of game time rocketing around without
anywhere getting stale.
The book is rich with adventure hooks
from the history, flavor text, and world descriptions. Find out what
'Nine Talons' is up to. Tangle with the Empress' Own Legion if you
dare. PCs can avoid politics and get into a trade war with the
Zhuzzh, or go on an archaeological expedition to learn more about the
The book goes into a good level of
detail about the setting's history. The current situation between the
various races/factions is clear, yet complex. At the same time, it is
not so detailed that the referee will feel railroaded into running
the game 'just so'. The history is set, but there's no grand
narrative for the players to follow. The setting is wide open so they
can pursue their own goals, whether they may be.
The book includes some new ship
designs, with some excellent deckplans to go with them, and some
variant rules for ships. There is little in the way of new equipment,
and the setting TL is 11-12, with a sprinkling of TL13.
These Stars are Ours is written for the
Engine OGL rules set. For those who, like me, prefer Classic
Traveller, the setting works with only the smallest of adjustments.
I have already seen TSAO up close, as I
provided the index at the back of this 200 page book. Since I've
already read it, I can say it is worth picking it up. Use the
setting, or (like me) borrow bits to add to your own setting. These
Stars are Ours is a great setting for Traveller, whatever edition you