Play the gritty reboot of your favorite science fiction TV series. Winner of the 2012 Silver ENnie award for Best Setting, designed by RPG legend Robin D. Laws and powered by the GUMSHOE investigative roleplaying system. Out here in the Bleed, you’re the closest thing there is to a higher authority. You’re Licensed Autonomous Zone Effectuators —”lasers” for short. You’re the seasoned freelancers that local leaders call whenever a situation is too tough, too baffling, or simply too weird for them to handle. It’s a dirty job, but it pays. And sometimes, you get to make a difference. In Ashen Stars you take on the role of freelance troubleshooters and law enforcers operating in a remote sector of space called the Bleed. Amid the ashes of a devastating war that ended with a massive retreat by the Combine, you’ll solve mysteries, fix thorny problems, and explore strange corners of space — balancing the promise of a quick buck against the need to maintain a reputation that wins you lucrative contracts, and pays the upkeep on your ship and your cyber- and viroware enhancements. Play one of seven species: The eerily beautiful, nature-loving, emotion-fearing balla The cybes, former humans radically altered by cybernetic and genetic science The durugh, hunched, furtive […]More...
- Download blank character sheets (you can get pregens in from the Quick Start Adventure, below)
- Download a new saveable, fillable character sheet by Sam Carter
- Download tables and charts
- Download Stowaway to get the pregen characters.
- Download the GM Investigator Matrix.
- Download GM Troubleshooting advice.
- Download Species Cheat Sheets.
- Download quick-reference Ability Tables.
- Download a printer-friendly character sheet designed and donated by Patrick Olsson.
Pistacchio has designed a lovely Ashen Stars GM screen – you can download it from here:
- GM Screen (zip file)
Quick Start Adventure
Download Stowaway – the Ashen Stars 30-minute demo. Includes pregenerated characters.
If you want to introduce your players to Ashen Stars, it’s much easier to get them into it if it just takes up 20 minutes of their valuable time at the beginning or end of a session. It’s also a great convention demo.
Listen to Kevin Kulp run the Stowaway quick start demo for Ashen Stars:
Thanks to the players: Tim Crosby, Chris O’Gahan, Leah Shuldiner
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