SF & Science Links

Star Trek Links -
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Yoon Ha Lee's Hexarchate Cheat Sheet -  just in case you DO need a scorecard on the factions

31 Essential Science Fiction Terms And Where They Came From - essential reading from Lauren Davis

A Crash in the History of Black Science Fiction by Nisi Shawl

Anagram Generator

Atlas of the Universe will help you develop a sense of proportion about things.

Atomic Rockets is a good layperson's site for realistic starship designs (and the math and physics behind them)

Blue Room Archive Search Engine - Search the original Tekumel email list archives

Conceptships is one of a family of blogs devoted to SF artwork (ships, robots, aliens, etc.). Great inspiration for your campaign!

Darkover Wiki - Devoted to Marion Zimmer Bradley's classic SF planet of mystery

Doctor Who:
Eclipse Phase PDFs - Posted for free download by the designer

Encyclopedia of Science Fiction - John Clute's masterwork

Hereticwerks is a prolific and multiplex website that uses a range of old school RPGs to develop unique gaming content that spans genres. Hereticwerks is a contributor to the Rogue Space RPG project. At Hereticwerks, you will find Rogue Space and many other creations which can be adapted to a FATE SF game.

Hill Cantons blog is posting information about his Space Cantons Traveller campaign.  Hill Cantons has also posted a Space Cantons house rules and setting Information document which has a fascinating description of the setting.

In depth interview with Iain M. Banks about The Culture

Information on the Milky Way

Let's Read Links for Many RPGS - Includes Eclipse Phase and Nova Praxis

List of the Milky Way's Satellite Galaxies

List of the Nearest Stars

Map of the Moon - Walter Goodacre's 1910 map of the moon (very detailed)

Map of Victorian London - Zoomable down to individual houses

Mutant Year Zero Dice Roller - Works for Alien too (use black for Skills, use yellow for Stress, ignore the green)

Nuclear Secrets - Target Earth cities

Orion's Arm Universe Project is a collaborative world-building project on a massive scale.

Our Generation Ships Will Sink - KSR on gen ships

Paratime Design's Creative Commons Starship Blueprints

Porky's Expanse also publishes content for Rogue Space, as well as all sorts of other thought-provoking SFnal content for discerning gamers.

Radical Philosophy Archive

Rogue Space is the home for a very lean, minimalist SF RPG that evokes the classic SF of the 50s and 60s.

Science Fiction Hobby Games - a book updating the RPG entries in John Clute's Encyclopedia of Science Fiction (by the author of those entries in the Encyclopedia)

Sectors Without Number - sector generator for Stars Without Number

SF Calculators can be found here for hard SF games. For example, use this site to calculate how fast a cylinder must spin to generate a certain amount of gravity.

SF Gateway - You can't go wrong with the SF Gateway, the home to Gollancz Masterworks of Science Fiction classics.

Strange New World is the home of the Kepler 22-B collaborative world-building project. The project site is system-free. FATE SF is developing sector I-5 of the planet, and posts unique content both on the SNW site and here on FATE SF. Content posted to FATE SF is uses FATE as a descriptive platform.

Timeline of the Distant, Disturbing Future

Traveller

Troika Resources

-Golden Barges and Horizon Forts

Twenty quick questions for your scifi campaign - by Exonauts!

Weird Adventures Index - Links to all posts for the Weird Adventures RPG setting on author Trey Causey's blog. You can also see all of our Fate-based posts for Trey's Weird Adventures here.

6 comments:

  1. Old-school, sandbox science fiction games that I'd recommend for inspiration for FATE games include the following:

    -Stars Without Number: http://www.sinenomine-pub.com/
    http://www.mongoosepublishing.com/rpgs/stars-without-number.html

    -StarCluster 3: http://www.flyingmice.com/starcluster3.html

    -Ashen Stars (using the Gumshoe rules) is good for investigative play: http://www.pelgranepress.com/?cat=66

    -Star Hero and GURPS 4e Space are crunchy but comprehensive: http://www.herogames.com/productsStarHero.htm
    http://www.sjgames.com/gurps/books/space.html

    -Eclipse Phase is good for transhumanist RPG ideas: http://eclipsephase.com/

    -Star Frontiers Remastered goes in the other direction, looking back and compiling some of the inspirations for Bulldogs: http://starfrontiersman.com/downloads/remastered

    And, of course, there's the granddaddy of SFRPGs, Traveller, currently being published by Mongoose: http://www.mongoosepublishing.com/rpgs/traveller.html

    For FATE SF links, I'd also recommend Limitless Horizons and Free FATE v0.6:
    http://www.rpgnow.com/product/61469/Limitless-Horizons
    v6 http://www.ukroleplayers.com/downloads/free-fate/

    I also like Conceptships for my space opera campaigns. Happy gaming!

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    1. WOW! Thank you so much for all the suggestions!

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  2. @Kud U #not: I see you are a Wittgensteinean!

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  3. Hi,

    Since you have a link to John Clute's Encyclopedia, I thought you might want to know that there's a book based on revised versions of the Encyclopedia's entries on role playing games plus some extra material on new games etc:

    Science Fiction Hobby Games
    http://www.pseudonymz.com/Science_Fiction_Hobby_Games.html

    mr_snips

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