The Ashen Stars Stellar Nursery Edition

insectThe Ashen Stars Stellar Nursery Edition pre-order window is closed, but you can pre-order Ashen Stars and get the PDF now, hardback in August from the Store.

Download the character creation chapter and part of the GM’s Advice.

This is what you get, at the price of a standard copy ($44.95):

  • Now – the finished version with basic lay out as a PDF.
  • The final PDF as soon as it’s ready, a sample now.
  • Your name in the credits
  • Your copy signed by Robin D Laws
  • Exclusive fiction by Robin D Laws
  • The first adventure from Dead Rock Seven, the first set of adventures
  • First dibs on any limited editions

We’d really appreciate your support in making this print run viable.

Playtesters, reviewers and pre-orders say:

A review here. “Look. Just go buy it, okay? It’s worth it, and then some.”

A review of the Ashen Stars pre-order edition here.

Another review on rpg.net gives it 8/10

And congratulations on this game – I think it is destined to become a classic – This is the best sci-fi RPG I’ve ever read.

It reminds me a bit of Mouse Guard (/Burning Wheel)’s combat system, but I think it fits the ship piece much better, ensures everybody has a good opportunity to contribute, and really does have the feel you’d expect with combat on Serenity, the Enterprise, or the Millennium Falcon.

Just finished poring over Ashen Stars. It’s brilliant. I’ve never seen Space Opera done better. Not even close.

Gratz to Ashen Stars, this is going to be an awesome game. My regular gaming group adopted it from the spot. It has a really vibrant feel.

The delight in the setting is that it is constructed from the ground up to suit role-playing, unlike any licensed property would be.

When I originally read the playtest draft, three things occurred to me: first, Robin had outdone himself in his integration of classic space opera tropes; second, this would become my favorite space opera setting, replacing both Star Wars and Star Trek; and third, how seamlessly the GUMSHOE mechanics adapted to the most diverse genre that it thus far had attempted to tackle. Brilliant, in a word.

Just picked up some of my freebies; the sample chapters from the final layout look great. This game is a must-have!

The PDF is a taster of what promises to be a brilliant new take on classic Space Opera, backed by a solid system (roleplay & atmosphere first, worry about dicerolling later) from the company run by people who actually give a dingo’s kidney about what gamers want.

The space combat system was really enjoyable. Everyone is involved and has plenty to do.

The numerous possibilities presented in the text for setting up your own version of the Bleed. Ashen stars is really full of suggestions, ideas and creativity-sparking elements to work with when you want to design a universe to play in all by yourself.

Rarely have we read a roleplaying book that provides such an amount of good gameable ideas
The PDF is one of the best pitches of a space opera setting I have seen and would make a great TV series (that would subsequently end up being cancelled by a network who didn’t understand what they had). That TV series feel is, of course, exactly what Robin D Laws was aiming for; and he hits the spot. I am brimming over with ideas for my series arc already, mixing Babylon 5 with Firefly and a liberal dose of Star Trek TNG…

*Thanks cutter_good

29 Responses to “The Ashen Stars Stellar Nursery Edition”

  1. Daveboy says:

    Wait, I’m confused. I ordered the Pre-Pre-Order earlier this year and got access to the (amazing, incredible) pre-release PDF. Is there anything additional required for me to get this Stellar Nursery Edition?

  2. Sune Nødskou says:

    I’m glad Daveboy wrote the above! I did exactly the same, and I’m now rather confused.

    Please update us.

  3. That’s a good question- the product sounds great, and I’d be curious if I need to do anything in addition to the pre-order I already did.

  4. Stuart Bonham says:

    Cool Kch-Thk image! I palced a pre-pre-order and got the PDF. It is a blast, so I cannot wait for the full colour hardback. Great news about the free scenario too. The PDF is one of the best pitches of a space opera setting I have seen and would make a great TV series (that would subsequently end up being cancelled by a network who didn’t understand what they had). That TV series feel is, of course, exactly what Robin D Laws was aiming for; and he hits the spot. I am brimming over with ideas for my series arc already, mixing Babylon 5 with Firefly and a liberal dose of Star Trek TNG…

  5. Robert says:

    Any idea why the store insists on charging Canadian customers in pounds not dollars? This would ding me twice for conversion: once from US to GBP, once on GBP to Cdn.

    • Simon Rogers says:

      Everyone is charged in pounds, and the conversion rate is set so that you should slightly benefit from that conversion. There aren’t two conversions.

      Just check your statement.

  6. Yep, pulled the trigger and pre-ordered. Couldn’t resist, especially since I invoked Pelgrane and Gumshoe today in a blog post.

  7. Daveboy says:

    Only 86?!?!?!? But this is such a good product! This makes me sooo sad.

  8. Mark says:

    Well I just pre-ordered so it’s at least 87 now. We’re on a roll!

  9. JFF, from Brazil says:

    So, 88 here… maybe not? How can I know if I’m one of the first 200? Thanks!

  10. Stuart Bonham says:

    Just picked up some of my freebies; the sample chapters from the final layout look great. This game is a must-have! Getting stuck into the free advenmture now…

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  12. Stuntlau Perez says:

    put mine in. Should be at least 99 now.

  13. Reverend Dak says:

    how long will this pre-order exist? I don’t get paid until the 1st! And I want.

  14. J.J. Mason says:

    I’m in! Wish I heard of this sooner.

  15. John says:

    Well, only 33 away. Looks like this will be a go. I’m very glad to see it progressing.

  16. What does exactly mean to reach 200 orders, and 400 orders? And before when? I guess the reviews help a lot to sell more copies (I was a sure purchaser before reviews, but thanks to them I knew about the pre-order). I’d like to do one in my blog (in spanish, sorry), but I won’t have the time to do so for a couple of weeks.

    • Simon Rogers says:

      John has it right. We’ll continue offering this pre-order until the book goes to print, and while it’s being printed give the same deal, though without the credits.

  17. John says:

    It’s my understanding that Pelgrane needs 200+ orders to justify doing the fancy full-color printing. If they get the 400 pre-orders, then they will be guaranteed not to lose money on the decision.

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  20. Kit Kindred says:

    I purchased it. It sounds great.

  21. Sean says:

    If I pre-order now will I still get a copy of the first Dead Rock Seven adventure?

    I presume not.

    – Sean

  22. Matt says:

    Dang missed it.
    Oh well, I’lll still be picking it up with my August check.

  23. Kairam says:

    I just preordered today and received the links to download the bonus material.

    Enjoy!

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