Ashen Stars Review

A thorough review of Ashen Stars from Matthew Pook.

In fact, in comparison with other Gumshoe System RPGs, Ashen Stars is fundamentally straightforward and unfussy. Were it not for what the RPG does to the genre it is emulating, that is rework it as an investigation game, Ashen Stars would be considered to be a very traditional RPG. Instead it highlights and makes its focus upon the usually ignored investigative nature of the genre, the feature of Ashen Stars and so refreshes the genre.

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Ashen Stars Review

A second review of the Ashen Stars stellar nursery edition (8 out 10 based on pre-release layout) on rpg.net.

Well-designed game in the GUMSHOE line, a bit like Traveller or Serenity (in that you have a PC-owned ship with a PC crew) but rather than flying from port to port trading, the focus is picking up investigation contracts and building up your precious reputation score rather than your wealth.

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Ashen Stars Review

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

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


The fact is this perennial problem [spaceship combat] has been solved in Ashen Stars.


That the art released so far looks gorgeous is just icing on the cake.

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