Trust, like breathable air, is a precious commodity in space.

Starscape is a Powered by the Apocalypse game that focuses on the ebb and flow of trust and the dynamic relationships that form between a crew as they explore the stars. It is a found-family game that is ideal for stories that focus on a small number of main characters who agree on a central goal, such as in Star Trek, Farscape, or Firefly. Trust means life or death for a crew. Everyone must trust in each other, their ship, and even their own abilities to successfully navigate the vast emptiness of space.

This is the Beta 1.0 play test version of Starscape. It has not been through the layout, proofreading or editing process. Please enjoy the game with that in mind. We appreciate your time and interest and would love your feedback via the link in the PDF or our Discord server.

Starscape One-shot: Character Creation and Gameplay

A Powered by the Apocalypse game about trust and interpersonal dynamics among the stars!

Players choose a playbook from ten of the common character archetypes found in sci-fi stories, each with a unique set of moves and specialties. Together, you collaboratively create your ship and other important details about your universe. Starscape can work in all different types of science fiction settings, so feel free to pull from your favorite sources, mix and match, or create something completely original to explore.

Starscape is not designed to be a simulationist take on science fiction. There can be lots of combat, but game focuses on the relationships  and interactions between the player characters, with adventure, danger, and combat utilized as narrative options to help explore the theme of trust.

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Written by Kimi Hughes
Character Art: Kaek
Book & Cover Art: Bryan Vectorartist, Yessi Yun, &


  • The Civilian: A diplomat, religious leader or entrepreneur. Examples: Quark or Lwaxana Troi, Star Trek; Inara, Firefly; Rygel, Farscape
  • The Explorer: A medical professional, academic scholar or other scientific professional in search of discovery. Examples: Picard or Spock, Star Trek; Daniel Jackson, Stargate; Stephen Franklin, Babylon 5; Pilot, Farscape
  • The Gifted: A telepath, empath or clairvoyant who is untrained, professionally trained or hunted for their power. Examples: Deanna Troi, Star Trek; River Tam, Firefly, Zhaan, Farscape; Lyta, Babylon 5
  • The Greenhorn: A fresh-faced graduate of the academy with a lot to learn, a legacy cadet with something to prove, or a stray who was picked up by the crew and is way out of their depth. Examples: Ensign Kim, Star Trek; Simon, Firefly; John Crichton, Farscape;
  • The Hot Shot: A pilot known as a famous ace, a rebellious maverick or a pilot for hire who will get the job done, no matter what it takes. Examples: Kirk, Riker or Paris, Star Trek; Starbuck, Battlestar Galactica; Wash, Firefly.
  • The Normal: A supporting character, demoted character or assistant. Examples: Miles O'Brian or Barclay, Star Trek; Vir Cotto, Babylon 5.
  • The Outsider: A double agent, exiled enemy or reformed criminal who is not trusted by most people. Examples: Garak, Star Trek; Aeryn Sun, Farscape; Teal'c, Stargate; Jayne, Firefly
  • The Rebel: A crew member with a history of being a freedom fighter, political dissident or mutineer. Examples: Kira Nerys or B'Elanna Torres, Star Trek; Mal Reynolds, Firefly; Chiana, Farscape
  • The Unfamiliar: An artificial life form, first contact species or a being of unknown origin who is trying to learn our ways. Examples: Data or Odo, Star Trek; Kosh, Babylon 5;
  • The Warrior: A mercenary, soldier, or a being from a warrior culture. Examples: Worf or Martok, Star Trek; Ka D'Argo, Farscape; Zoe, Firefly; Ronon Dex, Stargate Atlantis

Writer and Creator Kimi has been creating table-top RPG content for over a decade. After playing and GMing dozens of systems, she developed a fondness for TTRPG systems that included collaborative world and backstory development. That fondness gave her the idea for a card system that could add these elements to any RPG system: Decuma! With her company Golden Lasso Games, she develops indie RPGs and tools for gaming. She also manages the Happy Jacks RPG network of streams and podcasts.