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RPGaDay 2015 – Day 5: Most recent RPG purchase

05/08/2015

Short Answer: Space: 1889, Clockwork Publishing.

Long Answer: It’s not technically my most recent purchase, but it is the most recent to arrive. Like a few other answers this year, I backed Space: 1889 on Kickstarter. I didn’t know a great deal about the setting, aside from the basics of the setting. I mostly backed because it was being remade using the Ubiquity rules system.

It might seem odd backing both this and Exile Game Studio’s Revelations of Mars, but it’s all good. Space: 1889 is heavy on the Victorian colonialism, mixed with traditional sword and planet fantasy. Revelations, however, is the next step in the narrative chain that began with Hollow Earth Expedition. To put it another way: one has the German Empire, the other has the Third Reich.

Space: 1889 boasts an impressive lineage. It’s not DnD impressive, but it holds its own. First released in the late 80’s, it has spawned novels, boxed games, computer games, and audio books. There was even a Savage Worlds version released a few years back. I don’t have enough experience with any of these different versions to know how they differ from Clockwork Publishing’s version, but the Ubiquity rules seem to mesh well with the overall setting.

I’m not sure when, or if, I’ll get a chance to play this. Fortunately, I get the feeling I’m going to get enough enjoyment out of the background material that it won’t matter too much.

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