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Meteor is a corporate sci fi role playing game based on Yochai Gal's Cairn and inspired by Tuesday Night Games' Mothership.

It is designed to be easy to play and teach, and features:

  • Quick character creation including "Undefined Skills" chosen during play to avoid decision paralysis.
  • Decisive combat that plays fast and encourages tactics and ambushes.
  • A simple stress/panic system to emulate horror, without using lasting phobias or conditions.
  • Streamlined space ship rules to make exploring star systems dynamic and exciting.
  • Space combat that makes ship battles fun without over-complicated logistics.

Meteor is designed for "one shot impact" to let every character shine in a limited time, but with support for longer campaigns focused on:

  • Xenoarcheology and Exploration
  • Corporate Espionage
  • Derelict Ship Diving
  • Mercenary Bounty Hunting

Inspired by science fiction including:

  • Downbelow Station by C. J. Cherryh
  • Wasp by Eric Frank Russell
  • The Voyage of the Space Beagle by A. E. van Vogt
  • The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet by Becky Chambers
  • The Robot stories by Isaac Asimov
  • Star Trek (primarily TOS)

Meteor is currently a work in progress. The game is still being written and play-tested. Some aspects of the game have not been written yet, and other aspects are likely to be changed as play-testing progresses (especially space combat and exploration). If you play Meteor and have feedback on the rules please contact me here on itch, on twitter @AwkwardTurtle42, or in the NSR Discord Server.

A "vertical slice" star system, Hope's End, to use as a "test bed" for the system is currently in development and will be released when finished as a companion to Meteor.

Cover and interior art by Charles Ferguson-Avery.

Banner animation (of Charles' art) by Brian Stauffer. And additional thanks to Brian for being my play-testing guinea pig.

Updated 1 day ago
StatusIn development
CategoryPhysical game
Rated 5.0 out of 5 stars
(26 total ratings)


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Click download now to get access to the following files:

Meteor Rules v0.5 4 MB
Meteor Character Sheet v0.5 37 kB
Meteor Character Sheet v0.5 (Printer Friendly) 37 kB
Meteor Ship Sheet v0.5 49 kB

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