Thursday, May 17, 2012

Darker Edition

I think the current Rogue Space rules set is good, but I think the pulp art and setting gives the game a different "feel" then I originally intended.

Reviews have noted that my lovely wife's art work rocks the camels ass...and the other stuff should go.  We both appreciate that kind compliment!

An ebook version would probably be a good thing and a smaller digest sized book would probably be a better format.

Well I suppose I am just not able to leave a good job done when doing a great job is my goal. So I am announcing a Rogue Space Black edition.  This edition will be:

1) Published in digest sized format
2) Made available in ebook format
3) Illustrated solely by my wife
4) Will include optional rules for a more detailed space ship damage/repair rules adapted from Far trek (which were adapted from Where no Man has gone before 2.0)
5) Will include the adventure Obake 
6) Will NOT include the sample setting nor the sample adventure in the current rules book

There are NO rules changes whatsoever in this edition.  The additional and optional damage/ repair rules in this book will be given away FREE in a pocket mod format download.  The adventure OBAKE will be exclusive to this edition and will not be published elsewhere.

The original edition will remain an at cost purchase.  The Black and Ebook versions will be for profit.  If you own the original rules there will be no need to purchase the Black edition, Again the changes will be largely cosmetic, the "new rules" will be given away free, so the only real addition is one adventure at the expense of the setting and adventure in the current manual.

We are also mulling over selling specialty dice and have t-shirts up on Zazzle featuring my wife's artwork?  Those are TBD...

I appreciate greatly all those who bought the game and gave it a go, so I am not cheating the folks who bought the game already.  By leaving the original manual still available and at production cost, I am staying true to my original vision and intentions.  As there is additional work from my wife and I going into the Black edition, we are going to charge extra for it. 

Thanks again for your support and for exploring The Dark Frontier.


  1. Though I have the original version I might buy Rogue Space Black for three reasons:
    1. I really like your wife's art.
    2. I like digest sized books. (My first SF game was Traveller.)
    3. You deserve some profit for all your RPG contributions.

    (Oh, I like your game, too!)

  2. Any abstract idea as to when this will be coming out?

    New to the game here, btw. But i really like what you got going on. Already I'm mulling over ideas to make an 8 page mecha rules supplement.

  3. @Narmer- Thanks very much for your support and kind words. I hope that It will be wort your money and time!

    @WJS- Timeline: I am HOPING I can get the book done over Memorial Day weekend and have the ebook rules out first in early June. My wife has some additional art ready and is working on a few more pieces including a new cover, so the book itself will hopefully be out in mid-June. Thanks very much for your support and I'd love to see some mecha rules! More options means more fun in my book!

  4. We've got our second Rogue Space game tomorrow night (and first MERS post tomorrow too) so I'll let my players know about this new edition. It's hard to deny an $8 buck rulebook, but this version sounds cool, even though I have the original I may have to pick this up as well. If the artwork throughout matches the one in this post, I'm in no question. I like the art in the first edition, but the darker feel here suits it very well. Plus, digest-sized is always great and I would definitely be down for a t-shirt with a Rogue Space logo.

  5. Hey Mik--can't wait to see more for MERS action! Yup I am keeping the original rule book up at cost. The Black edition will have different art, and actually a bit less as my wife is doing it all-but the same rules are the same. Once my wife completes the art we will pick 2 for shirt designs. Looking forward to your next MERS update!

  6. I think this is a great idea! I'm Definately interested!