Space: 1889 Ubiquity Edition Kickstarter Launched!

By on 18 July 2013

Space: 1889 – SF Role Playing in a More Civilized Time
by Angus Abranson/Chronicle City

The new Space: 1889! The first Steampunk RPG will return with new artwork, more background, new illustrations and new rules!

Men have conquered the inner planets of the Solar System and are now travelling through the Ether. They discovered the ancient culture of the Martians and the misty wilderness of Venus. Mercury is a world of extremes but rich in valuable raw materials. The Asteroid Belt and the Earth’s moon, Luna, are waiting for further exploration. And there is still a lot to discover on Earth itself.

Under the burning sun of the Martian steppes, the steamy mists of the Venusian jungle, the deadly cold of the Dry Ice Zone on Mercury, or at the banks of the Amazon River on good old Earth – the world of Space: 1889 is full of adventures.

  • Everything Jules Verne could have written.
  • Everything H.G. Wells should have written.
  • Everything A. Conan Doyle thought of but never published because it was too fantastic.
  • Everything you need for the adventures of the century.

Almost 25 years ago, well known game designer and author Frank Chadwick came up with the idea of a roleplaying game set in a world inspired by the fantastic novels of early Science Fiction authors like Jules Verne or H. G. Wells.

Space: 1889 was first published in 1988 by Game Designers Workshop, followed by several additional products, amongst them supplements like “Ironclads and Ether flyers,” adventures like “Canalpriests of Mars,” or board games like “Temple of the Beastmen.”

GDW is long gone but, nevertheless, the fan-base has hung on to this “roleplaying game in a more civilized time” and with the growing popularity of ‘steampunk culture’ the time has never been better to reintroduce a new edition of the game for old and new fans alike.

The Space: 1889 Crowdfunding project is a cooperation between Uhrwerk Verlag/Clockwork Publishing, Chronicle City, and the master himself, Frank Chadwick.

Space: 1889 is a Sci-Fi RPG set in an alternate version of the Victorian era.

It is a time, restless and curious, full of daring adventurers setting out to explore the unknown regions of the Amazonian Rain Forest or to uncover the mysteries of Angkor Wat, brilliant scientists making exciting discoveries, eager engineers constructing fantastic machines and gentlemen going on a hunt for Venusian dinosaurs.

The invention of the ether propeller by no one less than the genius Thomas Edison led to the exploration of space and the discovery of new civilizations, technologies, and, of course, new worlds to conquer…

At the turn of the century, colonialism is at its height, and the great powers are struggling for hegemony not only on Earth, but also on the red sands of Mars and the steamy jungles of Venus.

A whole new Space

Our new version of the core rulebook for Space: 1889 is not just a mere reprint, although it abides closely by the old concept of the setting.

We added more information and background material, created whole new artwork, and replaced the old rules (which, one has to admit, have always been a bit inconvenient) with the Ubiquity system, a plain and simple, easy to learn pool-dice system.

Space: 1889 – The core rulebook has already been published in Germany, last summer, and has been an immediate success. That is why we are already working on following products, some of which are translations of the old materials for the German market, but also brand new creations such as a source book for Venus – a planet which to date has not been described thoroughly, as the old publications focused more on Mars – as well as some brand new adventures.

This Kickstarter campaign is initially to raise funds to publish the English language translation of this new edition of Space: 1889 as a Hardcover book with a black & white interior. Amongst the stretch goals are upgrading the entire print run to full-colour, extra art, and hopefully a whole bunch of new adventures and sourcebooks – from a variety of well-known game writers – which many backers will receive the PDFs of as part of their pledge reward.

GOAL: £15,000
DEADLINE: Sunday Aug 25, 11:59am EDT.

About Angus Abranson

Angus has been working in the games industry since the mid-80’s when he started working at Leisure Games (a leading hobby store in London). He was part of the team that launched Valkyrie magazine in 1994, founded Cubicle 7 Entertainment and co-founded Dragonmeet. He is currently running Chronicle City, a new games company he started in 2012.

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