Vanguard RPG on Kickstarter

By on 11 March 2015
Vanguard RPG

Vanguard is a sci-fi RPG for young and old gamers alike. The players take on the role of space-faring adventurers at the beginning of a galactic war. It is a story of personal, political and ecological adversity; of friendships tested by social and cultural differences; and heroism against a seemingly unstoppable force.

Designed to appeal to gamers of all ages (7+) and levels of experience, VANGUARD—Varmisk Fallen, draws on a wide range of inspirations: think of it as Wind in the Willows— meets MassEffect. However, it draws just as much from classics such as Robotech and Starblazers, Traveller, Mekton, HeavyGear and Cyberpunk2020; StarWars, Battlestar Gallactica among others.

It is a heroic space opera that rewards teamwork and taking chances, with a depth of setting to inspire drama and conflict. Using simple mechanics and a modular design, VANGUARD—Varmisk Fallen, allows more advanced elements to come into play as newer gamers familiarise themselves with the concepts of roleplaying. Mathematics in the mechanics have been kept light, with only six-sided dice used and most statistics kept to single digits.

VANGUARD—Varmisk Fallen has been a year in production and game testing and is now reaching completion. The rules, setting and first two modules are complete, but there is still much to be done– and that’s where you come in.

This Kickstarter is to pay for professional editing and further artwork, to ensure the end result is a high-quality product.

The final product will take the form of two books:

  • Each book will be approximately 124pages in length, with the core rule book containing everything needed to play and the expanded rule book providing a more sophisticated playing experience.
  • Large format (8”x11”, A4), in full-colour
  • Provided in digital (PDF) format
  • Also available as premium print soft- and hard-cover formats.



About Dave McAlister

Dave has been roleplaying for over 30 years, having played and/or run most mainstream systems with the espionage genre being an early favourite. So much so that, in 1999, he started Modus Operandi. That same year he joined the Sarbreenar “Living” campaign team as their plotline controller before moving across to the Living Spycraft campaign team (as UK Regional Branch Director) in 2003. 2003 also saw the birth of UK Role Players as well as Dave’s first freelance writing appointment (co-writing World Militaries and consulting on both US Militaries and Battlegrounds, all for Spycraft).

Since then, Dave has concentrated on supporting the UK gaming scene. He has organised and run several small, one-day, events and was the RPG Area Manager for Gen Con UK in 2004. His current favourite systems are Dungeons & Dragons (specifically 5th Edition), Savage Worlds and Cinematic Unisystem. He has a (currently neglected) blog at and runs a D&D 5e SRD website at

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