Let's read “Stars without Number”

The book title “Revised Stars without Number: A Science Fiction Role Playing Game by Kevin Crawford” overlaying a star field
A part of my series. Go grab your free copy of SWN and join in.

Welcome to the inaugural post in a series of posts in which I read Stars without Number (Stars without Number: Revised Edition (SWN 📖)).

Interested in reading along? Grab a copy of the Stars without Number: Revised Free Edition or buy a copy of the Stars without Number: Revised Edition.


The rules light sci-fi Role Playing Game (RPG 📖) Stars without Number provides extensive tools that support the :

  • Exploration
  • Social Interaction
  • Combat

Basic/Expert Dungeons & Dragons (or Dungeons and Dragons: Basic/Expert (B/X 📖)), while lacking a skill system, provides the foundation. Stars without Number further draws inspiration from Classic Traveller’s skill system and technology. From these venerable precursors, Stars without Number steps into its own with:

  • Quick character creation with some interesting options (though no character death during character creation)
  • Random tables and systems to help the Game Master (GM 📖) create and maintain the setting for their game

In upcoming posts, we’ll dive deeper into these pieces as we read each chapter.


Additional Notes

This is a revised edition, yet fully compatible with, the previous Stars without Number: Core Edition and the free core edition (originally published in 2010).


I wrote up an . In part to provide an example of character creation to compare with .

Review Summary

Stars without Number is a rules-lite sci-fi old school inspired RPG with ample Referee tools. Perfect for running a sandbox RPG.

I give it 5 of 5 stars.

Let's read “Stars without Number” is a review of Stars without Number: Revised Edition by .