Return to the Stars is a science fiction role playing game about hope and characters working to make a better future.
The original Star Trek series debuted in the 1960s. It was created in a society struggling for civil rights, in the middle of an escalating war in Vietnam, shocked by assassinations of political leaders and activists, and threatened by global nuclear catastrophe. Its vision of a better, more inclusive future was a respite from trouble, but as it told fun tales of exploration and adventure if often explored contemporary themes and highlighted humanistic values.
Optimism and ideals resonated then, and will again today.
In our times, cynicism is sometimes celebrated as being clever or cool. But hopepunk heros know that accepting the way things are is selling out. That’s never cool and rarely clever.
Optimistic fun may sometimes seem like escapism but, as Ursula K. Le Guin noted: “The direction of escape is toward freedom. So what is ‘escapism’ an accusation of?”
We are going to have some fun with this game! I can’t wait to hear about the stories you create with your friends when you play Return to the Stars! Back it on Kickstarter today!