Return to the Stars launches on Kickstarter

Return to the Stars is an optimistic Science Fiction roleplaying game designed to make it easy to tell stories of exploration and adventure in an optimistic space opera setting. You may have been waiting for hopeful science fiction.

Well, the wait is over, we launched the Kickstarter for Return to the Stars this morning.

People like it—we are already at 220% of our funding goal.

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I’m really excited about putting a hopeful game out at the present moment.

And people seem to be excited to back a game where they can play as a new generation of geeks — makers, cosplayers, scientists, and pop culture enthusiasts setting out on an adventure of exploration and discovery, reconnecting the lost worlds of humanity.

If you’ve already had a chance to play the quickstart edition, we’ve added some fun new subsystems that you can enjoy: character arcs, competitions, downtime tinkering, props, and a large selection of space opera skills and stunts so you can create your own amazing characters.

a cosmopolitan group of space opera protagonists

Backers at any level, even $1 also get a remarkable essay on the new hopepunk genre by Alexandra Rowland whose debut novel is coming from Scribner’s next month, as well as a brand-new adventure in an updated quickstart guide.

The full game is discounted to only $15, for Kickstarter backers.

Paint a better future in bold primary colors! Get your copy of Return to the Stars!

Hopepunk: Optimistic SF Gaming

Return to Stars optomistic indie rpg

In dark times games can fill us with joy and hope.

Return to the Stars is a narrative tabletop role playing game designed to make it easy to tell stories of exploration and adventure in an optimistic space opera setting. It is a game where you can paint a better future in bold primary colors.

There is a surplus of dystopian science fiction games and media.  Putting aside fiction, simply watching the new provides stories of  political conspiracies, mega-corporations, and fascist mobs.

We need to face hard truths  but we also need stores that show how humanity can be better in the future.  That enlightenment values, reason, cosmopolitanism, diversity, and humanism are a path forward.   As NPR pop culture critic Linda Holmes said of the movie Arrival: “There is great faith in these stories that the more we know, the more we grasp, and the more we turn around and communicate to others, the better off we are — and the better we are, too.”

The genre is Return to the Stars is hopepunk. It is a game where you can paint a better future in bold primary colors.

To quote Sun Ra:

“In some far off place
Many light years in space
I’ll wait for you.

Where human feet have never trod,
Where human eyes have never seen.
I’ll build a world of abstract dreams
And wait for you.”