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Esper Genesis 5E Sci-fi - Core Manual

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"This is not a game that wants to be the property-of-your-choice, it’s a game that embraces sci-fi’s adventurous side. It is sci-fi with room for excitement and wonder. And 5E proves an excellent match for this, since EG’s relationship to sci-fi is much like 5E’s relationship to fantasy - it is part of the landscape, but the first priority is to play a game." — Rob Donoghue, Evil Hat Productions

“Esper Genesis takes a proven system we all know and maps it onto an exciting new science fiction setting. These folks have really drilled down into 5th edition rules and popular cinematic sci-fi and made it all work together." — Cam Banks, RPG Designer


Brace Yourself for High Adventure in Hyperspace as Sci-Fi comes to 5th Edition!

Galaxies at war, high-tech gadgets and weapons, robots, aliens, starfighters, and ancient machines with the power to shape reality - All of these make the core of Esper Genesis, powered by the 5th Edition rules of the world's greatest roleplaying game. Taking on the role of a galactic hero, you can forge your destiny within a universe of advanced technologies and hidden mysteries.

Heroic Sci-fi Roleplaying

The Esper Genesis Roleplaying Game is a powerhouse of awesome sci-fi adventure. The Core Manual is the first of three rulebooks, containing character creation rules new sci-fi races, character classes, backgrounds, skills, gear, rules for planetary exploration, high-tech weapon combat, starship combat, esper powers, and so much more!

Full 5E Compatibility

Esper Genesis is designed with an infinite universe in mind, powered by the 5th edition rules of the world's greatest roleplaying game. If you've played any 5E game, you already know how to play Esper Genesis.  Though the system is easily integrated into any 5E setting, it is also a standalone product. You do not need the D&D rulebooks or any other 5E product in order to play.

This product contains:

  • Nine playable character races from the Silrayne Arc galactic setting.
  • Eight Character Classes
  • Sci-fi tailored backgrounds, equipment, and gear to round out your galactic pioneer
  • A full list of esper powers, allowing your characters to warp time, space, and matter
  • High-tech gear and weapons, including rules for modern weapons, burst fire, and explosives
  • Rules and options for modern and futuristic vehicles, space travel, and galactic exploration
  • A fully integrated starship combat system
  • A brief overview of the galaxy, people, and cultures
Remember to pick up your free download of the official ESPER GENESIS CHARACTER SHEET and the GAME MASTER BASIC RULES, which include sci-fi threats, special item enhancements, and setting development aids.

Visit the official Esper Genesis homepage at espergenesis.com for project updates, gaming events, and special offers.


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John R August 21, 2018 2:27 pm UTC
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The publisher of this product used the Open Game License to build the rules, then 100% made all new content NOT available to other publishers using the OGL. As a firm supporter of the OGL I do not recommend supporting publishers so unfriendly to the OGL. Would not buy again and ideally would like my money back, but not expecting a refund.
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Marco R August 20, 2018 6:40 pm UTC
To the authors: : )

- will I be able to get a discount on the physical product if I buy the PDF version... or the other way around (like preordering the physical book on Amazon and gettin' a voucher for the PDF)? :)

- Would you HONESTLY tell that, for a reasnoable amount of time, the Core book will be enough and (as it seems from the reviews) a bit more "complete" than the standard PHB?

Consider I almost hate 5e and this game is kinda pushing me back (I got the free basic rules and found them insanely intriguing). :)

Cheers!
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Luke W August 20, 2018 7:47 pm UTC
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Not an author, but the Core Manual has almost the same content as the PHB plus a starship chapter with 3 PC and 5 NPC starships and a setting chapter.
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Luke W August 20, 2018 8:05 pm UTC
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Also there is a free Basic GM Guide available with a selection of antagonists and hi tech rewards.
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Matteo G August 10, 2018 5:29 am UTC
How many pages there are in this book?
The preview doesn't show that
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Luke W August 10, 2018 5:37 am UTC
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This product page lists 304 pages.
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July 08, 2018 3:27 pm UTC
How are the ship building and ship combat rules? Also, what does this game provide that Starfinder doesn't? (These are honest questions; I'm not trying to be snarky.)
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Eric W July 11, 2018 5:52 pm UTC
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The ship building rules are still being written :)
They will be in the Master Technician's Guide, which will be out later this year.

Starship combat (which is in the Core Manual) is based on the 5E ground combat system. Spaceships have a base monster stat block which is modified by the PCs abilities as they take their stations within the ship, increasing things like Speed, AC, HP, etc... The ship acts on a single initiative, so the crew needs to coordinate their plan of action each round. Every station has a different role, and a variety of action choices within each role. The crew decides the order they want to attempt their actions, but they all happen as part of the ship's turn.

Because the ship combat system is integrated into the normal 5e combat round, there's no need for an additional combat system for starships. As a result, you can blend a ship combat with normal combat in the same turn - if you're in a dogfight and your ship is boarded, PCs can get up from their stations...See more
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July 11, 2018 5:56 pm UTC
Thanks for the detailed explanation; it's very informative.
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Etienne G July 07, 2018 9:07 pm UTC
Will there come more races in future books?
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Rich L July 11, 2018 5:12 pm UTC
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Short answer - Yes. :)
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Riccardo C July 04, 2018 10:59 am UTC
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Does the physical version on castleskydawn.com include a Drivethru PDF?
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Rich L July 11, 2018 5:11 pm UTC
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Hi, Riccardo. The physical version was a pre-order which was only available before they went out to Kickstarter backers. It's no longer on the site, but should be available at local gaming stores after Gen Con.
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Riccardo C July 12, 2018 8:11 am UTC
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Ok now I'm worried: I surfed the website on Sunday and found that printed pre-order included pdf, so I pre-ordered all of them two days ago (9 july, printed, they where fully available), including the printed Core. It's all processed and I have it on my Backerkit... Am I ok or should I contact the website?

As a sidenote I already have the Core pdf, I was more interested in the Threat and Master.

Thanks
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Angel T June 30, 2018 6:09 pm UTC
I'd be partial to buying this if it was made available as a POD option.
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Luke W June 30, 2018 7:42 pm UTC
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Its getting a traditional print run.
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Angel T July 01, 2018 10:40 pm UTC
Good to know, thanks. Found it on amazon and pre-ordered.
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Edward R May 25, 2018 3:39 am UTC
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Are these the most current and up to date rules? Just looking at the table for the Adept, and there are a few mistakes. The rules mention getting more Psionic Combat modes according to the table, but I don't see any mention of those increases in the table. Also, according to the table the Adept never goes above Level 5 for the Maximum Talent Rank, which seems odd.
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Edward R May 25, 2018 7:52 pm UTC
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Looks like the new version has addressed all of my concerns. Thank you so much!
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Matt M May 22, 2018 5:28 pm UTC
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Is there a pronunciation key anywhere? I'm curious if I'm properly saying some of the names of alien races.
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Rich L May 23, 2018 11:20 am UTC
Ashenforged - ASH-uh-n-fohrj-d
Belare - bel-AH-ray
Dendus - DEN-duss
Eldori - el-DOHR-ree
Matokai - MAH-toh-kai
Valna - VOLL-nah
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Matt M May 23, 2018 1:55 pm UTC
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Thanks!
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Luan D May 22, 2018 4:37 pm UTC
To the developer:
I live in Brazil.
we've got a little issue with the currency of this game....since cu means ânus :D
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Rich L May 23, 2018 11:08 am UTC
Hi, Luan. Please be advised that the term "cu" is an abbreviation for the full word: "Cubil (pronounced as kee-YOO-bil)". The common abbreviation should be pronounced by the letters c.u. (like "See You"). That should help with avoiding the profanity. :)
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Hayden M May 15, 2018 6:46 pm UTC
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Will their be hardcovers available for download soon, and how would I go converting barbarians and monks. I kinda feel I should leave them as is due to their primitive and secluded nature, but at the same time... Barbarians with shotguns
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Rich L May 16, 2018 4:40 pm UTC
Hardcovers will be available at your local gaming stores within a few months. They'll also be available for sale at Origins Game Fair and Gen Con. The system is fully 5E compatible, so I don't see why you can't just fit those classes directly into it. Whether or not they'll have to learn new proficiencies for gear, vehicles, etc would be completely up to you or your GM.
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Kevin H May 12, 2018 3:28 pm UTC
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Ralph T May 12, 2018 4:06 pm UTC
This product must be so awesome that it has left Kevin H speechless. :)
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Jeffery Blake C May 08, 2018 10:50 pm UTC
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The website linked at the bottom doesn't seems to work. Also, can we get a run down on the races and classes, with some basic information?
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Luke W May 08, 2018 11:00 pm UTC
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There are the basic rules for free here: http://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/220027/Esper-Genesis-Basic-Rules

Website link works for me, but it redirects to here: http://www.castleskydawn.com/espergenesis/. Do you have a setting that prevents redirects?
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Ralph T May 12, 2018 4:03 pm UTC
Link works for me as well, and you could always do a search for Esper Genesis; or you could click on the companies name, Alligator Alley Entertainment, up above and just below the products name. It will take you to a listing of all their products, but you will see a big logo for Esper Genesis that you can click on to just list that product line. I hope this helps.
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Marcos M May 04, 2018 5:46 pm UTC
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Can't wait to get my hardcover copy of the Core Manual at Origins next month! I saw that Esper Genesis had 3 other adventures listed on the Origins Event Gid, will these adventurers be available for sale as well? Thanks for such a great product!
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Robert R May 03, 2018 9:51 am UTC
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Don't know if this has already been spotted, but on page 124 under the Scholar, Field of Study, it has you roll a d10, but only has 8 entries. Either it's missing two fields of study, or it was supposed to be a d8. I'm guessing d8, but another two possibilities on the roll might be nice :)

Looks great, and the art is fantastic!

Also, on page 156 there is a blank square on the upper left corner. If it wasn't for the full page art, I might not have noticed it. It might be a rendering issue in some pdf viewers, not sure.
Page 164 has a similar square, but it's not blank, it's got some style lines, and looks like a color inversion
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Rich L May 03, 2018 3:53 pm UTC
Thanks, Robert! The table should only be a d8. Each chapter has a full page piece with a translucent art element that's common to each chapter. That corner piece may just not be rendering properly on your pdf viewer for some reason.
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Robert R May 05, 2018 3:04 am UTC
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Thank you.
That kind of pdf rendering issue you can't usually do much about.
Also tried to put in everything I could find skimming through the book before the edit timer ran out.
:)
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Andrew D May 02, 2018 7:32 am UTC
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I'm not sure if it has been fixed but my Backerkit copy has issues with the contents, with several options on it just sending me back to the first page.
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Rich L May 02, 2018 10:53 am UTC
Hi, Andrew. This was corrected yesterday during proof before we sent the final out for print. You should be getting an updated copy soon.
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Andrew D May 03, 2018 1:38 am UTC
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Got the updated version, now it seems those "fixed" links don't go to the page they are supposed to. Guess we need a 1.2 version.
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Rich L May 03, 2018 1:52 am UTC
Can you specify what links you're referring to, then? Do you mean hyperlinks? Bookmarks? Are they certain ones? All of them?
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Andrew D May 03, 2018 10:42 am UTC
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The links in contents that are non-functional.

"Character Details, all background types, Starting Equipment, Armor, Wealth and Currency, Multiclassing, Ability Scores & Modifers, Advantage & Disadvantage, Proficiency Bonus, Time, Movement, The Order of Combat"

That is what my smartphone told me of the content links that are currently not linking to the proper page.
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Rich L May 03, 2018 4:02 pm UTC
Thanks for clarifying, Andrew. It looks like when we set up the table of contents for print, some of the sub-level pdf bookmarks didn't match up to their headers when exported digitally, so they don't lead anywhere. The main chapter bookmarks and most of the other subs still work. I'll make sure the ones that don't are matched up again once another digital update goes through.
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