Introducing the Vast & Starlit library.

A nano-game of interstellar crime & rebellion by Epidiah Ravachol


Vast & Starlit: The core rulebook. A universe of adventure that fits in your pocket. Just under 445 words long, and jam packed with all you need to play:

  • Character creation rules;
  • Rules for creating your rogue vessel;
  • Aggressive GM-full, drama-forward, scene now, story framing mechanics;
  • Complete rules for creating alien species, cultures and environments;
  • And bold diceless resolution mechanics.

Bodies in the Dark: The sex and warfare supplement. Romance among the stars! Orbital bombardments of the moon! The longest book in the library, clocking in at just over 460 words long in two full-color pages, this tome includes:

  • Rules for commanding troops and seducing lovers;
  • Tension mechanics for turning up the heat on a firefight or romance;
  • Add-ons to make sexier or more warlike alien species, cultures and environments;
  • Mechanics for handling long military campaigns and drawn out love affairs;
  • And forbidden taboos!

Stellar Atlas: A full-color map of the entire galaxy rendered in loving detail over a gorgeous two-page spread. Also included:

  • Mechanics to govern interstellar travel and pursuit;
  • Add-ons to customize alien species, cultures and environments to their origin in the galaxy;
  • And a complete account of the Seven Wonders of the Galaxy.

Renegade’s Technical Manual: This is the one for all you savvyheads out there. Gear, gear, gear. Almost 450 words of technical know-how, this full-color manual includes:

  • Rules for creating new and alien technology;
  • Calibration mechanics to make sure everyone is on the same page when it comes to the wacky, weird and powerful;
  • Guidelines for customizing technologies to the cultures that created them;
  • Customization rules for the player character’s personal gear;
  • And rules for building, repairing, inventing, constructing, jury rigging, and demolition on a deadline or at the sort of leisurely pace only interstellar travel can allow.

Awesome! How do I buy this?

Well, we can do this the easy way or the hard way.

Hold Up! We Just Found the Easiest Way!

The Easiest Way

Head over to DriveThruRPG and pick up a PDF of the game for whatever amounts of credits you desire!

Okay, Now Carry On With the Plain Old Easy Way and the Hard Way.

The Plain Old Easy Way

You find me, at a convention or meet-up or in a coffee shop (I’m rather partial to the Brass Buckle in Greenfield, MA) and you hand me one lousy American dollar and I had you the book of your choice. We can continue handing dollars and books back and forth until you’ve had your fill or one of us runs out of dollars or books.

The Hardest Way

I’m just about out of physical copies of the game. So I’m afraid I’m going to have to discontinue the hard way until conditions are right to print a new set.

The Hard Way

If you don’t want to meet me face-to-face, that’s fine. I totally understand. I wouldn’t if I were you. I can still get the game to you. Here are the hoops I’m going to make you jump through:

Mail me one dollar, or whatever currently exchanges for a dollar in your country’s currency; along with a self-addressed, stamped* envelope; and a drawing for each book you wish to purchase. You may use the same self-addressed, stamped envelope for up to four books, but you need spend one dollar and one drawing per book.

The subject of your drawing will depend on which book you’re getting.

  • Vast & Starlit: Send me a drawing of a spacecraft of your invention.
  • Bodies in the Dark: Send me a drawing of two aliens fighting or making out.
  • Stellar Atlas: Send me a drawing of an alien sunrise, sunset, moonrise, moonset, or any other view of the sky from an alien planet.
  • Renegade’s Technical Manual: Send me a drawing of some alien piece of technology.

You don’t have to do the drawings yourself, though I wish you would. However, you must have the rights to grant me the non-exclusive rights to use the drawings to promote Vast & Starlit and use them in future Vast & Starlit related materials. Because that’s what you’re going to be doing. As soon as I can scan them in, they’ll be up on the Vast & Starlit Tumblr. So please let me know to whom I should attribute the pictures (feel free to use a pseudonym, we’re all roleplayers here).

Warning: I am not responsible for the condition the game reaches you in if we do this the hard way. I’m sure the post office will be as gentle as possible, but I can’t guarantee anything.

Actual Size

* International orders can ignore the stamped requirement and just send an additional dollar. More details here.

28 Responses to “Vast & Starlit”

  1. dwbapst Says:

    Do the games fit in a standard envelope?
    -Dave Bapst

    1. Epidiah Says:

      Yup. I have all four of the books in my wallet at the moment. Plus several extra copies of the core rulebook, and the usual assortment of wallet material.

  2. Jeremiah Says:

    I’m hoping quality of drawings isn’t an issue, because mine are bound to be pretty awful. Still gonna give it a shot, though, I might surprise myself.

    1. Epidiah Says:

      Quality is no issue. I embrace the pretty and the awful.

  3. Robb Says:

    Just bought all four at PAX East today, and sadly only had a pass for today otherwise I would have camped by the booth where I bought them and got others to play. Some of my usual gaming crew are excited and really like the idea, but I had some questions and was wondering where a good place to ask you would be.

    1. Epidiah Says:

      Feel free and ask here, or catch me over on Google+, especially in the Design Matters community:

  4. MrZarq Says:

    How does the hard method work for international orders? Will it work if I stamp the enclosed envelope with a Belgian airmale stamp?

    1. Epidiah Says:

      There are new rules for international shipping. It should make things easier:

  5. Next time you should put your game on a postcard, easier to send ;-)

  6. Sean Nittner Says:

    Just sent out four of my best alien masterpieces.

    1. Epidiah Says:

      I eagerly await them!

  7. My eyesight is going, is there a way to get the texts and images in a standard format? I’ll gladly pay the $1 per title.

    1. Epidiah Says:

      I’ll see what I can do without changing the production costs too much. I’ll have to investigate some options and get back to you.

  8. Can the drawings be on the dollars?

    1. Epidiah Says:

      I do not advocate anything as illegal as defacing legal tender; but I accept all sorts of filthy money. Even money where the filth on it makes interesting or pretty patterns.

  9. Igor Bone Says:

    Is there anyway to send the 5 dollars via paypal? As a international buyer, it would cost a lot more to send the money. I’ll send the drawings too, of course.

    1. Epidiah Says:

      Possibly . . . I must ponder on this. I’m away from home at the moment and not really in the position to fulfill anything, but if you bug me about it next Wednesday, Oct. 16th, I’ll set you up.

  10. Godefroy D. Says:

    Any chance for a European customer to get hold of a pdf copy of these ? Maybe laid out in some foldable A4 pages ?

    1. Epidiah Says:

      My policy up to now is to not do a PDF, because the method of purchase was part of the experiment, but I’ll be doing some re-examining of that next month. No promises at this point.

      Meanwhile, you can check out the entire core rulebook exactly how I tweeted it last Free RPG Day:

      1. Godefroy D. Says:

        I understand ! Thanks for the reply, best of luck in your future endeavours :)

  11. Stephen Says:

    I prob’ly should have checked before I mailed everything, but your address is still current here, right?

    1. Epidiah Says:

      It is and I believe I just got your order yesterday. So all is good.

  12. Brette:) Says:

    If you have any print copies (or do some more) let me know I would like to buy a set..

    1. Epidiah Says:

      I don’t have any at the moment, but if I do print more, I’ll let you know.

      1. Brette:) Says:

        Thanks.. I’ll prob pick up a copy of Dread House while I wait then;) (and put Time & Temp print edition on my never ending shortening list of rpg’s to track down (I only do print versions of games).. 100 made of those?

    2. Epidiah Says:

      I suspect you may find physical copies of both V&S and T&T at Modern Myths ( At least, last time I checked they had some.

      1. Brette:) Says:

        sent them an email.. no replay as yet.. I’ll give them a couple more days.

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