Vast & Starlit

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?


You can now pick up a PDF of the game for whatever amounts of credits you desire!

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  1. dwbapst · March 18, 2013

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

    • Epidiah · March 18, 2013

      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 · March 20, 2013

    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.

    • Epidiah · March 20, 2013

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

  3. Robb · March 23, 2013

    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.

  4. MrZarq · March 26, 2013

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

  5. ivan vaghi (@kiaroscuro) · May 27, 2013

    Next time you should put your game on a postcard, easier to send 😉

  6. Sean Nittner · May 29, 2013

    Just sent out four of my best alien masterpieces.

  7. Kyrinn S. Eis · June 6, 2013

    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.

    • Epidiah · June 6, 2013

      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. Matt Strickling · July 21, 2013

    Can the drawings be on the dollars?

    • Epidiah · July 21, 2013

      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 · October 7, 2013

    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.

    • Epidiah · October 7, 2013

      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. · November 14, 2013

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

    • Epidiah · November 19, 2013

      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:

      • Godefroy D. · November 19, 2013

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

  11. Stephen · March 23, 2014

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

    • Epidiah · March 23, 2014

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

  12. Brette:) · September 14, 2014

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

    • Epidiah · September 14, 2014

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

      • Brette:) · September 14, 2014

        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?

    • Epidiah · September 14, 2014

      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.

      • Brette:) · September 16, 2014

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

  13. dwbapst · March 2, 2018

    Hey Epidiah, What happened to the gallery of images we sent you to get our copies? I was just going to show someone mine…

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