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Among the stars in a distant galaxy there exists a region of densely populated habitable worlds. It is here your story begins, a place commonly called "the frontier" where people dwell and tales unfold.

The Galactic Federation's power now wanes as corporations rise to fill the void left behind by the loss of their protection and authority. Citizens push on against adversity and defy the obviousness of their limitations. They live their lives doing work for the large interstellar corporations and governments. They huddle around spaceports and seek passage to the next system. They fight and they love and they die... but above all else, despite the vastness, despite the isolation, despite the dirt and the dust and the danger... the frontier is alive. And that's what makes it worth fighting for.

The Player's Handbook is the essential sourcebook for every FrontierSpace role player. Contained in this book you'll find all the rules you need for creating, training, equipping, playing, and developing your character. This is a companion volume to the Referee's Handbook, available here.

FrontierSpace is built upon the foundation of the d00lite system, the same game engine used to power BareBones Fantasy and Covert Ops roleplaying games. Years of feedback and continued game system development has evolved this product into something that flows at the game table while getting out of the way of a good story.

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jean-frédéric M November 16, 2017 12:05 am UTC
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hello, i have a silly question is this a generic system for retro like scifi genre (à la TSR's Star Frontier) wich we can create our own setting or does it comes with its own universe (still à la Star Frontier) ?
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William W November 18, 2017 7:10 pm UTC
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It has an example setting in the book, but you can certainly make up your own setting and ignore the example setting in the book. The Referee's Manual gives you tools to make up your own aliens, add psionics and more.
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jean-frédéric M November 19, 2017 4:23 pm UTC
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awesome, thanks for your answer
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November 12, 2017 7:58 pm UTC
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I'm not overly fond of the watermark. Any reason why this one has it where your other games do not?
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William L November 12, 2017 9:04 pm UTC
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I'm not fond of 'em either and usually remember to change the default setting... I'll see if it'll let me change it... stand by.

Edit: it let me remove it. It was just an oversight on my part. The product still is listed as a "watermarked pdf" but when you download it it has no watermark.
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November 15, 2017 5:38 am UTC
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That's awesome. Thank you.
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Shannon L November 01, 2017 4:03 pm UTC
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BTW is the book Digest size? Im really hoping it is. If it's not are you going to be doing one?
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William L November 01, 2017 8:50 pm UTC
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It is not digest size, and isn't planned to be.
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Shannon L November 04, 2017 2:14 pm UTC
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Oh oks. I loved the presentation of White Lies hence the question. Thanks for the prompt answer. I'll enjoy it anyway of course!
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Carl S October 28, 2017 7:21 pm UTC
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Wow, this book explains the system much better than Covert Ops. Thank you. I'd love to see some expanded (or fan made) material for this system. Thank you.
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William L November 01, 2017 8:51 pm UTC
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I would like to see that too, Carl. Eager for others to write adventures and sourcebooks. Hope that happens!
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Michael H October 27, 2017 2:08 am UTC
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Any news on the referees' guide please?
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William L October 28, 2017 5:16 pm UTC
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Still on schedule for a release at the end of the month! The artist has 6 more images to go and his confidence is high that he'll have those pieces delivered by Monday Oct 30. Indexing as well. So the PDF release by Oct 31 is still on schedule.
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Michael H October 29, 2017 9:46 am UTC
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Magnificent news! Thank you.
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Chad K October 22, 2017 4:45 pm UTC
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I love this book. Is there a forum for this game? Somebody has to write up the old Star Frontiers races for this, and a few new ones. Great stuff. Looking forward to the next book.
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William L October 22, 2017 7:26 pm UTC
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On google plus, there is a DWD Studios page with a FrontiersSpace group. But otherwise there’s no official forum yet.

https://plus.google.com/communities/116806731676011503003?iem=1

In the Referees Handbook, due out in a couple weeks, I wrote a running example of new species generation that some might call a certain battle raging gliding monkey many of us love. Also present four additional species to use as Referees desire, as more examples!
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Chad K October 23, 2017 3:56 am UTC
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Awesome. Great to hear. I just got my print copy. Hope to see a dedicated forum and a POD for the Ref Handbook. thanks!
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Chad K October 24, 2017 2:08 pm UTC
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Id love to see a book on Alien races and more Archetypes in the future. Thanks for a great book!
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Pierre S October 08, 2017 7:57 pm UTC
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The latest October 2 revision of the files are not working, they are corrupted. Only the black and white map will display properly, not the colour map or .pdfs of Player's Handbook or character sheet.
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Pierre S October 08, 2017 8:22 pm UTC
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Correction! It only seems to be a problem if I send a file to Dropbox, one of the options on DriveThru. I'll have to talk to DriveThru's Support.
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Marc C October 07, 2017 11:40 am UTC
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Very happy to see this project came to fruition after seeing the beginning on star frontiers.us (as bioreplica). First glace of the PDF is very positive. Really like the old school vibe of the illustrations. Kudos to Bill and the DWD team. When is the Game Master book coming out ?
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William L October 07, 2017 2:51 pm UTC
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Content is pretty much ready and in final layout. Editor taking another pass at it and still waiting on some art. Hoping by end of this month.
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October 04, 2017 11:29 pm UTC
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bought my pdf today and just finished the first read through. Great work as always Bill!
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William L October 05, 2017 5:15 pm UTC
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:-)
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Michael H October 03, 2017 10:16 am UTC
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At the risk of being an Apostrophe Nazi (or worse still, wrong), shouldn't this book be called Players' Handbook - being a handbook aimed at players of the game? A Player's Handbook would be the handbook for just one player.
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William L October 03, 2017 12:04 pm UTC
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It is for a player. only one player can really read it at a time. :-)
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Michael H October 04, 2017 6:49 am UTC
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Can't argue with that. :D
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Michael H October 03, 2017 6:24 am UTC
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Well...I can't review the book yet because I haven't really read a single word but I've looked at every page. Love the consistent art style; fabulous super-clean layout. Everything TSR should have made of their game! At first glance: Gold. Very keen to see the GMs' guide.
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Michael H October 03, 2017 10:08 am UTC
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Including the time it took to selectively read bits of the Character Generation chapter it took maybe six minutes to create my first character. Love it.
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Jim L October 03, 2017 3:22 am UTC
Hey Bill, glad to see FrontierSpace finally out in the wild! Congrats!

By the way, will PDF purchasers get a discount with the POD when it's finally out?
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William L October 03, 2017 3:25 am UTC
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yep, I'll make a coupon and send it out to those who purchased the PDF to remove my profit from a POD purchase. Did that with BBF and CO too.
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Steve P October 03, 2017 7:46 pm UTC
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Thanks. That just got you a sale. Game looks excellent.
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BENJAMIN N October 05, 2017 1:42 am UTC
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Fantastic! Thank-you for that consideration.
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Jason B October 06, 2017 6:04 pm UTC
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POD Upgrade Coupon?!?! Looks like I don't need to wait, then!! ;)
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David C October 09, 2017 6:10 pm UTC
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Very happy to her of a POD coupon. This is one I definitely want in hardcopy.
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Steve P October 16, 2017 3:33 pm UTC
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Hi Bill, any idea of when/how I might be able to get that coupon please?
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William L October 17, 2017 8:55 pm UTC
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Hi Steve - I sent an email using the tools on this site - did you not get it? Or maybe do you have notifications disabled? I can give you a coupon - please send me an email at wlogan at dwdstudios dot com
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David K September 29, 2017 7:52 pm UTC
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Are the rule mechanics different than in Covert Ops or BBF (both awesome games which I enjoy greatly and like to tinker with)? If so, how different, as it is still d00 lite? I have been looking forward to this for some time and I am eagerly awaiting the POD.
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William L September 29, 2017 8:57 pm UTC
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David K, it's very similar to the foundation built in BBF and Covert Ops, though it has evolved quite a bit and is much tighter/cleaner. Skill system is quite a bit different, but is a great improvement. Six ability scores. Some new rules for hazards other games didn't need (radiation, vacuum of space, etc.). I can explain more to you in a private message if you use G+... I'm Bill_Logan there, pretty easy to find :-)
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Moreno A September 29, 2017 8:16 am UTC
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I had the pleasure and honor to take part to this game's playtest.

The ruleset is awesome - it hits the perfect spot between rules-light and complete, beging simple and dynamic without sacrificing anything important. You'll never feel like the rules are letting you down.

The content is also top notch, from equipment to vehicles to robots and starships - all great stuff you can readily use in your play sessions. The included setting is fleshed out enough to spark your imagination, but the game never forces you to use it.

In a word - BUY IT NOW!!!! :)
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Thorsten P September 28, 2017 1:53 pm UTC
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Just bought the book, looking forward to reading it fully. I couldn't find any bookmarks which double as a table of contents. Could you please add bookmarks? Not having any in a 200+ pages digital book makes usage tiresome, really.
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William L September 28, 2017 2:00 pm UTC
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Aaaaaaaahhhhhhh. I can’t believe I released it without bookmarks... that is one of my own pet peeves with PDFs. Yes. I will update. Sorry about that!
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Thorsten P September 28, 2017 2:35 pm UTC
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No problem, I'm glad you're working on including them!
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William L September 28, 2017 4:42 pm UTC
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Added!
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Thorsten P September 29, 2017 10:36 am UTC
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Awesome! Thanks for the lightning-fast reaction!
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Michael H September 28, 2017 5:29 am UTC
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How much of the game is unique to the setting versus rules you could plant in your own setting?
Thanks
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William L September 28, 2017 12:06 pm UTC
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The Player's Handbook provides a default setting complete with three alien species, robot PCs, and of course humans. The setting is lite enough that you could use it to tell any kind of story, but if you want to create your own setting with your own species, the Referee's Handbook will provide you with a lot of tools to do just that.
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Michael H September 30, 2017 5:29 am UTC
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Just what I was hoping for. I'm happy with a default setting but my games tend to gravitate towards Traveller-style play so I most often drop the aliens and increase the isolation (although from the preview this game seems to have that element under control).
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