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Space: 1889
by Keith (. T. A. [Featured Reviewer] Date Added: 09/14/2013 13:46:55
Years ago I picked up a game book with a Victorian Era British soldier on the cover fighting off gold-skinned ape men with fin ears. The logo had "SPACE" drawn as riveted metal with a stylized "1889" below it. I picked up the blue book and read the back cover.

"Role-Playing In A More Civilized Time. Everything Jules Verne should have written. Everything H. G. Wells could have written. Everything A. Conan Doyle thought of, but never published because it was too fantastic. Everything you need for adventures of the century! The Space 1889 role-playing game covers the exciting background of Victorian science fiction: ether fliers and Martian cloud ships, the canals and ancient civilizations of the red planet, Venus' swamps and dinosaurs, the honeycombed interior of Luna, and the thrills of inventions and inventors; the driving force behind Victoria's multi-world empire!"

In the game's history, Thomas Edison invented a device called the Ether Propeller which allowed ships raised to high enough altitude to travel through space at amazing rates of speed. In the 19th century, Ether was believed to be light's medium like water for waves and air for sound. SPACE:1889 uses ether and other scientific theories from the 1800s to build a universe consistent with the mindset of the day.

Space: 1889 and its companion Sky Galleons of Mars ignited my imagination the way few settings ever have. While other science fiction RPGs sent characters to the far future, Frank Chadwick sent gamers into the past. The character combat system wasn't great but the ship-to-ship rules were first rate . The original work gave you atlases of Mars, Venus, the Moon, and Mercury along with the indigenous races for each planet. I fought the cursed Belgians from one end of Mars to the other and knew victory captaining the screw galley Texan's Pride. Now THAT was a setting!

The game has since been redone in Savage Worlds and a soon-to-be-release Ubiquity system. I can't say enough about the setting or it's creator, Frank Chadwick. Go forth, young adventurer, can conquer the skies of Mars.

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Introduction to Space: 1889
by Keith (. T. A. [Featured Reviewer] Date Added: 09/14/2013 13:43:33
If you're interested in learning about Space 1889, this is the product for you. It contains the relevant setting history along with some of the equipment found in the rule books. Give this to your players regardless of which flavor Space:1889 you plan to play - Original, Savage Worlds, or Ubiquity.

Note: This product is a scan from the original text.

You can find a review of Space:1889 Red Sands at http://rptroll.blogspot.com/2010/09/review-space-1889-red-sa-
nds.html

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Space: 1889
by Mark L. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 07/06/2013 22:10:36
I introduced this game to my daughter a few years ago and she loved it. She is in the Navy now and doesnt have room for a library of gamebooks but this bundle will all fit on her Kindle Fire nicely!

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Sky Galleons of Mars/Cloudships and Gunboats
by Scott W. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 06/10/2012 00:42:44
Its all I expected it to be... Now if someone will just make new ship minis

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GDW's Space 1889 Adventures [BUNDLE]
by Matthew B. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 02/10/2012 15:11:11
I've been a fan of the Space: 1889 concept since I first saw it. This bundle is a wonderfully inexpensive way to get the PDF's of my favoerite adventures.

Even though I already have hardcopies of all these books I like the ability to use them on my computer during a game so I can reference them without carrying around a ton of books. Sometimes a game may break out when I'm away from home!

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Introduction to Space: 1889
by Samuel L. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 08/17/2010 10:06:10
It's been nearly 20 years since I played this game, and now my gaming buddies and I are getting back into it, full bore! Thanks to Heliograph for reprinting the original rules, which I just happened to see this last GenCon Indy (2010). Great steampunk game!

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GDW's Space 1889 Complete Set [BUNDLE]
by Mark H. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 08/02/2010 22:09:17
This is one of my favorite series of RPGs. The bundle is a great way to acquire the complete series

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Introduction to Space: 1889
by Stuart R. [Featured Reviewer] Date Added: 06/23/2010 20:47:03
My boxed set of Sky Galleons of Mars has been one of the quirkier parts of my gaming library since I won it at a Demo game in 1989. It contained this intro to Space: 1889 and I also had an opportunity to play in a Demo game for the RPG.

Space: 1889 was about 20 years ahead of it's time. Back in the 80s nobody had heard of "Steampunk" and the idea of alternate history Victorian Science Fiction seemed pretty weird to a lot of gamers. Today it's a very different story, so it's nice to see this being made available again.

If Steampunk, Pith Helmets and/or Flying Ships are your thing, this is a great game and worth checking out.

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