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Darkest Star Games Sponsoring Member of TMP07 Nov 2017 1:45 p.m. PST

Anyone know of any RPGs where different races/species use different FTL travel methods?

Mardaddy07 Nov 2017 5:41 p.m. PST


I looked into Traveller 2300 a long while back (30+ years ago!), and I have no clue what the "Kafers" did for FTL, but humans used what they called stutter-warp drives that skipped in and out of FTL, I cannot recall if it was the closest technology would allow, or if there were long-term problems with a "constant" FTL drive.

Sorry, not much help there…

emckinney07 Nov 2017 6:28 p.m. PST

Kafers also used Stutterwarps, but they were more radiation resistant, so they could make longer runs before they had to discharge the drive in a gravity well.

The Stutterwarp makes quantum-distance jumps very, very fast, giving the illusion of a ship physically moving faster than the speed of light (it's not in hyperspace or anything, so you can observe it normally, but you get bizarre effects due to the apparent greater-than-light-speed velocity).

Technically, the Warhammer 40K RPGs qualify, since the Eldar can use the Webway as a "subway system."

Among boardgames, Web & Starship have this link

There's another where all four races use different FTL. I can visualize the map, but can't think of the title.

TNE230007 Nov 2017 6:34 p.m. PST

the Traveller New Era system allowed for multiple FTL methods
see Fire Fusion and Steel

but in the OTU all races use the standard jump drive

Traveller 2300/2300AD
all FTL is Stutterwarp

the stutterwarp works by jumping a tiny distance
(see electron tunneling)
but does it VERY rapidly

Dynaman878907 Nov 2017 8:00 p.m. PST

Not an RPG but "Web and Starship" was a wargame from the eighties. One race used a connected web while another used warp drive. Humans used a mix of the technologies. I never played it or owned it so can't give any more information then that.

GURPS has rules for different types of FTL travel but it does not have a particular setting.

Darkest Star Games Sponsoring Member of TMP08 Nov 2017 8:05 a.m. PST

Hadn't heard of "Web and Starship", quite interesting! Thanks!

You'd figure that there'd be a lot of games out there where different races/species developed their own modes of FTL, but most seem to follow the "we got it from the ancients/these other guys/it's the only way" patterns. Guess it's time to do a little ground breaking, as far as backstory goes anyways!

Ghostrunner08 Nov 2017 9:58 a.m. PST

David Brin addressed this in his 'Uplift' series.

There were multiple FTL systems, owing to a billion-ish years of recorded technological progress.

He put in one of his commentaries, that if you were 'going to break the rules' you might as well do it in a lot of creative ways.

Hey You08 Nov 2017 2:10 p.m. PST

I am not sure if the "GURPS The Hitch Hikers Guide to the Galaxy" is still archived on the web or not but the following FTL drives were explained in GURPS terms:

Bistromathic Drive
Infinite Improbability Drive
Probability Hopping
Quark Drive
Black Hole Drive
Flare Riding
The Hyperspatial Express Route
Charm Drive
Bad News Drive

I still have the zipfile (97kb) on one of my external drives. It's pretty funny.

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