I’m sure lots of our readers have played or are currently playing a Star Wars tabletop RPG. I covered a brief history/primer of Star Wars RPGs back in 2015 before The Force Awakens was released. Tabletop roleplaying games set in the Star Wars universe have a long history starting back in 1987 and continuing into the present day. West End Games, Wizards of the Coast and Final Flight Games have all provided excellent rules and sourcebooks, and all three of these games are still played by fans. Since FFG released Edge of Empire, it has been going strong a great way to play an RPG set in the Star Wars universe, even giving us a way to play in the world of the latest trilogy with Star Wars The Force Awakens Beginner Game.
Star Wars: The Roleplaying Game, is a role-playing game set in the Star Wars universe, written and published by West End Games (WEG) between 1987 and 1999, spanning three editions and around 140 sourcebooks. This d6 game was originally based on WEG’s earlier Ghostbusters RPG and it won the Origins Award for Best Roleplaying Rules of 1987. WEG’s game sourcebooks also established much of the groundwork of what later became the Star Wars expanded universe (much of which has since been nullified by Disney). The books were so detailed and authoritative that they made it into the official writers’ bible and Timothy Zahn was told to use them for the background of his revered Thrawn trilogy, which we’re seeing show up in the canon being created by the current Star Wars: Rebels TV show.
The system never died, but simply faded away for a time. WEG’s license to produce Star Wars material was lost after the company declared bankruptcy in 1998, but the game system lived on in D6 Space, which was released in 2004 and uses a generic space opera setting and now with FFG’s 30th Anniversary Edition which was announced back in August.
Fantasy Flight Games is proud to offer faithful recreations of this influential rulebook and The Star Wars™ Sourcebook. Our Star Wars™: The Roleplaying Game 30th Anniversary Edition is a limited edition set of both books, printed with higher quality than the originals and packaged in a stylized slipcase.
I haven’t played this system since I was a kid and I can’t even recall the details of the few games we played. I do remember how much fun it was just to look at all the books my friend had on his bookshelf for hours and hours, covering everything in the galaxy I wanted to know about. If you want to a chance to relive looking through those old books or even play the game again, you are in luck.
A collectible set of two high-quality, hardbound books presented in a stylized slipcase. You’ll find all the original game materials—just as playable as ever—and they’re presented with the same graphic design and fake, in-universe Star Wars advertisements for the Imperial Navy, the R2 astromech Droid, and more.
Even the books’ use of black-and-white, blue ink, and full color sections have been recreated, along with its use of still photos and concept art, some of which have been updated for this new 30th Anniversary Edition. Finally, the books come with a foreword by Pablo Hidalgo, one of the creative executives on the Lucasfilm Story Group.
This edition is available for pre-order now for USD 59.95. Visit FFG’s official Star Wars: The Roleplaying Game 30th Anniversary Edition page for more details.