In a recent conversation that I had with Rob Donoghue over Twitter I learned about Dark Space. Dark Space was a campaign setting that Monte Cook created back in the early 1990s for Rolemaster and Spacemaster.
Dark Space is a complete campaign setting well as a unique combination of science fiction, fantasy and horror. Contained within are detailed descriptions of twenty different worlds and the society that binds them together. Organizations, religions and governments of this fantasy/high tech society are included as well as a number of new races and beasts unique to the setting.
That’s about as much as I could find about this campaign. But the combination of these different genres looks pretty interesting, alas Dark Space has been out-of-print for quite some time. So, does anyone know if there’s still a way to get a copy of Dark Space? Is there a PDF copy somewhere, is someone selling it on eBay? Your help is appreciated.
Aside from that, do you guys know the setting and can you give me a few more details about it?
I see an affordable used copy at http://www.amazon.com and some high priced copies as well.
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Thanks for the information! I will check it out later.
There are copies on ABEbooks (my fave source for used/OOP) at 40 $US
Well worth it, I might add, with lots of systemless goodness. I didn't realize that was a Monte Cook joint – it explains alot.
Thanks for the link.
I still own this thing. I never got to use it. It contains rules for all sorts of "wetware" body enhancements and some monsters, a small list of planets with rudimentary maps, etc. It allowed Space Master / Rolemaster cross-overs. I was very much reminded of it when I leafed through Chaositech!
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I have a copy and it is awesome. I ran several campaigns in this setting back in high school, using Rolemaster. It was always a favorite. It is a little light on details at times (but what can you expect for a soft-cover that contains 20+ worlds and thousands of years of history?) but very evocative. The biological technology (aka Softech) is one of the coolest parts of a setting that includes magic, psionics, cosmic Lovecraftian horrors, plasma guns, star ships, and biocrystal. I think this was one of the first of Monte Cook's products that I encountered, and I really loved it. Monte expanded on many of these ideas in his later work, most notably Chaositech. Feel free to email me with more questions if you wish. -Brian
@Brian: Cool. I wish I could get an affordable copy somewhere. Do you think the campaign can be easily used with another system, since I am not an expert in Rolemaster?
@Stargazer: Hmmm… it's been a while, but I think so. I wouldn't say it would be any easier than any other book to convert to another system. That is, if used as an Idea Book, it would work well. You might not find much to use from the rules that is worth converting to another system. You'd just take the ideas (many of which, such as the worlds, are really just outlines of ideas anyway) and adapt them to your system of choice.
I bet that I did (at one point) play with converting Dark Space to Alternity (another fave). But I don't think I ever ran that. Sometimes creating the campaign is half (or all) the fun! 🙂