Spacers in space watching spacers in space.
Yes, I am a fan of the now-somwhat-old Firefly TV series. It has the gritty type of SF cosmos that I love to portray in my stories and games. Here is a good article on how Joss Whedon had to work hard to make his vision arrive at the Small Screen — link >>>
I used to write plenty of role-playing games, but for various reasons there has been a hiatus of several years. But in 2014 I wrote the gritty space-opera RPG Sci-Fi! in Swedish and now Saga Games has published it. I got my writer’s copies from Tomas Arfert earlier today.
Sci-Fi! uses the old-school rules engine that Tomas created for his Fantasy! RPG. Two campaign settings are provided:
1. The New Era, the primary setting, is based on 1960s space opera, such as the Jeff Hawke comic and Edmond Hamilton’s Star Wolf novels, but adapted to modern tastes in the spirit of Elizabeth Moon’s novels about interstellar trader Ky Vatta and the Firefly TV series. Space is vast, the interstellar alien Empire has recently collapsed, and several minor races, among them Homo Sapiens, now compete to survive in this New Era.
2. Red Sand is a pastiche of pulpish 1930s Mars adventures. Intrepid human adventurers explore a Mars-as-it-ought-to-be: an ancient planet with deserts, ruins, mysteries, and many alien races. There is a strong touch of Indiana Jones and Eric John Stark to this setting.
Ten years ago I enjoyed the Firefly TV series and felt a pang in my heart when it was cancelled too early. However, the Browncoat supporters still hang on and and a bunch of such enthusiasts have made a fanfic film taking place in the same solar system. I give them a big cheer for the effort.