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"This is not a game that wants to be the property-of-your-choice, it’s a game that embraces sci-fi’s adventurous side. It is sci-fi with room for excitement and wonder. And 5E proves an excellent match for this, since EG’s relationship to sci-fi is much like 5E’s relationship to fantasy - it is part of the landscape, but the first priority is to play a game." — Rob Donoghue, Evil Hat Productions

“Esper Genesis takes a proven system we all know and maps it onto an exciting new science fiction setting. These folks have really drilled down into 5th edition rules and popular cinematic sci-fi and made it all work together." — Cam Banks, RPG Designer

Brace Yourself for High Adventure in Hyperspace as Sci-Fi comes to 5th Edition!

Galaxies at war, high-tech gadgets and weapons, robots, aliens, starfighters, and ancient machines with the power to shape reality - All of these make the core of Esper Genesis, powered by the 5th Edition rules of the world's greatest roleplaying game. Taking on the role of a galactic hero, you can forge your destiny within a universe of advanced technologies and hidden mysteries.

Heroic Sci-fi Roleplaying

The Esper Genesis Roleplaying Game is a powerhouse of awesome sci-fi adventure. The Core Manual is the first of three rulebooks, containing character creation rules new sci-fi races, character classes, backgrounds, skills, gear, rules for planetary exploration, high-tech weapon combat, starship combat, esper powers, and so much more!

Full 5E Compatibility

Esper Genesis is designed with an infinite universe in mind, powered by the 5th edition rules of the world's greatest roleplaying game. If you've played any 5E game, you already know how to play Esper Genesis.  Though the system is easily integrated into any 5E setting, it is also a standalone product. You do not need the D&D rulebooks or any other 5E product in order to play.

This product contains:

  • Nine playable character races from the Silrayne Arc galactic setting.
  • Eight Character Classes
  • Sci-fi tailored backgrounds, equipment, and gear to round out your galactic pioneer
  • A full list of esper powers, allowing your characters to warp time, space, and matter
  • High-tech gear and weapons, including rules for modern weapons, burst fire, and explosives
  • Rules and options for modern and futuristic vehicles, space travel, and galactic exploration
  • A fully integrated starship combat system
  • A brief overview of the galaxy, people, and cultures
Remember to pick up your free download of the official ESPER GENESIS CHARACTER SHEET and the GAME MASTER BASIC RULES, which include sci-fi threats, special item enhancements, and setting development aids.

Visit the official Esper Genesis homepage at for project updates, gaming events, and special offers.

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Bradley W July 24, 2021 11:45 pm UTC
It's basically just the Player's Handbook rewritten with spacy language. I was, pretty honestly, disappointed. No non-humanoid races, sparse tech and weapons, and spells literally ripped from the PHB...some of them aren't even reskinned. The setting is cool, but it's just going to be DnD in space. It seems like they had a great idea, and missed out on the chance to add all the amazing uniqueness that Sci-Fi brings.
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Keith M July 08, 2021 8:32 am UTC
Is it just me or does the weapons section seem very sparse, especially for a Sci-fi setting?
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Kevin S May 08, 2021 6:44 pm UTC
Is this pdf going to be updated with the new errata and rules from May 2020?
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dmc D April 21, 2020 8:12 pm UTC
Hi. I'm warming up to Esper Genesis. I just downloaded the free Basic rules. My question is, how much more does the Core add on to the Basic rules? Thanks!
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Brian D April 26, 2020 1:11 am UTC
The core manual more than doubles the Basic Rules, especially in the unique aspects of the system such as starship combat.
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DARKO M February 29, 2020 10:18 pm UTC
Would love to have a hardcover version of this
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Brian D March 01, 2020 6:31 am UTC
Hi Darko, The hardback version was first released in August of 2018 with a second printing in November of 2019. It is currently available to your FLGS from a large number of distributors worldwide. If all else fails, you can order it from Amazon.
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Andrew M January 16, 2020 12:47 am UTC
Is the master technician's guide contained in this?
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Luke W January 16, 2020 12:55 am UTC
No. The MTG has yet to be released.
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Chris S October 13, 2019 12:48 am UTC
So, there is still no hardcover? I really like to unplug when we game.
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Luke W October 13, 2019 4:18 am UTC
The hardcover is offset printed and has been out for over a year.
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Chris S October 21, 2019 2:32 pm UTC
So cant Drivethru RPG do a print on demand?, much like Arcadia
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Cameron G September 17, 2019 1:32 pm UTC
So, there's an official bit of Star Wars art in here, it looks to be a TIE Phantom, just flipped upside down, did you license this for use?
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Rich L September 26, 2019 9:24 pm UTC
Hi, Cameron. All artwork in the book is licensed for use and properly credited to the artists. None were acquired or used with illicit intent, which is actually something we take very seriously. Thank you for your concern.
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Ralph T July 08, 2019 7:56 pm UTC
Whatever happened to the remaining two core rule books? It's been well over a year since the first core rule book was released. Has this product been abandoned?
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Brian D July 08, 2019 9:57 pm UTC
Check out our Facebook, which is Esper Genesis 5e, for previews of the close-to-completion Threats Database
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Ralph T July 12, 2019 9:53 pm UTC
Thank you for the reply, but I don't use Facebook; so I'm not able to see any material that is posted there.
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Thomas G May 27, 2019 7:01 pm UTC
1) The preview PDF is corrupted.

2) Am I missing something or is there a rather glaring issue with the tables for the "spell caster" classes?

I'm looking under the Melder's class table and "Maximum Talent Rank" progresses from 1, 1, 2, 2, 3, 3, 4, 4, 5, 5, 5, 5, 5, 5, 5, 5... There is no mention of ranks higher than 6.

I compared this to the Cybermancer and Adept and they have the same issue.

Seems like the tables were not entered correctly.

I just purchased the core book from DriveThruRpg. The pdf is labeled as "Digital Edition: Version 1.3".

3) Also, the Melder seems to have way more talents available than other classes. Is this actually as intended?

> You gain additional talents and ranks as you gain levels.
> Each time you gain a level as a melder, you learn two
> additional talents of your choice. They can be of any rank
> so long as they are not higher than...See more
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Luke W May 27, 2019 7:53 pm UTC
2) You are missing the Force Breach rule on page 206. This is how those classes get access to talents beyond rank 5.

3) Yes, its intended. Melders are intended to be versatile. Adepts and Cybermancers intended to be more focussed. Engineers know all of their talents, but must prepare a short list after each long rest. FWIW all of this is almost identical to D&D5e and the comparable classes.
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Thomas G May 27, 2019 8:16 pm UTC
Thanks so much for the response, Luke.

I'm still not sure how a Melder (or Cybermancer or Adept) gains access to a Rank 6 talent/spell. The Force Breach rule you mentioned shows how to increase a talent up in ranks, but it doesn't mention how an esper acquires a talent/spell that is innately at a rank 6 or higher.

How would a Melder ever know the spell "Frost Zone" that is rank 6? Page 86, states "You gain additional talents and ranks as you gain levels. Each time you gain a level as a melder, you learn two additional talents of your choice. They can be of any rank so long as they are not higher than the maximum talent rank you can use." The table above that shows Maximum Talent Ranks never going higher than 5, so how do I learn a rank 6 talent as I get higher in levels?
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Luke W May 27, 2019 8:28 pm UTC
Esper Mastery allows these classes to learn talents of rank 6 and higher.
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Thomas G May 27, 2019 8:42 pm UTC
I missed that one. That helps a lot. Thank you.

So do I have the following correct? A melder gains 2 talents up to their max talent ranks from the table every level. This max talent ranks caps at 5. So from levels 9 through 20 the melder continues to gain 2 talents from ranks 5 or less. In addition, due to Esper Mastery, at level 11 the melder gains an additional rank 6 talent and a rank 7 at 13th, rank 8 at 15th, an rank 9 at 17th. So by the time I'm level 20, I would have 44 talents ranked 5 or less and an additional 1 rank 6, 1 rank 7, 1 rank 8, and 1 rank 9 talent for a total of 48 talents?
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neil S May 02, 2019 6:25 am UTC
Are there planet generation rules in the book as I cannot see the preview
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christopher H March 26, 2019 12:10 am UTC
I want a hard back book >>>>>>
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Jeff C March 30, 2019 7:13 pm UTC
Yes! Where?
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christopher H April 25, 2019 8:45 am UTC
I was saying I want A POD , a hard book to ride better in my game bag- I live at 822 w Morton Denison Texas 75020. I do not get what you mean yes! where? perhaps china , but be ware Choasium just got all thier books burned in china !
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Luke W April 25, 2019 10:11 am UTC
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Yaitza H March 17, 2019 5:28 pm UTC
Is the preview link broken at the moment? I keep getting “A problem repeatedly occurring” error.
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Sean B March 06, 2019 7:04 pm UTC
I can't open this file after I download it. The file reads as "damaged".
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Sean B March 08, 2019 6:52 pm UTC
Problem was fixed. Thanks for the quick action.
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5E Solo G February 18, 2019 9:40 pm UTC
Is there scope for community created content for Esper Genesis?
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Jim M February 10, 2019 4:51 am UTC

You may wish to refresh your previews for this product - it looks like the move to cloud storage here at OBS messed them up. They don't appear to be available via the site (quick preview), and the PDF for the full preview is unable to be opened (reads as damaged when downloaded).

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