"My ally is the Force, and a powerful ally it is. Life creates it, makes it grow. Its energy surrounds us and binds us. Luminous beings are we."
Few books or games have had as enduring an impact upon the Star Wars galaxy and its fans as Star Wars™: The Roleplaying Game. Originally published by West End Games in 1987, it arrived at a time when the future of the Star Wars galaxy was uncertain, and it captivated a whole generation of gamers with rules and guidelines that made it easy to design and enjoy adventures truly worthy of the Star Wars universe and its ongoing space opera.
The Star Wars™: The Roleplaying Game 30th Anniversary Edition is a faithful, limited edition recreation of both Star Wars: The Roleplaying Game and The Star Wars™ Sourcebook, both printed with higher quality than the originals and packaged in a stylized slipcase.
First published in 1987 by West End Games, Star Wars: The Roleplaying Game arrived at a time when the future of the Star Wars galaxy was uncertain. The original trilogy had been completed. There were no plans for additional films. It was as if a hundred million voices had cheered at the Rebellion's triumph and then suddenly went silent…
But the Star Wars galaxy is too vibrant, too dynamic, and too full of adventure to simply fade away. Even after the Jedi had returned, the Empire had been toppled, and the original trilogy had been completed, the galaxy begged for further exploration.
This was where Star Wars: The Roleplaying Game came in. With its award-winning ruleset, its focus on operatic space adventures, and the many starships, vehicles, droids, creatures, and aliens detailed in its sourcebook, West End Games didn't just allow Star Wars fans to continue pursuing the ways of the Force, it left an enduring impression upon the galaxy itself.
Now, forty years after the debut of A New Hope and thirty years after its first printing, Star Wars: The Roleplaying Game makes its return as a limited edition set of two lovingly recreated, hardcover books, Star Wars: The Roleplaying Game and The Star Wars™ Sourcebook!
Relics of an Earlier Age
"For over a thousand generations the Jedi Knights were the guardians of peace and justice in the Old Republic."
The Star Wars: The Roleplaying Game 30th Anniversary Edition faithfully recreates Star Wars: The Roleplaying Game and The Star Wars Sourcebook as high-quality, hardbound tomes that feature all the original game rules, information, and graphic design. These are printed on higher quality paper than the original versions and shrinkwrapped together in a stylized slipcase that features the original cover art on a clean black background.
Every bit as playable now as it was in 1987, Star Wars: The Roleplaying Game offers fast d6-based action along with unique takes on the ideas of roleplaying, designing adventures, running adventures, and the nature of the Force. The rulebook also introduces a full-length adventure, "Rebel Breakout," and The Star Wars Sourcebook provides you with a wealth of information that you could use to populate additional adventures, including detailed descriptions of starfighters, capital ships, droids, aliens, blasters, lightsabers, and combat vehicles like the AT-AT and AT-ST.
Notably, these books and their contents did more than inspire countless gamers at their tables; they helped shape the Star Wars galaxy itself.
Elements from The Star Wars Sourcebook have since become Star Wars canon, such as the names of the alien races, Twi'lek, Rodian, and Quarren. Timothy Zahn was given the books as reference when he was developing Grand Admiral Thrawn and his Thrawn trilogy. And the rulebook's chapter on "Designing Adventures" so clearly and effectively deconstructed the particular nature of space opera to which Star Wars belongs that Pablo Hidalgo cites it as inspiration for the writers' bible he developed for the Lucasfilm Story Group.
This critical tie between Star Wars: The Roleplaying Game and our current apprecation of everything Star Wars is brought to life in the foreword Pablo Hidalgo wrote for the 30th Anniversary Edition, and it's one of the few changes between this edition and the original. You'll also find a few updated photos, pieces of concept art, and advertisements, but they're all carefully designed to match the book's original style, including its alternating use of black-and-white and full color.
The Game that Grew the Galaxy
"Kid, I’ve flown from one side of this galaxy to the other. I’ve seen a lot of strange stuff."
Forty years after A New Hope, the Force and the Star Wars galaxy are more powerful and resonant than ever before. They permeate all walks of life by way of movies, television shows, comic books, novels, games, and licensed merchandise. They bind us together.
West End Games' Star Wars: The Roleplaying Game is a significant part of the wider Star Wars legacy, and Fantasy Flight Games is proud to present this limited, commemorative 30th Anniversary Edition!