“Man your ships! And may the Force be with you!”
Star Wars®: Age of Rebellion™ is a standalone roleplaying game experience that allows players to assume the roles of Rebel heroes waging guerilla warfare against the vastly superior military might of the tyrannical Empire.
Whether you’re piloting an X-wing in thrilling dogfights, engaging Stormtroopers in deadly battles, gathering military intelligence, or rallying the support of neutral worlds, your efforts in Age of Rebellion help to decide the fate of the galaxy…and the Age of Rebellion beta test is your chance to be among the first to play!
The limited edition, 244-page, softcover Age of Rebellion rulebook is your invitation to become a hero of the galactic Civil War. Read on for a more in-depth overview, or follow the links on the sidebar to the right to find answers to specific questions.
To encapsulate the operatic grandeur of the Star Wars universe, the Star Wars Roleplaying Game is presented in three epic installments. Each of these independent game lines stands alone as a unique gaming experience, but all three share the same core mechanics, meaning they can be integrated to form a single unified system. Star Wars: Age of Rebellion is the second of these installments and takes place during the height of the Rebel Alliance’s struggle against the Galactic Empire.
In Age of Rebellion, you and your friends take the fight to the oppressive Galactic Empire as cunning spies, cocky pilots, and dedicated soldiers in the Rebel Alliance. Each member of the Rebellion has a unique and important part to play in the galaxy-spanning conflict, and as you play Age of Rebellion, your character will leave his mark on the Star Wars universe.
Age of Rebellion relates the experience of a military force united by common goals, and it tracks your character’s individual contributions with unique mechanics for Duty. Your character’s Duty can have a profound effect on how you approach your adventures. You may strive to recruit as many new members to the Alliance as possible, or to sabotage every Imperial operation you come across. Duty helps tell your character’s story and reinforces his unique role in the Rebellion.
Yes. Each installment in the Star Wars Roleplaying Game is fully cross-compatible with the others. While each of these standalone systems offers a unique experience within the Star Wars universe, they all share the same core mechanics, meaning that you can easily transplant characters, careers, specializations, adversaries, equipment, and vehicles from one system into campaigns built with another system.
Age of Rebellion focuses on the struggle between the Rebel Alliance and the Galactic Empire. At the time of the Civil War between these two forces, Darth Vader and Order 66 had driven the Jedi to the brink of extinction. By the time the Rebel Alliance engaged the Death Star, only Obi-Wan Kenobi and Luke Skywalker were known Force-using members of the Alliance.
However, just as the Rebel Alliance survives in the face of overwhelming adversity, so does the Force. Rare individuals throughout the galaxy discover powerful sensitivities within themselves. People such as these must hide their abilities from the watchful eyes of the Empire, and they often find themselves aiding the Rebellion out of a desire to survive. Someone who wishes to play such a character in Age of Rebellion has the option of taking a special out-of-career specialization: the Force-Sensitive Emergent. While this specialization doesn’t allow a character to pursue the full path of the Jedi, it can grant a character access to a new world of possibilities, including Force powers and Force talents that may aid him along his way.
To join the beta test, you simply need to purchase a copy of the Age of Rebellion beta rulebook, start playing, and submit your feedback. The Age of Rebellion beta rulebook will soon be made available through our webstore and select retailers.
The Age of Rebellion beta is a limited edition, 244-page, softcover rulebook. Its core mechanics have already been tested extensively throughout the development of the Edge of the Empire Core Rulebook and initial playtesting. It includes all the information on character creation, adversaries, equipment, and vehicles to run a complete campaign in the middle of the galactic Civil War, and you can get your campaign off the ground with a complete adventure, unique to the beta.
Furthermore, because each Star Wars roleplaying installment is fully cross-compatible, the Age of Rebellion beta can also serve as a supplement to your ongoing Edge of the Empire campaign, introducing a wealth of new playable species, careers, specializations, talents, and opportunities for adventure.
Your purchase of the Age of Rebellion beta rulebook affords you access to all this material, as well as the opportunity to help shape the future of the Rebel Alliance within the Star Wars roleplaying game.
The Star Wars: Age of Rebellion beta is a fully developed and playable product, and it includes all the rules and materials players need to enjoy countless games of Age of Rebellion.
However, it is important to note that some of the elements in this beta are not representative of the final product. The beta contains comparatively much less art and background material, and the information on adversaries, equipment, and vehicles has similarly been presented to ensure a more concise, focused playtest experience.
The Age of Rebellion developers seek feedback that will help them make Age of Rebellion the best possible Rebellion roleplaying experience. The game’s core mechanics are already in place and not subject to change. Instead, the development team hopes to receive your feedback on the new specializations, talents, gear, Force powers, vehicles, and adversaries appearing in the beta. Information drawn from your playtest experiences can help the team better shape these elements around the game’s core system so that Age of Rebellion players find their heroic struggles against the evil Galactic Empire to be truly epic and rewarding.
With that in mind, the most useful sort of information is specific, well thought-out, and concise. Good feedback states the issue at hand and accurately cites page numbers and rules contradictions therein. The development team is primarily concerned with issues that affect gameplay, such as missing rules entries, examples that are inconsistent with the rules text, and balance or clarity issues.
We will be adding weekly updates to our website as the testing progresses.
There are two main methods for you to submit your feedback.
First, we have a public forum on the FFG website www.fantasyflightgames.com/ageofrebellionbeta. You can use this board to discuss the beta test with the other people involved, post questions and feedback, and get news updates from the Star Wars Roleplaying Game team.
Second, you can submit any specific reports or feedback directly to the development team at the beta test e-mail address (firstname.lastname@example.org). When submitting your feedback via e-mail, it is most helpful to us if you consolidate all of your questions and comments into a single document for your entire group, waiting to send it in until you have collected all feedback into a single document. This will help the development team here more easily organize and process all of your comments.
We will stop officially accepting feedback on November 15th, 2013.
Take a stand against the tyranny of the Galactic Empire! With comprehensive rules for character creation, gear, combat, Force-emergent characters, starfighters, and even a full adventure, the Age of Rebellion beta book includes everything you and your group need to fight for freedom. Join the Rebel Alliance and start your adventures today!
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