Spring 2021: Trickster Issue

Our Current Issue: Tricksters

In Our Own Image: Radical Empathy, Trickster Gods and the Importance of Being Irritating Novelist Alexandra Rowland examines how, even more than any other type of deity, tricksters hold a mirror to the human condition. Read An Excerpt

The Laughing Sage Play as a mystical trickster who help others to change, overcoming convention to be liberated to a better way of being.

A magic system for the Fate RPG that focuses on transformation.

Why Escapism In Fantasy, Science-Fiction
and Gaming Is Essential
Priya J Sridhar explores the way escapism reminds us that we can face obstacles and beat them.

The Cathedral of Light Your starship has arrived with the news that hyperspace travel is possible again—but the entire civilization of this planet has disappeared!

An adventure for Return to the Stars.

It’s Good to Know How the World Works Poet and author Sonya Taaffe examines Star Trek: Voyager’s “Jetrel” episode, Robert Oppenheimer, and the dawn of the nuclear age.

Resources: Accessibility in Tabletop Producer, writer, actor, and streamer Jennifer Kretchmer introduces an extensive set of resources that address accessibility in gaming, streaming, live events, writing, and more. Their purpose is to improve access, inclusion, and accurate, authentic representation, as well as to help the community better understand the disabled experience and find ways to make the gaming space more welcoming to disabled gamers. Read Now

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Winter 2020: Serendipity Issue

Our Current Issue: Serendipity

First Contract: Petram Explore what happens when the first outsiders in over a century visit a thriving world of religious experimentalists, in this adventure for Return to the Stars.

Forging Fortunes Novelist S.T. Gibson shows you how you can employ the Tarot as a tool for world building and storytelling. Read Now

Updates from the Vatican spokesbot microfiction Read Now

Sympathetic Magic A complete guide for a Fate magic system based on symbols and relationships between things and concepts. With rules for magical actions that characters can undertake in timebound conflicts to powerful rituals that can take campaign arcs to complete.

Missive from a Woman in a Room in a City in a Country in a World Not Her Own An essay exploring identity and immigration.

Making Your Own Trouble Check to see if your Fate character has strong double sided aspects that can be compelled.

No Preparation Fate Accelerated One-Shots Jochem van ‘t Hull shares his tested method for a fun, zero-prep Fate adventures!

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cover of the zine, featuring a mystical image
image of a mysterious stag in the fog

Summer 2019: Fandom Issue

The Stellar Beacon: Fandom Issue

Fanfiction: The Infinite Free Buffet  Alexandra Rowland celebrates fanfiction, explores its significance, and defends  it against those who shallowly dismiss it.  Read Now

The Undying Elite An adventure that examines what the corrupt are willing to do hold on to power, and the price others are willing to pay to resist. By Richard Bellingham, the author of the RPG The Secret of Cats, and creative director of The Fate Horror Toolkit. 

Pop Culture Parade A collection of entertainment themed sci-fi sandbox story prompts. 

Framing the Future: the uses of Optimism Optimism is having a moment. But, beyond escapism, what can optimistic speculative fiction accomplish?

 Yes, And… Gaming! Learn how techniques from theatre can help players and gamemasters enjoy a more constructive, team-orientated form of roleplaying. 

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Winter 2019: Hopepunk Issue

The Stellar Beacon: Hopepunk Issue

One Atom of Justice, One Molecule of Mercy, and the Empire of Unsheathed Knives an original essay by novelist and 2019 Hugo nominee Alexandra Rowland, exploring a new science fiction sub-genre: Hopepunk. Read Now

Aphrodite on Deck
A solarpunk-themed scenario for Return to the Stars by designer Brie Sheldon

Fallen Juggernaut
Emmett O’Brian brings us a “hard sci-fi” adventure where players explore a mysterious megastructure.

Beginning Gamemaster Pep Talk
Comics writer and illustrator Amy King provides encouragement for new game masters from a new game master.

The Stars, My Sandbox
Non-linear story prompts and encounters for Return to the Stars.

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solarpunk space habitat with lots of lush plant life