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Starships riding fire across the sky. Heroes and villains exchanging laser fire. Desperate spacers struggling against an alien monstrosity. Vast planetary vistas, flying cities, moonscapes, mad robots, and first encounters. In short: high-action science-fiction adventure that stimulates your sense of wonder. Cepheus Deluxe: Enhanced Edition puts you in the shoes of an adventurer visiting distant stars and encountering the unknown. Whether you are a seasoned player looking for a rules-light game, or a new gamer wanting to experience what science-fiction role-playing games are all about, Cepheus Deluxe: Enhanced Edition opens your way forward.

Cepheus Deluxe is a set of rules for playing classic science fiction games. It includes rules on creating characters, resolving actions, fighting other creatures, and engaging in space battles, generating worlds, handling the risks of interstellar speculative trading, exploring new worlds, and many other activities. While designed for fast, action-packed play rather than an accurate simulation of reality, Cepheus Deluxe: Enhanced Edition encompasses a wide variety of rules and materials for building a science-fiction universe and playing in it.

Cepheus Deluxe: Enhanced Edition draws its inspiration from old-school science-fiction roleplaying games. It shares many similarities with these games. Material from older rules sets and those created with Cepheus Deluxe: Enhanced Edition, the old Cepheus Light, the Cepheus Engine Core, and old-school sci-fi roleplaying games, are easily compatible with only a moderate amount of adjustment.

The future awaits!


What's new in the Enhanced Edition compared to the original Cepheus Deluxe?

  • New and better layout.
  • Full color book.
  • Rules clarifications.
  • Correction of all Cepheus Deluxe errata.
  • Many more, high-quality, full color illustrations.
  • Deck plans for all thirteen included star ships!
  • And more!


Roll20 character and ship sheets are available!

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Andrew P May 11, 2024 12:04 am UTC
Is there an errata document somewhere?
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Omer J May 11, 2024 3:09 am UTC
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We intend to overhaul the entire book soon. Afterwards, we will collect any remaining errata in a more orderly fashion.
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Brenda C May 10, 2024 3:04 am UTC
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When will the vehicle design system for Cepheus Deluxe be released and the errors in the vehicle descriptions section of the book fixed?
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Omer J May 10, 2024 5:50 am UTC
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We will fix the errors soon. A full-scale vehicle design system might be released in the future, but this may take some time.

We are considering a second printing of these rules with an overhaul of the text to solve all errata and layout issues.
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Brenda C May 17, 2024 3:06 pm UTC
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Ok thanks but, currently there is NO vehicle design system in Cepheus Deluxe...
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David C March 21, 2024 10:38 pm UTC
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Any updated time estimate for the corrected PDF and print versions? Also, I'm a different David from the person who posted a bunch of corrections in this discussion group last August. Thanks in advance.
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Omer J March 22, 2024 7:04 am UTC
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We are now working on The Sword of Cepheus 2E project, but will get back to CDEE revisions after that.
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Andrew P February 14, 2024 2:34 pm UTC
Is this the replacement for Cepheus Light Upgraded?
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Omer J February 14, 2024 2:49 pm UTC
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It is a far more comprehensive ruleset than Cepheus Light: Upgraded, yes.
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Andrew P February 14, 2024 4:23 pm UTC
What happened to Cepheus Light Upgraded?
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Omer J February 16, 2024 8:12 am UTC
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It had several major errors so we removed it and returned the old Cepheus Light alongside Cepheus Deluxe.
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Ed M December 26, 2023 11:00 pm UTC
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Hello! I ordered the hardback last January, but I don't think I ever received a link for the pdf. Can you send that to me, please? Thanks!
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Omer J December 27, 2023 7:53 am UTC
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Greetings, please contact us at golan2072@gmail.com and we will send you a free PDF coupon.
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Adrian S November 28, 2023 5:57 pm UTC
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I am ready to get the pdf and print version, have the errors been fixed? Thanks, great work.
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Omer J November 28, 2023 7:27 pm UTC
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We will soon upload a corrected PDF. Changing the print version requires a longer process, which we will work on soon as well.
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RPG E October 27, 2023 8:53 pm UTC
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Have any of the documented errors been fixed? I would like to order a physical copy, but not with numerous omissions and table errors as pointed out by user David, Ms and others below.
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Omer J October 29, 2023 4:29 pm UTC
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Will fix the print version soon.
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RPG E November 02, 2023 3:31 am UTC
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Excellent news! Thank you!
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Mary S August 24, 2023 5:56 am UTC
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I think you left out the torpedo cost/storage capacity? The non-enhanced edition/reference doc has it though.
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David H August 24, 2023 12:57 am UTC
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The Missile Vs Laser chart on page 135, it looks like the top row should be shifted one column to the right.
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David H August 24, 2023 7:23 am UTC
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The advanced mason cannon and advanced particle cannon have the same stats as the base versions except they are more expensive. What’s the advantage? Under main guns it says the meson cannon and graviton disrupter ignore armor, but the former is listed as reducing armor one level lower previously and the latter is not mentioned anywhere else. Do they ignore armor or reduce it one level?
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David H August 24, 2023 7:30 am UTC
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Adding to the confusion, the gravity, Cherenkov, and meson weapons are missing their modifiers on the weapon charts. It is thus unclear what their actual modifiers should be.
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David H August 24, 2023 7:36 am UTC
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The Cherenkov cannon is listed as a main gun on the bay weapons table and the gravitic lance is listed as a heavy weapon on the main gun table. Are those really correct?
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David H August 24, 2023 7:45 am UTC
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Mass drivers and laser clusters have the same stats except the former costs half as much. Why would you buy the latter?
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David H August 24, 2023 8:16 am UTC
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Under large weapons it says bay weapons and main guns are available as large weapons. I don’t understand what that means? Also, under bays it says the following bay weapons are available but then none are listed after that.
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David H August 24, 2023 12:39 am UTC
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The "9" result is missing from the Animal Armor Table. I assume it should result in "3" armor? How do you apply the Defeat Armor and Armor Breaker Traits if using armor as a penalty to hit instead of reduction to damage?
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Benjamin K August 23, 2023 3:38 pm UTC
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This is a nice version of the 2D6 space engine. The piece that it lacks, something that was fundamental to a game starting with a T, is the randomness of character creation. No roll to qualify for a career, no roll to continue in a career, no roll to advance in the career. The emergent role-playing and narrative that resulted from those steps is lacking in this version.
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Omer J August 23, 2023 4:56 pm UTC
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This option is available as a free supplement:

https://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/407601/Random-Character-Generation-for-Cepheus-Deluxe-Enhanced-Edition
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Benjamin K August 26, 2023 1:26 pm UTC
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Awesome, thanks. That makes this a really great option for a modern 2D6 space RPG replicating the feel of the classic.
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wade G July 10, 2023 4:34 am UTC
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All of the character/starship sheets are too blurry to read. Can I get them focused.
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Omer J July 10, 2023 5:37 am UTC
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Please check the Cepheus_Deluxe_Sheets.zip file you receive alongside the main book download.
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wade G July 10, 2023 3:16 am UTC
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A question regarding skill advancement. Does it mean that if players meet together for a session, it would take 20 sessions to advance a single skill? Then another 20 sessions to advance a different skill? For a total of 40 sessions to advance two skills? And once a week the players meet together it would take 10 months to advance those skills?
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Omer J July 10, 2023 5:39 am UTC
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Skills are a Big Deal in this ruleset. During character generation, it takes over an in-game year to acquire a skill. You can have faster training (say, 5 XP per session), but then characters will advance quite unplausibly fast.
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Tony K June 10, 2023 9:20 am UTC
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pg133 Sensor operator actions mentions "ships computer DM" & "ship electronic DM" several times - what are they? - are they different from each other? - are these the same as the Sensor DM or the computer model# or what?
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Omer J June 10, 2023 9:26 am UTC
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Computer model's sensor DM.
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Christopher C May 01, 2023 12:34 am UTC
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Hey, guys. The Deluxe Enhanced version p46 mentions a table for Living Expenses... but there is no chart. Oversight, I assume? And if so, can we get the chart posted someplace? Thanks.
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Omer J May 03, 2023 4:23 pm UTC
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P.46 of the printed book (upper right column) or p.47 of the PDF should have this table.
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Christopher C July 31, 2023 5:56 pm UTC
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Ah! I had to refer to the PDF, where it is indeed shown - but FYI, it's not on pg. 46 of the printed version at all, in case something needs adjusted for future printings. Thanks!
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Pizza H April 15, 2023 5:40 pm UTC
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Will there be a version without the colored borders? I would heavily consider buying a physical copy if it weren't for that
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Omer J April 15, 2023 5:44 pm UTC
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We will seriously considering creating one.
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Stephen T April 25, 2023 2:48 pm UTC
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I would love a simplified, retro, black-and-white version.
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Michael T April 25, 2023 7:55 pm UTC
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Also a digest version.
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Omer J April 26, 2023 6:45 am UTC
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We are working on a B&W hardcover. We are also seriously considering a Digest version.
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DJ D May 07, 2023 3:10 am UTC
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I believe that this can be accomplished when PDFs are created with layers. Customers can then disable layers that contain certain visible elements in the PDF.
For example, don't want the borders? If there's a layer for the borders, you can click a button and disable the layer in your PDF reading software. Adobe Acrobat Reader can enable/disable visible layers. It doesn't appear that this PDF has layers at this time, however.
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Omer J May 08, 2023 3:06 pm UTC
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A B&W hardcover version is now available. It has page borders, but in that case they are B&W, as is the rest of teh book.
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