Advanced Search

DiasporaClick to magnify
Quick Preview
Full‑size Preview



Humans have been in space tens of thousands of years, and societies have risen and fallen so many times that no one remembers where we come from.

Colonies are grouped in clusters of a few systems connected by slipstreams—artifacts of the cosmos or perhaps a forgotten technology. Only the slipstreams allow travel faster than light. Apart from that, spacecraft make do with reaction drives, dumping heat as best they can.

Diaspora is a self-contained role-playing game, with rules for starship battles, individual combat, social interaction, and platoon-scale engagement, in an original science fiction setting that you help design.

This is your universe. How are you going to survive?

Diaspora is based on the FATEv3 engine made famous by Spirit of the Century. It is published under the Open Gaming License.

 Customers Who Bought this Title also Purchased
Reviews (4)
Discussions (2)
Customer avatar
Michael D December 09, 2014 4:18 pm UTC
Two years ago, this might have gotten a rave review - a novel take on the emergent Fate engine, with diverse sub-systems to support many sessions of play. But now we live in the era of Fate Core, probably the most exciting RPG release of the last four years, which introduced so much clarity and consistency into the system as to make Fate-that-was feel woefully obsolete. Diaspora is not bad, but it's not Fate Core, which lest we forget is available for free. Why indulge in the clunky eccentricities of Diaspora's social conflict system, for example, when it's managed so effortlessly by Fate Core?

Even without this unflattering comparison, Diaspora has plenty of issues. The skill list is the worst of both worlds: incredibly long AND missing key options. Since there's no obvious skill for leadership, deceit, lie detection or contacts, the judgement call of your GM here can make or break the game. For us, "Resolve" was the god-stat, seeming to be the most appropriate option for mental defence,...See more
Customer avatar
Joshua R June 11, 2019 10:09 pm UTC
This is a helpful review - thanks!
Yeah yeah it's 5 years later... so what? ;)
Customer avatar
Pierre S July 31, 2014 10:37 pm UTC
If we bought the hardcopy book, do we get a .pdf file of it free?
Customer avatar
Pierre S July 16, 2015 5:49 am UTC
And I found out the answer is, "Probably."
Narrow Results
$ to $
 Follow Your Favorites!
NotificationsSign in to get custom notifications of new products!
 Recent History

Product Information
Platinum seller
Rule System(s)
Publisher Stock #
File Size:
36.12 MB
Original electronic Click for more information
Scanned image
These products were created by scanning an original printed edition. Most older books are in scanned image format because original digital layout files never existed or were no longer available from the publisher.

For PDF download editions, each page has been run through Optical Character Recognition (OCR) software to attempt to decipher the printed text. The result of this OCR process is placed invisibly behind the picture of each scanned page, to allow for text searching. However, any text in a given book set on a graphical background or in handwritten fonts would most likely not be picked up by the OCR software, and is therefore not searchable. Also, a few larger books may be resampled to fit into the system, and may not have this searchable text background.

For printed books, we have performed high-resolution scans of an original hardcopy of the book. We essentially digitally re-master the book. Unfortunately, the resulting quality of these books is not as high. It's the problem of making a copy of a copy. The text is fine for reading, but illustration work starts to run dark, pixellating and/or losing shades of grey. Moiré patterns may develop in photos. We mark clearly which print titles come from scanned image books so that you can make an informed purchase decision about the quality of what you will receive.
Original electronic format
These ebooks were created from the original electronic layout files, and therefore are fully text searchable. Also, their file size tends to be smaller than scanned image books. Most newer books are in the original electronic format. Both download and print editions of such books should be high quality.
File Last Updated:
March 25, 2010
This title was added to our catalog on March 25, 2010.