Welcome to “Vortex,” a homebrew space opera campaign that I’ve been running since 1982! The current group, of about six role-players , meets on Sunday nights via Skype. The game uses FATE 3e Starblazer Adventures and Bulldogs and an online dice roller. The Boston-area face-to-face groups have also played D20 and other games, including my “Vanished Lands” fantasy setting, steampunk, superheroes, and horror. See my Yahoo/eGroup for more information.

In one future, humanity has begun to colonize the Sol system, but environmental degradation, population pressures, and internecine strife persist. The simultaneous discovery of ancient mystical powers and open and official First Contact with alien societies, themselves at war, threaten Terra’s very survival. Some unlikely heroes rise to the challenges

Two aliens and their human allies encountered xenophobes around Earth and explored many worlds aboard the Blackbird on their way to distant Oasis Station. Meanwhile, a band of grifters stole starship engines for the Appomattox , encountered disasters at the Ghanki undersea station and Venus, and delivered scientific samples and Vatican relics…. Sometime later, another group gathered aboard the Gryphon and set forth into a dangerous universe….