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 +====== Space Opera Genre Rules Supplement ======
  
 +Changes to the regular Munchausen rules :-
 +===== Money =====
 +
 +A number of subgenera for Science Fiction stories do not use physical money. ​ Some do not even use the equivalent of money. ​ For the purposes of this game, credits will be used as normal game silver coins. ​ For the higher denomination represented in the normal game as gold coins, we will use a gold-like subgenera substitute. ​ See the list of subgenera below
 + 
 +===== Companions =====
 +
 +By and large companions are used differently. ​ Usually they are there for helpful suggestions and sticky situations. ​ In Space Opera their main purpose is someone who can be used as an excuse for an exposition. ​ Strange devices and nefarious plots should be questioned by companions with whom the character can then explain to the audience. ​ There are also preferred companion types for the different subgenera.
 + 
 +===== Location =====
 +
 +The host should set the game in a place where grizzled space veterans might gather - cantinas, spaceports, starship hangars, spaceliners or Imperial detention centres are suggested, although there is nothing preventing a being from hosting a game aboard their own vessel.
 + 
 +===== Absolutes =====
 +
 +Much like the original game’s treatment of the French – the Space Operatic version also needs some absolutes. ​ The host may decide and briefly describe as many as they like.  Either great heroes, evil villains or evil empires/​races. ​ They may not, however, describe in detail these absolutes. ​ It is up to the first storyteller that uses them to flesh them out (e.g. the Evil Empire of Turkan Minor suddenly always have been composed entirely of highly mutated clams). ​ From that point on, the absolute is consistent (All Evil Imperial Turkan Minors must be clams).
 +
 +===== Email Etiquette =====
 +
 +Dates used should be expressed in a SciFi way – either stardates, inversions of a caesium atom, etc..
 +
 +The habit of classic stories having chapters headed with a brief synopsis and possibly leading statements should still be used in Space Opera by the storyteller. ​ However it should be changed to newspaper terseness, using very few words to describe the chapter, possibly separated by hyphens.
 + 
 +===== Subgenera =====
 +
 +This is just a list of suggestions for characters for players to be and the related story styles you may wish to try and emulate. ​ Feel free do combine, rearrange or discard all of them.  Although consistency for your character is recommended just on a good storytelling level.
 +^ Style Name  ^ Titles for characters ​ ^ Character types  ^ Gold coin equivalents ​ ^ Typical Companion types  ^ Gadgets out of the ordinary ​ ^ Magic Available ​ ^ Example Character ​ ^
 +| Animan ​ | Military, None, Alien, Scholastic ​ | Human, Humanoid Alien, Android ​ | Mecha Credit, Rations ​ | Aliens, Robots, Sidekicks, Love Interests ​ | Tranforming things, Power armour ​ | Psionics and Traditional ​ | Captain Alex Wildstar of the Space Battleship, Argo  |
 +| Babylonian ​ | Military, None, Noble  | Human, Humanoid Alien, Energy Alien  | League Credit ​ | Sidekicks, Love Interests ​ | Jump Gates, the Third Dimension. ​ | Various ​ | Emperor Vir Cotto of the Centauri Republic ​ |
 +| Blaker ​ | Military, None  | Human, Humanoid Alien  | Gem  | AI’s, Team mates  | Time Dilation ​ | Telepathy ​ | Space Commander Travis of the Federation ​ |
 +| Doctoran ​ | Alien, None, Scholastic ​ | Human, Humanoid Alien, Android ​ | Jelly Baby  | Sidekicks, Local Authorities ​ | Time Travel, Dimensional Transcendence ​ | Psionics and Superscience ​ | Doctor Liz Shaw, of UNIT  |
 +| Galactican ​ | Military, None  | Human, Android ​ | Space Buck  | Robots, Sidekicks, Love Interests, Pets  | Afterburners ​ | None  | Captain Starbuck of the Battlestar Galactica ​ |
 +| Golden Ager  | Military, Naval  | Human, Alien  | Space Credit ​ | Any  | Ray Guns, Rocketships,​ everything has fins  | Psionics and Superscience ​ |   |
 +| Gordonian ​ | Noble, None  | Human, Humanoid Alien  | Gold Coin  | Robots, Sidekicks, Love Interests ​ | Lightning Screens, Ray Guns, Jet Packs  | Psionics ​ | Flash Gordon ​ |
 +| Imperial Starwarrior ​ | Military, None, Alien  | Human, Humanoid Alien  | Imperial Credit ​ | Droids, Subordinates ​ | Shields, Force items, Doomsday Weapons, Hyperspace, Cloaking ​ | The Force  | Darth Vader, Sith Lord  |
 +| Lexxan ​ | Beaurocratic,​ Alien, None  | Human, Any Alien  | Holy Credit of the Divine Order, Cluster Credit ​ | Pets, Sidekicks ​ | Biological, Fractal Cores, Doomsday Weapons ​ | Various ​ | Kai of the Brunnen G, a dead assassin of the Divine Order  |
 +| Rebel Starwarrior ​ | Military, None, Alien  | Human, Humanoid Alien  | Republic Credit ​ | Droids, Kids, Sidekicks, Love Interests ​ | Shields, Force items, Hyperspace, Cloaking ​ | The Force  | Luke Skywalker, Jedi Knight ​ |
 +| Scaper ​ | Military, None  | Human, Any Alien  | Food Cube  | Annoying Aliens, Love Interests ​ | Defence Screen, Biological, Starburst ​ | Various ​ | Captain Milar Crais, Peacekeeper ​ |
 +| Trekker ​ | Naval, None, Alien  | Human, Humanoid Alien, Android ​ | Gold Pressed Latinum ​ | Everyone ​ | Shields, Teleport, Solid holograms, Warp, Cloaking, Replicators ​ | Psionics and Superscience ​ | Ensign Gordi Laforge, Chief of Engineering ​ |
 +| Twenty Fiver  | Military, None  | Human  | Space Buck  | Robots, Sidekicks, Love Interests ​ |   ​| ​  | Captain Anthony “Buck Rogers” ​ |
 +
 +
 +==== Legend ====
 +  * **Military Titles** – Commander, Captain, Space Commander, Supreme Commander, Major, General, Sergeant, Lieutenant etc..
 +  * **Naval Titles** – Ensign, Cadet, Admiral, Lieutenant Commander, Chief etc.
 +  * **Alien Titles** – His Divine Shadow, Sith Lord, Jedi, Liar
 +  * **Humanoid Alien** – Any alien that could easily be imitated by a human in a suit or wearing makeup and prosthetics. ​ Usually good looking and easily seducable by humans.
 +  * **Robot, Android** – Robots tend to be Humanoid but easily identifiable as robots. ​ Androids are generally indistinguishable from humans, unless damaged.
 +  * **Mecha, Imperial, Divine, Cluster, Republic, League Credit** – A specific culture credit distinctive from the generic credits.
 +  * **Gold Pressed Latinum** – A non-replicatable liquid requiring high technology to create and encased in bars of mundane gold.  ​
 +  * **Telepathy** – A limited form of Psionics
 +  * **Psionics** – Any power with no visible origin other than a person.
 +  * **Superscience** – Any power that at first appears to be magic but is always the result of technology.
 +  * **The Force** – A limited form of Psionics, only Good powers are available for Rebels, only Bad powers are available for Imperials.
 +  * **Various** – Magic in all forms is available.
 +  * **Traditional** – Traditional magic requires gestures, components and rituals.
 + 
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