Somnium Void (USR) – Sean’s Pick, 122915

If you’ve been at all curious about the Unbelievably Simple Roleplaying system, here’s a rather powerful way to explore it. Somnium Void is a fairly in-depth space opera setting with an interesting centerpiece. Both the core rules and the setting fall under the Pay What You Want paradigm, allowing you to express as much or as little appreciate and support as you choose.

One hundred billion citizens of the galaxy all saw it. The vision flashed before them for mere seconds, but what they saw stuck with them ever since. A black ship over a white moon. This seemingly innocuous image became burnt onto the brain of every man, woman and child across the galaxy. The event became known as the Somnium. Life would never be the same again.

Welcome to Somnium Void, a space opera campaign setting for Unbelievably Simple Roleplaying (USR). This pay what you want book contains rules and ideas for running a space opera game in a fun setting inspired by Star Wars, Star Trek and Firefly.

What Does a Game of Somnium Void Look Like?

A panicked human diplomat staggers down a dark street in Primum, a poison dart stuck in her side. She collapses on the road as a shadowy member of the Pale Kings melts into the darkness.

A Shade doctor wraps bandages around the bloody stump of a soldier on board a warship that is being bombarded by Novorian Skyweavers.

A Cthoni Somnium Guardian sinks her blade into the neck of a Sketh Warmaster as it releases its final death howl.

A Wulfen smuggler is boarded by Magnan security, knowing that they will find the contraband hidden away in the ship.

Somnium Void is a game of adventure and heroism in the far future. Players will travel to different worlds like the ashen Hollow and the cyberpunk planet of Zero, making allies, enemies and credits. All the while the great powers that be are locked into a paranoid struggle that will likely pull the players into a story of intrigue and war. Whether you want to play a game that’s all about exploring new worlds and fighting aliens or whether you would prefer to get involved in politics and strategy, Somnium Void can be played in different ways. There is no one true way to play. Players can take on the role of smugglers, diplomats, assassins, Somnium Guardians, technopriests and more – the only limit is the imagination.


  • 10 character archetypes created especially for space opera fun
  • 7 races, including some weird and wonderful aliens
  • Rules for spaceship combat
  • 3 star systems, 15 planets
  • A list of allies and villains
  • Lots of useful random tables for generating your adventures 

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