Your universe begins with Galactic Dawn

Galactic Dawn is a sci-fi worldbuilding RPG where players collaborate to build a rich, lived-in universe. Each player takes on the role of a space-faring organization, know as an “Arcas” (plural: “Arci”). As Arci, players weave their own stories by managing their resources, conducting diplomacy with other players, and finding creative ways to pursue their own destiny. Galactic Dawn is run primarily through note cards, with each card representing a specific aspect of the universe. Some cards may represent settled planets, while others could represent an influential agent or leader.

The goal of Galactic Dawn is to create meaningful galactic lore by casting players as self-interested galactic forces. There is no win condition to the game, rather players seek to fulfill the goals and destiny of their people. By embodying the powers and vices of the universe, players can collaboratively build a realistic and lived-in universe while also enjoying the creation process.

Generating a Galactic Dawn map during a playtest

A Cutthroat & Creative Experience

A game consists of a group of Arci and a Galaxy Master (GM), who oversees the universe and introduces twists and turns to which other players respond. Players take turns creating resources for their Arci, which they can then use to take Narrative Actions. Through a Narrative Action, a player attempts to tell a certain story and create a favorable outcome for their Arcas, but such actions don’t always go as planned. Together, both players and the GM tie narrative threads together to create a detailed galactic history.

The heart of Galactic Dawn is the way players roleplay and conduct diplomacy with one-another. The fate of a planet could be decided by backroom negotiations.