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From Daily Illuminator Archives - 11 Jun 09
Vorkosigan Coming Very, Very Soon

How soon? Today soon!

(Update: Now soon! The PDF is here! Why are you reading this? Go get it!)

The last piece of art was approved, placed, and proofed. The book is nearly ready to send to the printer. (Curse you, job order paperwork!) But everything needed for the content is done . . . so we'll be releasing Lois McMaster Bujold's Vorkosigan Saga Sourcebook and Roleplaying Game in PDF later today on e23.

This sourcebook has been in the pipeline for a while, but honestly, that isn't the driving force behind our eagerness to release it. Take a glance at the table of contents, and you'll see the real reason: this is perhaps the most complete GURPS book we've ever published.

Other settings have included GURPS Lite as an appendix; few have had a version customized as thoroughly as this one has. Other books have included weapons, armor, and ships, but none before has included the quick and easy Spaceships system for generating new ships, letting GMs create vessels new to the campaign or adapt those from the novels. Nearly two dozen worlds, half a dozen ships, and over two dozen characters, as well as a timeline, technology notes, and adventure seeds -- everything a Miles fan would want to run a game, or any science-fiction aficionado would need to introduce them to the world of Vorkosigan.

I could go on for hours, but it's best to see for yourself. The file was uploaded this morning; go get it! The full-color hardcover will ship to your friendly local game store in October.

-- Paul Chapman

From Daily Illuminator Archives - 15 Dec 03
GURPS Vorkosigan

From the award-winning science fiction stories of Lois McMaster Bujold comes this worldbook . . . set in a future universe of honor and betrayal, war and intrigue, great victories and great defeats. Miles Vorkosigan is brilliant, charismatic, the heir to a noble house on a warrior planet . . . and hopelessly crippled.

No. Not hopelessly. A Vorkosigan never gives up. And when the fragile, dwarfed, odd-looking Miles charges headlong against the universe . . . Miles may break, but he's used to breaking. And he'll pay that price, for his Emperor's honor and his own, because when Miles hits it hard enough, the universe gives way.

Now you can enter the world of Miles Vorkosigan. Play his soldiers, his agents, his comrades. Play Miles himself, if you're up to the challenge . . . and if you think you can dare as much, and talk as fast, as the "little Admiral."

Written by Genevieve Cogman, edited by Steve jackson and illustrated by Bob Stevlic
128 pages. Hardback. Stock #6719, ISBN 1-55634-577-1. $26.95. Due for publication Jan 05.

A Status Report - 10 Jun 03
6719 GURPS Vorkosigan

The manuscript is complete; the pages are laid out. What is lacking is art. The art on this book is very important to both us and to the author of the novels, Lois McMaster Bujold, because it will represent "official" images of the characters . . . and it has not gone well. After the first artist had passed his deadline to turn in all art, he told us he didn't want to do the project at all. The second artist had to drop out due to medical problems. Can you hear our art director tearing his hair?

It's a wonderful book, and when we get wonderful art to go with it, we'll release it.

GURPS Vorkosigan available on Pyramid

GURPS Vorkosigan available on Pyramid [playtest stage] as of 21/11/2001
The draft version appeared on 9 Nov 01, and this appears to be the final pre-release version. (To get at it, go to to investigate becoming a member, then hit the playtest section.)

Publication details can be found at the GURPS Vorkosigan homepage. However as of January 2002 though it is out of playtesting it is not yet in print.

Author now selected
22 Jun 01

The book is to be written by Genevieve Cogman, author of You Are Here: Around The World In 666 Days and other work for the In Nomine line for Steve Jackson Games, and of several pieces for the forthcoming Exalted game from White Wolf. She is a committed Vorkosigan fan, and delighted to have the chance to work on a worldbook based on that universe. The book itself is currently being written, and it will be at least a couple of months before it is available for playtest on Pyramid, let alone hits the shops.

SJ Games to Produce Miles Vorkosigan Game
3 Jul 00

For Immediate Release

Steve Jackson Games is proud to announce that it has acquired the rights to create a roleplaying sourcebook based on Lois McMaster Bujold's award-winning Miles Vorkosigan novels. This will be part of SJ Games' flagship GURPS line.

"I've been a fan of Bujold's novels for years," Steve Jackson said. "It's an honor and a thrill to be allowed to produce a GURPS book based on the Vorkosigan series. In particular, we're going to take special care with the art, to make sure that both Lois and the fans feel that Miles and the other characters are properly illustrated."

Bujold has won the Hugo award for Best Novel three times, second only to the legendary Robert A. Heinlein. The Hugo is voted on by fans of science fiction, and is the top honor in the field. She has been nominated three additional times for Best Novel (including this year, for A Civil Campaign); she also won once for Best Novella. She has also won two Nebula awards; the Nebula is voted on by science fiction writers.

GURPS won the Origins Award for Best Roleplaying Game, and several of its supplements have also been award winners or nominees. The Miles Vorkosigan sourcebook is tentatively scheduled for an early 2001 release. A writer has not yet been chosen.

For more information, contact Andrew Hackard ( at (512) 447-7866.

This press release can also be found at Steve Jackson Games

Primary Sources: Reviews of Gameable Fiction
Reviews of Gameable Fiction

by Steve Jackson
Can be found in Roleplayer #24, June 1991

In this article Steve looks at a few of the most gameable science fiction titles on his bookshelf and in particular The "Miles Vorkosigan" Books by Lois McMaster Bujold.

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