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We created the Pions.

We sent Them before Us.

And followed Them to Space.

We gave Them Life.

They gave Us the Planets.

We gave Them a Galaxy to Explore.

We never Imagined ... 

... They would Want to Return.

Humanity's Prodigal Children Return from the Stars

PIONEERS is a tabletop roleplaying game for 2-5 Survivors and a Mission Control player.

Illuminated by LUMEN

This game is Illuminated, and is made using the LUMEN system created by Spencer Campbell of GilaRPGs. This game is not affiliated with Gila RPGs.

Game Format

The PIONEERS pdf was designed to be viewed on a desktop or laptop computer, and that's the recommended way to read the game.

However, we've made two addtional formats available: the pocket reference, which laid out fit on most smart phones, and the printable version, in case you want to carry some dead trees with you.

You get all three formats when you buy this game!

Game Text License

The game rules and all other text in the pdfs are available under the Anti-Capitalist Attribution Cooperative License, in case you want to adapt any parts of this game for something else, or add your own creations to the worlds of PIONEERS. This isn't a legal summary but: don't be a cop, don't be a boss, be anti-capitalist. Read it for the details.


PIONEERS is itchfunding (learn more about that here)! 

$250 - We add art for the 6 types of planet-based PIONs you have to kill.

$450 - Art of the 4 types of space-based PIONs to kill!

$850 - Art of the 8 types of space ships you can fly ... while killing PIONs!!! (okay maybe this game is about killing PIONs)

Game Jams

PIONEERS was created for, and was submitted to, the LUMEN Jam hosted by GilaRPGs and the Welcome to the Apocalypse Jam hosted by BasiliskOnline.


Buy Now$10.00 USD or more

In order to download this game you must purchase it at or above the minimum price of $10 USD. You will get access to the following files:

pioneers-ttrpg.zip 21 MB
pioneers-source.zip 9 MB
pioneers-sheets-alt.pdf 111 kB
pioneers-sheets.pdf 111 kB
pioneers-pocket.pdf 4 MB
pioneers-printable.pdf 2 MB
pioneers.pdf 15 MB

Exclusive content

Support this game at or above a special price point to receive something exclusive.

Community Copies

I'm not going to ask you to self-screen or anything.

If you want to get this for free, you can do so. Just grab one right here off the stack.

I'll add more if I need to.

Download demo

pioneers-teaser.pdf 2 MB

Development log


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This game is phenomenal. Rated 5 stars.

oh, thank you!


PIONEERS is an awesome game and I can only advice you to get it.

You can read more about it in this review!

Thank you!