About this Site

This site was created by me, Todd Bradley, for my These Stars Are Ours! campaign in Denver, Colorado. You can contact me here.

I put this site together using Hugo, the open-source static site generator. See https://gohugo.io.

About the Game

These Stars Are Ours! is a campaign setting for Cepheus Engine, which is a science fiction table top role playing game. Cepheus Engine is a free variant of the 1st edition Mongoose Traveller game, which in turn evolved from the original Classic Traveller game from 1977.

My Own Sources of Inspiration

Here are my main sources of inspiration for the campaign style and setting. Lower down on this page are the inspirations noted by the authors of the campaign setting.

TSAO Sources of Inspiration

This is the list of inspirational fiction from the creators of the These Stars Are Ours! game. This is copied straight out of TSAO, p.200.


  • Heinlein, Robert – Starship Troopers
  • Longyear, Barry B. – Enemy Mine
  • Niven, Larry – Known Space stories such as A Gift from Earth, Ringworld and The Man-Kzin Wars
  • Robinson, Kim Stanley - Mars Trilogy (Red Mars, Green Mars, Blue Mars)
  • Scalzi, John – Old Man’s War
  • Silverberg, Robert – Across a Billion Years
  • Simmons, Dan – Hyperion Cantos
  • Strugatsky, Arkady and Boris – Roadside Picnic


  • Alien and its sequels
  • Enemy Mine
  • Outland
  • Serenity


  • Andromeda
  • Babylon 5
  • Dark Skies
  • Earth: Final Conflict
  • Firefly
  • Space: Above and Beyond

Video Games

  • Dead Space Trilogy
  • Elite and its sequels Elite: Frontier, Frontier: First Encounters and Elite: Dangerous
  • FTL: Faster Than Light
  • Mass Effect Trilogy
  • Red Faction and Red Faction: Guerrilla
  • S.T.A.L.K.E.R: Shadows of Chernobyl and its sequels, Clear Sky and Call of Pripyat
  • Star Control 2 and its free remake, The Ur-Quan Masters
  • Starflight and its sequel, Starflight 2 System Shock and its sequel, System Shock 2
  • UFO: Aftermath
  • Wing Commander and its various sequels
  • X-Com: UFO Defense (also known as UFO: Enemy Unknown), and its modern remake XCOM: Enemy Unknown – and their sequel, XCOM 2
  • Xenonauts