ckutalik of Hill Cantons ran the first known playtest of Humanspace Empires via Skype on March 18. He mentioned that a playtest report is in the works.
I played Nómek Kan, a human Martian 2nd level Adventurer, scoundrel and xeno-archaeologist.
The other playtesters were:
School Master who played Chwé Ek Kt'tet, a Pé Chói scientist. He posted a brief AAR on his blog yesterday.
Mike D. who played Yarm'ar Dubois a Warrior and bloodthirsty space assassin.
Dan Scale of far Melbourne played Stinky the Ahoggya Warrior. He seemed much more clear headed than most of the other playtesters, perhaps because it was mid-day down under and late night for every one else.
Brian Murphy of Tentacled Monkey in Exile and Brad played, I believe a human Warrior and a Shen but didn't post their character sheets.
I'll leave some details for the referee's report but the game was beset by some pretty serious Skype problems and got underway about an hour and a half late. We fought our way past a few ill tempered cargo-bots, metallo-tentacled wall traps, and a golden robot with chainsaw arms to destroy the rogue asteroid and save the imperiled planet. Despite the sub-space interference I had a good time. I think the rules held up pretty well and I fielded some rules questions and spotted a few things that I want to clarify or change in the final books (or next playtest draft revision?).
I really enjoyed chatting with the few brave souls willing to fly this new game and hope a good time was had by all. I'd like to thank everyone that played. Post a comment here or email me at thedrune at gmaildotcom with your name as you would like it to appear as a playtester in the book's credits. Same goes for any other playtesters in the multiverse that I may not even know about.