What will the future be like? More importantly, what can it be like? Scientists today tell us that in the vacuum of space, there will be no gripping dog-fights of agile fighters, no faster-than-light travel, and no majestic cities floating unsupported. Most science fiction includes these impossibilities, and those of use who love the stories of space and other planets have had to content ourselves with the knowledge that they will never come to pass.
The Black Desert is different. While I have no doubt that none of the fantastic things that will be described below will actually come true, they could. This role-playing game is designed to offer a plausible, exciting and ultimately heroic setting for fans of science fiction to explore the possibilities of real space flight and exploration.

The Black Desert Primer is a basic description of the setting. It has no rules information, which means that anyone can use their favorite rules system play a campaign set in a future stranger than fiction.

I hope you enjoy.
-Raymond McVay,
1 December 2011