The Rebellion Era Sourcebook is a supplement to the Star Wars Roleplaying Game, published by Wizards of the Coast. It was written by Bill Slavicsek, Steve Miller, and Owen K.C. Stephens. It was first published in 2001.

The book details material from the era of the original trilogy of films and key contemporary Expanded Universe information. It includes characters, adventure hooks, and advice on conducting a Rebellion era campaign.

It is a time of Civil War...[]

Tyranny and oppression mark the reign of the Galactic Empire, threatening to extinguish the last flames of freedom. From the Outer Rim to the opulent worlds of the Core, the Emperor's iron will and his New Order crush all opposition. But in this dark time, heroes emerge—Rebels intent on restoring the glory of the Old Republic. Hope rests in this Alliance, but is that enough to overthrow pure evil?

The Book[]

Comprising 159 pages, this book packs a good deal of information about the era of the Galactic Civil War. Information for roleplaying is included side-by-side with a storyline during the time of Episodes IV, V, and VI.


"We will make a New Order. We will trade strength for frailty, order for chaos, and decisiveness for uncertainty."

Starting off, there is a short synopsis of how the galaxy got into the state that it is in. The Fall of the Republic and the Rise of a New Order are described, and the twenty years between Episode III and Episode IV are briefly covered.

Chapter 1: A New Hope[]

As with most roleplaying games, there is a clear division of good and evil, and it is recommended that players turn to the side of good at some point, if they are not already.

The Doctrine of Fear

"Fear will keep the local systems in line."
―Grand Moff Wilhuff Tarkin[1]

Tarkin's Doctrine of Fear, along with the Ultimate Battle Station are detailed as potential plot points for the Gamemaster.


"If there's a bright center of the universe, you're on the planet that it's farthest from."
Luke Skywalker[1]

Tatooine, though it is small, barren, and barely worthy of anyone's notice is close to several hyperspace lanes, and a number of important Galactic events have happened on the planet's surface, warranting some attention to the home of the Skywalkers.


"We seem to be made to suffer. It's our lot in life."

Droids keep the universe running, to an extent, and are an ubiquitous part of Star Wars, from Protocol droids to Astromechs to Mouse droids.

The Empire

"I have brought peace, freedom, justice, and security to my new Empire!"
Your new Empire?"
Darth Vader and Obi-Wan Kenobi[2]

As a major player in most any campaign, the Empire and Darth Vader are detailed for use.

Keeping the Light Side Alive

"The Force is what gives a Jedi his power. It's an energy field created by all living things. It surrounds us and penetrates us. It binds the galaxy together."
Obi-Wan Kenobi[1]

Details about Episode IV heroes Obi-Wan Kenobi and Luke Skywalker are presented as examples of Jedi characters, with admonitions that it really isn't easy to be a Jedi or even Force-sensitive during this time, with Darth Vader hunting down every rumor of Jedi he hears.

The End of the Senate

"The Imperial Senate will no longer be of any concern to us. I've just received word that the Emperor has dissolved the council permanently. The last remnants of the Old Republic have been swept away."
―Grand Moff Tarkin[1]

With the end of the Imperial Senate came the end of the last vestige of democracy in the Empire, and the Rebel Alliance got into full swing.

The Death of Alderaan

"Since you are reluctant to provide us with the location of the Rebel base, I have chosen to test this station's destructive power... on your home planet of Alderaan."
―Grand Moff Tarkin to Princess Leia[1]

The Destruction of Alderaan is provided as a potential character motivation to join the Rebellion.


Details for ships shown in Episode IV, as well as the companies that make the ships are given. There is also information about the pilots of such craft.

The Battle of Yavin

"Great shot, kid! That was one in a million!"
Han Solo[1]

The Battle of Yavin acts as a polarizing point for the galaxy, thus is provided as another potential reason for characters to get involved with the Rebellion.

The Heroes of Yavin

Stats are given for Leia Organa, Han Solo, and Chewbacca as of the end of the Battle of Yavin.

Chapter 2: A Dark Time[]

"Now I look back on it and wonder how history would have turned out if I'd come to my senses and killed him when I had the chance. I'd have been a traitor then; I'd be a hero now."
Mara Jade Skywalker[src]

Chapter 3: The Empire Strikes Back[]

"The Empire will always strike back. That I promise you."
Gilad Pellaeon[src]

Chapter 4: Star Wars: Shadows of the Empire[]

Chapter 5: Return of the Jedi[]

"Let the stars sing! Let the planets shout! Let the Republic begin!"
―Excerpt from the Declaration of a New Republic[src]
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