The Star Wars Sourcebook is a sourcebook written by Bill Slavicsek and Curtis Smith. It was first published in October 1987 by West End Games, and was the first Star Wars roleplaying-game sourcebook ever published. It was revised for the Second Edition by Bill Smith and Peter M. Schweighofer, and republished in June 1994.

The book covers information of various sorts regarding the Star Wars universe, including chapters on general spacecraft systems, starfighters, capital ships, space transports, droids, repulsorlift vehicles, Imperial ground assault vehicles, aliens, creatures, general equipment, lightsabers, stormtroopers, Rebel bases, Imperial garrisons, and the heroes and villains of the original trilogy of movies.

As the first Star Wars roleplaying-game reference, this book contains some information that has been contradicted by later materials.

The book was later rereleased by Fantasy Flight Games alongside the Role Playing Game as part of the Star Wars: The Roleplaying Game 30th Anniversary Edition, due to be released Q4 2017, being recreated to be an exact replica of the initial sourcebook.[1]


Opening crawl[]

The Star Wars Sourcebook
A great Rebellion burns across the vast
reaches of space. It is a Rebellion against
tyranny, against oppression, against the evil
monster which the Empire has become.

In the Rebellion, a pitifully-few valiant men,
women and aliens, known as the Alliance, wage
a desperate war against the overwhelming armies
and ships of the Emperor, ruler of a thousand-
thousand worlds. Outnumbered and outgunned, the
Rebels fight on, with only their great courage - and
the mystical power known as the Force - offering even
the slimmest chance of victory.

This is the galaxy of the Rebellion. It is a galaxy of
wondrous aliens, bizarre monsters, strange Droids,
powerful weapons, great heroes, and terrible villians. It is
a galaxy of fantastic worlds, magical devices, vast fleets,
awesome machinery, terrible conflict, and unending hope.


  • The Star Wars Galaxy
  • The Star Wars Sourcebook

Chapter One: General Spacecraft Systems[]

Chapter Two: Starfighters[]

Chapter Three: Combat Starships[]

Chapter Four: Space Transports[]

Chapter Five: Droids[]

Chapter Six: Repulsorlift Vehicles[]

Chapter Seven: Imperial Ground Assault Vehicles[]

Chapter Eight: Aliens[]

Chapter Nine: Creatures[]

Chapter Ten: General Equipment[]

Chapter Eleven: Lightsabers[]

Chapter Twelve: Stormtroopers[]

Chapter Thirteen: Rebel Bases[]

  • Standard Ground Facilities
    • Supply Cache
    • Surveillance Post
    • Recon Base
    • Outpost
    • Operational Base
    • Port
    • Headquarters Base
    • Colony
  • Base Construction
  • Tierfon Rebel Outpost & Starfighter Squadron (X-wing)

Chapter Fourteen: Imperial Garrisons[]

  • Standard Battalion Garrison
    • Typical Personnel
    • Sub-Level Installations
    • Surface Vehicle Bay
    • Detention Block
    • TIE Fighter Hangar Deck
    • Flight Deck

Chapter Fifteen: Heroes and Villains[]

Short narratives[]




By type
Characters Organisms Droid models Events Locations
Organizations and titles Sentient species Vehicles and vessels Weapons and technology Miscellanea



Droid models



Organizations and titles

Sentient species

Vehicles and vessels

Weapons and technology



Notes and references[]

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  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 FantasyFlightGamesLogo Don't Underestimate the Force on Fantasy Flight Games' official website (backup link)
  2. Star Wars Year By Year: A Visual History, New Edition
  3. FantasyFlightGamesLogo Star Wars: The Roleplaying Game 30th Anniversary Edition on Fantasy Flight Games' official website (backup link)
  4. FantasyFlightGamesLogo The Galaxy Awaits on Fantasy Flight Games' official website (backup link)
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 Appears in "The Briefing of Spacetrooper Platoon 243-XT"
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 6.4 6.5 6.6 6.7 Appears in "Song for a Fallen Nomad"
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 7.4 7.5 7.6 7.7 Appears in "Against the Pirate Armada"
  8. 8.00 8.01 8.02 8.03 8.04 8.05 8.06 8.07 8.08 8.09 8.10 Appears in "A Rancor Comes to Tatooine"
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 9.3 9.4 9.5 9.6 9.7 9.8 9.9 Appears in "The Slug Named Grendel"
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 Appears in "Balancing the Books"
  11. 11.00 11.01 11.02 11.03 11.04 11.05 11.06 11.07 11.08 11.09 11.10 11.11 11.12 11.13 11.14 11.15 11.16 Appears in "The Promotion of Lieutenant Veers"
  12. 12.0 12.1 12.2 12.3 12.4 12.5 12.6 Appears in "Iggjel and the Mother Jungle"
  13. 13.0 13.1 13.2 13.3 13.4 Appears in "There's No Such T'ing as a 'Stock' Light Freighter, Boy!"
  14. 14.0 14.1 14.2 Appears in "Ortugg's Letter Home"
  15. 15.0 15.1 15.2 15.3 Appears in "Life in a Jawa Sandcrawler"
  16. 16.0 16.1 16.2 16.3 16.4 16.5 16.6 Appears in "SoroSuub Corporation Proclamation Number 137d"
  17. 17.0 17.1 17.2 17.3 17.4 17.5 Appears in "The Shame of Seggor Tels"
  18. 18.0 18.1 18.2 18.3 18.4 18.5 18.6 18.7 18.8 Appears in "Report to Imperial Command"
  19. 19.0 19.1 19.2 19.3 Appears in "Ambush in Laramus"
  20. 20.0 20.1 20.2 20.3 Appears in "Ackbar's Rescue"

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