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Starship Malfunction Cards



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Starship Malfunctions
Based on our popular "What's Wrong with the Ship?" d66 tables, we present this deck of 72 Ship Malfunction cards to expand your sci-fi RPG experience.

Bring your sci-fi RPG to life with these handy GM helpers.

What happens when your ship sustains damage?   Try this deck of 72 damaged systems and repair estimates.


  • Your ship has sustained damage from an encounter with pirates.
  • You purchase a new ship and need to do a pre-purchase inspection.
  • You find a derelict ship and need a damage assessment in order to salvage it.
  • Your ship has had a rough landing.
  • You just need some inspiration for a starship-based adventure.
  • Your ship has skipped maintenance services.
  • Your ship has been neglected.

Whatever the reason, this deck of 72 Ship Malfunction cards will give you inspiration at your gaming table, without having to interrupt the game to search through pages of rulebooks.

Each card contains:

  • Damage Location
  • Damaged System
  • Damaged Subsystem
  • Malfunction Description
  • Repair Cost
  • Suggested Game Effects

Each diagnostic is done by a certified professional Starship Engineer and comes with a repair quote.  So, whether your ship's aft redundant power vent is shorted out (46 KCr to repair) or your dorsal tertiary plasma capacitor is not responding (28 KCr to repair), experienced technicians and engineers will have you space-worthy in no time!

Bring your game to life with greater detail- without sweating the small stuff!

Add Starship Malfunctions card deck to your gaming library today!

Be sure to download the FREE Instruction Sheet located here.

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Daniel Douglas C August 15, 2022 9:23 am UTC
What is the difference to the pdfs:
"What's Wrong with the Ship?"
If I buy the bundle of all 6, do I get the same information just as lookup/oracle tables or are there differences in content?
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Frank S August 18, 2022 4:41 pm UTC
Totally different content - I didn't want any overlap between the products.
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Daniel Douglas C August 20, 2022 6:45 pm UTC
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Jason H August 08, 2021 7:09 pm UTC
I purchased this some time ago, but didn't download until now. The "cards" file is the same as the "instructions" file - 2 pages of explanation and samples, but no cards. What am I doing wrong?
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Frank S August 09, 2021 8:07 pm UTC
This is an actual deck of poker-sized cards. They are print on demand - takes about a week or so but DriveThruRPG may be delayed due to covid.
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Frank S June 26, 2018 2:41 pm UTC
Sorry- there is no 'print-and-play' option. That was a screw-up on our end when we setup the listing - this is our first deck of cards so thanks for your patience and understanding.

Hope you enjoy the product!
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Frank S June 26, 2018 5:03 pm UTC
Free Rulebook can now be downloaded with or without the purchase of a deck.
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This title was added to our catalog on June 25, 2018.