The Neutron Star Directive
Characters: Pregens will be provided which you can tweak / modify.
Against the bright field of stars, the neutron star can only be seen by the black smudge where its gravity well bends space. You don’t feel much like stargazing though; you and your companions are down on your luck on a seedy and crowded space station, trying to keep your creditors at bay. An agent representing the defunct corporation OmniSolv needs you to retrieve sensor data from the abandoned research station Delta Sierra 17.
Retrieving it won’t be easy: you’ll have to venture deep into the asteroid belts circling the treacherous gravity well of a neutron star! Hopefully your pilot will be up to the task because those who fail to follow the proper space lanes will encounter gravity shears that will tear your ship apart!
Smuggler intrigue, EVAs, radiation bursts, and spinning asteroids are only the beginning of the challenges: the research station DS-17 has long been abandoned, and you’ve got a niggling feeling this job will be even more hazardous than you’ve imagined!
Photo of the props I used last time I ran this game at a Con using Classic Traveller rules.