From the introduction
This is a science fiction role playing game set in the near future of 2085. The setting is focused on the artificial planetoid that earth’s population is looking to colonize. The main themes of the game is the attempt to unravel the mysteries of this world and the centuries old conflict that has prevented the native populations from using the planetoid to the full.
The Artifact is a action and adventure themed game. It’s meant for those that enjoy detailed realistic science fiction settings. Players have the option of playing structured military settings or open ended exploration games. The in game world has a lot of detail to get a Game Master started with ideas for settings the players can explore. The Artifact is an immense world with people of different cultures beliefs and languages. It’s a world of high technology excitement and conflict.
If you’ve been disappointed by a game that was fun when you first played it, but over time became too easy, the rules of this game are designed to allow for a level of mastery but never loose the excitement of a challenge.
This game lets players tell tales of amazing feats their characters accomplish. The core of the rules can be picked up in a matter of ten to fifteen minutes. There are lots of supplemental materials to expand the rules and setting available.