Wretched is an old-school role-playing game designed to play anti-hero characters in a cinematic setting. In Wretched Space, the genre is space opera.
Unlike most other space operas, this one isn’t about heroic characters whose actions have significant consequences for the future of civilization. Here you are meant to play on a smaller scale, and the higher purpose your character serves is his own self-interest.
The deeds of an anti-hero go against society's recognized social standards and expectations. Your character might be ethically ambiguous or unethical. That doesn't imply you're playing a villain. You can still traverse the galaxy, enjoying extraordinary adventures and possibly even helping others.
The characters will most likely commit crimes and exhibit contempt for other people's rights and wellbeing, but perhaps they will wind up saving the day after all.
This book contains a setting - though not a very thoroughly described one - and plenty of ideas for you to come up with other worlds.
To be true to the Wretched spirit, the default setting casts the players as members of the Wretched Legion, a special corps of the Galactic Federation Army made up of pardoned criminals given an old, battered starship and second-rate weaponry and
deployed to enforce the law on backwater worlds.
If this prospect doesn't appeal to you, there's a whole universe of wretchedness out there:
Maybe you'd rather play conniving scoundrels, villainous thieves, corrupt Galactic Federation bureaucrats, dishonourable mercenaries, bloodthirsty killers, rotten pickpockets, debauched hedonists, dirty Outer Rim law-enforcers, vicious gangsters, shameful priests, savage brutes, undignified soldiers, greedy smugglers, unprincipled
adventurers, rapacious gamblers, mistresses of misery, shady traders, trigger-happy pistoleers, debased dealers, untrustworthy galactic travellers, rough cyberenhanced
thugs, lords of debauchery, disreputable space swashbuckler, despicable void pirates,
sordid cosmic wanderers, degenerate soldiers of fortune, hot-headed vigilantes and various other scummy bastards.