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Interest check! Star Frontiers
« on: April 26, 2008, 01:30:42 PM »
I already know Hunter's interested in this...

Some of you might remember this little gem of a game...a little more complicated than Traveller, a lot less popular than D&D, but still one of TSR's better efforts from the golden age of garage games!  Weeeell, I found a near-mint condition copy of the Alpha Dawn release at my local game store and suddenly started having Dirty Pair type thoughts...so I figured I'd throw this one on the table and see if anyone's interested.

I have not yet decided whether to put it in the non-Adult content section  :)  Vrusk-Dralasite-Sathar threeways seem a bit too silly, even for this board.

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Re: Interest check! Star Frontiers
« Reply #1 on: April 26, 2008, 02:58:17 PM »
Never heard of the game, but it sounds potentially interesting...

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Re: Interest check! Star Frontiers
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Offline Hunter

Re: Interest check! Star Frontiers
« Reply #3 on: April 26, 2008, 03:39:51 PM »
Hunter who?   ;)

Yes, I'm interested.

Offline JadeCore

Re: Interest check! Star Frontiers
« Reply #4 on: April 26, 2008, 03:51:25 PM »
Hey, I remember that one. ^_^ I have a copy somewhere at my parent's house. I remember finding it tucked along side a bunch of other TSR books (like a blue box version of basic D&D). It was either that or Knight Hawks. But it always seemed pretty neat.

You can count me interested. Did you have any thoughts on what would be going on or would it just be starting off with the same premise as the original?
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Offline Hunter

Re: Interest check! Star Frontiers
« Reply #5 on: April 26, 2008, 04:15:42 PM »
If you could get Knight Hawks, it strike me that spacers would be ideal for a forum game.  Just enough skills to go around but not too many.  Plus even more opportunities to commit problems.   ;D

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Re: Interest check! Star Frontiers
« Reply #6 on: April 26, 2008, 08:09:01 PM »
No plot in mind just yet, Saggitary, but I was thinking more or less the original setup.  :)

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Re: Interest check! Star Frontiers
« Reply #7 on: April 27, 2008, 01:35:08 PM »
With apologies for the double-post!  Get the rules HERE...

http://www.starfrontiersman.com/downloads/remastered

If I'd known this site existed, I'd have just downloaded these rules instead of buying the boxed sets!

Offline Ace86

Re: Interest check! Star Frontiers
« Reply #8 on: April 27, 2008, 06:44:24 PM »
I'd like to join. Im downloading the rulebook now. Also, i have never heard of this game before.

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Re: Interest check! Star Frontiers
« Reply #9 on: April 27, 2008, 06:45:39 PM »
That's three possible PGC troubleshooters...do I hear four?

Offline Ace86

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« Reply #10 on: April 27, 2008, 06:48:40 PM »
ahh come on. How hard could it be to learn this game..  :)

Offline JadeCore

Re: Interest check! Star Frontiers
« Reply #11 on: April 28, 2008, 01:47:11 AM »
That's three possible PGC troubleshooters...do I hear four?

Am I one of those? If not, may I be?  ;)

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Re: Interest check! Star Frontiers
« Reply #12 on: April 28, 2008, 05:24:47 AM »
Ok, i read through the rulebook and i believe that i know enough about the game to start.

One question, what are you going to do about the rolls?.

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Re: Interest check! Star Frontiers
« Reply #13 on: April 28, 2008, 12:34:05 PM »
Yes, Saggitary, you're one of those three  :)

As for rolling...well, there's a die roller here on Elliquiy.  Warning--it hates PCs.  So we might want to use the optional point build system.

Optional things I am considering including, given the source material...

Edge and Flaw

The Mentalist PSA (maybe.  For one PC only.)

Cinematic Martial Arts (Jackie Chan in Spaaaaaace!) (from Star Frontiersman)

I'm even considering stats for the Battle Bikini.  ("...comes in silver, gold lame, or baby blue!")   :)

Offline Jefepato

Re: Interest check! Star Frontiers
« Reply #14 on: April 28, 2008, 12:38:24 PM »
I'm even considering stats for the Battle Bikini.  ("...comes in silver, gold lame, or baby blue!")   :)

I don't know why I've never tried to get a TFOS game going on Elliquiy...

Anyway, this sounds pretty cool, although I'll need to digest the source material in between studying for finals.

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Re: Interest check! Star Frontiers
« Reply #15 on: April 28, 2008, 01:29:33 PM »
Pardon me!  I meant four!  Four probable players.

Alas, we may have to leave this in the 'no naughty fun' section, lest the Vrusk and Dralasite attempt friskiness...  :P

And Jefepato, ol' chum, feel free!  I have a ton of TFOS characters around.  They're just so easy to do.  :)  In fact, if you let me play the Tanukigawa Twins and a certain Pooka, I can guarantee havoc hither and yon...

Offline Ace86

Re: Interest check! Star Frontiers
« Reply #16 on: April 28, 2008, 03:54:38 PM »
About character creation. just tell me how the buying point system works and i'll start making the character.

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Re: Interest check! Star Frontiers
« Reply #17 on: April 28, 2008, 04:31:40 PM »
Which rule set?  ????

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Re: Interest check! Star Frontiers
« Reply #18 on: April 28, 2008, 05:04:50 PM »
from about page 145ish of the Digitally Remastered version of the book...

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Fixed Ability Total

This is another option, for those players tired of rolling crappy while the person to their left gets a hand full of 65ís.

This option balances one character against the others, makes sure no one person gets so lucky that his abilities cause him to dominate play.
Simply allot 180 points among all four ability score pairs. You can still personalize the scores after, making sure not to shift more than 10 points from one ability to its matched pair. Remember that no ability can start higher than 70 before applying racial adjustments.

Referees can change this total to have more or less heroic player characters, referring to the following table.

Power Level Points
Realistic 180
Heroic 200
Legendary 250

Unquote.

Offline Ace86

Re: Interest check! Star Frontiers
« Reply #19 on: April 28, 2008, 05:32:47 PM »
So dear referee. Which one is it?. The realistic, heroic or legendary?

Offline Hunter

Re: Interest check! Star Frontiers
« Reply #20 on: April 28, 2008, 05:33:17 PM »
And I still vote for spacers.   :P

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Re: Interest check! Star Frontiers
« Reply #21 on: April 28, 2008, 05:39:16 PM »
Given the high skill requirements for any of the Space PSAs?  I'll think about it, but expect to hear 'no', at least for now.  It's easy enough to assign you a ship with a pilot.  Or to ignore the Space PSAs and let you fly yourselves.

Let's call it...uhm...Heroic.

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« Reply #22 on: April 28, 2008, 05:45:09 PM »
*tries to bribe the GM with a naked Hotaru*  ;)

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Re: Interest check! Star Frontiers
« Reply #23 on: April 28, 2008, 05:46:23 PM »
I'll see what I can do.  But look at the bright side--at least you'll still be able to work up to learning them, even if we don't start with Mad Leet Spacer Skillz.

Offline Ace86

Re: Interest check! Star Frontiers
« Reply #24 on: April 28, 2008, 07:22:40 PM »
Want me to make a character and pm it to you?...

Btw, whats PSA?