Thursday, October 1, 2009

Is Star Frontiers Old School?

So I'm looking for old school sci fi games and this is what I come up with:

Mutant Future: Goblinoid Games remake of the classic Gamma World post apocalyptic genre.

And then Xplorers which is a brainstorm of "What if Gary and Dave had made a Sci Fi game first?" sort of experiment.
But What about good old Star frontiers? It was produced in 1982 -- way pre 2nd edition. So untainted by all the new fangled "rules" that were tweaked and added in later editions. It seems simple enough. The original books were: Basic 20pp, Advanced 100. That's pretty concise. Stats are a little more complicated and the combat rules more involved. But they had to account for vehicles and hi tech weapons, so that's understandable. No more so than any other OS sci fi game, except perhaps X-Plorers. The few times we played it it sure felt OS. To me the game screams OS, but it is so often left off OS lists. Particularly TARGA, which I am trying to rectify.

So, what's your opinion: Star Frontiers OS or not?


Terl Obar said...

Definitely Old School.

Chris said...

Thanks Terl,

That's what I thought. And if I had a choice it would be my OS sci fi game of choice. I mean I suppose you could call Traveller OS too. But I liked the feel of SF so much better.

Thanks again for the input.


Steven said...

I think it might be safe to say that if it's "tea-stained" then it's old-school.

Chris said...

Oooh, That's tea. I wondered what that was ... : - )

Douglas Walls said...

Love that game. I still have a lot of love for Volturnus modules. How can you not love a game that gives you alien octopus dinosaur cavalry?!

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