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Star Frontiers
« on: June 15, 2015, 10:16:10 AM »
Most people start their RPG journey with games like Dungeons & Dragons.  I started with Star Frontiers. 

I just realized that I still have my books.  They aren't the original books I owned in the 1980s (no idea what happened to those), but the "Alpha Dawn" reprints that came out afterwards (still the same books with a slightly different cover).

Anyone else play Star Frontiers?
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Re: Star Frontiers
« Reply #1 on: June 15, 2015, 08:15:08 PM »
I played a few adventures back in the day. I don't recall anything about the system. One adventure I was a kangaroo guy, another was a cat guy, and another was like an amoeba or something.

I died in each one. :D

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Re: Star Frontiers
« Reply #2 on: June 15, 2015, 08:57:04 PM »
What I remember is that there are four basic races:

Humans - Standard space-bearing humans.
Vrusk - Insect creatures like a large praying mantis
Dralasite - Blob creatures that can grow fingers and arms that love bad human humor.
Yazirian - Monkey creatures with wings that can glide

The bad guys were slug creatures called the Sathar.  Aside from that, very little information was given about the galaxy, as this was the era where GMs were expected to fill in their own information.
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Re: Star Frontiers
« Reply #3 on: June 16, 2015, 01:07:23 AM »
Never heard of it. Very interesting, will have to check more about it.

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Re: Star Frontiers
« Reply #4 on: June 16, 2015, 03:22:44 PM »
Draslaite sounds familiar. Mine died when he got sucked into a jet engine or something like it.

I think the kangaroo guys were called Murra or Humma or Kangga, something like that. Had double consonants in it. I want to say it was from an expansion book.

The cat guys may have been a monkey guy without gliding. I recall the kid running the game saying it was a new race. He might have made it up for me because I had asked it there were space cat people.  Thinking back, I am pretty sure I named her Andromeda Starpurr.

I was all of 14, playing it at breakfast and lunch in the cafeteria with the other nerds back in the mid 80's. :D

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Re: Star Frontiers
« Reply #5 on: June 16, 2015, 03:27:11 PM »
Thinking back, I am pretty sure I named her Andromeda Starpurr.

That name is pure gold.
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Re: Star Frontiers
« Reply #6 on: June 17, 2015, 12:31:30 AM »
Yup, we were playing 1ed, Star Frontiers and Top Secret. Did this for fun...  http://neverwintervault.org/project/iceblink/module/crash-volturnus

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Re: Star Frontiers
« Reply #7 on: June 24, 2015, 03:57:53 AM »
Nope, it was Gamma World for me. I did convert all the Star Frontier images I could find here:

http://ua.reonis.com/index.php?topic=1489.0

and here (bottom of page):

http://ua.reonis.com/index.php?topic=1423.60

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Re: Star Frontiers
« Reply #8 on: June 24, 2015, 05:05:10 AM »
The only other RPG I can recall playing would be superheroes.  I cut my teeth on Wizardry and Eman on my Apple IIe.

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Re: Star Frontiers
« Reply #9 on: June 24, 2015, 11:52:30 AM »
Thanks for mentioning Eamon, I remember playing the Donald Brown Star Wars text adventure "Death Star" in the computer lab at my high school. The game was created two years before Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back came out for the Atari 2600.

You can play it online:
https://archive.org/details/msdos_Eamon_1988

or you can download it to play offline:
http://www.eamonag.org/pages/pc_eamon_museum.htm

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Re: Star Frontiers
« Reply #10 on: June 24, 2015, 07:40:00 PM »
I started with AD&D 1E OA then moved on to other games while still playing AD&D. I had a copy of Star Frontiers, but couldn't get anyone to play it due to Traveller being out.

 

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