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Tim White19 Apr 2017 8:02 a.m. PST

New edition of Starmada is out:


I've given the rules a read, played one game with some friends and designed a couple of ships.

Those who played Starmada Admiralty Edition will find these rules familiar. Our group loves it, as we had a blast with AE, but ultimately ruined it for ourselves with excessive power gaming. Unity looks to have brought in several improvements, most notable eliminating the weapon traits that were exploitable before.

For more info there is discussion in the MJ12 forums:

And demo rules/design spreadsheet for download:


TGerritsen19 Apr 2017 9:51 a.m. PST

Another Starmada? I love Starmada but the constant re-releases and brand confusion it creates through concurrent yet slightly different versions is a bit off-putting.

TGerritsen19 Apr 2017 9:54 a.m. PST

Part of it is naming, not just versioning. I can easily comprehend something going from version 3 to version 4, but if you are new to Starmada, seeing X, Nova, Admiralty and Unity gives you no idea if which came first. As a fan, I know, but as a brand strategy it's a mess.

Stryderg19 Apr 2017 11:27 a.m. PST

I looked into the first or second version, then went back to Full Thrust. Gotten lost since then.

John Leahy19 Apr 2017 11:34 a.m. PST

Loved the Compendium and then went to X. Bought the other versions but hanging at X. Unit is on sale at Wargames Vault for a little under 8 bucks today. May pick it up.


Tim White19 Apr 2017 11:44 a.m. PST

Wow, John L, thanks for pointing that out. Looks like its $8 USD today only on Wargame Vault.

I get the being turned off by repeated new versions. Only things I can say is that its been 5 years since Nova (the previous edition), MJ12 indicated that this was the "final" version ever and hey, $8 USD!

Now if you are a hard core FT player, I know I'm not going to persuade you. Not a problem – everyone's got their own go to game.


tkdguy19 Apr 2017 12:34 p.m. PST

I am a Starmada player, but my favorite edition is the Compendium, which is a different game from Nova. I can play either version (I don't have X or Admiralty), so I'm not eager to see a new version, especially if the game mechanics change significantly. That's usually a deal-breaker for me when a new edition of a game comes out.

Who asked this joker19 Apr 2017 12:51 p.m. PST

I agree that Compendium is still the best. It is essentially Starmada 5 with all the supplement rules compiled in. I have Starmada X but I still like Compendium.

Tim White19 Apr 2017 2:12 p.m. PST

Alas, I didn't get on board the Starmada train until AE. Missed out on some very cool games while I was in my SFU and 40k phases…

TheBeast Supporting Member of TMP22 Apr 2017 6:31 a.m. PST

Have multiple versions, but played few games. I kinda liked that there were different versions with what seemed like different levels of complexity. Just never saw what I was seeking, even with Fleet Ops.

If I'd seen the $8 USD offer in time, I'd have yet ANOTHER edition. ;->=

Still, the current offer, on MJ12, for printed and PDF for $25 USD stays tempting. More so if I got the PDF through WV.


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