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Gorgrat11 Jun 2021 12:24 p.m. PST


Looking over drivethrurpg (just getting back into gaming) and saw these. How does the following sound for a kind of Sword & Planet set of starship gaming rules?

These tiles would be placed on a standard sized 30 x 24 battlemat in deep space. The tiles would be semi-mobile (maybe roll to see if one on each side could move a short distance every turn) but the real focus would be on 28mm miniatures flying from ship to ship as boarders fighting primarily with blades?

The objective would be to capture other ships and keep your own.

I almost get an Edgar Rice Burroughs or Jack Vance feel from this. Not realistic, but could be a lot of fun.

Personal logo aegiscg47 Supporting Member of TMP11 Jun 2021 1:04 p.m. PST

Drive Thru is also offering the old GDW game Snapshot, which was part of Traveller. The game is about boarding actions in space and might be a good source for ideas. The list for weapons and armor enables pretty much any action to be fought from swords all the way to powered armor with plasma weapons!

Personal logo Extra Crispy Sponsoring Member of TMP11 Jun 2021 1:21 p.m. PST

Jack Sparrow in Spaaacceee!!!!

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Gorgrat11 Jun 2021 1:54 p.m. PST

Snapshot? Wow. That takes me way back.

Aargh, matey! Avast!

emckinney11 Jun 2021 5:18 p.m. PST

Azhanti High Lightning was an evolution of the Snapshot system, and is generally consider superior. I find that it has some problems, but what set of rules doesn't?



BTW, the Lego minifigs being used on those deck plans are great!

Boarding party top-down counters: link

Oberlindes Sol LIC Supporting Member of TMP11 Jun 2021 6:07 p.m. PST

You might also try Mongoose Traveller's combat system, which advances beyond Snapshot and AHL.

There is also At Close Quarters, which I own but haven't had the chance to play.

Personal logo javelin98 Supporting Member of TMP11 Jun 2021 7:23 p.m. PST

That sounds a lot like Rayguns and Rocketships.

Gorgrat11 Jun 2021 8:53 p.m. PST

I remember Azhanti High Lightning from way back when, but not many of the details, other than that the system was very much like Snapshot.

Weren't there some kind of alien blob counters. Extra-dimensional critters or something? I only remember them as something done by GDW that didn't strike me as hard sf, which in those days I thought was boring.

emckinney11 Jun 2021 11:01 p.m. PST

Yeah, there's scenario trying to recover "loot" from a derelict ship that has alien "blob" creatures aboard. Not extra-dimensional or anything. Possibly gas giant-dwellers.

chironex12 Jun 2021 1:07 a.m. PST

There is a rule in either GOBS or Red Chicken Rising that this is the result of two opposing ships closing and drawing alongside. Any extra passengers strap into spacesuits, grab melee weapons, go EVA and have at each other, until none are left; nothing is ever achieved by this, but it always happens anyway.

Gorgrat12 Jun 2021 1:17 p.m. PST

Sounds like a blast!

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