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EarthFall1028 Mar 2022 12:51 p.m. PST

Voidstriker is a pretty cool looking game from 2006 that seems to have flown mostly under the radar, the last post I can find in the forums about it was from 2012. Cause of that I figure some people might not know that as of 2016 the rules have been released for free on the authors website, irrationaldesigns.com/TSOD

Its a small fleet scale spaceship game with a simple building system of purchasing hull boxes with different equipment inside. It has a neat damage allocation system where the ship boxes are arranged in a grid and different weapons can damage different shaped areas (laser make deeply penetrating lines, missiles make triangular craters, etc.)

It is slightly gritter than full thrust in terms of vector movement, (it has displacement!) but it is still 2D and nowhere near as complex as Squadron Strike or Attack Vector Tactical. Personally I think it looks like a nice middle ground.

The other main feature is an action point system representing command and control, and some mechanics like flag bridges interface with it. Seems a bit fiddly but interesting. And finally there is also a somewhat detailed set of campaign rules.

I've read the rules but haven't had a chance to play them yet, has anyone here done it? What were your thoughts?

Todd63628 Mar 2022 2:00 p.m. PST

FYI. Ken Burnside was one of the playtesters. He is the designer of Squadron Strike.

EarthFall1028 Mar 2022 2:59 p.m. PST

Yeah, I saw that when reading Atomic Rockets, which is where I first heard about the game. Winchell Chung was recommending Voidstriker cause it was one of only 4 vector movement games that handle displacement, and all of them were related to Ken Burnside in some way!

Covert Walrus28 Mar 2022 4:30 p.m. PST

Yes, a good set of rules for "Hard SF" games, without being as arithmetic-intensive as AV:T.

TheBeast Supporting Member of TMP28 Mar 2022 6:25 p.m. PST

I had a copy of the first edition, published by Nightshift Games, but, alas, was in the pile 'looks really interesting; I really must trot it out.'

Which I never did; the pile was recently 'lost.'

Which broke my heart, but, nice to get another shot at trying.

My thanks to you for pointing this out, and Messers Chung, Oines and friends for sharing.

Doug

emckinney29 Mar 2022 8:48 a.m. PST

Most important, beautiful miniatures are available for it.

Oberlindes Sol LIC Supporting Member of TMP29 Mar 2022 3:56 p.m. PST

Thanks!

EarthFall1023 Oct 2023 12:37 p.m. PST

Update: The authors website is no longer up but can still be accessed on Internet Archive.

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