What is your Star Frontiers Story?

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umungus
October 13, 2009 - 3:28pm

What got you to play Star Frontiers again?

What keeps you playing it?

At least I got to scare an alien rabbit thingy......

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Gullwind
October 13, 2009 - 3:57pm
I never really stopped. I got into it around '84 or so and did quite a bit with it through high school. It's been one of several games I rotate through ever since. I have done quite a bit more with it since I found the remastered version, though.

My current rulebook is an amalgamation of stuff from several sources, including the original, Zebulon's Guide, SF2000 and bits from various and sundry other places.
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Will
October 13, 2009 - 4:16pm
I'm with Gullwind. Never really stopped playing.

What keeps me playing? Good games, awesome refs, excellent settings. It's interesting to see how different people visualize SF.

"You're everything that's base in humanity," Cochrane continued. "Drawing up strict, senseless rules for the sole reason of putting you at the top and excluding anyone you say doesn't belong or fit in, for no other reason than just because you say so."


—Judith and Garfield Reeves-Stephens, Federation

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w00t (not verified)
October 13, 2009 - 6:34pm
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What got you to play Star Frontiers again?

  • A friend in High School invited a bunch of us over for a sleep over. What a surprise when he whipped out a funny purple colored box. Best time ever.

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What keeps you playing it?

  • Extremely addicting.
  • Blast from the past.
  • Excellent community.
  • Good times.
  • Bill Logan. He said if I quite he would deactivate me. The chances of survival are approximately 720 to 1. (Always tell a droid the odds)

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TerlObar
October 13, 2009 - 7:09pm
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What got you to play Star Frontiers again?

  • I played a lot in HS and then stopped playing SF for a while to work on developing a expansion for the RuneQuest game.  Then I got married.
  • Finding the Starfrontiers.com and Starfrontiers.org sites and getting involved in some projects with Art Eaton

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What keeps you playing it?

  • Having other to play with (Never really wanted to stop) and the time to do so
  • My kids are old enough to play and interested
  • Everyone needs at least one vice.
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Georgie
October 13, 2009 - 7:53pm
What got you to play Star Frontiers again?

I'm sure most of us got into RPGs via D&D. After playing that for a year or so, my brother found SF and explained it as "Star Trek D&D". Played it, loved it. Spread out into Top Secret, Boot Hill, and Gangbusters. But the most fun was always with D&D and SF. My last game of either was in 1988.

My next RPG was CRPG, a fantastic little game called Arcanum (steam punk meets magic) around 2002. Then, of course, the Temple of Elemental Evil CRPG came out a few years later. Both fun, but lacking in flexibility. They did get me hankering for some 'real' RPG play though.

About two years ago, my brother tells me about a small gaming store in his town that hosts gaming groups. Next thing you know, I'm joining in via Skype, MSN, AOL, whichever VoIP messaging service gave us the best connection. That lasted a year. A few months ago, I discovered the SF sites while curious, and Terl's PBP, and couldn't resist.

What keeps you playing it?

Dude, it's Star Trek D&D! Foot in mouth
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Gergmaster
October 14, 2009 - 8:17pm
Everyone keeps calling me the kid around here, one reason is that fact that out of everyone here I am probably the youngest active member who is into SF. I heard it from one of the game masters who I had been gaming with for a year or so before I found SF online. Then I happened to find Bill's stuff as well a few years later and have been in it ever since. Beats all of those new games that are out there. I think its funny, I know plenty of people in my age group who laugh at the fact that I play old-school role-playing games, you know games without a TV. What a concept!
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Shadow Shack
October 14, 2009 - 8:23pm
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What got you to play Star Frontiers again?


From about 1990-1995 I was inactive...college and marriage. A brother in law graduated from rehab after an attempted suicide (sleeping pills and beer, lots of both) so I introduced him to it. We played regularly for some time. After the divorce that was over, but a neighbor and I got into it shortly afterwrds until he re-discovered beer (what is it about live play SF that either cures or causes addiction?).

Post Y2K, I got remarried and the new wife enjoyed it right up until the introduction of KH, this is about 2003 or 04. By then I started nosing around the internet, which was quite new to me at the time, and I stumbled upon the Omega Rising forum and eventually the SF.org forums. The only live play I participate in any more is D&D with the wife, she really seems to dig the D&D more.

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What keeps you playing it?


Re: "I stumbled upon the Omega Rising forum and eventually the SF.org forums."

After that, the play by post forum games became my only outlet for SF gaming, starting with Dickgozeinya's (RIP) game in 2005 and a few others after that, most of which are still online.
I'm not overly fond of Zeb's Guide...nor do I have any qualms stating why. Tongue out

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umungus
October 15, 2009 - 3:13pm
Cool! Thanks for all the replies. I assumed that most people stopped playing and re- discovered it. Very interesting.


Here goes....
What got you to play Star Frontiers again?

Like most everyone I got started with D&D. Then played the gambit of TSR stuff. Mostly Gamma World and Star Frontiers.
In High School we played Traveller, Twilight 2000, and Battletech. Lost touch with everyone and went and fought in the first oil war.
A few years later I found a group of guys and played Rolemaster. Moved and hadn't played for about eight years.

I ran across Starfrontiersman. I printed off the rules just to read them for Nostalgia sake. My son saw the rules, he was 10 at the time. He demanded that we play. It didn't occur to me that he might want to play an RPG. My Wife, Son and I played our first game and had a great time. We got another friend involved and had a campaign that lasted about a year and a half.

What keeps you playing it?

The rules are better than I remembered. They are easy to learn and are easy to modify to suit your needs. The adventures I play now are a little more sophisticated than in years past. I guess the cool part is that the game can adapt to your play style.

The biggest thing that keeps me playing SF is that my son likes to play it with me. Smile

At least I got to scare an alien rabbit thingy......


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Will
October 15, 2009 - 6:26pm
umungus wrote:
The biggest thing that keeps me playing SF is that my son likes to play it with me. Smile


Can't think of any better reason myself.

"You're everything that's base in humanity," Cochrane continued. "Drawing up strict, senseless rules for the sole reason of putting you at the top and excluding anyone you say doesn't belong or fit in, for no other reason than just because you say so."


—Judith and Garfield Reeves-Stephens, Federation

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Imperial Lord
October 17, 2009 - 12:24am
For me, I was always struck by the hope and overall positivity of the background story - if only they could get rid of those evil Sathar!

The Core Four were extremely well designed, balanced, and the rivalries between the Races without open warfare I also enjoy.

Plus - let's face it - the system is just easy.  You got your STA, your M, your RW, and you are ready to at least fight.

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Will
October 17, 2009 - 9:30am
True that be, ImpLord.

"You're everything that's base in humanity," Cochrane continued. "Drawing up strict, senseless rules for the sole reason of putting you at the top and excluding anyone you say doesn't belong or fit in, for no other reason than just because you say so."


—Judith and Garfield Reeves-Stephens, Federation