Frontier Explorer Issue 17 Now Available

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TerlObar
August 2, 2016 - 8:05pm

Issue 17 cover imageHello Explorers!

Frontier Explorer issue 17 is now available from DriveThruRPG or the Frontier Explorer website.  This issue is focused on robots and leads off with an amazing article by author Joseph Cabadas that collects, collates, and combines the various robotics rules from the Star Frontiers rulebooks and magazines into a single comprehensive rule set that can be used with either the Alpha Dawn or Zebulon’s Guide rules.  Following up on this is a series of short articles about new robots, a new cadre, implications of robots in the setting, and acquiring or building robot miniatures to use at your table.

In addition to the robot articles, we have several of our regular features including the Titan Rising comic and a new creature from the Jurak Hangna Foundation as well as another installment of the adventures of Alex Stone and some optional rules about the medic skill and med kits.

The full list of articles includes:

  • Robot’s Rules of Order Revised
  • A Cybot Named JOKER
  • The Scythe Drone
  • Remote Robotic Control
  • Robo-Sourcing the Frontier
  • Building the Frontier in Miniature: Robots
  • The Cybernetic Emancipation League
  • Titan Rising: AD 2299 #10
  • The Local Rights Alliance
  • A Crushing Ride to Easley Station
  • Healing and Medical Kits
  • Finding the Flinthopper
  • Grimz Guide Comic #17

Grab your copy and start exploring today!

For those of you keeping track, you may notice that this announcement is a little late.  That's because I was completely off-line all last week camping in Glacier National Park.

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JCab747
August 3, 2016 - 6:27am
Looks great!
Joe Cabadas

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JCab747
August 3, 2016 - 7:04am
I really like the medkit article... plus the other ones too.

I'll have to throw Chris Donovan's the Local Rights Alliance spin into my ... as yet unfinished... Corpco (New Streel) planetary breif.
Joe Cabadas

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jedion357
August 3, 2016 - 7:19am
Robots equipped with hover, rotor, or rocket engines need an atmosphere in order use these forms of alternative movement.- from robots rules of order, Question is do rocket engines really need an atmosphere? 
I might not be a dralasite, vrusk or yazirian but I do play one in Star Frontiers!

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jedion357
August 3, 2016 - 7:37am
Quick thought since I'm still reading the issue (currently on the zero g thruster pack for robots) we all know its probably tougher than it looks even if Sandra Bullock managed it in Gravity but how many "bursts" of fuel might a fire extinguisher have for use as an improvised thruster pack in space? And while we're at it won't a paint sprayer do comparable?
I might not be a dralasite, vrusk or yazirian but I do play one in Star Frontiers!

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jedion357
August 3, 2016 - 7:54am
Zebulon encounter based off Robots Rules of Order article: 

Pirates had sent out a combat or search and destroy robot looking for the First Volturnus Survey Expedition members that had escaped. It ran low on power and decided to go into standby mode. It sent a radio message and hid in a cave. The message was either not received or the pirates looked and didn't find the bot. It's power reserves have run out when the PCs find it. If their roboticist can reprogram it and theycan charge it's batteries they will have a new ally.
I might not be a dralasite, vrusk or yazirian but I do play one in Star Frontiers!

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JCab747
August 3, 2016 - 8:50am
jedion357 wrote:
Robots equipped with hover, rotor, or rocket engines need an atmosphere in order use these forms of alternative movement.- from robots rules of order, Question is do rocket engines really need an atmosphere? 


I suppose that could be left to referee interpretation. I kind of figured they are like jet engines, but powered by electric motors -- hence the parabatteries -- rather than rocket fuel. It seems that is how an aircar seems to operate -- electricity, no jet fuel.

This critique feeds into my discussion about asking why the High Peaks Sanitarium is way up in the mountains of Kraatar where there's not enough atmosphere to breathe. Granted, space planes, say the X-15 could operate up there and probably a specially configured aircar too.

Thanks for the review!
Joe Cabadas

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JCab747
August 3, 2016 - 8:49am
jedion357 wrote:
Zebulon encounter based off Robots Rules of Order article: 

Pirates had sent out a combat or search and destroy robot looking for the First Volturnus Survey Expedition members that had escaped. It ran low on power and decided to go into standby mode. It sent a radio message and hid in a cave. The message was either not received or the pirates looked and didn't find the bot. It's power reserves have run out when the PCs find it. If their roboticist can reprogram it and theycan charge it's batteries they will have a new ally.


Neat!
Joe Cabadas

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Tchklinxa
August 3, 2016 - 5:50pm
Awesome as always

 "Never fire a laser at a mirror."

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ChrisDonovan
August 3, 2016 - 7:07pm
JCab747 wrote:
I really like the medkit article... plus the other ones too.

I'll have to throw Chris Donovan's the Local Rights Alliance spin into my ... as yet unfinished... Corpco (New Streel) planetary breif.


Thanks!  AD really sets Streel up as an exemplar of old-school business nogoodnik-ism, and they don't seem to care if people hate them for it, so long as they can't be convicted/punished for it.  GodCo shrouds their shennanigans in religious trappings. The one I think you really have to watch out for is PanGal.

If Streel is like a bannana republic or Walmart, and GodCo is the Moonies, PanGal is like a credit-card company or one of the big investment houses.  The first will abuse you and dare you to do something about it.  The second will abuse you and make you thankful it as Divine Will.  The third will make you think you aren't being abused until something goes wrong and you get mousetrapped by some obscure clause in the mice type section of the contract.