Star Frontiers 0 edition

jedion357's picture
July 5, 2009 - 11:50am
[Quote=Dragon] The game grew and changed for two years, until it was finally submitted for review in the summer of 1981. During those two years, TSR Hobbies grew tremendously. The company had discovered that its games appealed to a much broader audience than wargamers and fantasy fans alone. D&D® and AD&D™ games, for instance, were selling to people who had never played a wargame or a role-playing game before. In order to tap this huge market, TSR decided to restructure the STAR FRONTIERS game
so it would appeal to people who had never seen this type of game. This decision meant most of the game
needed to be rewritten and reorganized so persons with no gaming experience could buy it, take it home and play it without learning a lot of rules. The number and types of dice in the game were changed, the maps and counters were added, and many realistic but complex rules were sacrificed for playability.. In general, there was an overall softening of the game’s “hard core.”
Although many TSR employees were sad to say goodbye to the original hardcore version,

Just on a currious note one wonders if the earlier "hard core" version still exists some where in some form.
I'd love to see what Dave Cook and Lawrence Schick produce. be fore the rewrite was instituted.

I might not be a dralasite, vrusk or yazirian but I do play one in Star Frontiers!

Ascent's picture
July 5, 2009 - 12:02pm
It sounds like it was originally a 1e d20-type game, as it says "The number and types of dice in the game were changed." Which would make it a completely different game altogether. In the end, I think Dave Cook was at least partially satisfied, as he continued to oversee the game throughout its production. I'm not sure how much involvement Lawrence Schick had in it, as he never again has any involvement with any RPG in the industry that I know of.
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July 6, 2009 - 8:15am
I was curious about the 'hardcore' version also. I wonder if there is a copy floating around somewhere? By hardcore does he mean the setting or the rules?

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

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July 6, 2009 - 5:10pm
Believe so.

I'm curious too, as to what Star Frontiers would've looked like....

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Shadow Shack
July 7, 2009 - 3:06am
OTOH, it might have been nice to see it evolve in a Holmes/Moldvay/Mentzer fashion.
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July 14, 2009 - 4:26pm

I'd pay to see it!

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