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Posted by: SBRPG_HakDragon Sep 20 2005, 12:00 AM
Anyone remember this one? It was part of TSR's original percentile game lineup (Star Frontiers, Top Secret, Boot Hill, and Gangbusters). It had fun comic-book races (you'll see some of them in d20 Future, btw), and a really well-done 'stranded on an alien plant' series of modules called the Volturnus series.

Oddly enough, the game came with 2 books, a basic game, and an advanced game (the game was simple enough you never needed the basic book). Oh, and it came with counters, lots of counters. They did a neat wargame and starship combat game called Knight Hawks, and an atrocious rules update called Zebulon's Guide to Frontier Space.

Anyone have any fun SF stories to tell?

Posted by: netjedi Sep 20 2005, 12:20 AM
Never played that one. Is there info online where someone can look up rules and how to's and such?

Posted by: jamfke Sep 20 2005, 12:38 AM
Oh I loved this one! Before Star Wars the RPG, there was Star Frontiers! I jumped on this one as soon as I learned of it.

It's been so long since I played it though, I don't quite remember the games we played. I do remember one of the guys I refereed, as I think that's what they called the GM in that game, anyway, he used a needler pistol and tore a Vrussk to shreds.

If Skaff reads this, Vrussk were essentially Verpine. It was Vrussk right? I'm pretty sure that was it. Then there was the blob creatures that could change shapes, the gliding Wookie looking guys, what were they called?

Posted by: SBRPG_HakDragon Sep 20 2005, 12:45 AM
Wooo, that's a toughie. You might want to Google it, and see if there's any fan sites out there that have more info. I wish WoC/TSR had their classic rules sets availible as downloadable PDFs for the fans.

Vrusk were human-sized praying mantises with 8 legs and 2 arms. The blobs were Dralasites, and the gliding monkey-men were the Yazarians. They also had a bad-guy worm race called the Sathar.

I never remember the weapons doing that much damage though. You could have up to 100 hits (50 was average), and a lot of weapons did 1d10 to 3d10 per shot. Our group ended up lowering hits to 1/2 normal to make it more deadly. Still, it was my first taste of non-Star Wars Sci-Fi, and it was cool.

Posted by: jamfke Sep 20 2005, 12:50 AM
I found a boxed set at a nearby FLGS for like $10 a few years ago. I jumped on that one!

I haven't had the opportunity to use it though, and it's just sitting in a box in my closet now. sad.gif

You thinking you'd like to run a game here? I'd love to jump in on that!

Posted by: netjedi Sep 20 2005, 12:51 AM
SBRPG_HakDragon Wrote
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Wooo, that's a toughie. You might want to Google it, and see if there's any fan sites out there that have more info. I wish WoC/TSR had their classic rules sets availible as downloadable PDFs for the fans.


Will do, wish me luck smile.gif

Posted by: Jedi Skyler Sep 20 2005, 05:37 AM
I never played that one, but I did hear about it back in the day...

I did play Boot Hill though. Even ran some. Had a guy who was a crack shot with his six-shooters... He also carried a Remington Roomsweeper. That was a beaut!

Posted by: Teradoxx Sep 20 2005, 12:56 PM
I looked into this here little game. And i actually found a page where ou can see many books for STar Frontiers.

I Never tried the game (I actually never heard of teh game, since it was created before i was born.) But i'll look into it.

http://www.starfrontiers.com/rules/

Posted by: NEW KID Sep 20 2005, 01:49 PM
i don't know....

if a game does start, i'll watch and observe before joining

Posted by: Jedi Skyler Sep 20 2005, 03:29 PM
I'd probably follow that as well, Kid!

Posted by: jamfke Sep 20 2005, 04:41 PM
QUOTE (Jedi Skyler @ Sep 20 2005, 06:37 AM)
I never played that one, but I did hear about it back in the day...

I did play Boot Hill though. Even ran some. Had a guy who was a crack shot with his six-shooters... He also carried a Remington Roomsweeper. That was a beaut!

Aww, I wanted to get Boot Hill so bad. I never could find it though. I ended up making my own, but I lost the rules after successfully playtesting it with my group. I miss that!

Posted by: Jedi Skyler Sep 21 2005, 07:49 AM
Yeah, it was really fun. That game is one of the reasons I liked the Dark Tower series of books...

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