RPG a Day 2023 – Game You’d Like a New Edition Of … Star Frontiers

An octopus-like alien riding a bipedal dinosaur.

The game I’d love to see a new edition of is Star Frontiers … but as they say, be careful what you wish for. Star Frontiers was the second role-playing game I ever owned. It was a space opera RPG set in a “frontier” region of space with a mix of settled and unexplored star systems. There … Read more

RPG A Day 2022 – What was the second RPG you bought?

A view of two dozen role-playing game books.

Star Frontiers by TSR. I got the original boxed set, the Alpha Dawn reprint, the Knight Hawks space combat expansion boxed set, and finally Zebulon’s Guide to Frontier Space (a softcover rules expansion/reboot that never went anywhere) I spent hours building out my homegrown star system of Starrior, its own megacorp (Astro Mining and Freighting … Read more

Blogworthy: Floating Worlds, Tome of Beasts II, Data Detox, Savage Frontiers, Backpacking Tips

A map of the World of Greyhawk

Artists Creates Floating Worlds In Test Tubes – Rosa de Jong creates tiny models of buildings, trees, and geographic features that float on sculpted, rocky islands in a test tube. Think Avatar’s floating islands meets the traditional ship-in-a-bottle models. Greyhawk CY 576 by Anna B. Myers – Thanks to funding from her Patreon, cartographer Anna B. Myers released a refreshed … Read more

Blogworthy: A New Star Wars Reckoning, Four-Day Week, Supernova, Risk, Y2K Redux

A close up of the cannon aperture of the planet-sized Starkiller Base.

10 Intriguing Star Wars Details We Learned From The Rise of Skywalker’s Visual Dictionary – There are a lot of interesting tidbits in here, but the strangest one is the decision by Lucasfilm to drop the Before/After Battle of Yavin (BBY/ABY) timeline reckoning in favor of Before/After the Starkiller Incident (BSI/ASI). While I can kind … Read more

Blogworthy – Spell Names, Failing Spectacularly, Organizing D&D, Savage Star Frontiers

A knight charges out of a dungeon, running down monstrous enemies as he does so.

The many names of spells and how to change them: Tenser’s Floating Disc. Bigby’s Crushing Hand. Mordenkainen’s Mansion. Named spells defined Dungeons & Dragons from its earliest days while hinting at a greater world. Jeremiah McCoy talks about how to bring the magic of such signature arcana to your campaign. If You’re Gonna Fail, Fail Spectacularly: Troy Taylor talks about … Read more

Game Day: The Star Frontiers Legacy

The first role-playing game I ever played was Dungeons & Dragons. The second was Star Frontiers. Saying I “played” Star Frontiers is something of a stretch; I game mastered one or two sessions in 8th grade and that was pretty much it. Except … it was much more than that. Star Frontiers grabbed the world-building part of my brain, and wouldn’t let go. I created the Starrior star system, and populated it with the benevolent megacorp known as Astro Mining & Freighting (or simply AMF). I detailed the vast starfleets of the United Planetary Federation and the smaller – yet still formidable – Starrior Militia.