Saturday, July 16, 2011

Space... the final frontier...

Blasting Out Of This World For Some Interplanetary Action!

One of my oldest loves when it comes to gaming genres is space combat. Whether its fighter vs. fighter or fleet vs. fleet, I've always had a soft spot for space games. While digging around I recently unearthed some star ship miniatures that I bought years ago so I decided its time to grab a rule set, stat them up, and get them on the table! Of course the real question is just which rules should I use?

The first system I decided to try is Warcosm which is available from the fine folks at DriveThruRPG (psst... there's a link at the top of the page). This game has some setting elements slapped on but it is basically just a rule set which is fine with me. I think its more fun to dream up the fluff myself so a skimpy setting is perfect. The other thing this rule set has is construction rules which in my mind is a must and also a major factor in staying away from some of the bigger names in the space genre.

Next up after that I'll be taking a look at one that was released almost twenty years ago but the company is still producing minis for it to this day. Which one is this? None other than Full Thrust which is now available as a free download at the Ground Zero Games website. Unlike Warcosm, Full Thrust has a very well developed setting and covers a number of different factions most of which even have their own lines of miniatures that are available from their web store. It also has a ship construction system so if you are not interested in using the canon universe you can easily create your own faction, race, or entire universe if you want which as I've said before I consider a huge plus.

After that... well, I'm not sure what I'll look at after that. There are a number of other space combat systems out there but for now I think these two are as good place as any to start. But more on that soon...

5 comments:

Ricardo said...

Hi! I've been wondering about getting Warcosm, but I haven't found much information about it... it would be great if you could post your impressions after you try it.

Sin City Snowman said...

Hey Ricardo,

I'm a step ahead of you! Already planning on posting about my impressions on the game and also a couple of battle reports as well so that people can see it in action. Should have at least the first of those up by next week.

ado said...

Firestorm Armada?

Sin City Snowman said...

Ya know I hadn't thought of that one but I'm kind of thinking no right now. Given my endless need for tinkering I'd rather focus on systems that let you build your own vessels instead of something more established. Are you playing Firestorm nowadays? What are you thoughts on it if you are?

ado said...

I am not playing it but it's sister Dystopian Wars is built on the same exploding die system and I am enjoying that. Just got some Federated States destroyers and a dreadnaught too.