Monday, July 23, 2012

Another freebie

Even though I'm working on a set of space combat rules that will be sold for money, I don't mind directing you to free games, even those on the subject of starship battles. 

This time, it's the quick-start rules for Ultra Starfire, published these days by Starfire Design Studio.  However, I remember when Starfire first came out from Task Force Games.

It's a fairly straightforward ruleset--each ship has a single line of stats, with damage affecting systems linearly, so you have to destroy a ship's shields before you can hit its weapons, its weapons before its armor, etc.  Kinda simple, but there's room for a lot of variety.  And hey, you can try the rules out for free, so why not?

Anyone else remember playing this game back in the day?


A-Historian said...

I've never played, but I do have four of David Weber's Starfire books. Insurrection in particular is a classic of both civil war and space opera, imo.

Shaun Travers said...

I did play it when it first came out Starfire and Starfire 2. I did buy the next few versions and got a copy of Ultra Starfire a few years ago just to see how complex it had got. I do not think I have played for over 20 years, and even then i tinkered with the rules and designed ships more than actually played. I played lots of Star Fleet Battles instead. I do like Starfire, but never loved it.