Having only limited time this week, it was a toss-up between painting something that I hadn’t decided upon yet or typing up a first draft of the Final Frontier rules. As I discovered that the word processing application I’d installed onto my tablet was far superior to the free one my wife had decided to download to our home computer (Open Office), which meant I could take my tablet to work and type up bits at lunchtime, the rules won out.
So, quite a brief post this week, which belies the amount of work I’ve actually done. However, attached you will find a copy of the Final Frontier rules, including rules for designing your own ships, all the systems that you can install, how to fight your battles and rules for building space stations and sending ‘away teams’ aboard derelict vessels or down to the surface of a planet.
They may not be to everyone’s taste, as they are hex-based and relatively simple, so if you’re used to recording every hit scored on your vessel by crossing off a box (like in Battletech) or placing numerous tokens on your space mat to record the current status of your vessel, you may find them a little too simplistic.
However, if you want a straight-forward game of spaceship combat, that does not require a huge amount of record-keeping and allows you to indulge your inner Kirk, then they may very well be up your street.
The first play-test/batrep can be found here.
And here they are: final-frontier.
Feel free to download them, read them and maybe give them a bit of a play-test yourself. Any feedback will be gratefully received, as previous feedback to the rules as described in the play-test led to a few improvements, so thanks to StuRat for his suggestions.
Please bear in mind that this is only the first draft, so has no templates or ship roster cards yet. I intend to include these in the next draft as appendices, including a template that will allow those who prefer to play unfettered by hexes to play the game in ‘naked space’ (which sound like a very dodgy sci-fi movie).
So, download a copy, get out your spaceships, engage your engines and boldly go to…The Final Frontier!