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Re: Starship! and FT, from the author

From: Glenn m wilson <triphibious@j...>
Date: Wed, 06 Sep 2000 22:33:09 EDT
Subject: Re: Starship! and FT, from the author

On Tue, 05 Sep 2000 23:05:56 -0700 Brad Carlson <> writes:
>Thank you for the pointer.
>If you take a look at Starship!, I think you will see that these sorts 
>of conversions are much easier.
>Your URL includes a lot of fan-generated optional rules and rule 
>additions to make these races work. This is fine, but the same can 
>(and has) been done with other  systems, like SFB.
>The problem I had was that they are unofficial, and somewhat 
>arbitrary. If someone was holding a FT tournament at a con, and you 
>wanted to bring in a fleet using non-official rules, good luck!
>And many systems, like SFB and BF Gothic, don't allow custom ships at 
>What we were trying to do was make a game system where the ability to 
>recreate your favorite race, IS official, and universally acceptable 
>to anyone playing the game. It is, to my knowledge, the only system 
>that lets
>you custom design your race and your ships.

First, I am not a FT player, just Dirtside 2.

Second, I am a little confused by a few points:

Okay, so two people make up different versions of the same race - who is
'official' ?  Or am I missing something (not the first time... or

Hmmm, the "...race and ships..." just might be a first (you could be a
footnote in SF game history <grin>) but I don't have a knowledge of any
significant portion of SF space/starship combat rules,,,

Actually for my 'intrusion' scenarios in my "Starguard sliding towards
Dirtside 2" campaign a decent race creation set would be useful...  But
the weapons system is a concern, TOO wide open could be a problem.  Of
course I COULD just homogenize the results a bit...  Also, how detailed
do the weapons interactions get.  The idea of Stargrunt in Space on
Steroids possibility gets into the issue of
complexity/reality/playability which is highly interpretative.

Gracias, Triphibious/Glenn
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