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January 18, 2010 / jadettman

Starblazer Adventures

Starblazer Adventures is the other FATE in space game currently out there. I haven’t read it, though I own the PDF, because the thing is over 600 pages long.

I mean, I’ve read good things about it but 600+ pages? Really? I don’t want to have to read that much material to run a RPG.

I’m sure I’ll pick at the PDF here and there to see if there is anything useful in it for other FATE games but I doubt it’s going to see a lot of use anytime soon.

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  1. Paul / Jan 18 2010 7:10 am

    I thought Swashbucklers might be intimidating at its 300+ page count…but 600 pages is just crazy.

  2. Chris Birch / Jan 18 2010 8:48 am

    Bear in mind you’re getting about 5 supplements with the core book in one book – you don’t need to use much of it at all – this was a reaction to the enormous numbers of rpg’s that basically give you the character generation, skills and combat rules in the core book and expect you to spend the same amount of money for every other supplement.

    Starblazer really has every section covered in the core book that most games take 5 supplements to do – see it as a bonus. You don’t need it from the word go but you might someday – and if you do, it’s there waitin for you for free.

    I could quite easily have broken it down and charged you more money 😉

  3. J.A. Dettman / Jan 19 2010 8:06 pm

    Chris, I understand your point of view.

    Yes, more is, theoretically, better and I could choose to look at SBA as more complete rather than information overload. Perhaps some day I will but I make no guarantees until I manage to complete a read through.

  4. D.A. / Feb 17 2010 12:11 pm

    The back of this book has appendixes and a index complete with rule summaries and easy to use charts and tables. The writers knew it was big so they made easy for the users to reference and look things up on a whim. So aside form it being large it’s actually quite easy to follow and read.

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