Star Frontiers

This week on the Vintage RPG Podcast, we travel to the furthest reaches of known space to explore TSR’s space opera RPG Star Frontiers! We give you an overview of the game, the setting, the intriguing alien races and the game’s surprising connection to the Dungeons & Dragons Spelljammer campaign setting.  And more, including how TSR inevitably messed it all up!

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After we recorded this episode, I read Bill Slavicsek’s memoir about developing the West End Games Star Wars RPG, Defining a Galaxy. Slavicsek’s recounting of the bidding war around the Star Wars license leads me to believe that TSR shuttered the Star Frontiers line in anticipation of developing a Star Wars RPG. That’s a gut feeling, though. You should read his book (which is EXCELLENT) and decide for yourself!

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