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Starblazer Adventures!

Secret Project #1 has been unveiled thanks to the ink having dried!

Gigantic fleets prowl the starlanes, dying captains rally the crews of stricken starships, heroic pilots pull off death defying attacks on planet size monsters, mysterious aliens devise inexplicable fates for humankind, star marines descend on secret pirate bases, devilish scientists operate enormous engines of destruction, swashbuckling princes defend their world from vast empires…

Sound familiar? Of course it does! Starblazer, published by the Scottish city Dundee based publisher D.C.Thompson was the home to some of the best science fiction space opera of the 1970’s, before it finally closed in 1981. Featuring stunning full colour covers and black and white interior art, artists such as Enrique Alcatena, Grant Morrison, Alan Rogers, Jaime Oritz, Ian Kennedy, Colin MacNeil and Casanovas helped bring the fantastic ‘space fiction adventure in pictures’ to life.

The officially licenced Starblazer roleplaying game, being published by Cubicle 7 Entertainment, allows you to relive those classic stories of sci-fi derring do, using the much loved FATE 3.0 rules system, tweaked to give you the full intergalactic meal deal.

With over 281 stories to delve in to we’ve also detailed the vast galactic empires across the ages described by the comics, giving you a wide variety of genres to explore. From space fantasy themed epics, to low fi space exploration to galaxy busting wars threatening the very core of civilisation there is plenty for everyone. You’ll even find a pile of ready to run adventures straight from the pages of Starblazer to get you in the mood.

Does Starblazer sound like every other sci-fi game? You bet! It includes all those great elements you’ve loved but never seen in one place. Does it have some of the most incredible art this side of the galaxy? Of course! Some of the world’s greatest sci-fi artists contributed to the pages and covers of Starblazer and we’re using that art to illustrate your adventures in the Starblazer universe.

As well as the introductory and advanced rules, you’ll find maps, galactic histories, stories of civilizations spanning thousands of years, technology from across time and space, details of the equipment and starships of the human civilisations and their alien neighbours, and optional simple rules that will also allow you to lead an armada, plan a network of secret bases, thwart a galaxy wide conspiracy or hold off hordes of terrifying creatures. We’ve also provided some tips on finding and recruiting people to experience the fun of Starblazer adventures and ideas on how to make your time together that much more enjoyable.

In this community you’ll find updates on the action, and releases, backstories, development news, comments from previous writers, excerpts from original scripts and through exclusive interviews we’ll reveal some of the hidden treasures of the Starblazer stories.

The adventures don’t stop here, online at the official website launching later this year you’ll find downloadable accessories, excerpts of comic strips, rules supplements, adventures, a fan community and much more bringing the Starblazer universe to life and giving you the tools to extend your gaming experience.

In short Starblazer is your gateway to a rock n roll sci-fi adventure that will bring friends together as you save the galaxy in new and dangerous ways! Watch out for Starblazer later this year.

We also have a myspace page at  http://www.myspace.com/starblazeradventures and will have a dedicated website, Wiki and Forum coming soon :)

Apart from the license, which has some really amazing background material, I'm really psyked to be using the FATE system. If anyone has seen a copy of Spirit of the Century RPG they'll know what I mean.

Anyway, good fun and lots of work to do. Hopefully we'll be announcing another license fairly soon too. 2007 is the year of many plans ;p


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May. 14th, 2007 09:55 am (UTC)
Sounds ery cooland very much my sortof thing. If you need playtesters/sts shout!
May. 14th, 2007 01:02 pm (UTC)
Lead Developer (LJ = chrisbirch) has already been running a few playtests - including one at gameforce last month.

We will be wanting other playtest groups in the reasonably near future so will certainly let you know :)
May. 14th, 2007 10:32 am (UTC)
What this the thing I was meant to speak to you about at Conpulsion? Seems so long ago!
May. 14th, 2007 01:03 pm (UTC)
It was. I even had a pile of sample comics at the show that I was sneaking peeks to people :)

I thought it might be somethign you'd be interested in (or possibly even working on).
May. 14th, 2007 04:47 pm (UTC)
Yes would be if I can clear BITS commitments but as I am way behind with them I won't make any rash promises :)

Starblazer...between that and Commando my childhood was almost complete...but then there was Sam Fox too ;)

Next time I will make time to stop by but I did get caught up with Traveller then a game of Transhuman Space. Will you be at gencon?
May. 14th, 2007 11:38 pm (UTC)
I'll be at Game Expo in Birmingham (June) and at GenCon Indy in the States (August) with Cubicle 7 stands. I will be down for one day at GenCon UK (Reading) to check things out and catch up with a few people but we won't be having a trade presence at the show this year.

We'll also be at Dragonmeet in London (December) as usual :p

When I know what day I'll be at GenCon UK (almost certainly the Saturday) I'll let you know and we'll have to see if we can hook up.
May. 14th, 2007 10:48 am (UTC)
That long ago? I still have some copies of Starblazer at my parents...
May. 14th, 2007 01:03 pm (UTC)
I currently have a full set plus about 80% of a second completed set.

The joys of ebay and research material ;p
May. 14th, 2007 11:45 am (UTC)
Blast from the past!

Didn't Starblazer also have choose your own adventure style game-comics? I seem to remember one where you "turned" to different panel numbers depending on which path you chose.
May. 14th, 2007 01:04 pm (UTC)
They did have the 'choose your own adventure' style issues for a little while during the mid/late 80's but they didn't prove very popular and the comic reverted back to a story an issue format shortly afterwards.
May. 14th, 2007 11:56 am (UTC)
Strangely I have no recollection of this comic book. It seemed to have passed me by completely, and this despite me being a young teenage boy in the 70s with a major interest in comic books and space opera. How on earth did that happen? Oh well, I look forward to getting to know Starblazer through the roleplaying game, which I shall certainly pick up.
May. 14th, 2007 01:05 pm (UTC)
It was predominantly in the 80's. I think it only just caught the 70's tag :p
May. 14th, 2007 01:16 pm (UTC)
Ah that could explain it. I was 16 in 1980 and was going through the usual "comics are for kids" phase and didn't read many comic books until I got back into it around 84.
May. 14th, 2007 12:53 pm (UTC)
Don't know the comic at all, be very interested in taking a look at things if you want the viewpoint of a gamar / SF fan who doesn't have expectations.
May. 14th, 2007 01:05 pm (UTC)
Thanks Marcus, that would be great.

I think you met Chris (our developer for the game) at the last pub meet we had in London.
May. 14th, 2007 01:46 pm (UTC)
From what you've said, and the description of Starblazer on Wikipedia it sounds very interesting.
May. 14th, 2007 01:49 pm (UTC)
(silly LJ submitting before I meant it too!) I'll also look out for you asking for outside playtesters, hopefully I can talk my group into giving it a try - and hey, now I have Fudge dice :)
May. 14th, 2007 02:53 pm (UTC)
As mentioned on the UK Roleplayers Forum, I am very excited about this game. Each issue was quality in terms of story and artwork, recurring characters and everything about the stories was pure science fiction and space opera. Some of the last issues died a little towards the end, and they did include some good fantasy stories as well.

Glad to see someone has remembered their legend.
May. 14th, 2007 11:41 pm (UTC)
I'm currently the proud owner of one complete set (yep, all 281 issues) and then about 75% of a second complete set.

I've been reading through a whole load of them and they have got some fantastic storylines in them. Unfortunately (for me atleast) the complete set is being relocated over to Chris Birch's (LJ = chrisbirch) at the weekend as he needs the lot as Line Develoepr for the project. Hopefully I'll be able to trade with him for all the single issues he's managed to amass over the last couple of months :p
May. 14th, 2007 03:11 pm (UTC)
Fire the wave motion gun?
May. 14th, 2007 05:56 pm (UTC)
Nope, that's Starblazers, with an s.

This is Starblazer, a UK-based, multi-storied, 280-issue space opera comic book that ran in the 1970s and 1980s.
May. 14th, 2007 05:45 pm (UTC)
Oh, DUDE, I am so pumped to see this one!

And Spirt of the Centrury - Rock on!
May. 14th, 2007 05:48 pm (UTC)
Any plans to reprint the original comics?
May. 14th, 2007 11:45 pm (UTC)
We looked into this (in a variety of possible formats) but as Carlton Books have been doing really well reprinting the Commando comics I wouldn't be surprised if Starblazer may be getting a treatment elsewhere.

It'll be good if it does as Carlton will get the compilations in national bookchains which heightens the awareness of Starblazer nd may open the door (depending on timing) for a few of the bookstores to host a copy of the RPG on the same shelves :p

We have the rights to reprint pretty much any of the art we want to use, but just not in consecutive panels from the same issue all at once! :p
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