Friday 28 October 2016

Rogue Star Frenzy

Well, maybe not actually frenzy, but keen interest may be more my level (not being the excitable type), OK Rogue Star Keen Interest is about at the moment with the fairly soon to be released next offering from the Osprey Gaming stable.

The rules are by Andrea Sfiligoi, he of 'Song of Blades and Heroes' fame (illustrations by Johan Egerkrans, who's work I'm not familiar with) and are a Sci-Fi Skirmish rules set. The Osprey blurb follows to avoid me paraphrasing;

'Rogue Stars is a character-based science fiction skirmish wargame, where players command crews of bounty hunters, space pirates, merchants, prospectors, smugglers, mercenary outfits, planetary police and other such shady factions from the fringes of galactic civilisation. Crews can vary in size, typically from four to six, and the character and crew creation systems allow for practically any concept to be built. Detailed environmental rules that include options for flora, fauna, gravity, dangerous terrain and atmosphere, and scenario design rules that ensure that missions are varied and demand adaptation and cunning on the parts of the combatants, make practically any encounter possible. Run contraband tech to rebel fighters on an ocean world while hunted by an alien kill-team or hunt down a research vessel and fight zero-gravity boarding actions in the cold depths of space - whatever you can imagine, you can do.'

Release date is scheduled for 15th Dec but Nick at North Star is running a low key Nickstarter for the project from the 1st November which nets you I think a free mini if signed up for.

There are a core of 17 figures due to be released to go with the rules, all based on the illustrations within the rules and sculpted by Mr Copplestone, so I will be snatching up these releases. Based on the pics released so far, they look to be very useful and full of character.

Obviously with these type of rules typical of Osprey releases, any figures can be utilised and I can foresee lots of Rogue Trader type figures being resurrected from the depths of cupboards and storage boxes for use with these rules. Terrain I suspect will be key to successful games here, so lots of terrain production required and enjoyed to look forward to.

I look forward to the release in a frenzy with interest...


  1. I too have an eye on this one. The ability/preference for using figures you already have is a key reason for the success of many of the Osprey Games I think, Though the figures they are previewing for this game are kind of neat. I'm prepping a bunch of figures for it already, but since the game uses squads of 4-5 figures, I may already have too many! (Of course, I know you can never have too many minis).

  2. Anyone with an old scifi collection will have plenty of options, but new toys.... yeah already planning a new crew.

    1. Likewise Andy, should be worth digging out the old RT figures.


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