Skirmish games appear to be the way forward. At least in my small world anyway. Smaller figure count games are great for quick start up and often provide fast paced, effective and cinematic games. Most of what we do these days is smaller armies games. Even Coronasan’s Steam Wars (probably the only big army game I play at the moment) fields units of only 5-6 figures.
Rogue Stars is just like that as it offers a fast paced small force skirmish game that is also quite detailed and characterful at the same time. I know its not everyone’s cup of tea but the detailed character building makes each and everyone of your crew into an individual.
At first read it appears a very complex game for only about 8 figures to a table. the many smaller rules and layout of the book can make it seem overly rules heavy. My advice is to hold off judging it until you have tried it out though
We have tried a few games now and have found the system to be more intuitive than we expected. A good cheat sheet with a few of the more often used tables copied out on it is a must though.
We have played games where we just go out and try to kill each other, try to steal wheelie bins full of new tech from under our opponent’s nose and the usual sort of hold terrain while trying not to get killed type games. All work well.
As we look forward to our next games I have rooted about in the back of the shed for all those Deadzone figures I collected and never got round to painting.
Smaller scavenger types good at hiding and stealing Tech…
More aggressive alien types.
These are my first choices so far, obnoxious blaster wielding alien, quiet spoken tank like bodyguard, tech savvy sniper girl. Whoever said stereotyping was a bad idea is wrong.
Gutteral, gruff voiced brutes (only because their guns are so loud and they shout all the time…)
Fast, sneaky and likely to dodge in and out of cover given the chance.
Now, what else can I find..?
2 thoughts on “At Least I’m Doing Something – More Rogue Stars”
I was googling for a comparison of Rogue Stars and Horizon Wars and came across this post. What is too funny is that that’s exactly the minis I’m going to use as well! I’m looking for an excuse to dust off my Deadzone minis!
v2 of the rules came out but I never played. I wonder if it’s worth it just to play v2 deadzone or try this Rogue Stars? Any thoughts?
Sorry for the slow reply. Been away. I didn’t get on with deadzone first time round as it was too complex for my tastes for a game with just 5 or 6 figures. Rogue stars however is great in my opinion. Be aware that the rulebook is not the easiest to reference as it does jump slightly with one rule linking to others that are only referenced in passing and this means that the basic rules are sometimes easily missed.
If that last explanation makes sense to you then you should be fine with it…
We play it fairly regularly and the facebook page for rogue stars is a good place to find help or record sheets that are a must to be able to keep track of everything.
You can get hold of the book for about £7 so it is a safe bet that you wont lose out if you get it and don’t like it… Better than not getting on with a £25 rulebook methinks!