The End of Starblazer Adventures

Cubicle 7 announced yesterday that they didn’t renew the Starblazer license and so Starblazer Adventures and Legends of Anglerre will be off the shelves at the end of the month.

Starblazer Adventures had a lot of issues. While the game screamed Awesomeness! (with capital A and an exclamation mark), it was poorly organized and sometimes very hard to understand. SBA was the first Fate game I actually ran and I had to read both Diaspora and the much better organized LoA before I actually understood how the game was supposed to work. But aside from its problems it still was a pretty cool game.

Just leafing through this tome of a book gave me thousands of ideas, the artwork ripped from the pages of the British Starblazer comics was extremely fun and inspirational. Starblazer Adventures was one of the first attempts to apply the then latest edition of the Fate rules to the space opera genre, and – if you ignore it’s problems – it did the job pretty well. Even with all its shortcomings Starblazer Adventures was an awesome game for its time and Legends of Anglerre showed how a 2nd Edition of Starblazer Adventures could have looked like.

Alas Cubicle 7 didn’t support both games as well as I hoped. The 2nd Edition of Starblazer Adventures (and at least another setting book) have been announced but never were released. For a while it was incredible hard to access materials like character sheets etc. since the Cubicle 7 website has been in a terrible state for far too long. I don’t excactly why they decided not to renew the license in the end, but I still think both Legends of Anglerre and Starblazer Adventures had a lot of promise, and just needed a bit more support and perhaps some more refinement to really shine.

If you haven’t picked up any of those games yet, there’s still chance. Cubicle 7 has put all SBA/LoA products on sale. In addition to that one former SBA setting survived and has recently be reborn as the stand-alone and Fate Core-based Mindjammer Roleplaying Game. So not all is lost!