Thursday, January 26, 2023

Starmada - The Next Generation

This past weekend Stew of the excellent blog A Terrible loss of Lead and Wealth, invited a few other fellows and myself over to his place to playtest his modifications of Starmada for Star Trek the Next Generation era play.  I believe that he intends to run the game at a convention, and he selected a few "experts" to try it out.  In addition to some rule modifications, Stew also generated the ship stats, made QRFs, and selected the scenario, on top of painting two top notch fleets, hosting, and supplying lunch! 

After some introductory milling about, I was assigned one of the two Klingon fleets and battle commenced! 

The game was pretty exciting and I had to pay attention to what was going on and the ship stats, but I did manage a few pictures. 

Photo one:
Initial fleet placement for the good guys, and the various gaming ephemera we were issued.

Photo Two:
I think this is two turns in.  I cloaked all my little ships and they were working their way up the side undetected.

Photo Three:
The flagship mixes it up with an Excelsior class, while the Galaxy class drives by.  (following this round, the Excelsior class was crippled, and drifted off the playing area)
Photo Four:
Little ships uncloak and help to delete the Excelsior class directly in front of them.

The important part here is that the true warriors won, and pushed those milk toast Federation scientists back to their star base with their tails between their legs. 

Now Stew may claim that he is just a "table top quality" painter, or some such, but look at this Galaxy Class starship and you will see otherwise. 

So no surprise, Starmada is fun, playing games is fun, and I even had a bit of a thought about making my own 1/7000 TNG era fleets.

Pardon the messy, desk, but that is three Galors and a Excelsior class on the slipways

Well, maybe more than a bit of a thought. 


Stew said...

Ooohhh, I’m gonna steal that post title.
Thanks for all the kind praise. It’s my pleasure to have you over for fun games. Thanks for putting up with the play test and giving feedback. I was mostly pleased with how the ships behaved but some tinkering is still required. ๐Ÿ˜€

Now I certainly won’t stop you from making your own TNG fleets (especially the Cardashians) but currently we have the best of both worlds with me focusing on TNG and you doing TOS/SFU.
Hope to see you again soon. ๐Ÿ˜€

FourEyedMonster said...

You’re right Lasgunpacker … that Enterprise is well painted indeed.

Toby said...

I had no idea this game existed! It looks very cool. I really like the spaceships - you're right, they're very well painted!