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Frontier Explorer Issue 16 available

Hello Explorers!

Issue 16 of the Frontier Explorer is now available. This issue is a big reminder that this really is a community magazine and that we couldn’t do it without you. A special thanks to Joseph Cabadas and Chris Donovan who stepped up and provided a huge number of articles for this issue.

In this issue you’ll find a variety of new equipment, weapons, and vehicles, as well as a complete system brief for the S’sessu home worlds, equipment, flora, and fauna related to the S’sessu, and hooks to help bring the S’sessu into your campaign. In addition, we have some great weapon stat cards that you can print out and use at your table to keep track of the various weapons in the party and owned by the NPCs.

The complete contents of this issue include:

  • Weyland-Yutani: Incorporating the Company into the Frontier
  • New Weapons
  • D.U.C.T. Tape
  • Want a New Ride?
  • Weapon Cards
  • Nugkta Cultivation
  • Titan Rising: 2299 Episode 9
  • The Ecology of a Sathar Agent
  • Phri’sk Anyone? Detailing the S’sessu Homeworlds
  • Things Wormy - Looking at S’sessu Biology, Items, Flora, and Fauna
  • Fitting the S’sessu Into Your Campaign
  • S.O.S.
  • Book Review: Her Brother’s Keeper
  • Grimz Guide Comic

I hope you enjoy this issue as much as I did. So grab your copy and remember to always keep exploring.

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Going to try to be better about communicating

I should really be better about posting things here to let people know what is going on with the magazine.  So in the interst of letthing people know what's happening:

Issue 16 is almost ready to go.  I just need to give it a final look through, add the finishing touches to cover, and assemble the final version of the PDF (adding cover images, creating bookmarks and links, etc).

Once that is done it will go off to the Patreon supporters and then out to general release.  Expect it by the end of next week.

(That assumes, of course, that I don't find any major issues).

Also a shout out to Andrew Moore who has been helping me to get the missing on-line versions of back articles up on the site.He has most of issue 7 and part of issue 8 up as well.

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Issue 15 Print Edition Available

Just got the print proof in the mail and it all looks good so the print edition of issue 15 is now available on DriveThruRPG.  If you would like a physical copy jump on over and grab yourself one.

Dealing With Spammers

For those of you trying to visit the forums, I apologize for all the spam.  Apparently since moving to the new hosting service we've had a plage of spammers getting through the defenses on the site.  I've gone through and deleted all the spam accounts (along with their content) created since December.  However, in the process I may have accidentally deleted some real accounts.  If your account is gone, send me an e-mail via the contact link and I'll get your account recreated.

For the time being, I've disabled new account creation until I can figure out a better way to stop all the spam.  If you want an account just send me and e-mail with your contact information and I'll set it up.

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Frontier Explorer - Issue 15 Now Available

Hello Explorers!

Issue 15 of the Frontier Explorer is now available.  A special shout out to author Laura Mumma who provided several features for this issue with her revisiting of Janus, a planet presented as part of a Star Frontiers competition module at MassConfusion in 1984.  She’s cleaned up the planet and critters and presented them anew for use in your game.

In addition we have many of our regular features such as a new Jurak Hangna article, more equipment from the Minzii Marketplace and the regular comics.  Also included are an article about recreating the original Port Loren map, an Alex Stone article, some new races, and more.

The full article list is:

  • The Buckerbeisser
  • Mapping Port Loren
  • Janus System Report
  • Woolies
  • Janus Fauna
  • Titian Rising: 2299
  • Androids
  • Get a Grip
  • The Arks, Dogmen, and Mogs
  • Mr. M
  • Plicka and the Void Crusher
  • The Stowaway
  • Grimz Guide Comic

Grab your copy today and remember to always keep exploring.

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Issue 14 Print Edition Available

If you would like a physical copy of issue 14, it is now available to order on DriveThruRPG.  Just check out the Issue 14 product page there to grab a copy.

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New Website Hosting

This is the first post on our new website host.  As you may or may not have known, from the beginning of the Frontier Explorer, it has been hosted on my home server.  For the most part this has worked out well.  However, that computer is starting to get old and you may have noticed that the site has been down occasionally over the past year or so.  I haven't been able to track down the exact cause (at least in most cases.  In a few of them it was my 1 year old), but it has been frustrating to me to have it go off-line when I've been at work and not be able to get it back up.

Thanks to our great Patreon supporters, I've been able to move the site to an off-site hosting provider.  I made the offical switch last night (I've been testing things out for a couple of weeks) and now we are up and running on the new server.  Hosting for Frontier Explorer is now being provided by Hostwinds.  I shopped around and for what I needed, they seemed to provide the best deal and services.

This move has a couple of benefits.  First, you should experience much fewer (i.e. none) site outages.  In addition, the site now has more bandwidth (I only have a 5 MBs outbound connection) at home so it should load faster and downloads should be quicker.  Finally, and this is more for me as the admin than for you, I will now have backups in multiple locations.  Hostwinds provides a backup service but I can also do direct backups to my home server as well.  Thus there will be backups in two locations if needed.  I've always done daily backups (and have had to use them a couple of times) but they have always been just local to different disks and computers in my house.

If you experience any problems with the site now that we've moved, please let me know as soon as possible.  Drop me a line at with the details so I can look into getting it resolved quickly.

Once again a shout out to all those supporting our Pateron campaign.  Thank you for making this possible.

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Frontier Explorer Issue 14 Now available

Well, it's a bit later than it should have been but school and family issues threw a wrench in the works last month.  However, the hurdles were overcome and here is issue 14 of the Frontier Explorer.

This issue contains all the usual entries from equipment to spaceships to races to creatures to stories.  It also branches out a bit in that one of the ships presented is primarily designed for Starships & Spacemen 2ed but has a Star Frontiers conversion.  In addition, we have some articles by a couple of new authors including one of our Patreon supporters, Scott Holliday.

The contents of this issue are:

  • The Space Clans
  • My Friend Jurak and Fat Max
  • The Artificers
  • The Opening Act
  • Ion Engines of the Frontier
  • Remus Shuttle & Romulus Runabout
  • Scarecrow Bot
  • Limp Softly Carrying a Big Stick
  • Titian Rising: 2299 Comic
  • Got Gas Giants?
  • The Astral Horizon
  • Creature Conversions
  • Paxac the Puncher
  • A Wedding Tale
  • Grimz Guide Comic

So grab your copy and dive in. And always remember to keep exploring.

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Issue 13 Print Edition Available

The print edition of issue 13 is now available for purchase from DriveThruRPG.  Visit the Issue 13 product page to get your copy.


Also, the site is back up at its regular URL.  The temporary one will redirect if you're still using it.

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Frontier Explorer Issue 13 Now Available

Hello Explorers!

Lucky issue 13 of the Frontier Explorer is now available. This issue’s mini theme is racing and character mounts. We have a number of articles describing new creatures that can be used for races or as mounts for your characters when away from civilization as well as rule for running racing events in game or in your campaign.

Additionally we have another new race, some new ships and a compilation of all the Star Frontiers planetary and system data in to one comprehensive guide which was done by one of our Patreon supporters, Scott Holliday. We also have the usual comics and a couple of guides to existing races that flesh them out a bit more and give ideas for incorporating them into your game.

This issue’s full article list is:

  • Zebulon’s Guide to the Humma
  • Zebulon’s Guide to the Boon'Sheh
  • Off to the Races
  • Running With the Whitefooted Storch
  • New Pale Centisteed
  • Racing Mounts in the Frontier
  • Titan Rising: 2299
  • Trafalgar Trade Lines
  • Meet the Delphusians
  • Survey of the Frontier
  • Is There Anybody There?
  • Grimz Guide Comic

So grab your copy and dive in. And always remember to keep exploring.


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