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New Setting Material in Development

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There has been some great development in the Star Frontiers setting concerning mega corp, the Frontier economy, and touching on matters involving space stations and star ships at the Star Frontiers community development site.

A hot new project has sprung up on the mega corps:

In depth analysis of the various mega corps can be found, as well as history discussion concerning the dramatic changes that Pan Galactic Corporation under went as a result of the corporate war fought on Laco. A new PGC company logo from pre Laco War is in development as well.

Look for some fascinating things to come out of this project.

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Print Version of Issue 2 Now Available

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If you are someone who likes to have physical copies of the magazine, the print edition of isse 2 is now available.  We had hoped to have it available at the same time as the PDF version but keep running into delays in getting the print media ready to go.  But it is available now and looks great.  If you want to grab a copy, jump on over to the Issue 2 product page on DriveThruRPG to order one.

Keep exploring!

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RPG twist (fantasy?)

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This is probably more a twist for a fantasy adventure but could work for science fiction. The party of player characters are searching for the Tomb of Dude Rex and think they find it but it turns out to be his cenotaph. A cenotaph is an empty grave created to memorialize the dead individual and his real tomb is elsewhere. In the Old Kingdom Egypt the first dynasty rulers had a tomb and a cenotaph both; one in Upper or southern Egypt and one in Lower or Northern Egypt. This occured because the 1st dynasty rulers were the ones that unified Upper and Lower Egypt thus the ruler was represented in death in both lands. The modern controversy is which is the tomb and which is the cenotaph.

Its a twitst from the real world and cetainly one that I dont remember ever encountering in an RPG.

Another twist- the true treasure is hidden in the cenotaph but cannot be uncovered without clues from the tomb- as the dead king was worried about grave robbers. Perhaps the dead king rises as a liche and forgoes killing the player characters that disturbed his slumber being anxious about his hidden treasure back at his cenotaph.

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Issue 2 Now Available

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Issue 2 of the Frontier Explorer magazine is now available.  This issue is once again filled with system briefs, new ships, locations, creatures, and background material for use by GM's in their games.  This issue also includes several contributions from community members, a milestone we hadn't expected to reach for a couple more issues.  Needless to say we're excited.

Continuing with the 30th Anniversary of Star Frontiers theme, this issue delves into the archives and contains a summary of some Star Frontiers gaming conventions held back in 1999 that included interviews with some of the game's original developers.  These interviews provide insight to some of the philosophies that went into the design of the game.

We also have the next installment of the Mooks Without Numbers adventure and introduce a new series by explorer Jurak Hangna that will present a new alien creature in each article.

This issues contents (article titles) are:

  • The Family of One
  • Friend or Foe?
  • Sci Con I & II - 1999
  • Digging in the Dust of Laco
  • Mooks Without Number - Part 2
  • All We are is Dust in the Wind
  • Eorna Defense Installaion Ruins
  • Great Aquatic Sandworm of Moonworld
  • Grymz Guide Comic

Grab your copy and keep exploring new frontiers.

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Print Version of Issue 1 Now Available

I'm pleased to announce that the print version of issue 1 of the Frontier Explorer is now available. As this was our first attempt at this, it took us a little longer than we would have liked to work through the process.  For future issues the print edition will be available closer to, if not at the same time as, the public release of the electronic version.  (Remeber that by registering here at the magazine's website, you will get a sneak peak preview a week or two in advance of the public release).

The print edition is full color throughout, just like the PDF, and is bound saddle stitched (staple in the middle) so that it will lay open and flat on the table if you so desire.  The town map from the Mooks Without Number adventures (pages 22-23) was positioned to be on the center pages of the print edition and is printed as a single complete map.  As such it can be easily removed and placed on your gaming table for use while running the adventure or anywhere else you'd like to use it in your campaign. 

Our print editions will be available through the DriveThruRPG site (where you can also download the electronic version as well). If you're interested in having a physical copy, jump on over to the issue 1 product page and order one.


Site Downtime

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The website will be down for a few hours of maintenance starting at 10am MDT on Friday, Aug 24th.  We're getting a network upgrade that will more than triple the download speed of the website allowing you to download the magazine issues and hi-res images faster (and support more people doing it at the same time). 

UPDATE - 08/23/12 10:00 pm MDT - The upgrade has been postponed until a future time due to some medical issues I have to take care of in my family.  I'll post another update when the new upgrade time is scheduled.

UDPATE - 08/24/12 3:15 pm MDT - The upgrade is done.  They showed up unexpectedly this afternoon while I was home and we did the switch over.  You should enjoy faster downloads now.

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I'd call it a success

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It's been just over a week since we released issue one of the Frontier Explorer and the response has been pretty amazing.  In fact the magazine has generated much more response that I expected, by quite a bit.  While the magazine is great, the Star Frontiers community that it is primarily aimed at is fairly small, or so I thought.  I'll be honest, I was expecting maybe 50-100 downloads from our website for issue one and that we'd be doing a lot of advertising and getting the word out to tell people about the magazine over the next few months as we went to press with issue two.  Needless to say, the response has been much greater than I expected.

From our website alone, we've had over 200 downloads in the ten days since we released the magazine.  On Tuesday of this week, we also made it available at DriveThruRPG and we've had another 250+ downloads from that site as well.  That's over 450 downloads from the two sources in just over the first week (The actual total as of this writing is 488).  I'm ecstatic and amazed at the response.  The real test, of course, will be to see how many come back for issue two, but I think we're off to a great start.

We've also had great feedback from several people complimenting us on the magazine.  We have even had a new author contact us about submitting an article.  I think that has been our greatest success story of issue one.  We really expected to have to put out two or three issues before we started receiving unsolicited submissions.  The fact that they are already coming in is great.

We're already hard at work on issue two and planning issues three through five.  Watch this space for more news and announcements and keep exploring the frontier.

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Hazardous Environments Series

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This series was concieved and started a year ago to add challenges that were not combat related to the referee's toolbox. Combat is invariably one of the primary challenges in most rpgs and this is not likely to change. However, throwing a non combat challenge at the PCs can spice up an adventure and add some variety. Each article is focused on a particular theme: water, heat, lunar dust and more to come. Some hazards are environmental factors and others weather effects. Issue 2's article is written and this Fall the new challenges will involve the toxicity of lunar dust.

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Hi-res Content Now Available

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Due to a technical issue the Hi-Res download links for maps and images weren't working.  That has been fixed and nearly all the images and maps from issue 1 are no on-line and available for download.

Remeber that these images are copyrighted by their owners.  You may use them for personal use only unless otherwise stated by the artist/creator.


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The Frontier Explorer Magazine is live and on line!

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Wow! That was two months of hard work but I am so proud of the first issue. We have a lot of functionality built into the website for us as editors and for registered users as well as the 'lurking' public. Having every article on line will be a boon to anyone who wants to refer to a specific article but also the hi-res down loads of the maps for users to print and use was an excellent idea.

Issue 2 is 80% written and Issue 3 is at 30% but the unwritten percentages are plotted so all we need to do is get them written or wrap up a partially written document.

I'm so looking forward to exploring more uncharted corners of the Frontier.


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