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Subject: The bridge between "adventure" board games and the flow blown RPG rss

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Alexander Belyakov
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For me, Battlestations, while certainly not without its weaknesses, became a rather unique game which managed to scratch two itches at the same time.

When I was younger, I was involved with RPGs - at first it was AD&D 2nd Edition, then GURPS, then Blue Planet, even a bit of Grimm. I loved the worlds, the details, the stories, and I loved to GM, but it usually took a lot of time to prepare for the games, and the game itself was usually not as good, as I would've wanted. So, as time went on, and I had less and less time to play, I stopped playing RPGs and switched to board games. But still, from time to time, even to this day, I have this itch to take out some RPG book, write a scenario and put a game together.

In this respect Battlestations is perfect. The rules are not that difficult, and the preparation time for the GM is minimal, but you still get that kick from the game, when you sit around a table with a bunch of friends, and tell a story together with them.

I believe the thing that makes it so much fun for me is that it's not a serious game in terms of the background. There's a lot of potential for humor in the game, and we use it to the fullest. Each character has some funny quirks and stories to tell, and has a life of his own outside the missions, and we have a blast each time we play, laughing our heads off. In my opinion, if you take the approach of space opera parody instead of trying to be serious about it, this game will make your day.

Just beware that there are some balance issues with some of the missions. Some of the missions scale nicely, while others may turn into a disaster if you don't tweak them before (or even during) the mission.
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There's much truth in what you have to say. I find battlestations to be very "campy" however many players hate the camp and play it very serious. I think it can be played either way.
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Mike Lee
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Shouldn't there be a board, or pieces or something to Jenga?
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I echo your sentiment. I want a space RPG without all the prep and complexity.
 
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When it crosses into RPG territory, Battlestations is mega-campy.
 
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Alexander Belyakov
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And I've just learned a new word: "campy".
 
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belyakoff wrote:
And I've just learned a new word: "campy".

Харошо!
Перевод, пажалуйста... я студенти в поьрусский.
 
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