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What with reviewing proofs for printers, and getting three conventions in in five weeks, I've been a bit swamped.  I've got the hood up on Stars at War, re-organizing the materials per Danil Martynuk's suggestions, and I hope to have the opposing faction for the Earth Defense Force out tonight before I head to bed.

In the mean time...enjoy the Space Battleship Yamato, with the Wave Motion Gun, courtesy of data provided by Musashi Enterprises!
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A handy spreadsheet for determining the viability of relativistic (or simple kinetic) weapons for your science fiction novel or game...
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I am really lazy about math, you people make my day.
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Coming soon from ReagencyDesign....
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Cybersecurity consultant Chris Roberts told the FBI he hacked into aircraft computer systems and controlled aircraft engine midflight, court documents say.
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Ad Astra Games and Axanar Productions will bring the space battles of the Four Years War to tabletop gaming with Squadron Strike: Axanar!  Using the critically acclaimed Squadron Strike game engine, Squadron Strike: Axanar will show the arms race between the Klingon Empire and the United Federation of Planets in unprecedented detail. The product will be available in both PDF and print formats, and will include the canonical class hist...
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The Stars at War is the new campaign game that I've built - this is a substantial revision to the rules set that was published in January, and includes functional integration to the tactical game.

Next month, we'll have an annex showing how to mix Full Thrust into a Stars at War campaign and a few sample "open play" maps scaled to print on 11x17 and be used locally.
This used to be the Abstract Campaign System (which was posted in January). It's since gotten a formal editing pass, expanded by about 15% of its total word count, added a better interface to the...
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Is anyone flying in to DexCon via EWR (Newark) on July 1st?

I'm looking to split a cab fare to the Hyatt House.
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Micro Machines! Anyone want them? Guy who has them has them priced to move. 6 sets available.
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Yes. B5 Sets 1, 2, 4. 18 each, or all 3 for 50.

Trek big box 1 for 50, big box 2 for 100.

Trek small box for 30 if +Phil Hatfield doesn't confirm soon.
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Who here watches Game of Thrones?

Who here wishes there were even a few moments of levity and bonhomie in the show?

I have the answer to your prayers:

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After last night's episode, you may want this one...
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This is a revamp of the Stars at War campaign system. It's reshuffled the Sequence of Play, answered the rules questions I've gotten, and added a sidebar or five.  It also includes three sample campaign maps, for a 3, 4, and 5 player "open book" campaign, and has the annex for how to integrate Full Thrust with Stars at War.  

Many thanks to Hugh Fisher, Will Minsinger, Shawn Yarborough and Jon Barson for their contributions and expertise.  

With these files, you should be able to run a Stars at War campaign game, or take one of the maps, some decks of cards and some dice with you to play it as a stand-alone Diplomacy variant with some extra chrome.  

I am looking for people willing to tackle doing an annex for other game engines beyond Full Thrust, and I'm looking for better alternatives to DDACSs, which can't translate its combat results down to damage to individual hulls, making it a poor alternative to other combat options. 

You will need to be a $5 patron to see the rules draft.  Your card won't be run until June 1st, so this is an excellent opportunity to take a peek, decide if this is something you want to support and cancel if it's not to your liking.
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These look great, Ken!
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May The Fourth Be With You!

With the widespread availability of gorgeous miniatures from a galaxy Far Far Away, it seems only appropriate to take them into new dimensions that have heretofore been unexplored...  

These are excellent ships to use for basic introductory games - they're fast, they're nimble, and the A7 Twin Engine Fighter tends to die quickly.  

We recommend a scenario where each of the new players gets a Cross Wing fighter and the instructor flies waves of A7s to be shot down by our heroic newbies.  

Also included are a set of optional rules for Squadron Strike that allow you to more properly capture the feel of cinematic starfighters.
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I should login to EVE Online and fly a B-Wing around today.

I mean, a Catalyst destroyer. :-)

Now with Quafe Corp dress! ;-)

Mmmmmm.... Quafe.... :-0

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Writer, game designer, page layout wonk, graphic designer.
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  • Demand Media
    Technical Writer, 2008 - present
  • Ad Astra Games
    Creative Director, 2006 - present
  • MCI Inc.
    Technical Writer, 2001 - 2003
  • Steve Jackson Games
    Print Buyer, 2004 - 2005
  • Amarillo Design Bureau Inc.
    Marketing Director, 2005 - 2006
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Game designer. Purveyor of recreational mathematics. Writer.
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Game designer, freelancer writer.  Based out of Milwaukee, WI. Purveyor of recreational mathematics.  Sometimes poet.
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Designer of the only playable set of 3-D space combat games to reach the market. Designer of a very small RPG. Sometimes fencing instructor.
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    English, History, 1988 - 1990
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