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is a space combat game with an anime
feel. It is very customizable and
allows you to design ships from any
universe including those you create
yourself. Starship! is
played in a three-dimensional environment
Ships gain and lose altitude with the use
of the Battlepole©, 'flying' through six different
flight bands as they maneuver."
range of miniatures can be used with Starship!
but they do produce their own range of
minis for the S'Tang and the EMC fleets.
The DARC fleet is being resculpted.
late 2009, Scale Creep Miniatures
has acquired all the rights to Flagship
Games products, including the Starship!
rules and miniatures.
- Flagship Games has re-released Starship!
along with the supporting line of
miniatures. They explain in their The
Starship! Story page;
was originally released before its time.
Not in terms of the rules being done;
they were in development for over five
years and we are happy with the final
product. The system overall was not
ready because we could not viably
produce the figures and support the game
in a meaningful manner."
have a better printing deal than before
so the cost of the Starship!
rulebook is down to $25 from $30.
Their Starship! Starter
Set has been reconfigured and they
dropped the price to $60. It now
includes the Starship!
Rules, the S'Tang SS4 Battleship, the
EMC SS4 Battleship, and two Battlepoles.
for the DARC fleet is being resculpted
but S'Tang fleet was remastered and is
now available plus the EMC (European
Militaristic Cybersynthesis) fleet from
the cover of the rulebook is also
available. As a general rule, each
point of Ship Size (SS) relates to 1
inch of ship length, so a SS1 is about 1
inch long and a SS5 is approximately
5 inches long. More pictures are
available on Flagship Game's
S'Tang Fleet Miniatures
L to R - SS2,
SS1, SS3, SS4, SS5
L to R -
SS3, SS4 gunship, SS4 carrier, SS5
smaller-than-starship items in the game,
they will be producing three-dimensional
chits which are about 3/4" across
. Samples of some of them are
Starship! was released
last weekend at Conquest 2000. Flagship
Games has updated their website with
more info on the game along with
ordering info. The base price for
the rules is $30, or you can a Starter
Set consisting of the rules, 4
Battlepoles, and 4 resin miniatures,
either the S'tang or the DARC, for $65.
- The Starship! Update
page has some new info:
"Hey - you said you were going to
release it in June of 2000 and had every
intention of sticking to that date!
" Okay, okay, you got us on
that one. It has taken longer than
first anticipated to get the job done
right. To be 100% honest, as of
June 21st, the rules are done and are in
layout, which should be done by the end
of June or the first week of July,
latest. Then we will have photo
shoots and gather up illustrations to
finish the book, which should take
through the end of July. That will
give Copyhouse (or whatever they are
calling themselves now) a month to print
up the rules and for us to cast the
figures for the release date of Labor
Day Weekend! Thank you for your
patience. We know some of you have
been waiting for years for Starship! to
be released, and just know that you will
find it worth the wait.
- In an update dated 5/29 to the
"What's New" page, Flagship
mentions a release date change among
we continue to work our booties off,
trying to get Starship!
ready for the Labor Day Weekend release
date, we continue to put off additions
to our zany, wacky web page. Once
I get done laying out this monster rule
book, I'll have tons of catching up to
do, including lots of new photos and
battle reports, and tons of cool new
wargaming links! Please to be
bearing with me!
- Flagship has added a page with
background info on the s'Tang (http://www.flagshipgames.com/stang.html)
and included a stat sheet for the Vermin
Hunter class corvette (excel workbook
- Flagship's Starship!
page was updated with more info on game
along with sketches of the s'Tang ships
and more info on their miniatures:
latest science fiction offering from
you are looking for an exciting,
fighter-launching kind of spaceship
combat game, then you've come to the
are classed by size in Starship!,
with Size 1 being the smallest and Size
5 being the largest. Size 6 is
reserved for Starbases, immense
constructs with tremendous firepower.
Size 1 ships are small scout ships, fast
and maneuverable but without much
longevity in a head-to-head battle.
On the other end of the spectrum, Size 5
ships are mighty dreadnoughts, capable
of wrecking havoc on smaller, less well
armed and protected ships! It is
the larger class ships that dominate the
battles in the world of Starship!
other space combat games on the market, Starship!
is played in a real, three-dimensional
environment! Ships gain and lose
altitude with the use of the Battlepole©,
"flying" through six different
flight bands as they maneuver into
position before erupting with a barrage
of devastating weaponry!
what weaponry there is:
Disruptors, Graviton Guns, Ion Cannons
and Photonic Mortars just to name a few!
If that isn't good enough for you, then
there are missiles, six different types
of torpedoes (including energy torps),
three fighter classes and three types of
is a game with a real anime feel.
The action is intense as small Class 1
ships dart about while the ponderous but
powerful Class 5 Dreadnoughts turn space
into a death zone with their batteries
that's not all Starship!
offers. . . There are rules for
campaigns, customizing your own space
faring race, and designing your own
ships! It's everything you need in
conjunction with the rule set, we are
working on several different fleet
styles. As with all our games, you
don't have to use our figures, but for
those of you who are looking for an
alternative to what is already out
there, or perhaps if you just want some
ships with a new look, then we'll have
the models for you! (go to the Starship!
page for sketches of the S'Tang
our Starship! models will
be resin, metal, or a mix of the two
materials, depending on the size and
casting needs of the model. This
will enable us to keep the cost down on
the larger size ships, as they will be
made predominantly of resin. We
will also be producing a range of
fighters, mecha, and torpedoes for use
with the game! Finally, we will be
offering the Battlepole, the easiest way
to represent three-dimensional space
the heck is taking so long?
question. We were originally
planning on having Starship!
all wrapped up and released in time for
Christmas, 1999. The rules were
written, ships were being sculpted, and
we were deciding what kind of goodies
should come with the game. Then
someone had the bright idea to playtest
it just one more time...
actually turned out to be a fortuitous
event, as the game played waaaaay too
slow for our liking. Let's face
it, if it's going to be a Flagship
Games game, it had better play fast
and be a real hoot to boot. There
was no doubt about it, Starship!
needed some fine tuning before we
released it to the public.
has been working to revamp the rules and
make them play faster, and easier.
Thomas and I ran it through its paces,
and we both have to admit that Brad's
done a great job. This game is way
better than it was and I think it is
going to be something all you spaceship
combat fans will really enjoy.
Heck, I didn't even really care for the
genre and now I'm out there buying
entire fleets for use with the game!
there you have it. We have set the
new release date for June, 2000, and we
have every intention of sticking to it.
Better yet, new ship models are in the
works, and we plan on including two
fleets of ships in the boxed set, as
well as six Battlepoles!
apologies for the delay, but we're sure
you'll find Starship!
worth the wait.