Tuesday, July 30, 2013
Science Fiction Hobby Games: A First Survey
We just purchased a copy of Neal Tringham's Science Fiction Hobby Games: A First Survey, which is out in print, Kindle, and iBook formats. The print version comes in the 6" x 9" format found in many indie game books, but it is a whopping 352 pages long!
Neal Tringham authored the RPG entries for John Clute's magisterial Encyclopedia of Science Fiction, a resource which you can access from the right sidebar on the FATE SF blog. A number of the entries from the Encyclopedia were revised for publication in this book. But there are also many new entries, including quite recent RPGs such as Ashen Stars, Cthulhutech, and Eclipse Phase, and Etherscope.
I would say that the First Survey is just that - a first survey - rather than a comprehensive encyclopedia of SF RPGs. For example, the FASA Trek game is represented, but not the more recent LUG and Decipher Star Trek games. Diaspora isn't listed, but you'll find information on two other SF FATE classics: Starblazer Adventures and Mindjammer. I am a bit surprised to see some supers games here, but genre boundaries are porous after all!
There is also a shorter section on SF wargames.
We may have more to say once we have had time to digest the book a bit!