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Interstellar Patrol (Fate Accelerated Edition) $2.00 $1.34
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Interstellar Patrol (Fate Accelerated Edition)
Publisher: Nothing Ventured Games
by Jim B. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 07/06/2018 21:57:43

Set your expectations correctly before ordering. It's only $1 and it's only 8 pages long. It'd be even shorter without the artwork, which is thematic filler, not illustrations of game elements.

In short, I'd use it to seed a Star Trek-like one-shot adventure.

You might like this title if you're expecting:

  • Fate Accelerated. It's there in the title.
  • A somewhat Star Trek-ish setting in that characters are members of a starship crew, facing aggressors and seeking out new worlds.
  • A straightforward, non-crunchy way to handle starships.
  • A page with some general discussion on creating characters for this setting, including some sample stunts.
  • Material suitable for a one-shot: five basic world types, six typical plot seeds. These are seeds only, not fleshed-out worlds or fleshed-out adventures.

You'll be disappointed if you're expecting:

  • Fate Core. There are no skill lists.
  • Star Trek canon (or any other canon). That's not what this is.
  • A full campaign setting. You get a one-paragraph overview, and that's it.
  • An adventure generator or a sample adventure. These are simple seeds.
  • A world generator a la Traveller. Each world type is described in a few sentences. The descriptions are qualitative, not quantitative.


Rating:
[4 of 5 Stars!]
Interstellar Patrol (Fate Accelerated Edition)
Publisher: Nothing Ventured Games
by Wally W. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 01/29/2017 17:49:26

It's 5 pages of vague abstract description about creating a space campaign without much substance. It's NOT a campaign setting. It's flavour comes directly from shows like Star Trek TOS and it reads like the examples in the FAE rulebook. There are half a dozen 'plot seeds' and a basic description of 5 planet types (can you guess what they are?). A few lines of description for some example aspects and skills but nothing at all you couldn't easily develop on your own by watching a single episode of Star Trek or any other Sci-Fi show you like to get some basic concepts and archetypes. Nothing at all special here. For $1 is it worth it? It's only $1 but I'd give it a miss and I recommend you just spend 30 minutes of your own time to flesh out some of your own ideas.



Rating:
[2 of 5 Stars!]
Interstellar Patrol (Fate Accelerated Edition)
Publisher: Nothing Ventured Games
by Bruce B. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 09/14/2014 19:56:02

Outstanding! This is a short but rich collection of tools to use in making up a setting and adventures as you go. Paul Stefko has done a fantastic job bringing together key elements of optimistic space exploration in the vein of the original Star Trek, and making each bit intensely useful. It's loaded with insights that simply hadn't occurred to me before but made immediate sense the moment I saw them, like how the stunts each PC crew member take can help flesh out their part of a ship and implicitly the whole culture of their fleet. The idea of crew taking consequences on behalf of the ship while it's in battle - including damage from showers of sparks, being flung around, etc. - is another one of those "dang, I wish I'd thought of that" elements.

There's a lot of humor in here, but no mocking, and enough to allow for drama that's very real and consequential as the characters experience it. I highly recommend this to anyone interested in the genre. It's not a campaign ready to go, it's what you need to go ahead and go without everything done in advance.



Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
Interstellar Patrol (Fate Accelerated Edition)
Publisher: Nothing Ventured Games
by J L. W. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 09/07/2014 10:19:17

eight pages of mostly so generic material that anyone could put down on paper in 5 minutes of thought. Take it for free, if you take it at all.



Rating:
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