REMINDER: The poll is open through Monday, February 22. Cast your vote (at right) for your favorite sci-fi RPG. If it's not listed, feel free to comment below and explain why you like it!
So I thought I'd narrowed down the list of contenders for selecting a sci-fi RPG system: X-plorers and Star Frontiers. In recent weeks X-plorers was winning me over as David Bezio's ruleset is quite nicely simplified and packaged,. I'd previously weeded out Star Wars (WEG--I'd not wanted to wade into the more recent Wizards of the Coast Editions) and Traveller. That is until I found my old WEG Star Wars books in storage. And then James Maliszewski posted his thoughts on Traveller before the setting books on the Imperium began to sour the milk that so many players of that era had enjoyed. Update: James will be updating Thousand Suns for release this summer and said he'd comment then. :)
I'm looking for something fairly simple, fun for combat, and especially engaging for players. (How generic, huh!). I plan on stealing setting stuff liberally from all the other contenders anyway so those types of trappings shouldn't be a major determining factor.
And while the ultimate decision lies with me, I thought it'd be worth opening it up for discussion--frankly I think most of you have had more experience with these than I have, as I've only played SWWEG about 100 years ago! I've posted a poll on the side bar, which one week from today, February, 22.
Also, I would really love to hear your thoughts in the comments below. The current contenders include: