Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Albert Rakowski's Bandits and Battlecruisers

Bandits and Battlecruisers

The writer of Terminal Space has been feverishly working on a successor piece to the  Terminal Space game. Bill over at Green Skeleton Gaming Guild did a piece on it Here. I wanted to get my two cents in
What's in this book you ask? 

BANDITS + BATTLECRUISERS = ADVENTURES IN SPACE. Bandits and Battlecruisers is an Old School Role Playing Game, based on Bandits & Basilisks mini-game and the classic Terminal Space supplement. On its 140 pages you will find: Detailed character creation rules; Monster creation aids (plus 18 monsters - not the well-known monsters from the Original Game); Complete rules for creating star sectors, star systems, planets, moons and space stations; Five 100-keyword tables, helpful in designing monsters, robots, civilizations and planets; 100 random space encounters and 100 random space stations; Tools helpful in creating treasure hoards and artifacts (plus 16 sample artifacts); Over thirty random tables; Chapter with a detailed starship creation sequence and starship combat rules (plus over twenty sample spaceships).
I'm familiar with Bandits & Basilisks, so this looks like its a quality piece of work. The fact is that Terminal Space has limits and this might just exceed those design elements enabling a DM to really customize the game to his or her wants with little effort. The game book looks nice and solid from everything I've read on the author's blog. You can order it right over

Here My only concern is the compatibility with other space based retroclones on the market. Money is very tight for me this week so this is going to have to wait until pay day next week. My gut is telling me that this is one to watch and get.


  1. I too hope this is a good one. Like you said above Terminal Space is cool but has limits, I'm hoping this passes those.

  2. From everything that I've read from the author's blog this is going to be the case. For me its going to be a wait and see as to where this takes gamers.

  3. Thanks for mentioning it!
    About compatibility - it's based on 0e (with some elements from B/X) so it should be compatible with other similar games. Unfortunately it's everything what I can say about it because I avoided other Sci Fi retroclones to reduce chance of repeating stuff included there :-)

  4. "Unfortunately it's everything what I can say about it because I avoided other Sci Fi retroclones to reduce chance of repeating stuff included there "
    Well variety is the spice of life and conversion for many of these retroclones is easy enough if a DM is really inclined to. The addition of "Battle Ships and Battle cruisers" is one that the market could really use. The table of contents looks amazing. Can't wait to get paid next week and get a copy.

  5. Looking forward to my print copy arriving.

  6. I've got to wait another week for this but it shall be mine! Oh yes it shall be mine! MUAHAHAHA
    Thanks for the comments


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