Battlestations is the game of heroic starship adventure where you get to be a character aboard a starship on amazing adventures. Unlike all other roleplaying games, in Battlestations, your starship functions on a hex map simultaneously with and driven by your character actions taken on the modular starship map. If you want your ship to turn or accelerate, you have to go to the helm, spend helm power and attempt a piloting check based on the size and speed of your ship. If you don’t have power, you have to get to an engine and make an engineering check to pump for more power. When you fire the ship’s cannons at a target the difficulty is determined by the distance to the target in hexes and their speed. If you hit, you randomly determine where the shot falls. Ship’s shields mitigate the damage but those in the line of fire suffer damage. Strong enough hits will break modules. It feels like you are on a starship. Every action you take has consequences. Do you teleport to the enemy ship or blast them from a distance? What if there is no enemy ship? Perhaps there is a space monster or diabolical trap to extricate yourself from.
Create and rank up a unique character
You don’t just quit after one mission. Characters rank up and gain skills and special abilities.
There are over a hundred special abilities such as brutal, cortex overloader, slipster, hot dog, jetpack jockey, jury rigger and more!
There are dozens of species including stony silicoids that resist damage or infinite handed beings. From whaloids to minutians, humans to time-hopping chronosians, there is plenty of room to stand out.
Open the box and play
Battlestations was originally designed as a “one versus many” game but can be played unmoderated or in head to head play.
Each mission plays in one session and is ready to go out of the box. There is minimal setup and zero prep work involved.
The hundreds of missions created so far for this game over the last twenty years only scratch the surface. You are free to create whatever you can imagine.
The game is relatively simple. There are 5 skills. Each turn, you move and act. You choose an action and add your skill number to the roll of 2 dice.
We’ve been building the rich history of this galaxy for twenty years. You can take it wherever you want to go!