- Starship Troopers (board wargame)
"Starship Troopers" is a
board wargameby Avalon Hillbased on the novel of the same name by Robert A. Heinlein.cite journal|title=Open Box: Starship Troopers (review)|journal=White Dwarf|issue=1|date=June/July 1977|author=Martin Easterbrook|publisher= Games Workshop|pages=13] It was originally released in 1976and designed by Randall C. Reed. Avalon Hill redesigned and re-released a "movie" version (entitled "Starship Troopers: Prepare for Battle!") in 1997to coincide with the movie's release.
The game is a hexagon-based wargame for two players. The player who takes the side of Arachnids has a sheet of paper with a copy of the map-board on which he plots out his bug-hive and tunnel system. The Mobile Infantry player sends in his soldiers and tries to dig them out. A third faction, the Skinnies, starts out playing on the bug side, but switches to the human side during later scenarios.
In a 1977 review of the original (1976) Avalon Hill game, Martin Easterbrook stated that "All in all this is probably the best SF game currently on the market because it has the well worked out background of Heinlein's novel and because it is an extrapolation of current military technology, allowing Avalon Hill to use their experience in game design" and gave the game an overall 9/10 rating.
The scenarios for the game were used to recreate the battles described in the novel in a realistic way. The game is broken down into seven different scenarios, and the scenarios are designed so that the game rules are introduced a few at a time as the scenarios progress (but can then all be played using the full set of rules).
1. Feint against the humanoids: A single squad of Rasczak's Roughnecks hits a Skinny colony.
2. Operation Bughouse: A complete platoon takes on an Arachnid hive.
3. Invasion of Skinny-5: A platoon's attack on a Skinny industrial center.
4. Revolt!: The Skinnies change sides and attack the Arachnids with the help of the Mobile Infantry.
5. Sheol (two parts) - Operation Corkscrew: The combat engineers enter the battle and - Retreat and Evacuation: A group of wounded M.I. are rescued.
6. Operation Royalty: A reinforced platoon takes on two Arachnids complexes to capture a Brain Bug.
7. Klendathu: Two platoons vs. two Arachnids complexes in a fight to free human prisoners of war.
* "", a
miniatures wargamereleased in 2005 by Mongoose Publishing.
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* [http://www.trooperpx.com/Collect/Collinfo/ahill76.html "Starship Troopers" AH '76] at TrooperPX
* [http://www.msu.edu/user/storto/sst.htm "Starship Troopers"] at MSU
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