Monday, April 9, 2018

Star Frontiers Adventure Squares.

My love of the 1982 TSR game Star Frontiers has made me a bit of an obsessive, at least when it comes to the miniatures. Although I've had to slog through a good amount of lead rot, I've managed to collect nearly all of the SF monsters and player characters. I recently scored a lot of blister packs that included the Star Frontiers Adventure Squares on the back of each. Now while these would have been really cool when I was twelve, forty eight year old me demands a bit more pizzazz. So I scanned all six, I think the whole collection, and colored them in Photoshop.

We're having an adventure... JUST LIKE THE GOONIES!

I think that these were originally created by pasting up photocopies or the like and so many of the elements are used several times. I used the same system but did not have time to completely polish each final image so there might be some oddities and inconsistencies.

Another issue was the the squares were actually 7/8" and not perfectly square so they won't always match up. I think they were meant to be rooms and not necessarily tiled together so this would not have been a huge issue. And trying to put them together leads to a lot of awkward floorplans with portals going into the back of computer banks etc. The versions posted here are exactly 4"x3" and I've included a blank image of the floor-tiles so you can use them as connecting corridors.

Let me know if you know of more than the six designs shown here and if you plan on using these in your own Star Frontiers games.


  1. Neat! When you play Star Frontiers do you use the old system or do you use the races and worlds in a newer system like Savage Worlds or something?

    1. We play with the rules from the first Star Frontiers boxed set. I run a very rules-light game so everything comes down to percentage rolls when necessary. The rest of the time it's about planning and interaction with the world and other beings. We enjoy it.

  2. These are amazing! Thank you for posting them for others to enjoy. I plan to use them in play- either in Star Frontiers or Gamma World. When I do, I'll send you a picture of their use in play! Any interest in giving the same treatment to the Boot Hill/ Gangbusters set?!?

  3. Holy smokes, I remember these from back in the day! Star Frontiers was always one of my favorites. Great work giving these new life! They're not only suitable for SF, but any 25mm game system that uses a grid: Star Wars Miniatures, etc.