Like many tabletop gamers in my age bracket, my first introduction to fantasy and sci-fi miniatures came from playing Advanced Dungeons & Dragons, as well as other role-playing games of that era, in the late 1970s and early ‘80s.
I wasn’t aware of any kids playing historical wargames in my town, but games like AD&D and Gamma World were immensely popular with my peer group. We also played a host of fantasy and sci-fi themed board games like Divine Right, Ogre, and the hilariously campy Awful Green Things from Outer Space.
One game we never played however was Star Rovers, the sci-fi RPG from California-based Archive Miniatures and Game Systems. I did purchase several Star Rovers miniatures from our local D&D retailer, but I don’t ever recall seeing the actual Star Rovers game being offered for sale, either at a store or through mail order.
So it was something of a surprise when three years ago I stumbled upon a still shrink-wrapped copy of the 1981 Star Rovers box set, being offered for sale on Amazon through a third-party vendor. The price was a bit high, but curiosity got the better of me. For the sake of nostalgia, I just had to see inside that disco-era time-capsule of retro gaming goodness.
To watch us unseal our pristine copy of Star Rovers, and to also check out our trippy collection of Archive sci-fi and fantasy figs, just catch the video at the top of this post. It’s a funkalicious flashback to the early days of RPGs and modern tabletop gaming.