Ashen Stars Ship Schematic

In Ashen Stars (formerly GUMSHOE Space), every PC has a warpside role and a groundside role. Warpside, you can take on the role of pilot, gunner, erngineer, comms, stratco or medic, doubling up where necessary. During starship combat, each role has an important part to play and meaningful choices to make. As well as the usual sequence of maneuvers, feints, weapons and repair choices, players can choose special gambits highlighting their roles – the engineer can re-rout off line subsystems and the comms expert jam the opponent’s internal comms.

Players can spending points from their own pools,but also spend ship’s resources to improve their chances at every stage. This brings us to the ships schematic which I envisage being placed in the middle of the table stacked with tokens representing the ship’s pools.  As you snatch tokens to boost weapons fire or make emergency repairs, the ships resources deplete, and you might even find yourself depleting pools your fellow crew-members might need later.

This schematic is based on Ralf’s example map for Cosmographer described here.

A PDF is here.

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9 Responses to “Ashen Stars Ship Schematic”

  1. Jurie says:

    (This is meant as feedback, not as a demonstration of obtuseness. Honest!)

    I read Robin Laws’ blog on a semi-regular basis and follow him on Twitter. I just came here from a tweet of his. The following questions entered my head as I read this:
    * What is this about? What is Ashen Stars? (I found out eventually.)
    * Who wrote this?
    * Is this some kind of sub-blog or is there another reason why I am not seeing this post on Pelgrane’s main page?

    I hope this will be of some help in increasing the effectiveness of this page and will not be perceived as dull-witted grumbling.

    – Jurie

  2. Graham says:

    That’s neat. That could be the Quade Diagram for Ashen Stars.

  3. Simon Rogers says:

    @Jurie sorry – it should be on the main page, and I’ll correct this tomorrow. Ashen Stars will have its own menu entry shortly.

  4. Jeb says:

    I love the idea of having the schematic on the table so that the players can track the action and allocate ship resources.

  5. Jurie says:

    @Simon: No problem, my feathers were not ruffled :) I am just picky.

    The startship part of the game *screams* “iPad app” to me, by the way.

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