A while back I lamented the release of the rules for Firestorm Armada. I’m a fan of the game and figured with the free rules being released, that was pretty much a death toll for the game. Well it seems like FA is getting a second edition treatment of the rules. And much of it looks pretty good.
I am digging the options for altering ship systems on the fly, granting more power to movement or defensive systems. I am also really excited about the different alien race weapon systems. When Dystopian Wars was released, they really got into the model assigned rules giving units some flavor. FA screamed for this treatment and MAR stuff was released for the game, but not really developed. A racial MAR document was floating around, but never really was folded up officially in the revamp of the rules. Looks like the second edition will address that.
We’ll see how it pans out. On one hand, I’m happy to see the rules getting a revamp. On another, I feel a little burned that the turnover with the rule books were so rapid. Hopefully it won’t sour folks too much on giving FA a try. I really think the rules needed a revamp. The ‘reprint’ of the first edition cleaned up some rules, but didn’t add much to the game. It does look like you will get a much deeper, tactical treatment of space fleet combat. Hopefully Spartan Games can shed it’s image of rapid turn over of rules to give FA some legs.