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Starfire Rules / Re: Pre-Purchase Question
« on: July 31, 2017, 08:54:19 PM »
As a quick follow up, I did purchase the STARFIRE Legacy Supplement CD as a download for about $36.

The many rule books, supplements and odd documents contained in the package are a really great bundle.

For anyone new to Aurora 4X, the STARFIRE products offer an interesting etymological and historical explanation for the rules and intent found in Aurora -- in the same way reading the original STARFIRE I rule book made the "grammar" of everything that came later much more digestible.

My only real complaint was not really grasping what products were included in the package before purchase.  If the packages' contents were clearly titled in their order page, I would have gladly paid some more for the ULTIMATE STARFIRE package. . .  which goes for about $56.

In any event, thanks for the reply Mr.  Walmsley and to Quill18 for introducing Aurora 4X to me (and by extension STARFIRE).  I'll continue watching the Aurora 4X C# development with interest.

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Starfire Rules / Re: Pre-Purchase Question
« on: February 20, 2017, 06:09:07 PM »
Thank you for your quick response.

Quote from: ZimRathbone link=topic=9402. msg101353#msg101353 date=1487555395
I think your assessment is neither accurate nor fair.  Starfire, like Aurora, is largely a labour of love.   If you feel that you cannot support it then that is your privilege, but the characterisation you have put forth is not reasonable in my opinion.

Excuse me if my very limited observation was insulting to you.  My limited viewpoint is a scan of the information here and at Starfire's website.  Obviously I was unsure, which is why I asked.  It would be difficult to ask without explaining why I was asking.  I could point to some specific topics and comments here and there as circumstantial evidence, but I never intended to argue the point beyond a query.  If Cralis was satisfied, then I wouldn't belabor the point.

Otherwise, I don't know anything about any edition of Starfire as a playable game.  Editions make no difference to me and I thought to simply buy the available electronic version bundles to read -- I think less than $100 USD total.

I play pc and xbox games, but reading rules for other games helps me analyze my games and play better -- building pattern recognition.  There are many derivative patterns in Stellaris, for example, from Godsfire.  I'm also sure I'll find influences from other games in Starfire too.

Cheers.

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Starfire Rules / Pre-Purchase Question
« on: February 19, 2017, 03:26:28 PM »
I ended up here via a Steam review for another game, which led me from here, to the Starfire website and rules.

I'm interested in buying the Starfire rules from "Starfire Design", but it looks a little shady.

I sent Cralis a PM via this board to ask a couple of questions, but he hasn't been here in a while and there was no response.  No surprise there.  Activity for Starfire is low here.

I've read some things about the Starfire community history and such things happen of course.  That isn't such a big deal for me as I have no favorite starfire version.

What concerns me about Starfire Design at the moment is that the owner seems to be using community members to do all the work on Starfire while he collects the checks for just himself.

Cralis seems to indicate he is not an employee, but he is clearly doing all the major work from what I can see via their board.  Apparently, people are submitting their scans of old products for Cralis to clean up and Starfire Design to then sell.

I would like to buy the product, but I'm not going to support a disreputable business.  It's great to support a product and game you like, but the IP holder shouldn't ransom his product for slave labor.  I wouldn't support that with my business.

Am I off in my assessment?

I apologize ahead of time for such an incendiary comment and question.  I would have preferred to simply ask Cralis privately.  I didn't think contact on the Starfire Design website would be private and asking such a question there publicly would be rude.

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