Amarillo Design Bureau
You have probably noticed by now that the title of this column has changed from "Opening Lines" to "Closing Lines." The reason is that this is the final issue of Nexus magazine.
It is 1987 and the final issue of Nexus, Nexus #18, has just been released. This issue focused on the Star Fleet Universe, Starfire, and Delta Force. Musketeers, Crime Fighter, Battlewagon, and Viceroys! also have materials included.
Starfire starts with a Q&A section. There are two pieces of fiction with accompanying scenarios. There is an article on spicing up the systems that are encountered. Finally, there is an introduction to Terra Fire, which expands the ground combat rules in New Empires.
Delta Force has an extensive article with information on fleshing out a character's background, including military operations and medals and commendations from the United States and various other countries.
Musketeers has an article about transferring the game setting to Japan. Crime Fighter, a role-playing game based on action/drama TV police shows, is introduced and gains two scenarios. Battlewagon has a scenario based on the Battle of Tassafaronga. Viceroys! has optional rules for commodities, random events, and other special situations.
The Star Fleet Universe section starts with information about the company. Readers are reminded that Captain's Log #6 is the next one to be published. The one-page Academy article is a discussion of tactics in various situations. A page of Term Papers also is included; notably, Cadet Steven Petrick has his first term paper published. There is advice from Uncle Ardak about complex tactical situations. Federation & Empire gets missions that can be undertaken along with Tactical Notes for the game. The highlight of the section is the introduction of first-generation X-ships with rules, descriptions, and a master ship chart.
This PDF is provided by Amarillo Design Bureau, Inc. with the kind permission of Allen D. Eldridge. It includes ads and offers from 1987; these are no longer valid.
Written by Stephen Cole / Allen Eldridge