Whoa, what a blast from the past. My five-year-old daughter was rummaging through an old cabinet and came out with the game that started me on the path to roleplaying when I was a kid. It was a minigame called “Attack Force” that TSR put out in 1982. I even found a pic!
It’s a two-player game with a map and little spaceship chits, where one player is a bunch of starfighters and another is a big space fortress with emplaced guns and some fighters (gee, sound like anything you know?). I bought this in a game store in my local mall and played it, and enjoyed it enough that I went back to the store looking for more stuff like that. And that’s when I came across Star Frontiers, a bigger box from the same company that talked about actually playing heroes in a sci-fi world! I got it and was hooked immediately. Ah, nostalgia.
By the way, you know you can (legally) download Star Frontiers nowadays from starfrontiers.com? Check it out!