Having seen a play-through on the Lead Adventure Forum about this new game called Space Station Zero, I had to check it out. It's blend of horror, sci-fi and campaign play really caught my fancy so I purchased it in print. The original post of the write-up also had pictures of their BattleSystems cardboard terrain, and that seemed to fit the bill just right. That got purchased eventually, too.
I didn't really have dedicated miniatures that I wanted to use for it, and I really wanted to play it in 28mm scale, so my son used some old Star Wars pre-paints, and I dug out my Necromunda Escher gang, while I ordered and then painted some Stargrave miniatures. You can see those closer to the bottom of this post.
One of the things about the game that I found difficult was being able to tell which miniature represented which character, since for me the miniatures were obviously not originally those characters, so I took a photo to help remind me. In the game, different characters have different skills, so it's important to be able to know who is who. My son, who has a much younger brain, had no problem with this.
Be warned, there are LOTS of SPOILERS below. Stop now if you don't want the game Challenges spoiled.
|I chose to run an Exploration crew of 5, with a Commander, Medical Officer, Soldier, Chief Engineer and an Ace Pilot. (See the photo above for who is who.)|
|My son ran a Pirate crew of 5, with a Commander, Soldier, Engineer, Ace Pilot and Medical Officer. (I think, L to R: Commander, Engineer, Pilot, Medic, Soldier.)|
Our first game began with Challenge 1, "Docking Bay Access Port," with Poison Gas and Ancient Sentries. It's a good introduction scenario for learning the rules.
|I used Space Marines to represent the Ancient Sentries.|
|I took these photos very quickly with my phone, so they are what they are.|
|I ended up mixing Nightmares from Legions of Steel and Imperial Probe Droids to be the Medical Drones. I only had 3 Probe Droids, so I had to use the Nightmares to supplement.|
That Challenge ended up being fairly easy, so we moved on to Challenge 6, "Pod 6." This Challenge had a Virus Bomb, Deranged Mutants and Gun Turrets.
|I got to use some zombie figures for the Deranged Mutants.|
We only just managed to survive that one, and moved on to Challenge 7, "Science Lab." This had Experimental Mutants and a Black Hole. By this time, I had finally finished painting the Stargrave miniatures for myself and my son. Here they are:
|One thing he wanted was a "shoulder patch," identifying them as belonging to the same organization. He gave me a basic design and that he wanted it an "aqua" color, and so I did the best I could.|
|I used some old Hormagaunts as the Experimental Mutants in Challenge 7, and a black hole as the Black Hole.|
|We managed to strategize this one before starting, and gamed it pretty easily. It helped that there were no monsters to deal with, more just a time-limit aspect.|