Monday, October 26, 2009

Starfire Novel: Insurrection

I was mentioning earlier that Starfire's assumed universe became so popular that it was eventually captured in novel form. Here is the first Starfire novel, Insurrection, published in 1990, based on that game's assumed universe.

In total, five Starfire novels were published.

Eventually, Starfire was also turned into a computer game, although that computer game bore little resemblance to that initial 1979 Starfire game.

Other than Starfire, Warhammer and WH40k, and Dungeons and Dragons, what other game systems got the novelization treatment? Star Trek and Star Wars don't count ... they were movies before they were novelizations before they were game systems.


Rognar said...

Interesting. I read In Death Ground and The Shiva Option a few years ago, but I wasn't aware of this connection to Starfire.

Other game systems I'm aware of that have had novelizations would include Battletech, for sure. I believe there have also been some Magic the Gathering novels.

Sturat said...

You will also want to look for CRUSADE. It's about what happens when the Kzinti meet some humans who think the First InterStellar War is still going on.

Norman Harman said...

Don't other GW franchises have novels, that's what that company is about (churning out product/merchandise)

There's just got to be Novels for White Wolf stuff.

Car Wars

Empire of the Petal Throne

Sounds like could be but isn't based off of Ars Magica

Mage Knight, Shadowrun, Earthdawn Torg, Shatterzone, Pendragon, Deadlands, Tunnels & Trolls!

Eve Online has a novel!

David said...

Halo, the various White Wolf games, Star*Drive, Star Craft...

A Paladin In Citadel said...

I find it interesting when a game system finds itself inspiring literature. Either the game is popular, or somehting about the assumed universe is compelling to the writer.

While i've never played Warhammer 40k, it amazes me how much fiction has been published for it.

The 40k universe must be fascinating.

Norman Harman said...

> The 40k universe must be fascinating.

It is also attractive to adolescent males, many of which are quite old :). A quality that makes it a cash cow for those who license it.

A Paladin In Citadel said...

I have a good friend who quite enjoys the W40k. I will have to see if he has any fiction I can borrow.