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Dr Who

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FASA Corporation was an American publisher of role-playing games, wargames and boardgames between 1980 and 2001, including The Doctor Who Role Playing Game. Originally the name FASA was an acronym for "Freedonian Aeronautics and Space Administration", a joking allusion to the Marx Brothers film Duck Soup.

Notable titles published by FASA include the BattleTech (later MechWarrior) franchise, the Star Trek Role Playing Game, Shadowrun, and Crimson Skies.

FASA unexpectedly ceased active operations on April 30, 2001, but still exists as a corporation holding intellectual property rights, which it licenses to other publishers.

History

FASA Corporation was founded by Jordan Weisman and L. Ross Babcock III in 1980 with a starting capital of $350. The two were fellow gamers at the United States Merchant Marine Academy. Mort Weisman, Jordan's father, joined the company in 1985 to lead the company's operational management having sold his book publishing business, Swallow Press. Under the new commercial direction and with the Mort's capital injection, the company diversified into books and miniature figures. After consulting their UK distributor, Chart Hobby Distributors, FASA licensed the manufacture of its BattleTech figurines to Miniature Figurines (also known as Minifigs). FASA would later acquire the US figures manufacturer Ral Partha, which was the US manufacturer of Minifigs. While Mort ran the paper and metal based sides of the business, the company's founders focused on the development of computer-based games. They were particularly interested in virtual reality (particularly the BattleTech Centers / Virtual World) but also developed desktop computer games. When Microsoft acquired the FASA Interactive subsidiary, Babcock went with that company. After the sale of Virtual World, Jordan turned his attention to the founding of a new games venture called WizKids.

The Doctor Who Role Playing Game

Main article: The Doctor Who Role Playing Game

In addition to The Doctor Who Role Playing Game, FASA published two gamebooks, designed to be single-player adventures using the Role Playing Game's mechanics.

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FASA Corporation was an American publishing company that was licensed to create the first Star Trek RPG in the mid 1980s, usually by Guy McLimore and Greg Pohlein.

The name "Fantasimulations Associates" appears in some products prior to 1986. When the company was formed in 1980, the acronym "FASA" came from an in-joke among its founders: the "Freedonian Air and Space Administration", but this was never used to represent the real-life company (it was used as an in-universe counterpart in some Traveller products). In 1981, when the company decided to expand beyond its Traveller license and develop its own products, a more professional-sounding "real name" ("Fantasimulations Associates") was invented. However, by 1986 it had become common enough for companies to be known only by initials or acronyms that this was dropped entirely and the company simply went by "FASA Corp."

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Contents

Punlications

Games and rules supplements

  • 2001/2004: Star Trek: The Role Playing Game (basic or deluxe box set)
  • 2002: The Klingons (box set)
    • 2002: The Klingons: Star Fleet Intelligence Manual
    • 2002A: The Klingons: Game Operation Manual
  • 2003: Star Trek II: Starship Combat Simulator
  • 2005: The Romulans: Starfleet Intelligence Manual
  • 2005: The Romulan Way: Game Operations Manual
  • 2006: Star Trek III: Starship Combat Game
    • 2006A: Star Trek III: Starship Update
  • 2007: The Triangle
  • 2008: The Orions
    • The Orions: Book of Common Knowledge
    • The Orions: Book of Deep Knowledge
  • 2011: The Federation
  • 2012: Star Trek: The Next Generation Officer's Manual
  • 2014: Star Fleet Intelligence Manual
    • Star Fleet Intelligence Manual: Agent's Orientation Sourcebook

Deck plans

  • 2101: USS Enterprise Deck Plans
  • 2102: Klingon D-7 Deck Plans

Adventures and rules supplements

Ship recognition manuals

  • 2301: Ship Recognition Manual: Klingons
  • 2302: Ship Recognition Manual: Federation
  • 2303: Ship Recognition Manual: Romulans

External links


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Fantasimulations Associates (FASA) was a firm licensed to produce Star Trek RPGs in the 1980s.


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Traveller

Up to date as of February 05, 2010

From Traveller Wiki - Science-Fiction Adventure in the Far future

FASA Corporation was an American publisher of role-playing games, wargames and boardgames until 2001. Founded in 1980 in Chicago by Jordan Weisman and L. Ross Babcock III, Originally the name FASA was an acronym for "Freedonian Aeronautics and Space Administration", a joking allusion to the Marx Brothers film Duck Soup, though in later years the letters of the name did not actually stand for anything. This tongue-in-cheek attitude was carried over in humorous self-references in its games.

FASA first appeared as a Traveller licensee, producing supplements for that Game Designers' Workshop role-playing game, especially the work of the Keith Brothers. The company went on to establish itself as major gaming company with the publication of the first licensed Star Trek RPG, then several successful original games. In 1988, FASA sold the rights to all of it Traveller material, including the Traveller licence, to Seeker Gaming Systems. Seeker transferred the FASA Traveller material to FFE in 2007.

FASA produced the Battletech miniatures Mech war game and the associated RPG and the highly successful Shadowrun RPG. Other games included Earthdawn and the Doctor Who RPG

In 1998 it acquired Ral Partha miniatures company. In 1999 it was scheduled to be acquired by Decipher Inc. but that apparently fell through. In 2000, president Jill Lucas and Battletech line developer Brian Nystul left. It has announced that it will be shutting down in Spring 2001, selling its Battletech and Shadowrun properties to Wizkids LLC.

For a list of Traveller related books published by FASA see the Category:FASA Books.

According to the Far Futures page, the following were planned, but not published:

  • Adventure 10 - Target: Assassin
  • Double Adventure - Piracy / Stardust
  • Starport Module Two - Orbiting Base
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