Healing in X-Plorers is quicker than White Star, which is surprising, considering that White Star draws upon Star Wars and other recent scifi for some of its tropes. I may borrow the healing rules from X-Plorers for my White Star campaign.
Space combat is very different between the two systems.
- Determine initiative
- Party with initiative acts first in the following
phase order and results take effect:
1. Navigation Phase
2. Engineering Phase
3. Pilot Phase
4. Gunner Phase
- Party that lost initiative acts in the same
phase order and their results take effect
- Once the round is complete, roll a new
initiative and start a new round if the battle
has not been resolved (either by a ship being
destroyed, incapacitated, or having
1. Determine Initiative.Actually, X-Plorers space combat reminds me a bit of what I remember from Classic Traveller. has much more complete starship descriptions and options. I THINK White Star space combat will play out closer to regular combat than X-Plorers space combat, but I'll have to playtest that or rely on the experience and feedback of others.
2. Starship with Initiative acts first (attacking, using items, etc.) and results
3. Starship that lost Initiative acts, and their results take effect.
4. The round is complete; keep turn order for the next round if the battle
has not been resolved.
X-Plorers includes an optional psionics system. Again, it uses a skill system, which is either something you love in your old school games or you don't.
White Star includes some basic setting material (including a star map), some campaign themes as well as an adventure to kick things off with.
So, where does one stand at the end of this admittedly basic comparison?
X-Plorers has a no frill, art free PDF that can be had for free. If price is your only concern, the answer was made for you before I wrote a single word. That being said, at the price of free, X-Plorers is an excellent source of ideas for your White Star campaign.
If you compare the regular X-Plorers PDF at $5.95 to White Star at $9.95 (or $7.95 with my discount link) White Star is by far the more complete and ready to play out of the box product. White Star is also a tool box, so it expects you to add, change, warp and delete from the rules included. It's pretty durable and hard to break.