Part 9: Crossing the Ocean
Starting in 1985, Twentieth Century Imports brought many of Bandai’s Yamato kits to America under the Star Blazers name, which resulted in the very first mass-market Star Blazers merchandising. See the entire lineup here.
An introduction to the game by its creator, Keith Johannsen. If you’ve ever wanted to relive the exciting space battles in Star Blazers or Space Battleship Yamato or make them happen a little differently or pit one side against another who never met them in the anime, here’s your chance to do it!
The comparative lack of resources meant there would be far fewer Star Blazers than Yamato games, but since most of a tactical role-playing game happens inside one’s head, only a little extra effort was needed to ground it in the real world. And as always, the results are both a surprise and a delight…