Final Frontier

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Screen capture of a Final Frontier v1.53 gameplay session (using an Atari ST terminal)

Final Frontier is a turn-based multi-player strategy door game for Atari ST bulletin board systems. In Final Frontier, the player is a trader trying to gain control of a region of the galaxy called the "Outer Rim." This is accomplished by exploring, colonizing planets, trading resources, and using the money earned to upgrade the player's fleets and defenses.

Players can fight each in other in combat; they can also make alliances and work together as a team. In addition to human opponents, there is an AI opponent known as the Satharian Armada.

Like many other BBS door games, Final Frontier is asynchronous[1]; players do not need to play all together at the same time. Gameplay is turn-based, with a set number of turns (or moves) available to play each day.

Jon Radoff created Final Frontier in 1988 [2] [3] together with Ichiro Lambe[4][5]

Radoff said he named the game "Final Frontier" from the opening words of the TV show "Star Trek: The Next Generation," which aired at the time. Final Frontier was inspired by the BBS door game Trade Wars, but Radoff said he designed his game to focus more on exploration. He was also keen to bring it to Atari ST BBS platforms, which at the time had no similar games.[6]

Screen capture of the Final Frontier II title screen (using an Atari ST terminal)

Sysops were allowed to try the software for free, but were expected to register the game for $25. Much of the money Radoff earned from Space Empire Elite and Final Frontier later became seed capital which he used to start the company NovaLink.[6]

Final Frontier was updated by Jeff Bath around 1989-90. [7] Marc Ferrari and Adra Loghry developed a sequel called "Final Frontier II" for the Atari ST in 1994-95. [8]

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  1. Jon Radoff (24 May 2010). "History of Social Games". Retrieved 9 Jan 2013. 
  2. Jason McMaster (20 March 2007). "Making Games Viral for Fun and Profit". GigaGamez. Retrieved 19 October 2012. 
  3. "Jon Radoff bio". Gamasutra. Retrieved 19 October 2012. 
  4. "Ichiro Lambe resume". Retrieved 2 February 2016. 
  5. "WeAreA a collection of indie game developers banding together at PAX East as the Indie MEGABOOTH. Ask us anything.". Reddit. 3 April 2012. Retrieved 2 February 2016. 
  6. 6.0 6.1 Josh Renaud (2 February 2016). "Jon Radoff, creator of Space Empire Elite and Final Frontier". Retrieved 2 February 2016. 
  7. Jeff Bath. Final Frontier v1.54 documentation. 
  8. Final Frontier II documentation.