Q: What is Spectrum?
A: Spectrum is a set of core rules for playing any setting of miniatures. Its main feature is using dice symbols rather than numbers, opposed rolls instead of target numbers, and allowing the defender to roll dice and take his own fate in his hands. It includes a system for leveling up characters in your faction, making them better in between game scenarios and battles making the game all the better to come back and play.
Q: How did it get its name?
A: From the multicolored dice that represent attacking, defending, damage, and special die. Each turn you are rolling a spectrum of dice.
Q: What’s the scale of spectrum, character level, skirmish level, or army level?
A: Spectrum is about controlling a faction of 10 or less figures. It’s very much a skirmish level game.
Q: How long does it take to play a game?
A: Generally, one to two hours.
Q: What is the name of your first setting?
A: Coffins and Tombstones, a setting of Hollywood type westerns. It will be released in 2012.
Q: Why did you choose cowboys and the old west as your first setting for Spectrum?
A: One, because I love Hollywood westerns and two because the old west didn’t need to be recreated as a setting, We can get Spectrum into the hands of players while I work on creating worlds for custom settings.
Q: What’s your favorite feature about Spectrum?
A: It was developed with the idea of what I wanted from miniature games. I’ve always been miffed that most miniature games don’t have the RPG idea of experience. I wanted my team, faction, or posse to get better from game to game. I also wanted the dice to be more visually exciting as well as more exciting seeing certain results appear. Most importantly I wanted a game that wasn’t just the defending player waiting around while the attacker rolled against a target number. The defender takes their own fate in their hands by rolling dice against the attacker.
Q: There’s level up and campaign play?
A: Yes. I wanted campaign rules as a major priority as well as the ability for characters to get better or end up dead.
Q: What are the future plans for Spectrum System?
A: A new Victorian age horror setting called Gravesites and Gaslights is slatted for 2013 as well as an expansion for Coffins and Tombstones called Trains! A fantasy setting, an apocalyptic setting, and a science fiction setting have been discussed.
Q: Does this mean we can play factions from one Spectrum setting against another?
A: Yes. If you owned both Gravesites and Gaslights and Coffins and Tombstones you could play the Jack the Ripper faction against the Natives. That would be one weird battle mind you, but you could do it.