Welcome to Starfire

Greetings and hello! I want to thank you for visiting my Starfire page. This is a game that I have invested over 20 years into and its owned by Marvin Lamb. Originally Starfire was a simple table-top game that was created by several people at Task Force Games (TFG), especially author David Weber. The files listed below are the summary of my work, my best work. Feel free to use them for your games. All are written with the 3rd or 3rdR Starfire rules in mind. Enjoy! Also you may contact me at idahobeef@ yahoo dot com. 

Starfire Timeline (Unofficial in Italics)

Interstellar War One (ISW1): The first truly intergalactic conflict for humanity, this war was sparked over tension between the Terran Federation and the Khanate of Orion, a race of cat-like beings who had a much larger empire than mankind. A six-year series of battles ended with slight human victory, leaving the opening for a much larger and more deadly conflict 16 years later.

Interstellar War Two (ISW2): A multi-sided battle between humanity and the Khanate of Orion and a newly discover bird-race (the Ophiuchi) who eventually sided with humans and brought about an end to this two year war. ISW2 was marked by the first large and decisive fleet battles.

Interstellar War Three (ISW3): A four-way conflict between the genocidal Rigelian Protectorate on one side and Humanity, the Orions, and the Ophiuchi on the other. The conflict ended after three bloody years with a allied race victory and the total destruction of the weasel-like Rigelians. However, billions of allied civilians were wiped out by the fanatical Rigelians before they could be stopped. ISW3 was the first large scale genocidal war in allied history. Info on the Rigelians HERE and HERE

Theban War: A desperate war fought between the non-human Thebans and mankind, this war lasted four years due to the fact that the Terran Federation Navy was badly understrength at the beginning of the conflict. Humanity eventually won the war and occupied the Theban Homeworld. You can purchase this story here.

Interstellar War Four (ISW4): The longest war to date (ten years) and by far the bloodiest, ISW4 war fought between the genocidal Arachnid Omnivoracity and the Allied Races: mankind, the Orions and Gorm, the Ophiuchi, and the newly discovered multiracial Crucian Union. The Terran Federation had a large navy at the time and effectively blocked the invading Bug forces in the fringe area of the Federation but billions of civilians were eaten alive when the Arachnids overran human and Orion colonies early in the conflict. The war ended with the total annihilation of the inhuman Bugs, and the loss of some of history's greatest heroes: Admiral Hannah Avram,  Admiral Ivan Antonov, and Admiral Andrew Prescott. You can purchase this story here.

Insurrection: A devastating civil war that ripped apart the Terran Federation, the "Insurrection" (also known as the Terran Civil War or TCW) lasted years due to the fact that humanity had not forgotten the lessons of being militarily unprepared from the Theban War and had large standing warfleets spread across Federation space. The more heavily populated Core Worlds of humanity joined the newly forming Pan-Sentient Union (with the Orions) while the "Fringe" worlds created their own state. This brutal six year fight cost humanity more lives than all its' previous wars combined. This war is also known as the "Fringe Revolution". The Reformation Conflict also took place during this time frame. You can purchase this story here.

Second Arachnid War: Although they were thought to have utterly perished in ISW4, some surviving Bugs tried to revive their former empire a few years after that conflict ended. Early discovery by the Reformation Group (a Fringe world polity) halted their efforts only after the Pan-Sentient Union sent major fleets to bomb them into oblivion. Revelation of the super-tech crab-like Tolat race took place during this conflict, which lasted four very bloody years. Some of humanity's greatest heroes perished in this war, including Admiral Irina Rubinova, Admiral Renaldo Chavarra, Admiral Hernando de Soto, and Fleet Admiral Drake Belgrano.

Olympus Affair: A crisis which threatened to tear apart the joint human-Orion Pan-Sentient Union. Discovery in human space of a quadruple star system with eight habitable worlds sparked a colonization crisis among the human and Orion parts of the federal PSU government. The four month affair ended when half of the Olympus System worlds were given to the Orions to colonize, but left a bitter taste in the mouths of many humans.

Biomechphilist Conflict: Located next to the fantastically productive PSU Olympus System, the Biomechphilist homeworld reacted aggressively when they discovered humans exploring their home system. Invasion of the Olympus System was desperately averted only by the maverick human Admiral Frank Cavaliers' military actions. The Biomech homeworld was occupied and their unique technologies were confiscated and investigated, resulting in major new weaponry for humanity (just in time for the Armageddon War).

Armageddon War: The war to end all wars, the invasion of known space by the ancient and highly technological Hre'Daak race brought about the most deadly conflict that anyone has ever seen. Hundreds of PSU warships were crushed by Hre'Daak super technology and entire star systems were induced to nova by Hre'Daak weapons, killing tens of billions of PSU civilians. Inevitably, Terra herself and the Orion capital were both reduced to smoking balls of ruin before the PSU and their allies could finally halt the Hre'Daak advance. Humanity suffered greatly during the war and most star nations collapsed in on themselves after the fighting stopped; the galaxy would never be the same. Several important military leaders also died in this conflict, including Vice Admiral Depika Bora, Admiral Margaret Gruter, Admiral Phyllida Law, Commodore Javier Medina, and Fleet Admiral Winzel Braun.

Tiamat Lost: The human juggernaut-sized warship TNS Tiamat became lost on her way home from the front lines of the Armageddon War after passing through a highly unstable warp point. Several years passed before the 9,000+ crew aboard could find their way home, but only after encountering many different new races in the Sagittarius Arm of the galaxy. The Tiamat also discovered the hyper-advanced Tolat homeworld as well as the conglomeration of races known as "Civilization".

Want to play a basic (and fun) version of Starfire? Click HERE. This game is also an easy way to introduce your kids to Starfire. Enjoy!

Many years ago I began producing a non-canon online magazine called "Skymarshal". Nearly a dozen were created, covering Starfire technology, short stories, etc. You can find the summation of my work down below.

Skymarshal 3: click HERE

Skymarshal 4: click HERE

Skymarshal 5: click HERE

Skymarshal 6: click HERE

Skymarshal 7: click HERE

Skymarshal 8: click HERE

Skymarshal 9: click HERE

Skymarshal 10: click HERE

Skymarshal 11: click HERE

Skymarshal 12: click HERE

Download all Skymarshals: click HERE

An enormous amount of information from the Skymarshals can also be downloaded at the bottom of this section, including many items I was unable to fit into the various magazines. Enjoy!

This item is a book I have been writing on and off for more than 10 years. Some of it can be found in Skymarshal Magazine. I intend to finish the book....someday.


Terran Federation History (read first HERE)

Armageddon War: Characters HERE
Armageddon War Glossary 1 HERE
Armageddon War Glossary 2 HERE
Armageddon Timeline HERE
Battle of Hamyang HERE
Ellen Devore, Skymarshal HERE
Fleets of the PSU HERE
PSU Battlecruisers HERE
PSU Juggernauts HERE
PSU Supermonitors HERE
PSU Heavy Carriers HERE (NEW)
Ship Hull Types HERE
TL20 Chart HERE
Tech Charts (other) HERE



This is a map of the core worlds of the Terran Federation before it joined with the Orions into the Pan-Sentient Union (PSU). These planets are known as the "Heart Worlds" and are the economic and military center of humanitys' interstellar empire. Many of these star systems came under attack during the Armageddon War. While this map is not mine, you can use this map for your websites. CLICK ON MAP TO VIEW A LARGER VERSION.


Allies of humanity during the Fourth Interstellar War against the "Bugs". The Crucians and their partners the Zarkolyans had been fighting against the Arachnids for years before they discovered the humans, Orions, and their allies. Both sides joined forces and eventually destroyed the Arachnid Omnivoracity during the decade-long conflict. The Crucians and Zarkolyans later became isolationist powers. CLICK ON MAP TO VIEW A LARGER VERSION.


At the end of the Second Interstellar War the Khanate of Orion was prostrate; more than 60% of its battlefleet had been annihilated by the humans and their Ophuichi allies. Another conflict was sparked immediately after the war ended with the Empire of Gorm, a second-rate power that lay within the borders of the Khanate. The two year conflict see-sawed back and forth until the superior economy of the Orions finally overwhelmed the Gorm, forcing them into submission. At the end of the war the Orions didn't genocide the hard fighting Gorm aliens but amalgamated them into the Khanate as a co-equal but subject race. CLICK ON MAP TO VIEW A LARGER VERSION.


The Ophuichi are an alien race with a small interstellar empire located between the human-led Terran Federation and the cat-like Orions. They have been allied with humanity in several devastating galactic wars. 

As a species, the Ophuichi are avian in appearance and they are fantastic fighter pilots as a result of their ancestry. Before the outbreak of the Armageddon War, the Ophuichi Association joined the Pan-Sentient Union as a "associated power", similar to the Gorm. 

Ophiuchus is the homeworld of the Ophiuchi race and capital of the Association, but it is also a beautiful Earth-like planet that is several times larger than Terra. Although it is a very large world, Ophiuchus is very metal-poor and as such it has a lower gravity than humanity’s homeworld. It is also major cultural center and a hub of scientific research within the Association.


Ophuichi Govt and Military HERE
Ophuichi Timeline HERE

Emir Worlds Conflict HERE 

War on Omega HERE (NEW)

Pirates of the Hogg Moons HERE

Space Station Gomorrah HERE

The Marauders HERE


Source material HERE


As descendants of stalker/hunter stock, the Luren appeared to have adapted very well to space travel, and indeed colonization of other worlds. Most aggressive predator-sentients are usually strongly tied to their homeworld (the AAnn, Pitar, and the Ghast for example), but apparently the Luren, who are similar to Old Earth's white tigers, made the leap into interstellar space without much stress or xenophobia. Their aggressive nature seems to have continually pushed them forward, both technically and geographically. Their continuous war against the large Shern Empire diverted attention away from internal strife (ie the historical Pride Wars) and also encouraged a continual arms race. The focus on the Shern apparently allowed the central government on the Luren Homeworld to spend what would be considered in the Terran Federation as exorbitant amounts of money on defense, including a massive fortress ring which surrounded the core worlds of their Empire. 

Luren Welcome: click HERE

Luren Tales (short story) click HERE

Luren Tales "the meat": click HERE

Luren Psychology: click HERE

Luren Helps (info blurbs): click HERE

Luren Ships (class names and abilities): click HERE

Luren Weapons Tech 1: click HERE

Luren Weapons Tech 2: click HERE

Luren Weapons Charts (range, damage): click HERE

Berzerker Tech 1: click HERE

Berzerker Tech 2: click HERE

Berzerker Ships 2: click HERE

Download All Luren Stuff HERE

Tiamat Lost

Built by the Pan-Sentient Union as its largest warship ever, the human warship Tiamat (a juggernaut-sized vessel) became lost on her way home from the warfront after passing through a highly unstable warpoint at the end of the Armageddon War. Lost, several years passed before the surviving crew could find their way home, after discovering many different new races in the Sagittarius Arm of the galaxy. The Tiamat also found the Tolat homeworld and the super conglomeration of races known as Civilization. This is the story of the crews'' adventures back to Known Space. 

NOTE: I will be doing a series of short stories in the future in this setting, and no it wont be like the USS Voyager storyline.

Tiamat Story HERE NEW
Tamat Tech HERE
Tiamat Timeline HERE


The Palma Sola District of the Terran Federation is a rich and fairly populous sector of space that is located near the supergiant star Antares. The region was discovered in 2144 and was noted for the large number of human habitable worlds. Over time, the area became heavily populated and fabulously wealthy. When fighting finally broke out in 2464 between the newly integrated Pan-Sentient Union (PSU) and the Hre'Daak, the Palma Sola District found itself on the front-lines of the galaxys' worst-ever fighting. By the end of the war the entire area was badly damaged, with over 12 billion civilians being killed in devastating nova bomb attacks. Enemy forces withdrew after the destruction of Terra, and the region became semi-independent after the break-up of the Pan-Sentient Union into its' component parts in 2466, with Governor Crow ruling the district for over 20 years thereafter. CLICK ON MAP TO VIEW A LARGER VERSION.


Palma Sola Glossary HERE

Reformation Group Map: By Population

The graphic above is a representation of the population of the Reformation Group shortly after their break-away from the Terran Federation. The population of New Jerusalem, the capital of the Group and the largest concentration of peoples in the region, is just over 150 million people (a very lightly populated section of the galaxy). The Deuteronomy System (at 50,000 people) is the other end of the spectrum. After the disaster that depopulated that planet, most civilian survivors in the orbital stations and  

moon bases were moved to more secure locations within the Group while military forces still occupied the strategically important Toricelli Naval R&D Center. Located in Deuteronomy, the Toricelli Center was the site of the Boneyard, the long-term storage facility set up to hold out-of-date warships (for refitting or scrapping) and the huge Jehovah Station Fleet Yards. During the Arachnid War the Terran Federations’ first monitors were laid down here (the TFNS Horatio Spruance and TFNS Thomas Anderson) as well as the leading units in the Minerva Waldeck-class MT/V (the TFNS Antonio Lopez) and during the Terran Civil War the first Fringer heavy capital ships were laid down here as well; the RNS King Solomon and the RNS King David (both Christ the King-class supermonitors). Toricelli was also the site of the First and Second Battle for Deuteronomy and the location of initial contact with the crab-like Tolat race. The planet Deuteronomy was (accidentally?) depopulated by Federation forces during the brutal fighting of the Terran Civil War when a Federation battleship ignited the planets' volatile atmosphere, an event which sparked the uprising in this region. 


Reformation Rebellion HERE

Tolats and the PSU HERE

Reformer Glossary 2475 HERE

Reformer Tech HERE

Reformation Worlds (list)

Second Bug War HERE



Nearly everyone in the Rim Federation has heard of the Rao: prolific, aggressive, large insectoids. Stumbled upon by a Rim survey group just prior to the outbreak of the Armageddon War, the Rao have been beaten brutally down but the forces that did so have not hung around to lay claim to the deed. Curious and aggressive, the Rao developed space travel nearly 9,000 years ago (according to their data records) and became a truly powerful interstellar society within a small isolated pocket empire near “the Jambles”, a vast network of unstable wormholes. Their exodus to the stars was, in part, instinctive, for to do otherwise would have caused the Rao to engage in constant battle among themselves to maintain their population at the proper levels. Even in space, warring factions of Rao battled one another to prove their superiority or to seize a colony or resource. Several years ago they were discovered by a vastly more powerful and vicious foe, who bombarded all the Rao Center Worlds into oblivion, with only a few deeply dug-in Rao surviving on their homeworld.


Rao History and Info HERE
Rao Map HERE
Rao Technology HERE
Rao Timeline HERE
The Rishii Maze HERE

Habitat for Humanity Section

For the Habitat for Humanity series, I wanted a bunch of new scenarios that weren't "canon". I also wanted them to be able to have a lot more wars! In the Terran Federation universe, you don't have many combat options (the Tangri, the Bugs, or maybe the Rigellians if you are going waaaay back). With the Habitat, there is lots of conflict and the humans have allies like the Naram or Baufrin, or Ssora. I will be putting out some final info on these races and a few minis-scenarios so stay tuned!

Habitat Main section HERE (NEW)

Habitat Glossary HERE

Habitat GOvt HERE

The Dionii HERE

The Mechanoids HERE

The Star Hives HERE

*The Dionii and Mechanoids are from the Palladium universe crowd, go check them out!