I'm trying to find a book from my childhood. It was from sometime in the early '80s. It was a game in an oversized book (almost a magazine), kind of like a cross between a Choose Your Own Adventure book, a tabletop RPG, and a giant comic book.

The premise was a group of starship pilots and their various ships coming together to complete some kind of a mission that I seem to remember as almost a race. One of the ships kind of resembled a BSG Viper, and another one was a big sphere, a third might have been star shaped. Along the way, several of those ships were destroyed.

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  • Since you say it's like an RPG, you might want to also ask at rpg.stackexchange.com ,
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  • This sounds similar to a book I half remember - lots of spaceships, and they dropped out or were destroyed as the book went along - they might have appeared as black silhouettes or something? There was some kind of game element in identifying them? I'd love to know the name also. Commented Jan 16, 2019 at 19:52

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This could be Battle for the Ancient Robot, a 1985 game book set from TSR. It was for two competing players, each of whom actually had a separate illustrated book that they referred to, although actions taken by one player could also affect the other. One the characters was a heroic human, the other an evil robot, and they were searching the galaxy for components of the titular robot.

Book 1

Book 2

The first time I actually played the game against someone, I died on my first turn.

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