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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 , – LAK Jan 15 at 15:23
  • 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. – Kay Johnston Jan 16 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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