Ad Astra Games
Ad Astra Games produces boardgames and miniatures wargames. It was founded in 2001 by Ken Burnside and its first products were tee-shirts. From 2006 to 2014, Ad Astra Games was an imprint of Final Sword Productions, but it is now an independent company. Ad Astra's products are all fully 3D tabletop wargames that can be played with miniatures or with included "box miniatures" (cardstock folded into a box, with illustrations of the airplane or spaceship from the matching point of view on each side). The games are Birds of Prey, a detailed simulation of air combat from the Korean War to the present; Attack Vector: Tactical, a science-based space combat game; and Squadron Strike, a science-fiction space combat game intended to be flexible enough simulate any book, movie, or TV series. Ad Astra holds a license to produce spaceship miniatures for the Traveller role-playing game's setting. Ad Astra also sells the Traveller-based space combat games Power Projection: Fleets and Power Projection:Escort in the United States. Ad Astra Games was the original publisher of Saganami Island Tactical Simulator (SITS).
Ad Astra Games produces pewter miniatures in support of the Attack Vector: Tactical, Squadron Strike, Birds of Prey and Traveller lines. Ad Astra Games was the original publisher of miniature ships for the Honor Harrington universe.
Ad Astra Games won the 2004 Origins Award for Best Miniatures Rules for Attack Vector: Tactical (AV:T). That game engine was adapted to David Weber's Honor Harrington universe (the "Honorverse") for Saganami Island Tactical Simulator (SITS), first edition. A streamlined and simplified version of that engine was used for Squadron Strike and then for the second edition of Saganami Island Tactical Simulator. The streamlining made it possible for each player to fly one or two squadrons at a time.
- "Origins Award Winners (2004)". Academy of Adventure Gaming Arts & Design. Archived from the original on 2008-06-03. Retrieved 2008-03-16.