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I played my first SFB game since the early 1980's today..
« on: June 12, 2022, 03:08:46 pm »
Today, at the South Dorset Military Society's monthly meeting (at Entoyment, Alpha Business Centre, Fleets Bridge, Poole, Dorset, England), I played my first Star Fleet Battles game since 1982.

It was a Cadet 16 impulses per turn, basic rules, introduction with a friend who's always wanted to play SFB, but didn't know anybody who had the game or any ship models. I use Micro Machine models kit bashed into Federation DD, BC, CL & Tug & Klingon C7 kit bashed from a D7.

In the scenario he played a Fed CA versus my D7. I wasn't allowed to use drones, to make it easier as my friend is a newbie..... and he wiped the floor with me, after 6 turns.

He's now hooked on SFB and wants the next game to include the 32 impulses per game turn movement, with the full rules in play.

« Last Edit: June 16, 2022, 01:56:02 pm by Panzergranate »
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Re: I played my first SFB game since the early 1980's today..
« Reply #1 on: June 14, 2022, 06:33:35 am »
You need to use your maneuverability and those 60o firing arcs.  Also don't forget you don't have to arm every weapon every pass. 
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Re: I played my first SFB game since the early 1980's today..
« Reply #2 on: June 15, 2022, 12:44:27 am »
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Re: I played my first SFB game since the early 1980's today..
« Reply #3 on: June 15, 2022, 10:28:45 am »
I just realized he said cadet rules.  I never used them so it is hard to say how much of the strategy of the full rules and full ships applies to the cadet cruisers.
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Re: I played my first SFB game since the early 1980's today..
« Reply #4 on: June 16, 2022, 01:53:40 pm »
Cadet rules = 16 impulses per turn, all turn mode A, no lock-ons, no shield reinforcement, no damage control repairs, no shuttles, no ECM or ECCM, no overloads, no transporter use, no transporter bombs or mines, no shield cost, no life support cost, no mutiny, no HET, no tractor use, etc.

The energy allocation form is very simple. Just fly, manoeuvre & shoot.

What's annoying is that I had a perfect Alpha strike shot, at range 2 hexes, into his number 2 shield...... and threw 3 x 6's (Disrupters) & lots of 4's and 5's with the phaser 2's.

It went downhill rapidly from there.

The Cadet rules F-CA SSD has aft Ph-1, the SFC one doesn't. I didn't notice this until he used them after I'd manoeuvred my D7 for a shot into his aft shield with my aft facing Ph-2's.. 

The SFB F-CA is OP compared to the K-D7.

 
« Last Edit: June 17, 2022, 09:55:38 am by Panzergranate »
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Re: I played my first SFB game since the early 1980's today..
« Reply #5 on: June 17, 2022, 11:15:26 am »
Did you use the Cadet Cruisers or the full ships?
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Re: I played my first SFB game since the early 1980's today..
« Reply #6 on: June 22, 2022, 04:08:45 pm »
Full ships: NCC-1017 Constellation F-CAR versus a very basic pre-General War / Four Years War era original K-D7. These are the basic SSD sheets that come on the SFC CD ROM "Introduction to SFB" manual.

I played a game, on Tuesday, against my son, who's visiting for the week. He flew the D7 & I flew an NCL+. Same beginners Cadet rules. It was touch & go, but on turn 5 I scored a crippling Photon salvo, despite 50% of my phasers being shot out, leaving him with only emergency bridge control, 17 Warp, 3 Impulse, but all but 1 Disrupter nailed of his weapons. My son opted to disengage 7 the game ended on turn 6 as my NCL+ was too battered to give chase.

 
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