Reviews

SFB Tactics Manual

03/19/2017
Dan Proctor
SFB Tactics Manual
SFB player, why don’t you have this already?! Buy it now, then come back and read my review. It goes like this, I played SFB for years and for years my buddy and I played it wrong. Yeah, I know, who can’t figure out how long a ¼ turn is? The Tactics manual breaks down into a variety of useful subjects and clearly demonstrates how the rules were meant to work and how you can best apply them. It was the Zen moment of my SFB gaming reading this book. There is no point in trying to break down the variety of subjects, but it is a wonderful treatment of our favorite game. Even casual SFB players should pick this up because it provides a gateway into truly learning the game. Roll low!
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SFB Basic Set

03/19/2017
Dan Proctor
Star Fleet Battles Basic Set Review
Star Fleet Battles Basic Set is a fantastic value in gaming. This box set comes with rules, map, charts, ship displays and scenarios. Why do I love SFB over other sci-fi space combat games? Each empire of aliens has its own weapons systems. So while the ships have similar systems (like shields, warp engines, tractor beams, transports and such) they also have unique weapons and therefore tactics. As the Captain of your own starship you must decide how to apply the strengths of your ship against the weaknesses of the enemy. If you try to use one basic strategy against each opponent you will lose your command in short order (oh yes, I have gotten my ship blown out from under me).
The variety of scenarios means that you can go on scientific missions, fight monsters, explore the terrain of space (like asteroids, black holes, and more), play solitaire games, go on rescue missions, do pirate raids and even conduct multi game campaigns.
This game easily converts to using miniatures either on their large hex system or play hex less!
Here’s another strength, the rules are laid out in a logical fashion that facilitate reference during play. Here’s the challenge, figuring out how to start a game. The examples are in there and careful reading will get you there, but why not learn the fun way, by playing! Go get yourself the free Cadet version, use that to teach yourself the basics and then read the SFB rules again and start playing.
I also recommend you pick up the SFB Tactics Manual. I must confess I played for years incorrectly until I read this gem. It’s not just how to beat everybody, but the tried and true advice there demonstrates how the rules are meant to work.
Why SFB and not Federation Commander? I started with SFB (back in the day) and then picked up Federation Commander and now I’ve gone back to SFB. I love and play both, but there is something to be said for the breadth of action you can take in SFB. It’s well balanced after years (and years) of playtesting and refinement. The current version is well written, consistent and fun to play.
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Kzinti Frigate

03/19/2017
Dan Proctor
The Kzinti 2400 scale frigate is a great model. While small, it’s a frigate after all, it has great detail. I like that the nacelles and arms. Take a look at the free paint guides. These are very approachable for new painters and add great visual appeal to your games....


Federation Commander: Klingon Border

03/19/2017
Dan Proctor
Federation Commander – a sci fi space combat game
Federation Commander is based on the well tested and developed Star Fleet Universe of products like Star Fleet Battles. What you find here is everything you need to launch right into an exciting game of star ship combat. It has color maps, counters, logical rules that play well and more. What I love best about FC (and the Star Fleet Universe of games) is that each race has its own weapons and therefore tactics. The different strengths and weaknesses of your ships are brought up against an enemy with different weapons and therefore tactics. The sequence of play at first is a little mystifying, but trust me it works well. Once you get through a few turns you’ll start to feel the flow of simultaneous movement and firing opportunities. You’ll be struggling with bring your weapons to bear at the right time, the right distance and armed to the right level. As you inflict damage on your opponent’s space ship the shields are the first protection and then internal damage is resolved on the DAC (Damage Allocation Chart). As the damage is resolved on the DAC you’ll feel the damage walk across the systems and reduce the effectiveness of the enemy. Because this game is based on a much larger system (Star Fleet Battles) the expansions are balanced and add great variety to the game. After your first few games I would recommend the FC Reference Rulebook. It gives you all of the rules at your fingertips. Also, as soon as you can, pick up the FC: Tactics manual. (I must confess I never played SFB correctly until after reading the Tactics Manual.) Not convinced? Test out the free demo version of the game available here:
http://www.starfleetgames.com/
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Kit Bash Pack #2

09/11/2016
Nathan Kaiser
OPPS! I just reread the info It does list the older Nacelle style! Hmm be nice if it had 2 or 4 :)


Orion OK6 Heavy Cruiser

09/11/2016
Nathan Kaiser
Lil smaller than I thought it be but still big enough for my kitbash plans :)