Reviews

A Call to Arms: Star Fleet Book 1.2 Deluxe Edition

06/25/2017
John Williams
I purchased the print edition of this book. It has a good amount of background from the star fleet universe on the federation, klingons, romulans, gorn, and kzinti as the five main factions represented in this book with a nice introductory number of ships for a good variety of choices available to build fleets from.

The "A call to arms" rule set combines well with star fleet setting for a different flavour of fleet battles.

The print edition was in good condition, although the artwork used in the book was originally in color, and the book is printed in black and white. I believe different black and white versions of the artwork and photographs could have had a better contrast for the black and white printing rather than the black and white versions of the color art.

The awkward looking B&W versionf of the art is the only negative thing I could say about that copy of the book. I would therefore suggest getting the PDF version. ...


Romulan Master Starship Book

06/10/2017
Patrick Dillman
Everything a Master Starship Book should be. If you specialize in playing The Greatest Empiral Ships of the Galaxy, you need this book!...


Module W: Space Battle Maps (1.25"")"

03/26/2017
Dan Proctor
This is a wonderful map. The regular SFB male with the big Texas sized hexes. Great for big games with lots of counters, miniatures and / or Federation Commander. I found the map durable, colorful and easy to work with....


FC Reference Rulebook

03/22/2017
Dan Proctor
The Federation Commander Reference rule book it a truely awesome addition to your FC game. Every rule you need, easy to access. Get the Tactics manual to go with it and you will ROCK the universe. (Or at least you'll know why you lost ;^)...


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....


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 :)


Kit Bash Pack #2

09/11/2016
Nathan Kaiser
A very good Selection of bit to choose from :)

But it says here Old Federation CL Engine x1 but I think its a old style Federation Frigate one thats more blocky :)...


F&E Large Scale Map

08/07/2016
Daniel Knudsen
If you are serious about playing Federation and Empire, this is an investment that is worth it.

Key Pros:

4-5 Stacks are easily placed per hex. This allows you a "big picture" perspective without having to reach in and move too many counters around. Knocking stacks over can be fairly annoying.

The provinces are clearly demarcated so figuring "what is what" and exactly what is captured or disrupted is much easier.

Included along the bottom row are helpful items like a battle mat as well as capital hex compositions for easy reference.

If you are serious about picking this up, pay the extra money and get it laminated. This will allow you to mark off bases as destroyed and annotate ownership of provinces without danger of wrecking the map. Also, this map is a pretty significant investment, so a spilled beverage is the LAST thing you want ruining your map.

So, get yourself to a 6 foot folding table or larger and set this guy up. The map that came with the game is fully functional, but if you want the wow factor and ALOT of added convenience, pick this one up. ...


SFB Advanced Missions

07/30/2016
Patrick Dillman
The Next Big Thing!

Add this to your Basic Set and you have the core of SFB!

Every thing to start is here and soon you'll be wanting to expand your view on the Star Fleet Universe!
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SFB Basic Set

07/30/2016
Patrick Dillman
Start Here!
The basis for every game of SFB is in this box! And a fine quality box it is. The contents are top notch, too!
Every thing to start is here and a little extra that will tie in to Advanced Missions.
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Module G3: Master Annexes

07/30/2016
Patrick Dillman
A Must Have!
By the time you have acquired a few SFB products, you may start to forget exactly which individual product a ship came from and that can be problematic during a gaming session when time is short but you need some info about a ship that is on the Master Ship Chart or even harder to remember which product it came in, an annex.
Get G3 and make life easier! I strongly recommend that you order it unbound and hole punched since putting it in a binder will make it easier to use. G3 is one of the top two reference material that I use during every SFB game. The other is the MRB.
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Star Fleet Marines: Last Stand

07/30/2016
Patrick Dillman
More detailed than (D15.0), but easier and faster than ASL.
No, really. Just as the headline says.
This goes for both Assault and Last Stand.
What I like the most is that is can be used with all of the SFU ship combat games for ground combat with very little kludging of rules....


Star Fleet Marines: Assault

07/30/2016
Patrick Dillman
More detailed than (D15.0), but easier and faster than ASL.
No, really. Just as the headline says.
This goes for both Assault and Last Stand.
What I like the most is that is can be used with all of the SFU ship combat games for ground combat with very little kludging of rules....


SFB Master Rulebook 2012 Edition

07/30/2016
Patrick Dillman
Just as advertised, this is exactly what is in the description. A must have if you are hosting several players. Well worth the money and allows you to keep your original rulebooks intact....


Captain's Log #38

07/12/2016
Michael Grafton
I may be a bit biased, but I just love the main "History." By just having one side of the story the reader gets to wonder, along with the protagtonist, just what is happening....


Captain's Log #51

06/14/2016
Ryan Opel
Another great Captain's Log from the folks at ADB. Night Hounds was a good story on a part of the Star Fleet Universe we don't see very often in print...The Orion Pirates.

The other big story is the tale of the Galactic Scout Cruiser USS Sakharov and her journeys from the Federation to the Lesser Magellanic Cloud, to the Omega sector of the Milky Way and back to the Federation. I am sure many more tales will come from this voyage.

The products also contains material for all of ADBs product lines and will be a welcome addition to any gamers library....