Is Star Fleet Battles officially dead?

Discussion in 'Trek Gaming' started by ChallengerHK, May 6, 2019.

  1. StarCruiser

    StarCruiser Fleet Captain Fleet Captain

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    Just about everything from Steve Jackson games tended to be fast, furious and fun...
     
  2. DrCorby

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    There's an annual local gaming convention in the small city where I live. Attendance under 1000. Every year, a guy shows up to run wargame-ish games like SFB and MechWarrior. He usually has a tableful most of the weekend, armed with miniature terrain and tape measures. I played an introductory scenario with him one year, single Fed & Klingon light cruisers duking it out. While it was fun, it was a lot to remember just for that short time. I lost, of course.

    I'd seen the SFB rulebooks for decades, but never bought any because I had no one to play with, and a reluctance to get sucked into long-form wargames (a bad high school experience with the Avalon Hill Midway game...). I even bought a set of Star Trek ship minis (based on the Technical Manual) from Lou Zocci at a different small local con in about 1980. But nothing has changed about my lacks of opportunity and massive amounts of time to devote. I have lots of other interests that are easier to devote time to... :shrug:
     
  3. StarCruiser

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    What's sad about that is ABD created a Cadet rules set version specifically for introducing new players to the game. Those cons should be using those specific rules for "newbies".
     
  4. ChallengerHK

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    I never thought their Cadet rules were well optimized for teaching. I created my own.
     
  5. USS Triumphant

    USS Triumphant Vice Admiral Admiral

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    Well of course you did. Because that's just the sick sort of thing that someone who really enjoys SFB would get their kicks from doing. ;) ;)

    ^^(Please read that in the tone that it is intended in. I'm not really calling you a sicko. Well, maybe a little neurotic, but pot, meet kettle. :D I've never, ever, ever created my own complete D&D campaign setting. Or 10.)
     
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  6. ChallengerHK

    ChallengerHK Lieutenant Red Shirt

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    No offense taken. And you may be right

    Seriously, though, I think making my own cadet rules came from having been a teacher and then an instructional designer. Every time I tried to use the cadet rules they made, I'd hit some point where iI would say "This is not really optimized for learning."
     
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  7. StarCruiser

    StarCruiser Fleet Captain Fleet Captain

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    ^ And that's probably the saddest truth of all!

    I can't remember if I ever actually tried the Cadet rules myself (many moons have past since then).