History TabletopGame / StarFleetBattles

15th Oct '17 10:58:48 PM PaulA
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Due in part to licensing issues and in part to the desired flavor of the game, ''Star Fleet Battles'' is based solely on ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'', ''WesternAnimation/StarTrekTheAnimatedSeries'', the Franz Joseph ''Star Trek Star Fleet Technical Manual'' (which is where the official SFB licence is tied to) and some other blueprints available in the late 70s; the movies and later series are not considered ''Star Fleet Battles''-canonical and the two 'verses have diverged considerably[[note]]X Ships originally drew their inspiration from ''Film/StarTrekTheMotionPicture'', right down to a photon torpedo launcher in the nose of the Klingon X battlecruiser; but these were quickly altered when Paramount claimed copyright infringement[[/note]]. Playable empires in ''Star Fleet Battles'' include familiar ones from the aforementioned series and new ones invented by the game's designers: TheFederation, [[TheEmpire Klingons]], Romulans, [[LizardFolk Gorn]], [[KnownSpace Kzinti]], [[SpacePirates Orion Pirates]], and Tholians belong to the first group, and from the second group we have the Lyrans, Hydrans, Andromedans, WYN and ISC.

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Due in part to licensing issues and in part to the desired flavor of the game, ''Star Fleet Battles'' is based solely on ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'', ''WesternAnimation/StarTrekTheAnimatedSeries'', the Franz Joseph ''Star Trek Star Fleet Technical Manual'' (which is where the official SFB licence is tied to) and some other blueprints available in the late 70s; the movies and later series are not considered ''Star Fleet Battles''-canonical and the two 'verses have diverged considerably[[note]]X Ships originally drew their inspiration from ''Film/StarTrekTheMotionPicture'', right down to a photon torpedo launcher in the nose of the Klingon X battlecruiser; but these were quickly altered when Paramount claimed copyright infringement[[/note]]. Playable empires in ''Star Fleet Battles'' include familiar ones from the aforementioned series and new ones invented by the game's designers: TheFederation, [[TheEmpire Klingons]], Romulans, [[LizardFolk Gorn]], [[KnownSpace [[Recap/StarTrekTheAnimatedSeriesS1E14TheSlaverWeapon Kzinti]], [[SpacePirates Orion Pirates]], and Tholians belong to the first group, and from the second group we have the Lyrans, Hydrans, Andromedans, WYN and ISC.
12th Jun '17 9:51:27 AM Zuxtron
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** The Hydran Fusion Beam weapon, which can be powered with over triple the base amount it needs ForMassiveDamage, but it also explodes and deals you an extra point of damage to your own ship.

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** The Hydran Fusion Beam weapon, which can be powered with over triple the base amount it needs ForMassiveDamage, in order to boost its damage, but it also explodes and deals you an extra point of damage to your own ship.



** In fact most heavy weapons could qualify--large energy cost, long recharge time, [[ForMassiveDamage massive damage]]--but the PPD and the Mauler in particular really have the right ''flavor''.

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** In fact most heavy weapons could qualify--large energy cost, long recharge time, [[ForMassiveDamage massive damage]]--but damage--but the PPD and the Mauler in particular really have the right ''flavor''.
17th Jan '17 7:44:41 AM Bense
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** The Narrow Salvo rule is specifically not allowed in official tournaments, which feature one-on-one duels, in order to prevent deciding the whole match with a single die roll.
16th Jan '17 12:37:14 PM Morgenthaler
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* {{Expy}}: WordOfGod states that many of the earlier races are similar to a real-world power.

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* {{Expy}}: FantasyCounterpartCulture: WordOfGod states that many of the earlier races are similar to a real-world power.



** The Kzinti are ImperialJapan circa 1941

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** The Kzinti are ImperialJapan UsefulNotes/ImperialJapan circa 1941
30th Oct '16 10:50:22 AM nombretomado
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The game has given birth to the greater Star Fleet Universe and a number of related games: ''Federation & Empire'', allowing players to fight a strategic war across the known space; ''Prime Directive'', the {{RPG}} which started out with its own system, but was later adapted for use with ''{{GURPS}}'', ''TabletopGame/D20System'' and ''TabletopGame/{{d20 Modern}}'' systems; ''Starfleet Battle Force'', a card based game directly based and homaged to the classic card game ''Naval Wars''; ''Federation Commander'', referred to by all as ''SFB Light'', a simpler system stressing speed and ease of play over detail. And this does not even go into the fact that the base mechanics and most of the background used in the first two ''[[VideoGame/StarTrekStarfleetCommand Starfleet Command]]'' computer games were directly licensed from the ''Star Fleet Battles'' system.

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The game has given birth to the greater Star Fleet Universe and a number of related games: ''Federation & Empire'', allowing players to fight a strategic war across the known space; ''Prime Directive'', the {{RPG}} which started out with its own system, but was later adapted for use with ''{{GURPS}}'', ''TabletopGame/{{GURPS}}'', ''TabletopGame/D20System'' and ''TabletopGame/{{d20 Modern}}'' systems; ''Starfleet Battle Force'', a card based game directly based and homaged to the classic card game ''Naval Wars''; ''Federation Commander'', referred to by all as ''SFB Light'', a simpler system stressing speed and ease of play over detail. And this does not even go into the fact that the base mechanics and most of the background used in the first two ''[[VideoGame/StarTrekStarfleetCommand Starfleet Command]]'' computer games were directly licensed from the ''Star Fleet Battles'' system.
10th Oct '16 9:13:22 PM Arivne
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* HiddenElfVillage: The WYN Cluster is one of these. They are protected by an unnusual radiation field that disables any ships that enter them for a time. This allows the WYN fleet of converted freighters and commerce raiders to have an [[WorfHadTheFlu even chance]] against a fleet of regular warships.

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* HiddenElfVillage: The WYN Cluster is one of these. They are protected by an unnusual unusual radiation field that disables any ships that enter them for a time. This allows the WYN fleet of converted freighters and commerce raiders to have an [[WorfHadTheFlu even chance]] against a fleet of regular warships.
10th Oct '16 9:11:05 PM Arivne
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* {{Expy}}: WordofGod states that many of the earlier races are similar to a real-world power.

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* {{Expy}}: WordofGod WordOfGod states that many of the earlier races are similar to a real-world power.
10th Oct '16 9:08:18 PM Arivne
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* BoxedCrook: The personnel aboard Klingon penal ships.

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* BoxedCrook: The personnel aboard Klingon penal ships. If they perform well enough, they can be transferred back to regular Klingon naval ships.
30th Jul '16 11:05:28 AM nombretomado
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** A RolePlayingGame was produced in 1993, called ''Prime Directive''. Initially it used its own rule system, but it faltered after only a few books were produced. It was rereleased in 2002 using the {{GURPS}} system, and followed by parallel TabletopGame/D20System books in 2011 (which have been superseded by the {{d20 Modern}}, which are still 'in-print'). The GURPS version was also revised for the 4th edition GURPS system in 2008 and is still available from Steve Jackson games.

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** A RolePlayingGame was produced in 1993, called ''Prime Directive''. Initially it used its own rule system, but it faltered after only a few books were produced. It was rereleased in 2002 using the {{GURPS}} TabletopGame/{{GURPS}} system, and followed by parallel TabletopGame/D20System books in 2011 (which have been superseded by the {{d20 Modern}}, d20 Modern, which are still 'in-print'). The GURPS version was also revised for the 4th edition GURPS system in 2008 and is still available from Steve Jackson games.
30th Jul '16 11:02:45 AM nombretomado
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The game has given birth to the greater Star Fleet Universe and a number of related games: ''Federation & Empire'', allowing players to fight a strategic war across the known space; ''Prime Directive'', the {{RPG}} which started out with its own system, but was later adapted for use with ''{{GURPS}}'', ''TabletopGame/D20System'' and ''{{d20 Modern}}'' systems; ''Starfleet Battle Force'', a card based game directly based and homaged to the classic card game ''Naval Wars''; ''Federation Commander'', referred to by all as ''SFB Light'', a simpler system stressing speed and ease of play over detail. And this does not even go into the fact that the base mechanics and most of the background used in the first two ''[[VideoGame/StarTrekStarfleetCommand Starfleet Command]]'' computer games were directly licensed from the ''Star Fleet Battles'' system.

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The game has given birth to the greater Star Fleet Universe and a number of related games: ''Federation & Empire'', allowing players to fight a strategic war across the known space; ''Prime Directive'', the {{RPG}} which started out with its own system, but was later adapted for use with ''{{GURPS}}'', ''TabletopGame/D20System'' and ''{{d20 ''TabletopGame/{{d20 Modern}}'' systems; ''Starfleet Battle Force'', a card based game directly based and homaged to the classic card game ''Naval Wars''; ''Federation Commander'', referred to by all as ''SFB Light'', a simpler system stressing speed and ease of play over detail. And this does not even go into the fact that the base mechanics and most of the background used in the first two ''[[VideoGame/StarTrekStarfleetCommand Starfleet Command]]'' computer games were directly licensed from the ''Star Fleet Battles'' system.
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