Thursday, March 5, 2015

Operation: Star Fleet Command - Update version 1.3

After a number of plays and feedback from players I have made a few changes to Operation: Star Fleet Command (OSFC). 

The first is to the Federation Order of Appearance. It seems that last one made the Federation too weak at the beginning. So there is a slight increase in forces, but not as much as earlier versions.

There has been a clarification to the Orion Pirates. Only one pirate force may be placed in any one sector. They aren't to be a fleet in themselves.

The biggest change has been to restrict the movement of the Klingon and Romulan forces at the beginning of the game. As the rules were they could invade the Federation on the first turn at full strength and win the game in one or two turns. This didn't really give the feel of tension I wanted the game to have in the first few rounds. In the Star Trek universe the presence of the Organian kept the Klingon and Federation from going to war. It was risky to cross the neutral zone. In OSFC, the premise is that the Organian are gone (used in a number of Star Trek based games, book, and shows to allow a war to happen). The Klingons must test this before committing their forces, so they may only send raiding parties across the boarder at first.  

While the Romulans are not bound by the Organian Peace Treaty their nature is usually depicted as sneaky, thus the cloaking device. As is shown in The Balance of Terror, the Romulans are first testing the cloaking device with a limited attack on Federation space before committing to all out war. So now the Romulan player must first make a successful raid before launching patrols into the Federation.
So far these change seem to make the game more playable; making attacks on Tholian, Gorn, and border territories for economic gain early in the game more inviting. Giving the Federation time to move force to the front. 

Gives these a try and let me know what you think.

I am considering looking into making a page on Board Game Geek for this game. I'll keep you posted.


Monday, February 23, 2015

Crimson Eagles Updates!

It has been brought to my to my attention that some of the maneuvering charts and record sheets for my Crimson Skies adaptation of Canvas Eagles had some of the final facings missing from some of the maneuvers. Somehow the files were damaged in the translation to a PDF. So they have been corrected.


 You will find a file for Crimson Eagles Record Sheets and one for Crimson Eagles Maneuvering Charts. The are the correct files.


Sorry for any difficulties and confusion these may have caused.

Monday, February 16, 2015

Rippers/Late Victorian Gun Deck

It has been a busy summer: Origins, remodeling the living room, buying a new car, my father's memorial service, directing another year of Strategy Camp, canning, teaching my daughter to drive, and all the other things that make summer so much fun and so crazy. I just realized that I haven't posted anything since April.

One of my projects over the past few months has been the creation of my third gun deck for the Savage Worlds system. This deck is designed to be used with games set in the late Victorian era - particularly for Rippers. There are some overlaps of weapons from the Deadlands deck, but these cards are set up as the Pulp deck.

The deck can be found here. These also include a deck box to hold them that should be printed on card stock. Instruction on how to use them is here.

I will be attending Con On The Cob again this year as a vendor (I took last year off). The plan is to have a limited number of the decks professionally printed on linen stock. Two years ago I brought the Deadlands deck and it was a popular item.


I hope you like them.




Thursday, February 12, 2015

Blog & Dasspielunker.com Update

As some of you may have noticed I have taken down my website Dasspielunker.com. This means that the links to the files for Victory in the Pacific, Savage Worlds, Operation Star Fleet Command and Liftoff! are not available.

Fear not! I am currently working on putting those files into Google Docs and making new links. So, if you are having trouble keep checking the pages here over the next few weeks to see if I've updated them. If you need something sooner, contact me through this blog or from the pages on Boardgamegeek.com

As my ammo counters. Yes, they are still available. Send me a email and I will send you a price list.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Operation: Star Fleet Command - Ship Counters and more!

Well I finally have the ship counters, Order of Appearance sheets, and the next version of the rules. Sorry for those of you who have been patiently waiting for a chance to play the game. It is still a work in progress: I don't have the victory conditions finalized, the beginning forces are still not as balanced as I would like, and there are still plenty of many typos in the rules. But they are now available for your enjoyment.

The ships work best if printed on sticker paper and then placed on chipboard or card stock. Each ship sheet has a "patrol" and "raid" side and are laid out in mirror image for ease of application.

The rules have undergone a update. The changes are the result of play testing with my friends and various local game groups. The biggest change is the addition of Task Forces. This has made the game a whole different beast and really changed the strategy. 

So play it and have fun. Feel free to send feedback. 

Rules
Federation Ships
Klingon Ships
Romulan Ships
Gorn & Tholian Ships
Condition Markers
Order of Appearance
Quick Reference
Map Board
Battleboard

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Star Fleet Battle Manual 3rd Edition is HERE!



It is finally here! After more years than I would like to think about, and the on-again-off-again battles with Lou, the project is done and available for sale. 
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Hopefully this release will go well for Lou - he is still terrified of piracy and he won't advertise so I'm not sure how sales will go. Please spread the word!




Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Star Fleet Battle Manual - Prepare to clear moorings!

It looks like the 3rd edition of the Star Fleet Battle Manual is actually going to happen. I talked to Lou Zocchi this morning to finalize corrections to the rules and make a few changes to the compass cards that he wanted in the original edition. The plan is for the game to be available on RPGNow.com by GenCon. I will keep you posted.