Friday, June 29, 2012

Updated Edition of Star Fleet Battle Manual

After almost 20 years Lou Zocchi's Star Fleet Battle Manual will be getting an update. First published in 1972 as the Star Trek Battle Manual (you can imagine how long that title lasted), then reissued in 1977, with an update and revised edition in 1993. Easily confused with the more widely know Star Fleet Battles (which Lou helped to get published), it has a much different feel - instead of playing on hex board you actually move the miniatures and shot by trying to hit the target with your weapons by estimating the angle and then stretching a sting to see if you hit.
I purchased my first copy in 1978 at a Star Trek convention in Cleveland, Ohio (I was in 8th grade and attending my first con). Many a Saturday afternoon was spent chasing Klingon (or K-Type in the game) vessels around the house with my friends.

About 20 years ago I began demoing the game for Lou at various conventions including Origins. Two years ago we had the first Star Fleet Battle Manual tournament. (I was amazed that after all the years the game had been around Lou had never had an official tournament.) Over the years I have made updates to the game: improved star ship logs, and of course the energy allocation/damage boards. Every year I have suggested that Lou update the game - reset the type (it is still in the original hand type format), add graphics, and update the rules to include the changes we have made over the last 20 years.

Finally, Lou has agreed to allow me to bring the game into the 21st century. The biggest obsticale was in dealing with his fears of online pirating. (Lou still refuses to use a computer.). After showing him the sites with pirated copies of his game that are already up, and convincing him that at least if the game is offered on RPGNow or other sites he will make some money, he agreed.

So be looking for a new copy of this old favorite in the next year.

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Strategy Camp - July 22-27, 2012

Well my gaming summer has begun. Origins was great: all of my events were sold out, which was nice - it's always good to have full games. Thanks to all of you that played in my events, I hope everyone had fun.

Tomorrow I travel up to Hudson, Ohio for AnCon. I'll be running my Temple of the Warriors and Rocketeers to the Rescue. It is the first time that I've attended this convention. We'll see how it goes.

Yesterday I got the news that there are enough campers signed up for Strategy Camp to make it happen, so now I'm busily putting the final touches on the plans for directing/counseling the camp.  What is Strategy Camp you ask? It is a week long summer camp for junior to senior high youth (grades 7 - 12), held at Camp Wanake, near Canton, Ohio.  A typical summer camp by day, but the evenings are a little bit different. (The days of the traditional summer camp that I grew up with are long gone - now each camp has a theme.)

 Camp begins on Sunday afternoon and ends on Friday evening. As a teen camp the day begins between 9:00 and 10:00 A.M. with a brunch, and is filled with a variety of activities including Bible study (Camp Wanake is a United Methodist Church camp) and small group discussions, as well as those chosen by the group. These activities can include:

  • Swimming
  • Hikes, both long and short
  • Canoeing and fishing
  • Cook outs
  • Crafts - (appropriately game themes - chainmail, mini painting, and terrain building.)
  • Climbing—an indoor rock wall, ropes course and a 60’ climbing tower
Camping at Wanake is experienced in small family groups of 10 -12 campers with two counselors. Family groups live, play, study, eat, and pray together, as well as enjoy all their themed experiences. At Strategy Camp campers will sleep in traditional cabins and take most of their meals in the dinning hall. 

So what makes Strategy Camp different from the other summer camps? Games of course. Beginning around 7:00 in the evening, when most of the camp is getting ready for bed, the group will gather in the retreat center for four or five hours of gaming. And snacks!

Strategy games, family games, party games, card games, Eurogames, and conflict games. From the speed and craziness of Fluxx, to a week-long session of Advanced Civilization and everything in between. Are you a master strategist at Axis & Allies? Undefeated in Settlers of Catan? How are you at Munchkin or Apples To Apples? Ever tried Ticket To Ride or Lord of the Rings? We will have something for everyone so come and learn a new game. Or bring your favorite game from home to share.

Plus we will have classes and discussions on game play, strategy and even miniature painting and scenery construction. 
I am excited that this camp will be happening. It is always questionalble whether a teen camp will have draw enough interest to occur - this age group has so many other ways they can spend their summer (jobs, sports camps, band) that we often need to cancel them do to lack of attendance.
There is still spots available if you, or a youth you know is interested. The dates ar July 22-27, 2012 at Camp Wanake, Beach City, Ohio. The Cost is $319, and the event #30745. More information about the camp with registration link can be found at Camp Wanke. A flyer for the camp is also available at my website.