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Star Fleet Battles: Electronic Master Rulebook


Captain! We’re under attack! The weapon made us change direction!


Yes, Ensign. That is the heel nipper, a weapon of the Carnivons. Bring us about and fire photon torpedoes!


2012 EDITION of the Star Fleet Battles Master Rulebook


The Star Fleet Battles Master Rulebook includes all of the "rules" (no scenarios, annexes, SSDs, counters, maps, or ship descriptions) from Basic Set, Advanced Missions, C1, C2, C3, F1, F2, J, J2, K, M, X1, X1R, Y1, and Y2. All rules have been integrated into a single continuous text, all errata have been incorporated, and some new clarifications have been added. The book also includes rules (S1.0) through (S8.0) and the (R0.0) rules.


NOTE: This is the RULES, not the rest of the game. If you don't have any other Star Fleet Battles products, you won't be able to play as you won't have the ship descriptions, ship diagrams, map, annexes, counters, energy forms, impulse charts, or anything else you need to play. If you are just starting, we suggest that you get the Basic Set instead so you can start playing immediately.

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Joshua G May 10, 2022 8:34 pm UTC
XXX!?! The same price as the Physical. Dang, that would be $115 after shipping for both. Come on guys, it's a digital copy.
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April 02, 2018 11:49 pm UTC
Apparently per ADB's business practices, this master rulebook can be purchased in hard copy (3-hole punched loose leaf) for a 10% to 20% discount price from other online retailers. Give it a quick google search. That's a discount off the $50 price for the pdf here. The pdf is not included with a hard copy purchase.

Nothing I've found suggests this electronic version of the master rules contains links or text search for optimized electronic device use.
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Jonathan J February 13, 2023 2:02 am UTC
It contains searchable text, but no links. If you see a reference to another rule (e.g. "F0.0"), you will not be able to click it directly. You will have to enter "F0.0" into the search feature. This will, of course, step through all of the other references to that rule, in addition to finding the rule itself.
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Jonathan J February 24, 2023 2:59 am UTC
I have made a Python script which creates an improved version of the PDF document. It makes all the rule numbers in the document clickable. Instructions for downloading and running the script are here:
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Rachael S July 01, 2015 12:55 pm UTC
How many pages? Is this color or B&W? Is this set up like the old original version for printing and 3-hole punching for easy binder use?
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Leanna C July 01, 2015 6:07 pm UTC
The Master Rulebook for Star Fleet Battles is b&w and yes it is set up for 3-hole punching for a binder.

It is 466 pages plus a front and back cover.

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