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Star Fleet Battle Manual 3rd Edition

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It is finally here! After more than 20 years, the updated and improved 3rd edition of one of the original miniature space combat games. First published in 1977, older editions have only been available directly from the publisher, at conventions or by pirated copies. 

The 1981 winner of England's Games Day Award: First prize for Best Table-top Rules for Any Period, and the 1983 H.G. Wells Award nominee. 

Each player captains a starship in combat between Federation forces and their major enemies. Using simultaneous movement and combat, players must make critical decisions as to the allocation of limited engine energy to movement, weapons and shields. The unique weapon firing mechanic requires that players must estimate the exact angle to fire their ships' weapons, stretch out the firing string from the center of their ship's compass card, and hope that they hit their opponent's starship. The different weapons and angle of fire give each ship and race a distinct flavor.

The rules cover such details as cloaking devices, photon torpedoes, plasma beams, and webbing devices; as well as boarding parties, crystal burnouts, phasers and disruptor fire. 

This new and updated edition provides easier to read rules, cleaner graphics, illustrations of play, and improved ship logs.

Play it on the tabletop, or better yet, chase your friends a round the room as you dodge enemy fire and the furniture!

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Witt S April 26, 2018 3:13 am UTC
I bought a hardcopy of the 2nd ed from Mr. Zocchi a while back. He wanted me to demo it for him at our local con and I was pleasantly surprised that a 3rd edition had come out. It was easy to learn and very fun.
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Michael S July 31, 2014 5:20 pm UTC
I am very impressed with what Michael Reitz has done with the 3rd Edition. I well remember the wrangles Lou and I had when we worked on this project back in the Seventies and it's very nice to see this awesome product back in print. While I might have tried to rewrite some of the stats and changed some of the weapons to match up with nearly 40 years of new stuff, the original game holds up remarkably well and is a fine pass time for people who want to crawl around on the floor zapping starships.

Bravo Zulu, Reitz!

Michael Scott "Kurtick"
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Jeff W March 23, 2015 12:58 am UTC
Scotty!!!! It's me Jeff Tesh, one of your playtesters for Star Patrol. It is actually Jeff Wheeler, though. Was a student of your wife's too. I have been looking for you! Would enjoy getting back in contact with you. Leave a message here if you get this!!
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Michael S March 13, 2018 4:12 am UTC
Sorry I missed you way back when Jeff. I'm still doing game stuff. Current project is David Weber's World of Honor RPG from Final Sword Publications. I'm living in Baton Rouge and Jessica and I will be at CoastCon41 this weekend to get some fan and gaming in. Good to hear from you.
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Robert P October 17, 2018 1:36 am UTC
Any chance of seeing Star Patrol and Space Patrol again? Many people are having successful Kickstarter campaigns for retro gaming nowadays. How about a PDF and/or a POD?
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Mark H March 10, 2020 5:03 pm UTC
I'd be interested in this too. I still have the original version of Space Patrol, which is a bit worn now.
I enjoyed its simplicity but it still managed to cover a wide amount of situations. The only thing that was missing was spaceships, or was that in Star Patrol? I never had a copy of that, and if it ties in with Space Patrol I would most certainly be interested in pdfs of both, as updated versions or original.
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