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Jeff's Gameblog
Friday, 5 March 2004
SFBM Issues #3: balancing scenarios
One of the places that where the Star Fleet Battle Manual comes up short is the lack of a points system for evaluating ships. Given the size of the document, I can't fairly expect a ship-build system, though such a thing would be very useful. Still, it would be nice if the game had something approaching SFB's "BPV" system. I assume that a Consitution class and a Klingon D-7 can square off in a fair fight. I hope that three D-7s can take on a Fed dreadnought, cruiser, and destroyer. But in the end, these are questions that can only be answered with extensive playtesting, something I just don't have time for. Can two Tholian web-ships take down the USS Enterprise? I don't really know. If I were designing the game I would shoot for the following:

one Federation CH = one Klingon D-7 = one Romulan Warbird = 2 Tholian cruisers


2 Klingon D-7s = one Federation DN + one Federation DD

But Zocchi's design goals may have been different. And even if he was thinking this way, how close did he come to achieving this goal? Not to mention the school of thought that believes a single D-7 should be outclassed by a Constitution.

I definitely need to take a closer look at some of the control sheets. Since my main goal involves Fed/Klingon conflicts, I can safely ignore the Tholians & Romulans for the moment.

Posted by jrients at 12:40 PM CST

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