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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP16 Dec 2020 9:14 p.m. PST

A Billion Suns is a rule of battles between fleets of spaceships including squadrons of fighters and small vessels. This quick and easy ruleset from Osprey Games can be pre-ordered until February 18, 2021.

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USAFpilot Supporting Member of TMP16 Dec 2020 9:34 p.m. PST

The one thing about spaceship battle games that is off putting to me is the idea of playing on a 2 dimensional flat surface, something which is 3-D. You could make a case for playing air forces on a flat surface, after all at the macro level the atmosphere is very thin, and when dealing with massive formations the vertical component of 3-D does not matter that much. Aircraft operate hundreds of miles horizontally but only a few miles in the vertical. But is space, where there is no up/down, 3-D navigation becomes extremely complex.

Oberlindes Sol LIC Supporting Member of TMP16 Dec 2020 10:34 p.m. PST

USAFpilot makes a good point. The more ships involved, the greater the tactical distortion caused by ignoring the vertical dimension.

Porthos17 Dec 2020 7:05 a.m. PST

Up till now I read only one author who introduced specific problems in intergalactic warfare: Jack Campbell (real name John G. Hemry). See: link

In space you move real fast, perhaps a tenth of the speed of light. So how to observe the enemy ? What you see is where he WAS…. No idea how this can be made real on the table, but those whould certainly be rules I would like.

emckinney17 Dec 2020 7:28 a.m. PST

"In space you move real fast, perhaps a tenth of the speed of light."

Depends on whether you're based in real science. If you are, it's impossible to carry the reaction mass for that. If not, then you can equally argue that you have super-science to detect the enemy.

blacksmith17 Dec 2020 9:34 a.m. PST

From the author of Gaslands so it can't be bad!

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP17 Dec 2020 11:09 a.m. PST

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zircher17 Dec 2020 7:27 p.m. PST

Updated link since that original is erroring out.
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Zephyr119 Dec 2020 9:05 p.m. PST

"So how to observe the enemy ?"

Track the gravitational distortions they generate…

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