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    Stars & Lasers - The Ships That Never Were...
    Publisher: Mac
    by Victor D. [Verified Purchaser]
    Date Added: 01/29/2021 10:56:36

    This is a great addition to the Stars & Lasers line of expansions ... a range of experiemntal, prototype and shipwrights cheese-dream warships, complete with all the rules pertinent to them & a good suuply of ship data sheets that only require printing and laminating )or pouches) to get straight into play.

    Each of the ship designs presented in this expansion are unique in some way, but all are 'improvements' upon the standard ship types commonly used in the game. But, as well as being faster, or better armed, or 'special' in some way, each of the ships comes with design flaws, technical faults or other (often serious) issues that can cause not end of problems (and a great deal of hilarity and fun) for their users & their opponents!

    As with all the other Stars & Lasers rules & expansions, this rule book is clearly and concisely presented, with a clean layout that covers each ship type in sequence (rather than scattering the rules throughout the rulebook), and with an index to aid finding things in a hurry. The artwork is suitable and simple too.

    Stars & Lasers - the main rules & all the expansions - is setting agnostic, and any miniatures by any manufacturer can be used with these rules without difficulty.



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    Stars & Lasers Solo Games
    Publisher: Mac
    by Victor D. [Verified Purchaser]
    Date Added: 01/27/2021 14:27:52

    A few games are written with some vague suggestions as to how they can be played solo, but it's not common for these solo play rules to be much more than well meaning 'guidelines, hints & helpful suggestions' rather than a fully written yet simple system of solo play. Yet, as gamers, we all have days when no-one else is around to roll dice with us ...

    However, the solo play rules presented here are a simple and clear means of handling typical games using writers own rules set - Stars & Lasers - but they could easily be used with other similar (or even not quite so similar) games without any major changes. These simple rules work by setting the behaviour of the opposition at 1 of 3 levels of aggression, and then providing tactical guidance as how to handle their units in play bearing in mind their level of aggression - as with many solo play systems a little bit of common sense is required to get the most from them, but they work fine and are easy to use and there's no requirement for endless & onerous dice rolls to make decisions randomly.

    To prevent the oppositions behavious from getting too predictable, the writer also provides rules for some occasional and sudden changes in the oppositions aggression level, which in turn will change their behaviour in the game - this can mean that that enemy you were beating into running away might just turn round and counter-attack you without warning! Additional rules allow for other unpredictable (and sometimes alarming) events to occur, all of which cold very well change the games dynamic suddenly.

    Using these will allow those of us who can't find a regular opponent (or are currently locked down and unable to meet old friends) to play against an opponent who can be rather unpredictable but not unbeatable!



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    Aeronef Captain's Handbook
    Publisher: Wessex Games
    by Victor D. [Verified Purchaser]
    Date Added: 10/27/2020 16:11:14

    An expansion for Aeronef.

    Same simple format, the rules are simplicity itself, and most of the content is tweaks & setting tech variation.

    If you like Aeroef, you'll want these, and for this price they're worth it.



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    [5 of 5 Stars!]
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    Aeronef
    Publisher: Wessex Games
    by Victor D. [Verified Purchaser]
    Date Added: 10/27/2020 16:08:32

    A very, very simple set of flying battleships rules, these make for a quick playing and fun suspend-your-disbelief-and-don't-ask-any-questions game.

    No - they don't bother to model altitude. This would overly complicate what is otherwise a basic and simple rulesset, and their inspiration of pre-WW1 ships sailing along blatting each other in gentlemanly line of battle doesn't require it.

    For the price, these are great fun rules, and if your so inclined, easily mod-able to fit your requirements.



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    Platoon Leader Twofer [BUNDLE]
    Publisher: Legionnaire Games
    by Victor D. [Verified Purchaser]
    Date Added: 10/27/2020 16:04:32

    Excellent value for the price. I've reviewed the rules & expansion separately.



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    [4 of 5 Stars!]
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    Avalon Starship Counters Set 6
    Publisher: Avalon Game Company
    by Victor D. [Verified Purchaser]
    Date Added: 10/27/2020 16:03:19

    Simple & inexpensive printable spaceship counters in a variety if shapes - nicely coloured too. Very nice and a boon for those who haven't the room for miniatures, or for those whom space gaming is just a sideshow to the ground battle.

    Happy to recommend.



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    Avalon Starship Counters Set 5
    Publisher: Avalon Game Company
    by Victor D. [Verified Purchaser]
    Date Added: 10/27/2020 16:03:06

    Simple & inexpensive printable spaceship counters in a variety if shapes - nicely coloured too. Very nice and a boon for those who haven't the room for miniatures, or for those whom space gaming is just a sideshow to the ground battle.

    Happy to recommend.



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    Avalon Starship Counters Set 4
    Publisher: Avalon Game Company
    by Victor D. [Verified Purchaser]
    Date Added: 10/27/2020 16:02:51

    Simple & inexpensive printable spaceship counters in a variety if shapes - nicely coloured too. Very nice and a boon for those who haven't the room for miniatures, or for those whom space gaming is just a sideshow to the ground battle.

    Happy to recommend.



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    [5 of 5 Stars!]
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    Avalon Starship Counters Set 3
    Publisher: Avalon Game Company
    by Victor D. [Verified Purchaser]
    Date Added: 10/27/2020 16:02:38

    Simple & inexpensive printable spaceship counters in a variety if shapes - nicely coloured too. Very nice and a boon for those who haven't the room for miniatures, or for those whom space gaming is just a sideshow to the ground battle.

    Happy to recommend.



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    Avalon Starship Counters Set 2
    Publisher: Avalon Game Company
    by Victor D. [Verified Purchaser]
    Date Added: 10/27/2020 16:02:24

    Simple & inexpensive printable spaceship counters in a variety if shapes - nicely coloured too. Very nice and a boon for those who haven't the room for miniatures, or for those whom space gaming is just a sideshow to the ground battle.

    Happy to recommend.



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    Avalon Starship Counters Set 1
    Publisher: Avalon Game Company
    by Victor D. [Verified Purchaser]
    Date Added: 10/27/2020 16:02:09

    Simple & inexpensive printable spaceship counters in a variety if shapes - nicely coloured too. Very nice and a boon for those who haven't the room for miniatures, or for those whom space gaming is just a sideshow to the ground battle.

    Happy to recommend.



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    Task Force Zeta Vol. 1: Ships of the Line
    Publisher: Legionnaire Games
    by Victor D. [Verified Purchaser]
    Date Added: 10/27/2020 15:59:12

    Having bought SL:PC an it's expansion I was tempted to buy these - mainly to scratch the itch I'd had ever since seeing them (when buying Starmada and womdering if I'd chosen the wrong horse!).

    These rules are somewhat less densely formatted and slightly more clearly (and simply) written when compared to SL:PC, and I found much in the rules and system to like, so as space agmes go it's a pretty good one, although it has some tough competitors in Full Thrust and Starmada. However, again the record sheets are a bit of a let down (although superior to hand drawing your record sheets in ther games) - getting the editable ones is a great idea.

    Like almost all space games (the better ones!) the game comes with a ship design system - like the rules this is quite complicated compared to some others but works well, and I liked the option for including varied tech levels. But I also felt the range of weappons wasn't quite as flexible or varied as perhaps that of Starmada (but which one is?)

    Overall this is a good game.



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    [4 of 5 Stars!]
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    Platoon Leader: Strange New Worlds
    Publisher: Legionnaire Games
    by Victor D. [Verified Purchaser]
    Date Added: 10/27/2020 15:45:47

    As well as Platoon Commander I bought these as a slice of expansion fun & then found I had the same problem as I had had with the main rules, namely the densely written and formatted rules. These rules are expansions on an already fairly chwey and complex set of rules, so it's very much a case of if you liked the main SL:PC rules you'll be pleased with these, but if (like me) you found the rules a bit much, you'll be somewhat less than delighted.

    Again the rules are worth a 4 but the solid, dense text, formatting and complexity make them a 3 for me.



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    [3 of 5 Stars!]
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    Strike Legion: Platoon Leader
    Publisher: Legionnaire Games
    by Victor D. [Verified Purchaser]
    Date Added: 10/27/2020 15:41:34

    Looking for some rules to replace/supplement Stargrunt II, I bought these rules alongside both Grunts and PMC2640 (I wanted some options!)

    Compard to both of the above SL:PC is much heavier on system crunch and rules detail - this isn't necessarily a bad thing but I found getting into the rules heavier going than I really wanted. A QRF is provided, but the dense format makes the rulebook feel like a slog at times, espcially when you want to find some minor rule in a hurry.

    The actual game itself is pretty good but the record sheets, even allowing for the editable PDF's, are not so grand - the use of colour coded armour etc effectively requires the user to print in colour to get the best use from them - this can soon get expensive if you're a happy designer of your own forces (like me).

    I've rated these rules at 3 - the game system itself is worth a 4, but the relative inaccessibility of the densely written/formatted rules, combined with the requirement for colour printing, means I think a 3 is more on the level.



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    Starship Counters - Zorani Fleets
    Publisher: Wydraz
    by Victor D. [Verified Purchaser]
    Date Added: 06/06/2020 08:38:34

    These counter sheets are really nice - if you can't affored (or don't want, or have no storage space for) miniatures, then these are just the thing. Print, stick 'em to card and cut 'em out or laminate & you're ready to go.

    Very nice too!



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    [4 of 5 Stars!]
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