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Star Fleet Battles: Basic Set Rulebook 2005

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Do you have what it takes to command a starship? Find out now!


The Basic Set is the entry point into the Star Fleet Battles game system. With this rulebook, you can command a starship! What you have seen, you can do for yourself. This introduction to the game includes rules for the Federation, Klingon, Romulan, Kzinti, Gorn, Tholian, and Orion ships.


The Basic Set Rulebook was last edited in 2005. It contains rules, the backgrounds of seven empires, descriptions of their ships, and lots of scenarios. There are nine general scenarios (so generic that they happened many times), five historical scenarios (ones that tell about a real incident in the Star Fleet Universe), four monster scenarios (these are for the planet crusher, space amoeba, moray eel of space, and cosmic cloud), two mini-campaigns, and one full campaign.


You will need the Basic Set SSD Book (sold separately in B&W and in color) in order to play the game. This is only the rulebook, not the complete game. There are no counters or maps.

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Jacob R February 24, 2019 4:50 am UTC
Okay, so this and the Basic Set SSD book what we need to play a full game? The one that's called Complete Rules is more of a reference? It's a bit daunting to get into your game. Like everything in your "Current Edition" product category works with this edition of the game? And none of the old stuff in the other categories is applicable?
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Leanna C February 24, 2019 7:11 pm UTC
That is correct. You'll need something to represent the ships and dice, too. The complete rules are just that -- all the rules, none of the scenarios or ships. The Master Starship Book line describes the ships, but doesn't include SSDs. Basically, you need the rulebooks and SSD books to play the game.
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Jay G February 18, 2019 10:06 pm UTC
Dear sir problem resolved sorry
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Jay G February 18, 2019 9:53 pm UTC
Dear sir I am having trouble downloading sfb basics set rulebook
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Leanna C February 18, 2019 10:05 pm UTC
Jay, this may be an issue for Wargame Vault. You need to contact htem here:
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Jay G March 28, 2018 5:15 pm UTC
I need to redownload starfleet games basic set rule book and can’t error message
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Leanna C March 28, 2018 5:48 pm UTC
Jay, I am sorry you are having this problem, but I think it is a problem on Wargame Vault's site. Try contacting them here:
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