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Stars & Lasers is a simple set of spaceship combat rules, which are meant to be a fast-play rules system for simulating combat between spaceships of all sizes and any manufacturer, using as little as two ships up to around half a dozen ships per side for a normal game of maybe a couple of hours or so, the system can cope with more ships per side but these games would take longer to play.

The main reason this rule set came about was from my need to play a simple spaceship game with no written orders or slow complicated game play, and with a cinematic feel to the way the models move and act on the table.... and no hexes!!

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Malcolm C December 08, 2021 6:00 pm UTC
There is now a Discord Server for these rules which can be accessed on my site on the Community page, pop along and have a chat.
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Ian D May 12, 2021 12:37 am UTC
Can this system be used to play 1 vs many? Like an escape/fleeing scenario as seen in Empire Strikes Back, Serenity, or Star Trek?
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Malcolm C May 12, 2021 7:54 pm UTC
Hi Ian, yes it can be used like this and I have played a few games doing just that, it can be very hard for one ship to survive against many but it is fun trying.
A few small ships chasing a big ship would probably be best, keep the points for both sides on a similar level and it should be ok.
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Dean K March 04, 2021 1:18 pm UTC
Love the rules....and I have just read them....I would ask you think about putting a "how to Play" video on you tube.
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Malcolm C May 12, 2021 7:50 pm UTC
Hi Dean, I am glad you like the rules.

I have been looking into doing a short video as it is something that I have wanted to do for a while, I am just not very good at it, but I will practice and hopefully will get one done soon.
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Felix S December 08, 2019 6:37 pm UTC
Allright, let us say an interested gamer comes across this.
Why should i buy these rules here (they are not that cheap) and NOT take free rules like full thrust,rulebooks that are well balanced and have nice artwork like firestorm armada, or the dropfleet commander rulebook which is also quite at a "similar " price tag,which i get with a nicely looking physical appeal and well written and balanced rules?
What sets this apart? why should i spend my time and money here? What is the pitch?
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Malcolm C December 09, 2019 1:38 am UTC
Hi Felix,
Glad you have shown a little interest in my rules… please download all the free stuff, that will give you some idea of the type of game it is, or even look at some of the battle reports on my site they also will show you what it is like, either way you could use all the scenarios for your preferred game system.

“What is the pitch?” not really sure what I can say to make your mind up for you, so all I can do is tell you a little about the game, and its background.

I am not going to run down other games systems to promote mine… I have played many and enjoyed playing them, free and paid for.
But I decided after many many years of playing spaceship battle games like Full Thrust, and Firestorm Armada, and even a few games of Dropfleet, and many others over the years, not many are balanced! or should I say players can un-balance them.
Or they felt overly complicated when all I wanted to do was play a fun game that was quick to...See more
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Daniel S April 29, 2017 10:20 am UTC
The full-size preview says nothing... only 3 pages.
Is it possible to expand this with more of the good stuff (2-3 rules pages, ship-data, grafics etc.) ?
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Stephen P April 29, 2017 2:07 pm UTC
I too would be interested in more information. Tell us more!
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Malcolm C April 30, 2017 9:24 pm UTC
I have adjusted the review pages slightly to show an example and explanation of the ships data sheet, I have tried to show examples from different sections of the rules but it is not possible here, but if you email me at I could email a couple of example ship data sheets to you if you wanted.
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