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What space combat games (both tactical and strategic) allow for very large fleets?

The ships should be represented individually; declaring that a counter represents 10,000 battlecruisers doesn't count here.
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1. Board Game: Starfire (3rd Edition) [Average Rating:6.63 Overall Rank:8172]
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The Starfire series seems to do a decent job with this.
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2. Board Game: Star Fleet Battle Force [Average Rating:6.51 Overall Rank:4867]
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Pretty Sure that SFB allows for lots and lots of ships.
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3. Board Game: Babylon 5: A Call to Arms (Second Edition) [Average Rating:7.34 Overall Rank:5941]
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This game's rule system has a few glitches. But it is fun, and lets you play with the cool ships from the B5 universe.

Unfortunatly it is also pretty much out of print.
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4. Board Game: Battlefleet Gothic [Average Rating:6.96 Overall Rank:1785]
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GW's space battle game is sound, and has some nice rules concerning flights of fighters and bombers. But the minies are not the cheapest (they do look really cool though), and since it is one of GW's specialist games, it doesn't get the suport that some of their mainstream titles get.
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5. Board Game: Space Fleet [Average Rating:5.41 Overall Rank:13291]
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This game is the grandaddy of BFG. It had quite a neat system for simultaneous movement that could see your ships crash into each other if you were not careful.
 
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6. Board Game: Generic Outlandishly Big Spacefleets (GOBS) [Average Rating:5.50 Unranked]
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A miniatures rules for playing with very large fleets.
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7. Board Game: Full Thrust [Average Rating:7.24 Overall Rank:2293]
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This one does a decent job as well. Also has More Thrust: The Full Thrust Supplement, Full Thrust Fleet Book: Volume 1 (Warships of the Major Powers – 2183), and Full Thrust Fleet Book: Volume 2 (The Xeno Files) to round things out.
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8. Board Game: Imperium [Average Rating:6.87 Overall Rank:2601]
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Fleets typically are composed of a dozen or so ships.
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9. Board Game: Starmada: The Admiralty Edition [Average Rating:7.51 Overall Rank:5152] [Average Rating:7.51 Unranked]
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Another fleet scale miniature rules.
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10. Board Game: Starfleet Wars [Average Rating:6.73 Unranked]
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I've never played this miniatures game, but I saw it played once. It took up a whole room, with minis everywhere - insanely big.

Is it still in print or available? Is it still supported? Are the minis still available?


I don't know.shake
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11. Board Game: Knight Hawks [Average Rating:6.26 Overall Rank:7296]
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Simple game with some neat adds for RPG stuff...............(oop) Not bad solo either. Had some fun with it back in the day.
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12. Board Game: The Last Starfighter Combat Game [Average Rating:5.94 Overall Rank:11548]
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One of the scenarios pits a single Gunstar against something like 30 Khodan Swarm Fighters.
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13. Board Game: Berserker [Average Rating:4.33 Overall Rank:15024]
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Very similar to the more famous Ogre, but set in space. So, of course, the defenders are a fleet of space ships.

One scenario actually involves obtaining 10 copies of the game in order to supply a sufficient number of pieces for the massive assault.
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14. Board Game: Renegade Legion: Leviathan [Average Rating:6.25 Overall Rank:7415]
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Capital ship combat in the Renegade Legion universe. While fighters are counters representing wings of 50 craft, the larger ships are individually represented.
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15. Board Game: Throneworld [Average Rating:6.67 Overall Rank:4985]
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This strategic space empire game has large fleets (e.g. potentially several dozen ships) near the end, as I recall (it's been years since I played it, but I remember it fondly).
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16. Board Game: Klingon Armada [Average Rating:7.48 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.48 Unranked]
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Star Trek ship combats more geared for fleet engagements than the more granular Star Fleet Battles.

I haven't played it, but have heard good things about it.

(This is actually a modification of the Starmada ruleset for the Star Fleet Universe of SFB)
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17. Board Game: Federation Commander: Klingon Border [Average Rating:7.38 Overall Rank:1847] [Average Rating:7.38 Unranked]
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FC allows large fleet battles in your choice of scales: Squadron scale (the normal game) and Fleet scale (a scaled down version for lots and lots of ships, with less power and less damage hits and less guns).
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18. Board Game: Iron Stars [Average Rating:6.58 Unranked]
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There are counters for each ship and the ship display is simple enough to handle lots of ships.

In print or just OOP. Available electronically anyway, with countersheet downloads at their website.
 
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19. Board Game: Amoeba Wars [Average Rating:6.00 Overall Rank:5488]
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Good ol' Amoeba Wars. OOP.
Really needs a reprint, Avalon Hill! With plastic minis!

You need a large fleet of ships if you're going to clean up the amoeba infestation and win the central system!
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20. Board Game: Galactic Emperor [Average Rating:6.63 Overall Rank:1658]
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This one allows for fairly large fleets - but the real reason for me adding it is I'm hosting an epic version at GenCon with 5000 individual ships. Yep, 12 players each with hundreds of ships in combat! Should be awesome to behold.
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21. Board Game: Federation & Empire [Average Rating:6.29 Overall Rank:4460]
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Strategic level combat in the Star Fleet Universe.

The main focus of the game is the 18-year General War. The starting OoB for the Klingon Empire alone is ~210 ships (not including naval auxiliaries). And fleet sizes generally go up for the first few years of the war.

And yes, each ship gets its own counter.
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22. Board Game: Outside the Scope of BGG [Average Rating:6.76 Overall Rank:2565]
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Annoying that you can't add items from the RPGG side, but Adventure 05: Trillion Credit Squadron from Traveller certainly fits the bill.
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23. Board Game: Fifth Frontier War [Average Rating:6.62 Overall Rank:5445]
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14 Fleets per side, with one or more squadrons per fleet. Plus dozens of home world SDB squadrons.
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24. Board Game: Invasion: Earth [Average Rating:6.01 Overall Rank:9356]
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Another one from GDW. One system, two fleets. Well, three, counting out-of-system reinforcements. One heck of a lot of ships.
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25. Board Game: Alpha Omega [Average Rating:5.23 Overall Rank:14622]
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Some of the scenarios in Alpha Omega are fleet actions, though I'm not sure how well the mechnics hold up at higher numbers of ships.
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