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SFB is more or less my favorite, too, although I'm itching to give Starmada: The Admiralty Edition a try. It's a bit lighter, and so should make it easier to hook other people.
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Great discussion topic.

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What's your favorite Science Fiction Board Wargame?


The original Milton Bradley edition of Axis and Allies.

The Japanese create an army composed of men who feel neither heat nor cold and never suffer from hunger or thirst. They push through Manchuria, march across the entire length of Siberia, drive over the Ural Mountains, and then advance another 900 miles from Yekaterinburg to Moscow to win the war for the Axis powers.

Doesn't that qualify as science fiction?

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Starship Troopers
Stellar Conquest
Freedom in the Galaxy
Holy War
Ogre
WarpWar
Hot Spot

And others...
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No question for me:

Imperium (GDW edition)
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Buck Rogers: Battle for the 25th Century Game

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Gotta say:

Ogre/G.E.V.
Imperium
Renegade Legion: Centurion – Blood & Steel
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O-K! First off, then: (right 'click' & OPEN)
- Ogre, and more along with Ogre Miniatures for all that involves
- Marine: 2002 with its much better feasible realizations or implementations
- Starfleet Wars as well for Starfleet Wars: Observer's Directory & Identification Manual & Starfleet Wars: Book 2 + the 'site' for "minis" MondayKnightProductions
- Starship Troopers based on the BOOK
- Federation Space it's "Star Trek" Campaigns
- Fortress America it's "Fortress America"!
- Buck Rogers: Battle for the 25th Century Game it's "Buck Rogers"!
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I'm not sure I actually have a 'favorite' science fiction wargame. I'm not a real fan of science fiction anyway. I do like Pete's response though. And yeah Pete, that's science fiction all right!
I did like BattleFleet Mars some. I also liked Starship Troopers, though I think the movie is better. And the game doesn't play well solo. We also played a lot of Freedom in the Galaxy years ago. But that may have more to do with the popularity of Star Wars than the game itself. Nothing quite like destabilizing an entire planet!
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Federation Commander: Klingon Border is pretty solid and I'm FINALLY soloing a game of Federation & Empire and this its actually pretty good.

I previously traded away a copy of the newest version of F&E as too complex, but just recently ended up with a copy of the original 1986 version as part of a multigame trade. It's rulebook, at 45 pages, is much shorter than the newer version's 90 pages (IIRC) and it is very playable. It's long, though, and after several nights I'm on turn 4 (of 34!). Granted, I'm still learning the system, but so far it has hooked me enough to be looking at the expansions.

The game is pretty clunky, with lots of information that has to be kept by paper and pencil, but for some reason it isn't bothering me as much as I expect, in fact I'm rather enjoying the economic phase of the game.
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You know, apart from enjoying Ogre and a little Freedom in the Galaxyback in the day, I haven't really played any SF based wargames. Oh wait, also Dragon Magazine's Planet Busters.

I need to, I think.
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StarFleet Battles
Freedom in the Galaxy
Starship Troopers (1976)
Federation Comander
and Federation & Empire

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For those interested in a new map of F&E I made one that you may download. Each nation is color coded, none of that black, blue, grey and red stuff.I also have colored fleet charts I will up load as soon as I can get my desktop working again. Watch out, this is a BIG map
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Edit: The map can be found here on BGG in the F&E files

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You forgot:

Dune
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Amoeba Wars was a classic space combat game with huge Amoebas!

More of a question really, but would Twilight Imperium (Third Edition) be considered a space war game? Not sure if it fits, but it does feel like one.

Knight Hawks, board game of ship to ship combat which I remember enjoying. Originally a part of an rpg system Star Frontiers, this was a stand alone board game for spaceship combat.
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Godsfire is another classic that melded politics/economics/interstellar combat and the hallucinogenic-inducing spiraled planets per hex map you ever did see
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I think my life will be empty until I play Twilight Imperium. I like Ogre/GEV, and Duel of Ages Set 1: Worldspanner if that counts. Does Dune count?
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The Succession Wars was always fun. As was Star Trek: Starship Tactical Combat Simulator. I've always wanted to play Federation & Empire, but never found the time. And, of course, Starship Troopers and Space Hulk were always fun.

More recently, StarCraft: The Board Game, has been a hoot to play.
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Doh! How could I forget the entire Renegade Legion series...

Renegade Legion: Prefect
Renegade Legion: Leviathan
Renegade Legion: Interceptor
Renegade Legion: Centurion – Blood & Steel
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I think I have the 86 version. Is there still a stacking limit of six vessels per hex? That sort of turned me off a bit as I like the idea of HUGE battles.


No stacking limits in the 2000 version

Edit: But they do have the 10 unit combat limit
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In order of preference...

Star Fleet Battles: Commander's Rulebook
BattleFleet Mars

AH, the good olde days....
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I forgot SPI's Starforce

This is another game I am redoing. I really dislike some of the old graphics
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leroy43 wrote:


I've got all these, had them since they first published. But have only played Ogre & Warp War. Hot Spot seems clever and Holy War has that funky map with wonderfully weird theme. Think I'll read the rules again.
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Star Fleet Battles, by a parsec.
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I played a lot of BattleTech in college. Wish I could get it to the table again.


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Star Fleet Battles is it for me. Having grown up on Star Trek reruns, the Saturday morning cartoon version, and all of the subsequent movies I immediately fell in love with the game. I kept up with it for a while, but then it became too much with all of the non-Trek stuff it was adding, not to mention the fact that I now had a wife and kids to take care of instead of a "monster" game. I still think it is among the very best of Sci-Fi games set in the Star Trek universe.

For those new Star Fleet Battles fans who are wondering why a certain starship and crew are not mentioned in the game, it is because of the licensing agreement between Franz Joseph Designs and Amarillo Design Bureau, the current publisher of the game (the license agreement was in effect with the original publisher, Task Force Games, as well). The U.S.S. Enterprise is listed among the Federation's active-duty heavy cruisers, but nary a word will ever be said about her most famous crew.

The game's greatest strength is it's flexibility. It can be played solo against various monsters and challenges, it plays very well face-to-face (the starship vs. starship duel is the very heart of the game), and it can be played with multiple players controlling fleets of starships, too.

So, shields up, arm the phasers and photon torpedoes, and engage!
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Azhanti High Lightning, Snapshot, Bug Hunter Sniper!: Sniper! Companion Game #3, Armored Assault, Space Master: Star Strike and Dragonstar Rising. And Web and Starship, War in the Ice, Fifth Frontier War, Invasion: Earth and Brilliant Lances/Battle Rider.

If I had to pick just one of them, probably Dragonstar Rising with Azhanti High Lightning a close second.

I also like Battlestations, but prefer it as a straight boardgame with less emphasis on the RPG elements.

Edit: Do we consider Car Wars a science fiction board wargame? Because that would be pushing for a spot in my top two.
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