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by BroAdso
Sun Aug 20, 2017 1:44 pm
Forum: VBAM Galaxies
Topic: How are things going on Galaxies/Rebirth?
Replies: 0
Views: 184

How are things going on Galaxies/Rebirth?

I was a huge fan of some of the good ideas brought forward for Galaxies, and then some of the combat ideas for Rebirth. They've gotten scattered around a lot of different threads, but I'd love a way to see a general update on those things. Some of them, taken together, were pretty fun and revolution...
by BroAdso
Tue Jun 27, 2017 1:34 am
Forum: VBAM Galaxies
Topic: Tech, Special Abilities, and Unit Design
Replies: 78
Views: 2054

Re: Tech, Special Abilities, and Unit Design

I'm enjoying thinking about the options presented by the new, more organized Galaxies system. Here's what the Federation might look like in this system, where each player has six tech levels, and each tech level has one slot each for Escort (CT/DD), Cruiser (CL/CA), Capital (BC/BB), Superheavy (DN/S...
by BroAdso
Fri Jun 23, 2017 7:02 pm
Forum: VBAM Galaxies
Topic: Tackling the 4X Experience
Replies: 9
Views: 396

Re: Tackling the 4X Experience

Whew! Finished up the new exploration rules for a full year. http://i.imgur.com/Z0VaBSx.jpg TestExplorationGalaxiesJune.pdf The new economy moves things along at a nice clip. It's very easy to get a couple initial colonies up and running in the first few days, and setting the number of ships + fligh...
by BroAdso
Mon Jun 19, 2017 11:09 am
Forum: VBAM Galaxies
Topic: Tackling the 4X Experience
Replies: 9
Views: 396

Re: Tackling the 4X Experience

Here's the set of tables I'll be using to generate systems in my shot at testing out the same "year 1-2" model of exploration and economics! Should post the results this evening, long boring day stuck in front of computer today.
by BroAdso
Sun Jun 18, 2017 2:34 pm
Forum: VBAM Galaxies
Topic: Tackling the 4X Experience
Replies: 9
Views: 396

Re: Tackling the 4X Experience

I'm really liking the new flow, and looking at how well tech advancements integrate into the new economic system reduces my worry about not letting players invest directly. They can do so by choosing to ramp up investment in PROD, or by choosing low-EP potential planets to settle, which will return ...
by BroAdso
Sun Jun 18, 2017 2:14 pm
Forum: VBAM Galaxies
Topic: Rebirth: Combat Demo
Replies: 8
Views: 300

Re: Rebirth: Combat Demo

Finished up a much larger playtest with big fleets, a two-part space battle, and a ground battle. Quick summation: The Dominion has warped a large invasion fleet into the Bajor sector. It consists of a single Superdreadnaught, substantial number of capital ships, a few Scout Destroyers, and most imp...
by BroAdso
Sat Jun 17, 2017 2:02 am
Forum: VBAM Galaxies
Topic: Rebirth: Combat Demo
Replies: 8
Views: 300

Re: Rebirth: Combat Demo

the biggest outlier I found is that you were giving a bonus for each Scout in a fleet rather than just a flat bonus for having a Scout at all. I was going that route to maintain some degree of balance, as open ended modifiers can really break the rules. I based it on the Commitment Cost (CC) of the...
by BroAdso
Thu Jun 15, 2017 11:20 am
Forum: VBAM Galaxies
Topic: Rebirth: Combat Demo
Replies: 8
Views: 300

Re: Rebirth: Combat Demo

Busy week, but I've been finding some time to playtest. I'll put them in PDF and JPEG format this evening or tomorrow, but for now here's a here's a gdocs link with comments enabled to my slightly more systematized version of the new Rebirth combat system. I've probably misinterpreted some of what y...
by BroAdso
Tue Jun 13, 2017 12:54 am
Forum: VBAM Galaxies
Topic: Rebirth: Combat Demo
Replies: 8
Views: 300

Re: Rebirth: Combat Demo

Flights can be used to provide tactical support (AS bonus) to friendly ground units. Troops with AF are then used to shoot back at these flights. Good! I do like this model. It removes a lot of difficulty in transitioning between space and ground battle, and makes fighters "special" and w...
by BroAdso
Mon Jun 12, 2017 2:41 am
Forum: VBAM Galaxies
Topic: Rebirth: Combat Demo
Replies: 8
Views: 300

Re: Rebirth: Combat Demo

Wow! A lot to think about here. Positives: 1) Consolidating the ground and fleet combat models. Yes! Makes a lot of sense. I would really like to see this. However, if you are going to do so, there needs to be a Ground equivalent of fighters, to that AF is a stat you'd "want" to give a gro...
by BroAdso
Mon Jun 12, 2017 2:08 am
Forum: VBAM Galaxies
Topic: Tackling the 4X Experience
Replies: 9
Views: 396

Re: Tackling the 4X Experience

For that reason, I started assuming that most VBAM campaigns are going to last about 120 turns. This is an important measuring stick, as it gives us an idea for how the game should be balanced to go from a single system on Turn 1 to reaching a conclusion by around Turn 120. In my experience, most 4...
by BroAdso
Mon Jun 12, 2017 1:06 am
Forum: The War Room
Topic: Galaxies: The Final Frontier
Replies: 11
Views: 862

Re: Galaxies: The Final Frontier

Really great campaign reports, BroAdso! I've been stuck in the dilithium mines in Coridan the last few months, but it's always great to see that the Federation is keeping up the fight in the Bajor sector! :D Hopefully neither the Romulans nor the Klingons decide to take advantage of this situation,...
by BroAdso
Mon May 29, 2017 4:50 pm
Forum: The War Room
Topic: Galaxies: The Final Frontier
Replies: 11
Views: 862

Re: Galaxies: The Final Frontier

2313 was a long, difficult year for the Federation and Starfleet, one which created a great deal of resentment between the Federation's civilian leadership and the admiralty of Starfleet. As the year began, a debate was raging about whether and how the Federation should commit resources to defend an...
by BroAdso
Thu May 25, 2017 3:36 am
Forum: The War Room
Topic: Galaxies: The Final Frontier
Replies: 11
Views: 862

Re: Galaxies: The Final Frontier

Will the Federation regret the Second Bajor Intervention? Is this kind of risk justified for a non-member of the Federation? Could relations with the Cardassians have gone better? When will Starfleet Command acknowledge that our attack fighter operations are woefully out of date? Suggestions about b...
by BroAdso
Tue May 23, 2017 3:03 am
Forum: VBAM Galaxies
Topic: VBAM Galaxies
Replies: 34
Views: 1569

Re: VBAM Galaxies

So I've been EXTREMELY tardy on giving any feedback on this project but if it would still be useful I'd love to run a solo campaign using these rules soon-ish. My wife and I had our first child a few months ago and we're starting to settle into a routine that would allow me to take a stab at it. -W...

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