Space the Final Frontier, well maybe not the final frontier for The Bengal Club but the one some of us are going to be exploring for the next year. A few of us have gotten up the courage to do a Campaign using a combination of the tactical “Full Thrust Continuum” (FT) rules and the old Avalon Hill “Stellar Conquest” (SC) board game for the strategic portion of the campaign. I have been loosely thinking about this for over a year and with the help of fellow gamer Doug Kendrick and other Bengal Club members will now attempt to put this idea into play.
Using FT and SC is not new several others have done it and the results can be found spread out across the internet, I’ll give it my “touch” and will see what happens. The idea, for me stems from the problem of generating battles that have a real goal, purpose, or result because of them than the usual “we all get a 1,000 points and meet in the middle battle”. Now don’t get me wrong we do fight scenario type battles, many of them great fun, well done, but still there is no over all purpose beyond that evenings entertainment. Players will make decisions in those types of games that they would never make in a battle were the results had consequences on future games they would have to fight like in a campaign situation. In other words “will winning this battle lose me the next battle or even the war?” Those kinds of decisons make the battles a lot more interesting, and I think result in a much more “honest” and realistic game play on the table top!
There is also the great unknown factor in battles fought where players do not know exactly what they might be facing until the ships hit the table (sensor range). Play balance is never assured, options like, flee, fighting withdrawal, hold to the last man, start to mean something! Victories also become more sweet, obtaining objectives have purpose, and on and on. Campaigns also open a huge part of the gaming hobby that some of us find both interesting, rewarding, and just fun. The campaign mode will also give us a lot more opportunities to buy, paint, and use some of those great space stations, repair docks, and other space installations besides just ships. Planets, asteroid belts, and mine fields become much more integral parts of the gaming experience.
So over the next year watch the Stars (well this site) and follow along with us as we battle for the control of area RX7 or the “System of Seven Veils”
This Campaign is being played out in the Greater Los Angeles California area (Valencia to be exact) and we would love to have any other local gamers interested in participating come join us! No requirements, one battle or all of them! No ships needed to just come and play. Give me a shout through the contact info or leave comment with your info. Check the Calendar section of my site to see what our schedule will be and get on our email list for timely updates.
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