Mike and I got together for the monthly Star Fleet Battles shoot-em-up at Morningstar yesterday. I'd put together a scenario a few weeks ago featuring Orions and Klingons. We made the switch to full-size ships - standard SFB - as opposed to the Cadet's Game that we'd been playing. We've decided to simply play with smaller ships, which still keeps things manageable time-wise since small ships tend to get ruined pretty quickly. With Mike and myself as the only players things proved to run very smoothly.
The setup was this... an Orion Raider went in alone against a couple of freighters, one of which was a Q-ship. The pirate ship was caught unprepared and took two drone hits and some phaser fire. The freighters got away quickly as the embarrassed pirate captain turned towards a nearby asteroid field and headed for home. The freighter and Q-ship notified the DSF of the attack who dispatched a pair of frigates to intercept the Orion. The pirates of course sent a small Light Raider out to escort the CR home.
I ended up flying the Orions. Mike had a choice between Feds and Klingons and chose the lumpy heads.
OK, so technically it was a victory for the Orions but the Snakefish Cartel is going to have to scrap both of those vessels, so it's a Pyhrric victory if there ever was one. If Mike had started the cut-off sooner, I doubt I could have gotten away with the CR. He still had a virgin E4 and even the one I'd hit still had enough power and weapons to be worrisome. I was was without weapons on both ships and engines were critical. I was able to eke out good speed in the final turn, but that was all I had.
It was an entertaining game for sure. It was nice to play with a very experienced opponent - there were very few rules and mechanics questions and we just played the game. It was strange to get through a 4-ship SFB game in under 3 hours. Thanks for the game Mike, and next time you can keep the scatterpacks at home.