A Fistful of Planets
Play-by-email game of stellar conflict in which two players battle for control of a star cluster. Both players start with a single homeworld and expand from this base until they come into conflict. Victory is achieved by capturing the enemy homeworld.
The MapThe game is played on a map of the star cluster. Different stars have different colonization capacity, indicated by their color. Solid lines indicate the possible movement routes for transport ships, which carry colonists to new star systems. Warships have greater range, and are thus not necessarily bound by these routes.
At StartEach player chooses a star as a homeworld from either rows 1-10 or rows 23-32. The player's homeworld begins with a maximum colonization level. Neither player begins with any ships.
The TurnTurns are conducted simultaneously. Players alternate resolving the turn, with the player who chose his homeworld first beginning the game by sending his orders to the other player. After recording his own orders, that player resolves combat and sends out his orders for the next turn along with an updated list of fleet and colony positions. This continues until one player's homeworld is captured.
Turn Order:Phase I (resolved separately by each player)
1) ColonizationPhase II (resolved simultaneously)
4) Fleet Orders
|Fortify star system||3 x 2 turns|
|Add 1 to colony size||all the system's production points|
(only if less than maximum)
|Ships can be produced directly into an existing fleet at the same star system.|
Fortifying a star system takes two consecutive turns, and the cost of 3 is paid each turn. If the star is captured in the middle of fortifying, the first turn is lost.
Fleet OrdersEach fleet may be given one of the following orders:
Movement:Fleets have the range of the slowest ship. Ships have the following ranges:
|Two rules govern movement:|
1) Fleets must move from one star to another in one turn--they may not be ordered to a star out of the range of the slowest ship.
2) Fleets may never be ordered to move to a star which is more than 5 hexes from a friendly colony. Exception: Fleets containing only scouts are not restricted by this rule, but may move to any star within range. (Thus, scouts can be sent on raids "behind enemy lines," while cruisers and dreadnaughts must remain within 5 hexes of a friendly colony.)
Defend:Fleets ordered to defend will fight to the death any enemy ships that move to their star system. This is the default order for fleets which are not given orders.
Withdraw if attacked:A fleet ordered to withdraw if attacked will move to a specified star (within range) which contains a friendly colony if any enemy fleet moves into its system. No combat takes place between the two fleets.
Recon: (requires neutral GM)A fleet must have at least one scout ship in order to recon. For each scout in the fleet, one star system within 5 hexes (even if farther than 5 hexes from a friendly colony) can be scouted, giving that player complete information on the composition of enemy fleets and size of his colonies at that star. This information is collected after any movement or combat is resolved.
Fog of War Rules (requires neutral GM)When a GM is available, the Fog of War rules can be used. The only information a player receives every turn is the location of enemy fleets and colonies. He does not regularly know the composition of enemy fleets or the size of his colonies unless he has one of his own fleets recon. The turn report will give complete information on fleets which meet at the same star, even if one withdraws without a battle.
Turn ResolutionPlayers alternate resolving turns. The procedure is as follows:
1) Move fleets as ordered (unless illegal).
|Player A||Player B|
|b) Find the match on the combat chart and roll a die for each pair. If more than one ship is attacking, only the strongest has a chance of being destroyed. The other(s) roll, but only results which eliminate the enemy ship are applied.|
c) If ships from both sides remain, go to step a. Repeat until only one player's ships remain.
4) After all battles are resolved, check the status of colonies. If enemy fleets occupy a system containing a colony, the colony is either captured or besieged, depending on whether the system is fortified.
a) Fortified colonies are besieged by enemy fleets. Besieged systems which still contain enemy fleets are captured (but are no longer fortified).5) The player who resolves the turn should send the other player a turn report including his orders (from the previous turn) and the new positions of fleets and location of colonies.
|Ship matchup||1st Elim/2nd Elim|
|S vs. S; C vs. C; D vs. D||1-3/4-6|
|S vs. C; C vs. D||1-4/5-6|
|S vs. D||1-5/6|
The Order SheetThe following information should be included on a player's order sheet each turn:
The Turn ReportThe following information should be included in the Turn Report each turn:
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