Wow, I had no idea there were SFB players here.
While I was in diapers while many of you were commanding starships in SFB...
...I've recently been introduced to SFB's child "Federation Commander." A "lighter" version of SFB by the same creator.
Whats it like _Stele? I may purchase it for my wargaming club
While I've barely played through a single scenario, the biggest differences are:
a) It's more fluid than SFB. Especially in the power planning. Instead of plotting all power usage at the beginning of the turn, you use a coin(s) on your SSD to use/spend energy where and how you see fit as the turn progresses (Course changes are on-the-fly as well, within the age old speed limitations).
b) Much higher production quality... SSD's are laminated and VERY colorful.
c) There is more marketing strategy because of the higher production quality. You won't really want to just run off more copies of SSD's, but are instead induced to buy more add-on packs with more SSD's and ship types, etc. (unless you do what I did, and just make a Vassal module for the game. *grin*)
This damn thread, did get me to reinstall Starfleet Command II and Starfleet Command Orion Pirates though. Now I've got to sort through and reinstall a million** ship model mods that make it really look like SFB.
** okay, a slight exaggeration. *grin?*