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Starting position on the Stars! battle board is pre-determined - and based on the player order; i.e. the third race in order will always start in the same relative position.

[this is essentially a cut and paste of my post to the SBD forum with a few edits, I figure having a copy in this forum for reference is worth a few minutes work.]

This was worked out in a few alliance games, and used to great effect. In one case we had a team member not join a battle in order to make sure the main enemy group got sandwiched by two 1000+ beamer stacks.

Of course, LEit was the person who actually created the diagrams posted below, and all credit goes to him for this.

- Kurt

Additional Comment:
Battle preparation is a task of every good admiral. Your fleet's avenue of approach to the battlefield is part of this - depends on forces available, intelligence on enemy forces and capabilities. This can be reflected by making use of the information below.

This can be done by the expedient of transferring a single ship to allies the turn before. At this point you enter the grey world of how players/hosts define such activities as "fair". Much like defining "chaff", or acceptable "fleet split" rules, I suspect that defining rules for "battle board positioning" are going to be a matter of taste. In my opinion use of this knowledge should not be banned (and arguably, how can you prove it?), though players might want to show a little discretion about the methods used in attempting to manipulate it.


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For players above 9:
A is 10
B is 11
C is 12
D is 13
E is 14
F is 15
G is 16

These are in order by player number. Just take the lowest player in the battle for 1, next lowest for 2 and so on.


2:
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3:
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4:
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5:
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. . 5 . . . 2 . . .
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6:
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7:
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8:
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. 1 . . . . . . 6 .
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. 2 . . . . . . 5 .
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9:
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. . . 8 . . 4 . . .
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. 1 . . . . . . 6 .
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. 5 . . . . . . 2 .
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. . . 3 . . 7 . . .
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10:
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. 4 . . . . . . 5 .
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. 7 . . . . . . 8 .
. . . 9 . . A . . .
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11:
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. . . 8 . . 4 . . .
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. 1 . . . . A . 6 .
. . . 9 . . . . . .
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. 5 . . . . B . 2 .
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. . . 3 . . 7 . . .
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12:
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. . . 6 . B . 4 . .
. 9 . . . . . . . .
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. 1 . . . . . . . .
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. 7 . . . . . . . .
. . . . . . . . C .
. . 3 . A . 5 . . .
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13:
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. 1 . 5 . 6 . 7 . .
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. 2 . . . . . . 8 .
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. 3 . . . . . . 9 .
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. 4 . . . . . . . .
. . . A . B . C . .
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14:
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. 1 . E . D . C . .
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. . . . . . . . A .
. 3 . . . . . . . .
. . . . . . . . 9 .
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. . 5 . 6 . 7 . 8 .
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15:
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. 1 . E . D . C . .
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. . . . F . . . A .
. 3 . . . . . . . .
. . . . . . . . 9 .
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. . 5 . 6 . 7 . 8 .
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16:
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. 1 . E . D . C . .
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. 2 . F . . . . . .
. . . . . . . . A .
. 3 . . . . . . . .
. . . . . . G . 9 .
. 4 . . . . . . . .
. . 5 . 6 . 7 . 8 .
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[Mod edit Dec. 16 2005: added positions for 2 and 3 players.]


[Updated on: Fri, 16 December 2005 02:56] by Moderator


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Re: Battleboard Starting Positions (BSP) Fri, 16 December 2005 02:53 Go to previous message
Micha

 

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Registered: November 2002
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Added positions for 2 and 3 players.

Link to the most recent thread in the Academy.

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