I got into SFB in college, with the original pocket edition game (rulebook and countersheets all came in a small ziploc bag). I was able to assimilate the ever expanding game as it grew and grew and at the time I loved the level of detail. As a ship vs ship game, or even for small squadrons, it was great. I honestly would not mind getting back into SFB, as long as we stick to small scale games and left the big brawls for ACTASF.Ben2 said:Basically this.
You can teach someone to play ACTA in 20 minutes. Most people would rather slit their wrists than learn a game as complex as SFB.
What killed it for me was our group trying to play fleet scale games, especially after the proliferation of fighters, PFs, and drones. The group I was involved with would stage games with a half dozen players per side, each with several ships to control and at some point with litterally hundreds of seeking weapon, fighter, shuttle and PF counters on the board. It was epic but it took days to play out. Eventually everyone just got burned out and the SFB group fell apart.