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These special experimental rules are designed to handle large scenarios. A large scenario is one in which 5 or more players are involved. These games present specific problems for a moderator and gamers, particularly of time. While the standard PBEM rules are designed to simulate a face-to-face game as much as electronically possible, these rules sacrifice some flexibility on order to gain greater playability. With many people involved in a scenario, the game tends to drag due to turn-around time, a lot of things happening on the board, and lots of breaks. These rules provide a faster game by modifying the rules for breaks and enhancing the rules for standard and conditional orders.

(PB12.01) WHEN TO USE THESE RULES: The Squadron Rules are not required for any game. The are an optional rules set that we think will work better for games of 5 or more players. It is up to the moderator to decide if these rules will be in force in his game. In no case will these rules be allowed in any sanctioned tournament game that is part of a Rated Ace Tourney.

(PB12.02) DESCRIPTION: The Squadron Rules differ slightly from normal PBEM SFB Rules in that each turn will be run in 4-Impulse increments. Every 4 Impulses, the action will break, and there will be NO other break conditions. The particulars are spelled out below.

(PB12.1) SOPs: SOPs in Squadron Rules fall into two categories; INITIAL SOPs (those submitted at the start of EACH turn), and 4-IMPULSE SOPs (those submitted every 4 Impulses).

(PB12.11) INITIAL SOPs: All beginning of turn SOPs must be submitted for the FULL 32 Impulses. This SOP will be referred to should you miss a deadline. (There are NO warnings and NO waiting in Squadron Rules.) You will still get to submit 4-Impulse SOPs throughout the turn. (This section modifies (PB5.1) SOP LENGTH.)

(PB12.12) 4-IMPULSE SOPs: You will submit all subsequent SOPs for the turn in 4 Impulse periods. There will be no reason to submit beyond that, as the game will break every 4 Impulses, no matter what you want.

(PB12.13) SOP DEADLINES AND GAMEPLAY: When the Moderator posts a Sitrep, he should put a deadline for new SOPs on the post. All players should get their new SOP to the moderator by the deadline. Unlike the regular PBEM rules, there is no grace period and no warning period in Squadron Rules.

In order to keep the game moving, the moderator will process SOPs on a strict schedule. This will eliminate the situation of nine players waiting for a tenth player to submit a new SOP. If a new SOP is not received prior to the deadline, the moderator should continue the game using the player's current SOP and Standing Orders. He should NOT extend a grace period or deal out hull box penalties.

Extensions will not be granted in Squadron Rules. If you are going to be out for an extended period of time, have someone else on your side handle your ship until you return. If in a free-for-all, take what precautions you can, and hope you're still there when you return.

If a player had not responded by end of turn, the moderator should make other arrangements for that player's ship. (Hand it off to another player on the same side, or perhaps have it self-destruct.) If a player returns after two weeks and discovers that in the interim his ship has been destroyed, he has no recourse.

Because the game is large and players are forced to plan ahead carefully, we suggest that moderators run no more than 2 posts per week, and to be sensitive to the fact that many SFB players do so via work E-mail addresses and may not be able to get SOPs done on weekends.

(PB12.2) BREAK CONDITIONS: In Squadron Rules games, players do not specify break conditions at all. Instead, an automatic break occurs after every fourth impulse. At each break, all players have the opportunity to modify and resubmit their SOPs. The 4-impulse breaks are the only breaks in the game. There are no player-defined breaks, and no automatic breaks of any kind. (This section modifies (PB5.36) BREAK CONDITIONS.)

(PB12.3) CONDITIONAL ORDERS: Because there are no breaks other than the 4-impulse breaks, the ability to define and carry out Conditional Orders (PB5.41) is of paramount importance in Squadron Rules games. However, because a break occurs every 4 impulses, you need only worry about those events which you suspect may occur within that limited time span. (Note: The Squadron Rules do specify that all SOPs should cover through the end of the current turn. This is so that the turn can be completed in the event a player drops out or disappears mid-turn, or does not get a new SOP to the moderator within a given time limit.) In most cases, the number of significant events that can happen in such a short period is limited, reducing the need for all-encompassing conditional orders.

(PB12.31) STANDING ORDERS: Standing Orders are a special class of Conditional Orders. The are submitted once at the beginning of the game. These orders are designed to cover many common situations that occur in the game. They define actions that will be taken in response to a situation, regardless of whether a conditional order has been issued. Conditional Orders (and the SOP) can override Standing Orders by player request. The following Standing Orders form will help new players define standing orders for their ships. RAC Standing Orders (See (PB4.21))

Use of Reserve Power for Shield Reinforcement:
___If doing so will preserve a shield box
___If I take over ____ internals
___Any time I take damage

If I am tractored, I will use up to ___ points of reserve power to fight it. I will use ___ of my allocated tractor energy to defend against enemy tractor attempts.

If Drones will Hit Me Next Impulse:
___Slip away if at range 2.
___Tractor ___ drones.
___Lab ___ drones.
___If a drone takes ___ hits to kill, fire ___ phaser-___s at it.
___If a drone's hits-to-kill are unknown, fire ___ phaser-___s at it.
___Launch drones at them.
___Launch SS Shuttles at them (if possible by movement)
___Always start firing ADDs at drones within range.

If opponent launches a shuttle within range 4:
___Lab it at closest range before impact.
___If it is of type ____ fire ___ phaser-___s at it. <== repeat as necessary
___If type is unknown, fire ___ phaser-___s at it.
___Tractor it.

I will ED and WW, if possible, when faced with:
___ drones of unknown type
___ points of plasma

I will turn to gain distance, if possible, when faced with:
___ drones
___ points of plasma

If plasma will hit me next impulse, I will:
___ Fire phasers at it if it is more than ___ points.
___ Slip to take it on my #___ shield
___ Slip to take it on my strongest shield, including reinforcement.

If opponent has fired and knocked down a shield, I will:
___ Turn to take the shield away, if possible.
___ HET to take the shield away, if possible.

If the opponent transports a T-bomb, my actions will be:
___Use Phaser-1/2s as phaser-3s in order to fulfill any of these orders.

As you can see, the Standing Orders cover a lot of the events that can occur and run their course  within 4 impulses. This sheet is designed as a guideline. You are encouraged to add your own Standing Orders for situations specific to your game. (ESGs, DisDev announcement, etc.)

(PB12.4) DAMAGE ALLOCATION: Damage allocation will be handled using the PBEM Default Damage Allocation system (PB8.0) unless otherwise specified in Conditional or Standing orders.

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