It's nice to see a game company "wise up" and market original versions of their game. SFB is one of those games that started out awesome, but then expanded so quickly that I couldn't keep up with the rules bloat. I much prefer the original to the later version, and it's great to see it for sale from a legit group instead of pirates.
Marv [Finarvyn] Discovered Star Trek TOS back in 1973 OD&D since 1975, C&C since 2003, DCC RPG in 2011
"You know, going back in time, changing history... that's cheating." - James T. Kirk (ST:XI)
Got it. The rulebook claims to offer 13 different types of starship, but clearly several of these are variants on the same SSD. Not exactly the mix I had expected, since I thought there would be a DD and SC for the Federation and a C8/C9 for the Klingons, but a nice mix of ships.
I stumbled across my Designer's Rulebook (I didn't realize I HAD a Designer's Rulebook - I never bought one, but I've got one in dead tree, I don't know why nor how.)... it has in the back a master ship chart, and notes in chapter IV what's shared SSD's from the original 8
Comparing the two...
DN CC/CA CL
DN CC/CA CL DD/SC TT (pods: SL BP)
C9/C8 D7/D6 F5 E4
CV CS/CL FF (Ftr: AS)
WE/WB KR* KF5R*
BS SB FL FS
[cs=3]* uses klingon SSD
In flipping through it, it's amazing just how far the game has changed.