1980s, a shareware space combat game called 'Begin' was released. In
short, it's a turn based tactical starship simulator where you command between
one and a hundred ships in combat against an alien fleet. The game is set
in the Star Trek universe, logically somewhere in The Old Series (TOS) range,
(as determined by the ship names, types, and the warp scale). You can be
or fight against Federation, Klingon, Romulans, or Orion Pirates. You can
torpedo and phaser ships, and you can tractor beam and even capture ships in
battle. It's a lot of fun, and a game can be as quick or long as you want.
Last Updated 3/3/09
Page Author: Ben Hallert
|A Tactical Starship Simulation
The game is based loosely on the Starfleet Battles role
playing game, a paper + dice game with elaborate ship statistics, firing arcs,
and a significant investment in time. Playing Starfleet Battles was a fun
way to spend a Saturday with friends, but it dramatically reduced your chances
of meeting girls. It was a logical game to computerize, so... some
enterprising developers wrote Begin.
In this shot, a Mark 7 Photon torpedo I
fired has hit the Phantom's (a Klingon Dreadnought) front shields. The
shields were not able to absorb all of the explosion, so there was damage to
internal systems. If you read the walk through of this fight, you'll
see the results of a scan of the Phantom immediately after this hit.
3/3/09 - Jimminy cricket, too much change to list! Tom Nelson (one of the original authors) has released a Windows port!
I'll have a BUNCH more on this soon, including (hopefully) a site
redesign to accomodate all the new info. Woo-hoo!
11/30/06 - Multiplayer online Begin! Holy cow! Some seriously great hacking here, good stuff.
3/10/05 - A new, user friendly scenario editor has been released.
Visit the scenario page for more info and a
link to download.
3/06/05 - A HIDDEN FEATURE! The authors have shared some scenario
files for a feature that existed but was undocumented this whole time.
Click here to find out more!
2/27/05 - The authors have found the website and are communicating!
Check out the Begin Yahoo group for more info!
12/14/04 - New discussion group created! Visit the new
Yahoo! Group for discussion about the game, tactics, and more.
A bunch of people have been looking for a newer version. Up until
recently, the authors had no visible presence, but they've recently found the
page and joined the Yahoo group.
I have three goals in with this:
- To show this game to people who might find it
interesting and get more people playing. - SUCCESS
- To look for information about the authors of the game
and post any information. - SUCCESS
- Maybe give some budding author who maybe wants to make
a turn based starship simulation... inspiration... so I can play
it when they are done.- Status: Even better, Tom Nelson wrote a new version! Woo-hoo!
I've divided the website into a few different web pages to
reduce clutter. Please select from the following:
The actual game itself. Since it is shareware, I have put it here.
The contents are as I received them, a mishmash of a Begin 1.65 manual and a
WHATSNEW.TXT that mentions the changes between that and 2.0.
- The Nations/Empires And
In this section, I've done a basic strategic writeup of each of the ship
classes in Begin. I've also created pages that show the configuration
and specifications of each class, along with pictures (as best as I can
- An Example Game
recorded a simple fight between a Federation Destroyer and a
Dreadnought with screenshots to demonstrate the basics of how the game works.
- New Scenario files -
One of the last features in development before the Great Begin Dark Age
began was a system for setting up scenarios.
- Are there other Begin
Begin: A Tactical Starship Simulation is (c)
1988 Clockwork Software. Star Trek properties are copyright Paramount