Well we got together over the holiday weekend, hashed out most of the details of our campaign rules, and generally got all of our ducks lined up for war. The campaign rules are pretty simple, basically governing fleet construction, simple economics in association with construction, and whatever loose ends that we could think of.
When we did this in the mid-1980s, we didn't use a historical timeline, we just started the war full blown with all races ready to go and with technology set at about Y180. This time we are sticking to a more historical timeline, starting with the Lyran and Kzinti empires in Y168. Rules for fighters, PFs, evolving drone technology, etc will phase in as time passes in the game.
We rolled dice to decide who played what races, and I will be the bad guys, playing the Lyran/Klingon/Romulan/Orion Pirate fleets. Craig will run the Hydran/Kzinit/Federation/Gorn forces. We are old school SFB players, and decided to go with our early 1980s roots for STB, so no ISC, or other "newcomers" in this war.
I expect that we will start lighting up space in September.
Games will be played with miniatures, when we can, and counters, when we don't have the miniatures.
Also, I will set up a Star Fleet Battles page on my blog soon, which will contain a chronological list of updates following the progress of the war.