Star Fleet Universe News
THE BIG NEWS: this month is the release of Federation Commander Reference Rulebook Revision 6. It is now available on the shopping cart and on e23. GURPS PRIME DIRECTIVE has been uploaded to e23, and PRIME DIRECTIVE PD20M has been uploaded to DriveThru RPG. The first iPhone Slider Game is now available in the Apple Store.The Slider game is available in the Apple iTunes store by searching for "Federation Slider" or "Amarillo Design Bureau".
WEBSITE: Our combined and reorganized website, www.StarFleetGames.com, continues to grow and improve. You are welcome to send us your requests, comments, and suggestions. Joel Shutts, our graphics director, continues to update the website, do covers for the new products, shut down pirate websites, help out around the company, and learn more about the game business. One of our newest pages is the Wall of Honor where we recognize our volunteers and their contributions.
FACEBOOK: Jean continues to improve our page on Facebook, adding many new photos and other features.
VIDEOS: StarFleetGames has taken its act to YouTube and we now have a YouTube channel. Our goal is to create a video for the new product releases during each month. We have "In the Box" videos to show you what you will see when you unpack your new game. We have also done "Spotlights" on a single product or product line. So pop some popcorn and join us at the movies! Our newest uploads are:
STARBLOG: Our StarBlog has moved to a new URL and all links on the Federation Commander websites and the first site have been changed to match. The new site is http://federationcommander.blogspot.com
Fight For A Cure is a far bigger success than we ever dreamed it would be in its first year. The tournament has 36 people who entered and many people who donated. ADB, Inc. was able to send a check for $600 to the National Breast Cancer Foundation. Play continues and you can keep track from this page on SFBOL:
COMMUNIQUE: The latest Communique brings you more Ship Cards, scenarios, fiction, and more news from the Star Fleet Universe! It can be downloaded from the Commander's Circle.
FC Forum Recent Posts
We are very pleased to see the medals, honor bars, and ribbons awarded to players being incorporated into their signatures. It is exciting to see an explosion in the Federation Commander Play by Email topic and even more exciting to see more FCOL Tournaments taking place. Get in on the activity!
While for new players the Federation Commander Forum is a little easier to
manage, the original (Discus-based) BBS is where most product development
takes place. If you have a proposal you'd like to see worked on, don't forget to
make sure it is mentioned here. It also has active F&E and SFB forums where
players run campaigns, Rated Ace tournaments and other SFB tournaments are organized (most FC tournaments are organized on the Forum), SVC's "My
Day" appears, along with current news and strategies dealing with Prime Directive, and each issue of Captain's Log is created. While less colorful
(no avatars or sigs), it is a vital part of ADB, Inc.'s communication.
Everyone knows that in the Star Fleet Universe, all starships have six shields. How many victory points would a seventh shield be worth? What if I told you that every ship comes with a seventh shield, or at least something fairly equivalent to a seventh shield? What is this mythical device you ask? It's the hull of your ship.
When fleet sizes start climbing, you will often find yourself with the ability to blow up a ship in a single impulse. If your opponent is concentrating his ships into a single hex, consider carefully which ship you want to target. If you blow up a ship with a worse turn mode (assuming all ships in the stack are moving at the same speed), the subsequent explosion will damage the #1 shield of the remaining ships. This is particularly effective against FA firepower ships (such as the Fed).
F&E Strategy of the Month
The Kzinti FKE is a significantly better ship than the EFF, as it has two more Combat Potential (ComPot) and absorbs two more damage. However, before Turn #14, the Kzinti production of FFKs and FKEs is limited. FKEs immediately become a very tempting target for Coalition directed damage, especially when the Kzintis present an entire carrier line. To mitigate this, the Kzintis should arrange their battle forces to place two or more carrier groups with FKEs together. For example, if they have three CVS groups with FKEs, they should all deploy to the same battle hex, while CVS groups with EFF escorts should go to other battles. In this way, the Coalition can use directed damage on fewer FKEs per turn, and this valuable resource is preserved.
ASK AUNT JEAN
Can you tell us where GURPS Federation is? When will it be out?
Send questions to Jean at design@StarFleetGames.com and SVC will decide which one Jean will answer next.
Mini of the Month
NCA/NCD USS Crecy by Mark Notestine
TO BE RELEASED
RECENTLY RELEASED ON e23
RECENTLY RELEASED ON DRIVE THRU RPG
Snowmagedon and Snowmagedon have passed through, but the SFU is staying hot! We've just lowered the prices in time for Valentine's Day, so check these out.
We'll be adding even more items soon and we want to hear from you! Please contact Joel Shutts (Graphics Director) with your request. Visit our Star Fleet Cafe Press Store for a complete listing of the products available (or click on the items above to go directly to them).
PDF SALES: ADB, Inc. continues its relationship with Steve Jackson Games and their e23 Warehouse. We chose e23 because they have a philosophy that agrees with ours -- our customers are honest and honorable and wouldn't aid people who want to steal our products. Furthermore, we know from experience how devastating a computer crash can be and want our customers to know that they don't have to worry about the loss of their e-products bought through e23. What do we have there? We have created a new page that allows easy access to our PDFS for sale on e23. From here you can see what we currently have posted and have links to those products.
Star Fleet Fiction
"Freighter XG47, status report confirmed," Zorl said, more or less to himself. The petty officer seated next to him was sound asleep, his snoring no doubt audible on the security microphones. Even so, Zorl had been trained to speak aloud as he checked in each ship in the sector. The audio security recordings would confirm what the computer records showed, that the ship had checked in. And that Zorl had done his duty.
Q: Your previous clarification of (602.49) allows the Federation to take an FRD and MB from the Home Fleet to send these units to the limited war forces in foreign territory. Can I use a Home Fleet tug as well?
These are the press releases we send to the wholesalers, retailers, and media. You can get on the mailing list for them by asking Marketing@StarFleetGames.com to add you to the list. (Obviously, they are free.) They are uploaded to the Star Fleet Alert page.
Alert 110125 Schedule (Adobe acrobat Required)
The Romulan Carrier Group is one of our newer miniature sets, packing a lot of artillery.