Star Fleet Universe News
The BIG NEWS this issue is the release of Captain's Log #41, Federation Fleet box #4, Klingon Fleet Box #3, Romulan Carrier Group Box,and Kzinti Carrier Group Box.
Joel Shutts, our new graphics director has been helping out around the company and on the site. He has also been dealing with several websites that have violated our copyright for the past few weeks, but the battle is going well.
Our StarBlog has moved to a new URL but all links on the Federation Commander websites and the first site have been changed to match. The new site is http://federationcommander.blogspot.com
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.
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When flying multiple ships, the use of a friendly tractor beam can gain you an extra hex of movement.
F&E Strategy of the Month
One of the best places to place a Prime Team on commando or capture missions is a carrier with two or more escorts. The carrier group will be on the main battle line, and escorted carriers are not "in the formation box," so this placement will satisfy the requirements of (522.41). Size class two or three carriers are especially good candidates, as the group as a whole is immune to directed damage on all but the most vicious starbase or capital assaults.
Kzinti Scatter-Pack Shuttle by Tony Thomas
Communique #54 has been posted to the Commander's Circle.
TO BE RELEASED 19 JULY (AVALIABLE AT ORIGINS)
Prime Directive Federation (PD20M)
Star Fleet Battles Module Y3 Early Years III, Data to be determined
Star Fleet Marines: Assault!, data to be determined
Captain's Log #42, SKU 5742, $19.95
OTHER PRODUCTS FOR 2010-2011, DATA TO BE DETERMINED
SFB Module C3A Andromedan Threat File, SKU TBA, $TBA
Borders of Madness #1
FC Booster Pack #93, #94, #95
Battlestations Star Fleet
Romulans PD20M, SKU 8734, $24.95
Prime Directive Federation (GURPS)
Federation Commander Briefing #3, SKU 4023, $TBA
Federation Admiral, data to be determined
"Ah, come in Major!" the lieutenant colonel said. "After all, this is your office. I had thought you'd take more time getting here from the dock."
"Thank you, Colonel," Major Kehlen said. "I came directly here. I can settle into my quarters later. I presume that you want to take the transport back to the Battle Station, and every moment of your personal advice that I can obtain will make my tasks more successful." Both men wore the brown rank badges of the Klingon Army. Both were under false colors; they in fact worked for Klingon military intelligence, the agency known as the Galactic Research Unit. Both had been field officers in their youth, with the medals to show their missions behind enemy lines. Both were now intelligence analysts, puzzle solvers who compared and cross-indexed data from many sources.
"Sit down, Major. No, here behind the desk. It is your desk after all. You are right about one thing, I do want to go home," the Colonel said, "but not until I am satisfied that you have everything you need. It is unfortunate that Major Killiyan could not be here to conduct a normal handover of his duties, which would take an entire week. I have been doing his duties and my own since his departure, and it is up to me to get you into the mesh. If that takes me a few days, so shall it be."
"You are most generous, Colonel," the Major said. "As you know, I had not been selected or trained for this assignment, and the entire concept is somewhat ... nebulous."
"There is a reason for that, Major," the Colonel said. "If anyone knew the kind of work that you will be doing here, you and even your family could become targets. Officially, you are just a mid-grade Army officer on a lonely post guarding a mining station, nominally the second in command. That's why we both wear Army insignia. Unfortunately, you never had the special training for your real job here, although everyone selected for that training is a data analyst and former field officer, like yourself, and like myself."
"And just what is my 'real job,' if you will?" Kehlen asked.
"What you are actually going to be doing is running field agents on Kzinti-held planets, and even some agents on Klingon-occupied planets that used to be held by the Kzintis._
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Ask Admiral Growler
Gary Bear asks: Can a commando ship only purchase the standard ten extra boarding parties that all ships can (using Commander's Option points) or can it exceed this number if it did not receive extra Boarding Parties equal to (10x Number of BARRACKS added)? Example: Federation CDW has 28 boarding parties. The max of 8 (Federation DW normal complement) + 30 (three BARRACKS) + 10 (Commander's Options) = 48 boarding parties. 48 (Max) - 28 (Number on SSD) = 20 Boarding Parties under "Max". So, is the CDW allowed to purchase 20 extra boarding parties to fill its barracks (ten plus ten normal Commander's Options)? If so, are Boarding Parties in excess of 10 allowed as Commander's Options purchased with Force Points or can Commander's Option points be used for these, too?
ANSWER: There is no enabling rule to permit a commando ship to purchase more than fourteen additional boarding parties (ten regular Boarding Parties, two commando squads, and two heavy weapons squads). You are using "Vulcan Logic" to try to create a new rule where none exists. Feel free to submit this to Steve Petrick as a proposed rules change.
Follow-up Question: Does rule (D7.43) allow you to apply "specific allocation" in Boarding Party combat to kill a Legendary Officer (for two damage points), assuming that officer is acting as part of the boarding party action?
ANSWER: It is not clearly stated in the rules, but the various rules put together indicate that (D15.453) applies to boarding party combat, and Legendary Officers can be targeted in this manner.
FLEET DEPLOYMENT ZONES
Q: Does the Klingon East Fleet's deployment area still overlap that of the TBS? If so then does an overlapping deployment area cause any problems?
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