June 2010

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.

Jean continues to improve our page on Facebook, adding many new photos and other features. Mike Sparks has released another video on our YouTube page.

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 combined and reorganized website, www.StarFleetGames.com, continues to grow and improve. You are welcome to send us your requests, comments, and suggestions.

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

We are looking for a few good Star Fleet Ambassadors! Our marketing director can't be everywhere and that's where you come in! Do you go to gaming forums like Board Game Geek, RPG Net, or The Miniatures Page? Then WE NEED YOU! To get complete details of the Ambassador program, please see the Federation Commander Ambassadors category on the Federation Commander Forum.

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Download Transmissions

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.

We continue to improve the Commander's Circle. We have now uploaded all of the ships and scenarios as separate documents (the ships are organized by empire) so you can quickly see what is available. New FC Scenario Database and Master Ship Chart documents have been uploaded. Check it out!

You can subscribe to our newsletter in the Federation Commander page under Free Opt-In Newsletter.

FC Forum Recent Posts

The Federation Commander Site and Forum continue to grow as more gamers find it. All our our games have topics in the Forum. If you have any comments, questions, or requests for our Graphics Director, this is the place to let him know.

We have added sections to the Forum to cover all the games of the SFU. For new players, the Federation Commander Forum is a little easier to manage whereas the Legacy Discus BBS can be a bit overwhelming.  Come see what the commotion is about and join the Federation Commander Forum now!

Don't forget our original (Discus-based) BBS where most product development takes place!

FC Tactic of the Month

Shifting five points of damage from one shield to another can certainly be useful. However, it can also telegraph your intentions for the next turn, depending on which shield you shift to. Also, depending on the situation, it could result in five extra points of internal damage next turn. You might be better off reinforcing or repairing the damaged shield. You surely are not planning on showing that weak shield next turn, anyway.
       That said, if you can safely do it, knock yourself out. If in the current situation you will not take more internals, and it does not matter too much if your opponent knows where you are going next turn, no problem, go for it.
(End of FC Tactic of the Month)

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SFB Tactic of the Month
Tractor Trick - Extra hex of movement

When flying multiple ships, the use of a friendly tractor beam can gain you an extra hex of movement.
   Determine if the pseudo-speed of the two ships when tractored would result in their moving on the next impulse when they are not scheduled to move at their current non-tractored speed. Apply the tractor, both ships move the following impulse, and then release the tractor.
(End of SFB Tactic of the Month)

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.
(End of F&E Strategy of the Month)

Mini of the Month
Every month we will feature one of our miniatures that has been painted by a fan. If you paint miniatures, submit pictures of your minis and they may be selected for the next Mini of the Month!

Kzinti Scatter-Pack Shuttle by Tony Thomas

New Releases

Communique #54 has been posted to the Commander's Circle.

Captain's Log #41, SKU 5741, $19.95
Federation Fleet Box #4, Stock #0210, $39.95
Klingon Fleet Box #3, Stock #0302, $39.95
Romulan Carrier Group Box, Stock #0405, $39.95
Kzinti Carrier Group Box, Stock #0501, $39.95

Federation Commander: WAR & PEACE, SKU 4108, $TBA
Booster Packs #28, #29, #30, SKU 4228, 4229, 4230, $9.95 each
SFB Module R12 Unique Ships, SKU 5633, $TBA

Squadron Box #28 Vudar, Stock #4328, $34.95
Squadron Box #29 ISC, Stock #4329, $34.95
Squadron Box #30 Andros, Stock #4330, $34.95
Federation Carrier Group Box, Stock #0213, $39.95
Klingon Carrier Group Box, Stock #0315, $39.95
Border Box #10, SKU 4410, $99.95

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

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

Star Fleet Fiction
Part one of ten

       "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._
(Continue reading here)

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.
(continues Here)


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?
      A: Rule (601.2) provides for the transfer of command from the Tholian Border Squadron to the Eastern Fleet when the Tholian Border Squadron is released to move elsewhere in the Klingon Empire. There is no overlap. The starbases at 1716 and 2316 are available to the East Fleet for repairs and conversions (rotate the ships to be converted as part of the six ships an unreleased fleet can move in a turn).
    Prior to the movement of the TBS, the East Fleet has not absorbed the TBS area, so again, there is no overlap.
(End of F&E Q&A)


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