May 2008
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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. Don’t forget, you have to register before being able to download the latest full color Communique!

Star Fleet Universe News

Distant Kingdoms is in final editing, but was delayed to 5 May (and then to 12 May) by problems with the die cutter. SFB Module Omega Five will also be released on 12 May, as will Booster Pack 19 and Booster Pack 20. The new RPG Editing-Layout team (Jean Sexton and Mike Sparks) continues to work on Prime Directive d20Modern but are unable to give us a firm release date; they hope to have it by Origins. Captain's Log #37 is due for release on 2 June but may be delayed to Origins. We plan to release Federation Commander: Orion Attack on 23 June along with SFB Module X1R.

Our Graphics Director, Matt Cooper, is moving on today to an exciting new job in motion graphics. We were blessed to have Matt as an intern from WTA&M University for the last 18 months and will miss him.

Our project to build a new corporate headquarters continues to move on. We now own the land and are working with an architect to finalize the designs. View regular updates on this project.

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

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.

Have you missed an earlier Newsletter? Click here to get caught up!

FC Forum Hot Topics

The Federation Commander Site and Forum continues to grow as more gamers find it. We have added a new section to the Forum called Web Requests. If you have any comments, questions, or requests for our Graphics Director, this is the place to let him know. This month’s Hot Topic is "FINAL STINGER PLAYTEST ROUND" which can be found in the General Discussion category. We have added a new Star Fleet Battles section to the forum to discus everything SFB. 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. The most active topics of late include: Farthest Stars campaign, Origins planning for SFB, and for F&E, and New Small Scale Combat for F&E. And if you really want to know what's going on, don't miss Steve Cole's daily weblog.

FC Tactic of the Month
Managing Power

In Federation Commander, speed is important but so is maneuverability. A captain who wants to go speed 24 has two options; plot a baseline speed of 24 or plot a baseline speed of 16 and use a point of acceleration each impulse.

It would seem obvious that plotting 16 and paying the acceleration costs is preferable as this gives you the lower turn mode. There are risks, however, in such a doctrine. (More...)

Café Press
Cafe Press

Café Press is an online marketplace that allows the Star Fleet Universe to produce unique products such as coffee mugs, t-shirts, tote bags, and more with the Star Fleet logos, cover art, and other artwork used for our products. We have added tons of new shirts, mugs, and other products. Want something you don’t see? Please contact Matt Cooper (Graphics Director) with your request. Visit our Star Fleet Café Press Store for a complete listing of the products available.

SFB Tactic of the Month

The Kzintis should almost always at least consider armored drones of some kind when facing their traditional enemies in the General War era (Klingons and Lyrans).

The usage against Lyrans is obvious. An armored drone can drain an ESG's strength more than an unarmored drone. Obviously 'Slug Drones' (completely armored) are the ultimate extension of this idea. (More...)

F&E Strategy of the Month

Some players may feel that the Special Mission Ships covered in (539.0) are not very special. Besides the obvious uses of redeploying personages such as Prime Teams, they may seem too small and cannot carry much individually. However, when used together the total can be greater than the sum of the parts. (More...)

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 your pictures and you may be our next Mini of the Month!

Click here to view this month's winner.


New Releases

Communique #29 has posted to the Commander's Circle

Federation Commander: Briefing #1, SKU 4021, $12.95
Federation Commander: Squadron Box #16 (five DNs),
SKU 4316, $44.95
Federation Commander: Squadron Box #17 (five DNs),
SKU 4317, $44.95
Federation Commander: Squadron Box #18 (five DNs),
SKU 4318, $44.95

Federation Commander: Distant Kingdoms
, SKU 4106, $34.95
SFB Module O5: Omega Flotillas
, SKU 5665, Price $21.95 Federation Commander: Booster #19, SKU 4219, $9.95
Federation Commander: Booster #20, SKU 4220, $9.95

Captain's Log #37
, SKU 5737, $18.95
Federation Commander: Border Box #7
, SKU 4407, $99.95 Federation Commander: Booster #21, SKU 4221, $9.95 Federation Commander: Squadron Box #19 (Hydrans),
SKU 4319, $34.95
Federation Commander: Squadron Box #20 (Lyrans),
SKU 4320, $34.95
Federation Commander: Squadron Box #21 (WYNs),
SKU 4321, $34.95
Prime Directive d20M
(Modern), SKU8721, $24.95

Federation Commander Orion Attack
SFB Module X1R

Prime Directive: Federation (d20), SKU 8702, $24.95
GURPS Federation
, SKU 8402, $24.95
SFB Module G3: Master Annexes
, SKU 5423, Price $29.95

Star Fleet Fiction
The Threads of War, by Loren Knight, Part 6 of 6

Cargo Compartment #4, Orion CR+ Return Fire

"I am telling you, Commander, this ship is almost empty. It has little more than a skeleton crew," Korgan hissed into his communicator. "Get your marines over here now!"

Bridge of the Orion CR+ Return Fire

"Damn it, damn it, damn it!" yelled Santana. "Where the hell did that tractor come from? Helm, get us out of here!"

"Arloh," said Arareem, "we will not make it. Before we can reach high warp, the destroyer will be upon us. We must prepare to fight him. Perhaps we can load another scatter pack? That maneuver against the frigate was brilliant."

"And use our last shuttle? Arareem, I don't think so, and you know why. Besides, the Lyran destroyer was watching and won't fall for it again. We are just going to have to work ourselves around them and then disengage." (More...)

Ask Admiral Growler


Michael C. Grafton asks: Can a ship on passive fire control (D19.0) accept lent ECM? Generate its own ECM?

ANSWER: Yes. Yes.

Follow-up question: Can a ship continue to generate ECM while a Wild Weasel is unvoided?

ANSWER: It can generate ECM, but not ECCM (J3.43). (More...)

Federation & Empire Q&A

QUESTION: The Gorns (706.3) and Lyrans (711.3) are limited to the production of one FCR per year. Does the Modular Heavy Destroyer rule (525.23R) mean they can get one more FCR equivalent HDW-FOP per turn in addition to that one FCR per year?

ANSWER: Rule (525.23R) specifically says you can build one FOP in addition to your normal FCR, and can build another FOP in place of the regular FCR, so yes.

QUESTION: The Gorns and Lyrans are limited to the production of one Heavy Fighter CV per year (see 530.223) in Advanced Operations until PF deployment. Does (525.23H) in Advanced Operations mean they can produce one more heavy fighter armed HDW-HOG per turn in addition to that limit?


These are the press releases we send to the wholesalers, retailers, and media. You can get on the mailing list for them by asking to add you to the list. (Obviously, they are free.) They are uploaded to the Star Fleet Alert page.

Alert 80418 New Releases (Adobe Acrobat Required)
Alert 80410 New Schedule (Adobe Acrobat Required)


Few noticed that we had released this miniature of the Federation Express fast cargo ship, which is the fastest ship in the Star Fleet Universe. Saturday delivery costs extra.