April 2018

Star Fleet Universe News


        Our store on Shapeways continued to expand with 57 new ships released on 1-2 April.
        Ships released for both 3788 and 3125 scales include:  Federation CVS strike carrier (grid and classic); Klingon D7VB and D7VK strike carriers; Romulan KRC, Shrike light dreadnought, OmniHawk light dreadnought, and OmniHawk+ light dreadnought; Kzinti BF; Gorn FF and BFF (with and without scales); Hydran Uhlan DDV carrier, Outrider DSR survey ship, and Lancer-E destroyer escort; and the Lyran Cave Lion battleship (with and without Aztek panels). Omega was not forgotten and the Bolosco received their cruiser and frigate. For April Fool¹s Day, we released the Crown of Tholia battleship, the Kzinti trimaran battlecruiser, and the Gorn bubbles-on-a-string dreadnought.
        Omni scale ships included in this release are: Space Amoeba in three sizes and Juggernaut frigate. For April Fool¹s Day there was the WYN auxiliary heavy mauler.
        Ships released for 3788 scale: Lyran Aztek destroyer and Aztek light cruiser.
        You can check out the store (699 ships!) here: https://www.shapeways.com/shops/amarillo-design-bureau-inc

        We are continuing our release of Nexus with issues #2 and #3 out this month in the PDF stores. This title is being released with the kind permission of Allen D. Eldridge. 

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


        Jean continues to improve our page on Facebook, adding many new photos and other features.
        If you haven't seen the 1,000+ pieces of art in the albums, you should drop by and visit. You don't have to be a member of Facebook to see our page, but if you are, please become our friend so you can get information in your newsfeed.
        If you've already liked us on Facebook, but are not seeing our posts, then remember to check your new "Pages Feed" on the left menu. You can also go to our page and hover over the "Liked" button. Be sure that "Get Notifications" is checked.

        ADB has a Twitter feed. We are ADBInc_Amarillo. You'll find news as well as links to pictures. Check us out and retweet news of interest to your own followers. We're excited and our next goal is to get 200 followers. Help us reach that, please.

        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 pull up a chair and join us at the movies! Our newest uploads are:

Star Fleet Marines Part 1
Star Fleet Marines Part 2
ADB Late May 2011
Starline 2500 Miniatures Review
Star Fleet Battle Force in the box

        A customer asked about posting "tutorial videos" for our games. We like it when people do that (and even give commendation medals) but you need to have us check the videos to make sure you aren't violating something somehow (or that you didn't make a rules error). Doing such videos to make money is not cool. Please drop us an email before you post the videos.

        Our StarBlog has moved to a new URL and all links on StarFleetGames.com websites have been changed to match. The new site is http://federationcommander.blogspot.com
        The blog covers all aspects of the company.


         Star Fleet Legions isn't a new game; it is all of you who play any of our Star Fleet Universe games.
         For a game universe that is 36 years old, it seems odd (but very gratifying) that the number of active players is growing, not diminishing. We can tell this by the number of people on the fan pages, the number of Rangers and battle groups, the number of new Starlist entries, and of course by the sales numbers.
         Starlist is growing by an average of 10 new entries and five updates per month. There are 1,240 active names on the list (plus overseas, Canada, and those who last contacted us in 1991-2004). Not on Starlist? Fill out your application here:http://www.starfleetgames.com/starlist.shtml.
         Battle groups have been forming up left and right. We started with one in Tennessee. Now there are battle groups in California, Colorado, Florida, Idaho, Indiana, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Texas, and Washington. We've gone international with groups in Canada, England, and Taiwan. Battle groups are doing demos, tournaments, and game days in stores and conventions. Do you have a group you game with? Join us here: http://www.starfleetgames.com/battlegroup/index.shtml
         How have these battle groups been forming? Usually through the hard work of a Ranger. Rangers run demos, start game days, contact conventions, reach out to stores, and promote Star Fleet Universe games. Do you want to be a Ranger? Start here: http://www.starfleetgames.com/rangers/index.shtml  

         This month we feature Battle Group Clifton Park located in Clifton Park, New York. CO Mrk Lurz reports that this group is active, playing Star Fleet Battles, Federation Commander, Federation & Empire, and A Call to Arms: Star Fleet. Recently they have been playtesting ACTASF for volumes 2 and 3. Check them out here: http://www.starfleetgames.com/battlegroup/battlegroup_CliftonPark.shtml 
Thanks for your work in playtesting!

         Do you have a battle group? Be sure to report your activities here: http://www.starfleetgames.com/battlegroup/report.shtml

         Do you want to see if there's a battle group near you? Check out the map here: http://www.starfleetgames.com/battlegroup/gather.shtml#US

Facebook Fan Pages

         If you are on Facebook, you have no doubt heard of ADB's page on Facebook. Did you know there are fan pages galore? Fan pages are groups that are started and administered by fans. They are independent of ADB, so we may not know about all of them. These are ones we know about that support the Star Fleet Universe:

So join us on Facebook and get a fix of your favorite game there, too!

        The Rangers are up, fully operational, and doing demos! There are currently 50 Rangers listed in our database with 30 of them having advanced past Ranger Recruit, meaning they've held at least one demo.
        Star Fleet Rangers are our front-line recruiters in introducing new people to our games. They are hard working, tireless promoters of the SFU. They go to conventions, stores, game clubs, and other public venues to show our games and to teach potential players some basics.
        Why should you be a Ranger? Well, one of the reasons is purely selfish -- you teach people to play your favorite games and "grow your own" opponents. With enough interested people you can form a battle group and even get in on playtesting if you want. You get your name in Captain's Log and awards on your plaque on the Wall of Honor. You even get Star Fleet Bucks which will help you with purchases from our storefront. Still, being able to play games face-to-face has to be one of the best reasons to do it.
        So visit our Ranger page here: http://www.starfleetgames.com/rangers/index.shtml
        Register and join the the Star Fleet Rangers!
        And there is exciting news for Rangers on Facebook! We've started up a closed group for Rangers to discuss ideas, best practices, and to simply hang out with serious enthusiasts. You must be on Jean's list of Rangers before you can become a member. Join it here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/517647465103651/
Ambassador Badge

        Jean Sexton has succeeded in recruiting two ambassadors (Michael C. Baker and A. David Merritt) to carry the word of the Star Fleet Universe to other websites. They (and Jean) were awarded the first ever "Star Fleet Ambassador Badges" as well as appropriate medals for their service to date. These ambassadors do not just repeat press releases; they answer questions, encourage discussion, and help people find the relevant documents on our website. Contact Jean Sexton if you want to volunteer for ambassador duty.

        Take a journey with us to an ancient age, just one step up from carving game rules on clay tablets. The year 1973 was at the very dawn of the independent wargame publishing companies. Typesetting was done with a manual typewriter, print-on-demand meant the photocopier at the library, counters were printed on paper (and drawn by hand), page layout was done with scissors and cellophane tape, and two guys in a garage could turn out a wargame magazine that won two Origins Awards. The point was creativity, new ideas, and imagination. Production values would have to come later.
        That magazine was JagdPanther (Hunting Panther), created and run by the same Stephen V. Cole who later co-founded Task Force Games and then went on to found Amarillo Design Bureau. We found the ancient archives of this game company (which ran from 1973-1976, producing 15 magazines, about 50 games, hundreds of variants, and dozens of game reviews) and have placed them on Warehouse 23 so they are available to collectors. (Old issues have been selling on Ebay for over $100 each.) Issue #1, Issue #2, Issue #3, Issue #4, Issue #5, Issue #6, Issue #7, Issue #8, Issue #9, Issue #10, Issue #11, Issue #12, Issue #13, Issue #14 and Issue # 15 are uploaded.

Custom Decals for Starline ships

        Tenneshington Decals continues to provide custom decals for all currently produced Federation Starline 2500 miniatures.
        In addition to the legacy fleet and squadron box sets, decals for each of the ships are available as individual sheets, along with special sheets to detail any ship with additional window blocks, sensors, hatches, and even phaser scars.
        As with all of their products, the names on the ships are up to the customer and all sheets are custom-printed to order.
        *** Newly announced in November, decals sheets for Starline 2400 Federation miniatures are well into design, with decals for other empires in both Starline 2400 and Starline 2500 lines in development. ***

        For more information or to download the order sheet, check them out at www.tenneshington.com. Or if you prefer, email Will McCammon at: will@tenneshington.com or Tony L. Thomas at: scoutdad@tenneshington.com.

        Jupiter IV Decals is a source of decals for the 2400 line and will do custom decals as well as all official SFB names. In the near future Jupiter IV will move into the 2500 line and will work to get every listed name on the Starfleet registry completed in both scales.
        Their website is: JupiterIvdecals.com


        Our seventh Internet SFB International Championship Tournament is underway. This is a single-elimination tournament using a standard tree. All but one of the second-round games are completed. One of the third-round games has been finished.
        Fleet Captain Bill Schoeller (winner of the 2016 tournament) is the judge for this tournament. As we did in Platinum Hat 2016, Tournament Marshal Steven P. Petrick will also "ride herd" on the tournament to ensure that games are played on schedule and the event does not drag. There will, inevitably, be some delays near the end when re-entries have to "catch up" to the initial entries. A firm hand on the helm will ensure that these are as minor as possible. People who do not get their next game completed in a set number of days will be disqualified and the player they beat (or a wildcard selected by the judges) replaces them. Deadlines may be adjusted by the Judge or Marshal to allow for a player's serious real life unexpected problem or issue.
        Rated Ace Tournament 47 is over! Lee P. Graves flew his Archeo-Tholian cruiser to victory over Clayton Krueger's Gorn cruiser. Congratulations, Lee! Bill Schoeller was the judge.

        Masters 2018 has closed signups and a tree will be up soon. Each player will be randomly assigned a ship in the first round. If you advance, you will next play the ship you just defeated. Good times! Andy Koch is the judge in this "just for fun" tournament.



       StratCon 2018 will be in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, July 7-15. They are locking down the venue after the previous one changed hands and wouldn't honor the deal. There will be at least two Federation & Empire games, with room for one more and some minor room for other gaming. Respond here: http://www.starfleetgames.com/discus/messages/37/37078.html?1520623855 for more information. 
       Check out their page on Facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/151297821607520/

       Star Fleet Battles games are held weekly in Tempe Arizona each Friday at Game Depot from 2:00 -7:00  pm. Eric Phillips is the person to contact.

       Star Fleet  Battles games are held regularly in Indianapolis, Indiana at Family Time  Games. Anthony Harding is the contact person. For more information  see: http://www.meetup.com/Star-Fleet-Battles-Indy/.

       Star Fleet  Battles games are  played regularly in Columbus, Ohio, on Sunday afternoons at the Soldiery. Lee Hanna is the contact person.
       Games  are held in Spokane, Washington on an irregular basis. Contact them to see if  there's a game scheduled. They meet at The Gamer's Haven, 2114 N. Pines St., Suites 1  & 2,  Spokane Valley, WA 99206, (509) 443-5992 http://store.thegamershaven.net/

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       COMMUNIQUE: The latest Communique brings you more Ship Cards, scenarios, and more news from the Star Fleet Universe! It can be downloaded from the Commander's Circle.

       COMMANDER'S CIRCLE: We continue to improve the Commander's Circle. All of the ships and scenarios are available as separate documents (the ships are organized by empire) so you can quickly see what is available. The FC Scenario Database and Master Ship Chart documents are also here. Our newest project was suggested by our players and is uploading low-toner Ship Cards. The Commander's Circle is the best place to find free additions to Federation Commander!

FC Forum Recent Posts

       The Federation Commander site and Forum continue to grow as more gamers continue to find them. All of our games currently have topics in the Forum. If you have any comments, questions, or requests for our Graphics Director, this is the place to let her know. Come see what the commotion is about and join the Federation Commander Forum now.
       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 lots of interesting conversations about a wide variety of subjects. 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 communications.


F&E Strategy of the Month

       There are many occasions when using directed damage is the best option. These could be:
       1. Targeting PDUs on a capital planet (when you will face more fighters than you can possibly kill).
       2. The enemy has few of a key unit, such as command ships or scouts.
       3. When there is a strategic target like a tug deploying a MB, or even upgrading a battle station if the conditions are right.
       4. It is also appropriate when doing regular damage will only kill fighters or when only one round of combat will be fought.
       However, "letting it fall" should not be lightly dismissed. There are other primary motivators on how to allocate your damage. At certain times, using Directed Damage is not the right choice and letting it fall is:
       1. Blunting an offensive: If the enemy is attacking in large numbers, letting it fall (especially if he sticks around for numerous rounds of combat, like over a capital) may create so many cripples that he cannot field battle lines able to generate high enough combat potential to make it worth continuing. If you direct damage on a key unit, your opponent has only one hole to fill on the line, but three to four cripples pulled back means he must bring up his reserves faster. He will also have to start thinking about how get them out of the hex and repaired and if his forces are strong enough to defend against your counter attacks.
       2. Overwhelming repair facilities: True, a dead ship is gone for good (except for salvage), but crippled ships are gone for a time as well. If you have 10 ships at a repair facility that can only repair three a turn, you have taken those other ships out of the fight for two to three turns and made him spend Economic Points on repairs instead of new construction of probably more capable ships. Add a strike or two on FRDs or if your enemy is on an extended logistics line and it takes even longer to get them back, repaired, and back into the fight.
       3. Pursuit: Yes, you should try to pop a key unit if it is under your guns on pursuit, but do not blindly believe you always have to use Directed Damage against pursued ships. By letting it fall, your enemy may have to kill more hulls than you could have destroyed with Directed Damage (and for no salvage), or cripple healthy ships to protect the retreating cripples. If you are being pursued, you may have the firepower to use Directed Damage on one of your pursuers, but letting it fall may leave three to four cripples he will have to use expensive field repair for or leave crippled for your turn.
       4. When they are all the same: If you are facing nothing but "vanilla" ships (i.e., no variants or rare hull types), go for volume. Make lots of cripples and let him deal with the cost and logistics of dealing with them.
       5. To drive your enemy nuts: If you always use Directed Damage, he will start basing some tactical decisions on that. If he thinks you will only kill one key unit, he may load up his battle line to get a really high combat potential, confident only one will die. Just throw him a curve and let it fall. Now he may have to cripple three or four hulls and deal with getting them out (pursuit) and fixed (repair).
        Directed Damage has and will always have its place, but sometimes it is better to just let it fall.
(End of F&E Strategy of the Month)

A Call To Arms: Star Fleet Tactic of the Month


        Veteran players of other Star Fleet Universe games should take a moment to read the Maximum Warp Now! special action. What this does is allow a unit to escape by going to high warp right in the middle of a battle. The downside is your opponent gets one round to shoot at you when you can only move six inches in a straight line but, if you are playing in a campaign this is a small price to pay for the chance to save a key unit.
        Do not forget while that key unit is making its run some of your other units can still use their weaponry to help with the defense of the target. Just be sure that you are aware of any notes or rules in the scenario that control what side of the map you can disengage from, otherwise your ship can still be considered lost.
(End of A Call to Arms: Star Fleet Tactic of the Month)


New Releases

Communique #148 has been posted to the Commander's Circle

Click here to see our previous issues of Hailing Frequencies.

Recently Released
Romulan Armada Unity Stock #6132 $16.95
Scenario Log #2
Stock #4071 $6.95
Klingon Armada Unity
Stock #6131 $16.95
LDR Master Starship Book
Stock #5444 $14.95
Lyran Master Starship Book
Stock #5441 $19.95
Captain's Log #52
Stock #5752 $24.95
Captain's Log #52 SSDs Stock #5752-2 $3.50
Captain's Log #52 Supplemental File Stock #5752-S $1.00
Prime Directive PD20 Modern Supplement
Stock #8725 $10.95

To be released in 2018
A new Starmada book for both editions.
Federation Commander Reference Starship Book
Traveller Prime Directive Core Rulebook
New starships for the 2500 (1/3125) range including Klingon B10
New starships for the 2400 (1/3788) range including heavy war destroyers and the jumbo freighter.


       We’re now offering some of our miniatures and some new designs on Shapeways.
       You can check out the store here: https://www.shapeways.com/shops/amarillo-design-bureau-inc?sort=newest

Click here and you can see the all you can see all of the products we have avaliable as PDF and Ebooks.

Nexus #3
SFB: Module S1 - Scenario Book #1
Nexus #2
Nexus #1
Captain's Log #44
Captain's Log #44 Color SSDs
Romulan Armada Unity

SFB: Module R3 Rulebook
Scenario Log #2
Klingon Armada Unity

SFB: ModuleC3 -- New Worlds III Rulebook
SFB: Module C3 -- New Worlds III SSD Book (B/W)
SFB: Module C3 -- New Worlds III SSD Book (Color)
Lyran Democratic Republic Master Starship Book

Vintage Play Aid Dungeon Tiles
Lyran Master Starship Book

Prime Directive PD20 Modern Core Rulebook

Federation PD20 Modern
Klingons PD20 Modern
Romulans PD20 Modern
FC: Romulan Ship Card Pack #4
SFB: Module M -- Star Fleet Marines Rulebook
SFB: Module M -- Star Fleet Marines SSD Book (B/W)
SFB: Module M -- Star Fleet Marines SSD Book (Color)

Nexus #3 (DriveThru RPG or Wargame Vault)
SFB: Module S1 - Scenario Book #1 (DriveThru RPG or Wargame Vault)
Nexus #2 (DriveThru RPG or Wargame Vault)
Nexus #1 (DriveThru RPG or Wargame Vault)
Captain's Log #44  (DriveThru RPG or Wargame Vault)
Captain's Log #44 Color SSDs  (DriveThru RPG or Wargame Vault)
Captain's Log #44 Supplement  (DriveThru RPG or Wargame Vault)
Romulan Armada Unity (DriveThru RPG or Wargame Vault)
SFB: Module R3 Rulebook  (DriveThru RPG or Wargame Vault)
Scenario Log #2  (DriveThru RPG or Wargame Vault)
Klingon Armada Unity (DriveThru RPG or Wargame Vault)
SFB: Module C3 -- New Worlds III Rulebook  (DriveThru RPG or Wargame Vault)
SFB: Module C3 -- New Worlds III SSD Book (B/W)  (DriveThru RPG or Wargame Vault)
SFB: Module C3 -- New Worlds III SSD Book (Color) (DriveThru RPG or Wargame Vault)
Lyran Democratic Republic Master Starship Book (DriveThru RPG or Wargame Vault)
Vintage Play Aid Dungeon Tiles (DriveThru RPG)
Lyran Master Starship Book (DriveThru RPG or Wargame Vault)
Captain's Log #26  (DriveThru RPG or Wargame Vault)
FC: Romulan Ship Card Pack #4 (DriveThru RPG or Wargame Vault)
SFB: Module M -- Star Fleet Marines Rulebook  (DriveThru RPG or Wargame Vault)
SFB: Module M -- Star Fleet Marines SSD Book (B/W)  (DriveThru RPG or Wargame Vault)
SFB: Module M -- Star Fleet Marines SSD Book (Color) (DriveThru RPG or Wargame Vault)
SFB: Stellar Shadow Journal #1 (DriveThru RPG or Wargame Vault)
FC: North Polar Ship Card Pack (DriveThru RPG or Wargame Vault)


For the Glory of the Empire

Star Fleet Fiction

Admiral's Bridge, Starbase 15
        "We already know we're at war," Admiral Connell said to his intelligence officer. "We already know that the Klingons are not doing what you said they would do."
        "I just told you what Star Fleet Intelligence told me!" Captain Laura Hummel said, somewhat louder than she had intended. "It's not my fault that I was given bad information!"
        "Quit with the excuses and answer the admiral's question," Chief of Staff Rear Admiral Michael Mulkowski ordered. "Just how many Klingon ships are in this attack?"
        "Now you trust me?" Hummel said. "Now you think I magically have the right answers? I don't have exact numbers, and there is almost certainly a lot of duplication. We know that three cruisers attacked Hood, and I think they're the same three cruisers that attacked K7 later. We know that Hornet was crippled by a fast dreadnought and I think I know where that ship went, unless they have two of those. The Klingons seem to have sent squadrons to pick off the cruisers you had on station and then those same squadrons were part of the attacks on the battle stations. K6 said it was being attacked by over 20 ships, but we know that the Klingon command-and-control system isn't any better than ours, so it was probably 12."
        "Sure of that, are we?" Mulkowski asked, his voice dripping in sarcasm.
        "Yes, I am," Hummel spat back. "If they could mass 20 ships in one battle, the Kzintis would have told us about it."
        "Just give me a number!" Admiral Connell snapped, pounding his fist on the table. "How bad is it?"
         "At least 70 ships," Hummell said, "maybe over a hundred. The total reported sightings are over 150, but I know some of those are just panic reports from colonies and freighters, and others are duplications, like I said. My gut says about 90, but Klingon doctrine would be to save 20% of their force for pass-through attacks we haven't seen yet."
        "Very well," Admiral Connell said. "Mulkowski, give me the readout, left to right."

(Continue reading here)

Ask Admiral Vanaxilth

        Looking over his files, the Admiral has noticed a large number of single questions on various subjects and has decided to clean out these "short subjects".

Scott Gordon asks: If a ship is undocking or caught in a temporal elevator or spatial distorter, the rules say it drops a level per impulse. Does it lose any movement points generated while in the distortion, or does each movement point drop it another level on‚ the appropriate impulses?
        ANSWER: Per (G31.2221), any movement points generated by the ship while it is above Level Zero are lost. It will simply drop one level per impulse (including the impulse of undocking).

        Booms and Saucers
Ken Kazinski asks: Question on (G12.331) ". . . Booms and saucers with small warp engines (rather than standard-size engines) are treated under (G12.332), not this rule." How do you determine what is standard-size? Is it when the boom has the same size engines as the whole ship or is it based on the size class of the boom?
        ANSWER: See (G12.111). Small engines are one or two box engines found in the ships in that rule, or specified in the ship description.

Gregory Flusche asks: I know you can buy mines with Commander's Options ‹ transporter-bombs, and the nuclear space mine for Romulan ships. What about dummy mines?
        ANSWER: You cannot buy dummy mines (M2.9), or other components of a minefield, as Commander's Options, so I assume you are referring to dummy transporter-bombs. You get an equal number of dummy transporter-bombs free when you buy regular transporter-bombs. (M3.224). You cannot substitute real mines for the dummies or vice versa. You cannot buy dummy transporter-bombs except with real ones.

        Tactical Intelligence
Gregory Flusche asks: A Warbird (no warp drive) is approaching a base, under cloak and silent running (D17.75), at Speed 1. At what range, under the (D17.0) Tactical Intelligence rules, would the base detect it?
        ANSWER: The base is considered a scout, so Level A is normally 150 hexes. However, the effective range of the Warbird will be quadruple the true range, plus five. So, the base will not be able to detect it until it gets to a true range of 36 [(effective range 36 x 4) + 5 = 149].

William Wilson asks: Rule (G34.24) allows a drogue to be deployed at scenario start at weapons status three, but does not say anything about activating plasma-D torpedoes. Are the plasma-D torpedoes on a drogue energized?
        ANSWER: Kommodore Ketrick replies: Drogues follow their own rules. Rule (G34.24) includes the statement "In the case of a weapons drogue, the drogue is presumed to be loaded at the start of the scenario." While it might seem unfair that a Romulan Condor dreadnought might have five weapons drogues (replacing all five of its shuttles), the rule as written says that all five of the weapons drogues would be loaded no matter the weapon status of the ship (except surprised). However only one can be deployed and only if the ship is at weapons status three. In the case of plasma-D torpedoes, they are energized; the plasma empires are not penalized by being forced to hold a plasma-D torpedoes drogue aboard ship at weapons status three to energize the plasma-D torpedoes. (The drogues are "loaded;" having plasma-D torpedoes that are not energized is "not loaded" in this case; the drogue is as fully ready to operate as a drone-armed or a plasma-F armed version would be.)
        If the drogue is recovered (after launching one, or more, or all) of its plasma-D (or plasma-K) torpedoes, any plasma-D (or plasma-K) torpedoes reloaded will need to be energized. This is because the plasma-D (or plasma-K) torpedoes are inert for handling before they are loaded onto the drogue.

Alan Trevor asks: In Module R4 the Tholians get a war cruiser-based light tactical transport and a variety of "packs" for use with it, including the phaser pack. Per (R7.25), a cargo patrol corvette can only carry a battle pack in inactive mode. Can a cargo patrol corvette carry a phaser pack in functional mode?
        ANSWER: Kommodore Ketrick replies: Honestly, if we had meant to preclude the phaser pack from the cargo patrol corvette we would have done it at the same time we precluded the battle pack.
        While box count, crew, boarding parties, and layout are identical, the power demands are not. The phaser-pack can fire two phasers with no power from the ship, or all four as downgraded phaser-3s. The battle pack can fire one disruptor, period, without drawing power from the ship. A phaser-pack has a maximum power draw of two points of power from the ship. The battle pack requires as least six points of power from the ship to use all four disruptors, and 14 points to use them all as overloads. It is not a tactically useful pack to mount on a cargo patrol corvette.

        Fast Patrol Ships
Matthew Potter asks: Did the Neo-Tholian ships ever have the (R1.R1) mech-link refit? If so, was it ever in the command modules, or was it always in the rear hull?
        ANSWER: There is no restriction on applying this refit to either the command module, the rear hull, or both.
        Francois Lemay asks: Do fast patrol ships and Interceptors take phaser directional damage like ships do?
        ANSWER: Per (K0.11), fast patrol ships use the rules for ships unless otherwise noted. Nothing in (K5.0) overrides (D4.321), so yes, the rules for phaser directional hits apply.

        Klingon Mutiny
Garth Getgen asks: When a shuttle lands on a friendly ship, the shields do not need to be lowered, but to land on an enemy ship, a shield has to be knocked down first. If a Klingon crew mutinies, is that ship considered "friendly" or "enemy" for this rule? What about a computer-controlled ship that goes berserk? Same question for any other empire in which a ship goes rogue in a given scenario.
        ANSWER: In this, and other similar cases, the ship is no longer considered "friendly," and the forces now in control of it do not have to let the shuttle pass through the shields. It is considered an "enemy" ship for purposes of (J1.612) and other rules.
(End of Admiral Vanaxilth)


       It has been cited that the current rule (302.742) creates what feels like an inconsistency between regular pursuit (where cripples are required to participate) and slow-unit retreat (where at least one slow unit is required to participate).
       In regular pursuit combat the pursuing player may use a directed-damage attack on as many crippled ships as he wants within the amount of damage he generated. Further, all crippled ships are eligible for directed damage, even those cripples not on the line.
       However, in slow-unit-retreat combat, only the slow units in the battle force are subject to damage, and only one slow unit may be attacked using a directed-damage attack. Since many slow units have little or no command rating this might mean that only a very few slow units may be in the battle force and then maybe only one unit if the player chooses an eligible flagship with a command rating of zero. The player may have arranged to kill off slow units with higher command ratings during the regular combat rounds prior to retreat so as to leave only low or zero CR units going into slow-unit retreat. In a capital retreat, there may be a dozen or so slow units retreating but under the current rules only the units in the actual slow-unit battle force take damage. After the one round of slow-unit battle, the units not in the battle force retreat normally.
       Therefore, we are changing (302.742D) as follows:
(302.742D) If there is more than one slow unit, all of them are combined into one single battle. Form a normal battle force using the slow units (and their assigned escorts, if any) to include an eligible warship as the flagship. However, only the flagship and the units that fall under its command rating may use their offensive attack factors including any eligible assigned attrition units in the counter attack. Units not part of the selected slow-unit battle force may still send their assigned attrition units forward if permitted by rule. Any damage suffered by the slow-unit retreat force must first be fully resolved on all units of its battle force with any remaining excess damage applied to any units that were not part of the battle force; no damage can be resolved on the assigned attrition units not included in the battle force.
       In addition, the pursuing player may designate one or more of the slow units and declare it to be a single target for a directed-damage attack even if the targeted slow units are not part of the selected battle force or are included in the support echelon. The pursuing player may use the special ability of a mauler if there is one in the pursuing force in this attack. Slow units in any formation or free scout position are still protected normally by their respective rules. Slow-unit escort groups can be targeted as part of this special directed-damage attack but either the whole group is included in the attack or any eligible escorts (outside escorts and/or ad hoc escorts) of that group could be included in the attack at the pursuing player's option.
        All ships that are included in a slow-unit retreat (this includes, but is not limited to, ships escorting slow units, ships towing FRDs, LTFs, or overloaded ships) are treated as slow units themselves for the purpose of this rule only.
(End of F&E Q&A)


Dear Aunt Jean, We hear stories in every THIS WEEK blog of Wolf chasing away dinosaurs, wild animals, mimes, rainy days, and bad moods. Is all this true?

       A:    Ask Wolf. In his own mind, that is what all of his barking at the door chased away.

Send questions to Jean at marketing@StarFleetGames.com and she will answer as soon as she can.
(End of Ask Aunt Jean )

Cool Stuff on the Website

       In this section we will provide links to various web pages and items that we think you will find "cool".
       We have recently updated the look and design of the Rangers Page, check it out here: Rangers Page
       Here are links to various flyers you can use to advertise your Demos and Game Days: Ranger Resources
       Here are links to the new pages of Starline 2500 miniatures pictures.
       Starline 2500 Battleships page
       Starline 2500 Federation Miniatures
       Starline 2500 Klingon Miniatures
       Starline 2500 Romulan Miniatures
       Starline 2500
       Traveller Prime Directive
       Call to Arms Star Fleet

       We have also uploaded new Xander wallpapers to our Wallpapers section on the website: Wallpapers
       We have new images of our game Star Fleet Marines posted on our BBS topic page.


       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

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       Batteries are the most critical system on an Andromedan ship. Here are some tactics for getting the most from your batteries as an Andromedan, and getting around them as a non-Andromedan.
       Andromedans consume more power than non-Andromedans because of the cost to operate power absorber panels. Andromedans should not start any scenario with their batteries completely empty. Andromedans cannot fly at battle speeds while firing all their weapons without dipping into their batteries. Andromedans also need some empty capacity in their batteries to clear their power absorber panels, so they should start any scenario with their batteries about half full.
       When an Andromedan ship takes damage to its batteries, it should disable full batteries first, unless they will need the power before the end of the turn. During the Repair Phase they can repair a disabled battery which will then be empty, and available to accept power from the power absorber panels. This may also leave empty batteries available during the turn in case a power absorber panel is disabled and releases any held power.
       Andromedan ships should always use frame to protect their last battery. Once an Andromedan ship loses enough power that it cannot run its power absorber panels, it will explode as the energy in the panels turns back into damage. Use it or lose it.
       If a mothership has satellite ships aboard, dropping its power absorber panels can cause released power to go to the power absorber panels of the satellite ships (within limits). The satellite ships can then drop their own panels, and fill their own batteries. If the non-Andromedans are concentrating fire on the mothership and the satellite ships are getting power-starved, the mothership can use this method to clear its power absorber panels and refill the satellite ships.
       Batteries can be hit on every row of the Damage Allocation Chart, but drones (power absorber panels are disabled on "drone" damage points) are only hit on two rows. Do not bother using Directed Targeting against Andromedan weapons in the hope of causing a cascade of failing panels; just fire the biggest undirected volleys you can. You will need to fire overloads to overcome the Andromedan's power absorber panels anyway, so it works out well.
(End of FC Tactic of the Month)

SFB Tactic of the Month
- Commander Carl-Magnus Carlsson, HSwMS Sweden

       In a battle where you don't need shuttles to do things like scatter-packs or suicide missions, get them out there anyway and let them fly as a seeking-weapons defense escort. This can be particularly important in a battle at a base, where the offensive and defensive fleets may be all but motionless and shuttles could be protected from seeking weapons by minefields. Be sure to keep the shuttles far enough from the base to earn the small target modifier. Shuttles can completely take over the onerous duty of protecting the key minesweeper from the base's seeking weapons, releasing a real warship to offensive use.
       A defensive shuttle swarm has other uses. Real fighters could pass through the swarm on their way home, letting it clean them of any pesky seeking weapons following them. While no shuttle  needs to be going head-to-head with a fighter, a pursuing fighter may think twice before approaching a group of six or eight shuttles, as their massed phaser-3s can wreck a fighter.
       Shuttles have few damage points, but since they do not stop firing their phaser-3s until they are destroyed this makes them quite durable in their own way. Obviously the more shuttles you can launch the better. To maximize the use of their phasers, try keeping them in the same hex.
       If your opponent destroys some shuttles for you, just smile. Even admin shuttles are attrition units; if they die while drawing fire that could have been brought to bear on your ships, they died for a good cause.
(End of SFB Tactic of the Month)

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