April 2007
Download Transmissions

The latest Communique brings you more ship cards, scenerios, fiction and more news from the Star Fleet Universe! It can be downloaded from the Legacy Site . Don’t forget, you have to register before being able to download the latest full color Communique!

Star Fleet Universe News

The Federation Commander Site has been under construction and slowly making changes. As the Federation Commander Game System continues to grow and expand, so does the site. A “Site Map” button has been placed on the home page to provide easy access to race pages and other pages not available from the home page. If there’s anything you see out of place, typos, a link not working, or have an idea for a new page, please let us know! We have also placed a “banner” page up for those that would like to place one of our banners on another site to link back to Federation Commander. Another new add is the graphics download page where you can find downloads for wallpaper, PDFs to our convention add (if you’re going to a convention and would like to hand out our flyer), and an event poster. If there’s something else you’d like to see on this page, please, just ask.

The Legacy Site will soon be under construction and users will begin to see changes being made. Changes include a new landing home page that isn’t so cluttered and apt to scare off newbies interested in Star Fleet Battles as well as just giving the site a fresh new feel. Please keep your eyes open when the changes begin and report any typos and give suggestions. This is your site, let’s work together to make it better!

We are looking for a few good Star Fleet Ambassadors! As the marketing director, I 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 I NEED YOU! To get complete details of the Ambassador program, please see the FC Forum under the Federation Commander Ambassadors category.

FC Forum Hot Topics

The Federation Commander Site and Forum continues to grow as more gamers find it. This month’s Hot Topics include a thread titled “Tholian Attack?” located under the General Discussions category. Another popular thread is the “Most Interesting Race?” which can be found in the newest category added to the Federation Commander Forum, Tactics. For new players, the Legacy Discus forum can make one feel overwhelmed and lost where as the new Federation Commander Forum is a little easier to manage as a new comer. Come see what all the commotion is a about and join the Federation Commander Forum now!

FC Tactic of the Month
turbo fighters

Often times Hydran players put out their fighters for the first battle-pass. In such cases, the opponents sometimes fire at the ship and then turn off, at which time you go into pursuit mode. This generally has the side effect of leaving the fighters behind. So, Hydran captains will tractor their fighters, which are often a few hexes behind them, to bring them along. However, this could possibly be improved depending on the situation, and has several steps.

1.) If it is before Impulse #20, I will generally change the fighters speed down. (Like to speed 12.) Speed 12 could be key, because speed 12 moves Impulses #24 and #27. This has no affect on the tractor beam holding them, as they get dragged along at whatever speed you are moving.

2.) As you approach to where you want to let the fighters go, begin to land them. Sucking them closer to the ship, and therefore the enemy.

3.) Then, right before they are landed, let them go. (Not landing them.) Do this the impulse before they are scheduled to move.

4.) Then, because it has likely been eight impulses, the fighters change speed, probably to speed 14 or 15, and they move again.

Now, the landing DOES reset the firing delay (eight Impulses), so you can only do this if you are okay with the eight impulse delay. However, you can always do the speed change trick, since many people blow off the fighters' speed when they are tractoring them.

Café Press

Café Press is an online market place 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. The newest items added are magnets with the Tholian, NeoTholian, and Seltorian logos. 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 to the products available.

SFB Tactic of the Month
New Is Not Always Better

Hydran X-ships should replace their packed Stinger-X with Stinger-2M. For the same cost, the Stinger-2M has similar firepower (counting the extra fusion charges as roughly equal to the phaser-2) and is far more durable when moving at typically high X-ship speeds. In campaigns where fighter production can be changed, the Stinger-3 from Captain's Log #21 fitted with a Megapack is better still.

April Releases

The newest issue of Communique will be ready for download on or before April 10th! Other products to be released in April include: Omega Sector Master Rulebook, SKU 5660, retail $39.95.

Time on target

While Amarillo Design Bureau, Inc. tries to keep everyone up to speed as to what is about to be released, there will always be some products that are released without any prior notification unless you receive Star Fleet Alerts due to products that are not in our sole control. Star Fleet Alert is our form of press releases that goes out to our wholesalers, retailers, media and customers that ask to be put on the SF Alert mailing list. If you would like to be on this mailing list, please contact Vanessa Clark (Marketing Director) with “SF Alert Mailing List” in the Subject line.

The following is what is currently on the product release schedule for the next 3 months:

2007 April:
Omega Sector Master Rulebook, SKU 5660, $39.95

2007 May:
Starline 2400: Seltorian Fleet Box, SKU 1500, $39.95
Captian’s Log #35, SKU 5735, $18.95

SCHEDULED FOR SUMMER 07 (Origins Releases):
Federation Commander: Battleships, SKU 4104, $29.95
Federation Commander: Squadron Box #16, SKU 4316, $34.95
Federation Commander: Squadron Box #17, SKU 4317, $34.95
Federation Commander: Squadron Box #18, SKU 4318, $34.95
Federation Commander: Border Box 6 (Battleships), SKU 4406, $99.95

Make sure to make plans for the ORIGINS CONVENTION in July! Here’s some of what you can look forward to if you plan on attending:

Wednesday night Sing-along: 4 July, in the food court, 7pm
Tournament opens 9am on 5 July.
Finalist list closed 11pm on 6 July
Tournament playoff rounds Saturday 7 July
Final battles, 8 July

Star Fleet Fiction
A Mission of Vital Importance

Chapter 5

Bridge, Warbird Skua, Coration System

Drusus stared morosely at the Gorn destroyer, dancing just beyond his reach. If only the Gods had favored his warrior race with faster engines. They would already have crushed the upstart lizards that fathered the insolent beings in the ship he strove to reach. His communications officer diverted his glaring attention. (More...)

Ask Admiral Growler

Gary Bear asks: Rule (G33.43) HDW Escort and (R8.R7) Orion Carrier Escorts, in either case, can Special Sensors be taken in an option mount (HDW or any Orion with Options) for a ship designated as a Carrier Escort? As no purpose-built escorts have Special Sensors, is it intentional that HDWs/Orions could break this model? Rule (G33.43) only restricts HDW Escorts to "no heavy weapons can be installed" and Annex #8H does not have a note of "H" next to Special Sensors. Rule (R8.R7) says that "Orion ships used as escorts would be armed with phasers, gatlings, type-G drones racks, plasma racks, and anti-drones, depending on what was available to the owning cartel. These would always be "home territory" (G15.441) weapons." By a strict reading, Special Sensors are not on the (R8.R7) list, but would otherwise seem possible.

ANSWER: Rule (G33.43) (in the Master Rulebook) limits options to phasers, anti-drones, type-E/G drone racks, and plasma racks. Orions cannot have special sensors either, since they are specifically excluded in the expansion of (R8.R7) in Module R2. (More...)

SFB Strategy of the Month
Attack the Tholian

Attacking the Tholians is not an option but a necessity in the Gale Force Scenario due to rule (608.G6). It states that you must have destroyed at least 150 points of bases by the end of the scenario. You can do this by killing the five Tholian BATS and one SB for exactly 150 points. The Coalition has then made the Tholians a part of the Alliance, which gives them over 90 points for other bases and ships. You must eliminate the remaining Tholian bases, capture the Dyson Sphere, and liberate Kalesta, Kelanon, and Kordahn.

Federation & Empire Q&A

QUESTION: Can you raid a province you control?

ANSWER: No, and why would you want to? You can fight a ship in such a province (even via the raid rules although it may take some creative geography to create a place you control and can still raid) but you cannot disrupt the production of your own province, and you cannot disrupt production in your own province which you think you might lose in the next turn and then expect that disruption to deny income to the enemy.

QUESTION: Can a tug acting as a supply point use reaction movement?

ANSWER: Reaction (205.0) is a type of movement. Rule (412.2) first sentence says a supply tug cannot move by any means. So no, a supply tug cannot react.

QUESTION: By the second paragraph of rule (447.0), once you start using ADS you can't use (430.6). This means that if you use ADS, you can only borrow money in the Economics Phase (447.11) and combat (477.2), and can't borrow money at any other time (e.g., Strategic Movement). However, the first paragraph indicates that this is additional borrowing. So which is right?

ANSWER: The new borrowing in the production step is in addition to the original borrowing during the turn, but the limit is still a per turn limit just like before.