August 2019

Star Fleet Universe News


         Merchants of the Federation is a trading game for two-to-five players that is based in the Star Fleet Universe. The Federation has opened development of a new sector near the Klingon border.  You boldly go there, exploring worlds, finding resources, building colonies, and gathering wealth to buy more ships to find more resources. You might meet a new civilization!
        Random Event cards may offer new opportunities or warn of new dangers. The Federation will issue contracts for which you will be paid big credits.
        Meanwhile, the Klingons prepare for war!
        This is a playtestable PDF prototype including everything you need to print a functional copy of the game.
        This game is available from Warehouse 23, DriveThru RPG, and Wargame Vault.



        On August 7, 2019, ADB released a total of 61 new items to its shop on Shapeways, bringing it to 1,667 items. There are some styles of ships designed to work within the price increase that Shapeways imposed. We are also releasing some of the smaller ships as multiples on a sprue. We hope you find them more affordable. 

        The Federation gets its Battle Carrier in both the "regular" (gridded) and "Fed Classic" (smooth body) versions. 

        The Klingons gain their E6 Battle Escort and G6 Heavy Police Ship. 

        The Tholians gain their Neo-Tholian Stellar Domination Ship and a unique ship: the TK5 Destroyer formed by combining a patrol corvette-class hull with the captured rear hull of the Klingon F5 frigate Blackguard. 

        The Seltorians get their New Strike Carrier. 

        The Gorns gain their Light Gunboat/PF Tender in both the regular and refitted versions. 

        The Kzintis get their Light Gunboat/PF Tender. 

        The Hydrans also get their frigates on a sprue: one sprue of two Cuirassiers, one sprue of two Hunters, and one sprue with both a Cuirassier and a Hunter. They also get their Kiowa War Dreadnought. Their local defenses are beefed up with the Voltiguer Local Defense Frigate and Grenadier Local Defense Cruiser. 

        The Lyrans and their wayward county of the Lyran Democratic Republic get their Local Defense Cruiser. 

        The Andromedans get their Mobile Weapons Platforms that serve as their gunboats/fighters. 

        The ISC gets its System Defense Destroyer. 

        The Jindarians show up with their Light Strike Cruiser. 

        Some units that are common to all empires are added. These include an Augmented Commercial Platform, a Commercial Platform with Pods, two different types of Communications Stations, a SAM Station, and a collection of small ships (Free Trader, Prime Trader, Prime Corvette, Armed Cutter, Armed Priority Transport, and Federation Express Courier). 

        The simulator empires expand. The Frax get their Command Cruiser. The empires include the Flivvers and Canadi'ens which each get their Heavy Cruisers to challenge aspiring captains. 

        In the Omega Octant the Iridani get their Brigantine while the Sigvirions get their New Frigate and New Heavy Cruiser. 

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        Our website,, continues to grow and improve. You are welcome to send us your requests, comments, and suggestions. Samantha Todd, 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 websites have been changed to match. The new site is
        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:
         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:
         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:  

         This month we feature Battle Group Toronto, headquartered in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. CO Sebastian Palozzi reports they play Star Fleet Battles and A Call to Arms: Star Fleet. Their XO Art Trotman writes scenarios for Federation Commander. Recently they held a Star Fleet Battles tournament. Read more here:

         Do you have a battle group? Be sure to report your activities here:

         Do you want to see if there's a battle group near you? Check out the map here:

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:
        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:
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 Or if you prefer, email Will McCammon at: or Tony L. Thomas at:

        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:



      Masters 2018 is over with Lee Graves defeating Peter Bakija. Congrats on those who played this challenging tournament. Andy Koch was the judge in this "just for fun" tournament.

     The Sapphire Star #1 tournament is under way with its limit of 16 players with hard-and-fast deadlines for play. It started on July 1 and all of the first and second round games have been played. We look forward to the third round starting soon. Steven Petrick is the judge for this series of tournaments.


      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: 
      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

Mini of the Month
         Every month we will feature one or more of our miniatures. If you paint miniatures, submit pictures of your minis and they may be selected for the next Mini of the Month!

Kent Ing painted this Federation Heavy Cruiser (3125 Scale, Smooth Fine Detail Plastic).

Help us pick the mini of the month on our page on Facebook. The mini with the most likes and shares will become the mini of the month. Vote for the ones you like!





New Releases

Communique #164 has been posted to the Commander's Circle

Click here to see our previous issues of Hailing Frequencies.

Recently Released
Alien Armada Unity Starmada, SKU 6133, $16.95
Captain's Log # 53, SKU 5753, $24.95
Captain's Log # 53 SSDs, SKU 5753-2, $3.50
Captain's Log # 53 Supplements, SKU 5753-3, $1.00
F&E ISC War Chart Book, SKU 3210-4, $4.00
Kzinti Master Starship Book
Stock #5435 $21.95
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

To be released in 2019
A new Starmada book.
Federation Commander Reference Starship Book
A CAll to Arms: Starfleet Book 2
GURPS Prime Directive Core Rulebook Revision

Starfleet Universe Index


       We’re now offering some of our miniatures and some new designs on Shapeways.
       You can check out the store here:

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

Gorn Master Starship Book
Nexus #12
Merchants of the Federation
Captain's Log #53 Supplemental File
Module G3
Module G3A
Nexus #11
Captain's Log #46
Captain's Log #46 Color SSDs
F&E ISC War Chart Book
Battle Damage: Code Red 
McPherson's Ridge
Nexus #10
Nexus #9
Nexus #8
Nexus #7
Alien Armada Unity

Nexus #6
Nexus #5
Kzinti Master Starship Book
SFB: Kzinti SSD Pack #1 - Color
SFB: Kzinti SSD Pack #1 - B/W
Ship Pack for 2018 April Fool's Ships

Gorn Master Starship Book  (DriveThru RPG or Wargame Vault)
Nexus #12 (DriveThru RPG or Wargame Vault)
Merchants of the Federation  (DriveThru RPG or Wargame Vault)
Captain's Log #53 Supplement  (DriveThru RPG or Wargame Vault)
Module G3A  (DriveThru RPG or Wargame Vault)
Module G3  (DriveThru RPG or Wargame Vault)
Captain's Log #46  (DriveThru RPG or Wargame Vault)
Captain's Log #46 Color SSDs  (DriveThru RPG or Wargame Vault)
Captain's Log #46 Supplement  (DriveThru RPG or Wargame Vault)
Nexus #11 (DriveThru RPG or Wargame Vault)
Captain's Log #28 (DriveThru RPG or Wargame Vault)
F&E ISC War Chart Book (DriveThru RPG or Wargame Vault)
Battle Damage: Code Red (DriveThru RPG or Wargame Vault)
McPherson's Ridge (DriveThru RPG or Wargame Vault)
Captain's Log #27 (DriveThru RPG or Wargame Vault)
Nexus #10  (DriveThru RPG or Wargame Vault)
Nexus #9  (DriveThru RPG or Wargame Vault)
Nexus #8  (DriveThru RPG or Wargame Vault)
Nexus #7  (DriveThru RPG or Wargame Vault)
Alien Armada Unity (DriveThru RPG or Wargame Vault)
Nexus #6  (DriveThru RPG or Wargame Vault)
Nexus #5 (DriveThru RPG or Wargame Vault)
Kzinti Master Starship Book (DriveThru RPG or Wargame Vault)
SFB: Kzinti SSD Pack #1 - Color (DriveThru RPG or Wargame Vault)
SFB: Kzinti SSD Pack #1 - B/W (DriveThru RPG or Wargame Vault)
Ship Pack for 2018 April Fool's Ships (DriveThru RPG or Wargame Vault)
Nexus #4 (DriveThru RPG or Wargame Vault)
Hex Map Pack #1 (DriveThru RPG or Wargame Vault)
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)

For the Glory of the Empire

Star Fleet Fiction

    USS Potemkin ­ 3rd Division, 6th Fleet
Romulan Border 5 August 2573; Eagle + 3 Days

Seated at the head of the table in the briefing room, Fleet Captain Sergei Yefimov drained the last of his tepid coffee and struggled to remain focused through a haze of stress and fatigue. Although his first officer, conducting the briefing, projected as insuperable an image as ever to the crew, he could see the toll of the past couple of days in the bloodshot corners of her eyes and the paleness of her normally cerulean skin. Yefimov made a mental note to order her to take some downtime after the morning battle update concluded and concentrated on the status updates from the ships in his division.

(Continue reading here)

Ask Admiral Vanaxilth

       Alan Trevor asks: Rule (XS8.48) limits the number of cruisers in a "pure X-technology" fleet to three heavy cruisers and three light cruisers maximum, although you could have more than three light cruisers by reducing the heavy cruiser contingent. With most empires, it is clear which X-cruisers are light cruisers and which are heavy cruisers, but there are a couple of cases that are ambiguous. For the Tholians, it is clear that the NCX is a heavy cruiser and the NLX and CWX are light cruisers. But what about the "CA-based" CCX, CPX, CAX, and PAX? They are all based on a ship that is designated as a "heavy cruiser" but which only has a 2/3 movement cost. Then there is the Federation CSX. Granted this ship is conjectural "unbuilt variant," but if the players are using it, would it count as a heavy or as a light?
       ANSWER: The Tholian cruiser is defined in its description as a heavy cruiser, so yes, those X-variants are all heavy cruisers. Likewise, the Federation CSX is a heavy cruiser variant, and thus subject to the limit.
       Alan Trevor asks: If you attach a power augmentation module or heavy power augmentation module to an X-technology base, are the APRs and batteries X-technology? If yes, the BPV for those modules needs to be revised when attached to X-bases. If no, can you upgrade the APRs and batteries per the XP rules?
        Kommodore Ketrick replies: The SSDs of the Tholian and Hydran X-starbases show hangar bay modules with two APRs, but the cost of the modules is still only 10 BPV as are the hangar bay modules on the Federation and Klingon X-starbases (among others) which have cargo boxes instead of APRs. As the rules normally allow this substitution of APRs for cargo on non-X hangar bay modules for the Tholians and Hydrans (who do not use drones but do use fighters that need energy to charge their weapons) at no change in BPV (10 BPV), the cost for the base augmentation modules is unchanged between a non-X starbase and an X-starbase. As there are no rules for "X-base augmentation modules" in Module X1 or Module X1R, there are no X-base augmentation modules, and a power augmentation module or heavy power augmentation module attached to such a base is not in and of itself an X-module nor becomes one simply because it is attached to an X-base.
       Upgrading the systems on such modules under (XR0.0) I would be forced to say at this time is allowed because upgrades to non-X bases is allowed [in the introduction to (XR0.0)] and base augmentation modules are not at this time included in the rule on units to which partial X refits cannot be installed (XR0.4).
(End of Admiral Vanaxilth)


       Q: It is time to retreat. At the time players choose retreat paths, a given hex is a valid option for both players. The defender retreats into this valid hex first (302.72). The hex in question was the only valid hex the attacker could retreat to under (302.733-3D) but the defender retreated into that hex first. (The defender had another choice but picked the one in question to force another round of combat). Does this force the hex to be considered a fighting retreat now?
       A: The key here is step (5-7A4) of the SoP. The defending player retreats first using the retreat priorities (302.73). Once that is done, the attacker does the same with the defenders in their new hex location. Retreat is not simultaneous. Start over on the retreat priorities for the attacker and see what hexes are left for them to retreat to.
(End of F&E Q&A)


     Dear Aunt Jean, What progress is there on the GURPS Prime Directive revision?

     A: Captain's Log #53 took precedence. Next, I need to finish proofreading the Gorn Master Starship Book. Then I will get back to Prime Directive.

      Send questions to Jean at 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 to add you to the list. (Obviously, they are free.) They are uploaded to the Star Fleet Alert page

Alert 190709 CL53 (Adobe Acrobat Required)
Alert 190309 Distribution (Adobe Acrobat Required)
Alert 170327 CL52
(Adobe Acrobat Required)
Alert 160531 Cart
(Adobe Acrobat Required)
Alert 160518 Captain's Log #51 (Adobe Acrobat Required)
Alert 160317 For the Glory
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Alert 150331 Captain's Log #50
(Adobe Acrobat Required)


       Suppose you are moving at Baseline Speed 24, but only want to move two hexes. This could be to avoid overload range against a Federation ship, gain a Range 1 shot on a drone wave, etc. The most obvious method is to decelerate, but this costs energy. So how can you do this, without using energy? By using sideslips.
       On your first move, sideslip. It does not matter which direction. For this example, we will sideslip left. Next move straight, and then sideslip right. The hex you end up in is two hexes from your starting point. You have managed to end up exactly where you would have if you had decelerated, added three hexes to satisfying your turn mode count, but you have not used any energy. You can now use that energy for something else.
       So go tease that Federation cruiser by maneuvering to Range 9 without using energy for a deceleration. His overloaded photons won¹t even get a chance to fire before your disruptors penetrate his shield and knock one of them out.
(End of FC Tactic of the Month)

SFB Tactic of the Month
- Cadet Alexander Fulton, USS Oregon

       It usually does not pay to destroy something you paid ten BPV of Commander's Options for, but sometimes it does. If an enemy ship puts a tractor beam on a Tholian ship, with the intent of pulling him out of the web hex he is in during the next impulse, there is relatively little the Tholian can do to stop him. Becoming a web anchor (G10.1161) would be the easiest way to prevent removal; however, it would normally require some prescience, as 'Assuming or Dropping Anchor Status' happens in step 6B4 before the 'Operate Tractors' step.
       There are a few other things that happen between the Operate Tractors step of one impulse and the Movement step of the following impulse, however ‹ and weapons fire is one of those things. With a few phaser-1s at close range (minding the ECM of the buoy when calculating needed weapons fire), an anchor buoy can be destroyed. A destroyed anchor in a web can result in an automatic transfer of "anchor status" to any other Tholian ship in that segment (G10.1161) ‹ including the Tholian ship being tractored. This occurs out of the normal sequence of play, and within the same impulse. This would break the tractor beam immediately, and result in the enemy being unable to remove the Tholian ship from the hex in following impulse.

(End of SFB Tactic of the Month)

F&E Strategy of the Month

       The Hydrans tend to have two types of ships: the very good and the very bad (or at least mediocre). One of the latter is the GRV. Seldom put on the line in major battles, it is generally relegated to acting as little more than an FCR. However, it has one feature not normally encountered on such a weak ship: a command rating of 8. So a better use for it can be to command a province garrison force. You can put seven frigates and this ship at the corners where three provinces meet and gather them all together if need be. If it is attacked, the coalition player will have to use a significant force to win the battle, and if he does you can just sacrifice a lone frigate escaping with the rest of the force (and diverting those enemy ships from more important tasks). You could include a DE instead of one frigate to boost fighter support if you see a need for it.
(End of F&E Strategy of the Month)


A Call To Arms: Star Fleet Tactic of the Month
Asteroid Field

       Asteroid fields are the most common type of terrain encountered in ACTASF. On average one-half of all terrain generated will be an asteroid field. These can range in size from the entire map to just a fraction of one square foot. The ACTASF rulebook recommends an area of 4 to 6 square inches. Asteroid fields have a density rating which indicates how closely packed the individual asteroids are or how quickly they move about in the field. These density ratings range from 6 to 10. Ships may enter asteroid fields at will, but must roll a d6 and add their Crew Quality Rating. If the result equals or exceeds the field¹s density rating, the ship passes through without striking any asteroids. If the roll fails however, the ship suffers an attack using as many Attack Dice as the distance the ship moved in inches. And that¹s total movement, not just movement in the asteroids. A movement of 10" up to the field and then 2" into the field would net 12 AD of potential hits if the roll failed. This is why a handy asteroid field makes a good external shield for your flanks. Not many opponents are willing to brave the asteroid damage to get a good shot on your flank.
        For those brave enough to enter the field and survive however, there is good news. Any ship inside an asteroid field receives the trait 5+ Stealth (or a +2 bonus to Stealth if you already have it) when attacked, as the numerous rocks interfere with target locks. That means that on average, 33% of the shots that would normally hit your ship now miss. This penalty does not apply to fire out of an asteroid field. For this reason alone, many ships (especially Orion Pirates, who already have Stealth) like to move to the forward edge of a convenient asteroid field and fire out at other targets. Cloaked Romulans automatically lose the benefit of their cloaks while inside an asteroid field.
       A particularly brutal use of the asteroid field is the "Crippled Ship Revenge!" tactic. The captains of ships doomed to die a certain death have been known to charge through a nearby asteroid field at max possible speed to end their movement as close as possible to several enemy ships. If the Crew Quality roll is failed, the ship may blow up in the midst of the opponent¹s ships.

(End of A Call to Arms: Star Fleet Tactic of the Month)


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       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.