December 2019

Star Fleet Universe News


        Everyone always asked why we were doing two newsletters that basically covered the same news, and we finally (during the annual review of what we¹re doing and how we can do it better) asked that question of ourselves. Even we couldnt remember the original reason to do two separate newsletters.

        We will merge the two newsletters. Hailing Frequencies #169 will appear on 10 January and will include everything from both newsletters (which was nearly the same thing anyway). The FC ship card, scenario, and from Communique will move to Hailing Frequencies. In the spring, Hailing Frequencies will start to include ships and scenarios for all of our games.


        On December 1st, 2019, ADB released a total of 88 new items in our Shapeways store, which now has over 1,900 items:
        New 1/7000 Elite scale ships including the Klingon Core Collection (C8, C7, D7, D5, F5W, F5), ISC Fleet Core Collection (DN, CA, CL, DD, and two FFs) and its Fleet Builder Collection (two each CL, DD, and FF), Vudar Fleet Core Collection (DN, BCH, CA, CW, CW, and FW) and their Fleet Builder Collection (two CWs, two DWs, and two FWs); and the Neo-Tholian 312th Builder Collection. We also released stand covers that expand the half-inch hex-shaped bases to one-inch hexes and two-cm round bases.
        The new 1/2500 Prestige Scale gains the Klingon D7K refitted battlecruiser and Lyran Tiger heavy cruiser.
        Ships released for both 3788 and 3125 scales include: Klingon D6P gunboat tender, Tholian HDW (PFT mode); Kzinti Heavy Carrier, Space Control Ship, and Super Space Control Ship; Orion LR scout, Patrol Carrier, and DW scout; cost-saving sprues of two Hydran destroyers (2xLN, 2xKN, KN+LN); Jindarian metal frigate (including a sprue of two); Vudar BCH and CA; WYN Orca-V, Grey Shark DN, and DN Kit); North Polar CC, CA, CK, CS, CM, CL, CLM, DD, DDG, DDS.
        Released in Omni Scale are the Romulan Augmented Base Station, Battle Station, and Augmented Battle Station; Orion Battle Station, Augmented Battle Station; WYN Aux Cruiser on Kzinti hull; armed freighters (all four sizes); large and small Q-ships (in two modes); North Polar Battle Station.
         You can check out the store here:

        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 Hampton Roads, headquartered in Hampton, Virginia. CO William Phillips reports they play Star Fleet Battles and Federation & Empire. They also enjoy attending gaming conventions. 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:



Sapphire Star:

        Only the final round remains, pitting  Jack Taylor's WYN Black Shark (BB) againt Dana Madsens Orion Battle Raider (HHGBB / 11G11). Dana Madsen has announced he will use the two hellbore-FA, phaser-G-FA and type-B drone racks in the wings option. The game is to be completed by 16 January.

        You can follow the Sapphire Star Tournament #2 here: Good luck to all the players!


      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

A Call To Arms: Star Fleet Tactic of the Month

         The largest bodies of terrain usually encountered in ACTASF, planets can range in size from moons as small as 1 inch in diameter to huge gas giants of 12 inches in diameter or more. They will typically only be one planet on the map at a time as they orbit their stars at great distances and the typical gaming table would need to be a mile or so long to include two planets, although a large planet may have several moons in orbit around it and many of these may be on the map. As with other types of terrain, planets block line of sight. Ships may however fly "over" planets without penalty, although if a ship is on the planet template, the line of sight to that ship will be clear to any ship within range.
         Planets in ACTASF have a unique feature: the gravity well. The depth (or size of the gravity well is based on the size (diameter) of the planet itself. A larger planet has a deeper gravity well. The gravity well can be used by wily captains to gain a great movement advantage. Ships that begin their Movement Phase inside the gravity well and parallel to the planet can "orbit" the planet. So long as the ship stays at the same distance from the planet¹s surface, it may be moved forward around the planet. For all intents and purposes, this movement will be considered straight-line movement as centripetal force and the planet¹s gravity keep the ship in orbit.
         Gas or ice giants often have a planetary ring around them. Planetary rings are typically 3" wide and located 1d6+6 inches from the planet¹s surface. These are treated as either dust clouds or asteroids fields (50:50 chance of either one).
(End of A Call to Arms: Star Fleet Tactic of the Month)

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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.


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!

Daniel Bostwick painted this Andromedan Conquistador (3788 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 #168 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
FC Booster Pack #37
FC Booster Pack #38
FC Federation Epack #5
A Call to Arms: Starfleet Book 2
GURPS Klingons Revision

Star fleet Universe Index

To be released in 2020
Captain's Log #55
SFB Module R13
The rest of the Starmada Unity Edition
A new F&E module to be named later

       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.

GURPS Prime Directive 4e revised: Volume 1
GURPS Prime Directive 4e revised: Volume 2
GURPS Prime Directive 4e revised: Volume 1 and 2
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

A Call to Arms: Star Fleet Christmas (DriveThru RPG or Wargame Vault)
GURPS Prime Directive 4e revised: Volume 1  (DriveThru RPG)
GURPS Prime Directive 4e revised: Volume 2  (DriveThru RPG)
GURPS Prime Directive 4e revised: Volume 1 and 2  (DriveThru RPG)
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

 Galley, USS Mallory
Romulan Border 5 August 2573; Eagle +3 Days

          Two hours later, Sevrin was waiting patiently in the galley for a meal to be ordered. Shortly after tapping into the ship¹s internal sensors, he had written a small program to analyze the Romulans¹ movements, looking for patterns that would give him more information about their intentions. The analysis had yet to produce any insights into their intent, but it did highlight several potentially useful anomalies. One of these anomalies had just entered the mess hall, one deck above him.

(Continue reading here)

Ask Admiral Vanaxilth

         Francois Lemay asks: The Jindarian dreadnought can have the following non weapon options as indicated on the SSD: rear hull, auxiliary control, cargo, fabrication, forward hull, lab, repair or tractor, with restrictions on special sensors, transporters, barracks as per (R16.1C11), I suspect. The heavy strike cruiser and destroyer can have cargo, barracks, fabrication or labs with no mention of any other options. Can the heavy strike cruiser and destroyer use the restrictions of (R16.1C11)?
         Kommodore Ketrick replies: The introduction to (R16.1C) specifically says the rule does ". . . not apply to the conventional size-4 ships (DD, FF)." That in itself pretty much limits destroyers and frigates to just what their own rules say, or what is printed on their SSDs (which is part of their rules). The heavy strike cruiser and light strike cruiser are both size class 3 and (R16.1C) does not say that non-asteroid ships of size class 3 are included in the restriction. However, the heavy strike cruiser and light strike cruiser were in Module R6, not Module F1, and would have to have something specific in their own rule defining what their limits are, and that limit is on their SSDs (which is also considered a rule), i.e., their non-weapon option boxes are limited to what is listed on the SSD. This does mean they have the same limits on what can be in those boxes as the destroyer and frigate.

Scientific Research
         Russ Simkins asks:
A unit is collecting scientific research on an object at Range 3 (say a moray eel which is immune to black hole gravity) near a black hole. Gravity pulls the unit within two hexes of the object during (6A1) Involuntary Movement. The unit on (6A2) Voluntary Movement of the same impulse then moves back to Range 3. Which is the closest approach, Range 2 or 3?
         ANSWER: Range 2. There is no defined point in the impulse where "closest approach" is calculated, so the fact that you were at Range 2 during the (6A1) stage counts.

Fusion Beams
         Robert Estrada asks:
Can Hydran fusion beams be held on Turn #1? In the tournament? Under regular rules?
         Kommodore Ketrick replies: Fusion beams cannot start any scenario (to include tournament games) held because they are not multi-turn arming weapons (S4.13).

Effective Range
         Seth Shimansky asks:
When firing overloads you use "effective range" to determine if you hit or not, the damage is then calculated at the "true range." If the effective range is more than Range 8 what are you using to hit with, the standard table?
         ANSWER: Kommodore Ketrick replies: Yes. If you were trying to fire (as an example) overloaded photon torpedoes at a cloaked ship at a true range of 1, and for some reason the effective range was 13, your photons would hit on a die roll of one, and only one. (You cannot use the proximity to hit because they are overloads, but also because you cannot use proximity fuses at a true range of less than nine even if the effective range is nine or more.) By the same token, you cannot fire a plasmatic pulsar device at a cloaked ship at a true range of 1, even if the effective range is 4 or more. Note that this also applies to standard loaded disruptors at a true range of Zero, and standard loaded photons at a true range of Zero or 1. Even if the effective range is greater, those weapons cannot be fired as standard loads in those circumstances.
         But basically the "true range" defines if the weapon can be fired and fired in the current mode, and the effective range determines if a hit is scored. So if you have a disruptor, and the true range is eight hexes, you can fire it as an overload. But if the effective range is (to take a ridiculous case) 31-40 hexes, the overloads will only hit on a die roll of one. Note that it is possible for a weapon to be able to fire at a true range and not able to fire because the effective range is greater than the weapon¹s maximum range. This is something that mostly affects smaller disruptor ships, but also plasma bolts from the smaller launchers. Thus a Klingon E3 might have run up on that pirate and have channeled most of its power for overloads at Range 3, but its disruptors have a maximum range of only 10 hexes, and if the effective range is (Range 3 doubled to six for no lock-on plus five) 11 hexes, it will not be able to fire them at the Orion at all (unless conditions change before the end of the turn).

Victory Conditions
         Gregory Flusche asks:
A Klingon D7C with a few Commander¹s Options is fighting a Jindarian heavy cruiser. The Jindarian runs in and fires its railguns, doing internals to the Klingon, then slows down and launches shuttles. Next turn, the Jindarian heavy cruiser sits and spins with a cloud of prospecting shuttles. The Klingon fires and destroys shuttles, taking more internals, but not getting crippled. The following turn, the Klingon runs away, disengaging. In all, 10 Jindarian prospecting and two admin shuttles were destroyed. There was damage to some armor of the Jindarian heavy cruiser. Victory points for the Jindarian were 10 for the Commander¹s Options, and 39 for forcing the Klingon to disengage, for a total of 49. The Klingon gets 74 for the shuttles (because prospecting shuttles count their economic value of seven EPV each), plus 12 for Commander¹s Options, for a total of 86, giving the Klingon a tactical victory.
  Is this correct? It was very smart of the Klingon to run, as he had lost his #2 and #6 shields, with some nice internal damage. Then we found out he had won.
         ANSWER: Mostly. The total value of the shuttles was 72, not 74, as admin shuttles are worth only 1 EPV. The Jindarian can use prospecting shuttles in combat, in a pinch, but if he does, he is risking economic ruin.

(End of Admiral Vanaxilth)


         Q: Do crippled monitors (520.62) and (521.323) provide the die roll penalty to an SAF attack against a planet and do crippled monitors prevent ground assaults against PDUs?
         A: Crippled monitors do prevent ground attacks and do defend against SAF attacks. The rules simply cite the presence of a monitor and do not exclude crippled monitors.
         Q: Can a rescue tug (537.2) be used to "save" the ship that is required to be killed under (302.617)?
         A: According to rule (537.223) ships destroyed by directed damage or which are trapped in a web cannot be rescued.
         Q: Can the combined intensity rating (304.5) blunt the effect of a negative variable battle intensity rating roll?
         For example, the Coalition player, over many combat rounds during a capital assault, has managed to bring the BIR to 10. The Alliance player picks BIR 1. While the combined battle intensity rating is 11, the maximum allowed is BIR 10. Does the VBIR apply to the higher number? For example, if the combined BIR is 11 and the variable roll of "1" is "-2" BIR, then the net BIR would be 11-2=9. However, if the maximum starting BIR is 10, then the VBIR roll of "-2" BIR would bring the BIR to 10-2=8.
         So, in the rare case that one player has forced the BIR to 9 or 10, does any VBIR subtraction apply to the higher combined BIR, or is the maximum BIR 10 before applying a negative result from rolling a "1" or "2" during the variable BIR?
         A: Your answer is in the last sentence of (304.5). You apply the VBIR first then apply the increased intensity amount with a max BIR of 10. So a VBIR of -2 would reduce a total of 11 to 9, while a total of 11 would be reduced to 10 if the VBIR was -1 or not being used.
         Q: Rule (509.33) states the tug-and-pod combination is treated as one unit, but doesn't explain what happens to the (single-sided) pod when the (double-sided counter) tug gets flipped over due to combat damage.
         A: See (509.43). When a tug is crippled the pods cease to function but are otherwise unharmed. Also, in the same rule: Pods are never crippled and never require repairs. The only way to eliminate pods is to kill the ship carrying them.
         Q: If a PFT or PDU with PFs is destroyed via directed damage (302.5), must the now homeless PFs be absorbed into an existing under-strength casual PF flotilla (524.21) bringing the casual PF flotilla to maximum strength if no other home is available for them or is that at the option of the PF owning player?
         A: We are ruling that PFs from destroyed PFTs/PDUs can be transferred into CPFs per (524.23) but PFs from a destroyed CPF cannot be transferred to PFTs or PDUs per (524.231).

(End of F&E Q&A)


Dear Aunt Jean, how're things progressing?

         Well, my fiance and I bought a house ... Oh wait, you mean with the GURPS Prime Directive revision! I got the index updated and the PDF uploaded. Then we found out the PDF went wonky on the pagination and a couple of typos were found. Those will be corrected on the January release.

      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.


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FC Tactic of the MonthHIT THE SMALL ONE FIRST !

         Kzinti players have a huge temptation for taking smaller ships instead of bigger ships . . . drone control. With more, but smaller ships, Kzinti players can launch larger drone waves. The flaw in that philosophy is the ship size. The smaller Kzinti ships cannot stand up to the combined firepower of a fleet, and every ship lost immediately lowers the number of drones in a drone wave. Therefore, when facing a Kzinti fleet, hit the small ship first and work your way up to the bigger ships.

         Ttles are worth only 1 EPV. The Jindarian can use prospecting shuttles in combat, in a pinch, but if he does, he is risking economic ruin.

(End of FC Tactic of the Month)

SFB Tactic of the Month
- Ensign Jeff Johnson, USS North Carolina

         Kzinti destroyers and frigates with Y175 refits have powerful B-racks and C-racks with lots of reloads, but are very short on shuttles. However, they can launch a wave of six drones ‹ the maximum number that they can control ‹ in a single turn. These powerful drone racks make them much less reliant on scatter-packs for building large waves of drones. Launched at long range, scatter-pack drone waves (even if they¹re made up entirely of dogfight drones) can tie down the ship¹s limited number of drone-control slots for long stretches of time. Launched closer in, the scatter-pack is likely to be shot down before it can release its drones. A wise Kzinti small-ship captain will therefore want to be a little choosier about when and how he uses his shuttles.
        Enemy ships can easily destroy even large drone waves, especially if they are armed with anti-drone racks or expanding sphere generators. While it may be fun to trick up the perfect mix of specialty drones, the fact that the target can simply turn away and eliminate them with a cheap T-bomb dropped out of a shuttle hatch makes this a risky proposition. Of course, if turning away from you will have really bad consequences (such as leaving a down shield wide open to direct-fire weapons) then it will probably be worth it, even if you do "waste" the drones.
All other things being equal, you are only going to be able to overwhelm his defenses by following your drone wave in for an attack run. When he eliminates your first wave of drones, you¹ll be able to feed him a second wave of six more drones, right in his face, from your drone racks. Even if he can handle this, he probably will have used up his labs for drone identification already, and he¹ll have to fire phasers-1s at the drones that slip past his anti-drones or else risk getting hit by a type-IV drone, for example. This means less phaser fire on your ships, which should give you an edge after direct fire weapons have been resolved.
        Your two drone waves may even be overwhelming in and of themselves ‹ forcing your opposing captain to either launch a wild weasel or be destroyed. This will no doubt eliminate your drone wave and leave you unable to feed him anymore from your racks for several impulses. This is the moment where your scatter-pack will be invaluable, as it will allow you to get a third drone wave on the board and moving directly towards a target that is barely moving and that is likely to have used up much of its phaser power. And wild weasel or not, if you¹ve tracked his weapon fire carefully, you can be certain that he is unable to destroy your scatter-pack shuttle before it can release its drones. Don¹t launch the scatter-pack unless you are sure it will do some good.
        Because you are likely to be launching your scatter-pack immediately following a battle pass, consider loading it with Speed-32 drones so that they can be sure to catch up with your opponent before the turn break. Finally, if you¹re worried about him foiling your scatter-pack drones by turning away and dropping a T-bomb, the fact that you¹ve made a battle pass gives you the option to leave some T-bombs of your own in the locations that you expect him to turn toward.

(End of SFB Tactic of the Month)

F&E Strategy of the Month

        When raiding, try to attack a battle station without a picket on it (any ship co-located with it). Do not attack the battle station unless you have over 14 combat potential, so use (for example) a Hydran Liege or PFT to conduct the raid.
        Here is why. The battle station can alter its combat potential so that it falls below the 14-point cap for Small Unit Combat. Here are the steps to do it:
        1. It dials its electronic warfare up to 3 (so the combat factor is reduced to six).
        2. Six fighter factors (6 more combat factors).
        3. A police ship (3 or 4 combat factors) that is 15-16 total.
        4. Now, hold up to a third of the fighters in the bays, reducing the combat potential down to 13-14.
        That is enough, for any single raider that is less than 14 combat potential to have multiple shifts on the (310.0) table.
        -1: because enemy has a scout (the battle station).
        -2: because the enemy has 14 combat factors and even a mighty Dragoon with 11 combat factors will get -1.
        +1 if the raider has a prime team.
        Net: -1 to -3 on the one die roll for your raiding ship to damage the battle station.
        These are not good odds. So do not do it.

(End of F&E Strategy of the Month)