June 2015

Star Fleet Universe News

        This month's big news is that we have finally received the long-awaited next batch of ships for the Starline 2500 miniatures series. These include the Klingon SD7 strike cruiser, the Orion dreadnought, and the Kzinti NCA. (The first two are entirely new for the 2500s, and no 2400 SD7 exists. The Kzinti NCA replaces the defective ships that were released before Amarillo Design Bureau, Inc., took charge of production.)
        Also in the news this month, we have released two PDF books with the Starmada ships from Captain's Log.
        Starmada has existed in its own universe for a decade, but has included Star Fleet Universe books for five years. Starmada is another "simple but not simplistic" game system which allows SFU players to use more ships or play faster battles with equivalent results. There are two versions of Starmada, Nova and Admiral. (The Nova edition handles larger fleets in the same time as Admiral. Both handle larger fleets than FC or SFB, or the same fleets in less time.)
        The last eleven issues of Captain's Log have included new ships for Starmada, one of many game systems we operate and support. In response to player requests, we compiled the new Starmada ships, tactics, and scenarios from the last 11 issues of Captain's Log into two new PDF books and released them in early June.

        Our website, www.StarFleetGames.com, continues to grow and improve. You are welcome to send us your requests, comments, and suggestions. Simone Pike, 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. One of our newest pages is for Starline 2500 where we display photos and 3d renders of the new starships.


        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 recently started 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 first goal is to get 100 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

        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.

        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!
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 are now placing 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, and Issue #14 are already there and the final issue is being prepared for upload.

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


       Rated Ace Tournament #45 is moving along quickly. All but one first round game has been played. Two second round games are also complete. Gregg Dieckhaus is the judge.

       NetKill Patrol's 2015 second quarter is in full swing. Richard Schirmer maintains the statistics that make this tournament possible


       Star Fleet Battles and Federation Commander games and demos were held at the Balticon Convention in Hunt Valley, Maryland on May 22-25, 2015. The event went well.

       All SFU games are welcome at StratCon, held in the Nashville, Tennessee area on June 20-27, 2015. While there will certainly be Federation & Empire, other games include Star Fleet Battle Force, Federation Commander, Star Fleet Battles, and A Call to Arms: Star Fleet. Stay tuned to their page on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/151297821607520/

       Randy Blair will be running Star Fleet Battles demos and games at Gencon in Indianapolis, Indiana on July 30- August 2, 2015. Stay tuned for more information!

       Star Fleet Battles games and demos will be held at the Shore Leave Convention in Hunt Valley, Maryland on August 7-9, 2015. Ranger Joseph Dorffner will be holding these in the gameroom.

       Star Fleet Battles to be at the 73rd WorldCon at Spokane WA, on August 17-22, 2015! A SFB Giant Sanctioned Official  Tournament will be run for 64 or more players, of the 7k guests expected to attend in downtown Spokane WA, USA NA. An all-miniature tournament, it will be run eight games at a time, every four hours, during the hours of 9-9, to take care of the first few rounds, with finals Saturday or Sunday depending on turnout. All materials mostly provided by Ranger Harlan Haskell III. Bring pen and paper, everything else provided, for the tournament. Queries? Turtle test available starting Thursday evening, upon demand, with cards available.

       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 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://www.thegamershaven.net/gamers_haven.php

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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

       Inter-Stellar Concordium carriers and fast patrol ship tenders can be placed into echelon formation core slots (324.2) giving them added protection. However, this practice is not always warranted. For example a heavy carrier or space control ship group consisting of a CVA/SCS+CE+CE+DE has a defensive value of 13+8+8+6 or 35. The 35 points are the un-crippled sides only. Thus to even cripple the entire group your opponent will need 70 points of damage without a mauler. Thus you can save a core slot for some other less-protected unit unless you are fighting over a heavily defended fixed point where your opponent has the combat potential advantage.
       Another and perhaps better example is the area control ship or division control ship group of DCS+CE+CE+DE. This group has a defensive value of 10+1 [scout self-defense rule (308.52)]+8+8+6 or 33, again resulting in at least 66 points needed to cripple the entire group before a mauler and ships with mauler effects. When you know that your opponent is unable to generate that much damage, even under the worst case of an adjusted Battle Intensity of 10 with a combat roll of six, save your core slots for things like strike cruisers or standard light cruisers that are not in the battle group. As the carriers get smaller then you probably want to consider placing the carriers in the core slot for added protection.
       You do not know what the enemy battle force will be until it is revealed because of the way the selection process works in the Sequence of Play, but you do know what units the enemy has in the hex to choose from.
(End of F&E Strategy of the Month)

A Call To Arms: Star Fleet Tactic of the Month


       You could use the "line up" ability (part of a final maneuver at the end of the Movement Phase) to threaten a given ship, even one that has yet to move. Suppose the enemy really wants to keep a cruiser in a particular spot (not moving) for some game reason (within transporter range of a planet, or in a place he can fire between two terrain features at a particular target). If you make a show of moving a ship or two and "lining up" on the enemy ship that doesn't want to move, you are in effect announcing your intention to fire at that ship during the Attack Phase. You might convince him that staying put is a bad career move. (You aren't actually required to fire at this target and could be trying to distract him from noticing what else your ship is in position to shoot at.)
(End of A Call to Arms: Star Fleet Tactic of the Month)



        Throughout the month our graphics director places on the website various cards called Demotivationals. These are like postcards with an image and a phrase that is often used for humor. Here are the newest demotivationals since our last newsletter:

Carnivon Captains!

Star Fleet Battles

To see our previous Demotivationals click here.


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


David Drumm painted these Starline 2500 Gorn minis.

David Drumm painted these Starline 2500 Gorn minis.

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 #114 has been posted to the Commander's Circle

Click here to see our previous issues of Hailing Frequencies.

Recently Released
F&E Compendium Part 3 Stock #5718-3 $12.95
Captain's Log #50 Stock #5750 $24.95
Captain's Log #50 SSDs Stock #5750-2 $3.50
Captain's Log #50 Supplemental File Stock #5750-S $3.50
Romulan countersheet from Captain's Log #50 Stock #5750-C $0.95
Hydran Master Starship Book
Stock #5439 $19.95
Captain's Log #49 Stock #5749 $24.95
Captain's Log #49 SSDs Stock #5749-2 $3.50
Captain's Log #49 Supplemental File Stock #5749-S $1.00
SFB: Federation Master Starship Book
Stock #5432 $24.95
FC: Omega Playtest Rulebook Stock #4809 $6.95

To be released in 2015

Traveller Prime Directive Core Rulebook
F&E Minor Empires, SKU 3214, price $TBA
A new Starmada book for both editions.
New starships for the 2500 (1/3125) range including Tholian PC, DD, CA, TK5, DN; Klingon B10; Orion BR, DW, BC, BCH, DN.
New starships for the 2400 (1/3788) range including heavy war destroyers and the jumbo freighter.
Tribbles vs. Klingons (assuming Kickstarter works!)
F&E Fighter Operations update 2014, SKU 3203
Federation Commander Reference Starship Book

ADB, Inc. continues its relationship with Steve Jackson Games and their Warehouse 23. We chose Warehouse 23 because they have a philosophy that agrees with ours -- our customers are honest and honorable and wouldn't aid people who want to steal our products. Furthermore, we know from experience how devastating a computer crash can be and want our customers to know that they don't have to worry about the loss of their e-products bought through Warehouse 23. What do we have there? We have created a new page that allows easy access to our PDFs for sale on Warehouse 23. From here you can see what we currently have posted and have links to those products.

Starmada Nova Log
Starmada Admiral Log
SFB Module Y2 SSD Book (B/W)
SFB Module Y2 SSD Book (Color)
JagdPanther #14
SFB Module X1R SSD Book (B/W)
SFB Module X1R SSD Book (Color)
Federation & Empire Compendium Part 3

JagdPanther #13

Captain's Log #39

Captain's Log #39 Supplemental File
Captain's Log #39 Color SSDs
SFB Module R12 SSD Book (B/W)

SFB Module R12 SSD Book (Color)
SFB Module R11 SSD Book (B/W)

SFB Module R11 SSD Book (Color)

Captain's Log #13 (DriveThru RPG or Wargame Vault)
FC: Federation Ship Card Pack #2 (DriveThru RPG or Wargame Vault)
Starmada Nova Log (DriveThru RPG or Wargame Vault)
Starmada Admiral Log (DriveThru RPG or Wargame Vault)
SFB Module Y2 SSD Book (B/W) (DriveThru RPG or Wargame Vault)
SFB Module Y2 SSD Book (Color) (DriveThru RPG or Wargame Vault)
Star Fleet Times #1-5 (DriveThru RPG or Wargame Vault)
JagdPanther #14 (DriveThru RPG or Wargame Vault)
Federation Commander Briefing #2 Ship Pack F (DriveThru RPG or Wargame Vault)
Star Fleet Battles: Playtest Module E2 (DriveThru RPG or Wargame Vault)
Captain's Log #12 (DriveThru RPG or Wargame Vault)
SFB Module X1R (B/W) (DriveThru RPG or Wargame Vault)
SFB Module X1R (Color) (DriveThru RPG or Wargame Vault)
Captain's Log #11 (DriveThru RPG or Wargame Vault)
Federation & Empire Compendium Part 3 (DriveThru RPG or Wargame Vault)
JagdPanther #13 (DriveThru RPG or Wargame Vault)
Federation Commander Briefing #2 Ship Pack E (DriveThru RPG or Wargame Vault)

Star Fleet Fiction

          "Ross, get Launch Control on a channel and have them launch the intelligence fighter. Orders are to launch its probe drones when we do. Make sure the fighter gets no closer than 80,000 kilometers. We'll pick it up on the way out if we can. Otherwise, it will need to rendezvous with us at Checkpoint Alpha." The commands were crisp. "Lieutenant Garner, turn into the Manta. Launch our own probe drones simultaneously with the fighter. Navigation, begin cycling reserve warp through the battery grid. One more pass, gentle beings." Around Folomar, the Bridge bustled with activity. The crew did not show any misgivings at being ordered to engage the monster again. For that, their Captain was proud.
          We should get plenty of information this time, even if we are low on intelligence assets. Then we can leave the thing in peace, or kill it if it forces us to do so. At least it shouldn't have any more surprises to throw at us. If it did, it would have done so in the first pass.
He hesitated. He was certain that his reasoning was correct. The creature had not been especially deadly on the first approach until they had gotten close. If they avoided a point-blank approach, they should be able to reinforce the shields enough to keep them from being breached again. This thing is just a beast, he told himself, it fights by instinct. It won't be clever enough to hide some of its weapons for a later attack. They just had to get close enough for the sensors to get reliable data.
           A quick run in, keep the fighter outside of the monster's close-in kill zone, get the information we need, and get back out. Recover the fighter and analyze the data as we run ahead of it again. It won't be easy, but it's a mission we can do.
          He took a deep breath, staring at the view screen. The creature, through the magic of the Powell's electronics, was steadily growing in size as they began to near it once again. They had taken all of the standard precautions just as they had the first time, and they had survived the encounter. It should be no different this time. Yet he could not shake the feeling that all was not going as planned.
          Why do I still have this cold, twisting, knot of dread between my shoulder blades? This thing is just a beast, right?
(Continue reading here)

Ask Admiral Vanaxilth

          Xander Fulton asks: When a scenario starts, ships are given position and speed, which determines what they can accelerate to during Energy Allocation of Turn #1, but what of the turn and sideslip modes? Do ships start a scenario assuming they had previously been going "straight," so they can turn right away? Or do the turn and sideslip modes start at "0"?
          ANSWER: Paul Pease replies: Rule (S1.2) . . . "Ships placed on the map at the start of the scenario, or which enter the map during the scenario are assumed to have fulfilled their turn and sideslip modes provided it is possible for them to have done so. . ." There is an exception in that units at Speed Zero have not fulfilled either and scenarios may specify exceptions.

           Sean Hunt asks: The note at the end of (XC1.313-2) seems wrong, maybe. Would we not still use this rule for determining some aspects of movement, even if (XC1.32) plotted movement is being used? For instance, if a non-nimble X-ship was scheduled to move the same impulse as a nimble non-X ship, then presumably the X-ship would have to move before seeing the non-X ship's movement, even though it was pre-plotted.
          ANSWER: Kommodore Ketrick replies: No, because by the definition of pre-plotted movement the nimble ship has given up its advantage in the Order of Precedence. It does not get to see all of the non-nimble ships that are using plotted movement move and then make its own movement based on that movement. So only the X-ships use non-plotted movement as stated.

          Troy Williams asks: Is it legal to allocate energy to, say, a 14/28 speed plot but choose not to accelerate when the change is due (tactical situation changed) and remain at Speed 14 or conduct the change at a later impulse? I am pretty sure you cannot do this but cannot find the rule specifically saying this.
          ANSWER: Kommodore Ketrick replies: Unplotted mid-turn decelerations are specifically forbidden. Note the following rule:
(C12.32) DECELERATION (Second paragraph) specifically says: "Speed changes to reduce speed must always be plotted during Energy Allocation (C12.12). They can never be unplotted."
          Delaying an acceleration is by definition a deceleration. There is no legal means (in Star Fleet Battles; Federation Commander does provide a means to use power to cancel movement) to cancel (or delay) a plotted acceleration short of Emergency Deceleration or colliding with a tournament barrier, or Energy Balance Due to Damage, or breakdown as a result of a failed high energy turn, or impact with a web of sufficient strength at sufficient speed.
          Other rules may also apply.
          (C1.34) ALWAYS PLOTTED: (Second sentence of the second paragraph): "All deceleration must be plotted (including braking energy to reverse direction), except an emergency deceleration, which is never plotted."
          (C12.22) PLOT REQUIRED (second sentence): "Alternatively, reserve warp power could be used to accelerate (but not to decelerate) the ship; see (C12.24)."
          (C12.23) DAMAGE (this rule allows you to cancel an acceleration, but only if you are using Energy Balance due to Damage and in response to damage, not simply voluntarily for tactical convenience): "If Energy Balance Due to Damage (D22.0) is in use, a player can cancel or reduce future accelerations to fulfill energy balance requirements. Cancellations must be announced."
          Rule (C12.244) allows for an unplotted deceleration, but only if it is following an unplotted acceleration in the middle of a turn, e.g., you use reserve power to accelerate to a faster speed between Impulse #8 and #16, the deceleration back to your plotted speed on Impulse #16 is technically an unplotted deceleration.
          The rules do not allow you to cancel or delay a pre-plotted acceleration.
(End of Admiral Vanaxilth)

          Q: Can the ISC use the echelon formation (324.0) in a pursuit battle (307.0) if it meets all the requirements of (324.1) and (307.2) as the pursuer or (307.3) as the pursued?
          A: No. See (324.15): Echelon formations cannot be used by a Battle Force conducting a pursuit. They can be used by a Battle Force being pursued.

          Q: I have a monitor in a hex with a planet, which also contains a tug upgrading a mobile base. According to (519.22) the monitor is treated as a base in regards to the approach of the planet. That being the case, I have two "bases" at the planet: the mobile base being upgraded, and the monitor. Can the monitor be the "focus of the attack" and make the tug upgrading the mobile base the "excluded" base?
          A: Sorry, but no. The rules define the monitor and mobile base as "colocated" so they're both in the battle. The situation here is that the monitor is a ship acting like a base and (with no positional stabilizers) will be as close to the base as it can be.

          Q: What if a starbase with F14+2 reacts its 12 fighters out of the hex? Does that mean that it can put up an eight-point independent squadron (502.95) in two rounds of combat?
          A: This represents two squadrons of fighters, one of eight factors and one of six factors. As long as the damage is taken on the six-factor squadron first, the eight-factor squadron remains. See (501.91), (501.61), and (302.452) for more information.

          Q: For the purposes of the die roll to determine if pursuit is successful under (307.21), does the missing escort for a tug with carrier pods count? The missing escort obviously counts against the number of ships. I note that carriers with missing escorts (307.22) count as the actual number of ships for the die roll but as the required number of ships for formation of the pursuit force.
          A: Correct, it counts against the size of the force but does not count for the die roll. (In other words, send some other ship.) This applies to any carrier rolling for pursuit. If the carrier is missing escorts below the number required by (515.2), the group takes up that minimum number of slots (that's how the command software works, and it keeps players from using high-density unescorted carriers), but the "group" only counts the actual number of ships when checking for successful pursuit under (307.21). During pursuit, the escort spread out to expand the search area but then rejoin the carrier when the enemy is contacted.

          Q: Can a single rescue tug (537.2) rescue a ship in combat, and then keep a ship out of pursuit during the pursuit battle? Or is each of those items a different rescue tug action?
          A: Yes, if assigned properly one tug can attempt to save a unit in battle and then later save the same ship or another ship in pursuit. The rescue tug can attempt to save the same or another unit from the pursuit battle. Remember, it is the role that the tug is assigned and not about the unit(s) it saves.

          Q: If the enemy has more ships at your capital than your whole fleet and you retreat from an adjacent hex with a smaller fleet, does that mean that the smaller fleet can't enter its own capital because it is "outnumbered" and retreat priority 2 fails?
          A: Yes, this is how retreat priority 2 works (302.732).

          Q: When determining if (310.0) Small Scale Combat can be used with a force of a carrier without escorts and two other ships which have not been previously designated as ad hoc escorts under (515.34) and (515.35), would it disqualify such a battle force from using (310.0)?
          A: Players must follow rule (310.11). Small Scale Combat qualification is done in Sequence of Play Step 5-3B; ad hocs are added next in Step 5-3C, so it is not possible to use the ad hoc rule to lower one's ComPot to qualify for SSC. The carrier may go without escorts as long as there are available command slots for the missing escorts.

          Q: Is an FRD a valid target for infiltration (537.12)?
          A: The rule specifically uses the term "ships" so only ships can be infiltrated. Infiltration cannot be used against non-ship units such as the following (this list is not exhaustive): FRD/FRX/PRD, a fighter factor, a PF, a CPF, an unassigned pod, a fighter depot, a diplomat, a prime team, a Marine major general, an admiral, a SWAC, a cloaked decoy, an engineer unit, a shipyard, a reserve counter, or a repair deport.

          Q: About special raids...
          A: Sound of whistling. (The staff is working to fix these.)

          Q: How do Tholian Pinwheels (322.31) affect retreats via (302.721)? May the rest of an allied force retreat behind the cover of a surviving pinwheel?
          A: So long as a pinwheel remains un-dissolved at the end of any combat round, it can cover the retreat of allied ships as outlined in (302.741).
(End of F&E Q&A)


Dear Aunt Jean,

Couldn't you do other books while Traveller sorts itself out?

A: In theory, I could, but the reality is that there are a lot of projects on my plate or soon to be on my plate. I have the Klingon Master Starship Book and the Federation Commander Scenario Log on my desk, awaiting the Purple Pen of Perdition. A Call to Arms: Star Fleet will soon be getting its Deluxe Edition, Federation & Empire is looking at Minor Empires, and there is still Federation Admiral, not to mention issues of Captain's Log. By the time those get sorted out, we hope that Traveller Prime Directive can be worked on again.

You can read more of our blogs here: http://federationcommander.blogspot.com/

Send questions to Jean at design@StarFleetGames.com and SVC will decide which one Jean will answer next.
(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 is a link to our new page about our new upcoming game:
Tribbles vs Klingons
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.

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

Alert 150331 Captain's Log #50 (Adobe Acrobat Required)
Alert 140707 FC: Tactics Manual and Captain's Log #49
(Adobe Acrobat Required)
Alert 140418 PRICE 2500 (Adobe Acrobat Required)
Star Fleet Alert 140320 CL48, Away Team Log
(Adobe Acrobat Required)


        Ships with less crunch power, such as the Klingon D7 and Kzinti battlecruiser, often have large numbers of transporters and Marines. When flying these ships, always use Marine raids (5F1) whenever you can. The raids can target specific boxes on the enemy's ship display, swinging things in your favor. The large number of transporters makes it more power-efficient for these ships than for other ships, and they have enough Marines to lose some without worrying about defending the ship from enemy counter-boarding attempts.
        Good targets depend on the tactical situation, but warp engines are almost always worth attacking, especially on smaller ships. Multi-turn-arming weapons, especially with energy already allocated to arm them, are good targets, as are drone racks.
        If flying a drone-armed ship, attacking the enemy's drone defensive systems (ADDs, drone racks, and phasers) can help you score more hits with your drones. Enemy tractor beams holding drones or suicide shuttles are always prime targets.
        Some ships have systems that are critical. Romulan cloaking devices should be attacked at every opportunity for example.
(End of FC Tactic of the Month)

SFB Tactic of the Month
- Lieutenant J.G. Alexander Fulton, USS Oregon

        Old-series Romulan ships have a primary offensive weapon in their plasma torpedoes, and secondary offensive weapons in . . . nothing. Their warp-targeted lasers are only useful defensively! As a result, their ships retain all of their offensive potential under passive fire control - and under (D19.221), the seeking plasma torpedoes can be launched under passive fire control.
        "But wait!" you say, "There are so many things you cannot do without a lock-on your target!" However, this is not really applicable, here. Transporters? You do not have any, so it does not matter. Tractor beams? S-tractors and W-tractors are quite useless offensively or defensively. ECCM? Your torpedo has three points already built in. And so on. You don't need to worry about what you don't have.
        Given this, Warbirds and other sublight Romulan ships should go ahead and leave their fire controls off pretty much all the time. After a single turn using this, advantages abound. Under (D19.31), they receive an electronic warfare bonus of two points of ECM, but also under (D19.33), any ship attacking them suffers a five-hex range penalty! All that for no loss of offensive capability at all, and power saved!
(End of SFB Tactic of the Month)


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