June 2017

Star Fleet Universe News


        Our long-awaited store on Shapeways will open later this month with over a dozen ships including Federation, Klingons, Romulans, and more.
        Yes, this isn't the first time we said it would open. The first delay was due to a market study which said that if we didn't have the Federation Heavy Cruiser and Klingon D7 battlecruiser on the first day we'd be branded as "just another strange ships store." Everybody thought it would take Mongoose a week to convert their CGIs into Shapeways-capable files, but their sculptor  had a death in the family (three week delay) and then (after two weeks of trying) decided that the Mongoose files would never work on Shapeways and would have to be done over. Worse, they decided that they didn't have time to start over.
        So we recruited more sculptors, and recruiting went well. Master Sculptor Will McCammon is now leading the design team with three other sculptors, two of whom have deep workbenches full of ships already finished and done specifically for Shapeways from the start.
        We'll save the specific menu of ships for opening day, but the store will open with over a dozen ships, some of them never seen as miniatures before. We'll then add more ships in a batch or four or more at the start of every month. (We want to do one release batch a month so you can get everything you want in one order.)
        This project is going to be very exciting, but our plans are flexible and we will speed up, slow down, or change directions in response to the market.

        Our website, www.StarFleetGames.com, continues to grow and improve. You are welcome to send us your requests, comments, and suggestions. Simone Dale, our graphics director, continues to update the website, do covers for the new products, shut down pirate websites, help out around the company, and learn more about the game business.


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

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

        StarFleetGames has taken its act to YouTube and we now have a YouTube channel. Our goal is to create a video for the new product releases during each month. We have "In the Box" videos to show you what you will see when you unpack your new game. We have also done "Spotlights" on a single product or product line. So pull up a chair and join us at the movies! Our newest uploads are:

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

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

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


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

         This month we feature Battle Group Charlottesville, located in Charlottesville, Virginia. CO Ryan Opel reports that this group is active, running a monthly ongoing F&E game since Fall 2015. They are currently playing the Four Powers War as they bring a new player back up to speed.Check them out here: http://www.starfleetgames.com/battlegroup/battlegroup_charlottesville.shtml

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

Facebook Fan Pages

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

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

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

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

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

Custom Decals for Starline ships

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

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

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


     Rated Ace Tournament 47 is up and going with half of the third-round games played! Bill Schoeller is the judge.

       Stay tuned for more about the 2017 Platinum Hat Tournament.


       Are you going to GenCon in August 2017? Make plans to play Star Fleet Battles with Randy Blair as the Ranger in charge. He'll be holding four demos there. August 17 at 11:00 am is Eastern Plight, August 18 at 11:00 am is Western Plight, August 19 at 10:00 am and again at 3:00 pm is Survivor! (each is stand-alone). GenCon is held in Indianapolis, Indiana.

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

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

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

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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

         The Third Way rules provide the Federation with a unique opportunity to add a second, almost damage-proof, free scout slot. Carrier battle groups (CVBGs) can include a single ship carrier as one of the two included carriers. By combining a standard carrier group with a CVL, the Federation gets an extra four-point scout that does not count against Command Rating limits, and boosts the survivability of the carrier group by adding a ship that is almost combat-equivalent to an NAE. Overstuffing the original carrier group with an extra DWA means that, with an FCR substitution, three Directed-Damage attacks will usually be required to force the extra scout off the line.
(End of F&E Strategy of the Month)

A Call To Arms: Star Fleet Tactic of the Month


        One of the things that becomes rapidly apparent in A Call to Arms: Star Fleet is that ship-vs.-ship combat is a lot more savage than it is in Star Fleet Battles. Often times in small engagements the fighting can be over in as little as two or three turns. This makes decisions on which Special Action you use crucial to your survival. Empires that have to rely on the Reload Weapons! Special Action in order to bring their heavy weapons back on line may need to take a moment to weigh the options. If you have already taken shield damage, it may be in your best interest to use the Boost Energy to Shields! Special Action over the Reload Weapons! Special Action. Both cause power drain, but the extra shield boxes you gain now can pay off in a bigger dividend than the threat of having heavy weapons ready for a next turn of combat that may not even be needed.
(End of A Call to Arms: Star Fleet Tactic of the Month)


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!

Starline 2500 Federation cruiser painted by Tony Thomas

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 #138 has been posted to the Commander's Circle

Click here to see our previous issues of Hailing Frequencies.

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Lyran Master Starship Book Stock #5441 $19.95
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Prime Directive PD20 Modern Supplement
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Class-II Large Freighter
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Class-III Jumbo Freighter
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Class-IV Heavy Freighter
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One-Pod Belly Pack Stock #0135 $4.00
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SFB: Module C2 -- New Worlds II (2016)
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To be released in 2017
LDR Master Starship Book
A new Starmada book for both editions.
Federation Commander Reference Starship Book
Traveller Prime Directive Core Rulebook
New starships for the 2500 (1/3125) range including Klingon B10
New starships for the 2400 (1/3788) range including heavy war destroyers and the jumbo freighter.

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.

Lyran Democratic Republic Master Starship Book
Vintage Play Aid Dungeon Tiles
Lyran Master Starship Book

Prime Directive PD20 Modern Core Rulebook

Federation PD20 Modern
Klingons PD20 Modern
Romulans PD20 Modern
FC: Romulan Ship Card Pack #4
SFB: Module M -- Star Fleet Marines Rulebook
SFB: Module M -- Star Fleet Marines SSD Book (B/W)
SFB: Module M -- Star Fleet Marines SSD Book (Color)
FC: North Polar Ship Card Pack
Captain's Log #43
Captain's Log #43 Color SSDs
Romulan Master Starship Book

FC: Klingon Ship Card Pack #4
The War of the Worlds
FC: Federation Ship Card Pack #4

Star Fleet Universe Coloring Book #1: Starships


Lyran Democratic Republic Master Starship Book (DriveThru RPG or Wargame Vault)
Vintage Play Aid Dungeon Tiles (DriveThru RPG)
Lyran Master Starship Book (DriveThru RPG or Wargame Vault)
Captain's Log #26  (DriveThru RPG or Wargame Vault)
FC: Romulan Ship Card Pack #4 (DriveThru RPG or Wargame Vault)
SFB: Module M -- Star Fleet Marines Rulebook  (DriveThru RPG or Wargame Vault)
SFB: Module M -- Star Fleet Marines SSD Book (B/W)  (DriveThru RPG or Wargame Vault)
SFB: Module M -- Star Fleet Marines SSD Book (Color) (DriveThru RPG or Wargame Vault)
SFB: Stellar Shadow Journal #1 (DriveThru RPG or Wargame Vault)
FC: North Polar Ship Card Pack (DriveThru RPG or Wargame Vault)
Captain's Log #43  (DriveThru RPG or Wargame Vault)
Captain's Log #43 Color SSDs  (DriveThru RPG or Wargame Vault)
Captain's Log #43 Supplement  (DriveThru RPG or Wargame Vault)
Captain's Log #25  (DriveThru RPG or Wargame Vault)
Romulan Master Starship Book (DriveThru RPG or Wargame Vault)
FC: Klingon Ship Card Pack #4 (DriveThru RPG or Wargame Vault)
The War of the Worlds (DriveThru RPG or Wargame Vault)
Captain's Log #24  (DriveThru RPG or Wargame Vault)
FC: Federation Ship Card Pack #4 (DriveThru RPG or Wargame Vault)


For the Glory of the Empire

Star Fleet Fiction

        "A frigate captain gets his long-deserved promotion to cruiser command," ESS Major Mikel Kolmes says to the Kamwest camera. "And what happens? The ship doesn't work. It's just not right. Did he demand a ship inspection before he accepted command? No, he did not. He took the word of the previous captain and the squadron commander that the ship was fine. But it's not fine. It's not right. So, we're here to do a 'Kolmes Inspection' of the ship, find out what's not right, and make it right."
        Out the forward windshield of the shuttlecraft, the D6 comes into view. Major Kolmes turns to watch the final approach.
        "Well, I can tell you one thing, without even setting foot on board," he says, "the engines aren't aligned ... they're not parallel. I can see how crooked they are. That means something is really wrong." The shuttle proceeds to land. Major Kolmes opens the door and dismounts, finding the captain waiting for him at the bottom of the ramp, flanked by Marines.
        "Captain Kumerian, I presume?" Major Kolmes says.
        "Indeed," Kumerian responds. "Thank you for coming. I need to take my ship into battle, but it's just not right."
        "Well," Major Kolmes says, "we're going to find out what's wrong and fix it. We're going to inspect things that should have been inspected before you took command. We're going to inspect things you don't even know need to be inspected. And we'll document everything for the courts-martial of the previous captain and your squadron commander."
        "Uh...." Kumerian responds.
        "Let's get busy!" Major Kolmes says. "First thing, take me to access compartment seven gamma delta, portside."
        "Why there?" Kumerian asks. "That's not what I called you for. I want to know why the disruptors won't hit their targets."
        "You'll never catch your target the way the engines are mounted," Major Kolmes says. "Do you really mean to tell me you didn't notice the portside engine is crooked?"
(Continue reading here)

Ask Admiral Vanaxilth

        Matthew Potter asks: How is the Meteor-HB3 different than the Meteor-HB2? Annex #4 of Module F1 has them with the same capabilities but with a different BPV, year in service, and rule reference. It seems the Meteor-HB3 should have a speed of 15. Also, it is somewhat unclear on whether the Meteor-H is a double-space fighter. Was it a conscious decision to lay off of the marks denoting double-space fighters and medium/heavy bombers?
        Kommodore Ketrick replies: The Meteorite-HB3 (and all Meteorite bombers) were renamed "Planetoid" bombers. The Planetoid-3 is indeed Speed 15; this data is found in Module G3. The Planetoid-3 has a year in service of Y181. The Planetoid-2 has a year in service of Y179.
        We were in the process of changing the way we listed fighter sizes the last time we updated Module F1 and it may not have gotten in. Basically there is now a "size column" on the master fighter chart (Annex #4). Most fighters are size-1 (F-8, F-4, F-18), a very few are slightly larger and listed as size-1+ (F-14, F-15). Heavy fighters (which includes the Jindarian heavy fighter) are listed as size-2, except the Federation F-111 which is listed as size-2+ and the FB-111 which is listed as size-2.5. All medium bombers are size-3, and all heavy bombers are size-4. Size-2+ fighters can only be operated from semi-external mech-links and only the Federation deployed them. Size-2.5 and above cannot be operated from ships at all by any empire except the Jindarians (exception if you are using the "conjectural bomber barges" found in Stellar Shadows). The Jindarian asteroid ships can operate size-3 and size-4 bombers.

        Gregory Flusche asks: In Module F1 Jindarian asteroid ships may replace prospecting shuttles with fighters. There is no cost listed anywhere I can find, other then buying the fighter. In Module G3 Captain's options Annex #6 there is a listing "replace 1 admin with 1 fighter on ships where this is allowed per fighter -2." So is it -2 per fighter or what?
        ANSWER: A prospecting shuttle has the same combat BPV as a standard admin shuttle, so, yes.

        Francois Lemay asks: According to (P13.3), 10 is subtracted from the fighter's speed for purposes of calculating dust cloud damage to fighters. Does that mean my Hydran Stinger-1 at Speed 12 would actually use a speed of two to calculate damage in the chart under (P13.1)?
        Kommodore Ketrick replies: Yes. There is no speed at which the fighter will take damage unless it is moving faster than Speed 18 (warp pack, mega-pack, or being dragged by a tractor or some other condition resulting in a faster speed). The  speed for dust cloud damage is based on Effective Speed (C2.412).
        Follow-up question: If a Speed-12 fighter is tractored and the ship is moving Speed 23 on Impulse #15, does the fighter also take a dust cloud damage point (since it is technically moving Speed 23 due to tractor) as well as the ship?
        Kommodore Ketrick replies: Tractor links are overrides. The fighter (or drone, or missile, or other tractored object) is no longer considered to be a fighter for purposes of dust (or asteroid or etc.) damage as long as it is held in the tractor and will be damaged at the effective speed at which it is moving.

        Gregory Flusche asks: I bought some SSDs and was very pleased as this gave me some new Romulan ships I did not have. Then I noticed that the fighters on the WarHawk are G-III-K and have what appears to be dogfight drones. Looking in my updated Master Rulebook, I see there are rules for the plasma-K torpedoes. So is there a refit for plasma fighters giving them plasma-K rails, and what product is it in?
        Kommodore Ketrick replies: See Module J2 which provided the ship description of the Gladiator-III-K improved torpedo fighter.
(End of Admiral Vanaxilth)

        Q: In view of rules (509.1-D) and (412.23), can a tug validly assigned to the supply tug role (509.1-D) on the Phasing Turn later be converted at the beginning of combat of the Non-Phasing Turn to the "regular warship" role (509.1-M)?
        Here is an example: On the Alliance Phase of Turn #11 the Federation designates a Federation tug to act as a supply point under rule (509.1-D) in hex 1704, co-located with the Kzinti starbase that is still there. On Coalition Turn #12 the Klingons and Lyrans send a large force to assault this starbase, and consequently also attack the supply tug. An approach battle is offered as required. After this is declined, the Alliance player asserts that he is converting the tug from Mission D (supply tug) to Mission M (regular warship). The Coalition player objects, stating that (509.1-M) says that regular warship is the only assignment that can be changed during the turn so it is not possible for the supply tug to change missions until Alliance Turn #12.
        A: The rules do not allow a supply tug to voluntarily change missions until the normal tug assignment step at the start of the owner's next turn, so the Federation player cannot change the tug to a regular warship. It might seem (based on SFB) that the tug can simply "drop its pods" and become a warship, but the supply tug mission is more than carrying pods; it involves a chain of freighters; the tug is just the "tip of the supply convoy."

        Q: Continuing the above example, the Coalition player says that the tug cannot move because of rule (412.22). However, the Alliance player says that this cannot be the case, because an exception is provided in that "(412.23) COMBAT: If the tug is attacked, see (302.21). If the tug is forced to retreat or is destroyed, it immediately loses its status as a supply point." Thus, the Alliance player reasons, the tug can change missions.
        A: The tug can move, but doing so involves an involuntary loss of its status as a supply tug. That does not imply that it can voluntarily convert itself to a combat ship without retreating, which is impossible as per the previous question. See the ruling on (509.1-M) in this issue.

        Q: Rule (412.23) speaks of a tug being "forced to retreat" but since retreat cannot be forced the wording of this rule seems imprecise. What does it mean?
        A: See the ruling on (412.23) in this issue. The phrase "forced to retreat" refers to the tactical situation. This rule does not create an option to abandon the supply mission and still remain in the hex.

        Q: Can a tug assigned Mission W (509.1-W) that has rescued an allowable unit under (537.2) during the owner's phasing half of a turn also perform the same mission, should it be in combat in the owner's non-phasing portion of the turn?
        A: There is no enabling rule that permits a rescue tug to perform the mission twice in a turn cycle (so it can't). However, if the tug were assigned the rescue mission during the Phasing Player Turn but did not perform any rescue tug actions during that phasing turn, then said tug may be used in the following Non-Phasing Turn as a rescue tug.
(End of F&E Q&A)


Dear Aunt Jean, How goes the GURPS Prime Directive revision?

        A: Chapter 2, which focuses on the species and empires, is out to the Prime Directive team for proofreading and checking. It includes more on the Inter-Stellar Concordium as an empire. All of the species who form the ISC have been fleshed out. The book now includes a chart with height and weight ranges for the species, including those from other sourcebooks. All the academy templates that were in GPD 3e have been restored and "Shake and Bake School" has been added.

Chapter 3 is in the office for internal checking before being released for the team to check. It has more advantages and disadvantages (no more blind references from the species!) and more explanations that are needed to fully understand the traits. If a particular advantage, disadvantage, or skill is not included in our book (we left out some of the more esoteric ones) but is mentioned in the text, we've marked it so you know where to go next.

Stay tuned for more GURPS Prime Directive news!

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

Cool Stuff on the Website

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

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


       These are the press releases we send to the wholesalers, retailers, and media. You can get on the mailing list for them by asking Marketing@StarFleetGames.com to add you to the list. (Obviously, they are free.) They are uploaded to the Star Fleet Alert page

Alert 170327 CL52 (Adobe Acrobat Required)
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Alert 160518 Captain's Log #51 (Adobe Acrobat Required)
Alert 160317 For the Glory
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Alert 140707 FC: Tactics Manual and Captain's Log #49
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        Much ado has been made over the "Gorn Anchor" and the "Klingon Sabre-Dance", but what about the Kzintis? Standard Kzinti doctrine has always been to launch two successive waves of drones and then follow them in, but what exactly is the best way to accomplish this goal?
        By using the Kzinti Steamroller. While traveling at a Base Speed of 24, launch your full complement of drones at a single target on Impulse #8 of any turn. On Impulse #1 of the next turn, launch another salvo of drones (up to your control limits). This should give you a large stack of drones in the same hex.
   In order to allow the drones to reach the target slightly before you do, you have two options: If power is not a problem, you may pay to cancel a Movement Point. If you need to conserve that power, sideslip in either direction, then as soon as your sideslip mode has been fulfilled, sideslip back the other direction in behind the drones.
        Now your opponent has two options: 1. Deal with the incoming wave of drones and allow your ship (with loaded disruptors) to close on him unabated, or 2. Ignore the drones and fire at your vessel as it approaches. Either way, your opponent is going to feel like he's been run over by a steamroller.
(End of FC Tactic of the Month)

SFB Tactic of the Month
- Commander David Zimdars, USS Montana

        There are many circumstances in which the direct-fire weapons of a player's ship are unlikely to penetrate the opponent's facing shield in a single volley. Common reasons include long range, diversion of phasers to stop enemy seeking weapons, the use of non-crunch weapons such as disruptors, and just not having quite enough firepower for some other reason.
        The conventional wisdom is that the best offensive tactic is to combine all of your fire onto a single shield, reducing it to minimal levels, and then try to maneuver so as to hit the weak shield with a full volley on a later turn, causing internal damage (on that later turn).
        The problem is, the enemy will try very hard to keep you from targeting that weakened shield, using relative speed, turn modes, high energy turns, tactical maneuvers, sideslips, and every other trick in the book. After all, the enemy player has at least two more full-strength forward shields behind which to attack. If your fire on a later turn falls on a full shield (and you may have no choice but to go ahead and fire) you still won't cause internal damage.
        There is a better (but counter-intuitive) way! Split your initial fire against two or three of those forward shields. (This will probably mean using a few maneuvers and firing on different impulses.) Any serious hit (e.g., half a volley) will weaken such a shield to the point that a full volley on a later turn will penetrate it (even if only with a few damage points). The argument is that your initial non-penetrating volley is not really going to do anything but restrict his maneuver, and if you can seriously weaken two or even all three forward shields, your enemy will have to accept that any offensive maneuver he makes will mean taking internal damage.
        This paper earned the Kumerian Prize for original thinking.
(End of SFB Tactic of the Month)



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Mother of all Drones

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