March 2018

Star Fleet Universe News


        Our store on Shapeways continued to expand with 101 new ships released on 1 March.
        Ships released for both 3788 and 3125 scales include: Federation New Scout Cruiser, Franz Joseph Dreadnought; Klingon T7B and T7K tugs; Romulan KE, KR, Pioneer Eagle, FireHawk-C, FireHawk-C+; Kzinti FH; Gorn CL and BC; Tholian HCW and PFT; Hydran Traveller, Mongol, Chausseur, Tartar, Horseman; Lyran LTT with pod; WYN ZFF frigate and PBB pocket battleship. Omega was not forgotten and received the Vari FF and CA, Drex Hex Cruiser, Koligahr PFT, Maesron PFT, Probr PFT, Trobrin PFT, Alunda DD, Chlorophon CA, DD, and FF.
        Omni scale ships included in this release are: A sprue of Skiffs; a sprue of heavy shuttles; Federation B25, B26, and heavy shuttles; Klingon fighters (Z-1, Z-H, Z-D); Kzinti PF; Tholian PF Pinwheel (two versions), Spider-IIP fighter, Spider-H bomber; Seltorian Nest Ship (two sizes); Juggernaut CL. Omega got a horde of PFs including Koligahr, Probr, Maesron, Trobrin.
        Ships released for 3788 scale: Lyran Aztek CA and CW; Frax DWD, SCW, MGL.
        You can check out the store (over 500 ships!) here:

        Our website,, 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 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 KLINGON SABER DANCE ACADEMY located in Plano, Texas. CO Eamon Wentzel reports that this group is active, playing Star Fleet Battles, Federation Commander, and Prime Directive PD20 Modern. Check them out here: or on their page on Facebook:

         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:


       Our seventh Internet SFB International Championship Tournament is underway. This is a single-elimination tournament using a standard tree. All but one of the first-round games are completed. All but one of the second-round games have been finished.
       Fleet Captain Bill Schoeller (winner of the 2016 tournament) is the judge for this tournament. As we did in Platinum Hat 2016, Tournament Marshal Steven P. Petrick will also "ride herd" on the tournament to ensure that games are played on schedule and the event does not drag. There will, inevitably, be some delays near the end when re-entries have to "catch up" to the initial entries. A firm hand on the helm will ensure that these are as minor as possible. People who do not get their next game completed in a set number of days will be disqualified and the player they beat (or a wildcard selected by the judges) replaces them. Deadlines may be adjusted by the Judge or Marshal to allow for a player's serious real life unexpected problem or issue.
       Rated Ace Tournament 47 is in the final round with the game in progress. Lee P. Graves flying an Archeo-Tholian cruiser will face Clayton Krueger flying a Gorn cruiser. Bill Schoeller is the judge.

Masters 2018 is in signups. You will be randomly assigned a ship in the first round.. Use the ship selection box on the tourney signup sheet to indicate which ship you do not want to fly in Round 1. (This is for Round 1 only, in subsequent rounds you may end up stuck in that ship.) Round 1 Assignments will be made accordingly. If you advance, you will next play the ship you just defeated. Good times! You can sign up here:
     Andy Koch is the judge in this "just for fun" tournament.



       StratCon 2018 
will be in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, July 7-15 at the Clarion Inn. The cost will be $75 for the whole event, or $15 a day for part time attendance. There will be at least two Federation & Empire games, with room for one more and some minor room for other gaming. Respond here: for more information.
       Check out their page on Facebook here:

       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

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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 Romulans are unique in that they have an off-map area which does not include a base. This means that they cannot use Strategic Movement to get there, or store Economic Points off the map. The old way to solve this problem was to build an operations base as soon as possible and send it off map. This provided a repair facility for the survey ship doing high-risk survey (542.27) and a Strategic Movement Point. Rules changes in F&E 2010 allowed you to build a single mobile base there instead of sending an operational base, but the operational base may still be your best bet because it doesn't tie up a rare tug to build it.
         If you do get cut off from your off-map base, you can use a blockade-runner to collect and return the money to your main grid in a manner similar to what the Kzintis do with WYN trade. While this may or may not have an effect on the General War scenario(s), it is definitely something to consider for the ISC War.
(End of F&E Strategy of the Month)

A Call To Arms: Star Fleet Tactic of the Month


         Many players of A Call to Arms: Star Fleet use terrain to control their opponent's movement or to provide coverage to their flanks. This is all well and good, unless your opponent happens to be a Romulan (or an Orion Pirate with cloaks). Most types of terrain completely block line of sight and some have potential penalties for passing through that are so severe that many people will spend turns going around rather than one turn going through.
         So if you are on one side and your opponent is on the other, you can relax and take heart that you are relatively safe from enemy fire, right? Wrong! While asteroid fields and dust clouds can be of any size (up to and including the size of the entire map), most of us have created terrain pieces that are a few inches wide and about twice that many inches long. If your opponent is on one side of the terrain and cloaked, he may decide to uncloak on his next movement.
         When uncloaking, units may move up to six inches in any direction and make one turn in lieu of making a standard maneuver. If the terrain separating you is less than 6" wide, you may suddenly find yourself facing an unexpected opponent who has suddenly crossed an entire asteroid field without having to face the risk of shield damage from collisions with wayward rocks, or has crossed a Tholian Web you thought would protect you for another turn or two.
         So if you have a cloaking device, remember this tip and you will rarely have to worry about that bothersome terrain again. If you do not have a cloaking device, then make sure your terrain pieces are at least 6.1 inches in each dimension, and you will never have to worry about those pesky cloaking devices again!!!
(End of A Call to Arms: Star Fleet Tactic of the Month)


New Releases

Communique #147 has been posted to the Commander's Circle

Click here to see our previous issues of Hailing Frequencies.

Recently Released
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
Captain's Log #52
Stock #5752 $24.95
Captain's Log #52 SSDs Stock #5752-2 $3.50
Captain's Log #52 Supplemental File Stock #5752-S $1.00
Prime Directive PD20 Modern Supplement
Stock #8725 $10.95
Class-II Large Freighter
Stock #0132 $8.95
Class-III Jumbo Freighter
Stock #0133 $12.95
Class-IV Heavy Freighter
Stock #0134 $17.95
One-Pod Belly Pack Stock #0135 $4.00
Two-Pod Belly Pack Stock #0136 $9.00
Auxiliary Weapons Bars (pair)
Stock #0131 $2.50
Romulan Master Starship Book Stock #5435 $27.95

To be released in 2018
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.


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

Nexus #1
Captain's Log #44
Captain's Log #44 Color SSDs
Romulan Armada Unity

SFB: Module R3 Rulebook
Scenario Log #2
Klingon Armada Unity

SFB: ModuleC3 -- New Worlds III Rulebook
SFB: Module C3 -- New Worlds III SSD Book (B/W)
SFB: Module C3 -- New Worlds III SSD Book (Color)
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

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)
Romulan Armada Unity (DriveThru RPG or Wargame Vault)
SFB: Module R3 Rulebook  (DriveThru RPG or Wargame Vault)
Scenario Log #2  (DriveThru RPG or Wargame Vault)
Klingon Armada Unity (DriveThru RPG or Wargame Vault)
SFB: Module C3 -- New Worlds III Rulebook  (DriveThru RPG or Wargame Vault)
SFB: Module C3 -- New Worlds III SSD Book (B/W)  (DriveThru RPG or Wargame Vault)
SFB: Module C3 -- New Worlds III SSD Book (Color) (DriveThru RPG or Wargame Vault)
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)


For the Glory of the Empire

Star Fleet Fiction

Bridge, Star Fleet Auxiliary Ship Wichita Falls
       "Approaching Remote Warning Post K62," the XO said.
       "I have the post commander on the line," the commo technician said. "He sounds rattled."
       "He's rattled?" the XO asked. "We should have given up this idea and run for it." Crawford's glare warned him to shut up.
       "Lieutenant, this is Wichita Falls," Crawford said. "I am going to make one pass. Prepare to evacuate by transporter."
       "Eight crewmen ready," the voice of the lieutenant said.
       "Don't be a hero, lad," Crawford said. "You may as well all go. Your job is done, and there is work for you elsewhere."
       "Those aren't my orders," the voice replied.
       "Screw your orders!" Crawford snapped back. "You had to stay to keep the place running for a week until the Klingons stopped by to collect you. Well, they're right behind me, so be ready and I'll take you all."
       "Is that an order?" the voice asked.
       "If you want it to be," Crawford replied. Both knew that the captain of a small auxiliary ship had no authority to cancel orders issued to a remote warning post. Crawford was sure that a court-martial would clear the lieutenant. Well, it should.
       "Very well," the voice said, "by your order, Station K62 is standing down."
         Moments later, the XO reported that all 12 crewmen had been picked up. "Now can we leave?"
        "Scans, anything?" Crawford asked.
       "Nothing coming our way," the scanner technician said, "but K61 has gone silent, and I may have a trace back there."
       Crawford thought about that. The lieutenant at K61 had rejected the suggestion that he and his skeleton crew leave their posts. The practicalities of the situation made the orders to do so obsolete, but then, the practicalities of the situation made the pre-war orders to pick up the surplus crewmen obsolete. No one would condemn Crawford for taking an armed transport off the front line and running for Starbase 15.
       "Head for K63, best speed you can make," Crawford said, then turned to glare at his XO. "I don't want to hear it," he said.
       The tiny ship continued to move, heading along the border, at right angles to any Klingon invasion, bending on all the speed it had to reach the next warning post.
       "On the line," the commo technician said.
       "Post 63, this is Wichita Falls," Crawford said. "I am going to make one pass. Prepare to evacuate by transporter."
        "We saw you coming," the voice said. "Eight crewmen ready for transport."
       "I'll take you all if you want to go," Crawford said.
       "Thanks just the same," the voice of the lieutenant said, "but my orders are to stay here until relieved, and I'm staying."
       "Suit yourself," Crawford said.
       Moments later, the XO reported that nine crewmen were on board. Crawford didn't even ask about the discrepancy.
       "I have a Klingon on scanners," the technician said. "Looks like a corvette or something small, but definitely military. Range under a million and headed this way."
       "I suppose now we're going to arm a suicide shuttle and go head-to-head with him?" the XO asked.
        "Wrong," Crawford said. "Helm, hard right, emergency speed. Nav, give us a course for K1. Comms, send my regrets to K64."

(Continue reading here)

Ask Admiral Vanaxilth
Plasma Torpedoes

       Peter Bakija asks: What happens with Gorn carronades in Gorn X-ships? Do Gorn plasma-L torpedoes still have the carronade ability? And do they get the increased damage bonus from the L torpedo costing 2+2+3 (giving a +6 damage to a fully loaded plasma-L torpedo carronade as opposed to the +4 damage from a fully loaded plasma-F torpedo carronade)?
       ANSWER: The rules in the Master Rulebook (2012 revision) provide that all X-ships armed with plasma-L or plasma-F torpedoes (the latter more likely a hasty repair rather than an X-plasma-F) can use carronades. As nothing else is provided, I would pretty much assume that you use the plasma-L launcher under the rules for carronades, i.e., if you fire it with one turn's arming (two points of power) you would add one to the damage. Two turns arming, you add three to the damage, fully armed, you add six.

       Gary Carney asks: Can the banks of rear-firing plasma-L torpedoes on an ISC X-ship be used to fire carronade shots at multiple cloaked fast patrol ships in the same turn?
       ANSWER: Yes.

       Seth Shimansky asks: A Romulan King Eagle starts Turn #1 with the plasma-R torpedo held as a plasma-G torpedo for one point of holding cost. Can two points of reserve power be added to upgrade the torpedo from a plasma-G to a plasma-R?
       ANSWER: Yes, it would take one point of reserve power to increase the held plasma-G torpedo to a plasma-S torpedo, or two points to increase it to a plasma-R torpedo. Note that you cannot change a held torpedo to an enveloper or shotgun.
       Follow-up question: Would this reserve power have to be applied during Turn #1, or could it be applied on a later turn?
       ANSWER: Under rule (FP1.961) a held torpedo can be increased [up to the limits of the launcher, but not if the held torpedo is a plasma-F (FP1.962]). It does not matter if the torpedo only began being held in the just completed Energy Allocation Phase, or if it has been held for several turns. You provide the required reserve power and the warhead is upgraded, but you are then committed to launching the torpedo by the end of the turn in which the reserve power upgrade was done (FP1.961) because such torpedoes can't be held.
(End of Admiral Vanaxilth)


       Q: Is blockade-running an acceptable substitute (or concurrent with) Romulan limited war raids (314.14) and (314.3) to move KR parts (320.512) from Klingon space to Romulan space?
       A: No, by rule (314.32) the Romulans can conduct raids into the Federation (only). They cannot raid Tholian, Gorn, or other territory. Rule (314.32) is a specific rule that allows for pre-war raids into the Federation only.

       Q: According to rule (521.81) a battle force cannot buy extra G factors without a valid supply path during its combat. Does this prevent a partial grid from buying extra troops? For example, if a SB is cut off from the main grid and has EPs available, can it buy extra troops?
       A: A battle force can purchase GCEs from a partial supply grid so long as the purchasing unit has a valid supply path to a valid supply point in the partial grid and there are available funds to purchase the GCE within that partial grid.

       Q: What pods can the Lyran NTG in Special Ops use? I haven't seen anything in SO to say whether it can use Lyran-style pods, or just K-pods (presumably in pairs).
        A: The NTG along with the NSR can use the both the Klingon pods and Lyran pallets. This is from (R11.97) and (R11.75) respectively in Star Fleet Battles.

       Q: The rules say: "The four-turn requirement for long-term capture is counted from Economic Phase to Economic Phase." Is the Economic Phase always the capturing player's phase? For example, if the Klingons captured a Federation province on Coalition Turn #10 and kept it captured without interruption, would Long-Term Capture occur on the Klingon Turn #14 Economic Phase? If Klingons capture a Federation province on Alliance Turn #10 would the Long-Term Capture also occur on the Klingon Turn #10 Economic Phase?
       A: The long-term capture process begins at the very start the very next Economic Phase of the upcoming player turn. If player A is the phasing player and captures province Q, then at the start of player B's Economic Phase the long-term capture process clock begins for province Q. However, if player A is phasing but player B somehow captures province P from player A, then at the start of players B's Economic Phase the long-term capture process clock begins for province P.

       Q: The rules make no mention of needing to be in supply to be declared a supply point. There are numerous situations where one would want to declare a tug that is out of supply at the start of a turn as a supply point that would become a valid supply point as soon as a few ships were moved during operational movement and opened up a supply path to the tug in question. Does a tug need to be in supply at the start of a turn to be declared a supply point?
       A: Based upon (412.21), (411.1), (411.2), (410.1), and (411.31) a tug is allowed to assume Mission D at the start of a turn. Then at various times throughout both player turns, the supply tug may find itself out of supply and back in supply depending of the various player actions through the full turn cycle. If the supply tug itself does not have a valid supply route open after a given supply check is made, then it may not perform its supply mission until a valid supply route is reestablished (after a given supply check is made) to the supply tug. All other supply rules apply normally.
(End of F&E Q&A)


Dear Aunt Jean, Can you give us some specifics on what you've enhanced for the ISC? You have done the Veltressai and Q'Naabians; would you do the Pronhoulites this month?

       A:    I always felt badly about the Pronhoulites. It seemed to be an afterthought in Prime Directive: "The ISC has lizards, too!" Even the original Prime Directive book had little information. So using some of the Early Years ship names, I reconstructed some of their history, which gives us a political background. The Time of Cleansing was mentioned in Josh Spencer's story and that is fleshed out. If they weren't as technologically advanced as the other ISC species, how did they have the Early Years ships they had? Did that part of the tapes get misunderstood? It turns out they shunned frivolous or recreational technology in favor of doing things themselves when practical. Attitudes toward the "barbarian species" are spelled out. Careers they tend to follow in the wider ISC are mentioned. You should now have enough information to actually roleplay Pronhoulites.

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

Cool Stuff on the Website

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

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


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

Alert 170327 CL52 (Adobe Acrobat Required)
Alert 160531 Cart
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Alert 160518 Captain's Log #51 (Adobe Acrobat Required)
Alert 160317 For the Glory
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Alert 150331 Captain's Log #50
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Alert 140707 FC: Tactics Manual and Captain's Log #49
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FC Tactic of the MonthTHE RANGE 8 RUBICON

       Range 8 is significant in Federation Commander, because it's the range where most direct-fire heavy weapons can be overloaded. Thus there is a tendency for players to try to dance at that range, dipping in to fire and dodging back out. However, if you compare the Range 8 "bracket" to the next-closest bracket, you will find that most weapons are significantly improved by being closer. Also, if you compare the Range 8 bracket to the next-further bracket, you see that many aren't too badly off and that bracket often extends all the way to Range 15. (This is particularly apparent for disruptors and is the key to the Klingon "saber dance.")
       So don't hang about at Range 8; either cross it on your way in or don't get near it. Sitting in the river at Range 8 just leaves you all wet.

(End of FC Tactic of the Month)

SFB Tactic of the Month
- Captain Terry O'Carroll, HMAS New South Wales

       A ship cannot fire at a small ground base until it reaches Range 5, and some players will advocate refusing to fire a small ground base's weapons until the target reaches this range.
       This makes your fire plan highly predictable and lets your opponent maneuver freely. It also prevents you from destroying the opposing ship's weapons before they can fire which is a very important advantage for the ground defenses.
       Some weapons are just as effective at longer ranges as they are at Range 5 (e.g., photon torpedoes) so if it makes sense to fire these at Range 5 it makes sense to fire them at a longer range in the same bracket.
       If you think you can score damage that will make a difference, fire away!
(End of SFB Tactic of the Month)

Facebook Highlight of the Month

Kent Ing has posted a series of how-to videos to the SFU Miniatures Painting and Kitbashing Tips group. Drop in and watch them!

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

Kent Ing painted this 3125 Scale Federation Heavy Cruiser (Frosted Ultra Detail material).

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!