|STAR FLEET BATTLES||
STAR FLEET TIMES ONLINE -- Issue 43
It has been a tough battle, but by mid-August we have put
SFB pretty much back on track. We have returned BASIC SET and ADVANCED MISSIONS
to print (with new 1999 editions) and have also reprinted FEDERATION &
EMPIRE. We have released the all-new CL18 and OMEGA SECTOR and we have two more
new products, CL19 and DREADNOUGHTS AT WAR nearing the launch pad.
We have brought back to print Modules R2 and R4; we will be bringing back C1 and C2 this fall. After that, R3 and K have top priority to get back into print. A new Module T will appear about March 2000. The Campaign Designer’s Handbook, Tactics Manual, and Module R6 will return in the Spring.
NEW Ships for Star Fleet Battles
|(R1.05) Small Freighter (in ballast) (with ducktail)||(R1.05) Small Freighter (with skid)||(R1.05) Small Freighter (Two pod configuration) (with ducktail)|
|(R1.06) Large Freighter (in ballast) (with ducktail)||(R1.06) Large Freighter (with skid)||(R1.06) Large Freighter (Three pod configuration) (with ducktail)|
|(R1.918) Small Medical Freighter (with ducktail)||(R1.919) Large Medical Freighter (with ducktail)||Freighter Operations Ship Descriptions|
We know, we know, this issue of SFT is only about six
months late. Part of the problem has been that ADB has just been so darn BUSY
getting everything up and running, and a few things didn’t get done. While we
usually rely on Bruce to come through with an issue now and then when we’re
busy, he has been busy with his own projects. One of the secret reasons why SFT
is so late so often is that no one can think of anything to put in it. After a
recent burst of inspiration, that shouldn’t be a problem. We have issues in
preparation covering: tournament ships for Omega and Module C4 tweaked war
cruisers and other factory upgrades the “missing” campaign ships for
Tholians, Orions, WYNs more ships for the Module C4 races Paravian and Vudar
playtest updates New races for the Sargasso Sector and many other new ideas. If
you have an idea, share it with us. If you like (or hate) one of the ideas above
with particular passion, do let us know how you feel.
BEHIND THE ISC, LIES THE OMEGA SECTOR, where mighty
empires wage war, conquer vast territories, and are in their own turn destroyed.
Unlike the relatively stable Alpha Sector known to SFB players, in the Omega
Sector, there is no such thing as a fixed border, and the survival of races
depends on the skill of a gunner, the ingenuity of an engineer, and the valor of
a starship captain. It is a place of danger, death, and opportunity. MODULE
OMEGA ONE is the first in a new series of adventures for STAR FLEET BATTLES
players. It includes 46 new ships, 11 new races, 24 new weapons, and many new
systems. The mighty MÆSRON ALLIANCE seeks to dominate the area, but is opposed
on all sides by the anti-matter weapons of the Koligahr, the implosion bolts of
the Trobrin Empire, the particle beams of the Vari Combine, the fireballs of the
Loriyill, the bioelectric bolts of the Alunda, the energy howitzers of the
Chlorophon, the kinetic waves of the Sigvirions, and the hypercannons of the
robotic Drex Unity. FIVE SCENARIOS
only hint at the savage wars, titanic battles, and devastating conquests that
mark the dangerously unstable Omega Sector.
Enter at your own risk!
By late October or early November, Star Fleet Battles miniatures will be back in your store. The new line will be titled Starline 2400, and will incorporate many of the original designs from the original Starline 2200 and the subsequent Starline 2300. The line will also include entirely new ships, the first of which were seen at Origins. These included the Federation DW, the Klingon C7, the Kzinti CM, and the Gorn BDD and BDX. For those who simply cannot wait, we have these available by mail order in limited quantities (and not in retail packaging) at this time. A list of the available ships includes:
|0202||Federation Dreadnought (Zocchi Plastic)||$4.95|
|0204||Federation Heavy Cruiser (Zocchi Plastic)||$4.95|
|0206||Federation Scout And Destroyer (Zocchi Plastic)||$9.95|
|0208||Federation Tug (Zocchi Plastic)||$4.95|
|0265||Federation War Destroyer (entirely new pewter!)||$7.95|
|0304||Klingon D7 BC (original casting; contains lead)||$7.95|
|0372||Klingon C7 Heavy BC (entirely new pewter)||$7.95|
|0414||Romulan SparrowHawk (from retooled original)||$7.95|
|0519||Kzinti Medium Cruiser (entirely new pewter)||$7.95|
|0617||Gorn Battle Destroyer (entirely new pewter)||$7.95|
|0699||Gorn BDX Advanced Destroyer (new pewter)||$7.95|
|0706||Tholian Cruiser (retooled original)||$7.95|
|0803||Orion Heavy Cruiser (retooled original)||$7.95|
|0805||Orion Slaver (original casting, may contain lead)||$7.95|
|1104||Lyran Tiger Heavy Cruiser (retooled original)||$7.95|
Things went very nicely at Origins 1999, the first Origins
at which ADB, Inc. was represented in the dealer room as the official publisher
of SFB. Sales were brisk, and the two Steves were kicking each other for not
having brought more copies of Captain’s Log #18 (which sold out on Thursday).
The tournament went very well, with Tom Carroll winning
his fifth Gold Hat championship. The judging staff is fully trained and highly
professionalized, and virtually self-sustaining. Staffers Richard Eitzen,
Michael Calhoon, and Patrick Abram were all able to achieve qualification as ADB
Certified Tournament Judges, taking the formal oath on Sunday afternoon. Veteran
judges Steve Petrick, Joe Butler, Mike Filsinger, Tony Zbaraschuk, and Jeff
Laikind ably performed their duties as they have so often in the past.
Many were surprised to find that ADB Inc. brought three
years of unissued Ace Cards and patches as well as gift certificates and other
prizes from previous years. Even more were stunned to see ADB Inc.
honoring the old TFG gift certificates (which ADB Inc. will do only until
Certified judges Patrick Abram and Joe Butler ran the
events at GenCon 99. Allen Phelps (who won last year in the KR) won again, this
time in the Klingon. Ken Burnside was second in the Archaeo-Tholian; John
Wooldridge (Black Shark) and Gregg Dieckhaus (FireHawk) came in third.
Kerry Mullan won the Patrol Tournament in the Lyran. Stephan Holder (Andro)
was second, while Ron Mulder (Hydran) and Allen Phelps (Klingon) came in third.
Andrew Pundy won the Saturday Patrol event in the WYN Aux
Cruiser, while David Beeson was second in the Romulan KR. Players who bailed out
of Patrol to start with a new record in Saturday Patrol found themselves eaten
alive by those two.
Ken Burnside ran an experimental tournament with 18 ships
including some from the Omega Sector, Pinwheel Galaxy, Magellanic Cloud, as well
as Jindarian and Vudar ships. Known as the “Wingnuts and Wierdos Tournament,”
it was great fun for all. Players flew a new ship each round and never saw the
same ship twice. Alex Saunders won, with Kerry Mullan second.
Jeff Laikind ran scenarios using miniatures. Dennis Surdu won “Fleet of
the Moment”; Steve Damer won “Giants Among Men”.
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