Amarillo Design Bureau have posted their June 2011 Hailing Frequencies newsletter.
From their website:
The Big News: this month is the release of Captain’s Log #43.
The Bigger News: is the release of four products at Origins on 22 June: F&E ISC War, FC Transports Attacked, Starmada Distant Armada, and Prime Directive Starship Aldo.
The Biggest News: in the history of the Star Fleet Universe is our new contract with Mongoose Publishing to do a series of products for distribution to every retailer in the US, Canada, and Britain. Those will include an SFU version of their A Call to Arms space combat game, a version of Prime Directive for their Traveller game, and an whole new series of miniatures (Starline 2500) which will replace all of our existing miniatures with new designs of greater artistic detail. The first of these products should appear for Christmas.
Website: Our website, www.StarFleetGames.com, continues to grow and improve. You are welcome to send us your requests, comments, and suggestions. Joel Shutts, 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 the Wall of Honor where we recognize our volunteers and their contributions.
Facebook: Jean continues to improve our page on Facebook, adding many new photos and other features.
If you haven’t seen the 300+ 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 news feed.
Videos: 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.
Starblog: Our StarBlog has moved to a new URL and all links on the Federation Commander websites and the first site have been changed to match. The new site is http://federationcommander.blogspot.com
Ambassadors: 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) have been 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.
FFAC Nears Final Phase
Our FFAC tournament has reached a key point when the last seat was filled and the final first round games were scheduled. The format takes some cat-herding (people who are slow to play games make life boring for everyone else) but with strong judges and cat-herders we plan to use the same format for the Platinum Hat.
Platinum Hat Ready For Blast Off
Our new Internet SFB International Championship Tournament is open for registration. Registration will close July 5th and play will begin July 15th. This is a single-elimination tournament using the format we test drove with FFAC. This will be conducted through SFBOL.
We’ll have 64 seats (more if there is demand) and anyone eliminated can re-enter for no cost in one of the unsold seats. Once we know how many people entered, some uber-players (e.g., former national champions) may get first-round byes. Having learned some lessons from FFAC, Tournament Marshal Steven P. Petrick will “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. Three senior players (Gregg Dieckhaus, Peter Bakija, and one to be named later) will be appointed as “honorary sheepdogs” and empowered to encourage people to get their games done.
The entry fee ($10 per person) will be added to the prize fund which ADB, Inc., has always provided, making this the richest SFB tournament ever held.