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Amarillo Design Bureau announces next restock of Star Fleet Call To Arms hitting stores soon, plus other updates:

From their website:

THE BIG NEWS: This month our partners, Mongoose Publishing, are almost caught up with the backlog of Squadron Box orders, and have sent all of the orders for ACTASF rulebooks. Their expanded factory, with new equipment and new personnel, is now hard at work starting to produce the long-awaited Starline 2500 Fleet Boxes. These will be officially re-launched to the wholesalers in February.

SHIPPING NEWS: We always hate to hear that either UPS or the US Postal Service has raised rates. In January, there's a double whammy in that both did. Unfortunately we do have to pass that on to our customers. While the shipping rates assume "worst case scenario," if we find we can ship it cheaper, then we'll refund the difference.
Amarillo Design Bureau and Mongoose Publishing Release ACTA StarFleet:

From their announcement:

Star Fleet Universe News

THE BIG NEWS: This month is the release of Call to Arms: Star Fleet and the first of the 2500-series miniatures near the end of this month.

Starline 2500 and A Call to Arms: Star Fleet are approaching!
The joint venture between Mongoose Publishing and ADB, Inc. is moving along quite well. ACTASF should be available in stores before Christmas. This will be a beautiful hardbound rulebook with spectacular color photos of many ships.
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Amarillo Design Bureau have released the Omega Master Rulebook 2011. From their announcement:
Young Warrior. You think you know Star Fleet Battles, with all of its tactical twists and turns. But you do not. To truly understand the game, you must understand all of the game, including the ships, empires, history, weapons,and tactics of the wild and unpredictable Omega Octant. Only then can you truly know Star Fleet Battles. And to truly know the Omega Octant, you need this Master rulebook, which includes:
  • Every rule, chart, scenario, and ship description from all five Omega Modules.
  • plus an extensive Omega tactics section.
  • plus an updated Sequence of Play listing, including the entire Alpha Octant, the Simulators, and the Magellanic Cloud.
  • plus completely updated Annexes and new Master Ship, PF, and Fighter Charts.
  • plus all ship descriptions, rules, weapons, and scenarios for the Omega Octant that were
  • published in Captain's Log.
  • plus the "lost" history section originally written for Module Omega Four.
  • plus each carrier as needed has an updated Escorts and Fighters Table.
This product is an updated rulebook for the five Omega Octant Modules of Star Fleet Battles. You must have SFB Basic Set and the SSD books and counters from the Omega modules to use this material. Some material will also require Advanced Missions and other modules. Retail price $45.00
Amarillo Design Bureau have posted images of a rendering of a Romulan War Eagle as well as a cast Federation CA for the new Starline 2500 range of miniatures.

Discuss 9 have posted details of the first set of releases that will be tentatively available in November 2011 for the being released by Mongoose Publishing. All prices are in US$. From their website:
Each Fleet Box Set supports every Star Fleet game, including A Call to Arms: Star Fleet, Federation Commander and, of course, Star Fleet Battles. 16 ships are contained within each, along with a handy mini-sized rulebook and an assortment of drones and torpedoes. The Fleet Box Sets also contain several miniatures that will not be immediately placed on general release. Each Squadron Box set supports every Star Fleet game, including A Call to Arms: Star Fleet, Federation Commander and, of course, Star Fleet Battles. Five ships are contained within, complete with multi-pose ball-joint bases, allowing them to be posed as players desire.
A Call To Arms: Star Fleet November releases
  • Main Rulebook $29.99
  • Ship Reference Cards $14.99
  • Squadron #1: The Federation $29.99
  • Squadron #2: Klingons $29.99
  • Squadron #9: Romulan $29.99
  • Squadron #9a: Cloaked Romulan $39.99
  • Federation Fleet Box Set $99.99
  • Klingon Fleet Box Set $99.99
  • Romulan Fleet Box Set $99.99
  • Federation Frigate $14.99
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The Rural Gamer has posted an interview with Amarillo Design Bureau's Steve Cole. From their announcement:
The Rural Gamer spoke with industry veteran Steve Cole of Amarillo Design Bureau about his time in the game industry and the popular Star Fleet Universe.
Amarillo Design Bureau have posted an image of the 3D sculpt for a Klingon D7 from Mongoose Publishing.

Klingon D7
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.
Mongoose Publishing have posted a short Q&A article providing answers to some of the questions raised by the announcement of their upcoming A Call to Arms: Star Fleet game produced with Amarillo Design Bureau. Discuss
Amarillo Design Bureau have posted a list of releases that they should have available at Origins 2011. These products will ship July 5th, 2011 with mail orders being sent on July 12th, 2011. F&E ISC War The long-missing major empire comes to Federation & Empire as the Inter-Stellar Concordium arrives to keep the peace. Over a thousand counters, a massive scenario, complete Order of Battle, new rules. Stock #3210, $47.95 FC: Transports Attacked Tugs and fleet transports are here with supplies for the Federation Commander on the go. Sixteen Ship Cards and ten new scenarios, but you don't need any new rules. Stock #4109, $29.95 Starmada: Distant Armada The fourth book in our Starmada series brings in four new factions: the Hydran Kingdom, WYN Cluster, Lyran Empire, and the Lyran Democratic Republic. Five new weapons, several new optional combat maneuvers, and dozens of new ships. Stock #6104, $16.95 Starship Aldo A 16-page adventure for Prime Directive with weapons and characters for PD20M and GURPS plus deck plans of the Aldo. Well, ok, you're not sure what ship it is. Is it the Geraldo Rivera, the Waldorf Astoria, or the Aguinaldo? Suit up and go find out. Stock #8997, $3.00 Discuss
Mongoose Publishing and Amarillo Design Bureau will be working to create a new A Call to Arms based ruleset set in the Star Fleet Battles universe created by Amarillo Design Bureau. This will not have any impact on the Starmada based series produced in co-operation with MJ12. From their announcement:
Just hours before this issue went to press, we signed a new joint-venture deal with Mongoose, which is one of the largest companies in the Adventure Game industry. They’re famous for numerous product lines, including miniatures and roleplaying games. This deal includes three immediate elements, but the future is as open as space and as exciting as a supernova. Something we have mentioned many times is that retailers only stock the top five or 10 companies (with the proverbial “one shelf” reserved for the other 40 hard-copy publishers, most of which are in less than 10% of stores). Mongoose is in 90% of the retail game stores in the US, Canada, the UK, and many other countries. This contract means that there will now be several first-class products in every retailer with logos on them for the Star Fleet Universe and for ADB, Inc. Each joint venture book will include advertising for all of our Star Fleet Universe products, giving us more exposure to the mass gaming market than we have had since 1982. This is their well-known space combat game, designed for massive battles with dozens of miniature starships. The new joint-venture deal provides for the production of a series of beautiful hardback rulebooks that will bring together the ships of the Star Fleet Universe and the game system of A Call to Arms. This worked very well for the Starmada product line, and should work even better for the much more widely sold A Call to Arms series.
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Amarillo Design Bureau today announced plans to replace their existing Starline 2400 range of miniatures with a new range , Starline 2500, which will be sculpted in 3D.

3D sculpted Federation Cruiser

From their website:
Our new joint venture deal with Mongoose includes a provision that they are going to replace (over a period of a couple of years) every existing Starline 2400 ship with a new computer-generated design. (We call this Starline 2500, but they plan to market it under another brand yet to be selected.) The first ships will appear in late 2011, and ships will then follow every month or two. This will include some entirely new ships. It may also, from time to time, including special limited-production (minor variant) ships available only for a short time, or as part of special offers.

This is truly exciting news. New production ships will be fancier, and those in the vocal and vociferous minority who constantly complained that our ships were “not good enough for the modern market” will get his wish. Everyone who has an extensive collection can keep it, or perhaps slowly replace it with new designs. (The existing 2400 line could be used for Early Years if you want, or the new 2500 designs could be used for X-ships.)

These ships will be done in resin using 1-3125 scale.
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Distant Armada coverAmarillo Design Bureau have posted the cover art for the Starmada Distant Armada Star Fleet Battles supplement. The book brings rules and ship status sheets for the Lyrans and Hydrans to the Starmada rules system.The book will be available at Origins 2011 and in general release in July 2011. Discuss
Amarillo Design Bureau will be releasing issue 43 of their Captain's Log magazine on June 13th, 2011. From their announcement:
This issue includes exciting fiction (A Measure of Fear, the unknown story of the destruction of the Alfred the Great by the Romulans), new ships (six for Star Fleet Battles, four for Federation Commander, a dozen for Federation & Empire, four for Starmada), new scenarios (five for SFB, three for FC), News (awards, Q&A, Input Guide, Why?, writing better fiction, researching the knowledge base, Proposals Board, Background Questions, how to write scenarios), Tactics (photon torpedoes and Command Notes for FC, Tactical Notes for F&E, Term Papers and Tournament Victory for SFB), Rules updates (Metamorph monster, Ask Growler for SFB, Operation Unity with ships from Module C3A; Q&A and rulings for F&E), Playtest rules (Auxiliary combatants in F&E, penal ships and ground bases in FC, five new cards for Star Fleet Battle Force), and lots more. SKU 5743, $19.95
Captain's Log 9Amarillo Design Bureau have released a PDF version of Captain's Log #9. From their website:
This 80-page 1991 edition moved the product further toward the current format. This issue is the only one that ever had a "theme" causing a hundred people to ask, every time we do another issue, what the new issues theme is. The fiction story GHOSTLIGHT (about a Federation fighter squadron) came along with an SFB scenario and a "behind the scenes" write-up, in game terms, of what was going on. The idea was to show writers how to make game counters, rules, and hexes into exciting stories. This issue also included the first-ever "class history" article (about Federation carriers).
Amarillo Design Bureau have posted a PDF version of Captain's Log #8 on the e23 website. From their website:
This 1990 issue introduced the new Doomsday Edition of SFB. The issue grew to 80 pages. Included were two fiction stories:
  • "Escape From the Holdfast" described a Klingon effort to slip into Tholian space and steal an entire ship (along with the secret of web technology).
  • "The Battle of Olsen's Reach" told the tale of the moment when the Federation tried to surrender and a mistake by a young ensign caused the General War to drag on for another decade.
Included are:
  • nine new SFB scenarios
  • the Federation FFB and DW
  • Q&A
  • an introduction to Doomsday
  • an example of tractor auctions
  • Why
  • Just Say No
  • Battleforce 2000
  • Board of Proposals
  • Ask Kommodore Ketrick (It was Steven Petrick's debut)
  • Tactics Board
  • Victory at Origins
  • Ask Uncle Ardak
Amarillo Design Bureau have released a PDF based set of Wyn ship cards for Federation Commander. From their website:
Six ships for the WYNs, those renegade outcasts who defy the Klingons, Lyrans, and Kzintis, including:
  • Mako War Destroyer
  • Orca War Cruiser
  • Shark Heavy Cruiser
  • Barracuda Frigate
  • Blue Shark Fast Cruiser
  • Heavy Battlecruiser
These ships are presented in high resolution. Also included are graphics for counters and the scenario Not So Fast, a three-player battle in which the WYNs, Kzintis, and Lyrans battle for control over a convoy of robot freighters.
Amarillo Design Bureau have announced two new products for May 2011. These products will ship on May 16th, 2011 From their announcement:
Star Fleet Battles: Module C3A The Andromedan Threat File When the Andromedans began to rampage through our galaxy, and even when they tried to conquer it, nobody was really sure just what the Andromedans had or how they worked or what they wanted. You could (in peacetime, anyway) buy Klingon or Romulan books and have a basic working knowledge of their culture, ships, and technology, but the Andromedans remained a mystery until they were wiped out. So, the fleet intelligence services did what you would expect: they guessed. Most of the time, they guessed wrong. Worse, they assumed that the Andromedans would develop their ships just as the galactic powers did. This book compiles all of these guesses. Stock #5635, $19.95
Captain's Log #3Amarillo Design Bureau have uploaded a PDF version of Captain's Log #3. From their website:
This classic 1984 issue includes the fiction story The First Round. In this story, famed Orion Pirate captain Deth O'Kay is kidnapped by the Masters and forced to fight starship duels in an arena. Also included are: Four modified SSDs for the ships of the Masters 29 scenarios The first draft of the D15 ground combat rules And a full-page portrait of a Gorn captain. A typesetter error in the original production left out two sections of text which were published later, and these are included here.