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Federation Commander has their August newsletter now available online at Hailing Frequencies.

Star Fleet Universe News

THE BIG NEWS this month is the release of Captain's Log #45. Also released were the Nova versions of two Starmada books, Klingon Armada and Romulan Armada. (As the Admiral edition books remain in print and the covers are nearly the same; be careful which one you order!)

In other news this month, the second annual Platinum Hat International Online SFB tournament has begun with 36 players (four more than last year). You can find information on the Discus BBS.

Federation Commander now has the July edition of their Hailing Frequencies newsletter up online for your reading pleasure.

THE BIG NEWS this month is that TRAVELLER PRIME DIRECTIVE CORE RULEBOOK has been officially scheduled as a November release. It will be a $39.99 hardcover book. (When you're trying to launch a book this important, the wholesalers demand the full four-month advanced notice. We usually give them only one or two months.) Captain's Log #45 will be released in August.

Federation Commander puts up the March issue of their newsletter: Hailing Frequencies.

THE BIG NEWS: this month is the new Nova Edition of Starmada. The new core rulebook will be released in PDF format in March and in hard copy (through stores and our website) in April. The four Star Fleet Starmada books (Klingon Armada, Romulan Armada, Alien Armada, Distant Armada) will be re-released for the Nova Edition over the coming months, but will remain available by mail order in the Admiral Edition. A conversion document, and a combined pack of all 160 of the existing ship cards updated to the Nova Edition, will be released on e23. The new Battleships Armada book will be released in June for both Nova Edition (in stores and on e23) and Admiral Edition (by mail order and on e23).

After consultation with ADB, Inc., Mongoose has reluctantly switched the Starline 2500 over primarily to pewter. A few of the larger ships will be made in resin, but the majority will be available in metal. This move has already increased production and Squadron Boxes should be in your hands; if they are not, then please contact Mongoose directly. Federation Fleet Boxes are currently shipping with Klingon and Romulan boxes to follow on their heels. (These are not allowed to shoot the Federation in the #4 shields!)

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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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
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.