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Federation Commander: First Missions



This is the free demonstration version of the Federation Commander game system, a tactical space combat game based on Star Trek. (Yes, we have a legal contract with Paramount to do this.) This simplified demo includes the basic rules (some of them simplified or abstracted) and two sample ships.

You will need this PDF, a couple of six-sided dice, a hex map (use any game and ignore the terrain), and a few counters (borrowed from any game), but you can be fighting the dastardly Klingons (or the arrogant Federation) within a few minutes. (A printable map and counters are included if you want to print them.)

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Michael M October 14, 2019 12:28 am UTC
This ruleset hearkens from the early days of wargaming. Where you reference Rules 1.1109.2-b(1)-(iii) and so forth. That said, Federation Space is also a newer version of Starfleet Battles rules (made by same folks) and does consolidate the system considerably...but make no mistake, this isn't a "print a map and play" kind of game.

Not saying it's bad...but it is definitely on the 'crunchy' side of rulesets. If you want something that still captures this feel while being a bit more streamlined....hurm...maybe Battlestations! by Jeff Saidek may be more your speed. It has greater emphasis on individual crew actions. But it would be more on a shuttle (runabout) scale of combat as opposed to larger vessels with hundreds of crew.
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Wayne R February 05, 2019 10:52 pm UTC
Not to look a gift horse in the mouth (the rules are free), but this is billed as the simplified abridged introductory version of a new streamlined ruleset. The rules alone take 24 pages. Sheesh!
Up and playing in a few minutes? You won't be through your first reading in that time.
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