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Going Olde School: Federation Commander
« on: August 23, 2012, 10:16:00 PM »
DV8 and I played some Federation Commander today and had a great time. Looks like my next worthless time (and money) sink. Great time - like Star Fleet Battles but less overhead.

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Re: Going Olde School: Federation Commander
« Reply #1 on: August 24, 2012, 12:15:14 PM »
Would you believe that despite my deep love of Trek, I've never played either?  :-[ 


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Re: Going Olde School: Federation Commander
« Reply #2 on: August 24, 2012, 12:18:18 PM »
Would you believe that despite my deep love of Trek, I've never played either?  :-[

I've played some Star Fleet Battles, but this looks like a more streamlined version. We played the basic game and I couldn't tell the difference. This is starting to look like yet another game I'm going to have to get into. Pushing a bunch of Star Trek pewter around a table might just be as close to heaven as I'm going to get.

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Re: Going Olde School: Federation Commander
« Reply #3 on: August 24, 2012, 02:01:45 PM »
Man I would love to get into Fed Commander. Played some SFB back in the day. I loved that game, but most of my friends hated it so it was hard finding opponents.

LB, did you guys use minis in your game or was it the counters that come with the game?
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Re: Going Olde School: Federation Commander
« Reply #4 on: August 24, 2012, 02:34:18 PM »
You guys got any pictures of the game or a link to the games site.  I found one but I am not sure if its the game you are refering to.
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Re: Going Olde School: Federation Commander
« Reply #5 on: August 24, 2012, 02:50:53 PM »
"45 minutes of pooping Tribbles being juggled by a drunken Horta would be better than Season 1 of TNG." - SirAndrewD

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Re: Going Olde School: Federation Commander
« Reply #7 on: August 24, 2012, 03:13:43 PM »
Thanks for the links, looks like fun.  However, for me it looks to be one of those games I would play if someone else spent the time and money to collect and put on the game but would probably never collect them myself ... until I played it and found out I really liked it.  ;D
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Re: Going Olde School: Federation Commander
« Reply #8 on: August 24, 2012, 03:15:37 PM »
My problem would be that if I got into I'd need to own every module, expansion, ship pack, etc. Even if I only played it once a year.
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Re: Going Olde School: Federation Commander
« Reply #9 on: August 24, 2012, 03:22:57 PM »
My problem would be that if I got into I'd need to own every module, expansion, ship pack, etc. Even if I only played it once a year.

I can understand that.
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Re: Going Olde School: Federation Commander
« Reply #10 on: August 24, 2012, 03:27:05 PM »
Man I would love to get into Fed Commander. Played some SFB back in the day. I loved that game, but most of my friends hated it so it was hard finding opponents.

LB, did you guys use minis in your game or was it the counters that come with the game?

First thing: Federation is an easier game than Star Fleet Battles. It might still have too much overhead for their tastes, but it could be worse! ;)

We didn't do pics. This was a shakedown cruise to figure out the base mechanics.

I do have two minis that I bought on a lark several years ago: a Federation heavy cruiser and a Romulan R-type Battlecruiser. They're not painted yet, but it should be short work to do them. Hardest part is figuring out a color scheme for the Romulans - apparently there's a lot of latitude in terms of color schemes.

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Re: Going Olde School: Federation Commander
« Reply #11 on: August 24, 2012, 03:27:51 PM »
My problem would be that if I got into I'd need to own every module, expansion, ship pack, etc. Even if I only played it once a year.

I'm not sure Federation Commander has nearly as many as SFB. But the minis...those I can see buying a bunch of...

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Re: Going Olde School: Federation Commander
« Reply #12 on: August 25, 2012, 12:39:57 PM »
Are there scenarios with objectives for Federation Commander or do you just "fight to the death" with the ships?  I watched my son play some Bridge Commander last night (he's new to Star Trek) and he really seemed to enjoy it.  We enjoy playing ASL and Up Front together and I'm thinking that he may like Federation Commander.  Doubt we'd ever go the full SFB's route.
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Re: Going Olde School: Federation Commander
« Reply #13 on: August 25, 2012, 03:00:35 PM »
Are there scenarios with objectives for Federation Commander or do you just "fight to the death" with the ships?  I watched my son play some Bridge Commander last night (he's new to Star Trek) and he really seemed to enjoy it.  We enjoy playing ASL and Up Front together and I'm thinking that he may like Federation Commander.  Doubt we'd ever go the full SFB's route.

I have only leafed through the free starter rules online so I can't answer that question with certainty.

There are apparently two scales to the game - controlling fleets or controlling ships. I would assume that even if there weren't scenarios you could make them up. I do know that Star Fleet Battles has scenarios, and I suspect that pedigree has been passed along. But you'll have to wait until we get our hands on the full game to know with certainty.

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Re: Going Olde School: Federation Commander
« Reply #14 on: August 25, 2012, 04:27:37 PM »
It looks like the two starter sets come with some scenarios.  It might be somewhat like ASL where the expansion sets (the “Attack” modules in FC) come with different scenarios.

http://www.federationcommander.com/product_list.shtml

What LB is not telling you is this all started with a $7 acquisition of SFB from the clearance table at our FLGS that he talked me into.  I'll make sure to direct my wife to him when she complains about yet another "stupid" game expenditure.   ;)
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