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Federation Commander is a tactical starship combat game designed to simulate squadron- or fleet-level actions in the "Star Fleet Universe," an extension of the original Star Trek series. Players take control of ships, famous and less well-known, from the Federation, Klingons, Romulans, and other races, using phasers, photon torpedoes, disruptors, and other weapons to disable or destroy their opponents. Compared to its older and better-known cousin, Star Fleet Battles, Federation Commander is designed for quicker, more streamlined play.

Since Klingon Border appeared in 2005, a number of supplements and accessories have been added to the system, and more are planned for 2007 and beyond. This list is designed as an overview of the FC system, its components, and how they all fit together (which isn't always immediately apparent).
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1. Board Game: Federation Commander: Reference Rulebook [Average Rating:8.41 Unranked] [Average Rating:8.41 Unranked]
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Federation Commander Reference Rulebook

Released in May 2009, the Reference Rulebook is meant as an as-of-now comprehensive rulebook. This fifth edition rulebook supersedes previous versions; new printings of existing products will get updated rules relevant to those products.
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2. Board Game: Federation Commander: Klingon Border [Average Rating:7.41 Overall Rank:1156] [Average Rating:7.41 Unranked]
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Klingon Border base set

The first product in the series and one of two "base" sets for Federation Commander (the other being Romulan Border, below), Klingon Border focuses on Federation, Klingon, Kzinti, Tholian, and Orion ships. The set includes a rulebook (Revision-5 is the most current), 40 1" counters, over 210 1/2" counters, 16 laminated ship diagrams, 6 sturdy double-sided 8.5x11" map panels, 2 laminated player reference cards, a pair of six-sided dice, and a wipe-off marker.
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3. Board Game: Federation Commander: Romulan Border [Average Rating:7.67 Overall Rank:1857] [Average Rating:7.67 Unranked]
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Romulan Border base set

Romulan Border, released in 2006, is the second of two "base" sets for Federation Commander. Both can be used together (and can be used with the other products in the line), but Romulan Border and Klingon Border are also standalone games.

Like Klingon Border, Romulan Border contains 40 1" counters, over 210 1/2" counters, a copy of the appropriate rules for the set, 6 sturdy double-sided 8.5x11" map panels, 16 laminated ship diagrams, 2 laminated player reference cards, a pair of six-sided dice, and a wipe-off marker. This set's ships focus on the Romulan, Federation, and Gorn fleets.

For those looking to save a little money, Rommulan Space contains, in a folio package, only the parts that aren't also in Klingon Border. Basically, you *don't* get the main rules again, the RB map panels, and duplicated tables. You do get the RB ship cards and counters, the new scenarios, and the new tables. Romulan Space is US$39.95 MSRP (as opposed to the US$59.95 MSRP for Romulan Border.
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4. Board Game: Miscellaneous Game Book [Average Rating:6.64 Overall Rank:6585]
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Federation Commander: First Missions free trial version

First Missions is a free PDF available from Amarillo Design Bureau. (Adobe Reader required.) This book includes the most important rules for the system and indicates where the full book adds other rules. Included also are a couple of scenarios (modified from Klingon Border) and enough printable map sheets, ship cards, and counters to play those and maybe some other small scenarios.

First Missions: http://www.starfleetgames.com/fc/
My review: http://www.boardgamegeek.com/thread/137918

(Note: The picture doesn't really match the item, but the cover art's the same.)
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5. Board Game: Federation Commander: Academy [Average Rating:7.53 Unranked]
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Federation Commander: Academy introductory product

FC: Academy is a lower-cost (US$25 MSRP) entry-level product in the Federation Commander line. It includes four ship cards: the Federation heavy cruiser, the Klingon D7 battlecruiser, Romulan King Eagle, and Gorn battlecruiser. Also included are 216 half-inch counters/markers, a weapons reference card, a map, and the same rulebook found in the "full" game.
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6. Board Game: Federation Commander: Graduation [Average Rating:7.80 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.80 Unranked]
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Federation Commander: Graduation introductory product

FC: Graduation completes the set begun with Academy. Together, these two will contain the same materials as the Klingon Border set. MSRP is expected to be $40. This one's not out yet.
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7. Board Game: Federation Commander: Klingon Attack [Average Rating:7.87 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.87 Unranked]
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Klingon Attack expansion

Klingon Attack is an "attack module" designed to add components (rather than a large number of new rules) to the system. Either Klingon Border or Romulan Border is required to play this. Included are new scenarios, more counters (a little more than half of what comes in one of the "Border" sets), 16 more ship diagrams (Kzinti, Klingon, Federation, Orion, and Tholian), and two more map panels.
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8. Board Game: Federation Commander: Romulan Attack [Average Rating:7.93 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.93 Unranked]
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Romulan Attack expansion

The second "attack module," Romulan Attack offers a heavy dose of Gorn and Romulan ships, with some Federation ships also included. Like the other attack modules, Romulan Attack mostly additional counters, ship diagrams, scenarios, and map panels. Also like Klingon Attack, either Klingon Border or Romulan Border is required to use Romulan Attack.
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9. Board Game: Federation Commander: Tholian Attack [Average Rating:7.84 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.84 Unranked]
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Tholian Attack expansion

Tholian Attack is another attack module expansion for Federation Commander. The ships focus on the Tholian, Neo-Tholian, and Seltorian fleets. Rules for the Tholian Web will be included. Like the other attack modules, one of the two base sets is required to use this expansion. Tholian Attack was released in late February 2007.
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10. Board Game: Federation Commander: Battleships Attack [Average Rating:7.93 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.93 Unranked]
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Battleships Attack expansion

Battleships Attack is another "attack module" and has rules, counters, and map panels. With this module, though, there are only eight ship cards, but they're full-page size (8.5x11") instead of half-page size. My understanding is that the exact mix of ships to be included is still under discussion. As with the other attack modules, one of the two base sets is required.
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11. Board Game: Federation Commander: Distant Kingdoms [Average Rating:8.07 Unranked] [Average Rating:8.07 Unranked]
Jim Patterson
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Distant Kingdoms expansion

Not much to say about this one yet. It could be out this year or next, according to ADB. The intent now is to include the Lyrans, Hydrans, and WYNs, three SFU-only races.

Update: Designer Steve Cole says February 2008 is the expected release date for this product.

Update 2: That date is now March, but that should be firm.
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12. Board Game: Federation Commander: Orion Attack [Average Rating:7.72 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.72 Unranked]
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Orion Attack expansion

Officially out in 9/08, Orion Attack, naturally enough, goes heavy on the pirates. This expansion includes 16 ship cards and associated counters, plus a few extra counters for cards included in the associated boosters.
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13. Board Game: Federation Commander: Boosters [Average Rating:7.27 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.27 Unranked]
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Boosters: card expansions

Booster packs provide 7 or 8 additional (nonrandom) ship diagrams to bolster particular sets (so that multiple ships of the same kind can be used more easily) and introduce some new ships, too.

Boosters #1, #2, and #3 relate to Klingon Border.
Boosters #4, #5, and #6 relate to Klingon Attack.
Boosters #7, #8, and #9 relate to Romulan Border.
Boosters #10, #11, and #12 relate to Romulan Attack.
Boosters #13, #14, and #15 relate to Tholian Attack (and are due out March 2007).
Boosters #16, #17, and #18 contain dreadnoughts and dreadnought variants.
Boosters #19, #20, and #21 relate to Distant Kingdoms.
Boosters #22, #23, and #24 relate to Orion Attack.
Booster #0 doesn't relate to any particular set. It has 6 ships that are (or were, as it is a somewhat older product) designed to preview new races and rules.

Line of Battle has an additional set of battleship cards.
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14. Board Game: Miscellaneous Game Accessory [Average Rating:6.93 Overall Rank:2588]
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Starline 2400 miniatures

Players who prefer miniature ships to cardboard counters can choose from a wide array of pewter minis matched for this game. You can buy some individually, but it probably makes more sense to buy one or more of the "boxes" associated with each set.

Squadron Boxes have from 5-6 ships each.
Squadron Boxes #1, #2, and #3 relate to Klingon Border.
Squadron Boxes #4, #5, and #6 relate to Klingon Attack.
Squadron Boxes #7, #8, and #9 relate to Romulan Border.
Squadron Boxes #10, #11, and #12 relate to Romulan Attack.
Squadron Boxes #13, #14, and #15 relate to Tholian Attack. (Boxes #14 and #15 are due out in February 2007, while Box #13 has been delayed until April 2007.)
Squadron Boxes #16, #17, and #18, in a break from the pattern, match the dreadnoughts and dreadnought variants in Boosters #16, #17, and #18.
Squadron Boxes #19, #20, and #21 relate to Distant Kingdoms.
Squadron Boxes #22, #23, and #24 relate to Orion Attack.
Squadron Box #0 relates to Booster #0.

Border Boxes include 24 ships and match up with Boosters (and their related sets).
Border Box #1 relates to Boosters #1, #2, and #3 (Klingon Border).
Border Box #2 relates to Boosters #4, #5, and #6 (Klingon Attack).
Border Box #3 relates to Bossters #7, #8, and #9 (Romulan Border).
Border Box #4 relates to Boosters #10, #11, and #12 (Romulan Attack).
Border Box #5 relates to Boosters #13, #14, and #15 (Tholian Attack).
Border Box #6 relates to the Battleships Attack expansion module. (This is a break from standard practice; usually, the Border Box matches the associated boosters, not the main product.)
Border Box #7 relates to Boosters #19, #20, and #21 (Distant Kingdoms).
Border Box #8 relates to Booster #22, #23, and #24 (Orion Attack).
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15. Board Game: Federation Commander: Briefing #1 [Average Rating:7.47 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.47 Unranked]
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Briefing journal

Briefing is a line of supplements exclusively for Federation Commander. Whereas Captain's Log has materials for all of the Star Fleet Universe products, Briefing keeps the focus right where it belongs.

Briefing #1 had new scenarios, new ships, an updated master ship chart (through Distant Kingdoms and Captain's Log #36), rules updates (though now superseded by the new rulebook), tactics, and more.

Briefing #2 (April 2009), subtitled "The Middle Years," deals with the original-series years and includes 72 ship diagrams and ten scenarios.
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16. Board Game: Miscellaneous Game Accessory [Average Rating:6.93 Overall Rank:2588]
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Other Federation Commander resources

Here are links to some prominent FC resources:
The FC official site
http://www.federationcommander.com/
FC discussion also takes place on the Star Fleet Battles site
http://www.starfleetgames.com/discus/
FC Online (for-fee service with free but limited demo accounts)
http://www.sfbonline.com/index.jsp
FC Play by Email (PBEM)
http://www.starfleetgames.com/pbemgames/

Some publications:
Captain's Log is a (roughly) semiannual publication dedicated to the games of the Star Fleet Universe. There's usually a substantial section on Federation Commander.

Miscellaneous miscellanea:
Module H1: Megahex 1 has 320 1" ship counters that can be used in FC (or SFB).

Deluxe Space Battle Maps has eight separate mounted map panels. There are six "blank" from Klingon Border and two from Klingon Attack.

Special Battle Map Pack has four mounted panels--two asteroid panels from Battleships Attack and two gas giant panels from Distant Kingdoms.

Ammunition Countersheet gives you extra ammunition counters.
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17. Board Game: Federation Commander: War and Peace [Average Rating:8.39 Unranked] [Average Rating:8.39 Unranked]
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'War and Peace' expansion.

This is essentially an 'Attack' module, in that it requires one of the two 'Border' boxes, and adds a number of new races, ships, and technology to the game system. Note, specifically, that it DOES include new rules (not yet in the 'Master Rulebook'...at least, as of the 5th Edition).

ISC (Galactic peacemakers who decide to interfere with every empire and attempt to enforce the pre-General War borders. "And...we shall have...peace")

Andromedans (Extra-galactic invaders who lack shields, but make up for it with 'power absorber panels' that take damage you give them and turn it into power for them to use...but they can only hold so much, and once they start overflowing, the ship falls apart QUICKLY. While most races in FedCom have the issue of 'not enough power to do everything they want', the Andros flip that on its head - they always have TOO MUCH power, and desperately try to find things to do with it!)

Vudar. A Klingon subject race given limited independence as the General War wore down, and the Empire no longer had the will to put the effort into suppressing them.
 
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