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Star Trek Fleet Captains

Antti Koskinen
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It's been really quiet in the gaming front but not so quiet when it comes to purchasing new games. Star Trek: Fleet Captains wasn't actually on my buy list since I have a good fried who's a Trekkie and said at Spiel that he'll probably end up buying the game anyways. Unfortunately game can't be bought from any dealer in Finland and there's not too many places even in Europe who sell it. Thus I had do get it when my friend studying in UK came back to spend the Christmas to Finland.

I invited both my friends and one additional buddy to give STFC a shot on Saturday and to make it as exiting as I could, I did not tell my trekkie friend that I had purchased the game. You should have seen him when he saw what we were to play. Awesome!

Game is impressive - massive box and extremely cool miniatures. Unfortunately other components are average and I would have liked to see a bit better quality. I suppose having miniatures does this to other components and I can't complain too much since miniatures are so cool.

My trekkie friend went first to choose side and took Klingons and desided the sides for rest of us - my friend visiting Finland took the other Klingon position and me and my fellow Federation buddy began to select the fleet for us. Obviously we had to take USS Enterprice and while we did my fleet was smaller and crappier that the one my friend controlled.

There's quite a lot of rules and details in the game and we desided that we'll just jump into the game and I'll explain the different actions once there's any idea of taking them. This worked quite well even though we did not have any player aids and I presume that some of the actions were not taken simply because I had not talked too much about them. Rulebook for the game could have used little bit more editing and reordering the information. There are bits and pieces of information here and there - a method which makes it almost impossible to find the information you need right now.

Session culminated in a huge battle in which three Klingon ships tried to take down Enterprise and a another Federation ship. What Klingons did not do was cloak after they had attacked and they were easy targets for Federation when they attacked. We scored three kills before Federation had to retreat to the nearest space station to do some repairs. At this point we had gathered 16 points together with missions linked to battles and exploration (and couple points from events).

We liked the game even though it wasn't praise in unison. I think the feel of the game nails it even though there are some issues with the gameplay and components. I'm also pretty sure this is going to hit the table reasonably often which would be great. Next I'd like to test whether Klingons are worse than Federation as the loosing team complained (My opinion is that they played like monkeys).
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