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brett Bolen
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Has there been a comparison between talon and federation commander. They seem to be very similar.
 
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They are quite similar in terms of genre (tactical starship combat), and Talon is a clear descendant. Broadly, FedCom is far more complex and offers a wider variety of options, races, ships, and rules. And, of course, it possesses the Star Trek theme.

Talon on the other hand is more streamlined, straightforward and has a much less steep learning curve. The recently announced Talon 1000 expansion promises more ships and scenarios for both races.

Both games use energy and speed management, impulse movement, and point allocation systems for fleet/scenario creation and campaigns.

I prefer Talon these days, as it offers a quicker, more decisive gameplay experience and cuts way down on the bookkeeping that FedCom can get bogged down in; on the other hand, if you're looking for a "lifestyle" game then FedCom might be a better choice due to the sheer amount of material available.
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Each ship is simpler in Talon than Federation Commander, so you can play much larger battles. 8-10 ships per side is entirely feasible.
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Keith Anderson
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I wrote a comparison review at https://boardgamegeek.com/thread/1529299/talon-comparative-r...

I've been meaning to update that review. In short, I still really like Talon but there is still a sweet spot for Federation Commander for me as well. Basically Talon is better for more ships but Federation Commander reasserts itself when there are only one or two ships per side.

So, I agree with what Chris and David have posted.
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    I agree as well. I think if you're deciding between the two you need to ask yourself what your potential pool of fellow players looks like. If you have guys that will go all-in and take the time to learn the bigger system Federation Commander offers a lot of versatility. If you're going to be teaching, and your opponents are going to be more casual players, Talon is a much better choice.

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I like playing Duels (one ship against one ship) in Federation Commander. My concern is that Talon would not provide enough options for that kind of scenario.
 
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For one ship vs one ship, this isn't the system I would use as much as I like it.
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unic wrote:
I like playing Duels (one ship against one ship) in Federation Commander. My concern is that Talon would not provide enough options for that kind of scenario.


That's correct. It would be kind of like playing Advanced Squad Leader with one squad on each side. Playing one ship per side is only for learning the rules.
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DaviddesJ wrote:
unic wrote:
I like playing Duels (one ship against one ship) in Federation Commander. My concern is that Talon would not provide enough options for that kind of scenario.


That's correct. It would be kind of like playing Advanced Squad Leader with one squad on each side. Playing one ship per side is only for learning the rules.



I MIGHT be able to win that ASL scenario!!
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