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Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Fantasy Trek: Summary of Events Stardate 0310.08

Quick Start Play:

If you'd like to be able to jump right in to see if you like this game,

you might want to try a few rounds of Simple Combat. The Simple Combat Game is a way for you to quickly resolve combat between vessels, or fleets of vessels. This is useful if you are playing a scenario or campaign that involves more than a few ships. Otherwise a simple

scenario could take weeks to play through.

It is useful to keep a copy of the Simple Combat Template. This makes

it possible to copy and paste the basics of your bit of 'paperwork', add however many ships you may need to, and change or insert ship names. Here is a very basic template (there are more in the files):

IKS rolls: o/d

USS rolls: o/d


IKS damage /15

USS damage /15

The first section is for points rolled (1d6 result times the appropriate multiplier), and how the points are allocated (offense/defense). The second "Result" section shows the calculated damage. In the case of basic AI ships, the damage potential is 15.. so you would indicate 5 points damage with 5/15. Pretty simple.

If you are playing a single player game, roll a 1d6 to see who 'wins the toss'. If you roll a 1-3, you do. Then you roll the 1d6 for your opponent first. Allocate available points according to this multiplier chart:

2 (DS) Defense Sat/(FR)Freighter X1

3 (FF) Frigate X4

4 (DD) DestroyerX6

5 (CL) Light Cruiser X8

6 (CA) Heavy Cruiser X10

7 (CC) Command Cruiser X12

8 (BCH) Heavy Battlecruiser X15

9 (DN) Dreadnought X20

10 (BB) Battleship X22

11 (CV)Carrier X25

12 (STB ) Starbase/ (BS)Base Station X50/75 (reroll, 50/50)

Here is an example of simple combat between the Klingon heavy cruiser

Perseus and the Sha'kurian heavy cruiser Count: In this case, I won the

toss, playing as the Perseus. That meant that I had to roll and allocate for the Sha'kurian first. (The point of all this 'coin tossing' is to add randomness to the gameplay in the single player game. It puts the luxury of being able to react to your opponent's first move on a totally random footing. And of course, whoever rolled second first time rolls first the next. Compare it to the coin toss to determine who receives the kickoff in a football game ) That first roll was a 6 (on a 1d6), for 60 points. Acting for the Shakurian, I decided to play it safe, putting it all on defense. As it turned out, the caution was unnecesary. The Klingon only rolled a 1.

IKS Perseus rolls:10 0o/10d

SRS Count rolls:60 0o/60d


IKS Perseus damage 0/25

SRS Count damage 0/15

For the next volley, the Klingon ship took its turn rolling first. It rolled a "3", for 30 points, and put them all on defense. It didn't save him, because the Count rolled a 6.

IKS Perseus rolls:30 0o/30d

SRS Count rolls:60 60o/d


IKS Perseus destroyed

SRS Count damage 0/15

You'll note that the Perseus is able to take 25 points of damage. That is because all of my play has given me a "Elite" rating. The increased available points is one of the benefits of that. For details, see "Experience Points: How to Get Them and What They Get You". If you

want to take it a step further, you can capture ships using Simple Combat. You have to cause 10 points of damage to lower the enemy

shields, then transport over. Ah, but to so that you have to lower your

own shields. Do that by giving yourself (just for the 'transport' volley) 10 points damage. A bit tricky, with careful timing involved, but a great tactic. And of course, as new races are added to Fantasy Trek, there will be a few necessary variations to these rules (i.e. Tholian Webs).

So what to do with all of this? As I said, the Simple Combat Game is

ideal for extended scenarios involving many ships in combat. For

example, Head to Head Sector Assault was written with Simple Combat in mind:


The goal is to conquer and hold all 5 systems.

In order to do this, you must conquer (in order, 1 through 5), and

sufficiently defend all systems while denying your enemy access to

those same systems. Reduce the enemy fleet sufficiently to prevent them from building a shipyard, and stop/destroy enough enemy convoys to deny random reinforcements sufficient to threaten your shipyards. You must also attain a minimum of 13 points (see 'Victory Conditions' below)

System Conquest:

Regardless of whether a system has been taken by enemy forces, you will face a random-sized enemy fleet upon first arrival in a new system.

Roll 1d6 for size of enemy fleet, then subtract any applicable random

fleet disadvantage (see below). If the size of the enemy fleet is less than the random fleet disadvantage, then there is no contact. Then use

appropriate simple combat template. All surviving ships retain damage

but can move and fight until destroyed. They can only be repaired by

remaining in place for two turns (subject to random enemy attack each

turn-50% chance of random attack. 1d6:1-3=no contact. 4-6=attacked) or

by docking at shipyard for one turn (subject to random enemy attack,

same odds as above). The system remains yours once you've defeated the initial fleet, but if left undefended, any attempt to conquer it will only be countered by a randomly generated fleet. You can (and should choose to leave any combination of ships and/or a shipyard to defend it.

Open Space:

Enemy convoys will only be encountered in open spaces. Roll for

encounter (1d6:1-3=contact). Then roll 1d6 for enemy escorts. 1-3= 1 CA escort. 4-6= 2 CA escorts. The random fleet disadvantage does not

affect this. Random enemy convoy(s) must be stopped=at least 3/5

freighters destroyed or captured (5/15 damage and successful boarding

party action), escorts destroyed or disabled (10/15 damage) in 5

volleys or less. Every convoy that is stopped decreases random enemy

fleet size by one. This is the random fleet disadvantage. For every

three freighters captured, your random fleet disadvantage is reduced by

one. You will not encounter convoys in open spaces when you have

conquered both adjacent systems


Shipyards are recommended. They can only be built in systems that you

hold (by destroying an initial assault fleet). Three starships must remain in system or open space area for three turns to build shipyard. During each turn 50% chance of random attack. (1d6:1d6:1-3=no contact. 4-6=attack, then roll 1d6 for size of enemy fleet. If the size of the enemy fleet is less than the random fleet disadvantage, then there is no contact.) LOS (line of sight) must be maintained to use or attack shipyard. Shipyard has X75 multiplier. Shipyard can construct replacement ships in 3 turns. While your fleet can not exceed 6 ships,

additional ships built at shipyards do not count against this total. They cannot fight with full-sized fleets, but can supplement diminished fleets. The same rule applies to surviving random reinforcements. Since you must have a minimum of three ships to build a shipyard, it is

recommended that you build at least one shipyard and at least two reserve ships just in case of unforseen losses. A fleet reduced to two

ships and no shipyard to fall back would have little chance of victory.

If you want to register as a player, notify me through a comment on the

blogsite. I recommend keeping a record of your games played, as they

add up to experience points that enrich your gaming experience.

Victory Conditions/Points-

Shipyards 5 (max)

Fleet size 6 (max)

Reinforcement capacity 6 (max)

You must conquer 5 systems and attain 13+ VC points

Templates (it is recommended that you keep a master copy of these,

making working copies to modify suit your needs):

Klingon fleet vs Federation Fleet

KCA IKS Kandido rolls: o/d

KCA IKS Kurry rolls: o/d

KCA IKS DuranQo rolls: o/d

KCA IKS Ok'ran rolls: o/d

KCA IKS D'Han rolls: o/d

KCA IKS Glommer rolls: o/d

FCA USS Washington rolls: o/d

FCA USS Roosevelt rolls: o/d

FCA USS Cleveland rolls: o/d

FCA USS Detroit rolls: o/d

FCA USS Abraham Lincoln rolls: o/d

FCA USS Guadalcanal rolls: o/d


KCA IKS Kandido damage: /15

KCA IKS Kurry damage: /15

KCA IKS DuranQo damage: /15

KCA IKS Ok'ran damage: /15

KCA IKS D'Han damage: /15

KCA IKS Glommer damage: /15

FCA USS Washington damage: /15

FCA USS Roosevelt damage: /15

FCA USS Cleveland damage: /15

FCA USS Detroit damage: /15

FCA USS Abraham damage: /15

FCA USS Guadalcanal damage: /15

Klingon fleet versus Federation convoy with two escorts

KCA IKS Etlh rolls: o/d

KCA IKS Dk'tagh rolls: o/d

KCA IKS Bertaa rolls: o/d

KCA IKS BortaS rolls: o/d

KCA IKS Chang rolls: o/d

KCA IKS tIQ'etlh rolls: o/d

FCA USS Komack rolls: o/d

FCA USS Nogura rolls: o/d

Fr1 rolls: o/d

Fr2 rolls: o/d

Fr3 rolls: o/d

Fr4 rolls: o/d

Fr5 rolls: o/d


KCA IKS Etlh damage: /15

KCA IKS Dk'tagh damage: /15

KCA IKS Bertaa damage: /15

KCA IKS BortaS damage: /15

KCA IKS Chang damage: /15

KCA IKS tIQ'etlh damage: /15

FCA USS Komack damage: /15

FCA USS Nogura damage: /15

Fr1 damage: /15

Fr2 damage: /15

Fr3 damage: /15

Fr4 damage: /15

Fr5 damage: /15

Sample First Turn:

Turn 1)


System 1: FCA USS Essex FCA USS Challenger FCA USS Tahir FCA USS Robau FCA USS Abrahms FCA USS Orci form Fed 1st Fleet (FF1). Contact: 4 KCA's *won toss. (1209.13) FCA USS Essex FCA USS Challenger FCA USS Tahir FCA USS Robau FCA USS Abrahms FCA USS Orci vs KCA IKS D'Qu KCA IKS NaQjej KCA IKS Ej'QuD KCA IKS Qaw'lu: Klingons destroyed. No damage to FF1.

System 5: KCA IKS Kandido KCA IKS Kurry KCA IKS DuranQo KCA IKS Ok'ran KCA IKS D'Han KCA IKS Glommer form Klingon 1st Fleet (KF1). Contact: 4 FCA's *won toss. (1209.13) KCA IKS Kandido KCA IKS Kurry KCA IKS DuranQo KCA IKS Ok'ran KCA IKS D'Han KCA IKS Glommer vs FCA USS Washington FCA USS Roosevelt FCA USS Cleveland FCA USS Detroit: Feds destroyed. No damage to KF1.

Games in Play:

"Fifty Points" (see Dev notes for rules)

Slow week, but the Federation is learning the difficulties and advantages of having to use diplomacy to build shipyards. Here are turns 39 through 41:

Turn 39)


Federation: FF1 (Federation First Fleet) at Planet Blue17 Dispatch DD USS Gallipoli to investigate distress signal. FF1 initiates diplomatic contact/permission to build FSY1: Turn 1? Unsuccessful (v,10)

Klingons: KBF (Klingon Black Fleet) Construct KSY1 turn 3/3. (y,13)

Romulans: RIF1 (Romulan First Imperial Fleet) Construct RSY1 turn 3/3. Contact? No contact (af,14)

Turn 40)


Federation: FF1 (Federation First Fleet) at Planet Blue17 Dispatch DD USS Gallipoli to investigate distress signal. FF1 initiates diplomatic contact/permission to build FSY1: Turn 2? Unsuccessful (v,10)

Klingons: KBF (Klingon Black Fleet) on station KSY1 complete. (y,13)

Romulans: RIF1 (Romulan First Imperial Fleet) on station RSY1 complete (af,14)

Turn 41)


Federation: FF1 (Federation First Fleet) at Planet Blue17 begin construct FSY1 at (v,10) turn 1/2? Pirate contact: Three Fed-based DD's. FDD USS Gallipoli at (w,10).

Klingons: KBF (Klingon Black Fleet) moves to (x,14) KSY1 complete. (y,13)

Romulans: RIF1 (Romulan First Imperial Fleet) moves to (af,13) RSY1 complete (af,14)

(Ent Era) "Edge of Empire"

Challenger NX-07, on a mission to circumnavigate the Romulan Star Empire, encounters a world that threatens to expose its covert mission. Odinas IV is a world rich in natural resources that could give the Romulans an edge in the war, but doing anything to stop the Romulans could bring the weight of the Romulan war machine down on the.lone ship. What should Captain Sam Carpenter do?


Captain Carpenter orders the planet scanned. It is K-type, and uninhabited. While it would be tempting to somehow sabotage the Romulan war effort, he decides that the risks to his ship, as well as the intelligence gathering mission outweigh the benefits of depriving the Romulans of the planet's resources. He orders supplies brought up from the surface, filling Challenger's stores before moving off. He also decides to advise Starfleet Command at the earliest opportunity.


For next week:

(TOS Era) "FutureCast"

A science team investigating space-borne lifeforms in an uncharted system at the edge of explored space discovers a radiolitic nebula that seems to be growing in size and intensity. Projecting along the expected path of the nebula, it is determined that it would eventually engulf a solar system in the early stages of development. Within a century, the system could potentially support a dozen planets, with half of them being Class M. There are also indications of valuable minerals in the matter swirling around the young sun. The properties of the nebula would render the system uninhabitable.

At the same time, the local space-borne lifeforms thrive on the very radiolitic properties that threaten the new solar system, as well as the rest of the inhabited systems beyond.

What Are Your Orders, Captain?

Post your solution here for a Command College Point. Feel free to discuss this with the 'comment' feature

"Captain's Log"

"...recorded message..."

(ENT Era)

Class F Geometallic

Age: 1-3 billion years

Diameter: 10,000-15,000 km

Location: Ecosphere

Surface: Volcanic eruptions due to molten core

Atmosphere: Hydrogen compounds

Evolution: Cools to become Class G

Life forms: Silicon-based

Example: Janus IV

20) At some point during the mission, the planet disappears.

(ENT/Ancient Era: Vulcan Sundering)

Vulcan Star Cruiser T'lalak

Commander Nurok

(Date Classified)

Our investigation of F Class planet Tal Taya revealed information which could, if widely disseminated, cause wide-spread diplomatic damage. Therefore, this log entry will be scrambled and classified, for eyes of intelligence directorate only. Begin scramble//

Tal Taya is in the last stages of its existence. This hostile and geologically violent planet is unusual in that it has a highly charged atmosphere, including a major storm that has dominated the atmosphere for at least two thousand of the planet's approximately 3 billion years.

Deep scans of the storm indicated regularly occuring electrical signals. Too regularly occuring to be natural. Brief examination of the signals revealed a close relationship to several ancient Vulcan dialects that were last in wide use nearly two thousand years ago. The time of Surak. Further examination confirmed what some today believe but few will speak of publicly. The recurring transmission was a recorded message from a dying ship as it was pulled into Tal Taya's atmosphere. It was directed at another ship in orbit, and specifically to a person called S'task. S'task, who was supposed to have led ships full of Vulcan dissidents to eventually found the Romulan Star Empire. What was once myth is now fact, and Vulcans are cousins to Earth's greatest enemy. If word of this reaches Earth, the consequences could be disastrous.

//End Scramble

Tal Taya has now fallen in upon itself, and will eventually form an asteroid belt in this system. Any secrets that the planet hid are now gone for good.

For next week. write a 100+ word log entry including the phrase "...expelled from the nebula...". Post it in the yahoo group or on the blogsite's "comment" feature for a Command College Point.

Dev Notes: A slow week for development. Work and RL have been tiring, and I have a free copy of "Star Trek: Legacy" on its way from a great friend. No change to the Fifty Points rules, but I'll note with extreme gratitude the permission by Lord Krueg and the rest of the Klingon Black Fleet (from Starfleet Command: Orion Pirates Dynaverse2 Community) to use the name "Klingon Black Fleet". The name Klingon Black Fleet has (and deserves) a fantastic reputation. The honor is great. No work done on Heavy Combat either, but I've been thinking about increasing range to Photon torpedoes, as well as dialing up the damage on Packet Disruptors as well. I've scanned the March calender image. It is a 'Project' concept picture for the Ab'Qaff Class. As always, the artwork isn't fancy, but I like it, and it's all mine. In fact, it's a color sketch that !'d done of the Ab'Qaff before I came up with the final version. As a note of trivia, the yIntaG who used to own the yahoogroup "Razor Klaw Fleet" told me that the finished product wasn't good enough for his website. So where is Razor Klaw Fleet now? Among the dishonored dead. One more note: I'm starting to study "C language". I plan to eventually be able to create simple Fantasy Trek mini-games. There is a game called "Space Trader" for the Palm OS, based on the drug runner game. Not that I condone that sort of thing for a second, but the game format seems ideal. Simple but configurable combat, missions, systems, fueling and repairs. That would be cool. Watch this space as I read through "Teach Yourself C in 24 hours". Here are the Fifty Points rules, just as a reminder:


Diplomatic agreement to settle unclaimed zone. Fifty-one planets in

three sectors. Seventeen systems each. Each sector= 10x25 spaces.

Three powers must establish economic/material support locally.

After initial battle group (One dreadnought, three heavy cruisers, two

destroyers), all ships must be built locally.

Each power must successfully transport twelve convoys to unclaimed zone and then back to friendly space.

Winning power must unite at least two sectors in order to win.

Winning power must achieve 17 experience points.

Winning power must win at least 5 heavy combat engagements

Sector Victory Conditions:

Military: 2/3 (12/17) systems conquered-see rules below.

Diplomatic/Subterfuge/Economic: 2/3 (12/17) systems cleared of pirate


At least ten 100+ word logs required from each power.



Initial battle group carries enough duranium and dilithium to build

three shipyards. After that, shipyards require five freighters of

refined duranium and dilithium. Three heavy cruisers take three turns

to build a shipyard (subject to random pirate attack (each turn, 2/6

chance of attack) in systems where pirates are active).

Shipyards require one freighter shipment of duranium and one freighter

shipment of dilithium to build one carrier, three heavy cruisers or

five destroyers.

Shipyards build at this rate:

1 carrier= 6 turns

1 heavy cruiser=3 turns

1 destroyer= 1 turn

1 freighter= 1 turn

1 construction ship= 1 turn

Construction ships build at this rate:

1 defsat= 1 turn

1 dilithium refinery= 2 turns

1 duranium refinery= 2 turns

Each zone contains only four systems capable of supplying duranium and dilithium (for each survey, roll 1d6, 1,2= positive result, until four

are catalogued)

Aside from the twelve convoys that must be transported from friendly

space to unclaimed zone and then back to friendly space, convoys are

required to transport refined dilithium and duranium from refineries to

shipyards in order to build/maintain fleets. Powers can hijack enemy

convoys, but after each such incident, the odds of it being subject to

pirate attack increase. (see ROE)

ROE (Rules of Engagement)

Three powers must turn local populations to their sides. Each power

will have advantages:

Federation: Diplomacy/Economic strength

Klingons: Military

Romulans: Subterfuge

Three powers can use any means, but will face disadvantages when going against their strength. (i e: Federation using military strength will

weaken diplomatic standing. Klingon using diplomacy will embolden local

military resistance. Romulans using diplomacy will have less chance of


During every turn, there is a 1/6 chance of random calamity (convoy

lost, contact lost with colony)

Use the following table:

1d6 roll=result

1= convoy closest to destination lost

2= contact with random colony lost

3= power lost to all shipyards for one turn

4= pirate appears from warp and attacks random colony

5= population stages violent revolt on random colony

6= defsats malfunction, destroy random orbiting ship in random system

Every system has 1/5 chance of being dominated by pirate activity upon

first contact. (1d6= '1'= pirate activity. '2-5=no pirate

activity. '6'=reroll)

Each time a power hijacks convoy, there is a 1/6 (1d6) chance that one

of its systems will fall under pirate attack.

Despite ROE, each power will have to use disadvantage to gain access to

system at least twice

Pirate Attack:

Pirate attacks consist of attacks on planets, installations and

starships. Use simple combat tables to determine number and types of


Default pirate craft will be determined by 1d6 roll:


1-2= Klingon ship

3-4= Romulan ship

5-6= Federation ship


1-2= Federation ship

3-4= Klingon ship

5-6= Romulan ship


1-2= Romulan ship

3-4= Federation ship

5-6= Klingon ship

Klingons and Romulans can employ privateers that can be customized.

Capturing enemy ships:

Capture attempts/hit and run attacks can only be used during heavy


System Conquest:

To conquer a system, you must conquer one controlling planet, including

any defense.

System Defense:

Systems have defense ratings of 1 through 10.

1= No installations

No ships permanently assigned

2= No installations

Less than six ships (Destroyer class) permanently assigned

3= Less than six defsats in orbit

Less than six ships (Destroyer class), or one to three ships (heavy

cruiser class) permanently assigned

4= Six defsats in orbit

Less than six ships (Destroyer class), or one to three ships (heavy

cruiser class) permanently assigned

5= Six defsats in orbit

Six ships (Destroyer class), or one to three ships (heavy cruiser

class) permanently assigned

6= Eight defsats in orbit

Six ships (Destroyer class), or one to three ships (heavy cruiser

class) permanently assigned

7= Eight defsats in orbit

One to three ships (heavy cruiser class) permanently assigned

8= Nine or ten defsats in orbit

One to three ships (heavy cruiser class) permanently assigned

9= Shipyard assigned

Four to six ships (heavy cruiser class) permanently assigned

10= Starbase assigned

Four to six ships (heavy cruiser class), or any number of carriers

permanently assigned

Planets have natural simple combat multiplier of x100 without any added

defense, as well as 100 defenders. To conquer a planet, you must defeat

it in simple combat and boarding party action.

System Negotiation:

On first turn, 2/6 chance (1d6, 1-2 required). On second turn, 4/6

chance (1d6, 1-4 required). On third turn, 5/6 chance (1d6, 1-5

required). if you do not succeed at that point, negotiations fail. You

have to vacate system and wait three turns, then you can return try

again. If you fight off pirates in system, you automatically have 5/6

chance of success. If you attack system and fail to conquer it, system

is closed to negotiation.

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