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Star Trek: Fleet Captains was a multi-player game set within the "prime reality" of Star Trek. The game was created by game designers Ethan Pasternack and Mike Elliott, produced by WizKids, and was released to general retail in August 2011.

The game utilized the "Clix" system of game mechanics first seen in WizKids' series of HeroClix games. Wizkids initially referred the game as "Star Trek: Star Fleet Battles" in published reports but this name was discontinued shortly before the game's release.[1]

Star Trek Fleet Captains Starship Promos

Early Fleet Captains promos

Although the game's starship miniatures were originally advertised as being "fully painted" in early press releases, the final production ships included with the game were unpainted and molded in either white or green plastic. The game's D7-class and K't'inga-class Klingon ships shared the same mold.

Some Fleet Captains starships had names and registries borrowed from non-canon sources including Star Trek novels and the Star Trek Customizable Card Game. Some names and registries were newly created for the game, in conjunction with CBS Consumer Products.

Fully-painted versions of all of the ships from the Fleet Captains base game and its expansions were subsequently released in WizKids' Star Trek: Tactics game. WizKids also released the Star Trek: Attack Wing game in August 2013. Like Tactics, a number of its ship molds were identical to those used for Fleet Captains but stands, paintwork, and other gaming elements differed. [2]

Gameplay Edit

A new sector of unexplored space had opened up for colonization and possible resource excavation. However, all the major powers wanted control of the planets in the sector, and have thus pitted their starships against each other to determine who could best explore and take advantage of it.

In the base game, two or four players commanded multi-generational fleets of starships representing either the Federation Starfleet or the Klingon Defense Force. Expansion sets allowed either the Romulan Star Empire's fleet and/or the Dominion fleet to join the fray.

The duration of a single game with the base set was estimated at between thirty and sixty minutes. Play was either with 2 players (one Federation player VS one Klingon player) or 4 players (2 teams, each with 2 players to a side) with the base set; each expansion set added to ability for 1 or 2 additional players per set (maxing out at 4 or 8 players with both expansions).

Players assumed the roles of Fleet Admirals, commanding a fleet of ships. Each game started with ships being "drafted" from the particular fleet's Ship Deck, depending on how many Victory Points (VPs)--agreed upon by all players--determined a win. (Each ship is a different "size"--a number between 1 and 6--and the starting size of a fleet cannot exceed the determined winning number of VPs.) Additionally, the specific ships determined how many and which types of Missions (Combat, Influence, Science or Espionage) each fleet undertook.

The sector of space was represented by a series of hexagonal "Locations" tile cards, some of which were dealt out onto the playing surface between the fleets' starting bases. (This allowed for a different "game board" every time the game was played. In addition, the size of the board was only limited by how many total Locations tile cards were available.) Ships traveled to these Locations to explore the phenomena located therein (planets, stars, nebulae, etc.). While doing so, the player could Combat enemy starships, establish facilities such as Outposts, Colonies and Starbases, or encounter various alien lifeforms & situations, both benign and malevolent, via the "Encounter" card deck.

Ships were set on "Clix" bases, and each ship had a "Ship Information" card assigned to it. Unlike other "Clix"-based ship-to-ship battle games (such as MechWarrior or Crimson Skies), the "Clix" base dials determined how the ship's energy resources were distributed to the four main systems (Weapons, Sensors, Engines and Shields), rather than to reflect damage. The number of options available for how these resources could be assigned varied, depending on which of four possible operating modes it was in: normal undamaged operating mode (shown by white background), lightly-damaged Yellow Alert mode (yellow background), heavily-damaged Red Alert mode (red background) or Cloaked mode (blue background). NOTE: All Romulan & most Klingon ships can Cloak, but only the Defiant in the Federation fleet has Cloaking ability, and no Dominion ships have it.

Each player had a deck of "Command" cards that could improve their ships' abilities, hinder their opponents' ships, or add key Crew members to their ships. Each deck of 100 Command cards was divided into ten 10-card "Subdecks". The player chose 4 of the Subdecks (40 cards total) to combine into their Command Deck.

Winning the game required the successful completion of Missions, Encounters, and Combats in order to earn the pre-determined amount of VPs required to achieve victory.

Base gameEdit

Game materials Edit

Star Trek Fleet Captains set

Fleet Captains base game

  • 24 × Clix Starships (12 Federation & 12 Klingon)
  • 24 × Starship Display cards (one for each Clix Starship, divided into two 12-card "Ship Decks")
  • 4 × Command Post tiles (2 Federation & 2 Klingon)
  • 50 × Locations tile cards
  • 200 × Command cards (100 Federation & 100 Klingon, each divided into ten "Subdecks" of 10 cards)
  • 50 × Encounter cards
  • 76 × Mission cards (25 Science, 26 Influence & 25 Combat)
  • 60 × Control tokens (Double-sided for Federation or Klingon use)
  • 2 × Deck Consoles (to help organize all the above cards)
  • 42 × System tokens
  • 15 × Installation tokens (10 with Outpost & Colony sides; 5 with Starbase on both sides)
  • 14 × Cloak tokens (12 Klingon & 2 Federation)
  • 12 × Action tokens (6 Federation & 6 Klingon)
  • 12 × Scan tokens (Double-sided for Federation or Klingon use)
  • 10 × Victory Point tokens (marked with "1VP" and "2VP" sides)
  • 3 × Away Team tokens (Double-sided for Federation or Klingon use)
  • 2 × Dice (six-sided)

Starships Edit

Federation Edit

Star Trek Fleet Captains Federation ships

Fleet Captains Federation ships

Klingon Edit

Star Trek Fleet Captains Klingon ships

Fleet Captains Klingon ships

Romulan Empire expansion Edit

Star Trek Fleet Captains Romulan Empire Expansion Pack

Star Trek: Fleet Captains Romulan Empire expansion ad showing painted prototypes

The Star Trek: Fleet Captains Romulan Empire expansion was the first expansion pack for the game and was released in October 2012. [3] These ships were molded in a lighter shade of green plastic than the Klingon ships included with the base set.

Some of the quantities of certain components are actually larger than what is listed on the included supplementary rule sheet. Such discrepancies are noted below where appropriate.

Game materials Edit

  • 12 × Romulan Clix Starships
  • 14 × Starship Display cards (a 12-card Romulan "Ship Deck" and alternate "Espionage" cards for the USS Excelsior and IKS Kronos One)
  • 2 × Romulan Command Post tiles
  • 100 × Romulan Command Cards (divided into ten "Subdecks" of 10 cards)
  • 10 × Encounter tile cards
  • 25 × Espionage Mission cards
  • 90 × Control Tokens (Double-sided for Federation or Romulan use; rule sheet lists only 30)
  • 1 × Updated Mission Deck console (with Espionage side added; meant to replace that in the base set)
  • 21 × Romulan Cloak tokens (rule sheet lists only 14)
  • 9 × additional Klingon Cloak tokens (not listed at all on rule sheet)
  • 6 × Romulan Action tokens
  • 12 × Scan Tokens (Double-sided for Federation or Romulan use)
  • 6 × Victory Point tokens (Marked with "3VP" and "4VP" sides)
  • 3 × Away Team tokens (Double-sided for Federation or Romulan use)
  • 2 × Dice (six-sided)
  • 12 × additional System Tokens (exact number not listed on rule sheet)
  • Supplemental Rule Sheet with expansion rules to build upon the base set's game play, including 3-player game support to allow Federation vs. Klingon vs. Romulan play (no 6-player/3-team game support is mentioned, but it is implied that such can be done with the included materials)

Starships Edit

Romulan Edit

Dominion expansion Edit

Star Trek Fleet Captains Dominion expansion

Star Trek: Fleet Captains Dominion expansion prototypes

The Star Trek: Fleet Captains Dominion expansion was the second expansion pack for the game and was released in August 2014. Its composition of Jem'Hadar, Breen, and Cardassian ships reflects the combined Alpha Quadrant and Gamma Quadrant forces allied with the Dominion during the Dominion War. Ships were molded in a lavender plastic rather than the darker purple plastic seen in the image of the prototype ships on the right.

Like the Romulan Expansion above, the number of certain included components may not match up with what is listed below. Until said numbers can be confirmed, please take the below quantities as changeable.

Game materials Edit

  • 12 × Dominion Clix Starships
  • 14 × Starship Display cards (a 12-card Dominion "Ship Deck" and alternate "Espionage" cards for the USS Excelsior and IKS Kronos One)*
  • 2 × Dominion Command Post tiles
  • 100 × Dominion Command Cards (divided into ten "Subdecks" of 10 cards)
  • 10 × Encounter cards
  • 25 × Espionage Mission cards*
  • 1 × Updated Mission Deck console (with Espionage side added; meant to replace that in the base set)*
  • 6 × Dominion Action tokens
  • 12 × Dominion Scan Tokens
  • 6 × Victory Point tokens
  • 3 × Dominion Away Team tokens
  • 2 × Dice (six-sided)
  • Additional System Tokens (exact number not listed on rule sheet)
  • Supplemental Rule Sheet with expansion rules to build upon the base set's game play, including 3-player game support to allow Federation vs. Klingon vs. Dominion play, and 4-player game support for play with all 4 "powers" (no 6-player/3-team or 8-player/4-team game support is mentioned, but it is implied that such can be done with the included materials)
* The two alternate Starship Display cards, the deck of Espionage Mission cards, and the Updated Mission Deck console were the same as the ones included in the Romulan Empire expansion. If using both expansion sets, only one set of each should be used.

Starships Edit

Dominion Edit

See alsoEdit

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