Federation Commander: First Missions is a 34 page PDF that contains all of the rules, maps, and counters that you will need to play the game. The rules include a Federation and Klingon ship and two scenarios. The rules are a stripped-down version of the Federation Commander rules, as rules for drones and seeking weapons (missiles) are removed and some of the more complex movement rules are missing. However, this does not diminish from the rich tactical experience that the game provides.
The game simulates space combat between a Klingon and Federation warship. During the game you use energy to power your ship's movement and weapons. The game reminds me of Car Wars in that you pick your speed and then that speed determines on which part of the turn you move. The game is very tactical as maneuvering your ship correctly can mean life or death. Weapons have certain firing arcs so you want to be in the right position to send your photon torpedoes down your enemy's throat.
|The two ships fight it out. These counters are actually from the Star Fleet Battles PDF.|
|My Klingon Battlecruiser|
|My opponent shortly before being disintigrated|
Federation Commander: First Missions