Frequently Asked Questions
I'm only using ships that were listed inside the Four Years War supplement from FASA. The classes are as follows:
Achenar class "command" cruiser
Baton Rouge class "heavy" cruiser
Constitution class cruiser (Not available for backers to select)
Heston class "battle" cruiser
Tikopai class cruiser
Anton class research cruiser
Canopus class research cruiser
Apache class destroyer
Larson class destroyer
Marklin class destroyer
Monoceros class destroyer
Portsmith class destroyer
Siva class destroyer
Loknar class frigate
Fenlon class monitor
Bode class scout
Hale class scout
Hermes class scout
Nelson class scout
Sawyer class scout
Chariot class transport
Dollond class transport
Kepler class transport
Ptolemy class transport
Chochrane class colonial transport
Aakenn class freighter
Liberty class freighter
Eagle class starliner
Cygnus class courier/command ship
Creative license (based on other FASA material):
Santee class "shuttle/fighter carrier".
Detroyat class "light" destroyer
" " = Creative license, since I needed to distinguish one type from another.Last updated:
T-3A Mover class assault ship
L-6B Defender class frigate
D-4A and -E Predator class cruiser
D-7A Painbringer class cruiser
D9-B Seeker class cruiser
D-10A Riskadh "heavy battle" cruiser
D-16 Swiftwind class destroyer
K-3A and -B class gunboats
K-17A and -D Death Stalker class scouts
K-23A Little Killer class escort
K-30A and -E Luckless class monitors
G-8A Trader's Game class cargo freighter
W-2A Koreba class warpshuttle
Z-4B Deathgame defense outpost
G-8B Stoke of Death class marine transport.Last updated:
Here is the best, briefest answer, in 1 examples directly from the FASA material:
Stardate 1/9504 (I do not use these dates)
The Battle of Lyclydun is fought. Janni IV is invaded by Klingon troops. The Laxala Incident takes place.
In this example, the book does NOTHING to explain anything about these battles. In the first battle, we have no idea of the outcome, how many forces were involved, or if Lyclydun is a planet, system, or sector. The same can be said for the Laxala Incident. What is the nature of the incident, and why was it not a battle? It's all extremely vague. FASA did that for a reason, so players of the game can "make up" their own storyline.
That's what I've done. I've created my own storyline for the individual battles.Last updated:
The novels are set up as a series of chronological "short stories" that outline the war from start to finish. You may see a particular ship/crew for multiple chapters, or only one. Or, they may only be mentioned as a footnote to a much larger event.
Also, I've threaded some "common" characters throughout the books, so you may see the same Captain/crew in different engagements across separate books. This is no different than WWII, when the carrier Enterprise (CV-6) participated in numerous battles spread across the entire conflict.
In addition, there are "Subspace Communications" from the Starfleet Office of Public Relations scattered throughout the novels. These are akin to "news flashes" about things going on, both on and off the front-lines. This adds depth to the universe, making it seem all the more real.Last updated:
They were all alive during the FYW, they were just much younger.
Spock and Scotty were already in Starfleet, Kirk and Mitchell were cadets, McCoy was a civilian doctor, and Sulu was a High School senior (that was a fun arc to write!). Chekhov and Uhura were too young to make anything interesting happen with them.
You'll also see names like Komak, Matt Decker, Cartright, West, Jose Mendez, and a slew of other names from the TOS timeline. They are younger versions of what you already know, and are used to help bridge the gap between the FYW and events of TOS.Last updated:
How many ship? Thousands. Federation space is HUGE, and you need a huge amount of ships to patrol the vast areas.
The ships are deployed across 4 fleets. The 3rd Fleet is the one directly fighting the Klingons. The FASA FYW supplement is very specific how the fleets are organized, but lacks exact statistics,
The 3rd Fleet has a semi-complicated structure:
Starfleet total ships: 7,239 (Commander, Starfleet)
3rd fleet: 1,445 ships (Full Admiral in Command)
3rd Fleet is divided into 1st and 3rd Strategic Forces, each with about 720 ships (Vice Admiral in command of each).
Each Strategic Force is divided into 3 Strategic Squadrons (Rear Admiral in Command).
Each Strategic Squadron is divided into 3 Strategic Groups (Commodore in Command).
Each Strategic Group is divided into 3 Battle Forces (Fleet Captain in Command).
Each Battle Force is divided into 3 Battle Squadrons (Captain in Command).
Each Battle Squadron is divided into 3 Strike Squadrons (Can be a Captain or a Commander in command).
Each Strike Squadron has 1 command flagship and 2 individual commands.
Each individual ship may be commanded by a Captain, Commander, or Lieutenant Commander.
The reason for the need to organize it in this manner was to help keep track of specific units and their movements for continuity. Time dilation, distance, and maximum/cruising speed of individual starship classes was taken into account during the research process, so it's all very "believable" without bogging the reader down in useless or trivial information.
As you can imagine, the spreadsheet for this is quite large. I've cataloged 170 ships so far, but only about half are actually used in the books. Most battles take place at the Battle Squadron level, and 8 ships is just enough to keep track of without confusing the reader.Last updated:
When a pledge level is "charcater specific", it means that the individual level includes such things as your name as a character in the book, the ability to choose a particular vessel for yourself, or any other reward that is specific to you (like a personalized Starfleet Diploma or medal).
Things that are "not character specific" would be patches, maps, key chains, or any other general swag.Last updated:
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