Star Fleet Academy Strategy
Star Fleet Academy Intro
Star Fleet Academy is the latest computer
flight simulator dealing with Star Trek. Originally being more like
a fighter simulation, Starfleet Academy was patched by Interplay.
Now it provides realistic, challenging starship combat played in either
multiplayer or single player mode. All ships are beutifully presented
even without a 3DFX card (though it is 3D enhanced).
Here are strategies for the most commonly
This starship is equipped with two foreward
and two backward facing torpedos and a pair of phasers. With this
ship, a player must attack swiftly, using a full front barrage, then passing
and launching a full rear barrage of torpedos. The Phasers have incredibly
wide firing arcs and may often be used at enemies to the side of the starship.
The Miranda, however, has a pathetically light hull. Whenever it
is rammed by any ship larger than a Romulan Bird of Prey, it is nearly
demolished. While its shields can withstand a barrage of 2 photon
torpedos, the hull will weaken from far less. Once the shields on
the Miranda are down, its best hope is to do a barrel roll (mentioned below).
Offensive Rating: 7/10
Defensive Rating: 5/10
Speed/ Maneuver Rating: 8/10
This starship is the balance of all starships.
Though it has no rear weaponry, the Constitution has maneuverability enough
to get most ships in the front arc, where it sports two photon torpedos.
If fired in close proximity to the target, they can cause considerable
damage to the shields or even the hull if followed by a barrage of phasers.
Unfortunately, this ship is outclassed by any of the supercruisers. Considerable
Shielding and great hull allow this ship to withstand most attacks.
Offensive Rating: 6.5/10
Defensive Rating 7.5/10
Speed/Maneuver Rating: 7/10
This starship is too powerful in every way.
If a player cannot succede with this ship...no advice could possibly help.
Offensive Rating: 9.5/10
Defensive Rating 10/10
Speed/Maneuver Rating: 6/10
These "Birds of Prey" are not effective in anything but Galactic
War or Dogfight. The B'rel was designed for a lot of weaponry and
few defenses. In one reported case, a knat took a B'rel down.
The B'rel does have an advantage over the miranda... the cloak. In
Galactic War this is a very valuable tool, but even as a tactical weapon,
the cloak can provide a player with a serious advantage. The B'rel's
weapons do not track their target in the first few seconds of decloak,
but after that, a surprise attack is possible. A B'rel must use cloaking
hit and run tactics to overcome its enemies. Cloak, however, should
not be overused as the shields go down in the first few seconds of cloak.
Offensive Rating: 5/10
Defensive Rating 4.5/10 (+2 for cloak)
Speed/ Maneuver Rating: 8.5/10
These starships are the medium starships of the galaxy. They
have a rear firing torpedo, a quad fore disruptor, and a photon in the
front. If flown wisely, a K'tinga could take on a Constitution starship
because of its stronger hull and cloaking device. However, if the
sensors are too damaged, this ship is out of the fight. When the
foreward boom gets blown off (accomplished by targetting sensors), the
ship loses all but 2 of its disruptors and the rear torpedo. The
most honourable captains would self destruct their ships right their to
prevent boarding, or else ram the opponents ship to attempt to take them
down as well.
Offensive Rating: 6/10
Defensive Rating: 7/10 (+2 cloak)
Speed/Maneuver Rating: 7/10
These Starships are flying bricks. They have a turn radius
that approaches infinity. However, They have excellent weapons and
more disruptors than most thought it possible to have on one ship.
A load of 350 torpedos provides this ship with enough firepower to take
out more than one of anything under an Excelsior. The weak shields must
be protected, lest the opponent gets a lucky barrage in. The strategy
to this ship is getting the enemy in front of the cannons.
Offensive Rating: 10/10
Defensive Rating: 9/10
Speed/Maneuver Rating: 1/10
Bird Of Prey
"No shields... one torpedo with 12 ammo... 2 disruptors... how
is this ship supposed to take out a shuttlecraft?" is a commonly asked
question. For this reason, most players tend to overlook this
starship in favor of a K'tinga or a Constitution. Anyone who has
faced one of these in the hands of a compitent captain would soon find
out just how annoying they are. Imagine this scenerio: A K'tinga
class cruiser is busily moving toward a planet with a new supply of troops.
Suddenly a loud zapping noise is hurd... then silence. This is a
real life scenerio. I was once attacked by one of these in a multiplayer
game. I was flying merrily on my way... when suddenly a heard a plasma
hit my hull... and then a crashing sound. The Bird Of Prey fired
a plasma torp and rammed me, obliterating me before I had a chance to say
"humuhumunukunukuap'aua". If employed correctly, the opponent of anything
smaller than a supercruiser would run as fast as possible. The hull
more than makes up for the lack of shielding... and the plasma torpedo
delivers one heck of a blast! Remember to use the twelve ammo that
this ship provides wisely.
Offensive Rating: 9/10
Defensive Rating: 6/10 (+2 Cloak)
Speed/Maneuver Rating: 7.5/0
Garuda Class Supercruiser
This ship is a favorite of those who like heavies. The tactics
are simple. Decloak behind an enemy and watch them fry as you launch
your two deadly plasma torpedos. This ship is good for new players
because the torpedos track the enemy.
Offensive Rating: 10/10
Defensive Rating: 8/10 (+2 Cloak)
Speed/Maneuver Rating: 3/10
Tactics In Galactic War
Go Here to Learn How to Play GWAR http://www.keeg.com/starfleet/gwarfaq.html
Gwar has many strategies that one could employ. Even though
it is a pretty simple game concept, the strategies are endless. This
document assumes a complete understanding of the basic concepts of GWAR.
(for further help on game rules, see the link above.)
Tactic 1) Transport Disruptor Beam. If there is an enemy in
the same system as your ship, an attempted beam will result in a message
stating: "Transport disruptor in use" This means that an enemy ship
is blocking your transport. A very persistance enemy could remain
at his/her homeworld for the whole game, making it a stalemate. There
is a way to circumvent this short of destroying the offending vessel.
The Transport disruptor beam has an effective range of about 35000 klicks.
Anything passed that, and your vessel is free to transport. Planets
are usually larget than 35000 klicks, so if you went AROUND the planet,
you could surely transport the troops on the other side. This works
especially well if your ship is armed with a cloaking device.
Make sure not to fly too close to the gravitational field of the planet.
Tactic 2) When a starship warps in, it lands just far enough outside
of the transporter range so that one could not beam troops to or from a
planet without wasting about 20 seconds to turn around and fly towards
it. (At the very beginning of the game your ship starts really far
from the planet). The way to overcome this wait is to perform a "Near
Warp Transport" (as coined in a TNG episode). Any planet may be beamed
to/from ON the warp in when you FLY passed the planet. If you time
the beam just right, you will not have to fly towards the planet, but will
have the troops right away. At the very beginning of the game, if
you time it right, you can get troops from your planet AS you warp over
it. This gives your team a GREAT advantage.
Tactic 3) The beginning moves of GWAR are always the most decisive.
There are two possible strategic moves one can make.
a) beam the two troops on warp in as mentioned above, then head to Klingon
II (if you are feds) or Federation II (if you are klingons) and beam two
troops right there at the planet. If you perform both beamings quick
enough, you will have a strategic invasion point where you can easily strike
their homeworld. It is also demoralizing to see a blue Klingon II
or a red Federation II.
If you are incredibly fast, warp DIRECTLY to their homeworld before they
can beam troops to their ships, and wait there. Let your team mates
finish off the work while you do a barrel roll (press the down arrow and
the roll key) to dodge nearly all of their shots. the result
will be that they have no troops and are occupied while your friends slowly
take over the galaxy. The opposing team cannot win without access
to troops. Beware other readers of this page though. They will
fly around their planet and beam their own troops up despite your disrutptor
beam if they have cloaks.
Tactic 4) Beam while cloaked! It will confuse the opponent.
But don't forget to decloak if you want to protect your planet!