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From GMT Games

Flagship Webpage: http://www.gmtflagship.com

 

Flagship is an easy-to-learn tactical card game of military science fiction.

Each player commands a fleet of 3 to 12 starships representing one of four different space empires. The first player to destroy the enemy flagship wins. Players use the cards in their deck to add crew and equipment to their ships, and to surprise the enemy with last second attack bonuses or extra defenses against enemy barrages.

Flagship is fully playable out of the box for two players and allows players to customize their decks more to their own liking without worrying about card rarities. Flagship features 3D computer-rendered artwork from artists who previously created the computer effects for the Babylon 5 television series as well as several television productions and feature films.

 

2/7/2003 - GMT Games posted the following announcement on their web page today:

Flagship Announcement

Unfortunately it appears that the hobby has moved past the CCG and although Flagship is not a CCG, itís style is too similar to them so it has suffered the same lack of interest. Therefore, we are announcing a permanent price drop on Flagship: Coyote Stands and Flagship: Prometheus Unchained to $16 each, a set of one of each of the four duplicate decks is now $25, and any single duplicate deck is $7. In addition, Exiles Crusade and Horns of the Dragon are being dropped from P500.

 

7/12/2002 - The 3rd and 4th Flagship sets are now on GMT's Project 500, order now for only $16 compared to the list price of $25:

Horns of the Dragon - Flagship #3

The Kirkirin Swarm have entered Heisenberg space and the only thing that stands in their way is the firepower of Starbase Draconis! This stand-alone set expands the Flagship world with 55 Heisenberg Dynasty cards and 55 Kirikin Swarm cards.

The decks feature the mighty Dynasty Starbases as they are attacked by the unstoppable Kirikin Siege Platforms.

This set also includes new cards for existing characters as well as new characters.

The Dynasty deck includes "Module" and "Minefield" cards which can be attached to Bases to further enhance their already awesome abilities, new ships, including Escorts, Capital ships, and a new Flagship.

The Kirkin deck includes large Seige Platforms which specialize in destroying bases, Parasite ships which can move from row to row in the enemy fleet while performing Boarding attacks, and fleet supply ships.

A whole new selection of Attack and Defense action cards is also included to further expand the Flagship world.

Exile's Crusade - Flagship #4

Freeman's Followers wander the galaxy without a homeworld and few allies. An ancient alien beacon received by their ships may be their only hope. But the signal lies deep within the territories of the Standing Nations, in a sector occupied by heavily fortified starbases! This stand-alone set expands the Flagship world with 55 Freeman's Followers cards and 55 Standing Nations cards!

This set features the battles of the Nations' starbases, carriers, and fighters as they wage war against the Followers in their ships of living light.

This set also includes new cards for existing characters as well as new characters.

The Nations' deck includes "Module" cards which can be attached to Bases to further enhance their already awesome abilities, new ships, including Fighters, Capital ships, and a new Flagship.

The Follower's deck includes new Gastalt ships which merge the living light of several ships into one, new ships, and Construct ships which are produced by the alien ships for battle.

The Follower's deck includes Gestalt vessels, siege platforms which are formed by merging several ships into one, a new range of capital & escort ships, and construct ships which are produced by the alien ships before battle.

A whole new selection of Attack and Defense action cards is also included to further expand the Flagship world.

 

4/23/2002 - Flagship has shipped and all pre-orders should have arrived or should arrive soon.  At the recent GAMA trade show, it seems that Flagship was demo'ed extensively and was very well received.

 

The future of Flagship is detailed on the back of the Quick Start sheet in the game:

Coming Soon.... Wave #2

These boxed Expansions include:

Bases - Modules - Siege Platforms - Minefields - New Tactics - Specific Ship System Damage - New Characters - New Ships - New Commanders - New Equipment - Plus much, much more!

Includes everything you need to play! - May be combined with other Flagship sets!

 

"Horns of the Dragon"

The Kirikin Swarm continue their hunt... into Heisenberg Space!  Only one obstacle keeps them from eating their way though the heart of the Dynasty, Starbase Draconis!

 

"Exile's Crusade"

Freeman's Followers are left with only one means of furthering their quest.  They must take a path that leads straight into the claws of the Standing Nations!

 

3/29/2002 - From GMT's March 23rd newsletter

We also received all of the boxes for our two new Flagship games yesterday. We're still awaiting cards and rules on those two; looks like they will begin shipping in about two weeks. Remember, those games were NOT pre-charged on P500, so we'll be charging them within that same timeframe, right before we ship them.

 

Remember, too, that you CAN order extra duplicate decks (for the guys who want the expert-level deck-builder options in the game) for any or all four of the races contained in the first two Flagship games. The price is $10 per deck, or $35 if you order a set of all four decks. I don't think those items are on the order page yet, but for now, if you want them, just let the office folks know and they can arrange to ship them out when the games ship.

 

From GMT's March 1st newsletter:

The Flagship boxes and card decks (both games) are at the printers. Final layout work on the rules is ongoing, as Andy works with Dan and Chris to put the finishing touches on there. Then Mark will do a final layout and we'll have it ready. We'll have at least real decks and possibly entire games for GAMA show demos around the 20th of March, and should be ready to assemble and ship both games to pre-orders and stores shortly thereafter.

 

1/25/2002 - The pre-order price for both sets has been reduced to $16 each (regular price once released is $25) on GMT's Project 500 page.

 

1/13/2002 - Now available online are playtest tactical rules for Flagship (4 page pdf file) and low-res playtest cards (25 page pdf file)

 

9/27/2001 - Flagship is an easy to learn tactical starship combat card game for 2 or more players. Typical games last 30 to 45 minutes.  Future boxed sets in the series will introduce new empires, new technologies, and give players an ever-growing collection of cards with which to construct their decks. The two initial boxed sets that kick off the series are Set #1: Prometheus Unchained and Set #2: Coyote Stands.

Each player commands a fleet of 3 to 12 starships representing one of four different space empires. The first player to destroy the enemy flagship wins. Players use the cards in their deck to add crew and equipment to their ships, and to surprise the enemy with last second attack bonuses or extra defenses against enemy barrages.

 

Each set includes 110 high quality cards, giving players a deck of 55 cards for each of two space empires.

Each set retails for $20--that's only $10 per player ($16 per set if you pre-order now).

Players can be taught the game in 5 to 10 minutes

Average game length: 30 minutes

Allows 2 player head-to-head play

Allows 3 or more players to play as teams or free-for-all.

 

This game is part of GMT's Project 500 series where they wait until they get over 500 pre-orders before the game is send off to the printers.  If you want to see this game produced, go to GMT Games website and place your order for both Flagship sets (credit cards are not charged until the game is printed).

 

Flagship is designed by Dan Verssen whose credits include, the Modern Naval Battles series of cardgames, Starforce Terra - Contact cardgame and the Star Trek Collectable Dice Game.