After placing obstacles, the second player places 3 objective tokens in the setup area beyond distance 4 of both players' edges. Then the first player may move each objective token to within distance 1-2 of its current location.
Each player gains 1 victory token for each objective token he controls. To determine control of each token, players measure attack range and line of sight from each of their ships' hull zones as if performing attacks with battery armament targeting that objective token. The player with the highest total number of dice in his combined attack pools controls that token. If a player's ship or squadron overlaps an objective token, his opponent controls that token; if both player's ships or squadrons overlap the same token, neither player controls it.