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Star Trek Campaign Name & Monologue

Starbase 47 by archangel72367 on DeviantArt

Starbase 47 by archangel72367 on DeviantArt

A quick blog post to get feedback on our upcoming Star Trek opening credits monologue, and also on the name of our Star Trek campaign.

First, a bit of context on what I’m aiming for in the campaign.

We’re currently doing a Season 1 which is a prequal series of planet-of-the-week adventures using pregens. We’re aboard the U.S.S. Darius.

Later, maybe mid-year, we’ll move on to Season 2. We’ll do joint character creation using the full rules. Anyone who was in love with their pregen can ‘upgrade’ them into a long-term PC. 1st Thursdays will be the Star Trek main campaign with these characters. I’ll call this the ‘Alpha’ campaign. Then, we’ll additionally have opportunistic games which I’ll call ‘Omega’ missions that will feature below decks characters on your ship, or possibly characters on other starships in the sector. We’ll have 2-3 starships in Starfleet attached to Starbase 47 (also known as Vanguard). So focus will be on main crew and campaign but we’ll have other organized-play style games in the same universe. A PC in an Omega game (sidequest game) could be featured in an Alpha game as an NPC. If Omega game characters fail in a mission and are captured, the next Alpha game could be to save them.

The setting is the Taurus Reach, which is also called the Rimward Frontier. We include the names of the starship (the U.S.S. Darius and others to come) in each opening monologue, and if we switch to an Omega game with a different starship, then we have a different opening that references _that_ starship.

Or, we could just reference Starfleet having operations in the area.

Here are some examples. Happy to entertain other takes on what we should say on the opening.

For reference: Star Trek The Next Generation Opening Credits Monologue

“Space… The final frontier…
These are the voyages of the Starship Enterprise.
Its continuing mission:
To explore strange new worlds…
To seek out new life and new civilizations…
To boldly go where no one has gone before!”

Here’s some possibilities for us.

Star Trek Adventures Concept 1 (Campaign Name: ‘Star Trek Darius’):

“Space… The final frontier…
These are the voyages of the Starship Darius.
Its continuing mission:
To explore strange new worlds…
To seek out new life and new civilizations…
To boldly go where no one has gone before!”

Star Trek Adventures Candidate 2 (Campaign Name: ‘Star Trek Taurus Reach’):

“Space… The final frontier…
These are the chronicles of Starfleet in the Taurus Reach.
Our continuing mission:
To explore strange new worlds…
To seek out new life and new civilizations…
To boldly go where no one has gone before!”

Star Trek Adventures Candidate 3 (Campaign Name: ‘Star Trek Rimward Frontier’ or ‘Star Trek Frontier’; maybe Season 2’s ship is named the U.S.S. Frontier):

“Space… The final frontier…
These are the tales of Starfleet in the Rimward Frontier.
Our continuing mission:
To explore strange new worlds…
To seek out new life and new civilizations…
To boldly go where no one has gone before!”

Star Trek Adventures Candidate 4 (Campaign Name: ‘Star Trek Vanguard’):

“Space… The final frontier…
These are the tales of Starfleet in the vanguard of Federation space.
Our continuing mission:
To explore strange new worlds…
To seek out new life and new civilizations…
To boldly go where no one has gone before!”

Thoughts? Let’s chat on GroupMe!

Star Trek Away Mission: Signals

Below describes a quickstart adventure I plan to run this Wednesday (quorum permitting) or at some other future point in time.

Away Mission: Signals

CAPTAIN’S LOG
STARDATE 2266.01

“We’ve received a message from the exploration vehicle Ventura that their long-range shuttlecraft called the Susquehanna has gone missing in the Carina Nebula, deep within the Taurus Reach. The Susquehanna was investigating an unusual alien signal that originated from the nebula when all contact was lost. We have been ordered to enter the nebula, find the shuttle, and determine the origin and cause of the alien signal. Starfleet has also advised that Romulan and Tholian ships have been sighted in the region, so we should exercise caution since they may well have detected the alien signal as well.”

What You Need to Know

Basic familiarity with the Star Trek universe (The Prime Directive, Phasers, ‘Beam Me Up’) is desired. Rules will be taught in-game, with all accessories needed supplied by the GM. Read the ‘Quickstart Rules for Players’ PDF below and pick a Pregen character from below if you have time before the game.

Setting

The game takes place in the Star Trek universe in the year 2266, during Kirk’s “Five Year Mission” in The Original Series. Adventures take place in the Taurus Reach which is a region of space in the rimward Alpha Quadrant. A zone of Federation expansion in the mid-23rd century, the Reach was also bordered by the Klingon Empire and the Tholian Assembly. It is largely an unexplored, stellar frontier.

Quickstart Rules for Players

Download and read the quickstart rules on your digital device.

Species Mix

For story reasons, we want about half or more of characters to be human.

Pregens

Download and select a pregen from this folder.

Theme Music

Before we air the podcast, we will compose a nice intro. audio track with a voice-over using this as the background music.

You Starship

You are crew members of the U.S.S. Darius (designation NCC-502, a single-nacelle Saladin class starship).

'U.S.S. Darius' by unusualsuspex on DeviantArt

‘U.S.S. Darius’ by unusualsuspex on DeviantArt

 

Modiphius Star Trek Adventures Will Be a Closed Playtest

sta-tng-1_origSteveHanson from Modiphius posted on the Modiphius Star Trek forum:

There will be a play test once we put rules to paper. Right now we’re concerned with what does everyone want. The play test will be conducted like all of our play tests, pdf made available to those in the program. These are not open play tests but only for those who are approved. Each version or two there will be a survey. Source

All of which is to say, I hope we get in on the Star Trek Adventure beta, but it’s a closed playtest, so participation isn’t guaranteed.

Star Trek Adventures Playtest Update: Closed Beta Testing

sta-tos-2_1_origSo, looks like the upcoming Star Trek playtest will be closed, not open, so even if you’re signed up, there’s no guarantee you’ll be in the playtest. So I’m keeping my fingers crossed! Supposedly surveys will go out around two weeks after GenCon, and the playtest will start sometime in Sept., with all dates subject to change. Here’s what Modiphius said on their forums:

There will be a play test once we put rules to paper. Right now we’re concerned with what does everyone want. The play test will be conducted like all of our play tests, pdf made available to those in the program. These are not open play tests but only for those who are approved. Each version or two there will be a survey.

Source: http://www.modiphius.com/forum.html#/20160811/question-about-ship-assignments-5272488/

2d20 Conan Game Shows Promise for Star Trek Adventures

I was run down today due to allergies so Mason offered to run a one-shot of the Conan 2d20 system. I was particularly interested to see how the 2d20 system played. My assumptions about the game from a read through (see my prior post) turned out to be more or less correct. I was a bit nervous that the damage calculations (which use a dice pool system similar to Mouseguard, Lady Blackbird, WEG d6 and others) would be slow or awkward, but after a couple of combat rounds it was really fast. We had only two players and faced 3 opponents in each combat, but combat rounds averages < 10 minutes per round even with our rules lookups (which were many).

I loved this system! Mason is a great GM. I am now VERY excited about the Star Wars game as this will be an excellent system choice I think!

conan

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