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It’s been over a decade since the last Star Trek RPG was developed, and it’s certainly high time to bring the final frontier back into our gaming lives. Modiphius Entertainment has called out for gamers to hop on the test train, getting a taste of the new Star Trek Adventures RPG while helping mold it a bit further for release.
Having Conan, Infinity, Achtung! Cthulu, Mutant Chronicles and John Carter of Mars underneath their belts, Modiphius will give gamers access to missions in their latest sci-fi experience. By simply heading over to their website, you can join in on the campaign, choosing between science missions (U.S.S. Bellerophon), conflict missions (U.S.S. Thunderchild), or a little-bit-of-everything missions (U.S.S. Venture). There is also an option for voyages set in the 23rd century, acting as a prequel to the other three ships’ destinies (U.S.S. Lexington). I’ve personally nabbed a seat on the science missions ship, because who doesn’t need a little science in their life? The tests are due to roll out soon, so keep an eye on your email inboxes; Starfleet needs you! The core rulebook is slated for the summer of 2017, just in time for all the gaming conventions to have your brand new copy ready to take home.
The living campaign will take place in the Shackleton Expanse, which is:
…an area of space vastly unexplored by both the Federation and the Klingons. Starbase 364, Narendra Station, named after the battle of Narendra III where the U.S.S. Enterprise NCC-1701-C was destroyed, serves as the keep on the borderlands for excursions out into the frontier of space.
As the crews of the U.S.S. Venture, U.S.S. Bellerophon, U.S.S. Thunderchild, explore strange anomalies and discover new life while uncovering an ancient civilization and mysterious technologies, those aboard the U.S.S. Lexington will shape historical events for those very ships.
Some of the writers behind the stories we’ll venture into are some of the best in the genre, starting with New York Times Bestselling Star Trek author Dayton Ward, who alongside Scott Pearson (Star Trek novellas: The More Things Change, Among the Clouds, Terra Tonight) will bring the epic stories to life. Alongside these two, a slew of fantastic people across the tabletop industry are coming onboard:
Nathan Dowdell (Black Crusade, Mutant Chronicles 3rd Edition, Corvus Belli’s Infinity: The Roleplaying Game and Robert E Howard’s Conan: Adventures in an Age Undreamed Of), David F Chapman (Doctor Who: Adventures in Time and Space Roleplaying Game, Conspiracy X 2.0, Buffy the Vampire Slayer RPG).
Shawn Merwin (Dungeons and Dragons 4th Edition: War of Everlasting Darkness,Halls of Undermountain, Dungeon Delve), Jim Johnson (Lord of the Rings RPG, Mage: The Awakening, Shadowrun Augmentation), Jacob Ross (Legend of the Five Rings, Mongoose Traveller, Kaigaku), Patrick Goodman (Shadowrun: Fifth Edition, Shadowrun: Street Legends, Shadowrun: Storm Front), Ross Isaacs (Line Developer Star Trek RPG (Decipher) and Star Trek: The Next Generation Roleplaying Game (Last Unicorn Games), Ian Lemke (Changeling: The Dreaming, White Wolf Publishing, Earth Down), John Snead (Mindjammer: Traveller, Eclipse Phase, Star Trek Next Generation RPG Last Unicorn Games.), Dan Taylor (IDW Publishing’s Star Trek comics), Bill Maxwell (Fading Suns, Star Trek Roleplaying Game, Mage: The Awakening), Tim Beach (Advanced Dungeons & Dragons (Red Steel, Maztica Campaign Set, Hail the Heroes, Dungeons of Mastery, City of Delights) and Andrew Peregrine (Doctor Who, 7th Sea, Victoriana)
As well as Aaron Pollyea (Battletech), Oz Mills (Fantasy AGE Bestiary, Dragon Age: Faces of Thedas), Ade Smith (Mutants and Masterminds: Atlas of Earth Prime – Northern Europe, Rogue Gallery. Fainting Goat Games: Extreme Earth), Chris Huff (Mutants & Masterminds Freedom’s Most Wanted, DC Adventures RPG Heroes & Villains Volume 1, DC Adventures RPG Heroes & Villains Volume 2), John Kennedy (Ninja Crusade 2E, Infinity Tabletop Roleplaying Game, Myth Board Game), Kevin Mickelson (Mask of Death, A Learning Time, A Frightful Time, A Miraculous Time), Ryan Schoon(Fragged Empire, Edara: The Steampunk Renaissance, Baby Bestiary) and Chris Huff (DC Adventures, Mutants & Masterminds, Pathfinder).
If you run a local game shop you can get pre-order perks for the retail release of the game simply by hosting an in-store playtest group. Let’s be honest, we’re all looking for something new to get our hands on, and here’s the perfect opportunity.
We’ll be sure to keep an eye on this game as news develops.