Yes, my fellow Trek fans, we have a new RPG game to look forward to in Star Trek: Adventures by games maker, Modiphius, and what better way to preview the yet-to-be-released title than with a new streaming show? Shield of Tomorrow, Geek and Sundry and Project Alpha’s latest offering in a string of phenomenal RPG-centric programming, does not disappoint for a nano second. The show debuted on Wednesday night at 9:30 PDT on Project Alpha’s streaming service and Geek and Sundry’s Twitch channel with a production value that should make other streaming RPG shows blush or at least set some new life goals.
Star Trek: Adventures is a traditional, paper and pencil, dice-based RPG with a few modifications. Hold your bonnets D&D players, but in this game, on a 20-sided die, ones are good and twenties are BAD. Modiphius paired with Q-Workshop to create custom dice for the game and each set comes with three die colored differently according to your character’s division; Command, Operations, or Sciences, and four challenge die. Modiphius will also have an array of Trek-themed minis available after the game officially launches. The hard cover book is available now for pre-order and PDFs can be purchased and downloaded now.
Shield of Tomorrow begins during the third and fourth seasons of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine and just as the star ship Voyager is reported missing on her maiden mission. We join the crew of the Intrepid Class Starship, NCC 74710 – U.S.S. Sally Ride, as she docks at starbase 138 for crew transfers and some much-needed R&R after a particularly rough mission during which a beloved engineer was lost. But what should be a bit of respite ends up a foreboding preview of what may be to come during a rising conflict with the new alien threat, The Dominion. Hector Navarro leads our crew as human Captain Rafael Martinez, with Amy Dallen as Lt. Throlo Sh’shirros, the Andorian Chief Medical Officer. Aliza Uhleezuh Pearl is Lt. Commander T’Lan, the Vulcan Science Officer and Sam de Leve plays Trill Commander Junil Rue, the ship’s XO/Tactical Officer. Rounding out the crew, and taking the helm of the U.S.S. Sally Ride, is Bonnie Gordon as the Bajoran Ensign, Lark Sage. Game Master Eric Campbell (Eric’s TBD RPG) guides the crew through their adventures in space.
The set for Shield of Tomorrow is definitely an RPG gamer’s dream. The meticulously built bridge was created with full cooperation from CBS, who provided set pictures from Voyager to assist with accuracy and detail. Sally Ride’s bridge means players can easily immerse themselves in their characters, bringing a whole new dimension to role play. And for audiences, it adds that little extra something to boost the already vivid storytelling taking place in the game without completely stealing the show (once you get over how freaking awesome it actually is).
Personally, as a Trek fan, I found myself getting emotional at weird moments during the game. Perhaps it was in seeing people who were like me; massive fans, getting excited and connecting with the idea they were actually there, in that world, flying through the stars with people like them. Shield of Tomorrow serves as a reminder of the common thread that goes through us all as fans: love. That love draws us closer to each other; it feeds our lives and our imaginations, brings people into our orbits who might not be there otherwise, and for some, provides relief and release from an existence that might not be ideal. And one can only hope they can find a crew like the one aboard the Sally Ride.
Tune in to Shield of Tomorrow on Geek and Sundry’s Twitch channel and Project Alpha every Wednesday night at 9:30 PDT.