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Thread: A new beginning OR Star Trek, a Space Odyssey

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    A new beginning OR Star Trek, a Space Odyssey

    Well, my long-running (2001-2020) campaign has come to an end. This is the campaign that began with Star Trek Relic, in the Dyson Sphere. Since then the characters, Lt. M'Rel and Ensigns Seth and Tal, have proceeded through the ranks to Captain and Commanders and have had a variety of assignments from exploration of the Sphere, to undercover missions in the Triangle, to post-Dominion War patrols, to detached duty with DTI. It's been a long glorious series of adventures until finally it saw the three of them rescue the long-lost Chandley class Frigate and its crew, defeat an Iconian invasion and with the Starfleet Medal of Honour. What the future holds for them is anyone's guess but they get to ride into the sunset as heroes, having "won" the role-playing game, as it were.

    Now, I'm going back to the roots of my Star Trek game with the players' original characters from 1988, and picking up the threads of the old FASA campaign, the USS Excalibur. The characters, Commodore McCurrvey and Captains Thelev and Mercer, have a new ship, the second Excelsior class Exploratory Cruiser, the USS Odyssey NCC-2001 in the newest phase of their careers: Star Trek a Space Odyssey (with apologies to Roddenberry, Clarke and Kubrick). I'm picking up a lot of old abandoned threads and running with them, including the Brotherhood of Federation Patriots, a right wing think tank which is a combination of the NRA and Soldier of Fortune Magazine as the main antagonist with shady ties to Section 31 and the plot revealed in Star Trek VI. Since the guys and I have been playing together fot the past 32 years, we're all on the same page as each other in our taste for Star Trek mixed with political intrigue and the odd trans-dimensional, trans-temporal shenanigans.

    Check out the new web page at: http://www.coldnorth.com/owen/game/s...ey/odyssey.htm

    NOTE: We've moved to a new ISP and are currently in the process of getting everything back up and running after having been locked out for a year. Memory: ICON and the Star Trek Deckplan Federation will be back up as as possible. - Owen.
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    Well, the composing of the new, improved "old" setting goes apace. Back in the first few years when I was converting my game to the ICON system, I wrote a conversion chart to redo FASA characters an ICON characters. I scanned and OCRed as many of the characters from the FASA books as I could and worked them into a loose database of NPCs. Well, now that work comes to fruition, as I have a fully fleshed out background for the Odyssey campaign. Some of them still need the actual statistical conversion, but the bulk of the work is done. Since I have the entire FASA system in .pdf format, I also have a plethora of plots to choose from (and, of course, warp to my nefarious ends) in addition to leftover plots from back then to build upon. Coupled with the fact that I find myself compelled to rebuild the Star Trek: Universe site anyway, I find myself going at it with a new enthusiasm, as the TOS/TMS era was definitely my favourite era to game in. I've always maintained a firm continuity with my days running games in the FASA 'Verse, and now I can put all that back to good use. Yes, I've long ditched FASA's somewhat simplistic system in favour of the more elegant ICON system, having resisted the blandishments of Decipher's buffed up and serial numbers ground off "class'n'level" mechanics and the incomprehensible mish-mash that is the Modiphius 2D20 system, and I'm rarin' to go!

    So I find myself echoing Captain Kirk when I say, "Second star to the right, and straight on 'til morning!"

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