STA Mission Report 09 – Orbital Decay Part 1

Adventure Source: GURPS TransHuman Space – Orbital Decay (heavily modified)

Meetup Link: https://www.meetup.com/Star-Trek-Gaming/events/270489788/

Game Date: May 17 2020

Session Post: No Session Post

Teaser: While conducting a stellar and planetary survey mission to a remote part of the Shackleton Expanse near Sigma Librae and the Romulan Star Empire and encrypted signal is picked up emanating from a near by solar system. Sensors sporadically pick up what seems to be a space station orbiting a Class-M planet. The station seems to be blinking in and out of existence and the signal is not repeated.

Active Characters:

  • Cmd. O’Nnyah (Raven) (Away Team)
  • Ensign Wolfgang Ratzel (Terry) (Away Team)
  • Lt. Kirkuurzhaav th’Zoarhi (Trevor)
  • Lt. Cmd. Sivath (Garrett)
  • Lt. Cmd. Reittan Andreas (Jon)
  • Captain T’Kor (Terry)
  • Lt. Oqwadel (Raven)
  • Chief Petty Officer Dallas Brenner (Jon) (Away Team)
  • Cmd. Xedrik (Trevor) (Away Team)
  • Lt Cmd. Taemin Rahn (Garrett) (Away Team)

Important NPCs

  • Cmd. Natalie Sigmund, Star Fleet Intelligence (off screen, message only)

Notable Information: A short burst message from Cmd. Natalie Sigmund was sent, requesting the Kimura make a course alteration to a nearby “system of interest”.

Scans of the system show a class M planet with life forms up to the primate level, but no civilizations. An object briefly appears every fifteen minutes for a few seconds at a time, this is determined to be an old Romulan Space Station that is cloaked except the central core gets exposed when an encoded message is sent every 15 minutes.

A Romulan body in a EVA suit is recovered, a Romulan. It is infected with a virus very similar to the one that caused the plague in the B’el’th paH star system several months previous. That was when the crew of the Kimura first met Natalie Sigmund. An unknown second virus is also detected in the Romulan’s body. The corpse is left in the EVA suit in a stasis field and moved to Med Lab 2.

The crew figures they may have as little as two hours before a Romulan Warbird could show up, so an away team is sent to the Space Station.

The Station seems to be unoccupied except for several diseased rats, and a diseased primate which attacks the crew when caught between two groups of crew members. The Away team finds the Operations Centre and downloads the encrypted Communications logs.

At the same time, about 90 minutes since the Away Team left, Lt. Zhaav, who had been continually scanning for cloaked vessels, picks up a cloaked small craft, about twice the size of a Runabout, about to ram the Kimura.

Some fancy last second maneuvering by Zhaav causes the small ship to miss the Kimura, but it then slams into the space station.

A few minutes later, as the crew of the Kimura is recovering from the drastic maneuvering, the Security Chief receives a call from near the Med Lab. “Send help! It’s alive and …”. The communication cuts out.

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STA Mission Report 05 – Fading Suns

Adventure Source: Living Campaign Adventure 03

Meetup Link: https://www.meetup.com/Star-Trek-Gaming/events/266187381/

Game Date: January 19 2020

Session Post: https://www.ob1knorrb.com/sta-episode-4-fading-sun/

Teaser: The Kimura is delivering scientific equipment to Epsilon 19, a scientific research station in the Osarin system, deep in the Shackleton Expanse. The star of the Osarin system is collapsing at an unusual rate and is mysteriously emitting triolic waves of increasing strength. Epsilon 19 was constructed to monitor the star and determine the reason for its rapid decay, as well as find the source of the triolic radiation.

Active Characters:

  • Captain T’Kor (Terry)
  • Lt. Asha (Jaime)
  • Lt. Oqwadel (Raven)
  • Chief Petty Officer Dallas Brenner (Jon)
  • Cmd. Xedrik (Trevor)
  • Lt Cmd. Taemin Rahn (Garrett)

Important NPCs:

  • Commander Erich Johansson – Commander of Epsilon 19
  • Lenana Mosa – Head Scientist on Epsilon 19
  • Captain Paja Tajenko – Orion trader captain

Notable Information: The Osarin system is inhabited by cosmozoan life-forms that live on the sun’s surface, consuming vast quantities of energy from it, emitting triolic waves as part of the process. They are spawning and the young are heading out into deep space, probably in search of stars of their own.

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STA Mission Report 04 – Border Dispute

Adventure Source: These Are The Voyages

Meetup Link: https://www.meetup.com/Star-Trek-Gaming/events/263895426/

Game Date: December 8 2019

Session Post: https://www.ob1knorrb.com/sta-episode-3-border-dispute/

Teaser: The U.S.S. Nightingale, a Nova-class Federation science vessel, has accidentally crossed into the Romulan Neutral Zone. Moments after the mistake was discovered, a Romulan warbird decloaked and opened fire. The attack took out most of the Nightingale’s engineering section and engineers. However, the Nightingale did manage to fire back and appears to have damaged the warbird. Both ships are now stuck in the Neutral Zone until they can effect repairs.

Unfortunately, the Romulans are insisting they will take the Nightingale and her crew back to Romulus to stand trial for war crimes. But things are not as they seem. Can the players win a battle of wits with a Romulan captain and save the crew of the Kimura’s sister ship, the Nightingale, or will this encounter lead to war?

Active Characters:

  • Ensign Wolfgang Ratzel (Terry)
  • Lt. Cmd. Taemin Rahn (Garrett)
  • Lt. Jr. Maria Gallo (Nick)
  • Lt. Cmd. Rowan Tonelli (Jaime)
  • Cmd. Xedrik (Trevor)

Important NPCs:

  • Commander Mheven, Captain of D’Deridx Class Warbird I.R.W. T’Varen
  • Lt. Tellek (real name unknown) Science Officer/Romulan spy on U.S.S. Nightingale

Notable Information: It was discovered that Lt. Tellek, a Science Officer on the U.S.S. Nightingale was actually a Romulan spy that had been embedded in Starfleet over eight years ago. Tellek escaped with data on the Nova Class starships and about the Federation forces along the Neutral Zone. Fortunately because Starfleet is now aware of what data was stolen, the damage is minimal.

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STA Mission Report 03 – Doomed To Repeat the Past

Adventure Source: Living Campaign Adventure 02

Meetup Link: https://www.meetup.com/Star-Trek-Gaming/events/263895358/

Game Date: November 10 2019

Session Post: https://www.ob1knorrb.com/sta-episode-2-doomed-to-repeat-the-past/

Teaser: Starfleet has received a backchannel communique from the Klingon Empire requesting aid for a plague that had been thought dead for centuries. Starfleet has deployed the U.S.S. Kimura to the B’el’th paH star system to provide relief and bring what the Federation knows about the virus, its origins, and its cure.

Active Characters:

  • Captain T’Kor (Terry)
  • Ensign Wolfgang Ratzel (Terry)
  • Cmd. Xedrik (Trevor)
  • Lt. Kirkuurzhaav th’Zoarhi (Trevor)
  • Lt. Asha (Jaime)
  • Lt. Cmd Taemin Rahn (Garrett)
  • Lt. Cmd. Dihas Krevo (Madison)
  • Cmd. O’Nnyah (Raven)
  • Lt. Oqwadel (Raven)

Important NPCs:

  • Cmd. Natalie Sigmund, Star Fleet Medical/Star Fleet Intelligence
  • Lieutenant Colonel Morok – Captain of I.K.S. moH be’nal (K’t’inga battlecruiser)

Notable Information: The virus is clearly heavily modified from the original Augment virus. At first, analysis suggests Vulcan RNA strands, but further analysis and expertise shows that the RNA is Romulan in origin, and the method of splicing the RNA strands into the virus is something from the Romulan Star Empire.

Cmd. Natalie Sigmund classified all information about this incident as “Top Secret”

As things wrapped up on the planet, a visual only communication was received from Cmd. Natalie Sigmund from the U.S.S. Cass. The viewscreen switched to a view of outside U.S.S. Cass, showing a Romulan warbird adrift but still powered. The communication was cut off before she could say anything. The direction of the communication beam was determined, but they were unable to determine the distance, other than it was from within the Shackleton Expanse.

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STA Mission Report 02 – Decision Point

Adventure Source: Living Campaign Adventure 01

Meetup Link: https://www.meetup.com/Star-Trek-Gaming/events/263895279/

Game Date: October 6 2019

Session Post: No Session Post

Teaser: The characters are part of a rescue mission to locate the S.S. Tesla, which crash-landed in a remote wilderness area of Orgun III. The planet is suffering from geological upheaval, as well as atmospheric electromagnetic interference, forcing an away team to take a shuttle to the surface to investigate.

Active Characters:

  • Ensign Wolfgang Ratzel (Terry)
  • Lt. Kirkuurzhaav th’Zoarhi (Trevor)
  • Lt. Asha (Jaime)
  • Lt. Cmd Taemin Rahn (Garrett)
  • Lt. Cmd. Dihas Krevo (Madison)
  • Lt. Oqwadel (Raven)

Important NPCs:

  • Captain Theema, Lormean Security
  • Chief Minister Toorel, Head of Lormean Government
  • Dr. Emmet Sherman, Lead Astrophysicist (Human)
  • Dr. Norma Grange, Physicist (Human)
  • Dr. Orimu Faz, Chemist and Xenobiologist (Trill)
  • Dr. Scia Lort, M.D., Biologist (Human)

Notable Information: Ancient technology was used to move Orgun III to it’s current location and maintain it’s stability. This is breaking down and the planet will break apart within the next year.

The Federation scientists were allowed to stay and assist the Lermean’s with their plan to evacuate to Orgun II.

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STA Mission Report 01 – The Tribble with Klingons

Adventure Source: Homebrew by Brent

Meetup Link: https://www.meetup.com/Star-Trek-Gaming/events/263009082/

Game Date: September 8 2019

Session Post: No session post

Teaser: Admiral April Hebert is doing a Team Building exercise with the command crew in the Holodeck. They will participate in an incident related to Capt. James T. Kirk’s U.S.S. Enterprise so she can see how they work together as a team.

Active Characters:

  • Ensign Wolfgang Ratzel (Terry)
  • Lt. Kirkuurzhaav th’Zoarhi (Trevor)
  • Lt. Asha (Jaime)
  • Lt. Cmd Taemin Rahn (Garrett)
  • Lt. Cmd. Dihas Krevo (Madison)

Important NPCs:

  • Admiral April Hebert

Notable Information: The recreation was based on an event involving the Augment Virus.

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STA – Episode 7 – The Wandering Child

Adventure number seven in my ongoing Star Trek Adventures campaign was “The Wandering Child”. This adventure is out of the old Task Force Games “Prime Adventures 1” journal/module. I ran this one years ago in my old FASA Star Trek campaign. It’s available as a PDF on DriveThru RPG.

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Star Trek Ship Minatures – Tugs

My most recent miniatures project was doing up some Tugs for Star Trek. These came from several sources. Most of them are Lou Zocchi’s Gamescience Ptolomy Class Tugs that came out in the late 70’s early 80’s. These also came out as set part of a set for Federation Commander.

There are a couple that I have had for decades, they are darker than the ones from the Federation Commander set.

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Star Trek Characters – TOS Bridge Crew Miniatures

Another set I did about a year ago was The Original Series Bridge Crew from Modiphius.

The miniatures have their usual great level of detail, but I will say that I don’t like the Scotty miniature all that much, just the pose on him doesn’t seem right. I don’t recall him doing a lot of running while talking into a communicator in the show.

As usual, some assembly is required, arms to be glued on, and then glue them to the bases. Krazy Glue or something similar works fine, just being careful not to glue your fingers to the miniatures.

I also found out today from a forum posting that the phaser arms for Kirk and Sulu were accidentally swapped in production, as well as the communicator arms for Kirk and Scott.

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Star Trek Characters – Impact Miniatures

I will happily admit that I completely stole this character idea from a friend of mine. He had the idea to have an NPC Captain of a ship in a wheelchair and not able to personally go on many Away Missions. Now, when I originally went looking for a miniature for a character like this, I was thinking of a retired Admiral that I could use in a Battlestar Galactica RPG that I was planning to run, but never did. I still may run it someday.

However, I did find a miniature that I liked, and I bought two of them. It’s called “Rich Old Man in Wheelchair” from Impact Miniatures and is part of their “Urban Achievers” range. They have a fun line of Roller Derby and other sport miniatures as well.

I decided to paint one of the miniatures up as a Star Fleet Admiral or Captain in case I wanted to use the idea in my upcoming Campaign. At that point, I didn’t really know which idea or time period I was going to run in.

The wheels come as separate pieces and need to be glued on, but that is straight forward. Then a coating of primer.

I was painting him at the same time I was painting my set of Original Series mini’s from Modiphius, so here he is hanging out with Spock.

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