Shackleton Expanse

Page for information specific to the Shackleton Expanse Campaign I am running as part of the Calgary Star Trek Gaming Meetup Group.

Characters are listed first, and will be updated as we go along, and I will be adding links to the character sheets as well. Updates and other info can be found after the Character Table.

Crew of the Nova Class U.S.S. Kimura
PlayerAssignmentCharacter NameSpecies
TerryCombat EngineerEnsign Wolfgang RatzelHuman
TerryCaptainCaptain T’KorVulcan
TrevorFlight Controller Lt. Kirkuurzhaav th’Zoarhi (“Zhaav”) Andorian
JaimeShip’s CounselorLt. AshaDenobulian
GarrettOperations ManagerLt. Cmd. Taemin RahnBetazoid
GarrettTactical Ops Command
MadisonChief EngineerLt. Cmd. Dihas KrevoKlingon
MadisonMedicMaria GalloHuman
RavenChief of SecurityLt. OqwadelAurelian
RavenFirst Officer/Chief Medical Officer?Cmd. O’NnyahCatian
STA- Episode 2 – Doomed to Repeat the Past (November 11, 2019)

We played the second adventure in the Living Campaign series set in the Shackleton Expanse, “Doomed to Repeat the Past”. This was our second time playing at the Crowfoot Public Library, which is a very nice location to play at with a great view.

I would say the only problem with playing at the Library is that on Sundays they open at noon and close at 5:00, and if you have booked one of the meeting rooms like we do, you need to be out of the room around 4:30.

For us, that meant I ran a little short of time. There is a third act in that adventure that basically consists of a Starship Combat. However, because the players had come up with a cure for the plaque affecting the colony ahead of schedule, and they had decided to do all the research work on the ship rather than going down to the planet, thus controlling the flow of information, I decided that they could avoid the circumstances that led up to the starship battle. They agreed that they would rather do that than carry it over to next months session.

Overall the adventure went quite well. I did find this one a little harder to run than the first one in the series because of the way it was laid out. It was more generalized in what was happened and didn’t really lay the scenes out in a lot of detail. In particular, there is an NPC that is present in the adventure that initially gives the characters some important information and a piece of equipment, then near the end of the adventure has another bit of a role to play, but there isn’t much in the way of guidance for what she is up to between those points. Just kind of hanging around I guess.

This was also the first time we had an adventure that had an Extended Timed Task, so we were working out the process for doing that. It brought up a few questions that I need to follow up on.
The first question was whether rolling an effect on the die counted as a one or a two. We did find that on page 91 under “Extended Tasks and Effects”. They normally count as a 1. It also says “However, characters can obtain benefits which will trigger when Effects are rolled. If the character has multiple benefits, then all of them are triggered when an Effect is rolled.” It then lists the benefits, Triumphant, Scrutinize X, Progression X. However, it doesn’t say how you get these benefits. I made a temporary ruling that they could buy them as an Advantage with Momentum. I’ve posted the question on the Star Trek Adventures RPG Facebook page. Hopefully someone shares the answer.

I reviewed the rule for challenging values and used it with one of the characters during the game as we hadn’t done that before either. I did mention that there is a method for character advancement but said I would do a followup email on that rather than spend game time on it.

This was also the first adventure I’ve run where nobody ended up using any of their Determination, and they had their Momentum pool maxed out for most of the adventure. That’s partially because I didn’t spend any Threat along the way, I was saving it for the final act, which we ended up skipping. In hindsight, I should have spent some to make the Extended Task more difficult as they basically breezed through it.

Overall the session was a success, everyone seemed to enjoy themselves and there were a few foundation pieces set up for some future sessions.

Star Trek Adventures – Gaming Location (September 17, 2019)

Sadly our “go to” gaming location, Titan’s Vault, is now closed.
I’d like to thank them for the great space and friendly atmosphere that they have provided us over the last year that the Star Trek Meetup group has been running.

This means we are going to have to find a new location to play.
Some considerations for the new location:

I would still prefer it to be a public place, as some people aren’t comfortable going to a private residence, and I like the exposure that it gives the game.

I would also prefer a location that is accessible to those under 18.

It should also be reasonably accessible by transit.

Most of the current players live in the North end of Calgary, so that end is probably more convenient for most.

The Gamemaster (me) lives in the South end of Calgary, so preferably a location not too far North. 🙂

Some locations for consideration with information and feedback received so far:

Calgary Public Library – Crowfoot – Jamie has kindly booked us in for our next two sessions. Disadvantage is that it is quite far north, and possibly would require being out right at 4:30 pm. 48 hour cancellation notice. Enclosed room so all good on the noise front.

Calgary Public Library – Louise Riley (Northhill) – This location would be more central, and is right off of the C-Train line. Unfortunately, the meeting rooms there are currently out of commission and I don’t have a date for when they will be available again.

Brentwood Co-op Auditorium – We would need a letter stating that we are a non profit group.  I could do that as part of the RPG Alliance Con group instead of just the Star Trek Meetup group.
The Auditorium can only be booked 30 days ahead, there doesn’t seem to be a way to do a standing booking, they just have a big binder at the desk that you sign up for.  That’s not a big problem as I work across the street from there and could easily pop over.
I was told it’s usually quiet on Sundays and they don’t get many bookings for Sunday afternoons.
We could share with another group of gamers without the noise level getting too bad.  Possibly even two groups, depending on the size.
Big advantage is that it is very close to where Titan’s Vault was.
Food can be purchased from Co-op, no outside food permitted.

Ogre’s Den – (TZ) Ogre’s Den seemed like a pretty good place, size-wise, the one time I visited there.  (It’s a little far away though, but should be less noisy). (BK) 3220 5 Ave NE #22, Calgary, AB T2A 5N1, near Marlborough. (Vic) It is a big space and available every day, just call first to make sure there’s no tournaments or stuff and book a table.

Wami Ootoya Japanese Restaurant – (MM) The sushi place across from Titans vault would probably let us play they offered to host one of the other games I play in when Titan over booked once. (BK) Is someone able to talk to them about playing there on a regular basis? I work nearby so could pop in for lunch one day, but probably not for several weeks.

Dickens Pub – Has gamer Sundays 12pm onwards, its drop in so we go early to get a good table. Would be 18+ and no guarantee of getting a table.

Imaginary Wars – (JZ) I was at Imaginary Wars last night and asked about us potentially playing there. Kyle is great and we are welcome to play there but I don’t really think it’s our best option because of location, potential schedule conflicts with their store events and the fact that there would be a cost to us. (BK) Biggest advantage is that it is very close to the Gamemaster’s house, but that doesn’t outweigh the disadvantages.

Metal Galaxy – Also reasonably close to the Gamemaster’s house. Haven’t checked in with them about playing there. I suspect they are fairly busy and noisy on Sundays though. And they are in the South on MacLeod, in the same mall as Marquee Beer Market (used to be The Back Alley)

Zero Issue Brewing – It’s a tap house, so I believe would be 18+. I also don’t know if it has good transit access. Nice location though. Contact person is They open at 12pm Sat and Sundays, and the rest of the week at 3pm

Sentry Box – (TZ) Sentry Box is nice and central with fairly good parking.  I know there’s a lot going on, on the weekends there so I’m not sure what table availability would be like. (BK) It could be interesting to run on the same Sunday that the USS King Edward Star Trek group has their meetings. I believe they meet at 6 pm and we aim to finish by 5. It does look like they meet on the second Sunday of the month as well.

Eastridge Sports – Another South location close to the Gamemaster. Gaming area is in the back storage area and has 3 tables

Hexagon Cafe – (TZ) Also fairly central, but parking is pretty bad.  (The seats there are also not very comfortable — especially if we would be in the bench seating area). They also charge a nominal fee.

Shoebox Cafe – (TZ) Might be a bit too small and noisy for roleplaying purposes. In the Northwest on McKnight

STA – Shackleton Expanse – Character and Meetup Updates. (August 10, 2019)

We’ve picked the dates for the Meetups until the end of the year and I’ve set them up in Meetup:
Star Trek Adventures – Shackleton Episode 0 – RPG Alliance Con 2019 Test Run – Sunday September 8, 2019

Star Trek Adventures – Shackleton Episode 1 – Decision Point – Sunday October 6, 2019

Star Trek Adventures – Shackleton Episode 2 – Doomed to Repeat the Past – Sunday November 10, 2019

Star Trek Adventures – Shackleton Episode 3 – Fading Suns – Sunday December 8, 2019

PlayerCharacter ConceptCharacter NameCharacter Race
TerryCombat EngineerHuman
TerryCommand/1st Officer/Science
TrevorConn/Security combo Kirkuurzhaav th’Zoarhi (“Zhaav”) Andorian
JaimeCombat Medic/CounselorDenobulian
GarrettScience Officer/Operations ManagerLt. Commander Taemin RahnBetazoid
GarrettTactical Ops Command
MadisonEngineerDihas KrevoKlingon
MadisonMedicMaria GalloHuman

STA – Shackleton Expanse – Character Updates (July 16, 2019)

Some updates on the ideas for Characters for the Campaign. Added some secondary characters.

Still discussing which ship to use, may go with the U.S.S. Bellerophon – an Intrepid Class Starship, similar to Voyager but may rename it.

The U.S.S. Thunderchild – an Akira Class Starship, mid way between the Galaxy Class and the Intrepid Class in size is still in the running.

Other suggestions are to use either the Nova class (like the USS Equinox in Voyager) or the Luna class (the ship class that Captain Riker commands). However, it looks like the first Luna class becomes active in 2372, and the campaign starts in 2371.

PlayerCharacter ConceptCharacter NameCharacter Race
TerryCombat EngineerHuman
TerryCommand/1st Officer/Science
TrevorConn/Security comboAndorian
JaimeCombat Medic/CounselorDenobulian
GarrettTactical Ops Command
Star Trek Adventures – Planning Session (July 7, 2019)

The attendees were Brent (GM), Jamie, Trevor, and Terry

  • Titan’s Vault Games is a good location for everyone
  • The second Sunday of each month should work well because it doesn’t interfere with the RPG Alliance Con, Fall-Con or Christmas.
  • The second Sunday in October (13th) lands on the Thanksgiving long weekend. Should we move it? The following Sunday is the RPG Alliance Con, so if we do move, it would be to October 6.
  • The second Sunday in November (10th) is on the Remembrance Day long weekend. The Sundays before and after look okay.
  • Individual schedules will need to be checked before we decide if we want to move those two Sundays and to where.