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 there is a downloadable pdf with the Ship stats and basic stats for each character. 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
TrevorScience OfficerCmd. XedrikDenobulan
JaimeShip’s CounselorLt. AshaDenobulan
JaimeChief Engineer Lt. Cmd. Dihas Krevo Klingon
GarrettOperations ManagerLt. Cmd. Taemin RahnBetazoid
GarrettStrategic Operations OfficerLt. Cmd. SivathVulcan
MadisonMedicLt. Jr. Maria GalloHuman
RavenChief of SecurityLt. OqwadelAurelian
RavenChief Medical OfficerCmd. O’NnyahCatian
STA – Episode 3 – Border Dispute. (January 18, 2020)
Cover of "These Are The Voyages"
Cover of “These Are The Voyages”

This was the fourth adventure in the ongoing campaign. I ran this one on December 8th before a break for the holidays.

This one was from the “These are the Voyages” Adventure book from Modiphius rather than from the Living Campaign, but it fits in very nicely with the Shackleton Expanse adventures, and with the general “What are the Romulans up to?” direction that is becoming a feature of the Campaign.

One of the highlights of the adventure was when Garrett, playing Lt. Cmd. Taemin Rahn suddenly realized  who the saboteur was and that he was alone with them in the room, one step away from handing over exactly what the saboteur wanted. The look on his face and subsequent scrambling to try and salvage the situation, or at least not end up dead was brilliant. I’ve decided to award a “Spotlight Milestone” for it.

Milestones of various types are how Character Advancement works in Star Trek Adventures, and it’s something I’ve been negligent on up until now, so I’m retroactively handing some out and reviewing how they work. that’s part of the fun of learning the rules as we go as a group. I try and cover something new each time we play.

We once again played at the Crowfoot Public Library, and I was able to debut my new sign, which I put just outside the meeting room.

The text on the sign says

Star Trek & Sci Fi Gaming Meetup

Playing Star Trek Adventures by Modiphius Entertainment

Con on in if you want to find out how it’s played or have any other questions.

It’s a way to deal with the fact that we aren’t in as open an area as we were before. We still want to give the game some exposure to the public and get additional people interested in it, so this seemed like a good way to do that. I did notice several people stopping to read it, and I think it helped our new player Nicholas find us.

We have had one player drop out due to over commitment, too many games all running on various Sundays. But, there are new people interested in joining, so things are balancing out.

The session itself went well, the players accomplished most of the Directives, which were:

  • Ensure the Romulans Have No Excuse to Declare War on the Federation
  • Save as many of the Nightingale Crew as Possible
  • Do Not Allow Federation Technology to Fall to the Romulans

The last one was the only one that wasn’t a complete success, they kept the Romulans from getting their sister ship the Nightingale, but the Romulan agent did escape with data on the Federation forces along the Neutral Zone and information on the Nova Class Starships. However, they did identify who the agent was and what data was compromised, thus limiting the damage done. And this probably won’t be the last they see of Commander Mheven of the D’Deridex Class Warbird IRW T’Varen and the former agent.

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.

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:

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

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.

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.