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. Rowan Tonelli Human
GarrettOperations ManagerLt. Cmd. Taemin RahnBetazoid
GarrettStrategic Operations OfficerLt. Cmd. SivathVulcan
MadisonMedicLt. Jr. Maria GalloHuman
Madison Chief EngineerLt. Cmd. Dihas KrevoKlingon
RavenChief of SecurityLt. OqwadelAurelian
RavenChief Medical OfficerCmd. O’NnyahCatian
JonSecurity OfficerLt. Cmd. Reittan AndreasHuman/Betazoid
JonOperations OfficerChief Petty Officer Dallas BrennerHuman
STA – Episode 4 – Fading Sun (January 28, 2020)

We tried out a new location for playing this time around, Shoebox Games and Cafe. I was warned when I booked the table that it would be quite loud because there were Magic and Pokemon pre-release events going on that day, and that was certainly true.

In retrospect, it probably would have been better if I had sat in the middle of the table instead of my usual location at the end. I think it would have made it easier for everyone to hear me well, and vice versa. I also found the table to be a little narrow, but this particular adventure didn’t need any props or maps, so it wasn’t a problem. And, as always, I’m always grateful to these locations that offer us a place to play.

This months adventure actually started out with the prologue and first scene from the fourth adventure in the Living Campaign, “Convoy SE-119”.

The Kimura returned to Narendra Station, after towing the Nightingale to Starbase 123 for repairs and refit.

Lt. Cmd. Dihas Krevo, the Chief Engineer, finished her exchange program and returned to the I.K.S. Mupwl’ under Captain Akul. Lt. Cmd Rowan Tonelli transferred from the Mupwl’ to the Kimura as Chief Engineer.

The Kimura also picked up Lt. Cmd. Reitta Andreas, an experienced Security Officer and Chief Petty Officer Dallas Brenner as an Operations Officer. All the engineers, scientists, and security staff were tasked with installing upgraded sensor suites and defensive grids and trouble-shooting the new software that went with the physical installations. The Mupwl’ was getting similar upgrades at the same time.

All the players in my Campaign have two Characters. This was partly due to a misunderstanding early on about how Supporting characters work, and it’s just worked out well especially for those adventures where there is an away team and events happening simultaneously on board the ship.

What this let me do was to take the premise for “Convoy SE-119” and merge it with Episode 3 of the Living Campaign “Fading Sun”.

The mission for “Convoy SE-119” is to work with Captain Akul and The Mupwl’ to shepherd a convoy to Array 3-5, one of the joint Federation-Klingon research posts deep within the Expanse.

The mission for “Fading Sun” is to deliver scientific equipment to Epsilon 19, a scientific research station in the Osarin system, deep in the Shackleton Expanse. The ship drops off the PCs and then departs the station to conduct detailed scans of the Osarin star.

It was simple enough to adjust this to have the ship drop off half the PCs, one for each player, at Epsilon 19 and have the ship continue on with the convoy to Array 3-5 with each players second character.

This nicely fits in with the intent of the adventure:

“Because the intent of this adventure is to challenge the PCs without having access to the resources aboard their ship, the GM may need to get creative in explaining why the PCs cannot contact their ship or otherwise gain assistance from the ship until near the end of the adventure.”

This session covered the PCs on Epsilon 19 and the next session will cover the PCs that remained with the convoy.

There were a few fun highlights going through the adventure.

At the welcoming dinner, Captain T’Kor completely failed to convince the Station Commander Erich Johansson to not let the all the Orions have shore leave on the station. The PCs did manage to get some time alone with the Commander after dinner, away from the influence of Paja, the Orion trader captain. At that point they did convince him to limit the number of Orions allowed on the station to four at a time.

Later in the adventure, Asha, the ship’s counselor slipped while climbing done the Jefferies tube (failed roll and a complication) and ended up wedged in with her knees up by her shoulders.  The security officer had to scrounge up some cabling to use as rope and fish her out.

The Captain managed to redeem himself when he succeeded in convincing two Orions that were caught “moving equipment to a safer location” to give up without a fight and surrender rather than engage in a fire fight or brawl.

Overall, the PC’s did really well in the adventure, about the only thing they missed was they didn’t think to check for survivors on the command level after the explosion on the station occurred, so Commander Erich Johansson ended up expiring.

I’m looking forward to running the other half of the PCs through “Convoy SE-119” at our next session, which will lead into my first completely home brewed adventure for the session after that.

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.