Shackleton Expanse Campaign Resources

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 (NCC-72359)
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
NickIntelligence OfficerLt. Cmd. Tu’PariRomulan/Klingon
STA – Episode 7 – The Wandering Child (April 25, 2020)

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.

STA – Episode 6 – Big Balls of Borg (March 13, 2020)

Adventure number six in my ongoing Star Trek Adventures campaign was “Great Balls of Borg”, a home brewed adventure that I came up partially because one of my players mentioned early on that he would like to have an adventure with the Borg, and partially because I had two sets of Borg Miniatures that I wanted to make use of.

We played at the “Ogre’s Den Gaming Club” again. I grabbed the table in the corner and it was much quieter this time, but because it was cold outside and we were right by the big windows it was a little chilly. But overall it worked out nicely.

This adventure picked up from the end of “Convoy SE-119“. They safely finished escorting the convoy back to Narendra Station, stopping at Epsilon 19 to collect the Captain and the rest of the crew.

After a short briefing, they were ordered to go investigate the Borg Sphere that they had picked up on sensors on the return trip to the station. The Akira Class ship, U.S.S. Galvarino was a day and a half away, and the Galaxy Class U.S.S. Venture was almost two days away. Both were being recalled but Admiral Hebert didn’t want to wait until they arrived to begin investigating the Sphere.

Set up and ready to begin.
STA – Episode 5 – Convoy SE-119 (March 7, 2020)

The fifth adventure in my ongoing campaign was “Convoy SE-119” by Jim Johnson. this is the fourth adventure in the Living Campaign from Modiphius. We tried out another new location for playing, this time “Ogre’s Den Gaming Club“. I liked the table layout better, we were able to get two large tables side by side.

I thought the noise level was a little lower than at Shoebox, but some of the players thought it was about the same. I noticed on Facebook that they have just installed some additional noise baffling panels, and we are playing our next session there so we’ll see if that helps.

This adventure occurred simultaneously with our previous session, “Fading Sun”. The Players ship, the U.S.S. Kimura, along with the Klingon Bird of Prey I.K.S. Mupwl’ were assigned to to shepherd a convoy to Array 3-5, one of the joint Federation-Klingon research posts deep within the Expanse. They dropped some of the crew, including the Captain, off at the Epsilon 19 research station in the Osarin system and continued on their way to Array 3-5.

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”.

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.

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.