With a “to-do” list that is far, far too long rather than staying focused I have allowed myself to be dangerously distracted.
While browsing one of my usual online news sources for tabletop wargaming I came across an article about a Humble Bundle PDF sale on the Star Trek Adventures RPG by Modiphius.
As you can see, an incredibly good deal… I could not resist the temptation.
So much of today was spent reading RPG material that I will likely never get to play… but it may help inspire some future tabletop wargaming scenarios at the very least. We hope to use our “One Ring” RPG for inspiration to game Middle Earth tabletop wargaming and our “7th Sea” RPG for our Tarnished Splendor tabletop wargaming….so perhaps this Star Trek RPG might help inspire some sci-fi tabletop wargaming.
One of the appeals of this game for me is the idea of making a version of the Star Trek universe tailored to my very own vision. You know, like how JJ Abrams made his own version of Trek with his Kelvin Universe. I want to make a Trek that ignores the JJ Abrams movies, Star Trek: Discovery and the Picard tv series…. instead staying more inline with Gene Roddenberry’s vision. That said, I would also like to add influences from the Star Trek Online (Yes, I am a Lifetime Member with hundreds of hours played even though I no longer own a PC) universe…. before they added the above mentioned material. And no, I have not seen Star Trek: Strange New Worlds yet although I hear it is Trek more along the lines I like.
Skimming the RPG PDFs, in particular the Klingon Core Book… I really love how it described Klingon culture not so much focused on war but on passion. Cooking, poetry, music… and fighting… all done with extreme passion. That concept adds so much more depth to role playing a Klingon.
Pretty tempting stuff for me although my natural disposition these days is more Starfleet than Klingon Defense Force. While I have always found the Klingons interesting, particularly their starships, I have found the Klingons incredibly fascinating since their reimagining in Star Trek: The Motion Picture. I even tried to learn the Klingon language a couple of decades ago. I really did not like the latest reimagining with Star Trek: Discovery. Did I say “really did not like?” Hmm. Perhaps I should have said hate. Yes, hate. I really, really hate how CBS reimagined the Klingons for Discovery.
Another thing I really like about this game is the focus it puts on role playing Prime Directive dilemmas. The scope for ethical debate from this is pretty appealing.
Then there is the whole exploration and discovery aspect. Something I am not familiar with in other games.
And despite my real world reputation for not being very diplomatic I do quite like diplomacy game play…. maybe for the conflict that comes out of my diplomatic failures?
There is also the added benefit of me really liking the artwork in the PDFs. I realize this is very much down to personal taste. Printing hardcopies is going to be problematic though, especially with the Starfleet Core Rule Book having white text on a black background. And I do prefer hardcopies to eBook reading. That said, Mrs. GG suggested having “theater of the mind” RPG material on her Apple Ipad would make for a very portable gaming option. I think she is trying to convince me that I can find a way to enjoy our next holiday abroad….
Did I mention that Shran is one of my all time favorite Star Trek characters? Right up there with Tuvok, Sulu, Worf and Martok…. Who in my opinion all deserve their own, well written spin-off series.
All that said…..with the Humble Bundle sale price, it really was much too good to pass up on.
In other news…
Valley of the Dead…. a Movie about a Nazi zombie experiment in the middle of the Spanish Civil War… Interestingly fresh premise but would it live up to my expectations?
Surprisingly it did.
I mean it is not amazing. It has a lot of the usual tropes and does not really bring a lot new to the genre, beyond its unusual (and fascinatingly appropriate for tabletop wargaming) setting… but it does several of the tropes well.
And I liked most of the characters enough to care if they survived or not. So much so that I wish they had more screen time. I felt like they may have been better served in a TV series format as I wanted to know more about them. That was down to good casting and halfway decent writing for a change. The Nazi characters were the only real miss for me. Just not compelling or interesting enough as villains and their costuming was some of the worst in the movie. Given the uneven quality of the Nazi uniforms I got the impression that perhaps some historical re-enactors were asked to bring in stuff to supplement the costume department stock. What the movie really needed was Nazi villains and costuming like those in Iron Sky or the Indiana Jones movies. Villains you can seriously love to hate.
The ending was disappointingly predictable but overall I found this movie entertaining and better than a lot of the zombie genre. It is dark but has a surprisingly hopeful tone to it, being a little hokey at times. In that it kind of reminded me of Fallout. Levity was repeatedly used to lighten the otherwise expected horrific overtone. In that regard it failed to actually be truly horrific… in fact it reminded me of Deep Rising in regards to its tone.
And that is despite the fact that there is an oft repeated theme of the horror as well as the pointless absurdity of war. So it is definitely an anti-war movie that reminded me that fascists can indeed win a civil war and define a nation for generations. A cautionary tale for Americans given the current contemporary political situation.
But to be clear, I enjoyed the movie. And it would make a great setting for tabletop wargaming. So I can definitely recommend it if the premise sounds interesting to you.
It looks like enough folks liked it to make a video game out of it….
Did you watch the TV series or play the game? What did you think?
And as for my Star Trek distraction, are you a Trekkie? Do you think I am being unfair? What do you love about Trek? Have you played the RPG?
Let me hear your thoughts in the comments below!
PS: Recommendations for 28-32mm Star Trek miniatures welcome since it seems Modiphius have discontinued theirs.