Posted in: Quotes, Star Trek

Daily Star Trek Quotes: July 26-August 1

How it feels driving on Utah roads.

Here are the Daily Star Trek Quotes that will appear on the @STrekQuotes twitter account for the week of July 26th through August 1st.

July 26
Happy Birthday to Nana Visitor. @NanaVisitor https://memory-alpha.fandom.com/wiki/Nana_Visitor #StarTrek #StarTrekDS9 #WeAreStarfleet

“You really think the fear of death will end the fighting?  Never has in any other war.” Kira- Battle Lines, Stardate: Unknown #StarTrek #StarTrekDS9 #WeAreStarfleet

July 27
“Why did you let him do it?” Kirk “I was convinced in the same way you were, Captain. By the good doctor’s hypo.” Spock- The Empath, Stardate: 5121.0 #StarTrek #StarTrekTOS #WeAreStarfleet

July 28
“A good meal involves much more than simply providing the proper nutrients.” Neelix “Why is that?” Seven “Well, er, there’s a certain satisfaction that comes from eating food that’s been carefully prepared.” Neelix- The Raven, Stardate: Unknown #StarTrek #StarTrekVOY #WeAreStarfleet

July 29
Happy Birthday to Wil Wheaton. @wilw https://memory-alpha.fandom.com/wiki/Wil_Wheaton #StarTrek #StarTrekTNG #WeAreStarfleet

“Space and time and thought aren’t the separate things they appear to be.” Wesley- Where No One Has Gone Before, Stardate: 41263.1 #StarTrek #StarTrekTNG #WeAreStarfleet

July 30
Happy Birthday to Mary Wiseman. @may_wise https://memory-alpha.fandom.com/wiki/Mary_Wiseman #StarTrek #StarTrekDiscovery #WeAreStarfleet

“When we were in the Terran universe, I was reminded how much a person is shaped by their environment. And I think the only way that we can stop ourselves from becoming them is to understand the darkness within us, and fight it.” Tilly- The War Without, The War Within #StarTrek

July 31
“No, no, no, no, no. You don’t understand the scope of my crime. I didn’t kill just one Husnock, or a hundred, or a thousand….I killed them all. All Husnock… everywhere.” Kevin Uxbridge- The Survivors, Stardate: 43152.4 #StarTrek #StarTrekTNG #WeAreStarfleet

August 1
“I was gonna lay on a different beach every week for two months. The only thing to figure out was whether to start in Tahiti or in Cancun.” Tucker- Storm Front, Date: Unknown #StarTrek #StarTrekENT #WeAreStarfleet

Posted in: Art, Horror Hosts

My Letter on Creature Features

Creature Features Artwork
Host Vincent Van Dahl holding the home made artwork from my kids.

I’ve talked about my enjoyment of the show Creature Features before. It is a program presented by a “horror host” that shows a… not so high brow movie (i.e. affordable to programs on a shoestring budget). But sometimes these are the best movies. They are cheesy and rare. Sometimes watching a “horror host” show like Svengoolie, Elvira Mistress of the Dark or Creature Features is the only way to see some of these weird and wonderful films. Yea some are bad enough that I probably wouldn’t give them a second viewing, but that’s what the hosts do. They make a bad film entertaining.

Creature Features has this segment where they read viewer mail. Some fans have sent them packages with gifts, others have provided artwork or letters with criticism/kudos. On Father’s Day, my kids created a home made Father’s Day card with the cast of Creature Features as the main part of the card. I had to scan the card and send it into the show. On Saturday, July 17th while airing the movie “The Titan Find” (an 80’s copycat of Aliens) the cast read the letter and showed off the artwork I had scanned. My kids were tickled pink that their work (and their names) were aired on the show. I even had a few friends buzz me that they had seen the segment.

For those of you who don’t know, every new episode of Creature Features is broadcast live on their YouTube Channel every Saturday night. You can also watch past episodes that they have done from the past 4-5 years. In most breaks from the movie, host Vincent Van Dahl is interviewing a special guest. They also post the “Letters to” segment as a separate video later in the week. Here is the segment with just the letters. My letter is the last letter in the video.

Posted in: Quotes, Star Trek

Daily Star Trek Quotes: July 19-25

Wait… it’s… not… Monday… is… It???

Here are the Daily Star Trek Quotes that will appear on the @STrekQuotes twitter account for the week of July 19th through the 25th.

July 19
Happy Birthday to Benedict Cumberbatch. https://memory-alpha.fandom.com/wiki/Benedict_Cumberbatch #StarTrek #WeAreStarfleet

“I will walk over your cold corpses to recover my people. Now… shall we begin?” Khan- Star Trek: Into Darkness #StarTrek #WeAreStarfleet

July 20
“Like the rat said; keep the cheese, I just want out of the trap.” LaForge- Where silence has lease, Stardate: 42193.6 #StarTrek #StarTrekTNG #WeAreStarfleet

July 21
“The next time you take a swing at me, I’m hitting back.” Kim- The Chute, Stardate: 50156.2 #StarTrek #StarTrekVOY #WeAreStarfleet

July 22
Happy Birthday to Louise Fletcher. http://memory-alpha.wikia.com/wiki/Louise_Fletcher #StarTrek #StarTrekDS9 #WeAreStarfleet

“[Kai Opaka] told me that one must never look into the eyes of one’s own gods.” Winn- In the Hands of the Prophets, Stardate: Unknown #StarTrek #StarTrekDS9 #WeAreStarfleet

Star Trek Beyond premieres on this date in 2016. https://memory-alpha.fandom.com/wiki/Star_Trek_Beyond #StarTrek #WeAreStarfleet

“There is no relative direction in the vastness of space. There is only yourself, your ship, your crew. It’s easier than you think to get lost.” Commodore Paris- Star Trek Beyond #StarTrek #WeAreStarfleet

July 23
“What’s the point of having a senior staff if they just sit around with their mouths shut? I’m glad they have opinions.” Archer- Minefield, Date: Unknown #StarTrek #StarTrekENT #WeAreStarfleet

July 24
“We are Starfleet.” Saru- Will You Take My Hand?, Stardate: Unknown #StarTrek #StarTrekDiscovery #WeAreStarfleet

July 25
“This unit is programmed to provide sources of acceptable nutritional value. Your request does not fall within current guidelines. Please indicate whether you wish to override the specified program.” Enterprise Computer- The Price, Stardate: 43385.6 #StarTrek #StarTrekTNG #WeAreStarfleet

Posted in: Doctor Who, Role Playing Games

More character sheets from past games

Last month I posted that I had found an old three-ring binder that I had kept character sheets in from different role-playing games. Here are a few more character sheets that I wanted to share.

Doctor Who RPG Character Sheet
Doctor Who Character Sheet for Christopher Floyd.

I remember playing the Doctor Who Role Playing Game by FASA in the late 80’s and early 90’s. There was a group of friends who use to hang out at Comic Utah and watch Doctor Who episodes on the local PBS affiliate, KUED Ch. 7. On the back of this sheet I had written down an inventory list for Christopher Floyd (yea it was a play on the Christopher Lloyd name). His inventory included a trench coat, an adventures hat, a briefcase, a personal word-processor computer, lots of notes, two books he had written (he was an author turned adventurer to be inspired to write future novels), a flashlight, a snubnose .22 pistol with ammo, a drawing pad and several RPG books. While I remember the friends I played with, I don’t recall much of the campaign beyond attempting to hack an alien computer system with my personal computer.

Doctor Who Character Sheet for Christopher Floyd.
Doctor Who Character Sheet for Jacob Stine.

I remember making this character with the thought that Jacob Stine would have been a member of the underworld. Infiltration, assassination, burglary, etc. Like Christopher Floyd, I had his equipment written on the back of the sheet. Weapons, blacksuit, explosives, etc. I don’t recall if I had a chance to play this character, but I believed I used him as an NPC for a Doctor Who RPG that I ran.

I’ll be getting more character sheets scanned and posted soon.

Posted in: Quotes, Star Trek

Daily Star Trek Quotes: July 12-18

Star Trek Bar Fight
Now let’s look in the comments section on social media… oops, bad idea.

Here are the Daily Star Trek Quotes that will appear on the @STrekQuotes twitter account for the week of July 12th through the 18th.

July 12
“Science Vulcan Directorate has determined that time travel is… not fair.” T’pol- Shockwave Part II, Date: Unknown #StarTrek #StarTrekENT #WeAreStarfleet

July 13
Happy Birthday to Sir Patrick Stewart. @SirPatStew https://memory-alpha.fandom.com/wiki/Patrick_Stewart #StarTrek #StarTrekTNG #StarTrekDS9 #StarTrekPicard #WeAreStarfleet

“Starfleet was founded to seek out new life.  Well, there it sits.” Picard- The Measure of a Man, Stardate: 42523.7 #StarTrek #StarTrekTNG #WeAreStarfleet

July 14
“Insults are effective only where emotion is present.” Spock- Who Mourns for Adonais, Stardate: 3468.1 #StarTrek #StarTrekTOS #WeAreStarfleet

July 15
“You’re proposing now?” Torres “It’s as good a time as any.” Paris- Drive, Stardate: 54058.6 #StarTrek #StarTrekVOY #WeAreStarfleet

July 16
“The customs and history of your race show a unique hatred of captivity. Even when it’s pleasant and benevolent, you prefer death. This makes you too violent and dangerous a species for our needs.” Talosian Keeper- The Cage #StarTrek #StarTrekTOS #WeAreStarfleet

July 17
“Everyone is talking about me and no one’s talking to me.” Okona- The Outrageous Okona, Stardate: 42402.7 #StarTrek #StarTrekTNG #WeAreStarfleet

July 18
“What changed her mind?” Kira “I told her, if she didn’t remove them, I would.” Ross “And what changed your mind?” Kira “You did…Remind me never to play poker with you.” Ross- Shadows and Symbols, Stardate: 52152.6 #StarTrek #StarTrekDS9 #WeAreStarfleet

Posted in: My Creations, Role Playing Games, Star Trek

Homebrewed Stats for Starships Part V

Past Entries:

Homebrewed Stats for Starships

Homebrewed Stats for Starships Part II

Homebrewed Stats for Starships Part III

Homebrewed Stats for Starships Part IV

I’ve had a chance to scan in a few more homebrewed stats from different tech resources. These are starships for FASA’s Star Trek Starship Combat Simulator. We are now in the Frigates used by Starfleet and start with the transports.

One of the favorites of Tech Fandom. This Coventry class was pulled from the black covered Ships of Starfleet Volume One (published in 1987). I thought that this design would have seen action during the Four Years War.

This ships also came from the Ships of Starfleet Volume One. I believe I also saw vessels of this class make an appearance in the second run of Star Trek Comics by DC Comics.

I don’t recall the source for this ship and stats. I want to go back and double check it again against the source material however. While I was scanning it, I was wondering if the 5000 passenger number was correct.

While the Knox Class was in the Ships of Starfleet Volume One, I pulled the image and stats from a different source (probably the same as the Hippocrates Class listed above). I wonder if the stats would have been vastly different if I had pulled the info from SoSv1?

Another starship from the Franz Joseph Star Fleet Technical Manual. I created the back story about the Four Years War and the namesake. This was another case of not knowing who Ptolemy was and not having the modern google tools that I can use now.

Posted in: Quotes, Star Trek

Daily Star Trek Quotes: July 5-11

Hey T’Pol, have you heard the joke about the…

Here are the Daily Star Trek Quotes that will appear on the @STrekQuotes twitter account for the week of July 5th through the 11th.

July 5
“But Bajor doesn’t need a man. It needs a symbol and that’s what you are.” Sisko- The Homecoming, Stardate: Unknown #StarTrek #StarTrekDS9 #WeAreStarfleet

July 6
“I’m willing to explore my humanity. Take off your clothes.” Seven “Uh… Seven…” Kim “Don’t be alarmed. I won’t hurt you.” Seven- Revulsion, Stardate: 51186.2 #StarTrek #StarTrekVOY #WeAreStarfleet

July 7
Happy Birthday to Vaughn Armstrong. https://memory-alpha.fandom.com/wiki/Vaughn_Armstrong #StarTrek #StarTrekTNG #StarTrekDS9 #StarTrekVOY #StarTrekENT #WeAreStarfleet

“For nearly a century, we’ve waded ankle-deep in the ocean of space. Now it’s finally time to swim.” Forrest- Broken Bow, Date: Apr 15, 2151 #StarTrek #StarTrekENT #WeAreStarfleet

July 8
Happy Birthday to Shazad Latif. @shazad https://memory-alpha.fandom.com/wiki/Shazad_Latif #StarTrek #StarTrekDiscovery #WeAreStarfleet

“Klingons stand together, and strong. It is only with our own Houses in order that we can begin to invite others in.” Voq (mirror)- The Wolf Inside, Stardate: Unknown #StarTrek #StarTrekDiscovery #WeAreStarfleet

July 9
Happy Birthday to Linda Park. @realLindaPark https://memory-alpha.fandom.com/wiki/Linda_Park #StarTrek #StarTrekENT #WeAreStarfleet

“You are speaking with Empress Sato. Prepare to receive instructions.” Mirror Hoshi Sato- In a Mirror Darkly Pt II, Date: January 18, 2155 #StarTrek #StarTrekENT #WeAreStarfleet

July 10
“It’s something we eat after the main course. It’s usually very sweet. It’s usually very bad for you. We eat it for purely for pleasure. If you ask me it’s the best part of any meal.” Troi- Liaisons, Stardate: Unknown #StarTrek #StarTrekTNG #WeAreStarfleet

July 11
“There came a time when our weapons grew faster than our wisdom, and we almost destroyed ourselves.” Kirk- A Private Little War, Stardate: 4211.4 #StarTrek #StarTrekTOS #WeAreStarfleet

Posted in: Character Creation Challenge, Role Playing Games

Do I want to participate in RPGaDay 2021?

RPGaDay 2021 chart
The RPGaDay 2021 chart

Most of my readers recall the Character Creation Challenge that I put together in January. I had been considering a personal challenge to do in August (and started assembling items for it) when I had heard about RPGaDAY 2021. Apparently this is the eighth year that this challenge has been running. It has me a little intrigued and a little confused. As you can see from the graphic above, there is a different theme (or alternate themes) to use for inspiration. Some of these get, others… don’t draw any inspiration at all. Stream? Think? Mention?

I’ve set up a spreadsheet with all of the inspiration words on each date. A few I was able to fill in ideas immediately. I’m still going through the cobwebs of my mind to see if I could actually fill out a 31 day schedule for the others. So I thought I’d toss it out to you guys. Is there anything inspired by the words above that you’d love to see me talk about? I’m still fighting with the registration system in wordpress (I’m trying to keep out the spammers) so if you want to pass on an idea, feel free to email me at Carl (at) TardisCaptain.com and I’ll consider it.

I like the idea of participating in an RPG inspired challenge. I had a blast interacting with other gamers when we did the #CharacterCreationChallenge. I’d really like to do the #RPGaDAY2021 challenge. I just need to make sure that I’ll be able to complete the challenge if I start it.

Posted in: Quotes, Star Trek

Daily Star Trek Quotes: June 28-July 4

Voyager Fireworks
It’s fireworks time, but be safe out there with how dry it is.

Here are the Daily Star Trek Quotes that will appear on the @STrekQuotes twitter account for the week of June 28th through July 4th.

June 28
Happy Birthday to Alice Krige. https://memory-alpha.fandom.com/wiki/Alice_Krige #StarTrek #StarTrekTNG #StarTrekVOY #WeAreStarfleet

“I am the beginning and the end. I bring order into chaos.” The Borg Queen- Star Trek: First Contact, Stardate: 50893.5 #StarTrek #StarTrekTNG #WeAreStarfleet

June 29
“There’s an old saying. Blood is thicker than water. It means that the ties of family run deeper than any other kind of relationship. We’ll often do things for members of our family we’d never dream of doing for anyone else.” Janeway- Survival Instinct, #StarTrek #StarTrekVOY #WeAreStarfleet

June 30
“A person’s strongest dreams are about what he can’t do.” Vina- The Menagerie Pt II, Stardate: 3013.1 #StarTrek #StarTrekTOS #WeAreStarfleet

July 1
Happy Birthday to Dominic Keating. @DominicKeating https://memory-alpha.fandom.com/wiki/Dominic_Keating #StarTrek #StarTrekENT #WeAreStarfleet

“General Sun Tzu said that the greatest victories are those won without fighting.” Reed- Divergence, Date: December 2154 #StarTrek #StarTrekENT #WeAreStarfleet

July 2
Brock Peters born on this date in 1927. https://memory-alpha.fandom.com/wiki/Brock_Peters #StarTrek #StarTrekTOS #StarTrekDS9 #WeAreStarfleet

“Life is full of choices. You make them and hope for the best. Sometimes you’re right, and sometimes you’re not. I made a mistake.” Joseph Sisko- Image in the Sand, Stardate: Unknown #StarTrek #StarTrekDS9 #WeAreStarfleet

July 3
“The infection resembles one developed by Earth during their bacteriological warfare experiments in the 1990s. Hard to believe we were once foolish enough to play around with that.” Dr. McCoy- The Omega Glory, Stardate: Unknown #StarTrek #StarTrekTOS #WeAreStarfleet

July 4
“It’s beautiful. Like watching fireworks when I was a little girl.” Jenna D’Sora- In Theory, Stardate: 44932.3 #StarTrek #StarTrekTNG #WeAreStarfleet

Posted in: Comic Books, Role Playing Games

Blast from the past: My book of characters

Book of Characters

So I’m continuing to go through old boxes trying to get stuff sorted. This will allow me to decide what I want to keep and what I want to get rid of. In one box I found an old three-ringed binder full of various character sheets from different role-playing games. Several of them were in plastic sleeves while others were just loose. Some of these I fondly remember. Others I was quite surprised to see. I don’t recall playing Pendragon or Star Ace, but here are the character sheets with my hand writing on them.

So I’ve spent some time scanning the character sheets so I can post them here. If I can recall the stories behind the characters or some of the adventures they participated in, I’ll post them with the images. Some of the sheets had hand written notes on the back or on other scraps of paper that brought back memories.

The character I’m going to post today is from the DC Heroes RPG. I was playing a character called Sonic. He had the ability to focus and bend sound waves. This was the perfect game to play in the gaming area at Comics Utah. One of the players, and a friend, was a graphic designer so he spent the time and effort to draw up our characters and place them on special character sheets for us. I thought he did a very good job with mine.

DC Heroes RPG character Sonic