“Fear is a powerful and dangerous thing and if you don’t, act if you don’t show them that they are not alone then fear will surely take over.” Odo- Homefront, Stardate: 49170.65 #StarTrek #StarTrekDS9 #IDIC #WeAreStarfleet
“I grew up on a J-class. A little smaller, but the same basic design. And one thing I can tell you is that at warp 1.8, you’ve got a lot of time on your hands between ports… That’s how my parents wound up with me.” Mayweather- Fortunate Son, Date: Unknown #StarTrek #StarTrekENT #IDIC #WeAreStarfleet
“‘It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.’ Message, Spock?” Kirk “None that I am conscious of. Except, of course, happy birthday. Surely…the best of times.” Spock- Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, Stardate: 8130.3 #StarTrek #StarTrekTOS #IDIC #WeAreStarfleet
June 4 “I chose, instead, to treat the problems I was having with my systems as challenges to overcome rather than obstacles to be avoided.” Data- Eye of the Beholder, Stardate: 47622.1 #StarTrek #StarTrekTNG #IDIC #WeAreStarfleet
While I was doing some research for my “More IDW Comics in Star Trek Adventures?” blog post, I came across an interesting tidbit in Memory-Alpha. There was a comic released by IDW in 2019 called Star Trek: Sky’s The Limit. This concerned me. My local comic book store had been very good about making sure that all new Star Trek titles from IDW Publishing was put into my hold. I had also not seen digital versions of this comic come up on Amazon.
So I inquired with some of the online Star Trek comic discussion boards and was pointed in the direction of the Star Trek Picard Movie & TV Collection. The Blu-Ray set contained TNG episodes “The Best of Both Worlds” and “Chain of Command” along with all of the TNG movies. But included in the set was the 16-page Sky’s The Limit comic. This is why I didn’t see it in the comic store, it was a special item.
So to the online shopping sites I went. And luckily I was able to find the set with the comic at a reasonable price. A week later, it arrived. So this is my review of the comic (and a few notes about the movies/episodes).
It shouldn’t of surprised me, but the issue is only 5.25 inches across and just under 7 inches high. This was so it would fit into the Blu-Ray slip-case. The story was written by Thomas Zahler, art by Carlos Nieto and colored by Charlie Kirchoff. As mentioned above there are only 16 pages in the issue, but I think this gave the story an advantage. Set in Stardate: 48516.7 (just after the events in “All Good Things…“) Picard has to protect a Federation colony from a Maquis cell. The story is pretty quick and it reminds me of reading a short story. The writer only had so many words (or in this case panels) to tell the story so they got right to it. There were still a few tidbits that would be recognized by Star Trek fans (General Order 24 anyone?) plus some new things that I’ll probably need to update on Memory-Beta. When I was done reading the comic, I was glad that I had picked it up. This is one of two (that I’m aware of) IDW Comics that have not been made available digitally. The other being the Loot Crate “Star Trek: The Next Generation – Mirror Broken: Origin of Data” comic that was released in 2017. I had to jump through some hoops to get a copy of that issue. I really wish that IDW would release digital versions of these two books since they were both released several years ago.
As for the disks, well they were just the episodes and movies. I enjoyed watching the gag reel and documentary on Best of Both Worlds. But when I compared the movies to the Star Trek: The Next Generation Motion Picture Movie Collection I already owned on Blu-Ray, they were practically the same disks with the same specials and bonus features. I was a little disappointed as I was hoping for new material.
On the Star Trek comic message boards, someone responded to me that the comic would be worth it if you were a collector who needed all of the issues. While I don’t feel the need to collect every variant cover (what I want is on the inside) I did want a copy of Sky’s The Limit so that I could read it again at my leisure. Of this, I was not disappointed. If you are looking for the movies, well the Picard collection is slightly cheaper than the movie collection. It’s a little thinner for placing on the shelf, but it doesn’t come with the 5th disk of specials (called Evolutions) that the movie collection does. I’d probably recommend the movie collection over the Picard TV & Movie collection. But both would fulfill the mission of watching the movies.
Did I miss an IDW comic that hasn’t been released digitally? Have you read Sky’s The Limit? If so, what did you think about it? This article is open for discussion on the TardisCaptain dot Com Discord server. You can also email me at Carl (at) TardisCaptain.com with any comments.
“Commander, our families accepted the possibility of this moment when we joined Starfleet. Committing to a life amongst the stars is, in itself, a resolution to leave some things behind.” Saru- Such Sweet Sorrow, Stardate: 1050.8 #StarTrek #StarTrekDiscovery #IDIC #WeAreStarfleet
May 25 “We need to bring some of these people up to speed. Instruct them in how to run a Starfleet vessel. Show them why we do things the way we do. Give them an opportunity to feel like they’re part of the team.” Janeway- Learning Curve, Stardate: 48846.5 #StarTrek #StarTrekVOY #IDIC #WeAreStarfleet
May 26 (after paying his employee) “I hate payday.” Quark- The Collaborator, Stardate: Unknown #StarTrek #StarTrekDS9 #IDIC #WeAreStarfleet
May 27 “Do you not like girls?” Brenna “Of course I do. Oh, is there a certain technique to this foot washing?” Riker “You generally start at the top and work your way down.” Brenna O’Dell- Up the Long Ladder, Stardate: 42823.2 #StarTrek #StarTrekTNG #IDIC #WeAreStarfleet
May 28 “Tell Archer… we’re not even any more. He owes me!” Shran- Zero Hour, Date: February 14, 2154 #StarTrek #StarTrekENT #IDIC #WeAreStarfleet
So I’ve posted about some of the Kickstarter rewards that I’ve received in the past. These have included the 2nd Edition X-Treme Dungeon Mastery and the BX Advanced Bestiary Vol. 1. I’ve also got several rewards coming to me later this year that I’m looking forward to seeing. However another Kickstarter campaign just came across my desk that really caught my attention.
For those of you scratching your heads, let me explain. David Flor wrote this adventure back in 1983 when he was twelve years old. He had it printed out and then lost it as he moved through life. Well, as he explains on his Kickstarter Page, it was recently found and reunited with him. David had returned to gaming life a few years ago and even had some adventures published. So when this example of 1980’s creativity was returned to him, he knew that he had to share it with others. Thus a Kickstarter was launched to scan the original (which is part of the rewards), update it with new artwork (also part of the rewards) and (if certain goals are met) update the adventure for such systems as Dungeons and Dragons 5E and Dungeon Crawl Classics.
So why did this catch my attention? This is the stuff that I would do back in the 80’s and 90s. I was lucky enough to find my homebrewed starships for the FASA Star Trek RPG and my Book of RPG character sheets. I’ve been sharing them here as a way to give my creativity to others. This type of creativity is what inspires me to post on my blog. So I wanted to share it with others. If you can back the Kickstarter, please do so. I’d love to see what is generated from this with all of the stretch goals accomplished.
And yes, I will make a blog post with my first look when the rewards have been released.
There are quite a few books in this set. Some of the highlights include the Star Trek: Deep Space Nine relaunch series, Mission Gamma. There are also two Star Trek: Discovery books available in this sale.
All of these eBooks are 99 cents and available to read on your Amazon Kindle. Amazon is also doing a special where you earn points for each book you buy. This can lead to free books.
May 15 “So, how do you get to be an FCA liquidator anyway?” Rom “Hard work, bribes, sucking up to the boss—just like any other job.” Brunt- Family Business, Stardate: Unknown #StarTrek #StarTrekDS9 #IDIC #WeAreStarfleet
“I have made a vow never to give you information that could potentially alter your destiny. Your path is yours to walk and yours alone.” Spock- Star Trek: Into Darkness, Stardate: 2259.55 #Star Trek #IDIC #WeAreStarfleet
May 17 Note: As it was pointed out last week on one of our birthday quote posts, May 17 is the correct date for Rylee Alazraqui’s birthday. We regret the error and the database has been corrected for 2024. We just wished her an early birthday on May 11th. Yea, that’s the ticket. #StarTrek #IDIC #WeAreStarfleet
“The challenge, Mr. Offenhouse, is to improve yourself… to enrich yourself. Enjoy it.” Picard- The Neutral Zone, Stardate: 41986.0 #StarTrek #StarTrekTNG #IDIC #WeAreStarfleet
May 18 “Concentrate on the rhythm of your breathing. Envision your lungs filled with light. Follow it back in time to a moment when you felt no fear. A moment of happiness, serenity.” Tuvok- The Haunting of Deck Twelve, Stardate: Unknown #StarTrek #StarTrekVOY #IDIC #WeAreStarfleet
May 19 “We share the same history, the same heritage, the same lives. We’re tied together beyond any untying. Man or woman, it makes no difference. We’re Human.” Kirk- Who Mourns for Adonais, Stardate: 3468.1 #StarTrek #StarTrekTOS #IDIC #WeAreStarfleet
This was a campaign that I played with one of my 90’s batch of RPG friends. We played a ton of other games together (such as the above mentioned Vampire, Doctor Who and Cyberpunk games). One of them was the system based off of the Marvel comic universe.
Another trend in the 90’s was the mutant superheroes in the Marvel line of books. They were extremely popular and seemed to be talked about by everyone. I think this is part of the reason I avoided reading the issues. I recall a day at Comics Utah were my hold was light so I figured I’d try a new book. I walked over to the Marvel shelves and there was mutant this and mutant that. I took a step back, and headed over to the DC Comics shelves to see what might catch my eye. So, as you probably guessed, when the option came up for a Marvel RPG campaign, everyone but me wanted to play a mutant character. I rebelled by announcing that I would be playing an android character.
I remember liking the name Strikeman. The alter-ego was named Hal Robberts, a name he had chosen for himself. I think I pulled the name Hal from 2001: A Space Odyssey. He was created by Noonian Ling, which I’m 99% certain was inspired from Data’s creator, Noonian Soong. Since Ling was still listed as a contact, I’m assuming they got along. I don’t recall what S.H.I.P.D. stood for (something something police department?). I wish that I had kept better notes from my 90’s games, but I guess I’m lucky just to have found the book of characters.
While I don’t remember anything about the FASERIP system, I do recall hearing that it had a lot of fans. When I found the Amazon link listed above, the book was very expensive. If you are interested in roleplaying in the Marvel universe, there is a new Marvel Multiverse RPG core book coming out in August.
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“You know, coming back in time, changing history… that’s cheating.” Kirk “A trick I learned from an old friend.” Spock- Star Trek (2009) #StarTrek #IDIC #WeAreStarfleet
May 9 “I do know that right now… the way I am… I’m more at peace with myself than I’ve ever been before… …and that’s a good feeling.” Torres- Faces, Stardate: 48784.2 #StarTrek #StarTrekVOY #IDIC #WeAreStarfleet
May 10 “I wasn’t yelling. I was just expressing my feelings, loudly.” Sisko- The Wire, Stardate: Unknown #StarTrek #StarTrekDS9 #IDIC #WeAreStarfleet
“What if you interplex the plasma conduit, adjust for input variances in the dilithium matrix, and siphon off the energy of the proto-core to jump start it?” Rok-Tahk, A Moral Star, Part 2, Stardate: 61103.1 #Startrek #StarTrekProdigy #IDIC #WeAreStarfleet
“Were you really going to give this to the Daystrom Institute?” Picard “Well, maybe not give it. Five years is a huge investment, Jean-Luc. I deserve to make a reasonable profit.” Vash- Captain’s Holiday, Stardate: 43745.2 #StarTrek #StarTrekTNG #IDIC #WeAreStarfleet
“You never admit the actual amount of time it takes to finish a job. If you did, your days would be packed.” Rutherford- Temporal Edict, Stardate: 57501.4 #StarTrek #StarTrekProdigy #IDIC #WeAreStarfleet
May 13 “The Captain’s got to be in the Captain’s chair.” Tucker- Rogue Planet, Date: Unknown #StarTrek #StarTrekENT #IDIC #WeAreStarfleet
May 14 “A mother shapes her child in ways she doesn’t even realize. Sometimes just by listening.” Guinan- Evolution, Stardate: 43125.8 #StarTrek #StarTrekTNG #IDIC #WeAreStarfleet
May 1 “All your people must learn before you can reach for the stars.” Kirk- The Gamesters of Triskelion, Stardate: 3259.2 #StarTrek #StarTrekTOS #IDIC #WeAreStarfleet
May 2 “If you don’t trust your own judgment you don’t belong in the command chair.” Riker- Pen Pals, Stardate: 42695.3 #StarTrek #StarTrekTNG #IDIC #WeAreStarfleet
May 3 “When a person is sleeping or on a vision quest, it’s said that his soul is walking the wheel, but if he’s in a coma, or near death, it means that he’s gotten lost.” Torres- Cathexis, Stardate: 48734.2 #StarTrek #StarTrekVOY #IDIC #WeAreStarfleet
May 4 “The last mile of the marathon is always the toughest. That’s when the winners are willing to take the big risks.” Devinoni Ral- The Price, Stardate: 43385.6 #StarTrek #StarTrekTNG #IDIC #WeAreStarfleet
“I chose to believe that your destiny’s are still your own. Maybe that’s why I’m here. To remind you of the power of possibility.” Pike- Strange New Worlds, Stardate: 2259.42 #StarTrek #StarTrekStrangeNewWorlds #IDIC #WeAreStarfleet
May 6 “Maybe we can’t break it, but I’ll bet you credits to navy beans we can put a dent in it.” DeSalle- Catspaw, Stardate: 3018.2 #StarTrek #StarTrekTOS #IDIC #WeAreStarfleet
May 7 “Once you give up, the game’s lost.” Archer- Vox Sola, Date: Unknown #StarTrek #StarTrekENT #IDIC #WeAreStarfleet
So earlier this month I was working on my review of the latest Star Trek Lower Decks releases for the Star Trek Adventures RPG when it hit me. “I wonder if we will see any future cross-over products between Modiphius (publisher of Star Trek Adventures) and IDW run of Star Trek comics?” Back in 2021 there had been a cooperative release with the IDW Year Five Tie In.
So I thought I’d take to social media and ask. On twitter (while dodging spam posts) I submitted the following:
Well, I received a response from Jim Johnson, who is the project manager for Modiphius Star Trek Adventures. Wow, I wasn’t expecting that. He asked what I’d like to see from the IDW run. Well when I read that, my first thought was “Everything!” Yea, I know that’s not going to fly logically. IDW has been publishing Star Trek comics since 2007 and has released over 400 issues and trade paperbacks. Some of them include crossovers with other intellectual properties such as Doctor Who, Planet of the Apes, Green Lantern, The Legion of Superheroes and Transformers. The likelihood of any supplements for these issues are slim to none. Especially since there is already a roleplaying game for Transformers and Doctor Who.
So what was the most likely candidates from the wide catalog of IDW publications would be good for a Star Trek Adventures supplement? Well I have several recommendations in mind. I did mention a few in a quick twitter response to Mr. Johnson, but I felt that this topic deserved a blog post to give it more thought.
I’ve actually mentioned this in past blog posts, but IDW has done a very good series of comics covering the TNG crew in the Mirror Universe. In this setting, the Terran Empire was defeated, but not overrun. (Hey, if you are looking for a reason to keep this within “cannon”, just remember that there are many, many multiple universes as seen in the TNG episode “Parallels“.) This empire was boxed in, was low on resources (Captain’s kept their own secret supply caches) and still had some fight in it (for both external and internal conflicts). RPG scenarios could include Prime Universe Federation members dealing with Terran Empire incursions, more accidental crossovers or a campaign set with PCs playing members of the Terran Starfleet. Some of the advantages to this idea include lots of resource material (13 TNG comics plus additionaly 7 TOS comics, 1 Voyager comic, and 4 Discovery comics) which could include new races, new spacefames, new background information, new characters (we see “The Obnoxious Okona” who is a thorn in Mirror Captain Picard’s side). The disadvantages that I see are also the large number of sources (the supplement could be much larger than the Year Five tie in if they didn’t break it up by comic series), roleplaying in the Mirror Universe is much different than in the Prime Universe (but I do recall playing in a FASA Star Trek campaign where we were accidentally sent to the Mirror Universe) and there is a lot of Mirror Universe seen in the shows. While this is my first choice that I would LOVE to see, I could understand why it may not make the list at Modiphius.
Before there was Star Trek: Year Five by IDW, the comic publisher released Star Trek Year Four. This covered what could have been the fourth season of The Original Series. This would make for an excellent companion piece to the STA Year Five tie-in. This would be an excellent opportunity to present the stats for the Federation Class Dreadnought (seen in the Enterprise Experiment series). There are not as many issues covering Year Four as there are for Year Five (10 vs 26 respectively) but that might make is more of a candidate for a PDF only release. There are other TOS comics presented by IDW, but they cover various times across the Original Series. That could be used to pad out a publication if needed.
The next recommendation may be an issue. I don’t know if Modiphius has any type of license with the Kelvin Universe movies. Creating a tie-in supplement might be possible if a license isn’t fully connected. However there are a LOT of Kelvin Universe comics published by IDW. A total of 106 issues (not counting the two Kelvin Universe/Green Lantern crossovers). Some of these issues cover Starfleet Academy cadets and could be a perfect way to release some Kelvin Universe resource material into the market.
The last recommendation that I’m going to make is for Leonard McCoy: Frontier Doctor that had four issues. Not a lot of material, but the storyline covered Dr. McCoy after he had left Starfleet and went on a “Doctors without Borders” type of adventure (between the end of The Original Series and The Motion Picture). There would definable be a new spaceframe (The Joanna), several characters and planets and information on how to play in the Frontier Medics Program. A non-Starfleet sourcebook could help with civilian roleplaying.
As I mentioned in my Year Five Tie-In review, there was still some Year Five material that could have been added to the supplement. I wouldn’t be opposed to that type of expansion.
There are still a ton of other IDW Star Trek titles that information could be pulled to create a tie-in supplement. Some cover various races and characters. A few had different inter-ST series crossovers that only comics could pull off. Others had tie-ins with different Star Trek novels and video games. I believe that IDW has the longest run of continuous Star Trek comic publications. Despite recent news that the company had some layoffs, I hope that they will be able to continue to publish new comics for quite a few more years.
Thank you Jim Johnson for inspiring me to expand this subject into a blog post. I had a great time going back through several comics and (quickly) re-reading some of the stories. Jim did respond to my suggestion tweet saying “I just gotta chat with the good people over there and see what’s possible.” So… (crosses fingers).
What IDW Comics would you like to see turned into a Star Trek Adventures supplement? Are there other Star Trek comics that you draw gaming inspiration from? This article is open for discussion on the TardisCaptain dot Com Discord server. You can also email me at Carl (at) TardisCaptain.com with any comments.