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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 #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 #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 #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

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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. #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. #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. #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

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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 #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.

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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. #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 #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 #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

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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. #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 #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. #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

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Daily Star Trek Quotes: June 21-27

Casual Geordi
Geordi likes casual Friday on the Enterprise.

Here are the Daily Star Trek Quotes that will appear on the @STrekQuotes twitter account for the week of June 21st through the 27th.

June 21
“We’re all frightened by unfamiliar things.” Dr. Phlox- Fight or Flight, Date: May 6, 2151 #StarTrek #StarTrekENT #WeAreStarfleet

June 22
Happy Birthday to Tim Russ. @timruss2 #StarTrek #StarTrekTNG #StarTrekDS9 #StarTrekVOY #WeAreStarfleet

“We often fear what we don’t understand. Our best defense is knowledge.” Tuvok- Innocence, Stardate: 49578.2 #StarTrek #StarTrekVOY #WeAreStarfleet

June 23
“The horga’hn’ is the Risian symbol of sexuality. To own one is to call forth its powers. To display it is to announce you are seeking jamaharon.” Joval- Captain’s Holiday, Stardate: 43745.2 #StarTrek #StarTrekTNG #WeAreStarfleet

June 24
“Well, Mister Spock, do you have any ideas?” Kirk “We could always throw tribbles at them.” Spock “I thought Vulcans didn’t have a sense of humour.” Kirk- More Tribbles, More Troubles, Stardate: 5392.4 #StarTrek #StarTrekTAS #WeAreStarfleet

June 25
“Pinocchio is broken. Its strings have been cut.” Riker- The Measure of a Man, Stardate: 42523.7 #StarTrek #StarTrekTNG #WeAreStarfleet

June 26
“My bairns, my poor bairns.” Scotty- The Paradise Syndrome, Stardate: 4842.6 #StarTrek #StarTrekTOS #WeAreStarfleet

June 27
“The point is, you’ve got to live your own life.” O’Brien- Paradise, Stardate: 47573.1 #StarTrek #StarTrekDS9 #WeAreStarfleet

Posted in: Collecting, Role Playing Games, Science Fiction, Star Trek

Thank you friends for helping my collection

So I’ve been talking with several friends about my blog posts and my goals for the site. One of them told me that he was downsizing his collection of role-playing game books and offered them to me. Here is the lot which was larger than I expected.

New Games

As you can see, there are several cyberpunk games, some fantasy titles and a couple of sci-fi RPGs. My daughter already wants to look through one of them. I’m also certain that a few of these will be used in my 2022 Character Creation Challenge next January. Some of these may even inspire me to write up a review after I’ve read them.

Another friend heard about my goal of collecting the Star Trek Universe info cards that were published in the late 90s-early 00s. He let me go through his extras and I was able to find some that I didn’t have. I believe that I now own 98% of the cards published. I’d love to actually complete the set. Here are the photos of the cards.

Star Trek Universe Cards

Thank you to both friends for providing these to me. I’ll try to pay it forward when I can. These are the type of geek things that I look forward to.

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Daily Star Trek Quotes: June 14-20

Dukat fire
How it feels outside right now.

Here are the Daily Star Trek Quotes that will appear on the @STrekQuotes twitter account for the week of June 13th through the 20th.

June 14
“It is an ancient Klingon tradition to commemorate an important event with a poem.” Worf- One Little Ship, Stardate: 51474.2 #StarTrek #StarTrekDS9 #WeAreStarfleet

June 15
“As a Starfleet Captain, I can’t allow myself the luxury of yielding to personal feelings.” Picard- A Matter of Perspective, Stardate: 43610.4 #StarTrek #StarTrekTNG #WeAreStarfleet

June 16
Happy Birthday to John Cho. @JohnTheCho #StarTrek #WeAreStarfleet

“If you test me, you will fail.” Sulu- Star Trek Into Darkness, Stardate: 2259.55 #StarTrek #WeAreStarfleet

June 17
“Peanut butter and jelly sandwiches for Mr. Paris. He calls it ‘Comfort food.’ Isn’t that charming?” Neelix-Faces, Stardate: 48784.2 #StarTrek #StarTrekVOY #WeAreStarfleet

June 18
“To cherry flavored snow cones. What I wouldn’t give for one right about now.” Tucker- Desert Crossing, Date: February 12, 2152 #StarTrek #StarTrekENT #WeAreStarfleet

June 19
Happy Birthday to Zoe Saldana. @zoesaldana #StarTrek #WeAreStarfleet

“I’m impressed. For a moment there, I thought you were just a dumb hick who only had sex with farm animals.” Uhura- Star Trek (2009) #StarTrek #WeAreStarfleet

June 20
“We live in a universe of magic which, evidently, you cannot see.” Ardra- Devil’s Due, Stardate: 44474.5 #StarTrek #StarTrekTNG #WeAreStarfleet

Posted in: Collecting, Conventions, Music, Sports, Star Trek

Why I collect autographs

I was thinking about this subject the other day and realized that it would make for a good blog post. I’ve been collecting autographs ever since I first met several members of the Utah Jazz at a mall in downtown Salt Lake City in the 80’s. The team was trying to drum up interest in fans and they had several of the players at a table signing autographs for anyone who happened to be there. I was able to get four of the five players who were present (the fifth had just run out of photos to sign). I still have memories of going through the mall to that chance encounter. It was one of the many of my teenage times when I would just go wandering off on my own not knowing what I would find while exploring.

Mark Eaton

As I started going to Star Trek conventions I had the opportunity to meet several different actors. Some I’ve been able to get photos with that I’ve added to my Star Trek Actor’s Photo Gallery. From these conventions I’ve been able to get autographs from several of the actors that I’ve seen on television and movies. To get an autograph, especially when you can see them sign it yourself, is to have something that they have interacted with. I will never forget meeting with James Doohan. Especially since he was staying in the hotel I was working in at the time. I was able to interact with him on the phone after the convention.

Jimmy Doohan

Not all encounters were pleasant ones. Sometimes you have to plan to attend conventions out-of-state, make arrangements to get something to sign, think about what you are going to say to the celebrity since you only get a few seconds with them (if you are lucky it could be a few minutes). At a convention in Los Angels I had the opportunity to get an autograph from Dwight Schultz. While he is famous for his role as Howling Mad Man Murdock in the 1980’s television series, The A-Team. I wanted to get a signed photo of Lt. Barclay from Star Trek: The Next Generation. I went by his table before he arrived and noticed all of the A-Team photos, but there were no Trek photos. I enjoyed watching the A-Team. But I knew what I wanted. In the dealers room I found a vendor who had a stack of Lt. Barclay photos for sale and snatched one up. I remember being in the first dozen people in line at the appropriate time for autograph signings. Several people had commented that they liked my Barclay picture. When you get to the table, you hand the assistant your money along with the photo. My photo was the first Star Trek picture of the day for Mr. Schultz to sign and he said “oh” and reached down with his pen to sign the photo. Suddenly from behind him, a hand reached out and yanked the picture away from him. Shocked I looked up to see some woman shaking the picture at me and screaming “Where did you get this picture? This is an illegal picture!” As I started arguing with the woman that I had already paid my money and that I was owed an autograph on the item I selected, Mr. Schultz’s face went back and forth between me and the woman as we yelled at each other. I think she was his agent or something and she wouldn’t budge. I wouldn’t budge either as I had already paid for my product and stated so. Suddenly she whirled around and grabbed one of his photos, slapped it down in front of him and yelled “Sign it!” The poor actor quickly made it out to me an not wanting to fight any more, I thanked him for the autograph. Then the woman grabbed me and stated “You’re going to show me where you got this in the dealers room.” As I was being dragged past the line, I noticed how many other fans with the same photo I had quickly hiding them. I knew that while she was away, they would be trying to get them signed as quickly as possible. Not wanting to get the dealer mad at me, the moment we got into the room, I waived my hand in the general direction and said “he’s down that way.” and I walked in the opposite direction. I couldn’t have been more than a minute later before I heard the harpy scream of this person yelling at the vendor. Every time I see the photo below, I think about that encounter. To this day, I wonder what Mr Schultz thought of what happened. I don’t blame him for it, but I could tell that he was embarrassed by it.

Dwight Schultz

I wish I could say that I’ve met everyone that I’ve got an autograph from. I’ve had several friends, knowing of my hobby to collect and of my interests, provide me with autographs that they have come across on their own. I’ve enjoyed several “Weird Al” Yankovick concerts, but I’ve never had a chance to meet the artist in person. Two different friends procured an autograph for me at different meet-and-greets that they participated in. I am very thankful to these friends. And yes, someday I’ll get a chance to meet Weird Al in person. Until then I’ll continue to enjoy his music and his sense of humor.

Weird Al Yankovick

I’ve got a quite a few autographs. Not just photos in an album but on artwork, books, action figures, hats, comics, games and other collectibles. And while some have gone up in value, especially with the celebrity passing on from this life, I’ve never thought about selling these items. These are memories for me. Memories of efforts to collect the autograph. Memories from meeting these human beings who have done extraordinary things. Memories of friends who have gone out of their way to help me with my collection. I’m sad that large scale events and online auctions have pushed autograph prices higher and higher. But I am also grateful for the opportunities to meet these people. I still get a smile on my face when I look over my autographed items.