Posted in: Quotes, Star Trek

Daily Star Trek Quotes: September 20-26

BEEP! BEEP! BEEP!

Here are the Daily Star Trek Quotes that will appear on the @STrekQuotes twitter account for the week of September 20th through the 26th.

September 20
“Captain, we have the right to survive.” Deela “Not by killing others.” Kirk- Wink of an Eye, Stardate: 5710.5 #StarTrek #StarTrekTOS #WeAreStarfleet

September 21
“You ‘improvised’ your way through an entire cheesecake as well as three servings of Ktarian chocolate puffs! Now I have to deal with the consequences.” Seven- Body and Soul, Stardate: 54238.3 #StarTrek #StarTrekVOY #WeAreStarfleet

September 22
“I sense you have a closed mind, Captain.  Closed minds have kept these two worlds apart for centuries.” Spock- Unification II, Stardate: 45245.8 #StarTrek #StarTrekTNG #WeAreStarfleet

September 23
Happy Birthday to Rosalind Chao. @rosalindchao https://memory-alpha.fandom.com/wiki/Rosalind_Chao #StarTrek #StarTrekTNG #StarTrekDS9 #WeAreStarfleet

“Knowledge is power.” Keiko- A Man Alone, Stardate: 46384 #StarTrek #StarTrekDS9 #WeAreStarfleet

September 24
Star Trek: Discovery premieres on this date in 2017 with the episodes The Vulcan Hello and Battle at the Binary Stars. https://memory-alpha.fandom.com/wiki/Star_Trek:_Discovery #StarTrek #StarTrekDiscovery #WeAreStarfleet

“We were biologically determined for one purpose and one purpose alone: to sense the coming of death. I sense it coming now.” Saru- The Vulcan Hello, Stardate: 1207.3 #StarTrek #StarTrekDiscovery #WeAreStarfleet

September 25
“To employ an aphorism, one cannot “cheat fate.”” Data- Time’s Arrow, Stardate: 45959.1 #StarTrek #StarTrekTNG #WeAreStarfleet

September 26
Star Trek: Enterprise premiered on this date in 2001 with the episode Broken Bow. https://memory-alpha.fandom.com/wiki/Star_Trek:_Enterprise #StarTrek #StarTrekENT #WeAreStarfleet

“Do you know how to tell him to shut up?” Archer “Shut up!” Sato- Broken Bow, Date: April 15, 2151 #StarTrek #StarTrekENT #WeAreStarfleet

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Daily Star Trek Quotes: September 13-19

Worf after watching The Good, The Bad and The Ugly.

Here are the Daily Star Trek Quotes that will appear on the @STrekQuotes twitter account for the week of September 13th through the 19th.

September 13
“Why don’t I give you two some privacy?” Janeway “Oh, Kathy, don’t you like to watch?” Q- The Q and the Grey, Stardate: 50384.2 #StarTrek #StarTrekVOY #WeAreStarfleet

September 14
Happy Birthday to Walter Koenig. @GineokwKoenig https://memory-alpha.fandom.com/wiki/Walter_Koenig #StarTrek #StarTrekTOS #WeAreStarfleet

“The Garden of Eden was just outside Moscow. A very nice place. It must have made Adam and Eve very sad to leave.” Chekov- The Apple, Stardate: 3715.3 #StarTrek #StarTrekTOS #WeAreStarfleet

September 15
Happy Birthday to Tom Hardy. https://memory-alpha.fandom.com/wiki/Tom_Hardy #StarTrek #StarTrekTNG #WeAreStarfleet

“Our eyes reflect our lives, don’t they? And yours, so confident!” Shinzon- Star Trek Nemesis, Stardate: 56844.9 #StarTrek #StarTrekTNG #WeAreStarfleet

September 16
Happy Birthday to Jayne Brook. @thejaynebrook https://memory-alpha.fandom.com/wiki/Jayne_Brook #StarTrek #StarTrekDiscovery #WeAreStarfleet

“We wanted the best of Starfleet to survive. And as this conversation makes clear, that was you… and all you represent.” Cornwell “Thank you.” Pike “You’re welcome. Now, will you get off my ass so we can get back to work?” Cornwell- Project Daedalus #StarTrek #StarTrekDiscovery

September 17
“Captain, perhaps it would be best if we discussed this…” Picard “SHUT UP.” Riker “…I beg your pardon?” Picard “I said SHUT UP! As in close your mouth and stop talking!” Riker- Future Imperfect, Stardate: 44286.5 #StarTrek #StarTrekTNG #WeAreStarfleet

September 18
“Logic saved us, but it took us nearly fifteen hundred years to rebuild and travel to the stars. You Humans have managed to do the same in less than a century.” Soval- The Forge, Date: Unknown #StarTrek #StarTrekENT #WeAreStarfleet

September 19
“Wives serve, brothers inherit. Rule of Acquisition number one hundred thirty nine, if I’m not mistaken.” Odo- Necessary Evil, Stardate: 47282.5 #StarTrek #StarTrekDS9 #WeAreStarfleet

Posted in: Community Service, Fan Club, Star Trek

My Star Trek Day interview on KRCL 90.9FM

The Treknologist plaque that I mentioned in the interview.

Wednesday, September 8 2021 was the 55th Anniversary of the Original Star Trek premier on NBC with the episode The Man Trap. Star Trek fans have been celebrating this date as Star Trek Day. There were several events that happened on this date including several series announcements for Star Trek: Prodigy, Star Trek: Picard (season three confirmed) and casting news for Star Trek: Strange New Worlds.

My friends from The Thermians from Utah Galaxy Quest fan club (hat tip to Frank and Roxanne) reached out to me to see if I wanted to be interviewed by Lara Jones the host of RadioACTive on Community Radio KRCL 90.9 FM. I had a great time talking by Zoom with Lara and we probably could have talked for several hours about Star Trek, Stargate, Star Wars and Doctor Who. But unfortunately I wasn’t the only guest scheduled for the hour long program.

Here is the link to the RadioACTive September 8th show notes with a recording of the interview. There is a brief introduction about Star Trek Day at the beginning followed by an interview regarding the Utah Greek Festival. Then the section with my interview starts around the 27:39 minute mark. After the interview I realized I mistakenly stated David Allen Stiers instead of David Ogden Stiers from MASH fame (I’m horrible with names). There is a little bit of electronic garble from the zoom connection, but other than that I thought the interview went pretty well. I was able to talk about Starfleet Command’s Seventh Fleet, what Star Trek meant to me and why am a Treknologist and she even mentioned this blog. Playing Star Trekkin by The Firm was a nice touch to wrap up the interview.

This isn’t the first time I’ve been interviewed. Back in the early 90’s a roommate was an intern at a local talk radio station and he got me on the air with a host to talk about Star Trek. I really hope I can find the tape recording of that interview as it now contains the voice of a friend who has long pasted on. I’ve been interviewed by magazines and local newspapers. Dan Pope of KTVX Ch 4 has interviewed me at FanX and I’ve been down to the Ch 4 studios for a cosplay special.

Thank you Lara Jones and KRCL 90.9FM for the opportunity to talk about Star Trek. I hope you all had a happy Star Trek Day. Live long and prosper.

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Daily Star Trek Quotes: September 6-12

MARY HAD A LITTLE LAMB! LITTLE LAMB! LITTLE LAMB!

Here are the Daily Star Trek Quotes that will appear on the @STrekQuotes twitter account for the week of September 6th through the 12th.

September 6
Happy Birthday to Idris Elba. @idriselba https://memory-alpha.fandom.com/wiki/Idris_Elba #StarTrek #WeAreStarfleet

“Without struggle, you would never know who you truly are.” Krall- Star Trek Beyond #StarTrek #WeAreStarfleet

September 7
“The question is, who will take the initiative? Who will make the first gesture of trust? The answer is, I will.” Picard- The Enemy, Stardate: 43349.2 #StarTrekTNG #WeAreStarfleet

September 8
Star Trek premieres on this date in 1966 with the episode The Man Trap. https://memory-alpha.fandom.com/wiki/Star_Trek:_The_Original_Series #StarTrek #StarTrekTOS #WeAreStarfleet

“One of the missions of the Enterprise is to protect human life in places like this.” Kirk- The Man Trap, Stardate: 1513.1 #StarTrekTOS #WeAreStarfleet

Star Trek The Animated Series premieres on this date in 1973 with the episode Beyond the Farthest Star. https://memory-alpha.fandom.com/wiki/Star_Trek:_The_Animated_Series #StarTrek #WeAreStarfleet

“It’s beautiful. What kind of people could have built it, to touch even a starship with grace and beauty?” Uhura- Beyond the Farthest Star, Stardate: 5221.3 #StarTrekTOS #WeAreStarfleet

September 9
Happy Birthday to Jeffrey Combs. @jeffreycombs https://memory-alpha.fandom.com/wiki/Jeffrey_Combs #StarTrek #StarTrekDS9 #StarTrekVOY #StarTrekENT #WeAreStarfleet

“Don’t you think resolving family squabbles can wait until after we’ve won the war?… Weak eyes, good ears.” Weyoun- Favor the Bold, Stardate: Unknown #StarTrek #StarTrekDS9 #WeAreStarfleet

September 10
Happy Birthday to Harry Treadaway. @TreadawayHaz https://memory-alpha.fandom.com/wiki/Harry_Treadaway #StarTrek #StarTrekPicard #WeAreStarfleet

“Everyone is hiding something. Whether they know it or not.” Narek- The Impossible Box, Stardate: Unknown #StarTrekPicard #WeAreStarfleet

September 11
Happy Birthday to Roxann Dawson. @roxdaws https://memory-alpha.fandom.com/wiki/Roxann_Dawson #StarTrek #StarTrekVOY #StarTrekENT #WeAreStarfleet

“I don’t run to sickbay every time I stub my toe.” Torres- Extreme Risk, Stardate: Unknown #StarTrekVOY #WeAreStarfleet

September 12
“I guess even Vulcan can fall prey to temptation.”  Archer- The Seventh, Date: Unknown #StarTrekENT #WeAreStarfleet

Posted in: Role Playing Games

#RPGaDay2021 After Action Report

So the #RPGaDAY2021 challenge is over and I was able to complete all thirty one days. So what did I think of this challenge?

I went back and re-read my entries, and there are a few that I’m quite proud of. I had the feeling of excitement when I put the post together. I couldn’t wait to share the link on MeWe, Twitter, Facebook and the RPG.net forums. Here are some of my “Best Of” entries.

Day 2: Map: I knew I had a lot of favorite maps from different RPGs. But I didn’t want to list all of them. So I went through my books and decided on the one that I had enjoyed the most.

Day 4: Weapon: I had just watched a documentary talking about how dangerous the medieval sling was. I had to write something up about it.

Day 15: Supplement: I talked about some of my favorite RPG supplements. I actually got some good feedback on this one.

Day 17: Nemesis: I did my first homebrew for Star Trek Adventures.

Day 25: Box: I show some of the damaged boxes that I have of older RPGs. I had a few people who wanted to hear about my efforts to repair the boxes in future blog posts.

There were a few others that I’m also quite proud of, but I think that the above entries are the best of the bunch.

There were several suggestions on the list that just made me scratch my head. When I first put together the spreadsheet to try to plan out the month, there was a lot of blank spots. I almost didn’t participate. But seeing the other blog writers posting their entries on various social media platforms encouraged me to jump into the pool. I’m glad that I did. I think it was a good challenge for me. Being my first year, I don’t know how this list of suggestions compares to past years. Right now I’m about 60-40 on doing this again next year. I didn’t hate it, but it could have been better.

I am still working on some ideas for the blog. Just before I found out about this challenge, I was putting together a personal challenge of my own with Secret Agents and Espionage games. I’m still thinking about putting this together, but instead of being a theme for a month, I may spread it out on a certain date. Secret Agent Saturdays or some general idea.

I want to thank those who took the time to read my posts. If you have any comments for me, feel free to send them to Carl (at) TardisCaptain.com (I’m still trying to set up a feedback section for the blog entries that won’t be spambait). I would also like to thank the organizers for putting this challenge together and the other participants. Reading about some of their entries (after I had done mine) was quite interesting.

Be seeing you.

Posted in: Role Playing Games

#RPGaDay2021 Day 31: Thank

Day 31: Thank

I think I did my thanks post yesterday now that I think about it. Perhaps I should have used yesterday’s entry as a “What would you have selected” topic. Oh well, too late now.

So I’d like to thank those of you who have read through my ramblings. Not only for the past month with the #RPGaDAY2021 challenge, but ever since I started this blog last year. Some of you have emailed me or responded on social media. I love getting the responses letting me know that someone has been reading my blog.

I would especially like to thank those of you who have followed the links to DriveThruRPG and ordered games. They do send me a little kickback for you guys doing that. I was able to order a game or two that I plan to review on this website. So far, no one has donated to the Ko-Fi link located on the sidebar. But I also don’t know if I’m using it properly. I’m certain that a regular schedule of original posts would help with that.

I would like to also thank the organizers of the #RPGaDAY2021 challenge. This has been an interesting experience. I wonder what other participants have thought now that it is over?

Final Thoughts:

I’ll be posting an after action report tomorrow.

RPGaDay 2021 chart
The RPGaDay 2021 chart
Posted in: Role Playing Games

#RPGaDay2021 Day 30: Mention

Day 30: Mention

There are a few people I’d like to mention.

My wife: I am so grateful that she is a geek and a gamer to boot. She loves anime and sci-fi. I still remember the day she demanded that I build her a computer.

My kids: They have also turned into geeks of their own interest. At least one has been playing D&D 5e with friends. (Proud Papa)

My Star Trek family: Not only have we had a chance to play various Star Trek role playing games, but we’ve RPGed in other systems as well.

Game designers: Thank you for your creativity and your efforts. I hope that someday I’ll be able to share my creativity with other players.

Final Thoughts:

Fumbling over the finish line.

RPGaDay 2021 chart
The RPGaDay 2021 chart
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Daily Star Trek Quotes: August 30-September 5

Dax has her cosplay ready for the con.

Here are the Daily Star Trek Quotes that will appear on the @STrekQuotes twitter account for the week of August 30th through September 5th.

August 30
“Everyone is trying to look out for us… protect us from ourselves. But in the end… all that matters is how we feel and what we do about it.” Dax- Rejoined, Stardate: 49195.5 #StarTrek #StarTrekDS9 #WeAreStarfleet

August 31
“You have never seen death? Then look… and always remember.” Worf- Reunion, Stardate: 44246.3 #StarTrek #StarTrekTNG #WeAreStarfleet

September 1
Problem. Earth technology & science have progressed faster than political and social knowledge. Purpose of mission. To prevent Earth’s civilization from destroying itself before it can mature into a peaceful society. Seven- Assignment: Earth #StarTrek #StarTrekTOS #WeAreStarfleet

September 2
“Forgive me, Tuvok, but it seems barbaric.” Nimira “If all species were as enlightened as yours and mine, there would be no need for prisons.” Tuvok- Random Thoughts, Stardate: 51367.2 #StarTrek #StarTrekVOY #WeAreStarfleet

September 3
“There are those who would avenge my death…and some of them are Vulcans.” Mirror Spock- Mirror, Mirror, Stardate: Unknown #StarTrek #StarTrekTOS #WeAreStarfleet

September 4
“You’re not supposed to do anything. That’s what “relieved of duty” means.” Guinan- Rascals, Stardate: 46235.7 #StarTrek #StarTrekTNG #WeAreStarfleet

September 5
“I’ve been thinking – perfecting Humanity… may not be possible. Cybernetics… artificial lifeforms… I doubt I’ll finish the work myself… might take a generation or two…” Soong- The Augments, Date: May 27, 2154 #StarTrek #StarTrekENT #WeAreStarfleet

Posted in: Dungeons and Dragons, Role Playing Games, Science Fiction, Star Trek, Star Wars

#RPGaDay2021 Day 29: System

Day 29: System

So when it comes to selecting a role playing system to play, which is better? Learning something new or going with a system you are already familiar with that has been adapted for the universe you want to play in?

For me, it’s sixes. Recently I had the option to play in an online game and the game master gave us the option of a D20 system (Starfinder) or something else. I don’t even really recall what the second option was because I was more worried about trying to learn how to use the online virtual table top application (another post for another day). While I was happy for the easy of the D20 system, I also discovered that Starfinder (and I later found out that Pathfinder was the same way) was just a little too crunchy for me. It seems like it has taken the Dungeons and Dragons 3.5 book and added way to many additional rules to the system.

On the other hand, the D20 based Star Wars RPG released in the early 2000’s didn’t really attract me at the time. I’m a big Star Wars fan, but I remember thinking that “Seeing Luke and company with D&D stats just seemed off.” I don’t know if it’s because of all the D6 Star Wars games that I had played, or that I just didn’t have the money at the time to buy another set of books. So I never got into the game at the time it was being published. If someone were to invite me to a game now, I’d take them up on the offer.

There are generic systems out there. I had played GURPS back in the early 90’s. It seemed ok at the time, but a lot of math. So it’s not one of my first choices. I just received Dune: Adventures in the Imperium for a birthday gift which is a 2d20 system like Star Trek Adventures. It’s been interesting to see the tweaks between the two rulebooks. (again another blog post will go into further details on this) The D6 system that was used in the WEG Star Wars system has been ported over to a series of generic RPG books. I could see myself using the D6 system for a classic Battlestar Galactica game.

I haven’t even scratched the surface on which systems have stood out to me or failed to grab my attention. There are just way to many out there. But I have tried a few. When I was going through my three-ringed binder of old characters, I noticed I had sheets for some games that I don’t even remember playing. I must not have been very impressed with the system if I can’t remember them now.

Final Thoughts:

All of the remaining dates in the challenge only have one suggestion for each day. It almost seemed like the list just sputtered out of ideas.

RPGaDay 2021 chart
The RPGaDay 2021 chart
Posted in: Role Playing Games, Science Fiction

#RPGaDay2021 Day 28: Solo

Day 28: Solo

I had previously posted about finding an old three-ringed binder full of past role playing game characters that I had been using in various games. I even posted a previous character on Day 3 of the #RPGaDAY2021 challenge. When I had created the spreadsheet in July with all of the terms for the challenge, I had an immediate typed in an entry for this day. I would post my Solo (think cyberneticaly enhanced soldier/fighter/mercenary) character from a past Cyberpunk game. So here is Edgerunner.

Cyberpunk character, Edgerunner
Cyberpunk character, Edgerunner
Cyberpunk character, Edgerunner
Cyberpunk character, Edgerunner

This was our gaming group’s first attempt in the cyperpunk genre. We had previously played Doctor Who, Star Wars, Vampire The Masquerade and DC Superheroes. One of the moments that I remember from the game was our attempt to escort a semi-truck full of valuable stuff from one city to another. The bad guys had launched a shoulder fired missile at the truck. In one of those “once-in-a-lifetime” rolls, I actually rolled high enough that my shot caused the missile to detonate by shooting at it. This was the group that was primarily gaming at the old Comics Utah stores when they were still around. I had a lot of fun with this group.

Final Thoughts:

It’s probably a good thing that the suggestions for this date was “Solo”. I really couldn’t have thought of anything for the other options. “Dream” could have come up with something. “Open” and “Delve” was very, very vague.

RPGaDay 2021 chart
The RPGaDay 2021 chart