Posted in: Quotes, Star Trek

Daily Star Trek Quotes: November 29-December 5

Mariner is preparing for the Whamageddon Challenge.

Here are the Daily Star Trek Quotes that will appear on the @STrekQuotes twitter account for the week of November 29th through December 5th.

November 29
“Back home, wherever that is – you have a family?” Bilby “Yeah.” O’Brien “Heh, good. That’s the most important thing.” Bilby- Honor Among Thieves, Stardate: Unknown #StarTrek #StarTrekDS9 #WeAreStarfleet

November 30
“If it’s real, it can be affected.” DeSalle- Catspaw, Stardate: 3018.2 #StarTrek #StarTrekTOS #WeAreStarfleet

December 1
“I never want to see this part of the Enterprise again.” Ro “I hear you. This is what starship designers call ‘easy access’.” LaForge- Power Play, Stardate: 45571.2 #StarTrek #StarTrekTNG #WeAreStarfleet

December 2
“You know what I am always saying: If you can’t stand the heat…” Barclay “Get out of the warp core.” Kim- Pathfinder, Stardate: Unknown #StarTrek #StarTrekVOY #WeAreStarfleet

December 3
“Do you think the two of us can handle a drunk Vulcan?” Dr. McCoy- Requiem for Methuselah, Stardate: 5843.7 #StarTrek #StarTrekTOS #WeAreStarfleet

December 4
Happy Birthday to Tony Todd. @TonyTodd54 #StarTrek #StarTrekTNG #StarTrekDS9 #StarTrekVOY #WeAreStarfleet

“It is a time to celebrate for tomorrow we all may die!” Kurn- Redemption II, Stardate: 45020.4 #StarTrek #StarTrekTNG #WeAreStarfleet

December 5
“Captain, this man is dying a painful death. To keep him conscious is unethical.” Dr. Phlox “Until I get the answers I need, we’re going to have to bend a few ethics.” Archer- Harbinger, Date: December 27, 2153 #StarTrek #StarTrekENT #WeAreStarfleet

Posted in: Music

Trans-Siberian Orchestra 2021

In another sign of returning to something resembling normalcy (what a boring word) I had the chance to take the family to a Trans-Siberian Orchestra concert this year. We’ve had a chance to go to several of these in the past and they have always been very entertaining.

Flames and lasers and rock music.
All lined up for one of the songs.
You can feel the heat even in the back of the arena.

If you ever get the chance to attend a Trans-Siberian Orchestra concert, I would highly recommend that you sit in the back part of the arena. TSO sets up their concerts with multi-media all over the arena. If you sit up front, there are several presentations that you’d have to turn around to experience. In past concerts, members of the band use to go down into the audience as part of the show. This concert had cranes that would move band members over several front rows. I remember one concert where they had this ramp that was lowered down and they had band members running up it (while singing or performing, one in high heels that you could use to kill a man with). The 2021 concert had a rotating block with TV screens on all four sides and flames shooting out the top. Again, sit in the back of the arena so you can see the entire show.

There were two safety measures taken by the arena. Unless it was a medial bag (like oxygen) or a diaper bag (and there was a lot of kids present at the concert) you were not allowed to take in a bag of any kind. This includes purses, fanny packs and backpacks. The other safety measure is that everyone had to show a vaccination card or negative COVID-19 test from the previous day or two. It actually made me feel safe to go to the concert. There was a lot of people in the arena. Knowing that they had all been screened before the event made me buy a ticket. Not only am I planning to attend another show very soon (the latest Mystery Science Theater 3000 live show) but I am looking at a few other concerts as well. I would not be considering these without the safety measures in place.

It felt good to go to events again. It felt good to take the family out to make memories. I’m looking forward to making many more.

Posted in: Quotes, Star Trek

Daily Star Trek Quotes: November 22-28

How do you plan to roast your turkey?

Here are the Daily Star Trek Quotes that will appear on the @STrekQuotes twitter account for the week of November 22nd through the 28th.

November 22
Star Trek: First Contact premiered on this date in 1996. #StarTrek #StarTrekTNG #WeAreStarfleet

“The acquisition of wealth is no longer the driving force in our lives. …We work to better ourselves …and the rest of humanity.” Picard- Star Trek: First Contact, Stardate: 50893.5 #StarTrek #StarTrekTNG #WeAreStarfleet

November 23
“Too many people dream of places they’ll never go wish for things they’ll never have instead of paying adequate attention to their real lives.” Odo- If Wishes Were Horses, Stardate: 46853.2 #StarTrek #StarTrekDS9 #WeAreStarfleet

November 24
Happy Birthday to Dwight Schultz. #StarTrek #StarTrekTNG #StarTrekVOY #WeAreStarfleet

“We have always perceived the maximum speed of the Enterprise as a function of warp but I know now there are no limits. We will explore new worlds that we could never before have reached in our lifetime.” Barclay- The Nth Degree, SD: 44704.2 #StarTrek #StarTrekTNG #WeAreStarfleet

Happy Birthday to Denise Crosby. #StarTrek #StarTrekTNG #WeAreStarfleet

“Before you know it you’re taking the drug not to feel good but to keep from feeling bad.” Yar- Symbiosis, Stardate: Unknown #StarTrek #StarTrekTNG #WeAreStarfleet

November 25
Ricardo Montalban born on this date in 1920. #StarTrek #StarTrekTOS #WeAreStarfleet

“Improve a mechanical device and you may double productivity. But improve man, you gain a thousandfold.” Khan- Space Seed, Stardate: 3141.9 #StarTrek #StarTrekTOS #WeAreStarfleet

Jeffrey Hunter born on this date in 1926. #StarTrek #StarTrekTOS #WeAreStarfleet

“There’s a way out of any cage.” Pike- The Menagerie, Stardate: 3012.4 #StarTrek #StarTrekTOS #WeAreStarfleet

November 26
Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home premiers on this date in 1986. #StarTrek #StarTrekTOS #WeAreStarfleet

“Oh you mean the profanity?” Kirk “Yes.” Spock “Well, that’s simply the way they talk here. Nobody pays any attention to you unless you swear every other word.” Kirk- Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home, Stardate: 8390 #StarTrek #StarTrekTOS #WeAreStarfleet

November 27
Happy Birthday to Alison Pill. #StarTrek #StarTrekPicard #WeAreStarfleet

“I have a superpower. I can sense mistakes while I’m making them.” Dr. Agnes Jurati- The Impossible Box, Stardate: Unknown #StarTrek #StarTrekPicard #WeAreStarfleet

November 28
Happy Birthday to Scarlett Pomers. #StarTrek #StarTrekVOY #WeAreStarfleet

“I’m an explorer.” Naomi- Once Upon A Time, Stadate: Unknown #StarTrek #StarTrekVOY #WeAreStarfleet

Posted in: Character Creation Challenge, Role Playing Games

2022 Character Creation Challenge

31 Day Character Creation Challenge
Feel free to share this image on social media to spread the word.

I’ve already had people ask me if there will be a Character Creation Challenge in 2022. I had so much fun participating and running the 2021 challenge that I knew I wanted to do this again. So here is the official announcement, yes we will have the challenge in January 2022. New year, new you (errr… new character). Have fun with this event.

For those of you learning about this for the first time, the Character Creation Challenge is for fans of various role playing games. You may have looked into a game or collected the books with the intention to play but never have. Or perhaps you have a favorite system that you always turn to for RPG sessions. Well the Character Creation Challenge is an event to create a new RPG character for each day in January (running parallel to the “new year, new you” theme) from what ever system(s) you choose. Once you have the character ready to play, post it on a website, blog, social media (use the hashtag #CharacterCreationChallenge) or message boards. The forums at was a popular place that a lot of participants had posted their completed characters. UPDATE: The new thread on for the 2022 Character Creation Challenge can be found here.

In 2021 I took part in this challenge by making different characters for different systems using just the core rulebook for the game. Because I would be creating on a daily basis, I used a spreadsheet to schedule out what games would be on which days. This way the games I was very familiar with would take place on my busy days. Games that I was not familiar with or had difficult creation rules were saved for my non-busy days (usually weekends). I was able to create characters for systems that I had not played in quite some time. It was a blast going through the steps that I had not taken in years. Some games I had remembered playing, but forgot how clunky the creation process was for a book printed in the 80s and 90s.

For 2022 I’m going to go with another random assortment of games. Some I thought about after seeing others post their characters (like Feast of Legends from Wendy’s) and others were from games that I had picked up over the past year or gifted to me by friends. There were also several games that I didn’t get a chance to use in 2021, so they will be strongly considered. I’ve also decided that I’m going to use official supplements for the game in my character creations for 2022 instead of just sticking to the core rules.

I had other participants tell me that they had chosen a theme (like all Witches as seen in different roleplay systems) or a favorite setting (Al-Qadim for Advanced Dungeons & Dragons 2nd Edition) or even a favorite system (all characters were from Classic Traveler). When I first suggested this idea, I had one person respond that they wanted to try this with games they had never played or haven’t played in five years. If a common theme helps you with your #CharacterCreationChallenge then go for it.

As I was writing up this blog post, I visited several of the sites that had participated in the 2021 challenge. I think I’m going to try to come up with something for those who complete the challenge in January. I don’t know what it will be yet, but I’ll come up with something.

If you would like to participate, email me at Carl (at) and let me know where you will be posting your challenge characters at. If you are posting them on a website, I’ll add the link to my Character Creation Challenge page.

Posted in: Quotes, Star Trek

Daily Star Trek Quotes: November 15-21

When I hear Christmas music before Thanksgiving.

Here are the Daily Star Trek Quotes that will appear on the @STrekQuotes twitter account for the week of November 15th through the 21st.

November 15
“Madness has no purpose or reason. But it may have a goal.” Spock- The Alternative Factor, Stardate: 3087.6 #StarTrek #StarTrekTOS #WeAreStarfleet

November 16
“We don’t consider even one survivor petty.” Riker- Angel One, Stardate: 41636.9 #StarTrek #StarTrekTNG #WeAreStarfleet

November 17
“If I were you, I’d take what little honor I had left and go home. Fire one shot, and I’ll blast you right back to where we found you.” Archer- Sleeping Dogs, Date: Unknown #StarTrek #StarTrekENT #WeAreStarfleet

November 18
Star Trek Generations premiered on this date in 1994. #StarTrek #StarTrekTOS #StarTrekTNG #WeAreStarfleet

“We don’t have a tractor beam.” Harriman “You left spacedock without a tractor beam?” Kirk “It won’t be installed until Tuesday.” Harriman- Star Trek Generations, Stardate: 48650.1 #StarTrek #StarTrekTOS #WeAreStarfleet

November 19
Happy Birthday to Robert Beltran. @robertbeltran74 #StarTrek #StarTrekVOY #StarTrekProdigy #WeAreStarfleet

“I do consider these my people because nobody else on this ship will look out for them like I will.” Chakotay- Parallax, Stardate: 48439.7 #StarTrek #StarTrekVOY #WeAreStarfleet

Happy Birthday to Terry Farrell. #StarTrek #StarTrekDS9 #WeAreStarfleet

“I think you Klingons embrace death too easily. You treat death like a lover. I think living is a lot more attractive. I think an honorable victory is better than an honorable death.” Dax- Blood Oath, Stardate: Unknown #StarTrek #StarTrekDS9 #WeAreStarfleet

November 20
“If the information I provided helps Starfleet deter even one pointless skirmish, I’ve served my purpose. I’m sick of war. My people need peace.” Jorat Dal- Lower Decks, Stardate: 47566.7 #StarTrek #StarTrekTNG #WeAreStarfleet

November 21
Happy Birthday to Alexander Siddig. #StarTreK #StarTrekDS9 #StarTrekTNG #WeAreStarfleet

“I don’t care about your negotiations and I don’t care about your treaty. All I care about is my patient and at the moment, he needs more treatment and less politics.” Dr. Bashir- Life Support, Stardate: 48498.4 #StarTrek #StarTrekDS9 #WeAreStarfleet

Posted in: Humor, My Creations, Star Trek

Making Memes Part III

It’s been a while since I’ve posted any of the memes I’ve created. You can see the past entries from Part I and Part II by following the links posted above. I enjoy sharing my humor. Sometimes I see an image and I think, that could be a meme.

Those of you that know me, know that I am not a fan of the last episode of Star Trek: Enterprise. So when the “Agatha All Along” meme trend started with Agatha admitting to all of the bad things she has done, I had to make one for “These Are the Voyages…”. I’ve posted this on a few Star Trek social media sites.

The other Agatha meme that became popular was the “Agatha winks” meme. Usually it’s the “yea sure I’ll do that” type of response. So when I saw this picture of Keiko O’Brien doing a wink, I thought “here is a Star Trek version of that meme.” So I created this with MS Paint.

This was another spur of the moment creations. I came across this image of Spock reacting to a telekinetic contact with the Kelvans. One of my kids came up with the phrase and I placed it on the image.

This is one of those quote memes. I had recently completed a re-watch of the Daria series on Paramount+. Some of the episodes I enjoyed just because of the sarcastic wit of the main character. When I heard this quote, I had to write it down and turn it into a meme. I’ll probably use it later in various online conversations.

Hopefully the next batch of memes won’t take as long to be posted.

Posted in: Quotes, Star Trek

Daily Star Trek Quotes: November 8-14

When you hear radio stations play Christmas music before Thanksgiving.

Here are the Daily Star Trek Quotes that will appear on the @STrekQuotes twitter account for the week of November 8th through the 14th.

November 8
“No kill I. What is that? A plea for us not to kill it? Or a promise that it won’t kill us?” Kirk- The Devil in the Dark, Stardate: 3196.1 #StarTrek #StarTrekTOS #WeAreStarfleet

November 9
Happy Birthday to Robert Duncan McNeill. @robertdmcneill #StarTrek #StarTrekTNG #StarTrekVOY #StarTrekLowerDecks #WeAreStarfleet

“Let her go. Let her have a husband and kids and a good life, while you and I have the Delaney sisters.” Paris- Time and Again, Stardate: Unknown #StarTrek #StarTrekVOY #WeAreStarfleet

November 10
“Oh, I envy you, Wesley Crusher. You’re just at the beginning of the adventure.” Picard- Final Mission, Stardate: 44307.3 #StarTrek #StarTrekTNG #WeAreStarfleet

November 11
“You’ll never know the things that love can drive a man to. The ecstasies, the miseries, the broken rules, the desperate chances, the glorious failures, the glorious victories.” Dr. McCoy- Requiem for Methuselah, Stardate: 5843.7 #StarTrek #StarTrekTOS #WeAreStarfleet

November 12
Happy Birthday to Wallace Shawn. #StarTrek #StarTrekDS9 #WeAreStarfleet

“You don’t grab power. You accumulate it quietly without anyone noticing.” Zek- The Nagus, Stardate: Unknown #StarTrek #StarTrekDS9 #WeAreStarfleet

Happy Birthday to Max Grodenchik. #StarTrek #StarTrekTNG #StarTrekDS9 #WeAreStarfleet

“It won’t happen unless you make it happen. We’re Ferengi! And when a Ferengi sees and opportunity what does he do?” Rom “He seizes it?” Frool “That’s right! And I, for one, intend to grab it.” Rom- Bar Association, Stardate: Unknown #StarTrek #StarTrekDS9 #WeAreStarfleet

November 13
Happy Birthday to Whoopi Goldberg. @WhoopiGoldberg #StarTrek #StarTrekTNG #WeAreStarfleet

“When you’re a doctor and you have patients you’re in control. But when you send somebody out on a mission all you can do is sit and watch.” Guinan- Suspicions, Stardate: 46830.1 #StarTrek #StarTrekTNG #WeAreStarfleet

Happy Birthday to John de Lancie. @johndelancie #StarTrek #StarTrekTNG #StarTrekDS9 #StarTrekVOY #StarTrekLowerDecks #StarTrekPicard #WeAreStarfleet

“Welcome to the afterlife, Jean-Luc. You’re dead.” Q “Q, what is going on?” Picard “I told you. You’re dead. This is the afterlife, and I’m God.” Q- Tapestry, Stardate: Unknown #StarTrek #StarTrekTNG #WeAreStarfleet

November 14
“Do you have any experience riding these animals?” T’Pol “I’ve seen every John Ford western.” Tucker- North Star, Date: Unknown #StarTrek #StarTrekENT #WeAreStarfleet

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

Homebrewed Stats for Starships Part VII

Yes this is part VII of the series. Part VI was the one ship entry into the #RPGaDAY2021 challenge in August.

Past Entries:

Homebrewed Stats for Starships

Homebrewed Stats for Starships Part II

Homebrewed Stats for Starships Part III

Homebrewed Stats for Starships Part IV

Homebrewed Stats for Starships Part V

For those of you reading about this series for the first time, I had a blog post where I talked about finding an old three-ringed binder full of starships for the FASA Starship Tactical Combat Simulator. I had photocopied all of the official starships for the game that I could find from various manuals, sourcebooks, modules, magazine articles, fanzines and more. When I had collected all that I could find, I used the Starship Construction Manual from FASA to convert Starships found in various professional, semi-professional and fan made tech manuals/blueprints.

So I’ve been able to scan in a few more starships of my own conversion (plus an extra). We’ve made it past the Starfleet starships to a group of Klingon and Romulan ships. Note: There is one Klingon ship in the first entry.

The D-34 Taq’r image and information came from a fanzine for a Klingon fan club if I recall correctly. I remember being excited because there were plenty of Starfleet ships to convert, but very few non-Starfleet vessels.

A ship I found from a fan made Star Trek tech manual that was owned by a fellow starship enthusiast. I don’t recall the name of the manual. I’m not certain if this is their attempt at drawing up the Star Fleet Battles Sparrowhawk. I believe that I gave it the V-3 designation, but I could be wrong on that.

So the images came from FASA, but it was for a different ship. In the early publications for Romulans, this was listed as the V-30 Winged Defender. It had the front, top and side views as well as the image seen in the header for this blog entry. Later FASA changed the image to the very birdlike (and very popular) design now marked for the V-30. I thought the original design was too good to go to waste, so I created an original ship using the construction manual.

So here is the bonus ship for this blog entry. I did not create this, but I wanted to share it so others could appreciate the work that went into it. It was created by someone named Burke and published in a Utah gaming fanzine in 1987 or 1988. This page came directly out of the fanzine and was given to me by a friend. On the back are advertisements for gaming stores in Utah that are no longer in existence and an “upcoming releases” announcement. I’d love to find the fanzines that came out during that time. I know to brothers named Burke who are gamers and would have been around during this time frame, however both stated that it wasn’t their creation. If anyone recognizes it, please contact me via Carl (at) to let me know.

Posted in: Quotes, Star Trek

Daily Star Trek Quotes: November 1-7

How I feel sometimes while typing up a blog entry.

Here are the Daily Star Trek Quotes that will appear on the @STrekQuotes twitter account for the week of November 1st through the 7th.

November 1
“The best magicians will never let you see what’s up their sleeve.” LaForge- Devil’s Due, Stardate: 44474.5 #StarTrek #StarTrekTNG #WeAreStarfleet

November 2
“I realized that the gift that she gave me, and gave a lot of us here, was the knowledge that we are better and stronger than we think.” Torres- Coda, Stardate: 50518.6 #StarTrek #StarTrekVOY #WeAreStarfleet

November 3
(When first meeting a Tellarite) “You people are even uglier than I remember.” Archer- Babel One, Date: November 12, 2154 #StarTrek #StarTrekENT #WeAreStarfleet

November 4
“If that was supposed to be a joke, Spock, I have to remind you Vulcans don’t tell jokes.” Dr. McCoy “Times change, doctor. Times change.” Spock- Yesteryear, Stardate: 5373.4 #StarTrek #StarTrekTAS #WeAreStarfleet

November 5
Happy Birthday to Armin Shimerman. @ShimermanArmin #StarTrek #StarTrekTNG #StarTrekDS9 #WeAreStarfleet

“Commander… I’m a host. A host is an ambassador of goodwill. The more goodwill that I can generate the longer they’ll stay… the greater my profits.” Quark- Move Along Home, Stardate: Unknown #StarTrekTNG #StarTrekDS9 #WeAreStarfleet

November 6
“It’s a family heirloom. It’s been in the Howard clan for generations. It’s supposed to symbolize the enduring Howard spirit. Wherever they may go, the shining light to guide them through their fortune.” Dr. Crusher- Sub Rosa #StarTrek #StarTrekTNG #WeAreStarfleet

November 7
Happy Birthday to Mary Chieffo. @marythechief #StarTrek #StarTrekDiscovery #WeAreStarfleet

“Of the Klingon Empire itself. We are proud. We are honourable. And we will be one again. You will throw down your arms or you will suffer the consequences. The choice is yours. The reunification of our race begins now.” L’Rell- Will You Take My Hand? #StarTrek #StarTrekDiscovery

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