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Daily Star Trek Quotes: October 23-November 5

Well, it is Halloween season.

Here are the Daily Star Trek Quotes that will appear on the @STrekQuotes Twitter account and the @STrekQuotes Mastodon account for the week of October 30th through November 5th. Coming soon to Bluesky once we can find a scheduler option.

October 30
Remembering William Campbell who was born on this date in 1923. #StarTrek #StarTrekTOS #StarTrekDS9 #IDIC #WeAreStarfleet

“Are you challenging me to a duel?” Trelane “If you have the courage.” Kirk “Oh, this is better than I’d planned. I shall not shirk an affair of honor.” Trelane- The Squire of Gothos, Stardate: 2124.5 #StarTrek #StarTrekTOS #IDIC #WeAreStarfleet

October 31
“Spirits? Ghosts? But you’re a man who would never believe in ghosts, Picard. Isn’t that true?” Troi (possessed)- Power Play, Stardate: 45571.2 #StarTrek #StarTrekTNG #IDIC #WeAreStarfleet

November 1
“Individuality has its limits. Especially on a starship, where there’s a command structure.” Janeway- Prey, Stardate: 51652.3 #StarTrek #StarTrekVOY #IDIC #WeAreStarfleet

November 2
“Are you afraid of cars?” Kirk “Not at all, Captain. It’s your driving that alarms me.” Spock- A Piece of the Action, Stardate: Unknown #StarTrek #StarTrekTOS #IDIC #WeAreStarfleet

November 3
“There’s no way the computer can compensate for the human factor—the intuition, the experience.” LaForge- Booby Trap, Stardate: 43205.6 #StarTrek #StarTrekTNG #IDIC #WeAreStarfleet

November 4
“Schematics for Enterprise. You said you like to look at starships. This one’ll knock your socks off.” Tucker- Marauders, Date: Unknown #StarTrek #StarTrekENT #IDIC #WeAreStarfleet

November 5
Happy Birthday to Armin Shimerman. @ShimermanArmin #StarTrek #StarTrekTNG #StarTrekDS9, #StarTrekVOY, #StarTrekLowerDecks #IDIC #WeAreStarfleet

“What about Kozak’s family? What if they come here for revenge?” Rom “I’ll stand up, look them straight in the eye and offer them a bribe.” Quark- House of Quark, Stardate: Unknown #StarTrek #StarTrekDS9 #IDIC #WeAreStarfleet

Posted in: MST3K

MST3K Season 14 Crowdfunding starts

As I’ve mentioned several times previously on my blog, I’ve been a big fan of Mystery Science Theater 3000 ever since I first discovered it in the 90’s. When the season 13 crowdfunding campaign was announced, my wife and I donated so that we could see more MST3K.

Well, the bots are at it again. This time crowdfunding for a season 14 of new episodes, shorts and something called “surgically enhanced” episodes. These appear to be re-masters of older MST3K episodes that looked too grainy. This video explains a lot.

So the goal is to reach $7.4 million by November 24th. Joel and the gang have moved to a new crowdfunding platform. From what I understand, this new platform won’t be taking as much of the cut as other platforms. Yes there will be both digital and physical perks. I loved getting my season 13 perks just recently and I’m really tempted by the magnets on this round. You can donate at

In the not to distant future…

The social media hashtags used to promote this campaign are #MakeMoreMST3K (as used in previous campaigns) and #MST3KShowmaker. This is also a special event because this is the 35th Anniversary of Mystery Science Theater 3000.

I wonder what movies they will use for season 14? What movies would you recommend? What are some of your favorite MST3K episodes? Let’s talk about it on my Discord server. This article is open for discussion on the TardisCaptain dot Com Discord server. You can also email me at Carl (at) with any comments.

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Daily Star Trek Quotes: October 23-29

Me wondering how we are already near the end of October?

Here are the Daily Star Trek Quotes that will appear on the @STrekQuotes Twitter account and the @STrekQuotes Mastodon account for the week of October 23rd through October 29th. Coming soon to Bluesky once we can find a scheduler option.

October 23
“Haven’t you ever gone camping?” Archer “In a manner of speaking. I once participated in the kahswan ritual. I was taken to the desert and left to survive for ten days.” T’Pol- The Catwalk, Date: September 18, 2152 #StarTrek #StarTrekENT #IDIC #WeAreStarfleet

October 24
Happy Birthday to F. Murray Abraham. #StarTrek #StarTrekFilm #IDIC #WeAreStarfleet

“Federation support, Federation procedures, Federation rules. Look in the mirror, Admiral. The Federation is old.” Ru’afo- Star Trek: Insurrection, Stardate: Unknown #StarTrek #StarTrekFilm #IDIC #WeAreStarfleet

October 25
“Doctor, I am chasing Captain Kirk, Lieutenant Uhura, and Ensign Chekov, not some wild aquatic fowl.” Spock- The Gamesters of Triskelion, Stardate: 3259.2 #StarTrek #StarTrekTOS #IDIC #WeAreStarfleet

October 26
Happy Birthday to Anthony Rapp. @albinokid #StarTrek #StarTrekDiscovery #IDIC #WeAreStarfleet

“Tilly… trust the math. And more importantly, trust yourself. I wouldn’t let just anyone beam me in and out of time.” Stamets- Light and Shadows, Stardate: Unknown #StarTrek #StarTrekDiscovery #IDIC #WeAreStarfleet

October 27
Happy Birthday to Robert Picardo. @RobertPicardo #StarTrek #StarTrekFilm #StarTrekDS9 #StarTrekVOY #StarTrekProdigy #IDIC #WeAreStarfleet

“Captain Janeway has made me realize that I must function as more than an emergency medical replacement. I must think of myself as a… member of the crew.” The Doctor- Eye of the Needle, Stardate: 48579.4 #StarTrek #StarTrekVOY #IDIC #WeAreStarfleet

October 28
Star Trek: Prodigy premiered on this date in 2021 with the episode Lost and Found. #StarTrek #StarTrekProdigy #IDIC #WeAreStarfleet

“Did someone ask for help? I am Hologram Janeway, your training advisor for exploring the greater galaxy. On behalf of Starfleet, welcome aboard. How can I be of assistance?” Hologram Janeway- Lost and Found, Stardate: Unknown #StarTrek #StarTrekProdigy #IDIC #WeAreStarfleet

October 29
“He wanted to protect the innocent and separate the darkness from the light. But he didn’t realize the light only shines in the dark and sometimes innocence is just an excuse for the guilty.” Kira- The Darkness and the Light, Stardate: 50416.2 #StarTrek #StarTrekDS9 #IDIC #WeAreStarfleet

Posted in: Quotes, Star Trek

Daily Star Trek Quotes: October 16-22

When I’m told that it’s Monday.

Here are the Daily Star Trek Quotes that will appear on the @STrekQuotes Twitter account and the @STrekQuotes Mastodon account for the week of October 16th through October 22nd. Coming soon to Bluesky once we can find a scheduler option.

October 16
“You are a soldier?” Goran’Agar “I have been.” O’Brien “Then you explain.” Goran’Agar “He’s their commander. They trusted him. He can’t leave them.” O’Brien- Hippocratic Oath, Stardate: 49066.5 #StarTrek #StarTrekDS9 #IDIC #WeAreStarfleet

October 17
“Picard, why should a people so advanced want to learn about us?” Nuria “We were once as you are now. To study you is to understand ourselves.” Picard- Who Watches the Watchers, Stardate: 43173.5 #StarTrek #StarTrekTNG #IDIC #WeAreStarfleet

October 18
“Intuition, however illogical, Mister Spock, is recognized as a command prerogative.” Kirk- Obsession, Stardate: 3619.2 #StarTrek #StarTrekTOS #IDIC #WeAreStarfleet

October 19
“So I can’t ignore it, and I can’t talk about it. What do you suggest I do?” Archer “Be aware of it, Captain. Simply be aware of it. You’d be surprised what a difference that’ll make.” Dr. Phlox- A Night in Sickbay, Date: Unknown #StarTrek #StarTrekENT #IDIC #WeAreStarfleet

October 20
“We’re always willing to go that extra light year for a good cause.” Janeway- Drive, Stardate: 54058.6 #StarTrek #StarTrekVOY #IDIC #WeAreStarfleet

October 21
“You must do what you think is best for him. That’s all a parent can hope to do.” Helena Rozhenko- New Ground, Stardate: 45376.3 #StarTrek #StarTrekTNG #IDIC #WeAreStarfleet

October 22
Happy Birthday to Christopher Lloyd. @DocBrownLloyd #StarTrek #StarTrekFilm #IDIC #WeAreStarfleet

“We are going to this planet. Even as our emissaries negotiate for peace with the Federation, we will act for the preservation of our race! We will seize the secret of this weapon. The secret of ultimate power!” Kruge- Star Trek III: The Search for Spock, Stardate: 8210.3 #StarTrek #StarTrekFilm #IDIC #WeAreStarfleet

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Daily Star Trek Quotes: October 9-15

“Listen, and understand. That Terminator is out there, it can’t be bargained with, it can’t be reasoned with, it doesn’t feel pity or remorse or fear, and it absolutely will not stop… EVER, until you are dead!”

Here are the Daily Star Trek Quotes that will appear on the @STrekQuotes Twitter account and the @STrekQuotes Mastodon account for the week of October 9th through October 15th. Coming soon to Bluesky once we can find a scheduler option.

October 9
Happy Birthday to Scott Bakula. @ScottBakula #StarTrek #StarTrekENT #IDIC #WeAreStarfleet

“Whenever a group of people start believing they are better than everyone else, the results are always the same.” Archer- Cold Station 12, Date: Unknown #StarTrek #StarTrekENT #IDIC #WeAreStarfleet

October 10
“Sir. may I say your attempt to hold the away team at bay, with a non-functioning weapon, was an act of unmitigated gall.” Worf “Didn’t fool you, huh?” Uxbridge “I admire gall.” Worf- The Survivors, Stardate: 43152.4 #StarTrek #StarTrekTNG #IDIC #WeAreStarfleet

October 11
“Change is the essential process of all existence.” Spock- Let That Be Your Last Battlefield, Stardate: 5730.2 #StarTrek #StarTrekTOS #IDIC #WeAreStarfleet

October 12
“While you’re studying my stories poke your head up every once in a while. Take a look around. See what’s going on.” Jake Sisko- The Visitor, Stardate: Unknown #StarTrek #StarTrekDS9 #IDIC #WeAreStarfleet

October 13
“It appears, that in my haste to report to the bridge, I neglected to put on my uniform.” Tuvok- Remember, Stardate: 50203.1 #StarTrek #StarTrekVOY #IDIC #WeAreStarfleet

October 14
“There’s no substitute, Lieutenant, for a little personal reconnoiter.” Jameson- Too Short a Season, Stardate: 41309.5 #StarTrek #StarTrekTNG #IDIC #WeAreStarfleet

October 15
Remembering Mark Lenard who was born on this date in 1924. #StarTrek #StarTrekTOS #StarTrekFilm #StarTrekTNG #IDIC #WeAreStarfleet

“As I recall, I opposed your enlistment in Starfleet. It is possible that judgment was incorrect. Your associates are people of good character.” Sarek- Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home, Stardate: 8390 #StarTrek #StarTrekFilm #IDIC #WeAreStarfleet

Posted in: Collecting, Dungeons and Dragons, Reviews, Role Playing Games

Dicing With Dragons: A Review

Earlier this year I was walking through a mall in my city that has a used book store. Like a siren calling me to the depths, I went in not knowing what I was going to find. This used book store has had several roleplaying game books in the past, but it actually had an entire display towards the front of the store. It was probably trying to capitalize on the Dungeons and Dragons: Honor Among Thieves movie that was playing in the theater across the mall. Most of the books were ones I already owned or made my savings throw vs buy. But one book caught my eye. A little hardback book with a worn book jacket titled Dicing with Dragons: An Introduction to Role-Playing Games by Ian Livingstone.

I don’t know why this book jumped up and said “buy me”. Perhaps it was a chance to look into the early parts of the role-playing hobby since this book was published in 1982. According to the text on the inside of the jacket, the author co-founded Games Workshop and was (at the time) editor of White Dwarf magazine. Since the price was reasonable, I made the purchase with the intent to read and review the book for the blog.

This version that I had picked up was the book club edition. From what I saw on the internet, this book also appears to be available in paperback as well. This book was printed in the United States by The New American Library. I believe this company is one of the branches of Signet and/or Plume. All three company names were listed in the credits.

My book has 210 pages with several black and white illustrations (created by Russ Nicholson) and several sample pages from various games. The cover on the jacket was painted by Victoria Poyser. The book is broken down by acknowledgements, introduction, nine chapters and three appendixes.

The introduction takes a narration from the characters point of view through a combat scenario in a dungeon setting. This is one that you would normally read at the start of a ‘what is role-playing’ section of a core rule-book. In typical old-school fashion, one of the characters dies in this narration. This leads us directly into chapter one “Mind Games.” The author gives a description on how role-playing games work. What are player characters, working together in a group, using the power of imagination, etc. There is a discussion of the differences between RPGs and board games, the different styles of dice and what the different players do (including the dungeon/game master).

Chapter 2 “A Solo Adventure” talks about the rise of solo roleplaying (which is making a comeback from what I understand). There is a mention of Tunnels and Trolls (a popular solo RPG at the time) but primarily focused on a game written by Mr. Livingstone for this book called Fantasy Quest. It has a character sheet, creation rules and a combat system. Don’t be surprised if I end up creating a character for the next Character Creation Challenge coming up in January, 2024. I didn’t read too much of this chapter beyond the rules section primarily because I wanted to actually play the game after I’ve created my character. But the adventure is in the typical (if you want to go left, read section 17, if you want to go right read section 18, etc.)

“Games You Can Buy” is our next chapter. The author talks about some of the beginnings of the industry in the 1970s and how someone can learn the different games and rule sets. Then he discusses the popular games at the time with a little bit of detail. Not exactly a rule-book, just enough to give you an idea of what is needed to grasp the game. These included Dungeons and Dragons, Runequest, Traveller, and the above mentioned Tunnels and Trolls. The end of this chapter mentioned a few other games that were available on the market at the time, but didn’t go into detail on these systems.

Chapter 4 “Accessories” talks about the various published or authorized books and products that were available at the time of publishing. It broke these down by rules expansions, playing aids, background supplements and scenarios. It also listed their publisher and status (official, approved, etc.). Most of these I had heard about or seen in person or in catalogs. Some I wondered if they actually existed, but at the time of reading I didn’t want to get distracted by internet searches. There was also a description of magazines (yes White Dwarf was listed first) and a very brief listing of fanzines.

“Miniature Figures” was the subject of chapter 5. I really skipped a lot of pages in this chapter so I really couldn’t tell you if the techniques would still be useful for today. The primary reason for this is my lack of patience to put together models or paint miniatures. I love seeing them in play and I admire the person who does have that patience, but I know that person isn’t me. There are color charts and diagrams about how to paint. So, it may be useful to someone with that interest.

Chapter 6 is titled “Playing God” and the author discusses a lot of tips and tricks for new game masters to use. A lot of it made sense and were items that I had thought about (or read about in other GMs guides). But it was interesting seeing the early 80’s viewpoint.

Chapter 7 was for something very new at the time, “Computer Games“. The author talks about the wide possibilities that computers could help in gaming (if he only knew). I did skip a few pages in this chapter as well, but not for the same reason as chapter 5 above. The author was trying to describe in 80’s terminology the parts of a computer. “A kilobyte is…”, etc. It is a little dated (remember that a computer year is like a dog year). Having worked with computers since the late 80’s, a lot of it was very dry to me. If you are interested in the early days of computing, this chapter may be of interest to you.

The next chapter, titled “One Step Beyond” was very short. It covered live action role-playing. From the assassin game Killer to the SCA to something in the United Kingdom called Treasure Trap that was held in a real medieval castle. It sounded interesting, but I don’t think it may have gotten very far.

Chapter 9 titled “How Do I Start?” covered the different methods that you could use to get involved with other gaming enthusiasts and groups. It also talks about game shops and conventions. These techniques were good for the time and gives a look on what challenges the players had in getting together. It was a good chapter to end the book on.

Appendix 1 gave the postal addresses for the various game publishers. Magazine publishers were found in Appendix 2. Addresses for companies involved in miniatures and figures could be found in Appendix 3.

As I was reading this, I started gaining an appreciation for those who came before me. I started getting interested in role-playing games not too long after this book came out, but I was stuck in the bubble that most junior-high kids found themselves in at the time. What information we gathered came from local shops or what was published in the magazines of the time. While some of the items in this book are a little dated now, it still gives an interesting look into the introduction that many of our fellow players may have used. I’m glad that I have found this book and added it to my collection.

Have you read Dicing With Dragons? What books would you recommend about the early days of the role-playing game industry/hobby? This article is open for discussion on the TardisCaptain dot Com Discord server. You can also email me at Carl (at) with any comments.

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Daily Star Trek Quotes: October 2-8

What I think after seeing what is happening in Washington

Here are the Daily Star Trek Quotes that will appear on the @STrekQuotes Twitter account and the @STrekQuotes Mastodon account for the week of October 2nd through October 8th. Coming soon to Bluesky once we can find a scheduler option.

October 2
Happy Birthday to Avery Brooks. #StarTrek #StarTrekDS9 #IDIC #WeAreStarfleet

“I believe in people working together to find reasonable solutions to their problems.” Sisko- The Storyteller, Stardate: 46729.1 #StarTrek #StarTrekDS9 #IDIC #WeAreStarfleet

October 3
“Typical human reaction to an idyllic natural setting. Back in the twentieth century, we referred to it as the Tahiti Syndrome. It’s particularly common to over-pressured leader types, like starship captains.” Dr. McCoy- The Paradise Syndrome, Stardate: 4842.6 #StarTrek #StarTrekTOS #IDIC #WeAreStarfleet

October 4
“Don’t depend too much on any one single viewpoint.” Picard- Hide and Q, Stardate: 41590.5 #StarTrek #StarTrekTNG #IDIC #WeAreStarfleet

October 5
“Nothing makes us more vulnerable than when we love someone. We can be hurt very easily but I’ve always believed that what you get when you love someone is greater than what you risk.” Chakotay- Twisted, Stardate: Unknown #StarTrek #StarTrekVOY #IDIC #WeAreStarfleet

October 6
“A night’s sleep will do you a world of good.” Tucker- Vanishing Point, Date: Unknown #StarTrek #StarTrekENT #IDIC #WeAreStarfleet

October 7
“This is where the law is. Not in that homogenized, pasteurized, synthesizer. Do you want to know the law, the ancient concepts in their own language, Learn the intent of the men who wrote them, from Moses to the tribunal of Alpha 3? Books.” Cogley- Court Martial, Stardate: 2947.3 #StarTrek #StarTrekTOS #IDIC #WeAreStarfleet

October 8
“Well, curiosity is why all of us are out there, isn’t it?”  Dr. Crusher- A Matter of Time, Stardate: 45349.1 #StarTrek #StarTrekTNG #IDIC #WeAreStarfleet

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