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The Federation-Klingon War Tactical Campaign First Look

Last year, my Father’s Day gift was the Star Trek: Lower Decks Campaign Guide for use with the Star Trek: Adventures system by Modiphius. This year the Father’s Day gift arrived early with the release of The Federation-Klingon War Tactical Campaign. As with the Lower Decks book and the Utopia Planitia sourcebook, I’ll be writing up a review and initial look through.

The book that was ordered from the Modiphius website arrived shrink-wrapped and in a bubble-wrap filled shipping box. It is a hardbound book with 231 color filled pages and contains a bookmark ribbon. In the book breakdown there is an introduction, eight chapters, and appendices and an index. The ISBN number is 978-1-80281-079-0 with the product number of MUH0142308. The project manager is Jim Johnson and the lead writer is Al Spader. There are a large number of additional writers listed as well. Reading through the credits, I have to wonder… how can I get a job as a canon editor? (Tremble before my encyclopedic knowledge of Star Trek!)

The first chapter includes several new lifepath options with several new races. The blind Aenar (first seen in Star Trek: Enterprise), the Arcadians (first seen in Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home), the centaur like Ariolo (also from Star Trek IV), the Betelgeusians, the Cordanites (seen in Enterprise and Star Trek: Discovery) and the Megarites (both the Betelgeusians and Megarites were first seen in Star Trek: The Motion Picture). Previously we had seen roleplaying stats for Arcadians and Ariolo in the Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home Sourcebook Update from FASA. Out of curiosity I looked up the attribute stats for the Arcadians and Ariolo. If I was going to homebrew the stats based off of the information from the FASA sourcebook, I’m sure I would have come up with the same attributes listed in this book.

There are also several new traits, values, talents and equipment listed as well in chapter one. I thought it was interesting that there was random tables for some of the different options and several quickbuild rules for the different roles.

Chapter two is dedicated to the game master for a wartime campaign. It gives advice on a session zero and a safety checklist (very well done by-the-way). The books talks about campaign stages and turns and the types of missions that would be needed. A timeline of key events in the Klingon-Federation war is also presented. I really liked the section for notable star systems. They had a lot more details on the systems involved as compared to previous publications. Planetary classification, land mass, number of moons, etc. The last section in this chapter is some optional rules for “The Admiralty Game”.

In Chapter three we are introduced to the campaign rules of play. It discusses the various resource assets and the power levels they contain. There are also various random charts for some of these. I’m not certain if I’ll be able to play these myself, but I’m interested in keeping an eye on them.

Chapter four talks about the early war campaign, chapter five covers the mid-war and the late war by chapter six. These all contains several mission briefs that can be used by the game master.

Starships are the focus of chapter seven. Some we have seen, some that look new. There is also information on fleet organization, logistics and planning.

The various adversaries and allies are listed in chapter eight. Not only are they from Star Trek: Discovery, but from Star Trek: The Original Series and Star Trek V: The Final Frontier.

The appendices contains the Gamemaster Campaign Tracker, the Player Campaign Tracker and the Safety Checklist.

This is the last publication for the first edition of the Star Trek Adventures RPG. For those of you who don’t know, a second edition of the core rulebook was announced and will be released at Gen Con this August. I’ll be eagerly awaiting the release of that book. While I had some suggestions for it when I first heard the announcement, I felt that Modiphius was probably past the point of using them. So I’ll just have faith in them and eagerly await the publication. I’ve also seen several posters on social media wonder if the Federation-Klingon War Tactical Campaign that could only be used for the Star Trek: Discovery timeframe. The publishers have provided enough information and details that this could be used for wartime conflicts as seen other eras. This will be a book that both gamemasters and players will get use out of.

Have you picked up this book? What did you think of the game information, internal art, or new gaming options that were provided. 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: March 25-31

I wonder what aliens think when they look at Earth?

Here are the Daily Star Trek Quotes that will appear on the @STrekQuotes Twitter account and the @STrekQuotes Mastodon account for the week of March 25th through March 31st. Coming soon to Bluesky once we can find a scheduler option.

March 25
Happy Birthday to Robert O’Reilly. #StarTrek #StarTrekTNG #StarTrekDS9 #StarTrekENT

“You should have killed me when you had the chance. I promise you will not get another.” Gowron- Apocalypse Rising, Stardate: Unknown #StarTrek #StarTrekDS9 #IDIC #WeAreStarfleet

March 26
Remembering Leonard Nimoy who was born on this date in 1931. #StarTrek #StarTrekTOS #StarTrekFilm #StarTrekTNG #StarTrekDiscovery #StarTrekProdigy

“Logic is the beginning of wisdom, not the end…” Spock- Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country, Stardate: 9521.6 #StarTrek #StarTrekFilm #IDIC #WeAreStarfleet

Happy Birthday to Jess Bush. @jesssbush #StarTrek #StarTrekStrangeNewWorlds

“War, it doesn’t leave you. It… it can, it can bury itself but it’s–it’s always there.” Chapel- Under the Cloak of War, Stardate: 1875.4 #StarTrek #StarTrekStrangeNewWorlds #IDIC #WeAreStarfleet

March 27
“Imprisonment is an injury regardless of how you justify it.” Picard- Allegiance, Stardate: 43714.1 #StarTrek #StarTrekTNG #IDIC #WeAreStarfleet

March 28
“They say there’s no devil, Jim, but there is. Right out of hell, I saw it.” Decker- The Doomsday Machine, Stardate: 4202.9 #StarTrek #StarTrekTOS #IDIC #WeAreStarfleet

March 29
Happy Birthday to Marina Sirtis. @Marina_Sirtis #StarTrek #StarTrekTNG #StarTrekFilm #StarTrekVOY #StarTrekENT #StarTrekPicard #StarTrekLowerDecks

“We value honesty, but we don’t always share everything we’re thinking and feeling.” Troi- Dark Page, Stardate: 47254.1 #StarTrek #StarTrekTNG #IDIC #WeAreStarfleet

March 30
“It was a very different time, Mr. Kim. Captain Sulu, Captain Kirk, Dr. McCoy– they all belonged to a different breed of Starfleet officer.” Janeway- Flashback, Stardate: 50126.4 #StarTrek #StarTrekVOY #IDIC #WeAreStarfleet

March 31
“Roja durana tua teenan, Captain. That is a traditional greeting on the morning of Agosoria. It means, may the Plume light your way.” Dr. Phlox- Cold Front, Date: September 9, 2151 #StarTrek #StarTrekENT #IDIC #WeAreStarfleet

What are your favorite daily Star Trek quotes selected for this week? This article is open for discussion on the TardisCaptain dot Com Discord server. You can also email me at Carl (at) or click on my social media links with any comments.

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Daily Star Trek Quotes: March 18-24

When I tell Dr. T’Ana 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 March 18th through March 24th. Coming soon to Bluesky once we can find a scheduler option.

March 18
Happy Birthday to J.G. Hertzler. @JGHertzler #StarTrek #StarTrekDS9 #StarTrekVOY #StarTrekENT #StarTrekLowerDecks #IDIC #WeAreStarfleet

“Courage comes in all sizes. But don’t tempt fate.” Martok- Blaze of Glory, Stardate: Unknown #StarTrek #StarTrekDS9 #IDIC #WeAreStarfleet

March 19
Happy Birthday to Connor Trinneer. @ConnorTrinneer #StarTrek #StarTrekENT #IDIC #WeAreStarfleet

“I wouldn’t trade my time on Enterprise. Not for anything. I’ve seen things I could never imagine back home.” Tucker- Dawn, Date: Unknown #StarTrek #StarTrekENT #IDIC #WeAreStarfleet

March 20
Happy Birthday to John de Lancie. @johndelancie #StarTrek #StarTrekTNG #StarTrekDS9 #StarTrekVOY #StarTrekLowerDecks #StarTrekPicard #IDIC #WeAreStarfleet

“Goodbye, Jean-Luc. I’m going to miss you. You had such potential. But then again, all good things must come to an end.” Q- All Good Things…, Stardate: 47988.1 #StarTrek #StarTrekTNG #IDIC #WeAreStarfleet

March 21
Happy Birthday to Sonequa Martin-Green. @SonequaMG #StarTrek #StarTrekDiscovery #IDIC #WeAreStarfleet

“I’m not who you think I am. Before I was a mutineer, I was a First Officer in Starfleet. I’ll never bear that rank or any other again. But it is who I am, and who I will always be. It is by the principles of the United Federation of Planets that I live. And by them I will most certainly die.” Burnham- Context is for Kings, Stardate: Unknown #StarTrek #StarTrekDiscovery #IDIC #WeAreStarfleet

March 22
Happy Birthday to William Shatner. @WilliamShatner #StarTrek #StarTrekTOS #StarTrekFilm #IDIC #WeAreStarfleet

“What I have done, I had to do.” Kirk “But at what cost? Your ship? Your son?” Sarek “If I hadn’t tried, the cost would have been my soul.” Kirk- Star Trek III: The Search for Spock, Stardate: 8210.3 #StarTrek #StarTrekFilm #IDIC #WeAreStarfleet

March 23
“What we do now… is get a second opinion.” Torres- The Swarm, Stardate: 50252.3 #IDIC #WeAreStarfleet

March 24
Happy Birthday to Tig Notaro. @TigNotaro #StarTrek #StarTrekDiscovery #IDIC #WeAreStarfleet

“You’re- you’re not allowed to have food in here.” Adira “This isn’t food, it’s candy. It’s practically an accessory.” Reno- Terra Firma, Part 2, Stardate: Unknown #StarTrek #StarTrekDiscovery #IDIC #WeAreStarfleet

What are your favorite daily Star Trek quotes selected for this week? This article is open for discussion on the TardisCaptain dot Com Discord server. You can also email me at Carl (at) or click on my social media links with any comments.

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Daily Star Trek Quotes: March 11-17

How these stupid “daylight savings” changes feel.

Here are the Daily Star Trek Quotes that will appear on the @STrekQuotes Twitter account and the @STrekQuotes Mastodon account for the week of March 11th through March 17th. Coming soon to Bluesky once we can find a scheduler option.

March 11
Remembering Anton Yelchin who was born on this date in 1989. #StarTrek #StarTrekFilm #IDIC #WeAreStarfleet

“The fuel is primed, but I cannot get it to combust. Oy, Captain, we are basically standing on a very large bomb. If you miss the combustion compressor…” Chekov “I’m not gonna miss, come on.” Kirk “Do you even know what the combustion compressor looks like?” Chekov “Oh, it’s square right?” Kirk “No, sir, it’s round.” Chekov- Star Trek: Into Darkness, Stardate: 2259.55 #StarTrek #StarTrekFilm #IDIC #WeAreStarfleet

March 12
“We look for things” Grebnedlog “What sort of things?” Riker “Things we need” Grebnedlog “Can you be more specific?” Riker “Things to make us go.” Grebnedlog- Samaritan Snare, Stardate: 42779.1 #StarTrek #StarTrekTNG #IDIC #WeAreStarfleet

March 13
“Do you remember what Buzz Aldrin said when he stepped on the moon?” “No.” Ruby “Nobody does, because Armstrong went first.” Archer- First Flight, Date: Unknown #StarTrek #StarTrekENT #IDIC #WeAreStarfleet

March 14
Happy Birthday to Penny Johnson. @PennyJJerald #StarTrek #StarTrekDS9 #StarTrekTNG #IDIC #WeAreStarfleet

(gives Sisko a kiss) “What’s that for?” Sisko “The flowers. And for being big enough to admit when you’re wrong.” Yates- The Changing Face of Evil, Stardate: Unknown #StarTrek #StarTrekDS9 #IDIC #WeAreStarfleet

Happy Birthday to James Frain. @britjfrain #StarTrek #StarTrekDiscovery

“You had faith in me once. I’m asking you to have faith in me again.” Burnham “I never lost faith in you. The failure on this day was mine, and mine alone.” Sarek- Lethe, Stardate: Unknown #StarTrek #StarTrekDiscovery #IDIC #WeAreStarfleet

March 15
“If his words hold wisdom and his philosophy is honorable, what does it matter if he returns? What is important is that we follow his teachings. Perhaps the words are more important than the man.” Kahless- Rightful Heir, Stardate: 46852.2 #StarTrek #StarTrekTNG #IDIC #WeAreStarfleet

March 16
“Spock. You’ve been dishonest with me, Spock, and that is also something new for you.” Dr. McCoy “I’ve given you the facts, Doctor.” Spock “The facts as you know them. Or did you just accept Zarabeth’s word because it’s what you wanted to believe?” Dr. McCoy- All Our Yesterdays, Stardate: 5943.7 #StarTrek #StarTrekTOS #IDIC #WeAreStarfleet

March 17
“Better to ride the rapids than face the Hive.” Paris- Scorpion, Stardate: 50984.3 #StarTrek #StarTrekVOY #IDIC #WeAreStarfleet

What are your favorite daily Star Trek quotes selected for this week? This article is open for discussion on the TardisCaptain dot Com Discord server. You can also email me at Carl (at) or click on my social media links with any comments.

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SaltCON-Spring 2024 After Action Report

Loot from the 2024 SaltCON Spring

I survived my time at SaltCON Spring 2024. I was starting to wonder if I was going to get through it. First I was nervous before the start (did I have everything ready for the games that I was running) and I had to take a few breaks to make sure I didn’t get overwhelmed. March definetly came in like a lion with a big snowstorm (with thunder) on Saturday. Luckily my Convention Backpack kept all of my items safe in the nasty weather. But I made it and I enjoyed myself. I even had someone come up to me and identify me from this blog. If you read my blog and meet me in real life, welcome. This gentleman even wanted to talk about the recent Character Creation Challenge.

So how did the games that I ran go? I think they did quite well. Both sets of players told me that they had fun, which was the goal. My Basic Fantasy game only had two players, so I had them use two characters each. They were able to find the lost son of a Dwarf nobleman before he was discovered in an area he wasn’t supposed to be in. And they did it differently than the previous time I ran this adventure so it was interesting to see a different approach to the problem the party was presented with. I’m going to have to re-draw the map before I try to submit it for possible publication within the Basic Fantasy community. As for the Star Trek Adventures Game, I had quite a few laughs as the Lower Deck style characters had to deal with the Top Core (aka Top Gear in space) antics. I encouraged the humorous nature at the table by tossing pieces of candy to the players that got into the spirit of things. I really want to polish up this scenario as well and “publish” it for others to use. Both games had minor hiccups (the draw-able map didn’t like the markers I had brought for the Basic Fantasy game and I had left some papers behind for the Star Trek game) but we got through them.

A special pin just for the convention.

A new thing that SaltCON did this year was running a pin quest at the event. If you went to certain sections of the convention center, you could earn/buy/trade for a convention pin. Just before the Basic Fantasy game, one of the organizers handed me two SaltCON 2024 RPG pins which was a mimic hiding as a book (pictured above). I was instructed to keep one and to award the second to the player at the table I thought did best. As I had mentioned, there were only two players in that game and I thought they both did equally well having to balance two characters. And, in player fashion, they came up with solutions that I hadn’t planned for as a GM. Thank heavens for GM intuition and rolling with the punches. I even got to use the phrase “I’m allowing that because it meets the ‘Rule of Cool’ so go ahead.” When the game was over, I place the pin in the middle of the table and asked the players to decide who earned it. With how good they were, they both pointed to the other guy and said ‘you take it.’ So I made a GM ruling and had them both roll a D20 with the highest roll winning. I didn’t really get a chance to collect any of the other pins, but that was fine.

I also appreciated that the RPG coordinator made special posters advertising the different games. Since there were multiple Star Trek Adventures games, they were all on the same poster. But I really liked the poster they made for my Basic Fantasy game. When the end of the convention hit, I couldn’t find that poster (even thought I had seen it hanging on the wall in the convention center). I’m very grateful to the organizer who tracked it down for me.

The QR codes allowed you to sign up for the game or find out more about it.

As for the games that I played (or attempted to play), here is how they went.

Fallout The Roleplaying Game– Turns out I had the same GM as last year. She even recognized me from before. It was the same scenario, so I just ran my character as someone who would want to do what the others wanted to do (without spoiling anything). Luckily we got farther than we did last year so I was able to see some new material. I really liked how I just slipped back into the groove of this game.

James Bond 007– The same game master as before, but a whole new scenario. The GM recognized me as well and even handed me the same character that I had previously played. This and the way the system was set up made it easy to slip back into the game with no kinks. For a game from the 80’s with a little crunch, it ran pretty smooth.

Dreams and Machines– A new game that I was looking forward to since it’s the first in-house IP for Modiphius. I liked the world that the game was built around. The starter set components (characters were created by selecting a series of cards with stats on them) made it easy for a convention one-shot. The GM’s daughter made jokes about how the little girl in the starter set was going to die (spoiler: she didn’t). And I liked some of the changes to the 2d20 system (there were tokens for equipment assets that I was able to use in the middle of game play). But there were other changes that I really didn’t know if I liked or not. Momentum was split with spirit which also had to do with health. It was convoluted and is something that I hope doesn’t make it into the just announced Star Trek Adventures Second Edition (I’ll be blogging more about this announcement later). While I enjoyed myself at the table, I don’t know if I’ll actually be picking up this game.

Red Dwarf The Role Playing Game– All but one player knew about the Red Dwarf TV show, so we had just as much fun explaining things to her as we did playing. And she got really involved (she played a cat character). I got to play this universe’s version of Lister (a space bum). The GM had a waxdroid character prepared, but didn’t give it a name allowing the character to decide. So we were running around with a waxdroid of Winston Churchill who was always on the lookout for Space Nazis (not only did we find them, we kicked their fascists butts). I really liked how the system worked and while we struggled (hey were not exactly the cream of the crop in the space corp) it made sense. I really need to get my own copy of this game.

Star Wars Roleplaying– This was a little weird. Not only was I learning about a new system, but the GM was part of a group called RPG Sessions. This is a website that had online tools that could be used for this version of Star Wars and a few other games from the same publisher. While he explained the dice to us (there were a lot of new players to this game), we were primarily playing with these tablets. So instead of learning one thing, I was attempting to learn two. While the online tools helped, I felt that not rolling dice took away my enjoyment (and learning) of the game. However a special thing happened while we were on a mid-game break that I’ll talk about below.

The Witcher Roleplaying Game and Dungeons and Dragons 5th Edition. I ended up dropping out of these games. I was able to cross my name off the sheet for The Witcher (and there were several people signed up as backups which made me better). There was some nasty weather going on and I wasn’t feeling all too well. I didn’t want to be fighting the storm at midnight to get home. I also needed sleep which caused me to not make it for the early morning Sunday D&D 5e game. To the GMs, I apologize for not being able to make it. I really wanted to check out The Witcher system since I had picked up the PDFs in a bundle sale last year. Hopefully at a future con I can play this game.

Old School Essentials– We only had three players (one very new to RPGs) but we got to fight a dragon that we tracked down. Lots of good roleplaying in this session. Unfortunately all three characters ended up as piles of ash by the end of the game.

The GM for GURPS Star Wars– accidentally left his Star Wars material at home (I know the feeling dude) so we ended up with a pickup game of Dungeon Fantasy. This is also a GURPS system. However (insert Ron Burgundy “Well that escalated quickly” meme) we ended up not getting very far. In fact, we ended up not getting out of the starting building without setting the building on fire (yea, it went south really fast). The party ended up getting kicked out of the town. So the game also didn’t last very long. But the GM, knowing of my past attempts at making a GURPS character, offered to sit down and show me how the publisher had streamlined Dungeon Fantasy. I was able to make a character with the bulk of needed items to play in about 20 minutes.

As for the loot pictured above, I was able to pick up the following items. I purchased the 2024 convention t-shirt (loved the design). There were no general RPG dealers in the dealers room (lots of self-publishers, but nobody if I wanted to pick up a new book from a regular publisher). At the game swap I was worried for the first two days because there was a TON of board games, but practically nothing in the way of RPG books. There were more DVDs than RPG books. But while I was in the Star Wars game that I mentioned above, someone came to the table and reported that they had seen the Star Wars starter set with dice for sale for a very good price. Especially when they discovered that the very expensive core rulebook was included in the box. Since we were on break, I had the guy take me directly down there where I was able to snatch it up (cha-ching, bargain found). On the last day of the con, I came across the core rulebook for The Strange. This is a Sci-Fi RPG that I had been sent a supplement for in the Random RPG book club. Now that I have the core rulebook, not only can I use it in a future Character Creation Challenge, but if I elect to trade/sell/give the books away, I can do so in a set. The last item I got was The Walking Dead Universe starter set. This was a gift from the game coordinator for doing a good job running my games at the con. I was not expecting this and it was very much appreciated.

While I didn’t play as a Captain in the Artemis Bridge Simulator, I was asked to play an walk-on part as an invading Borg Drone. I think it shocked some of the players to suddenly have a LARP like experience happen in the middle of a networked computer game. Thanks guys for letting me play this part (and I didn’t hurt myself too bad when I fell down after being shot with a phaser).


I am very grateful to all of the volunteers who helped put this convention together. I’ve really been enjoying myself and meeting people from all over the US (and Canada) who travel to the con. I had a lot of fun despite my being overwhelmed in the middle. Not only am I thinking about possible games to run for SaltCON summer, I’ve also talked with another long-time GM who is expressing interest in running a few games.

Have you been to any gaming conventions lately? Tell me about it. 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: March 4-10

I wonder if some of my STA players were expecting this in the Lower Decks/Top Gear inspired one-shot?

Here are the Daily Star Trek Quotes that will appear on the @STrekQuotes Twitter account and the @STrekQuotes Mastodon account for the week of March 4th through March 10th. Coming soon to Bluesky once we can find a scheduler option.

March 4
“You watch it, Kirk. The Book tells us how to handle things. You make hits. Somebody argues, you lean on ’em. What do you think, we’re stupid or something?” Krako- A Piece of the Action, Stardate: Unknown #StarTrek #StarTrekTOS #IDIC #WeAreStarfleet

March 5
Happy Birthday to Jolene Blalock @JoleneBlalock #StarTrek #StarTrekENT #IDIC #WeAreStarfleet

“Just because Captain Archer has earned my respect it doesn’t mean I’ve been contaminated by his emotion.” T’Pol- Cease Fire, Date: Unknown #StarTrek #StarTrekENT #IDIC #WeAreStarfleet

March 6
“Rule of Acquisition one twelve. Never have sex with the boss’s sister. I was fired, broke. It was quite a setback to my ambitions.” Quark- Playing God, Stardate: Unknown #StarTrek #StarTrekDS9 #IDIC #WeAreStarfleet

March 7
Happy Birthday to Jonathan Del Arco @JonathanDelArco #StarTrek #StarTrekTNG #StarTrekVOY #StarTrekPicard #IDIC #WeAreStarfleet

“Resistance is futile.” Hugh “It isn’t. My people resisted when the Borg came to assimilate us. Some of us survived.” Guinan “Resistance…is not futile?” Hugh- I Borg, Stardate: 45854.2 #StarTrek #StarTrekTNG #IDIC #WeAreStarfleet

March 8
“To hunt a species to extinction is not logical.” Spock “Whoever said the human race was logical?” Dr. Taylor- Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home, Stardate: 8390.0 #StarTrek #StarTrekFilm #IDIC #WeAreStarfleet

March 9
“As an investigator, I do not have the freedom to ignore any possibility.” Tuvok- Ex Post Facto, Stardate: Unknown #StarTrek #StarTrekVOY #IDIC #WeAreStarfleet

March 10
“Mrs. Troi, I must protest your unauthorized presence on the bridge.” Worf “What does that little one do, Mister Woof?” Lwaxana Troi “Please, Madam! That is a torpedo launch initiator, and it’s… and it is “Worf” Madam, not “woof”.” Worf- Half a Life, Stardate: 44805.3 #StarTrek #StarTrekTNG #IDIC #WeAreStarfleet

What are your favorite daily Star Trek quotes selected for this week? This article is open for discussion on the TardisCaptain dot Com Discord server. You can also email me at Carl (at) or click on my social media links with any comments.

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