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SaltCON-Summer 2024 After Action Report

Loot from SaltCON-Summer 2024.

Well I thought the picture of the loot at the top was not so fuzzy, but I’m not going to re-take it now. Hey, I survived another SaltCON both as a player and gamemaster. It was fun, lesson learning, idea forming, friend making and just a little stressful. But I wouldn’t know a convention that didn’t have those.

I did get some loot at this con, but for a while I was worried that I wasn’t going to find anything. The game swap only had one person bring in RPG books and I ended up buying three items from him. The hardbound book Codex of Erde (an earlier edition of the Codex of Aihrde from Troll Lord Games) and two boxed sets of Dungeon Crawl Classic modules called “The Heroes Arise” and “The Saga of the Dragon Cult”. The modules in each boxed set would form a campaign that could take characters from first to high levels. The boxed sets were in really good shape considering their age with only one book showing any damage. I also picked up five token trays that I planned to use for my Star Trek Adventures game. These had been created by a local artist. The convention organizers gave me a set of dice as a thank you for running my games (they were purple, they went to my geek wife) and I also picked up a convention t-shirt. I love how they have a different design each convention.

For the gaming sessions I played in, this is how it went.

Dungeons and Dragons 5th Edition- We had to find a lost puppy owned by the local magistrate. Unfortunately this lost puppy was a three-headed hellhound and was burning up the town. And, as fate would have it, we were not the only party looking for the wayward pet.

The One Ring– Set in the times between the events in The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, our party had been hired by a not-so-trustworty dwarf in an attempt to find a treasure left behind by his recently-deceased uncle. I really liked the system as it worked very well with the Middle Earth universe that we were familiar with. I may have to pick up this system.

Star Wars D6- I missed out going to this game due to real-world issues and I tried to track down the GM to explain why (apparently no one else had shown up for the 9am game either). But the good news is that I was able to track down an AC tech to fix the air-conditioning unit at my house.

Stellar Odyssey– A RPG created by a Utah author. I had been in some of his games at past conventions and since I suddenly had an opening in my schedule, I signed up. This was a Star Trek inspired game where you play the crew of an intrepid starship doing missions for a planetary union. The emphasis is on social combat (with initiatives and different methods you could use to convince others to see your way/perform an action/etc.) with actual combat limited to a single die roll. The system made sense and really encouraged roleplaying. The starship stats (and how they could be used to enhance your dice pool) also made sense. I may have to use this game in an upcoming Character Creation Challenge.

Ter’Ra’Mentia- This was only an hour long intro session and I was the only person present in the time-slot. This allowed me to ask a lot of different questions without feeling guilty that I was taking away from the other players. I’m also a ‘hands on’ person when it comes to learning a game, so this helped very much. While I don’t know if I’d be able to pick up this game, I now have a better understanding of it. It’s basically a 2d12 system+skill points to beat a target number.

The Walking Dead- This was a scenario set in Utah. Which meant that the players were (mostly) familiar with the area. While it did end early (four players in a family had to go) I did get a chance to try the system. It felt like a game where dread was always around because even with the dice pools, we hardly got any successes. We didn’t have all bad luck, but it didn’t feel like we were in a cinematic cake-walk either. I don’t know how I’d feel about this. The constant wear-down of not getting successes might get old in a campaign. I’d probably have to actually try a campaign to see how I felt.

This is how the games I ran turned out.

The Star Trek Adventures game that I was going to run only had one person show up. It was probably the time slot that I had selected on a Sunday that did this in. I would have run this on a Saturday, but originally a family commitment would have kept me out for the whole day. When plans changed and I only needed to leave for the evening, it was too late to change the date. With the single player I sat down and explained the game basics to him. It was his first convention and I think he was excited to just try something more than Dungeons and Dragons and Pathfinder.

Basic Fantasy went better than I expected. I got to use a new GMs tool to help draw out the map of the bandit’s lair that the party was trying to escape from (I’ll have a review blog post very soon on this). Most of the players were use to 5e so I had to explain some OSR styles (running away is an option, your character may die if you are not careful, etc.) Well they took this to heart and actually worked together very well to facilitate their escape. While looking up a rule really quick, I reminded myself of one of the basic guidelines for running a game. Keep the flow going and don’t be afraid to make judgment calls instead of slowing down play by looking up rules. I had one player tell me afterwards that he hadn’t been a fan of the D20 games, but would play more Basic Fantasy if offered because he had fun in my game.

As I’ve mentioned in previous posts, getting together is one of the highlights of playing RPGs. On the first day I bumped into a GM for Savage Worlds. He asked if I wanted to go through a quick demo, which I jumped at since it gave me the chance to check out a system I had never played. Turns out this guy runs an RPG video blog on YouTube called the Ace Roleplaying Games Club. He even named dropped my blog in his own SaltCON after-action report. Thanks Mason.

Once again I’d like to thank the army of volunteers and coordinators for putting SaltCON-Summer together. While I was disappointed in the swap meet (I really wish more people would bring their RPG books looking for new homes) I could see how people were having fun over the weekend. Even the convention organizers. I got to meet up with some friends that I only seem to see at these conventions as well. That is an added bonus to attending the convention.

Also note to self, don’t forget to pack some antacid tablets in your convention backpack just in case the nacho cheese served at the convention center affects me again.

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) TardisCaptain.com with any comments.

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Daily Star Trek Quotes: June 10-16

The feeling after attending a gaming convention.

Here are the Daily Star Trek Quotes that will appear on the @STrekQuotes Twitter account and the @STrekQuotes Mastodon account for the week of June 10th through June 16th. Coming soon to Bluesky once we can find a scheduler option.

June 10
“Why is Spot under the bed?” Data “Probably because she knows if I catch her, I’m going to kill her.” LaForge- Force of Nature, Stardate: 47310.2 #StarTrek #StarTrekTNG #IDIC #WeAreStarfleet #Quote

June 11
“You can’t dismiss someone just because you don’t agree with the way they conduct their personal lives!” Archer- Stigma, Date: Unknown #StarTrek #StarTrekENT #IDIC #WeAreStarfleet #Quote

June 12
“Have Doctor Bashir examine you when he gets back from the Gamma Quadrant!” Rom “Bashir? How good could he be? He doesn’t even charge.” Quark- Body Parts, Stardate: 49930.3 #StarTrek #StarTrekDS9 #IDIC #WeAreStarfleet #Quote

June 13
Happy Birthday to Malcolm McDowell. @McDowellMalc https://memory-alpha.fandom.com/wiki/Malcolm_McDowell #StarTrek #StarTrekFilm #IDIC #WeAreStarfleet #Quote

“As you may or may not be aware, I am an El-Aurian. Some people call us a race of listeners, we… listen.” Dr. Soran- Star Trek Generations, Stardate: 48650.1 #StarTrek #StarTrekFilm #IDIC #WeAreStarfleet #Quote

Happy Birthday to Fred Tatasciore. @FredTatasciore https://memory-alpha.fandom.com/wiki/Fred_Tatasciore #StarTrek #StarTrekLowerDecks #StarTrekProdigy #IDIC #WeAreStarfleet #Quote

“Did Janeway figure it out?” Shaxs “No! She just murdered him!” Freeman “W-well there has to be more to it.” Shaxs “She isolated the genomes and split ’em up. He begged her to live.” Freeman “Holy bleep! Janeway didn’t mess around.” Shaxs- Twovix, Stardate: 58724.3 #StarTrek #StarTrekLowerDecks #IDIC #WeAreStarfleet #Quote

June 14
“The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.” Kim- The Thaw, Stardate: Unknown #StarTrek #StarTrekVOY #IDIC #WeAreStarfleet #Quote

June 15
Happy Birthday to Robin Curtis. @RobinLCurtis https://memory-alpha.fandom.com/wiki/Robin_Curtis #StarTrek #StarTrekFilm #StarTrekTNG #IDIC #WeAreStarfleet #Quote

“How many have paid the price for your impatience? How many have died? How much damage have you done? And what is yet to come? Saavik- Star Trek III: The Search for Spock, Stardate: 8210.3 #StarTrek #StarTrekFilm #IDIC #WeAreStarfleet #Quote

June 16
Happy Birthday to John Cho. @JohnTheCho https://memory-alpha.fandom.com/wiki/John_Cho #StarTrek #StarTrekFilm #IDIC #WeAreStarfleet #Quote

“So, what kind of combat training do you have?” Kirk “Fencing.” Sulu- Star Trek (2009), Stardate: 2233.04 #StarTrek #StarTrekFilm #IDIC #WeAreStarfleet #Quote

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) TardisCaptain.com or click on my social media links with any comments.

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Prepping for SaltCON Summer 2024

The two games that I am running at SaltCON-Summer 2024.

Soon I’ll be enjoying another gaming weekend at SaltCON-Summer 2024 at the Davis Convention Center. As you can see above, I signed up to run two more games again. You can read about my past adventures at SaltCON in my past blog entries. I will be packing my Convention Backpack that I have documented in a previous blog post.

For this convention, I’ll be running two adventures that I did not write. I wanted to try some of the adventures that others had put out. The first will be for Basic Fantasy 4th Edition. Just in case any of the people signing up for my game might be reading, I’ll reveal the adventure after the convention. The second game is going to be a Star Trek Adventures game. Which one, however, I couldn’t say. When I originally signed up, I elected to run a Star Trek Adventures Klingon Empire adventure. However, just after I had signed up, Modiphius had released the Star Trek Adventures 2nd Edition Quickstart Rules. So I’m going to give the players who show up a choice. Klingon or 2nd Edition Quickstart. It will be interesting to see how this goes. I’ve read through the Quickstart rules and they sound better. I can’t wait for the 2nd Edition core rulebook to come out.

Here are the games that I’ve signed up to play at SaltCON-Summer 2024.

Dungeons and Dragons 5th Edition- The adventure sounded interesting. It’s also being run by a friend of mine so I wanted to support him.

The One Ring– I’ve never played this system before so I thought I’d try it out. Plus I’ve always been a fan of the Lord of the Rings books.

Star Wars D6– A fan-continuation of the original West End Games D6 Star Wars roleplaying game. I haven’t played this system in years.

Ter’Ra’Mentia– This is the fantasy game written by some Utah authors. I met them at last year’s FanX when they were promoting their KickStarter. This will be a demo of the game.

The Walking Dead Universe RPG– The GM is running a scenario set in Utah. I’m very interested to see how this runs.

I know it doesn’t sound like many games. But SaltCON-Summer is only three days instead of the spring event which has four. But, I’m looking forward to sitting down with some friends (or soon-to-be new friends) and throwing some dice. I wonder if I’ll find any RPG bargains in the game swap? Look for the after-action report soon.

What should I be on the look out for? Any recommendations for the games I’m going to be playing? This article is open for discussion on the TardisCaptain dot Com Discord server. You can also email me at Carl (at) TardisCaptain.com with any comments.

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Daily Star Trek Quotes: June 3-9

I say this to a lot of people.

Here are the Daily Star Trek Quotes that will appear on the @STrekQuotes Twitter account and the @STrekQuotes Mastodon account for the week of June 3rd through June 9th. Coming soon to Bluesky once we can find a scheduler option.

June 3
“As your friend, it is my responsibility to be supportive in times of need.” Data- In Theory, Stardate: 44932.3 #StarTrek #StarTrekTNG #IDIC #WeAreStarfleet #Quote

June 4
Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan premiered on this date in 1982. https://memory-alpha.fandom.com/wiki/Star_Trek_II:_The_Wrath_of_Khan #StarTrek #StarTrekFilm #IDIC #WeAreStarfleet #Quote

“Imperative! This is the Kobayashi Maru, …nineteen periods out of Altair Six. We have struck a gravitic mine and have lost all power. …Our hull is penetrated and we have sustained many casualties.” Kojiro Vance- Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, Stardate: 8130.3 #StarTrek #StarTrekFilm #IDIC #WeAreStarfleet #Quote

June 5
“I’m just giving you back what was stolen from you; the existence you were denied; the child who never had a chance; that life is yours to live, now.” Janeway “I don’t want that life!” Seven “It’s what you are. Don’t resist it!” Janeway- The Gift, Stardate: 51008 #StarTrek #StarTrekVOY #IDIC #WeAreStarfleet #Quote

June 6
Happy Birthday to Jason Isaacs. @jasonsfolly https://memory-alpha.fandom.com/wiki/Jason_Isaacs #StarTrek #StarTrekDiscovery #IDIC #WeAreStarfleet #Quote

“No matter how deep in space you are, you always feel like you can see home. Don’t you think?” Lorca- Context is for Kings, Stardate: Unknown #StarTrek #StarTrekDiscovery #IDIC #WeAreStarfleet #Quote

June 7
Happy Birthday to Karl Urban. @KarlUrban https://memory-alpha.fandom.com/wiki/Karl_Urban #StarTrek #StarTrekFilm #IDIC #WeAreStarfleet #Quote

“Yeah, well, I got nowhere else to go. The ex-wife got the whole damn planet in the divorce – all I got left is my bones.” Dr. McCoy- Star Trek (2009), Stardate: 2233.04 #StarTrek #StarTrekFilm #IDIC #WeAreStarfleet #Quote

June 8
Happy Birthday to James Darren. @jameswdarren https://memory-alpha.fandom.com/wiki/James_Darren #StarTrek #StarTrekDS9 #IDIC #WeAreStarfleet #Quote

“Tell me something. How do you get to Carnegie Hall?” Fontaine “I have no idea.” Odo “Practice, practice, practice.” Fontaine- His Way, Stardate: Unknown #StarTrek #StarTrekDS9 #IDIC #WeAreStarfleet #Quote

June 9
Star Trek V: The Final Frontier premiered on this date in 1989. https://memory-alpha.fandom.com/wiki/Star_Trek_V:_The_Final_Frontier #StarTrek #StarTrekFilm #IDIC #WeAreStarfleet #Quote

“I thought I was going to die.” Kirk “Not possible. You were never alone.” Spock- Star Trek V: The Final Frontier, Stardate: 8454.1 #StarTrek #StarTrekFilm #IDIC #WeAreStarfleet #Quote

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) TardisCaptain.com or click on my social media links with any comments.

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Daily Star Trek Quotes: May 27-June 2

When I log off of some social media websites.

Here are the Daily Star Trek Quotes that will appear on the @STrekQuotes Twitter account and the @STrekQuotes Mastodon account for the week of May 27th through June 2nd. Coming soon to Bluesky once we can find a scheduler option.

May 27
“Raising my voice back there doesn’t mean I was scared or couldn’t do my job. It means I happen to have a human thing called an adrenaline gland.” Bailey- The Corbomite Maneuver, Stardate: 1512.2 #StarTrek #StarTrekTOS #IDIC #WeAreStarfleet #Quote

May 28
“Doesn’t he realize that I am a daughter of the Fifth House of Betazed? Holder of the Sacred Chalice of Rixx?” Lwaxana Troi “The Sacred Chalice of Rixx is an old clay pot with mold growing inside it.” Deanna Troi- Menage A Troi, Stardate: 43930.7 #StarTrek #StarTrekTNG #IDIC #WeAreStarfleet #Quote

May 29
“This is what my people call a first contact situation, and we’ve learned to be very careful about how much we tell alien cultures we’ve just met.” Kim- Emanations, Stardate: 48623.5 #StarTrek #StarTrekVOY #IDIC #WeAreStarfleet #Quote

May 30
Happy Birthday to Colm Meaney. https://memory-alpha.fandom.com/wiki/Colm_Meaney #StarTrek #StarTrekTNG #StarTrekDS9 #StarTrekLowerDecks #IDIC #WeAreStarfleet #Quote

“You choose your enemies. You choose your friends. But family, that’s in the stars.” O’Brien- The Icarus Factor, Stardate: 42686.4 #StarTrek #StarTrekTNG #IDIC #WeAreStarfleet #Quote

May 31
“He looks like Tom Paris.” Rutherford “I don’t see it.” Boimler “They have, like, the same face! They’re identical!” Rutherford “No, I just don’t see it.” Boimler- Old Friends New Planets, Stardate: Unknown #StarTrek #StarTrekLowerDecks #IDIC #WeAreStarfleet #Quote

June 1
Remembering Rene Auberjonois who was born on this date in 1940. @reneauberjonois https://memory-alpha.fandom.com/wiki/Rene_Auberjonois #StarTrek #StarTrekDS9 #StarTrekTOS #StarTrekENT #StarTrekProdigy #IDIC #WeAreStarfleet #Quote

“It’s been my observation that you humanoids have a hard time giving up the things you love no matter how much they might hurt you.” Odo- Heart of Stone, Stardate: 48521.5 #StarTrek #StarTrekDS9 #IDIC #WeAreStarfleet #Quote

Star Trek III: The Search for Spock premiered on this date in 1984. https://memory-alpha.fandom.com/wiki/Star_Trek_III:_The_Search_for_Spock #StarTrek #StarTrekFilm #IDIC #WeAreStarfleet #Quote

“My God, Bones. What have I done?” Kirk “What you had to do. What you always do – turned death into a fighting chance to live.” Dr. McCoy- Star Trek III: The Search for Spock, Stardate: 8210.3 #StarTrek #StarTrekFilm #IDIC #WeAreStarfleet #Quote

June 2
Happy Birthday to Anthony Montgomery. @MrAMontgomery https://memory-alpha.fandom.com/wiki/Anthony_Montgomery #StarTrek #StarTrekENT #IDIC #WeAreStarfleet #Quote

“I’ve always had a tendency to get attached to machines. It’s crazy, but every time we use the transporter, I feel we’re kind of turning our backs on these guys. (shuttlepods)” Mayweather- Demons, Date: January 19, 2155 #StarTrek #StarTrekENT #IDIC #WeAreStarfleet #Quote

Happy Birthday to Zachary Quinto. @ZacharyQuinto https://memory-alpha.fandom.com/wiki/Zachary_Quinto #StarTrek #StarTrekFilm #IDIC #WeAreStarfleet #Quote

“When you’ve lived as many lives as he, fear of death is illogical.” Spock “Fear of death is what keeps us alive.” Dr. McCoy “I want to live as he did. That is why I decided to redirect my efforts and continue his work on New Vulcan.” Spock- Star Trek Beyond, Stardate: 2263.2 #StarTrek #StarTrekFilm #IDIC #WeAreStarfleet #Quote

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) TardisCaptain.com or click on my social media links with any comments.

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Daily Star Trek Quotes: May 20-26

I feel the same way.

Here are the Daily Star Trek Quotes that will appear on the @STrekQuotes Twitter account and the @STrekQuotes Mastodon account for the week of May 20th through May 26th. Coming soon to Bluesky once we can find a scheduler option.

May 20
Happy Birthday to John Billingsley. @JBillingsley60 https://memory-alpha.fandom.com/wiki/John_Billingsley #StarTrek #StarTrekENT #WeAreStarfleet #Quote

“Any man would be a fool to ignore the romantic overtures of a healthy Denobulan woman.” Dr. Phlox- Stigma, Date: Unknown #StarTrek #StarTrekVOY #IDIC #WeAreStarfleet #Quote

May 21
“We’ve got phaser weapons; I vote we blast it.” Bailey “I’ll keep that in mind, Mr. Bailey, when this becomes a democracy.” Kirk- The Corbomite Maneuver, Stardate: 1512.2 #StarTrek #StarTrekTOS #IDIC #WeAreStarfleet #Quote

May 22
“They’re so different.” Granger “It is the differences that have made us strong.” Picard- Up the Long Ladder, Stardate: 42823.2 #StarTrek #StarTrekTNG #IDIC #WeAreStarfleet #Quote

May 23
“Come to Quark’s, Quark’s is fun, come right now, don’t walk run!” Quark’s Jingle- The Quickening, Stardate: Unknown #StarTrek #StarTrekDS9 #IDIC #WeAreStarfleet #Quote

May 24
Happy Birthday to Doug Jones @actordougjones https://memory-alpha.fandom.com/wiki/Doug_Jones #StarTrek #StarTrekDiscovery #WeAreStarfleet #Quote

“I may not have all the answers; however, I do know that I am surrounded by a team I trust. The finest a captain could ever hope to command.” Saru- What’s Past Is Prolog, Stardate: 1834.2 #StarTrek #StarTrekDiscovery #IDIC #WeAreStarfleet #Quote

May 25
“Someone once said all invention is but an extension of the body of man.” Janeway- Scorpion, Stardate: 51001.2 #StarTrek #StarTrekVOY #IDIC #WeAreStarfleet #Quote

May 26
“Has Starfleet Command approved this arrangement?” Tomalak “No.” Picard “I like it already.” Tomalak- All Good Things…, Stardate: 47988.1 #StarTrek #StarTrekTNG #IDIC #WeAreStarfleet #Quote

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) TardisCaptain.com or click on my social media links with any comments.

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Daily Star Trek Quotes: May 6-12

Janeway is preparing for a 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 May 13th through May 19th. Coming soon to Bluesky once we can find a scheduler option.

May 13
“Physical reality is consistent with universal laws. Where the laws do not operate, there is no reality.” Spock- Spectre of the Gun, Stardate: 4385.3 #StarTrek #StarTrekTOS #IDIC #WeAreStarfleet #Quote

May 14
“The most profound discoveries are not necessarily beyond that next star. They’re within us.” Archer- Terra Prime, Date: January 22, 2155 #StarTrek #StarTrekENT #IDIC #WeAreStarfleet #Quote

May 15
“It feels good to indulge yourself sometimes.” Troi- The Host, Stardate: 44821.3 #StarTrek #StarTrekTNG #IDIC #WeAreStarfleet #Quote

May 16
Star Trek Into Darkness premiered on this date in 2013. https://memory-alpha.fandom.com/wiki/Star_Trek_Into_Darkness #StarTrek #StarTrekFilm #IDIC #WeAreStarfleet #Quote

“Come on, Bones! it’s gonna be fun.” Kirk “Five years in space. God help me.” Dr. McCoy- Star Trek Into Darkness, Stardate: 2259.55 #StarTrek #StarTrekFilm #IDIC #WeAreStarfleet #Quote

May 17
Happy Birthday to Rylee Alazraqui. https://memory-alpha.fandom.com/wiki/Rylee_Alazraqui #StarTrek #StarTrekProdigy #IDIC #WeAreStarfleet #Quote

“How many sciences are there?” Rok-Tahk “There are currently 196 branches of science. Is there one you would like to know more about?” Computer “I’ve got my work cut out for me.” Rok-Tahk- Asylum, Stardate: 61209.5 #StarTrek #StarTrekProdigy #IDIC #WeAreStarfleet #Quote

May 18
“How old are you?” Virak’kara “I stopped counting at three hundred.” Dax “You don’t look it.” Virak’kara “Thank you.” Dax- To the Death, Stardate: 49904.2 #StarTrek #StarTrekDS9 #IDIC #WeAreStarfleet #Quote

May 19
“I’m more than just a Captain. I’m the leader of a community, and communities need entertainment, culture, creative outlets.” Janeway- Worst Case Scenario, Stardate: 50953.4 #StarTrek #StarTrekVOY #IDIC #WeAreStarfleet #Quote

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) TardisCaptain.com or click on my social media links with any comments.

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Daily Star Trek Quotes: May 6-12

When I see snow in May.

Here are the Daily Star Trek Quotes that will appear on the @STrekQuotes Twitter account and the @STrekQuotes Mastodon account for the week of May 6th through May 12th. Coming soon to Bluesky once we can find a scheduler option.

May 6
“Our mission is to go forward. And it’s just begun. There’s still much to do. There’s still so much to learn.” Picard- The Neutral Zone, Stardate: 41986.0 #StarTrek #StarTrekTNG #IDIC #WeAreStarfleet

May 7
“It is my understanding that your mating ritual is effective in easing tension.” T’Pol “That hasn’t always been my experience!” Tucker- Fallen Hero, Date: February 9, 2152 #StarTrek #StarTrekENT #IDIC #WeAreStarfleet

May 8
Star Trek film premiered on this date in 2009. https://memory-alpha.fandom.com/wiki/Star_Trek_(film) #StarTrek #StarTrekFilm #IDIC #WeAreStarfleet

“Citizen, what is your name?” Cop “My name is James Tiberius Kirk.” Kirk- Star Trek (2009), Stardate: 2233.04 #StarTrek #StarTrekFilm #IDIC #WeAreStarfleet

May 9
“Right now, I’m not concerned with what you did in the past. I’m simply not going to walk out of here and let you die.” Dr. Bashir- The Wire, Stardate: Unknown #StarTrek #StarTrekDS9 #IDIC #WeAreStarfleet

May 10
“Sometime fear can be a good thing. It keeps you from taking unnecessary chances.” Paris- Faces, Stardate: 48784.2 #StarTrek #StarTrekVOY #IDIC #WeAreStarfleet

May 11
“Jim, I can’t destroy life, even if it’s to save my own. I can’t.” Dr. McCoy- The Empath, Stardate: 5121.0 #StarTrek #StarTrekTOS #IDIC #WeAreStarfleet

May 12
Happy Birthday to Jennifer Hetrick. https://memory-alpha.fandom.com/wiki/Jennifer_Hetrick #StarTrek #StarTrekTNG #StarTrekDS9 #IDIC #WeAreStarfleet

“Look, I don’t mean to appear rude, but I am not seeking jamaharon.” Picard “All right. But you really should try it some time.” Vash- Captain’s Holiday, Stardate: 43745.2 #StarTrek #StarTrekTNG #IDIC #WeAreStarfleet

Happy Birthday to Eugene Cordero. https://memory-alpha.fandom.com/wiki/Eugene_Cordero #StarTrek #StarTrekLowerDecks #StarTrekStrangeNewWorlds #IDIC #WeAreStarfleet

“Vengeance doesn’t benefit you. It just creates pain and suffering in others.” Rutherford- A Few Badgeys More, Stardate: 58934.9 #StarTrek #StarTrekLowerDecks #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) TardisCaptain.com or click on my social media links with any comments.

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Daily Star Trek Quotes: April 29-May 5

Me reading the Star Trek Adventures 2nd Edition Quickstart Rules.

Here are the Daily Star Trek Quotes that will appear on the @STrekQuotes Twitter account and the @STrekQuotes Mastodon account for the week of April 29th through May 5th. Coming soon to Bluesky once we can find a scheduler option.

April 29
Happy Birthday to Kate Mulgrew. @TheKateMulgrew https://memory-alpha.fandom.com/wiki/Kate_Mulgrew #StarTrek #StarTrekVOY #StarTrekFilm #StarTrekProdigy #IDIC #WeAreStarfleet

“If we start pointing a finger every time someone gets distracted, it won’t be long before outright paranoia starts sweeping the ship.” Janeway- Cathexis, Stardate: 48734.2 #StarTrek #StarTrekVOY #IDIC #WeAreStarfleet

April 30
“My congratulations, Captain. A dazzling display of logic.” Spock “You didn’t think I had it in me, did you, Spock?” Kirk “No, sir.” Spock- The Changeling, Stardate: 3541.9 #StarTrek #StarTrekTOS #IDIC #WeAreStarfleet

May 1
“Sir, if a man were not afraid of the truth, he would answer.” Worf- The Drumhead, Stardate: 44769.2 #StarTrek #StarTrekTNG #IDIC #WeAreStarfleet

May 2
“We cannot put down this rebellion so long as our forces are commanded by dishonorable men. Before we can defeat the rebels, we must defeat them.” Mirror Jonathan Archer- In a Mirror Darkly Pt II, Date: January 18, 2155 #StarTrek #StarTrekENT #IDIC #WeAreStarfleet

May 3
“One good slug of this, and you can hit a man with phaser stun, and he’d never feel it or even know it.” Dr. McCoy “Does it make a good mix with Scotch?” Scotty “It should.” Dr. McCoy “I’ll let you know.” Scotty- The Tholian Web, Stardate: 5693.2 #StarTrek #StarTrekTOS #IDIC #WeAreStarfleet

May 4
“Cast aside your masks, and let me slip into your mind.” The Goddess of Empathy- Hollow Pursuits, Stardate: 43807.4 #StarTrek #StarTrekTNG #IDIC #WeAreStarfleet

May 5
Happy Birthday to Marc Alaimo. https://memory-alpha.fandom.com/wiki/Marc_Alaimo #StarTrek #StarTrekDS9 #StarTrekTNG #IDIC #WeAreStarfleet

“I prefer the title, ‘Gul.’ So much more hands on than ‘Legate.’ And less pretentious than other alternatives: president, emperor, first minister, emissary.” Dukat- Ties of Blood and Water, Stardate: 50712.5 #StarTrek #StarTrekDS9 #IDIC #WeAreStarfleet

Happy Birthday to Santiago Cabrera. @santiagoc https://memory-alpha.fandom.com/wiki/Santiago_Cabrera #StarTrek #StarTrekPicard #IDIC #WeAreStarfleet

“But then, I met you. I never had a family in any real way. You changed all that. All of you did. This is where I belong. Jean-Luc… I’m home.” Rios- Farewell, Stardate: Unknown #StarTrek #StarTrekPicard #IDIC #WeAreStarfleet

Star Trek: Strange New Worlds premiered on this date in 2022 with the episode Strange New Worlds. https://memory-alpha.fandom.com/wiki/Star_Trek:_Strange_New_Worlds #StarTrek #StarTrekStrangeNewWorlds #IDIC #WeAreStarfleet

“Doc! Please dispense some wisdom!” Pike “Okay… never get the house dressing.” Dr. M’Benga- Strange New Worlds, Stardate: 1739.12 #StarTrek #StarTrekStrangeNewWorlds #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) TardisCaptain.com or click on my social media links with any comments.

Posted in: Anime, Reviews, Role Playing Games, Science Fiction

A look at the Cowboy Bebop Roleplaying Game

So on day 27 of the 2024 Character Creation Challenge I attempted to generate a character for the Cowboy Bebop Roleplaying Game. I had just received the hardback book from a Kickstarter campaign. I had backed it because I loved the anime and the live-action TV series and I always thought that it would be a great universe to run an RPG campaign.

The hardbound book is 270 pages long and is in full color. The ISBN is 979-12-80109-58-3 and was published by Don’t Panic Games. I love how the game company probably got this name from The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, but I had never heard of anything that they had released previously. The game director (writer?) is Michele Paroli. The bulk of the images are pulled directly from the anime.

There is an introduction, six chapters and a glossary. The chapters are 1-Rules (how to play the game), 2- Session (three of them make an episode or single sit-down to play), 3- Characters (how to make one), 4-Hunters in the Solar System (all about the Cowboy Bebop universe), 5- On Stage (kind of a GM section that describes the bounties your players may go after, factions encountered, etc.), 6- Playing the Bebop (the characters seen in the show and episodes put into RPG form).

Here are some photos I took when I first opened up my Kickstarter package. There is a lot of good graphics in this book.

The RPG rules is pretty straight forward for a narrative game (more on that below), even if the description of the rules are not. These pages attempted to tell me the rules of the game. And I did not get them at all. I remember getting major headaches trying to put this together in my head. There is no simple “This is the basics” of the game. I’m of the opinion that I need to understand the basic concept quickly so I can try to talk my friends into playing a game. If I can’t understand the game, I can’t recruit players. I mentioned this in my “Biggest turn-off when checking out a new RPG” blog post. If the RPG is not based off of a common system (D20, GURPS, 2D6, etc.) then give me a simple explanation of the game mechanics. In Cowboy Bebop, your character has traits (a description of a character look or item) and you can try to use them in a session (named after a music style) and you get a d6 dice pool and you have to get a roll higher than 5, 10 or 15 (depending if it’s the 1st, 2nd or 3rd session in the game) and… I tossed the book aside in disgust. I even asked on the RPG.net forums if anyone else had looked in on this game, and only got one response two months later. I didn’t think this was a good sign for the game when thousands of posts are made in a day on this forum.

When I attempted to make a Cowboy Bebop RPG character in January, my goal was to do this Kickstarter review in February. After getting both frustrated and angry (I thought I had wasted my money on the book) I put the book in the “To do” pile and left it there for months. I would see the book and it would remind me that I needed to write my review, but I was still sore about how betrayed the book made me feel. A blog post that says, “Pretty graphics, lots of in-universe details, system sucks to high heaven” is a very boring review. I finally grabbed myself by the collar and said “finish this review because it’s blocking other blog posts that you want to publish”. So I sat down and gathered my photos and looked again at the book. Still feeling frustrated after another attempt to understand the system, I started searching online and came across this video review from The Final Frontiersmen. While he compared some of the game to Star Trek Adventures, he did say one thing that made a light bulb go off in my head. “The key points about this roleplaying game is it’s extremely narrative.” Too much narrative is not my cup of tea. I now understood that I had received my delivered pizza and when I opened up the box, instead of seeing piping hot cheese covering sausage and pepperoni on a layer of marinara sauce, I saw anchovies, artichoke hearts and feta cheese. If you like that type of pizza, or games that is 95%-99% narrative (practically done all by the players) then you may enjoy this game very much. I know there are players who do like these types of games. In the 90’s some of my friends were just digging the Amber diceless RPG that had come out at the time. But when I watched them play, it just seemed like group storytelling where they decided the outcome. Something that was popular in online sim groups, but had zero randomness (and in my mind, zero RPG soul). With how the Cowboy Bebop RPG was stuffed into this box, it was just barely a step above a sim.

For me, I’d prefer an RPG that has a simple system that is easy to pick up that gives the randomness of the dice. A good GM and good players can easily balance the dice of roll playing with the narrative of role playing. Star Trek Adventures and the latest Star Wars system that I experienced at the last SaltCON gave that good balance that encouraged player interaction that included a narrative with the luck of the dice. I remember my favorite Dungeons and Dragons DM describing how a dragon was defeated using combined results from the rolls we made. Other GMs have given the option of having the player describe the way the bad guy was defeated when they made the killing blow.

So now I can put this good looking book in my RPG shelf. And when I want to roleplay in the Cowboy Bebop universe, I’ll use this book for background information, but use a system like Frontier Space or Stars Without Number or a host of other science fiction based RPGs as the system.

One last thought before I close up this review. I’ve taken this as a “Lessons learned” moment when dealing with Kickstarters. The description for this game was a “d6 based system” and I assumed it was more like the Star Wars D6 game I had enjoyed in the past. I will not be making such an assumption again and I blame myself for not digging deeper. After January when I would read a gaming Kickstarter, if the system was not quickly explained to me in a sentence or two, I’ve asked the organizer for more information on the game. The last thing I want to do is open up the pizza box and see a pizza I have no desire to eat.

Have you had a chance to try the Cowboy Beebop RPG? What Kickstarter campaigns are you backing now? This article is open for discussion on the TardisCaptain dot Com Discord server. You can also email me at Carl (at) TardisCaptain.com or click on my social media links with any comments.

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