Friday, December 31, 2010

Update: "Three Way" Starts, January Calendar Image Complete

"Three-Way" Campaign has been kicked off, by placing the following fleets at strategic locations on the map:

Federation Fleet One Tiberius Fleet (FTF)
Federation Fleet Two Constitution II Fleet (FCF)
Federation Fleet Three Intrepid Fleet (FIF)
Klingon Fleet One Etlh Fleet (KEF)
Klingon Fleet Two Klingon Black Fleet (KBF)
Klingon Fleet Three Kolikos Fleet (KLKF)
Romulan Fleet One D'Shoanna Fleet (RDSF)
Romulan Fleet Two Nightwing Fleet (RNF)
Romulan Fleet Three Donatra Fleet (RDF)

Objectives have also been amended to include recommendation of building shipyards. In the near future I will upload the turn sheet and map (both are Excel sheets) to Google Docs and post a link.

The January image for the 2011 Fantasy Trek has been completed. It'll be scanned soon and uploaded. It features a TNG-Era update of the TMP era Klingon Light Cruiser.

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Walkthrough:"Assignment: Nelvada: Moderator"

(This is the initial introduction to the mission. It gives you enough information to get started. The player would respond by acknowledging the order, and upon arrival, making a diplomatic pitch the Nelvadan people. Base that upon the brief on the system and the situation. The pitch will most likely be short. Just an introduction, and offering to reach a mutually beneficial accomodation)

To: Kapact

The Nelvada are considering allying themselves with the Federation but there are complications. An alliance with another, unidentified power would make an alliance with the Federation impossible. Find out if an accomodation can be reached.

Here is a brief on the system:

Nelvada System
-Not a Federation member, but aware of other races and FTL travel. Not a prime directive issue
-equivalent tech/social level

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Friday, December 24, 2010

Head to Head Sector Assalt Results, Simple and Casual Gaming Update

There has been a lot of work on Fantasy Trek, despite the deafening silence. The Head to Head Sector Assault that started way back on August 20th is finally finished. The Klingons again won the battle. Here are the final results:

Victory Conditions/Points- 16

Shipyards 5 (max)= 2
Fleet size= 9
Random Attack Fleet capacity= 5 (max)

To summarize, the Feds started out at System One, which was home to a Black Hole Accretion Disc. Their one and only shipyard was in System Two. Klingons started out at System Five, eventually building two shipyards. What did the most damage to the Fed side was a large random Klingon fleet that devastated Fed ship building efforts, as well as the loss of three Fed convoys, which limited their random fleet availability. The real deciding factor was the loss of Fed ship building efforts. And that was a matter of random chance.

Now I’m working on two projects. First off, I’m going to do more work on the casual gaming system, so that players preferring that can play more interesting and involved games like the Sector Assault. I am also getting ready to playtest a new campaign, sort of a re-do of the Fifty Points game that didn’t work. It is a simplified version, known simply as “Three-Way”, using a simplified version of the Fifty Points map. Here is an overview:

Each power starts with 3 fleets and three shipyards.

1) Establish 6 resource systems (RS)- requires 6 turn stay of 3 CA+ class to establish
2) Identify/occupy/defend 26 systems worthy of colonization (K,L,M+ type) (50/50 chance) to dominate map (at least half need to be in enemy territory
3) Establish/maintain LOS between RS and colonies in enemy territory
4) Designate/defend home system

I’ll post (hopefully) regular updates.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Stardate 1210.09 USS Remillard Captain Bindi McKinnon

Encryption matrix Willstown Delta Three

As we get closer and closer to Tholian space, I find that I can no longer put off thinking about those disturbingly personal aspects of this otherwise historic mission. There is a reason that some of our records show an NX-01 Enterprise, and some show an NX-01 Yorktown. The same reason that two different sections of the Memory Alpha library complex show two different dates and circumstances of a 'disastrous' first contact with the Klingons. Based on exhaustive study of audio records in the 23rd century, Spock was known to be the first Vulcan in Starfleet, and yet, Ambassador T'Pol once served with distinction as a Starfleet officer on Enterprise NX-01. The seeming contradictions grow and grow as the years go on. Most people don't know anything about it, but the Department of Temporal Investigations has briefed me fully.

There was, or will be, something called a Temporal Cold War stretching from the 31st century back to the 22nd. As a result of that, as well as a mission that the Enterprise-E undertook to April 5th, 2063, we had the Enterprise NX-01 launching in 2155 and all of the changes that came with it. And involved heavily in that temporal cold war was the Suliban race, under the direction and sponsorship of a power that we believe to be future Romulans. There did eventually come a time when the Suliban finally abandoned their benefactors and sided entirely with the newly founded Federation, but were heavily punished by their one-time benefactors. Every world that the already nomadic Suliban had settles on was destroyed, and the surviving 33,000 Suliban were forced to flee.

It was fifty years later that Suliban bases, known as helixes began to be discovered in wildly random and remote places, and the Suliban began to flock to them as homes. Since then, the Federation has been actively but quietly worked to find more and more helixes for the Suliban to live on, and powers and races that would allow the Suliban to live in their neighborhoods. Two leading civilian proponents of Suliban refugee relief in the 24th century are descendants of two legendary names in Starfleet history. Sammy Jo Archer and Jamie Lynn Kirk are also good friends of mine, and they were investigating a reported massive Suliban helix in the Tholian homeworld (incredibly, at the request of the Tholians) when they disappeared. The Tholians have now demanded that Starfleet dispatch a sufficient force to find the two humans and the helix and remove all from their space.

While I am an advocate for any refugee, and I harbor none of the ill will that some still cling to against the Suliban for crimes and aggression by their ancestors in the 22nd century, I have to say that I have taken issue with some of the risk-taking that my two friends have engaged in up until now. While it is true that civilians can often go places and open doors that military or government members can not, they are also not afforded the some of the protection that fleet and ambassadors can offer.

This is a deeply personal matter for me, and I will admit that the sense of thrill and wonder and anticipation entering what has been until now forbidden Tholian space is deepply overshadowed by a very personal stake I have in this operation. It is extremely disquieting, and I am concerned that my sense of objectivity will be challenged along the way.

Friday, December 3, 2010

Stardate 1210.03 USS Remillard Captain Bindi McKinnon

As we get under way, moving away from the more densely populated neighborhood of the Apha Quadrant and towards Tholian space, I've read my sealed orders and delayed thinking about the disturbing personal aspect of my assignment by finally settling on a motto for the Remillard. This is something that I've thought long and hard about. I resisted the urge to hurry this decision, because the motto will remain after I've moved on. I've come up with something that seems apt for our first mission, and will hopefully provide some inspiration for future crews and captains. The words of Joan of Arc:

"One life is all we have and we live it as we believe in living it. But to sacrifice what you are and to live without belief, that is a fate more terrible than dying..."

Thursday, December 2, 2010