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Old August 16 2014, 05:08 AM   #1
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Star Trek tabletop RPG play

I was wondering if anyone here had played the old Star Trek RPG from FASA back in the day. I've gotten all the books, I'm just wondering if it was fun and worth setting up to play.

I've also heard there's a "Star Fleet Battles" that's based on, but can't for legal reasons reference, Star Trek, but I don't know much about it.

Does anyone know a good way to get started in Trek tabletop gaming?

I'm looking to do something vaguely like what you see for either Warhammer 40K or Lord of the Rings, where you set up a field, put your pieces, measure out how far they go, and roll your dice to determine speed, damage, all that stuff, along with having a planetside component for figures (as in, I get a Kirk figurine and an Enterprise figurine, and play each in turn).
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Old August 21 2014, 04:34 PM   #2
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Re: Star Trek tabletop RPG play

I did both FASA RPG and their Starship Combat Simulator. The RPG was fantastic and, IMO, better than anything else that's come out since. Their Four Years War and Klingon supplements were particularly great (and, interestingly, the basis for the new "Star Trek: Axanar" fan film project). Many of their pre-written games were quite well done (A Doomsday Like Any Other, The Kobayashi Alternative, etc).

The ComSim on the other hand was not so great. I can't remember much in the way of details - it was so long ago - but I remember discovering some flaws in their hit chart algorithm and was irritated that I had to make some changes to account for it. I also did SFB and I remember it being far superior to the FASA Sim (and would be better from a tabletop POV). Ironically, though, I found the FASA tabletop miniatures to be superior to the SFB ones (the ship designs, in general, as well).

Eventually, I wound up making my own plots and storylines using the FASA ruleset, to eventually be superseded by the White Wolf system which, IMO, was quite easy to customize into the Trek world and was better at developing detailed characters. Tabletop games (in my world) were made obsolete by computer games like Starfleet Command and Armada.
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Re: Star Trek tabletop RPG play

It's not exactly what you're looking for, but you might want to take a look at Star Trek: Fleet Captains. In the base game there are two fleets, Federation and Klingon, and you compete with each other to complete missions, fight each other, have encounters with things like the Nexus. It's really cool, and there's a Romulan expansion with a Dominion expansion coming out soon.
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