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Star Trek Adventures roleplaying game and miniatures: Join the playtest

Posted August 4

It's been more than a decade since the world of Star Trek was featured in a roleplaying game. But with the 50th Anniversary of Star Trek this year comes the announcement of the Star Trek Adventures RPG by Modiphius Entertainment. Join the playtest.

Fans of Star Trek games have the opportunity to help shape the Star Trek Adventures roleplaying game by joining an open playtest and sharing ideas for improvement. This input will shape the voyages and missions of the game set to officially launch in Summer 2017.

Chris Birch, publishing director for Modiphius Entertainment said, "We run open playtests for all our roleplaying games. We like to involve the community wherever possible as it really helps us develop a much stronger gaming experience."

Kicking off at one of America's biggest gaming conventions, Gen Con, the playtest will allow players to join a Star Trek ship as a crewmember. Registration will take place daily at the Modiphius booth No. 2737 in the Gen Con exhibit hall Aug. 4–7. Additional sign-ups will launch online from late August at www.modiphius.com/star-trek and fans in Europe can join at the Essen-Spiel convention in Germany in October or at the Dragonmeet convention in the UK in December.

"You’ll be assigned to one of four different ships, the USS Lexington (a Constitution class much like the Enterprise) in the classic era, and three ships in the Next Generation era; the USS Venture (a Galaxy Class like the later Enterprise), the USS Bellerophon (an Intrepid class like Voyager) and USS Thunderchild (an Akira class)," said Birch.

"The crew or playtesters of each ship will experience the living campaign from different perspectives, for example, the Akira will get more conflict whilst the Bellerophon will have much more scientific related challenges and mysteries and the Venture will have a wider mix of diplomatic, exploration, discover and conflict missions. As gamers progress through the playtest, the crew's experiences and decisions will affect the next installment of their mission so they can have a big impact on the final storyline."

Using the Modiphius 2d20 game system (used in Mutant Chronicles, Infinity, Conan and John Carter of Mars roleplaying games), the game will also feature 32mm miniatures and Geomorphic tile maps of burning Federation ships, mysterious colonies and embattled Klingon cruisers.

"I think Star Trek fans are going to really like how we make this version ‘feel like Star Trek’ in ways other games haven’t yet achieved," said Birch.

"It’s not all about shooting holes in the nearest Klingon, we’re highlighting the engineering and scientific problem solving, mysteries, conspiracies, moral dilemmas and a host of other things that have mad the Star Trek universe so compelling over the last 50 years," he said. "We’re making it more accessible, and I think the combination of gorgeous art and writing by some really amazing names will make it stand out.

"Of course, everyone loves the familiar characters from the Star Trek shows, however for me, being able to explore the voyages of other ships and discover mysterious new worlds through our artwork and storylines is going to be an amazing experience. It’s why the emphasis is on ‘Starfleet Needs A New Crew’ I really wanted people to think about sharing their own five-year missions with friends."

The upcoming Star Trek Adventures is under license by CBS Consumer Products. Those who participate in the playtest will be listed in the "Star Trek Adventures" book manifest. Sign up for Starfleet now at www.modiphius.com/star-trek.

Email: rmorgenegg@deseretnews.com

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