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Two ships for Star Trek Adventures

Captain Roger Taylor of the USS Essex has submitted several new articles for the Seventh Fleet blog with items for the role-playing game, Star Trek Adventures. Today’s entry gives two different ships that can be used in the game.

This is a ship for the Romulan Star Navy. It could be used in a Romulan campaign or commandeered by Starfleet or Klingon agents.

This entry covers a Ferengi smuggling ship and the NPC that would fly it. The SS Latinum Dust is run by Frump.

The Seventh Fleet blog is accepting submissions (please keep it family friendly) by any fleet member. If you have an article, cartoon, puzzle, photos or anything in particular, send it to Webmaster@SeventhFleet.org and perhaps you’ll see your works posted here.

Trekkies 25th Anniversary Edition review

Twenty-Five years ago a documentary about Star Trek fans was produced and released in theaters called Trekkies. It was narrated by Denise Crosby and focused on various Star Trek fans while interviewing various actors from the (then) franchises that were airing. Recently Shout Factory released a 25th Anniversary Blu-Ray to the wild that included not only the movie but a special interview with producer Denise Crosby and directory Roger Nygard called “A Trek Back”. I picked up this disk and invited my college aged kid to sit down and watch it with me since she had never seen it before.

Back when this movie was released in the theaters, I was invited with other members of my Star Trek fan club to attend a sneak-peak screening prior to the opening night. Because they knew we were die-hard fans, the organizer had set up some hard trivia questions. I recall that one of them was “What Star Trek character was referenced in the 1980’s song 99 Red Balloons by Nena?” It had been a while since I had seen the movie so it was an excellent re-visit. I could re-call some of the stories about some of the various fans that were interviewed and what happened to them after Trekkies had been released. Gabriel Koerner was able to move into a career in movies and television working on special effects. I had to explain to my kid why the Star Trek juror, Barbara Adams, was a big thing in the 90’s during the Whitewater Trial. Specifically how the media was trying to latch onto anything during a boring trial (which was nothing like Law and Order) It also reminded me of when I entered a costume contest at CONduit (a Salt Lake fan-run convention) in a Star Trek uniform with a sign on my back stating “Avoiding jury duty”. Yes that got a lot of laughs. My daughter looked up the Star Trek dentist in Orlando and discovered that something like that was still going on. The name may have changed (which is how she had heard about it). Another reminder that was kind of sad for me was seeing the various dealers room tables during the 90’s. Back then, that is where you got your latest blueprints or resource books. (yelling at cloud moment) Most dealers rooms have been very dull. Comic Conventions seem to be the “State Fair” setup and smaller fan-run conventions are falling by the wayside. The dealers room use to be a huge draw for me at conventions, now I hope to find something. But seeing the Trek clubs in action and talking about how Star Trek fans help with charity brought a smile to my face. This is something that is continuing to this day as we try to move our world into the 24th Century.

When the movie was over I had a great time remembering this movie. I asked my college aged art student what she thought. She loved it except for some of the semi-erotic art put out by various fans. Seeing what fandom was like before she was born was an interesting experience.

After watching the movie I played the original trailer (I’m very happy when companies include this in their media) and “A Trek Back”. The special was recently filmed with Crosby and Nygard and had some very interesting tidbits including a response from JJ Abrams. I was hoping there would have been another special or two (this is blu-ray after all) but that was it. Hopefully we will get more specials if Shout Factory releases a blu-ray of Trekkies 2.

For the price on Amazon, Trekkies was a good pick up for the money. It was good to add this to my collection (my previous ownership was the VHS tape I had recently found in the garage). And yes, I want Trekkies 2 on blu-ray to complete my collection.

RPG Adaptation for Star Trek Adventures: Doomsday World

Captain Roger Taylor of the USS Essex has done it again. He was inspired from reading the Star Trek: The Next Generation novel #12 “Doomsday World” to adapt it into an adventure module. This can be used with the Star Trek Adventures RPG by Modiphius.

This 29 page adaptation includes three new races that can be used in the game. There are also several NPCs, a planetary profile, a vehicle profile and several handouts.

Warning: if you want to play in this adventure, do not read the PDF file below.

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A starship for Star Trek Adventures: Cochrane Series-500 Scout Spaceframe

Captain Roger Taylor continues to send in a wave of wonderful articles taking various elements of Star Trek and adapting them for the Star Trek Adventures role playing game.

For this entry, we have the Cochrane Scout Spaceframe that was (barely) seen in two Star Trek: The Animated Series episodes. Once Upon a Planet and Mudd’s Passion. Details about this ship on screen can be found at Ex Astris Scientia and the Guide to Animated Star Trek (see question 29). Captain Taylor used information from the USS Enterprise Officer’s Manual by Geoffrey Mandel and Doug Drexler.

As a bonus, Captain Taylor also included a “hero” ship the Molly B.

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Kelly Kookbook Entry: Foul Madammas

One of the goals of the Seventh Fleet is to celebrate the creativity of our members. In the late 90’s (then) Lt. Commander Ruth Burns assembled recipes from different sources to put together the Kelly Kookbook. Not only did members of the USS Kelly and the Seventh Fleet help out, but several actors and production personnel from Star Trek also sent in submissions. While our dear friend Ruth is gone, her book of Star Trek recipes is still with us for us to explore. We will post a submission from the book on a semi-regular basis. With February 8th being the birthday of Ethan Phillips, the actor who portrayed Neelix on Star Trek: Voyager, we thought we would post one of his submissions to the book. Enjoy.

Foul Madammas recipe by Ethan Phillips.
Foul Madammas recipe by Ethan Phillips.


Here is another article submitted by Captain Roger Taylor of the USS Essex. The Elthan is a race that appeared in the Star Trek story “Night Whispers” by Diane Duane. This story appeared in the Star Trek: Enterprise Logs anthology.

These statistics can be used for the Star Trek Adventures role playing game by Modphius. Just a reminder that members can submit articles for any Star Trek gaming system.

The Seventh Fleet blog is accepting submissions (please keep it family friendly) by any fleet member. If you have an article, cartoon, puzzle, photos or anything in particular, send it to Webmaster@SeventhFleet.org and perhaps you’ll see your works posted here.

Beware the Space Monkeys

Captain Roger Taylor of the USS Essex submitted this article (plus a few cartoons) for a blog post. The primary portion of the article is a creature/obstacle for the Star Trek Adventures role playing game by Modiphius.

And just to add to the silliness, here is two cartoons about Space Monkeys.

The Seventh Fleet blog is accepting submissions (please keep it family friendly) by any fleet member. If you have an article, cartoon, puzzle, photos or anything in particular, send it to Webmaster@SeventhFleet.org and perhaps you’ll see your works posted here.

Hmm… I wonder where all the bananas went?

Book Review- Star Trek: Picard The Last Best Hope

Last Best Hope cover
The cover to the Star Trek: Picard novel “The Last Best Hope”

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Book Review- Star Trek: Picard The Last Best Hope

Title: Star Trek: Picard The Last Best Hope

Author: Una McCormack

Page count: 336

Breakdown: Fifteen chapters in three parts.

Year Published: 2020

ISBN: 978-1-9821-3944-5 (Hardcover)

ISBN: 978-1-9821-3945-2 (ebook)

The Last Best Hope is the first novel based on the CBS All Access (now Paramount+) series “Star Trek: Picard”.  I recently had a chance to purchase this book for my Amazon Kindle to add to my reading list.  Being the first book in the series, I knew that I just had to know the show and not any previous books (I’m doing a lot of catch up on my Star Trek reading right now) so I was eager to open this book up and explore.

                This book starts out with Starfleet Command approaching Captain Picard with the task of assisting the Romulan Star Empire after the discovery of the supernova that will destroy countless inhabited planets.  The newly promoted Admiral Picard is immediately moved into a role of coordinating the relocation efforts that the Federation extends to the Romulans.  He first meets Lt. Commander Raffi Musiker who briefs the Admiralty on the supernova that we first learned about in the 2009 Star Trek movie. 

                There is a lot of discussion about how the Federation would handle such an evacuation.  The resources needed, the ships built, and the manpower required.  What projects would be placed on hold just to accomplish such a goal.  There is a lot of insight into what happens with refugees.  Especially when the government like the Romulan Star Empire is built upon keeping secrets.

                Author Una McCormack introduces us to several of the characters we will get to know in the Star Trek: Picard television series.  The above-mentioned Raffi Musiker and her time as Picard’s Executive Officer on the USS Verity.  We get an insight into the effects the mission has on her family life.  Doctor Bruce Maddox mentors a student known as Agnes Jurati.  This mentoring develops into a relationship, especially when Dr. Maddox is forced to abandon his life’s work to develop a form of artificial ship builders known as the Synths.  One of he Romulan planets that is evacuated by the Verity contains Zani and the band of warrior nuns known as the Qowat Milat.  Here Picard meets a very young boy named Elnor.  While not seen in the series, Geordi La Forge features prominently in this novel as he heads up the shipbuilding efforts at the Utopia Planitia Fleet Yards building the Wallenberg Class transport.  We also get a chance to meet future Fleet Admiral Kirsten Clancy at Federation Headquarters.

                There is also a rich band of characters that are introduced for this novel.  Estella Mackenzie works at Utopia Planitia alongside La Forge and comes up with the idea of creating androids to help with construction.  With the supernova being a unique event, Doctor Amal Safadi at Cambridge’s Institute of Astronomy conducts several studies.  He tries to get a hold of his Romulan counterpart, the scientist Doctor Nokim Vritet who first discovered the disaster that had befallen his people.  On the USS Verity are two interesting individuals such as Lt. Koli Jocan, a Bajoran who is very familiar with relocation due to the history of her people and provided one of the most inspirational moments within the book.  The other is the Romulan “cultural liaison officer” Lt. Tajuth sent to make sure that Picard considers Romulan interest while within their territory.  Tajuth provides quite a bit of insight into the Romulan culture.  One of the more interesting characters is Olivia Quest.  A politician who is a representative from the agricultural colony near the Romulan border called Estelen.   She provides a lot of insight into how the smaller worlds within the Federation feel about the sudden influx of Romulan refugees into the area. 

                With this book set before the Romulan star exploded I was wondering if we were going to see or hear from two individuals.  The first one, Spock, did not disappoint me.  I was also wondering if we were going to hear anything about Nero and his crew.  They did not make an appearance, but this may have been due to (at the time) the rights to characters from the 2009 movie.

                The writing style and detail provided by the author delved very deeply into the characters and various sub-plots.  The short chapters made for quick reading.  Unfortunately, my reading schedule only allowed for short reads each day.  Most of these I did not want to put my reading tablet down.  I found myself spending extra time reading “just a few more pages”.  The writing was that engaging in the story and characters. 

                This was also the curse of the book.  The main characters seen in the show had their stories wrapped up by the end of the book in a very good story.  I’m not certain if there was a limit on the number of pages, but it seemed like the very well written characters introduced into the book were quickly wrapped up in a few pages.  This disappointed me a little.  With how well these characters had been written, I was hoping to find out more about what happened with them at the end of the book.  Perhaps this could be an opportunity to see some of these characters again in future novels.

                If you enjoyed watching the first season of Star Trek: Picard and would like to know how some of the characters developed before the television series, I would highly recommend The Last Best Hope.

Flashback: Hansen Planetarium Summer Solstice

Summer Solstice Event

Here is another flashback article from a previous event. The Hansen Planetarium was the primary planetarium in Utah during the 1990’s. They held a cosplay event for a Summer Solstice one year that gave several USS Kelly members a chance to show off their Star Trek cosplay.

We are not certain what year this article was published or which newspaper it was. It could have been somewhere between 1993-1995. The photo itself shows at least three Kelly members. The Klingon officer is wearing a Kelly combadge with the ranks represented on the badge itself. This article was either in the Salt Lake Tribune or the Deseret News.