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Post by JM1776 » Thu Nov 29, 2007 7:17 am

You'll have to be more specific than "Trek feel." Are you referring to theme, ambience, story arcs, characterization or simply the holistic impression? If the latter, rest assured it will "feel" like "Trek" if we go that way. You'll just have to take my word for it.

In addition, it's only a suggestion, not something I'm bound and determined to see in play.

As to another of your suggestions ...

... I think the problem with a trouble-shooter campaign is that such fits the description of most Starfleet personnel, who are broadly trained and in addition chosen for imagination, adaptability and doggedness. In that sense, either a group specially schooled to deal with a particular problem set or a covert ops team makes more sense, even if they're less fundamentally Trek.

I wonder if early-to-mid 2380's might not be best. It allows for continuity with latter-day Trek, but in addition gives the GM some leeway as to the evolving political situation.
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Post by jayphailey » Thu Nov 29, 2007 9:24 pm

JM1776 wrote:You'll have to be more specific than "Trek feel." Are you referring to theme, ambience, story arcs, characterization or simply the holistic impression? If the latter, rest assured it will "feel" like "Trek" if we go that way. You'll just have to take my word for it.
I wonder about the stories, themes and ambience. It would be a darker setting than conventional Trek, to be sure. The Cardassians are recovering from a a tyranny, a civil war, a worse tyranny, a worse war, and then a horrifying massacre.

About the closest analogy I can imagine in the real world is West Germany in about 1950 or so.

I can imagine interesting stories to be told in such a setting. But I am not seeing a lot of strange new worlds there.

Hmmmm.

I really don't have a Cardassian in my head who'd be interesting to play, right at first glance. I really don't identify with the background that well.

In addition, it's only a suggestion, not something I'm bound and determined to see in play.
it's something to talk about. better than watching the word association thread.
As to another of your suggestions ...

... I think the problem with a trouble-shooter campaign is that such fits the description of most Starfleet personnel, who are broadly trained and in addition chosen for imagination, adaptability and doggedness. In that sense, either a group specially schooled to deal with a particular problem set or a covert ops team makes more sense, even if they're less fundamentally Trek.
My intent was not that the group is special for their ability to solve problems.

They are special because as a group that's off the Base Commander/Ship Commanders usual T/O he can send them out on weird missions without sending away people he might want near him.

That's their value to the C/O in story.

In setting up the story, it allows for more diverse backgrounds and skill sets, as well as isolating the characters from the "400 npcs" problem, where the PCs save the ship each week while hundreds of well trained and competent proffesionals sit on their hands... :)

I don't want to describe such a group as "expendable" because Starfleet wouldn't see them that way, and a mentally intact C/O wouldn't. But if they're gone for 90 days in a runabout, or some sort of scout, resolving the mystery of the Marie Celeste or something, that's not as big a deal as if the Bases Chief Engineering Officer and Chief Science Officer are completely not available for 90 days.

Because they aren't as attached, they are more versatile for the commander.

And I am sure every time they straggled back in from something weird , or something funky, noises would be made about finding them their "Real Assignments" until another whack job issue reared it's head and the C/O asked himself "Who can I spare to sort this out?"
I wonder if early-to-mid 2380's might not be best. It allows for continuity with latter-day Trek, but in addition gives the GM some leeway as to the evolving political situation.
I am actually not all that concerned with this issue. Whenever.

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Post by TimPendragon » Tue Dec 11, 2007 1:20 am

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Post by jayphailey » Tue Dec 11, 2007 1:49 am

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Post by RichMerk » Tue Dec 11, 2007 1:57 am

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Name the movie. :)

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Post by TimPendragon » Tue Dec 11, 2007 1:59 am

RichMerk wrote:"Pinch hitting hitting hitting... for Manny Mota Mota Mota..."

Name the movie. :)
Major League?
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Post by Hyperion » Tue Dec 11, 2007 5:22 pm

TimPendragon wrote:
RichMerk wrote:"Pinch hitting hitting hitting... for Manny Mota Mota Mota..."

Name the movie. :)
Major League?
Airplane. :D

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Post by Hyperion » Tue Dec 11, 2007 5:24 pm

JM1776 wrote: I wonder if early-to-mid 2380's might not be best. It allows for continuity with latter-day Trek, but in addition gives the GM some leeway as to the evolving political situation.
I personally would prefer not going past the 2370s. The Trek world is big enough that canon shouldn't interfere with a good story, and should only help it.

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Post by TimPendragon » Tue Dec 11, 2007 7:23 pm

Sigh. That's what I get for trying to think.... and I quote Airplane all the time.

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As for the timeline... My preference would be either post-Dominion War or just post-Nemesis. They're both periods of transition for the galaxy, with a lot of potential to spin off from.

Examining the new Romulan situation might be fun - and our version would certainly be more interesting than what Pocket Books has done with it.

I'm open to just about anything, though.

As for the setting... I'm open for anything, again, but I'd prefer Starfleet, or at least nominally Federation. How about a space station, or a colony world, with the possibility of a starship as the mission requires?
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Post by Hyperion » Wed Dec 12, 2007 2:15 pm

TimPendragon wrote: As for the timeline... My preference would be either post-Dominion War or just post-Nemesis. They're both periods of transition for the galaxy, with a lot of potential to spin off from.

Examining the new Romulan situation might be fun - and our version would certainly be more interesting than what Pocket Books has done with it.

I'm open to just about anything, though.

As for the setting... I'm open for anything, again, but I'd prefer Starfleet, or at least nominally Federation. How about a space station, or a colony world, with the possibility of a starship as the mission requires?
I concur with everything said here.

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