Dice Pools in the 2d20 System

File today’s post under “Short But Labor-Intensive.” Having played a lot of Star Trek Adventures and some short games of Infinity, I’ve noticed a question come up repeatedly in the 2d20 system. How many dice is enough dice? With the criticals and the shifting Difficulties it can be hard to figure out whether you should be buying more dice. Well, I aim to settle that mathematically today.

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Ten Things to Know About Star Trek Adventures

I’ve written other “Ten Things to Know…” posts, and they’re always pretty fun. I see them as short lists you can send to a group to pitch them on a game you want to try or just prep them for a game you’ve already decided on. They’re short and sweet and today I want to give that treatment to Star Trek Adventures, a game that I’ve grown to love and appreciate.

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System Roundtable: Beyond Earth

Hello and welcome to another of our system roundtables! We’re going to be talking today about Civilization: Beyond Earth, the latest science-fiction installment in the Civilization series. I played Sid Meier’s Alpha Centauri as a kid and loved it so I’ve been enjoying this as a stress reliever recently. It got me thinking that this setting is really interesting and would be a fun place to set an RPG. But what system to use?

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Holodecks in Star Trek Adventures

I was watching Star Trek with Dr. James the other day, and the episode happened to be one of those centering on the holodeck technology. Specifically, it was the Voyager episode “Heroes and Demons” which involves holonovel characters, a photonic alien, and the ship’s EMH venturing out of sickbay for the first time. It’s not the most dramatic episode but it led me to explain to Dr. James (she’s just getting into the series) all about holodecks and how they’ve been explored in Star Trek in the past. After the conversation my mind naturally drifted to holodecks in Star Trek Adventures where there’s a lot of awesome potential.

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Extra Runabout Modules

One of the items I’ve been considering this week for Star Trek Adventures is the lowly runabout. Introduced in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, the runabout is large for a small personnel-carrier but its adaptability make it a real asset to a ship. Here are some more options for even more adaptability!

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Making NPC Starships

In the new Star Trek Adventures game from Modiphius Entertainment, your crew will probably be spending as much time on away missions as they will onboard their starship. Previously, I went through the process of making your very own spaceframe and last week I laid out guidelines for making new adversaries. Today those two missions come together with guidelines for making new NPC ships to challenge your players.

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Making Adversaries

The Star Trek Adventures rulebook comes with a good host of adversaries, but there’s always room for more. There are guidelines for making supporting characters in STA but none so far about making more adversaries. I tried to reverse engineer Modiphius’s strategies for making NPCs, and today I’m going to outline my guidelines for writing them.

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Star Trek Adventures: Starships and Enemies

Last time I posted about the player characters of Star Trek Adventures, the main focus of the story, but there’s one character present in every Star Trek series that we haven’t talked about: the ship. Fans of Star Trek know that the bridge crew are people you come to love (or love to hate) but whenever there’s a battle or emergency that threatens to destroy the ship, that is when you’re on the edge of your seat. Star Trek Adventures understands that and makes sure that the ship is a fully-fledged character both narratively and mechanically.

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Star Trek Adventures: Character Creation

In my first post about Star Trek Adventures, I went over just the basics of the game: the orbital view of what you can expect from a campaign with this game line. This already gave some people a good idea of whether they were interested in buying the game (now available on Drive Thru RPG!) but others will be looking for a little more detail. If you want a real blow-by-blow you should check out the Philippine gamer‘s in-depth Let’s Study series but today I’m going to talk generally about one of the most important aspects of this game. The focus of every story, whether on the screen or in the mind’s eye, is always the same: the characters.

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Star Trek Adventures: Basics

A few weeks back, I posted some thoughts about Star Trek: Adventures by Modiphius and then the other day I got a semi-final copy of the pdf from them. If you’ve read through that post you know I had some concerns about the direction things might be headed and now I get to see if those were justified or not. Let’s lay in a course!

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