Star Trek

Should You Buy the Star Trek Starter Set from Modiphius

Are you a fan of Star Trek? While I will admit that my knowledge of the lore and history of the Star Trek universe is woefully inadequate compared with many out there, I enjoy it immensely and have seen most of the shows – still need to go through Enterprise and Discovery. I started the latter but didn’t quite get hooked yet. I want to give it a full shot, though. So, when Modiphius released Star Trek Adventures using their 2d20 system a couple of years ago, I picked up a copy of the Collector’s Edition. I read through it, enjoyed what the book offered, and watched a number of live plays, such as Shield of Tomorrow.

I wanted to play or run a game but didn’t have anyone I knew that was into the idea. So, it sat on my shelf with a lot of other games I own. Still, I liked the game and when I found the Star Trek Adventures Starter Set for a good price, I decided to pick that up as well. I was hoping that it might be laid out in a way that would make it easy to help me teach others how to play the game.

I’m happy to say that it does this job remarkably well. In fact, it’s one of the best starter sets that I’ve ever had, and other companies would do well to follow this model.

What Does the Starter Set Include?

The Starter Rules booklet contains all of the basic rules you are going to need, including starship combat. Everything is laid out in a logical manner that will make it easy for people to pick up the gist of the 2d20 system quickly and easily. If you have ever played any of the other 2d20 systems from Modiphius, you will feel right at home here. The rules are written clearly, too, which is nice. There are some RPGs that have language that seems purposefully obtuse, but Star Trek Adventures doesn’t suffer from that problem. The concisely and clearly present the rules in about 20 pages.

In addition to the Starter Rules booklet, you will also find 5 premade PC sheets, as well as a sheet that describes the abilities and stats of the PC’s ship, the USS Magellan. “A Star Beyond the Stars” is the starter campaign, which is split into three adventures that should be run one after the other. The Starter Campaign booklet is about 50 pages.

One of the best things about this set is the campaign. It is laid out in a very easy to read and understand manner that slowly guides the GM, introducing different rolls and aspects of gameplay slowly, so they and the players can get used to them. By the time you finish with the campaign (and likely well before you finish), you will be able to run a session easily.

The adventures also provide a lot of the lingo and tech-speak, which is nice. Like I said, when it comes to Star Trek, I’m not the most knowledgeable. The way it’s written can make me seem far more competent than I am. The way the adventures in this campaign (and others I have) are written makes them sound and feel like a real episode of the show, which is great.

Do You Need Special Dice for the Game?

The Starter Set also comes with a set of special Star Trek dice, but special dice aren’t needed in order to play. The d20 rolls don’t need any conversions (they are just d20s), and the d6 conversion is very simple. Literally, just remember that 3 and 4 on a d6 mean no damage and 5 and 6 mean a point of damage with an effect. It’s easy. Also, the price of the special sets of Star Trek dice online is very overpriced if you ask me. The dice are cool, but you are paying for the licensing.

Do I Recommend the Star Trek Adventures Starter Set?

If you love Star Trek and roleplaying games, and you want to start playing a great game that does a good job at capturing the feel and flavor of the setting, this is it. The starter set is a perfect introduction, and I highly recommend it. In fact, I enjoyed the starter set enough that I’ve dusted off my core book, bought the GM screen, and the Star Trek Adventures Beta Quadrant Sourcebook, not to mention a bunch of PDF adventures.

Go ahead and check it out. I have a feeling you might like it.

On a side note, I swear, if I don’t find some people near me that want to play, this might end up being one of the online games that I plan to start running toward the end of this year.

10+ Roleplaying Games to Play that Aren’t Dungeons & Dragons

This book is gorgeous and the game is great!

This book is gorgeous and the game is great!

Okay, first things first. I love Dungeons & Dragons. It was the first RPG that I ever played and it is likely one that l will end up playing forever. However, there are plenty of other games out there that I really love. Some I have played (well, run, since I don’t get to play very often) and others I want to start playing/running.

Of course, that would also mean that I need to find a lot more time, since I don’t have much, and more people who want to play. I tend to talk about all those games I want to play from time to time, mostly when I get wistful that I might never get the chance to play them all. The list of games changes sometimes, mostly when new games come out. But for now, I’ve compiled a list of 10 games (I cheated, and it’s technically way more than 10) that I want to play more often, or at all, and I thought that you might want to check out and try some of them out if you haven’t already.

I look forward to running all sorts of games with this system.

I look forward to running all sorts of games with this system.

If I’m being honest, this really just scratches the surface of the games that are out there that I want to play… and more seem to be coming out all the time from large publishers and independent publishers alike. There’s stuff like Mutant: Year Zero, Blue Rose, 7th Sea, Shadow of the Demon Lord, Grimm, Starfinder and so many more. The list literally goes on and on. I will likely be doing some reviews of all the above games, when I get a chance to go through them and play or at least get a good sense of them. I there’s anything you want to know more about sooner, let me know in the comments.

What games might you want to play if you had more time? What games should I be playing that aren’t on this list? Also, how the hell do I find more time to do all of this? If anyone has a time machine or something, let me know.

(Note: The links that I’ve placed in the post are affiliate links, as they often are, which means if you decide to buy anything, I will get a cut of it. Not much, but every little bit is going to help to keep the site running.)