One of the biggest differences between my last few approaches to Star Trek gaming and my older approaches is that the more recent attempts have a tad too much 'meta' in them.
I have delivered the pitch, and executed the adventures with an awareness that this is a game, based on a TV show franchise, in a universe that is not necessarily a living, breathing thing.
It has long been my goal to get back to Star Trek RPG campaigning as I originally envisioned, and ran it; a series of moments in the lives of people living, and working in a possible future.
To this end, I'd like to try to adapt the Star Trek universe to the slightly crunchier, often more 'gritty', and 'realistic' feel, and mechanics of Traveller.
This is certainly not a new idea, and I am sure many gamers have done this over the years, but it is a first for me. I have toyed with the idea in my head every once in a blue moon (Blue moon? Andoria?), but never committed any real effort to making it happen. Certainly I've never put thought to paper (or screen as it were).
Would it work? How much work is involved? Should I even bother?
Well, last year around this time I attempted to create a Star Wars Traveller. The effort had mixed results. It was fun to do, and I got some very positive reactions from readers of the blog. My one attempt to actually run it got a decent response, but my players didn't quite connect with the setting, or style I was hoping to produce.
In this case however...er...hmm. I fear the same thing might happen.
Traveller is one of the games that works with my mainstay, monthly group. That gives this project, and me, some hope. At the same time, it is definitely Star Trek, and if that isn't going to act as a draw then I may end up feeling like I'm doing a lot of work for nothing.
USS Traveller - Insignia with Department Colors
Command, Sciences, and Engineering and Support Services.
As I have mentioned, 2017 is my 40th Anniversary in the RPG hobby, and as such I want to do something really special this year. Special to me that is. This idea fits that bill. Why? Because these are two of my favorite things, and I think that they might just go really well together.
What do you think? Worth a shot, or save myself some heartache?
Should I boldly go, and keep her in dry dock?