I run and play with multiple groups and fairly often these days; the experiences running the gamut from light hearted fun to please someone put me out of my misery.
With my ol' High School of Art & Design crew that is never the case.
Every session so far has been amazing or better. Case in point, this Star Trek Adventures outing.
To be honest, I didn't think I did such a great job running it. There were reasons, and I can definitely be too critical of myself, yet still and all I think it could have been even better than it was. That said, it was REALLY GOOD. Everyone said they had a great time, people were already looking forward to our next game together, and the player who played the Captain, David Concepcion, wrote this post-game 'Captain's Log' the next day and posted it to our group chat on Facebook.
CAPTAIN'S LOG—STARDATE 9033.1
The USS Renown has received orders from Starfleet to put into Starbase 35 for refit and reassignment. Starfleet Command has also offered me a promotion to Admiral in light of our current mission's completion, the signing of the Treaty of Gamma Dorado III, in addition to my many years of service. I must admit it is bittersweet to accept either of these commendations.
I have spent a majority of my career aboard the Renown; the last five as its captain and prior to that as the engineer who successfully devised the IPPS system that powers it. To have her under someone else's command is close to heart-breaking but that is mostly because she is one of the finest ships in the Federation and has a crew almost parallel to none. This is especially true of the Renown's bridge and command crew, who should be commended and rewarded for their outstanding ability and work above and beyond the call of duty. I owe them, as much as the Renown and its fleet, almost everything and so note this for the record.
As for the promotion, I am still considering it. It is a great honor and not one to be taken lightly, yet it can be ceremonial and lends oneself to many years of bureaucracy instead of being out in the field. As the events surrounding our last mission show, it feels a little early to be put on a display shelf just yet. Still, I am reminded of the words a fellow colleague once said, “galloping around the cosmos is a game for the young.” Maybe accepting a secure, less life-threatening job isn't as bad as one is led to believe.
Whatever the future holds, this will mark the end of one chapter in the lives of the USS Renown and its crew. Another chapter will begin soon and I wish those involved nothing but the best of luck and the clearest of night skies. May we all live up to history and the bright future this ship has given us.
I love this. I love that someone was moved enough by the adventure, by the legacy of this campaign, its character and events, to write something like this. It may seem like nothing special to you but to me it's everything. These days I'm lucky if people remember the name of an NPC from scene to scene or what was happening in the previous session. Here I have a group of players who remember their characters and the adventures they were on from a game from 30 goddamn year ago. That story may have come to a close but clearly, with this team, the fun never truly ends.
Live Long and Prosper Everyone!