I’ve been working on the Star Trek Adventures role-playing game with the fine folks at Modiphius for some four years now, after being “drafted” by Jim Johnson. My role has primarily been as the canon editor, meaning I review the narrative text to ensure the details are consistent with the filmed canon across the multiple TV shows and movies covered by their license (basically everything prior to Star Trek: Discovery). In the very beginning, I also worked with Dayton Ward to develop the Shackleton Expanse, an unexplored region of the Beta Quadrant that served as a setting for a series of adventures in an early promotional campaign run by Modiphius. That was the last time I’d done any writing for the game . . . until now!
For the recently announced Klingon Empire Core Rulebook (available for preorder at the time of this post, or right now as a pdf preview), I wrote five sidebars, providing Klingon atmosphere from a variety of viewpoints. For example, one sidebar is a letter from Alexander Rhozhenko, weapons officer aboard the I.K.S. Ya’Vang, to Worf, congratulating his father on becoming the Federation ambassador to the Klingon Empire. There is a final statement recorded by Commander Kruge after he decides to secure the Genesis device for the Empire. And another letter is written by Chancellor Martok to his late wife Sirella in Sto-vo-kor. I’ve put short excerpts from all five sidebars on my website. A bunch of other people familiar to readers of Star Trek tie-in fiction contributed to the book: Derek Tyler Attico, Christopher L. Bennett, Keith R. A. DeCandido, Kelli Fitzpatrick, Jim Johnson, Lawrence M. Schoen, and Dayton Ward.
But wait, there’s more—also recently announced was a Shackleton Expanse supplement! Dayton and I are getting to revisit the backstory introduced in that early campaign and, along with returning fellow Trek scribes Derek Tyler Attico, Kelli Fitzpatrick, and Jim Johnson, create an epic ten-part campaign beginning in the days of Kirk and Spock and continuing in the Next Generation era. More info to come on this work in progress.
In addition to the names I’ve dropped above, both books contain exemplary work from the in-house staff at Modiphius as well as their regular roster of freelance writers and artists too numerous to list here; please read the credits in the books and tip your metaphorical cap to all the dedicated Trek fans who have contributed to Star Trek Adventures!
*Illustration credits: Up top is a Klingon judgment hall (Rodrigo Gonzalez), in the middle is the book cover (also Rodrigo Gonzalez), and finally we have the epic battle between Kahless the Unforgettable and the tyrant Molor at the River Skral (Martin Sobr).
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