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Gene Roddenberry (1921-1991), Star Trek, and Outside In Boldly Goes [UPDATED]

avatar-scottwoodardmeavatarjessHe was often referred to as “The Great Bird of the Galaxy,” a towering icon in pop culture history whose role in creating one of the longest-running science fiction universes of all time permanently places him in the media hall of fame as well as in the hearts of millions of fans. His name was Gene Roddenberry, and today would have been his 95th birthday.

Plenty of words have been written and will continue to be written about his life, his work, and his legacy, but here at G2V we just had to chime in on his birthday in this, STAR TREK‘s 50th anniversary, to reaffirm our love for the universe he and the team he assembled helped to create over the course of a half century of thoughtful exploration and adventure to the final frontier and beyond.

OutsideIn3coverPREVIEWThis fall, Arnold’s own ATB Publishing will also release the third in the OUTSIDE IN series of avant-garde essay collections, featuring contributions from numerous writers working in a variety of styles, formats, and tones. The first two volumes covered all of the stories in classic and modern televised DOCTOR WHO, but for the third – OUTSIDE IN BOLDLY GOES – 117 writers were assembled by editor Robert Smith? to discuss all of the Kirk-era STAR TREK tales from the original series, animated series, feature films, and a few surprises too. More details will be forthcoming shortly, but in this anniversary year, it will be a one-of-a-kind journey back through all those Enterprise exploits we remember so fondly…and you may even look at them with fresh eyes. To the left is an exclusive first look at the cover, and at the ATB site you’ll find the table of contents and pre-ordering information!

We tip our G2V hats to Gene, and “May the Great Bird of the Galaxy bless your planet!”

GAMING: WHERE NO GAMER HAS GAMED BEFORE

avatar-scottwoodardThe history of STAR TREK tabletop roleplaying games is a long and complicated one stretching all the way back to 1978 with STAR TREK: ADVENTURE GAMING IN THE FINAL FRONTIER, published by Heritage Models.

Recently, Modiphius Entertainment announced a brand new RPG titled STAR TREK ADVENTURES, set to release in 2017. While we anxiously await this new line, let’s fly our Klingon Bird of Prey around the sun and take a little stroll through the history of STAR TREK roleplaying games!

STAR TREK: ADVENTURE GAMING IN THE FINAL FRONTIER

HeritageModelsReleased in 1978 by Heritage Models, this game was written by Michael Scott and included material from both the original and animated series. The focus of the game was on landing party missions, and there were no rules provided for starship combat. A fairly extensive line of miniatures was also released for the game that included Starfleet officers, Klingons, Romulans, and a number of other alien races. Publication lasted only a short while before Heritage lost the license. Scott later revised the game with some upgrades in 1982 under the name STARFLEET VOYAGES from Terra Games Company.

STAR TREK: THE ROLEPLAYING GAME

FASA1982 saw the release of one of the most famous and longest-surviving STAR TREK RPGs. Published by FASA Corporation and developed by Guy McLimore Jr., Greg Poehlein, and David F. Tepool, this boxed set launched with great fanfare and wound up lasting all the way through 1989, even spawning a couple supplements for THE NEXT GENERATION). The original set contained three books as well as two counter sheets and dice. Dozens of supplements and adventures were released, as well as tie-in board games, tactical games, and miniatures.

PRIME DIRECTIVE

Task Force_AmarilloIn 1993, the company behind the long-running STAR FLEET BATTLES tactical combat game – Task Force Games/Amarillo Design Bureau – released an RPG set in their alternate TREK timeline based almost exclusively on the STAR FLEET TECHNICAL MANUAL (remember that book with its black vinyl binding)? Thanks to a hazy deal between the creator of that book (Franz Joseph) and STAR TREK series creator Gene Roddenberry, Task Force Games (later Amarillo Design Bureau) was able to publish games using material from that book without interference from Paramount Pictures. PRIME DIRECTIVE was their Star Fleet Universe RPG, and while the original version used their own d6-based system, GURPS and d20 versions of the game have been published. To date, PRIME DIRECTIVE is still very much alive, and if you’re interested in a more militaristic TREK variant, you can order the game (and numerous supplements) directly from ADB’s online store.

STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION ROLE-PLAYING GAME

LastUnicorn_TNGLastUnicorn_DS9LastUnicorn_TOSReleased in 1998 four years after TNG left our screens, this release from Last Unicorn Games was designed by Christian Moore, Ross Isaacs, Kenneth Hite, and Steven S. Long. It was a lavish, full-color hardcover volume that used their in-house Icon system and also led to the release of the STAR TREK: DEEP SPACE NINE ROLE-PLAYING GAME and STAR TREK: THE ORIGINAL SERIES ROLE-PLAYING GAME. A VOYAGER game was ready for release before Last Unicorn Games was gobbled up by Wizards of the Coast in 2000. Like other TREK games before them, these titles were also supported with some terrific supplemental material.

STAR TREK ROLEPLAYING GAME

DecipherBased around Decipher Inc.’s CODA game system (the same one Decipher used in their LORD OF THE RINGS line), this 2002 release was a nice effort from a company who was known more at the time for their licensed collectible card games. The game was designed by a number of folks, including a few who had recently worked on the TREK products from Last Unicorn. While a handful of impressive supplements were published, Decipher shut down its RPG division in 2007 and the STAR TREK ROLEPLAYING GAME was no more.

STAR TREK ADVENTURES

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Returning to the present day – and yes, we were able to save the whales on our way back – Modiphius Entertainment will soon be unleashing STAR TREK ADVENTURES in 2017! From what little we know, the game will utilize their 2d20 system, which was designed by Jay Little and used for most of their other games, including MUTANT CHRONICLES, INFINITY, CONAN, and JOHN CARTER OF MARS.

The game will include material from the original series, NEXT GENERATION, DEEP SPACE NINE, VOYAGER, and ENTERPRISE, as well as all of the original crew and TNG movies; fans seeking material from the J.J. Abrams/Kelvin Timeline will be out of luck! Modiphius will also be producing a line of 32mm miniatures, including characters and crews, boarding parties, and away teams, as well as a selection of geomorphic tile maps.

We certainly look forward to experiencing all new tabletop adventures in the Final Frontier! Until then, be sure to swing by Modiphius’ booth at GenCon for more information, and may STAR TREK ADVENTURES live long and prosper!

29: Leonard Nimoy 1931-2015

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There are no words to express the loss felt by so many around the world at the passing of actor, artist, and immortal icon Leonard Nimoy on Friday, February 27, 2015 at the age of 83. Universally known as the cooly logical Mr. Spock from STAR TREK, Nimoy made his mark on our culture in countless ways beyond his most memorable role. Join Scott and Arnold for an all-too-brief but heartfelt tribute to the man that lived long and prospered, and in doing so changed all of our lives for the better.

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Spock Highlights Video (shared by George Takei on his Facebook page)

4: Abramsverse Star Trek

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Scott and Arnold beam up to an alternate reality and shield their eyes from the lens flare (no, that will never get old) as they prepare to dive deep into the action-packed reinvention of the venerable STAR TREK franchise that some have dubbed “Abramsverse Trek!” So grab some beer, fill up the engine room tuns, rev it up to Warp Factor Whatever, and set phasers to “doesn’t transwarp beaming and magic blood ruin everything?”

Oh, and do we need to warn you that since we discuss both movies in depth, there’s a spoiler storm ahead akin to an asteroid field or a Mutara Nebula made entirely of spoilers? So now you know.

NOTE: We had another technical glitch, with some of Arnold’s audio making him sound a bit drunk (he doesn’t even drink!), but it’s yet another lesson learned for next time – remember to kill all background backups!

ALSO: Be warned, voices are raised a few times – maybe it’s just because of how much we care. Ultimately it’s all a result of us having a great time doing the show!

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SHOW LINKS:
What’s the future of Star Trek after “Into Darkness?” (io9.com)

Star Trek Continues

Star Trek Continues E01: “Pilgrim of Eternity” (on Vimeo)

Star Trek New Voyages Phase II

RedLetterMedia – Mr. Plinkett: Star Trek Into Reference (we didn’t talk about this in the episode, but it’s worth it!)