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Question about "Ship Assignments"

posted Aug 11, 2016 02:51:04 by Fat Arbok
I saw this in your recent interview:

CB: Those that sign up at events like GenCon, Essen, Dragonmeet, or our monthly Modiphius events in London will be able to select their ship. Otherwise when people sign up online we’ll make an assignment based on their Starfleet application. There will be four ships: the USS Lexington, a Constitution class like Kirk’s Enterprise in the original series era; then USS Venture, a Galaxy class; USS Bellerophon, an Intrepid class; and USS Thunderchild, an Akira class all in the Next Generation Era. All will have a slightly different experience–for example, the Bellerophon will get a lot more science and mysteries to explore, whilst the Akira will have the potential to get into more conflicts–though it will be down to the players what they actually do.

I'm left with the impression that players (except those who sign up at certain conventions) will have some decision made for them that would affect their gameplay experience. That's making me more tentative about this product than I otherwise might. Am I mistaken here?
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Nathan.Dowdell said Aug 11, 2016 09:38:03
This is for the playtest only. Once the game is released, you can do as you wish with it, but we're using the playtest to test out some of the ideas we'll be using with the Living Campaign as well as testing the core rules.
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JoshuaSullivan said Aug 11, 2016 18:51:26
I cant wait, I would go with the Thunderchild cause I loved the Akira class in Star trek Armada and it like been years since I have even seen one referenced.
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MikeSarno said Aug 14, 2016 12:40:18
This sounds like a great system to use to get the most mileage out of the playtest. I really hope our group will be given the opportunity to participate in the playtest.
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Cooky said Aug 14, 2016 13:08:43
It's interesting to see you may be assigned different ships as signups but I can't see how the game test will work, can any extra info on the process be made available or can someone clarify whether the playtest system is going to enable pre-existing groups (at a club or store) to take a test pack and play through a scenario or part of a scenario and then feed back?

Peace & Long Life
Steven

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Khan.N.Singh said Aug 14, 2016 14:27:13
It's interesting to see you may be assigned different ships as signups but I can't see how the game test will work, can any extra info on the process be made available or can someone clarify whether the playtest system is going to enable pre-existing groups (at a club or store) to take a test pack and play through a scenario or part of a scenario and then feed back?


I'm hoping for a downloadable playtest ruleset, so we get to try it out with our regular roleplay group, and then provide feedback. We don't go to conventions or stores to play.
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Cooky said Aug 14, 2016 14:55:28

Thanks for the feedback, I can't wait to get stuck into the new playtest :-)

Peace & Long Life,
Steven
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BruceBoragine said Aug 14, 2016 18:35:58
The John Carter alpha rules were or are available in a link for download.
Comments are posted on the forum.
I would guess that Star Trek will be the same way.
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ssand_46@yahoo.com said Aug 14, 2016 20:41:31
I'd think it will be more like Conan's version than JC. Or something in between. Just the need to identify specific skill sets leans more to Conan.
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SteveHanson said Aug 15, 2016 05:28:08
There will be a play test once we put rules to paper. Right now we're concerned with what does everyone want. The play test will be conducted like all of our play tests, pdf made available to those in the program. These are not open play tests but only for those who are approved. Each version or two there will be a survey.
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Jason Hawver said Aug 18, 2016 18:49:27
This is such a neat idea. It's a great way to make sure that the different aspects of the game and styles of campaigns all get appropriate attention.
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LukeWilkinson said Aug 19, 2016 03:17:59
Can someone clarify for me how this ship assignment for the play test will work? I mean will players be assigned to a ship on a solely individual basis or will it be based on where they regularly play or is it the GMs that are running the sessions who are assigned ships. For some reason I'm just imagining a scenario where you sit down at a table of six and three players are assigned to the Lexington, two are assigned to the Thunderchild and one to the Venture, leaving the GM going, 'well this isn't going to work'.

Also, all the release info currently specifically mentions the US, UK and Europe (I realise it's because of conventions), but will those of us here in Australia be able to participate in the living campaign?
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SteveHanson said Aug 19, 2016 05:37:32
I'm not sure in how they plan to assign ships exactly, but Starfleet is always moving people around from ship to ship, as the scrip...uh mission dictates. That is something they all have to take into consideration as they contemplate how this is going to work.

Have no fear, were not going to leave Oz out of this, although we will probably arrange things through our Silver shields down there.
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LukeWilkinson said Aug 19, 2016 05:57:27
Silver shields?
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Nathan.Dowdell said Aug 19, 2016 14:32:44
In order to playtest, you don't have to sign up individually for each player. One of your group (i.e., the GM) signs up, gets an assignment, and then gets the appropriate version of the playtest pack for that assignment (specific ship, specific missions).

Silvershields is the Modiphius volunteers program - a means for people to get credit towards products we produce by running demos, helping out at conventions, and doing other things to spread the word about our games.
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JohnBrentMacek said Aug 19, 2016 14:39:14
In order to playtest, you don't have to sign up individually for each player.

Thanks! I was just about to ask that very question. I have a group of five players. Some of them might be interested in joining the discussion on the forum. Others, not so much. They'd rather just play.
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