I am developing a playtest scenario that is a mashup of Star Trek and Aliens—in other words, the set up in Aliens as responded to by Starfleet officers. Obviously, there is one particular way to handle this situation (“Nuke the site from orbit. It’s the only way to be sure.”) that is not the Star Trek way (“No Kill I”). My question is, how might one best enforce the genre, so that a Starfleet solution is arrived at?
Additionally, in any campaign there are always several ways to do a thing, and sometimes very smart and efficient ways, but also the Starfleet way—the extra step, the extra precaution, the circumspect solution, the extra dose of compassion. That’s not always the smartest or most efficient solution, but it should be rewarded because it is the essence of Star Trek and what distinguishes it. Is that an “above and beyond the call of duty” milestone, or is there a more potent and direct way of enforcing the genre?
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