It is definitely true for most science fiction pieces that something as mundane as a vehicle, a simple mode of transportation, becomes as intricate, intimate, and intrinsic as any other character. Yet, in many forms of science fiction, starships become exactly that. Whether it is the Millenium Falcon, Serenity, or Enterprise.
Star Trek is filled with intriguing vessels, from the exotic to the exciting and everything in between. This section of the Star Trek FATE core book presents starships, from small shuttles to the vital vessels that defend, explore, repair, rescue, and research.
This book was written to provide the players of the Star Trek game as complete a picture of the setting as possible, without detailing any of the settings secrets or surprises. Therefore, you will find only Starfleet vessels detailed. Furthermore, as the setting was an alternate universe, Original Series era campaign, the ships are older and more specialized; Starfleet was still in its “younger years” and had yet to develop a “jack-of-all-trades” starship. Thus, the vessels presented are specialized in their capabilities.
In upcoming posts, we will examine alien culture starships as well as take a look at Starfleet’s evolution and introduction of several more “familiar” vehicles. For now, however, we join Starfleet as they push to explore further and maintain their borders against several hostile cultures. It is an exciting time to be a crewmember aboard an interstellar vessel.