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Orion Pirates: Stand and Deliver DM’s Forward

This campaign takes place in the alternate reality timeline of the new Star Trek movies, it also borrows heavily from the Star Fleet Universe setting which was heavily influenced by the Star Fleet Battles (SFB) game developers. The rules are based on D20 Modern and Prime Directive D20. We are also adapting SFB to use for ship-based encounters. This provides two elements for the game that are important for players and readers to understand.

First this a story that may blend both canon Star Trek and whatever else is needed for a good story, being set in the alternate reality timeline means that the future is unwritten. Second as a roleplaying game we are making an effort to tell a story about a very small number of exceptional individuals who live in a very big setting filled with lots of mundane and not very exciting tasks, as a result sometimes realism and maybe even rules will take a back seat to the story. Don’t fight it, just let it happen.

The Rum & Swagger

Won in a rigged card game on Denobula IV and promptly dubbed The Rum & Swagger by its new Orion captain, a skeleton crew of four now calls this salvaged small freighter home. The ship itself will be much like a 5th character in the game. As an aging freighter the ship is nearly 30 years old and has seen better days. Once the fastest warp capable civilian ship in the Antares-class line from the Mars Foundry, it is no longer capable of disengaging through use of flank speed from even much larger modern ships.

While still common in every port across known space, the ship lacks many of the capabilities and amenities of the new and popular Free Trader line. Many Antares-class freighters both large and small are being converted to drone ships and being relegated to short runs where their slower speeds can be mitigated. Fortunately old non-descript freighters still have a use for less savory sorts willing to put money and time into refitting them and modifying them for more clandestine purposes.

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