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Today’s the release date for my fourth standalone Star Trek Adventures PDF campaign and my fifth STA campaign overall: Stolen Liberty.

STA Stolen Liberty coverWill Your Crew Dare to Break the Prime Directive?

“This is Interlunar Probe Twelve. We are in immediate distress. We are caught in Zafrel’s gravity well. Our orbit is decaying into its outer atmosphere and we are unable to generate sufficient thruster power to break free. We are in full eclipse from Jinidar and unable to contact Master Control. If any other listener is somehow able to receive this message, please respond and advise! Repeat, this is Interlunar Probe Twelve…”

When the crew responds to a call for help, they soon find themselves faced with an ethical dilemma. Does the crew hold to the Federation principles of non-interference, or break regulations to provide assistance?

This standalone 19-page PDF adventure by Christopher L. Bennett is for the Star Trek Adventures Roleplaying Game and is set during The Next Generation era. This adventure also contains advice for adaptation for use in campaigns based in other Star Trek eras.

Stolen Liberty is available as a downloadable PDF at the following links:

The tagline is pretty similar to the one they used for The Gravity of the Crime, but rest assured this is a very different Prime Directive story, more global in its stakes. It’s also a story I’ve had in mind for a long, long time, a concept I initially developed for my original fiction decades ago, and then reworked into a Star Trek: Voyager pitch back when I took a couple of stabs at trying to write for that show. (It may have been a TNG pitch before then, but I don’t quite recall.) I’m glad I finally got the chance to dust it off and do something with it.

So as of now, all of my completed STA campaigns have finally been published. But I have some new pitches currently awaiting approval, so I’m not done with STA yet.

  1. ED
    November 19, 2019 at 11:50 am

    Going purely by the blurb, I’d have to say the question might best be answered “We’ll try REALLY HARD not to, but we just might have to bend it a little.”

    Admittedly my attitude to the Prime Directive is that it’s a perfectly sensible protocol, provided one interprets its fundamental message as “Thou SHALL NOT Play God” rather than “BAD CAPTAIN, NO TOUCH!” (which might well brand me as a Dangerous Rascal in some circles of the Starfleet).

    • November 19, 2019 at 12:03 pm

      Heh-heh. No… in this case, the situation has the potential to go well beyond a little bending.

      • ED
        November 25, 2019 at 12:39 pm

        I’d make a remark about the Law of Unintended Consequences, but given your writerly cunning those consequences might not actually be WHOLLY unintended – hopefully not too many PCs will find themselves angling for a Gill Award in the course of this adventure!

        *I’m not saying ‘Gill Award’ should be the Starfleet/Prime Directive equivalent of a Darwin Award, but I’m not sure there’s a more notorious case in the whole canon of purblind optimism run amok at ruinous expense where General Order 1 is concerned – surely there cannot be a more perfect evidence of how far distant from us The Federation actually is than John Gill (a trained historian) not quite understanding – deep down in his guts understanding – why borrowing inspiration from the Third Reich is a Bad Idea, time to rethink the whole business.

        Honestly, one can only imagine what Pavel Andreievich made of that whole sorry mess on Ekos – good Leningrad boy that he is, he’d either suffer a life-threatening conniption or go on a killing spree worth of INGLORIOUS BASTERDS (actually, now that I think on it, Mister Work might well be Russian enough to suffer a similar reaction; actually I’d LOVE to see Mr Chekov and Mr Worf get a chance to be thoroughly Russian together, although hopefully under less violent circumstances).

        I wonder if the de-Nazification of Ekos (more particularly the failures & successes of same) would make a good plot hook for a story?

      • November 25, 2019 at 12:45 pm

        For future reference, please be careful to avoid making any kind of plot suggestion to a professional writer. For legal reasons, we can’t risk even the appearance of copying an unsolicited idea. There have been cases where writers have actually had to cancel entire novels because some fan absently suggested a similar plot to them. I’m sure you don’t mean any harm, but discussing plot hooks has to be off the table here.

  2. ED
    November 26, 2019 at 8:30 am

    Ah, very well then – I do apologise for enthusiasm getting the better of me.

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