The first mission of 2016 took a little longer to write and organise, but we managed to get it played the other night. The mission was:
Due to its proximity to Cardassian space, Deep Space K27 has been chosen as the venue for a meeting between Bajoran diplomats and their Cardassian counterparts, in order to negotiate a resolution to a longstanding territory dispute. The Cardassians have made repeated demands to be allowed to control security at these negotiations, however Captain Erib (the Commanding Officer of Deep Space K27) has managed to assure both sides that Task Force K27 are up to the task of providing security.
Starfleet Intelligence has recently received a tip-off from a reliable source, suggesting that a group of Federation separatists are planning to attack these talks, in an attempt to prevent an accord being reached by the two sides. On top of this, Starfleet has concerns that other major powers in the Alpha Quadrant may see these negotiations as some sort of threat to their own interests.
Task Force K27 will patrol the sector, scanning any and all ships approaching and departing Deep Space K27. Despite the negotiations, the station is still open as usual to trade, resupplying Federation ships, providing repairs to damaged ships and everything else that constitutes a normal day at the office for Task Force K27.
The players must ensure that the Maquis attack on Space Station K27 is prevented and the negotiations continue as planned.
A copy of Deep Space K27’s docking procedure, along with a daily bulletin detailing known Maquis operatives and a list of scheduled arrivals and departures have been provided to the players. These contain a list of things the players should be looking out for, and the SP rewards for discovering them.
Ships approaching Deep Space K27 will declare their Captain and their upgrades. Both of these types of cards will be doubled, back-to-back in clear card sleeves. Players may spend a Scan token to target a ship at Range 1 and one card on that ship over, to check that the ship’s inventory is correct.
The Maquis are planning to infiltrate the Station with a number of operatives, spread across many different ships. However, if this plan fails, they will attack the station with ships, aiming to sabotage their ship’s Warp Core in order to damage the space station. When a Maquis Captain is discovered, deal a Warp Core Breach damage card to his ship. The players must destroy the Maquis ship before it detonates and damages the space station.
Each item on the bulletin discovered gives its own reward. See the bulletin for details
2SP for each player if the Maquis plot is stopped
1SP for each Maquis operative discovered when flipping over a ship’s cards via spending a Scan token.
Deep Space K27 Docking Procedure
- All approaching ships must radio Deep Space K27 to request docking
- The approaching ship must lower its shields
- The Captain of the approaching ship must declare all Crew, Weapons and notable Tech that the ship is carrying.
- Approaching ships may be subject to being scanned.
- Once docking has been approved, the docking ship must approach the space station at Speed 3 or slower
- Non-Federation ships must dock with one of the three outer docking rings. Only Federation ships may dock in the Hangar Bay, located at the bottom of the main body of the space station.
List of known Maquis operatives and their false identities:
Ro Laren (Bajoran)
B’Elanna Torres (Federation)
Tom Paris (Federation)
Ferengi smugglers were chased away from Starbase 641 a few days ago, where they were caught trying to sell stolen Federation technology to unknown buyers. They are likely to try again, possibly at Starbase K27. If discovered, their details should be circulated to all Starfleet captains in the sector.
2SP for the player who discovers the Ferengi smugglers.
01:00 – USS Roux (Depart for Talis 7). Geological survey.
01:00 – Vulcan D’kyr Class (Arrive from Vulcan). Transporting Vulcan commandoes for security detail.
02:00 – 3 Galor Class Ships. (Arrive from Cardassia Prime). Transporting Cardassian contingent for peace talks.
02:00 – K’tinga Class Ship (Arrive from Andoria). Scientific exchange programme.
03:00 – Bajoran Scout Ship (Arrive from Bajor). Transporting Bajoran contingent for peace talks.
03:00 – Klingon Bird of Prey (Depart for Pa’vog).
04:00 – Bajoran Interceptor (Arrive from Sector 113). Scheduled Repairs,
04:00 – USS Enterprise-D (Arrive from Cellosk). Resupply.
05:00 – USS Hawthorn (Arrive from Elnar 3). Shore Leave.
05:00 – Vulcan Science Vessel (Arrive from Elnar 3). Scientific exchange programme.
06:00 – Ferengi D’Kora Class Ship (Arrive from Ferengar). Trade.
07:00 – USS Enterprise-D (Depart for unknown). Exploration.
Unbeknownst to the players, the USS Hawthorn and he crew had defected to the Maquis. They would fly towards the part of the Space Station that the three Cardassian ships were docked at, then sabotage their warp drive, in order to try and cause a warp core breach. The resulting explosion would be large enough to seriously damage K27, and destroy the docked Cardassian ships.
This was a fair amount of additional rules to be bolting on the side of Attack Wing and I was worried that the lack of action would cause the players to find the mission boring. Fortunately, most of the group are pretty big Trekkies, so I think they enjoyed a slightly less violent scenario. It is a pity that a game based on a TV programme about peace and morality in space is quite so ‘to the death’. I guess that dilemmas surrounding the Prime Directive don’t make for exciting boardgames.
For this mission, we had a great turn-out. Present, were: Captain Derrick Marshall of the USS Excalibur (a Refit Constitution class), Captain Beto Jensen of the USS Serendipity (Miranda class), Captain Gillian Fredrickson of the USS Spectacular (Defiant Class), Captain Ifan Smith of the USS Vengeance (Defiant class) and Captain Narpak of the USS Resplendent (Constellation class). Only Captain Elizabeth Shaw of the USS Ticondaroga (an Excalibur class) was absent, as she was assisting mining efforts in the Fennag Asteroid Belt.
After the previous mission, where Captain Narpak lost the USS Triumphant to a Klingon Bird of Prey, he had requested and been assigned a Constellation Class ship, the USS Resplendent. May she protect all those who serve aboard her. The Resplendent lacks any Secondary Weapons or Tech Upgrades (the Transwarp Drive fitted to Naarpak’s previous ship was lost when she was destroyed), but Narpak has recently put in a transfer request for a new chief engineer. No-one on Space Station K27 has learned her name yet.
The Reseplendent’s new chief engineer is not the only new face in Task Force K27, though, as the USS Spectacular has a new Tactical Officer, a Klingon called R’Karen. Already, the new officer has impressed the aggressive Captain Fredrickson with a series of suggestions and modifications to the Spectacular’s weapon systems and simulations suggest that the USS Spectacular is now even deadlier.
The game started with a Klingon Bird of prey docked with the Space Station, having brought R’Karen to join the USS Spectacular. Task Force K27 spread themselves out around the station, with Captains Narpak and Beto covering the area closest to Cardassian space; whilst Captain Smith patrolled the area nearest to the rest of Federation space. Captains Marshall and Fredrickson positioned themselves centrally.
On the first turn, a Vulcan D’kyr class entered the sector, transporting Vulcan Commandos assigned to protect the Bajoran/Cardassian peace talks. Captain Temoc of the USS Roux undocked with the Space Station and left to survey Talis 7.
Captain Smith quickly moved towards the approaching Vulcan ship, choosing to scan the Captain and discovered that he was none other than known Maquis collaborator Tom Paris! An impressive start for Task Force K27. Captain Marshall also scanned the D’Kyr class, learning that one of the Vulcan Commandos on board was Tuvok.
Turn two saw the arrival of the three Galor class ships transporting the Cardassian group for the peace talks. Worried about the Maquis threat and unhappy with the security arrangements, the Cardassians refused to lower their shields until they were about to dock. Task Force K27 grudgingly allowed the Cardassians to approach shielded, but sent Narpak on the USS Resplendent to escort the Cardassians in.
Additionally, a K’tinga class vessel entered the sector. These Klingons had recently been visiting Andoria to collaborate with Andorian scientists on possible new tractor beam technologies. Now, they had come to Space Station K27 to meet with a group of Vulcan scientists at K27 to discuss their findings.
Somewhat suspicious of the Cardassian’s refusal to lower their shields, Captain Narpak made sure to painstakingly scan every inch of the Galor class ships.
The Klingon Bird of Prey class that had been docked with the Space Station left to return to Pa’vog, but not before it was scanned by Captain Fredrickson to make sure no-one had stowed away on board.
A Bajoran ship arrived, carrying the Bajoran contingent and upon realising that the Cardassians had sent three armed warships, refused to lower its shields.
The K’tinga class approached the Space Station and was scanned by Captain Marshall on the Excalibur, discovering Kornan, a known Maquis agent.
Finally, a Ferengi Marauder entered the sector. An unscheduled arrival, the Ferengi captain was complaining of engine troubles and requested permission to dock. Unhappy with an unscheduled arrival, Captain Smith on board the USS Vengeance decided to scan the Ferengi’s cargo hold, discovering some stolen Federation shield schematics.
Unimpressed with the Ferengi’s smuggling attempt, Captain Smith ordered Daimon Bok to stand down and prepare to be boarded. The Ferengi, however, decided to raise his shields and make a run for it.
A second Bajoran vessel entered the sector, claiming that it was the ship carrying the Bajoran delegates, and that the other vessel was in fact, carrying a Maquis operative. Captain Fredrickson on the Spectacular moved to ascertain the validity of these claims, and discovered the Maquis agent Neela.
The K’tinga class docked with the Space station. Captain Marshall scanned the Klingon ship, and was presented with a choice. Suspecting that either the Captain of the ship or a member of the crew was Klag, he ran the captain’s credentials, which checked out. Klag was indeed the crew member, and successfully infiltrated the space station.
Other arrivals included the USS Enterprise-D, visiting on a routine resupply mission and the USS Hawthorn.
Captain Smith hailed the Ferengi smuggler and informed him that if he did not stand down, Captain Fredrickson would be allowed to engage them. Terrified of Captain Fredrickson, the scourge of all Ferengi across the Alpha Quadrant, Bok raced towards the edge of the board. The USS Spectacular took aim and fired off multiple phaser shots at the Ferengi Marauder.
A Vulcan ship carrying scientists entered the sector, as did a second Ferengi Marauder. Worried at the number of unscanned ships, Captains Smith and Marshall decided to start assigning ships to docking bays, deliberately trying to extend the amount of time that the Task Force had to scan visiting ships.
The USS Hawthorn moved towards the Space Station, refusing to aid with the attack on the Ferengi. This raised everyone’s suspicions – after all, what kind of Starfleet officer isn’t willing to annihilate an alien vessel at a moment’s notice?
A busy and productive turn saw Captain Marshall on the USS Excalibur scan the Enterprise-D and discover Ro Laren, whilst the USS Serendipity’s Captain Beto scanned the Hawthorn and found B’Elanna Torres.
The USS Hawthorn enacted its plan, sabotaging the ship’s Warp Core and flying towards the Cardassians. Captain Smith hailed Captain Picard and requested the Enterprise aid Task Force K27. Captain Fredrickson disengaged from attacking the Ferengi and opened fire on the Hawthorn. Captain Beto also fired on the Hawthorn, knocking down the Maquis ship’s shields. Captain Marshall launched a full spread of Photon Torpedoes at the Hawthorn, succeeding in destroying it.
For fun, we decided to roll for the USS Hawthorn’s Warp Core Breach, to see if it would have blown the Cardassians up. The roll was a Critical Hit – Captain Marshall did indeed save the Cardassians and the Space Station from the Maquis.
With the Maquis plot foiled, the members of Task Force K27 scanned the last few vessels. Captain Narpak found Seska hiding in the Cargo Hold of Nunk’s Marauder and Captain Marshall found Sakonna masquerading as a Vulcan Engineer on board the Vulcan science vessel.
A near total success again for Task Force K27, who managed to foil the Maquis plot and discovered all but one of the operatives. Everyone seemed to enjoy themselves, despite the mission not containing too much action.
After the game, we totalled up everyone’s available Ship Points and discussed new upgrades. Most of the Captains are waiting to decide what they’ll be buying, but Captain Marshall has put in transfer papers for a new crew member – a young ensign, fresh from Starfleet Academy, Sharon Weasel (the Upgrade card is Karen Ferris. Apparently, Ferris sounds enough like Ferret to count).
I’m currently in the process of writing the next mission. Expect fun, frolics, Ferengi and beetle snuff. I’m hoping to get it done and played next month, but we’ll see.