Monday, 23 March 2015

Ships of the First Romulan War - ACTA Star Fleet

In a recent post (see here) I covered the first ACTA - Star Fleet scenario that I have ever played.

Given that it was set just prior to the start of the First Romulan War with Earth Star Fleet, there had to be some house rules around the ships of that period. So I thought I would post data-cards for some of the first ships stats that have been developed for that period. Still play testing these, so if there needs to be an update, I'll amend this post and note that its been updated.

First up is the NX-Class        (**UPDATED 21/4/15 & 28/3/15**)

Next is the Romulan Snipe-class Warbird

And finally, the Romulan Drone Ship

I'll post the Vulcan ships of this period once they have been play tested a little.

**UPDATE NOTE 28Mar15: I have updated the size of these images as the original post didn't seem to give the best readability. I have also updated the NX class to reflect the fact that it had two torpedo tubes on its forward starboard and forward port sides, thus giving the capacity to fire four torpedoes into its forward arc. By default, all NX class ships during the First Romulan War would have been fitted to be able to utilise the four forward launch tubes. I have also removed the Sub-space missile (i.e. Drone) reload requirement. This means that drones of this era, though not powerful by later century standards, are able to snipe away doing one hit per turn. This provides a few more tactical options for Star Fleet captains.

**UPDATE NOTE 21Apr15: I've updated the stats for the NX class again. This update fixes its point values, the NX class ship names, and the Pulsed Phase Cannon data. Watching some of the YouTube clips for the Axenar movie and listening to some of the discussions with the writer producer about the different weapon systems used by the Federation during the 4 years war with the Klingons. The writer producer noted that each of the member planets of the Federation made their own Star Fleet ships and crewed them with their own people. As such, weapon systems would reflect what each of the member planets had in circulation at that time. So Star Fleet vessels would have either Phasers (e.g Andorians) or Pulsed Phase Cannons (e.g Earth) as their primary weapon suits and Photon Torpedoes as their heavy weapon. This was due to the fact that the Federation was still in a transition phase of moving to a truly unified Star Fleet. When asked about why they still used Pulsed Phase Cannons, the writer producer noted that these weapons could intercept Klingon Photon Torpedoes. This gave me the idea of adding to the Pulsed Phase Cannon statistics the ability to use Defensive Fire against Photonic & Photon Torpedoes. I haven't play tested this out yet but will give it a shot the next time I get to play an ACTA game. I want them to be able to intercept torpedoes, but not be too effective in this capability. I would assume that the move away from Pulsed Phase Cannons was eventually done by Star Fleet as their shields were markedly improved and Phasers became more powerful, from Phaser 3's to Phaser 2's to Phaser 1's.