Spaceship Sunday: Daedalus

An official version of this ship is available in the Command Division sourcebook.

Welcome to Starship Sunday, presenting a new spaceframe for the Star Trek Adventures roleplaying game, filling in some gaps until official material can be released.

For November we’re returning to the Rise of the Federation era, seen in Star Trek: Enterprise. These years  encompass the Earth-Romulan War and the foundation of the United Federation of Planets. This week is the Daedalus-class.

While the Daedalus-class was never seen in any episode of Star Trek, it was mentioned in an episode of The Next Generation and models associated with the class were seen in the background of several episodes of Deep Space Nine. The class has been expanded greatly in fiction, as seen on Memory Beta. Daedalus ships are presented as predating NX-class starships and Warp 5 engines, being very early ships in Starfleet that also served in the Earth-Romulan War.

A Daedalus-class ship is a good choice for a campaign set in the same era as Star Trek: Enterprise, but with a crew that is not serving on Starfleet’s flagship. It’s also a useful ship for campaigns focused less on boldly going and more on science or diplomacy.

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  1. There’s some room for modifying this ship card. The Daedalus in some of the books set in the post Enterprise era were upgraded to be almost on par with the more expensive nx class. They were used during the Romulan war because ship yards could build 3 Daedaluses for every NX built. Wartime economics meant they were prioritized to fill out Starfleet during the Romulan War.

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