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 the first month of the year we’re visiting the seven decade gap between the launching of the Enterprise-B and the the Enterprise-D occasionally known as the “Lost Era”. This week is the scientific Oberth-class.
First seen in Star Trek III: The Search for Spock, the Oberth was a small vessel used for scientific or scouting missions. The class was also likely the replacement for the larger Crossfield-class see in Star Trek: Discovery and serves a similar role to the modern Nova-class; Oberth ships can be used to tell similar stories in the Lost Era: investigating stellar and astronomical phenomena and delving into the mysteries of space. As a smaller ship, it serves as a more intimate setting, with fewer crew members to keep track or or rely on in place of the Player Characters, forcing the crew to reply on themselves and their own talents rather than an NPC specialist. It would also be a good ship for a first command for a game with a young, inexperienced crew that is slowly earning a larger vessel. A lesser role of the class was as a scout vessel, and an Oberth ship could be equipped for tactical missions against neighbouring powers, such as during the Federation-Cardassian War at the start of the 24th Century.
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