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.
The Archer is beta canon, being created for the Star Trek: Vanguard novel series. Vanguard was a space station at the fringes of the Federation that was supported by a number of vessels, including an Archer-class scout. The Archer serves a similar purpose to Runabout in The Next Generation and Deep Space Nine. They’re small craft that engage in short duration missions, primarily supporting a station or larger ship.
As a tiny yet self-sufficient ship, an Archer is perfect for a game that wants to avoid using many supporting characters, or for games with smaller numbers of players. They’d also work for games set on a colony or space station, being the primary ship for missions abroad. A ship performing missions near a station might a new captain’s first command, or even assigned to a commander that’s serving on a station between missions on the field.
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