Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Mekton Z Star Trek

The other day over on the Mekton Zeta Mailing List the topic of out-of-range characters was being bandied about, and who should chime in but Maximum Mike himself. And wouldn't you know it, he used Star Trek to illustrate his point.

"The Enterprise crew is an anomaly in that EVERYONE (even Uhura and Chekov) are out of range characters. Only the Enterprise can fight Khan--all others get summarily pwn'd."

Well, there you have it. And me having just posted write-ups of the Enterprise crew as regular characters. しまった! So just consider my take on Kirk et. al as examples of what a group of original MZST crewmembers might look like and not as accurate depictions of that larger than life crew.


Barking Alien said...

Interesting. I've heard this theory before but personally I don't subscribe to it.

We've now watch 5 seperate Star Trek TV series and its pretty apparent to me that Kirk, Spock, McCoy and the crew of the original Enterprise are extremely talented, knowledgable and capable but not 'superhuman'. Are they larger then life just because they are often in the right place at the right time? Who else would you assign to the flagship of the feet, your worst officers?

Its a little like professional sports. The high profile players are the ones with the most strikes outs, most home runs, etc. This doesn't mean they are larger then life or well beyond the abilities of the rest of the league. It just means there are ok players, good players, great players and the best. Sometimes the best players are spread out amoung different teams and sometimes, as evidenced by the numerous times the NY Yankees have been to the World Series, they end up on the same team.

Barking Alien

Jerry Cornelius said...

That's how I tend to see it, too. After all, Kirk got his clock cleaned by Finnegan. (At least Earth-One Kirk did...) I can easily imagine another starship having similar adventures -- which is kinda the point of a Star Trek RPG.

Still, I can understand the argument for giving legendary NPC's OOR stats. You don't want Batman getting clobbered by just anyone. And since the guy who invented the game takes that view I thought it was only fair to make his opinion known.