I am a soon-to-be GM, and I’m looking for a little help and maybe some ideas from people more knowledgeable than myself. My knowledge of lore and canon is extremely limited, I’ve seen a portion of TOS, most of the original movies, the Kelvin timeline movies, and I’m currently in season four of TNG. So my knowledge is limited, at best.
A little background: I’ve played two campaigns (in the second one now) as a player, both set in the late 2300s. Our players—a large group—include a couple Klingons, an Ocampan, a Vulcan, an Andorian, a betazoid, and a human.
I’m attempting to use The Guardian of Forever (TOS 1x28) to send my the crew back to the 2150s (about 5-10 years before the foundation of the federation) in an attempt to thwart a plot to destroy the federation before it begins.
The characters are the only remnants of the federation as they know it (we’ve dealt with much temporal phenomena, so I’ll come up with technobabble to support it) so naturally it’s very important for them to thwart this plan.
Basically Back to the Future 2 but in space.
So with the stage set, my queries are many. I have basically no knowledge of that era. So I’m curious how some of the people in that time might react to the characters whose species are yet to be discovered.
I’m imagining much hostility out of caution. But some ideas about culture of the time might help me out.
Additionally, I’m a little stuck for how the characters could earn the trust of an Admiral-equivalent character in order to acquire a ship (which they will desperately need). My current plan is to get them to earn trust by assisting in various missions as consultants/bodies to throw at enemies. It will really challenge certain characters’ values because they will be assisting a species at war, and have to do some questionable things in order to accomplish a greater good.
Missions are going to be tricky business too, just from my lack of knowledge.
Some potential mission/conflict/culture ideas, resources, and recommended viewing would be much appreciated.
I’ve been using Memory Alpha, which has proved invaluable thus far.
Pardon the rambling, I’ve got a lot on my mind with regard to the campaign and I’m very new to GMing and this forum.
Thank you all for your input, it is incredibly helpful.