Posted this on FB but figured the audience here may be different (Though I suspect some overlap)
Long time RPer, but new to ST Adventures. I’ve played ST RPG’s for decades, but just now getting into ST Adventures.
Just got the core book in today. It’s very nicely laid out. Naturally I’ve not read every page yet but I did do a slow flip through, and one thing that I found absolutely wonderful, just at a glance, was the level of inclusion in the book. It’s not 95% Human males with 2% females and 3% aliens to round it out.
The core UFP races are there and you -see- them. Humans, Vulcans, Andorians, Tellerites, to a lesser extent (As they should be) Trill. You see them. And not just in the background, but as the focus of the artwork. Not just in the species chapter but all through the book.
The percentage of females is also much higher than you normally see in an RPG.
It may seem like a little thing. But it’s really not. When I play Trek, or Star Wars, or Rifts, or Warcraft, or even D&D, or Pathfinder, I --never-- play humans. I --am-- human(mores the pity). I don’t spend my free time pretending to be a different human. lol if I’m playing an RPG I’m going to play something -else-.
With that said, most books, focus on the humans, with the aliens sprinkled in like seasoning. Star Trek Adventures… doesn’t. The other aliens are given page time. Maybe not 100% equal (I didn’t count) but lots of page time, comparatively. I can honestly say I’ve seen more Tellerites in the core book than I have ENTIRE previous runs of Star Trek RPGs. Same for Andorians. (Trill are sexy and the ‘elves’ of Trek so you see them a bit heavier. And I don’t mean the ears. I mean the ‘sexy pretty ones’.) The percentage of women is also high. Again I didn’t count but it’s much closer to 50/50 than you normally find in RPGs. Of the Humans and Vulcan’s, you see more than just pale pasty versions as well. Which is also nice. other ethnicity is appreciated.
Which is refreshing.
It may not matter to others but from a guy that’s introducing his daughter to RPGs… it matters a lot to me. The other aliens getting significant page count, matters to me.
I’m not trying to be a social justice warrior or anything. I’m not ‘demanding’ higher page counts for any of those things. I’m saying it’s done in an organic way, with out doing it ‘purposefully’. and --that-- is how you -do it-.
Wanted to acknowledge it, hopefully the creators/writers/etc will see this and see that it -is- seen, and that it -is- appreciated.