Star Trek: Pathfinder
All characters are students at Starfleet Academy in their final year.
The headquarters of Starfleet Academy is located in San Francisco, while the Academy training facility itself is located in Marin County across the Golden Gate Bridge, just south of Sausalito, California.
The training typically lasts four years, although more specialised programs such as a doctorate can last up to 6 or 8 years. Student scan enroll from the age of 18 or a similar age among other species.
Entry in to the academy is allowed after an entrance exam. Non-federation citizens require a sponsor or need to follow a six week preparation program during the summer.
After the entrance exam the student also needs to pass a psychological test to see if he or she is fit for duty.
Step 1 – Choose race / Template (p64 – 65 core book)
Options: human, vulcan, andorian, betazoid, centauran, bolian, tellarite, bajoran, trill
Human: Main race in the federation.
Centauran: Like humans but with a more spiritual and sensual touch
Betazoid: Human looking with psychic abilities
Bolian: Blue humanoid
Andorian: Blue humanoids with an aggressive streak.
Vulcan: no emotions, psychic abilities and governed by logic.
Tellarite: Animalistic humanoid, mostly engineers and scientists.
Note: Vulcans supress their emotions and are a difficult race to play. Don’t take this race unless you are up for a challenge.
extra from DS9 book (p 44-50)
Bajoran: spiritual humanoids
Trill: humans with spots down the side of their bodies; can be joined with a symbiont
Note the attributes, edges,skills and advantages on your character sheet. The second number behind the attribute, in brackets,is your racial maximum.
Step 2 – Choose specialisation/ branch/ overlay (p 66 – 67 core rulebook)
Every student in starfleet academy needs to choose his area of study. The options are:
Command: the future captains, first officers, admirals and diplomats
Science: this covers all sciences except medical
Medical: the doctors and nurses
Counselor: the psychologists
Security: security guards, police officers and tactical officers
Engineer: keeps the systems running
Operations: pilots, Communications … Operation of the various ship systems
Note the edges,skills and advantages on your character sheet. If you alreay have the same skill see page 69 of the rulebook on how to add them.
Step 3 – determine early life history (p71 core rulebook)
Determine what your character did before he went to the academy and where he comes from.
Choose one of the packages and note down all the edges, skills and advantages it gives. If you alreay have the same skill see page 69 of the rulebook on how to add them. Do not pay attention to the second part of the page.
Step 4 – Academy life history (p72 core rulebook)
Determine what you studied during the first few years of your time at the academy. Choose one of the packages and note down all the edges, skills and advantages it gives. If you alreay have the same skill see page 69 of the rulebook on how to add them. Do not pay attention to the second part of the page.
Step 5 – Cadet cruise history (bottom of p72 core rulebook)
All cadets receive training on board of an actual starship during their academy life. This gives them some measure of experience. Choose one of the edges, advantages or Skills and receive a +1 on that choice. Choosing a skill means that you reveive a specialty in that skill at the skill’s level +1 or you can increase an existing specialty by one.
Step 6 – Take disadvantages.
Each character can have up to 8 points of disadvantages. Count the number of disadvantages the previous steps gave you and determine the amount still available. You may now add more disadvantages up to a total of 8. Disadvantages can be found from page 106 – 111 core rulebook. Each point of disadvantages taken gives a point you can spend on your character. Point costs is listed on page 68 of the core rulebook.
Step 7 –switch edges
A character may switch up to four points of edges around at the end of character creation. These switches are permanent.
note: department head and promotion are not available to cadets.
Character sheets can be found at this link