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Role-playing game source book about Star Trek IV.


From the book jacket
All is not well on Terra
Admiral Kirk and the crew of the Enterprise are en route to Terra to face court martial proceedings for their actions in Star Trek III: The Search for Spock. The Klingons are demanding custody of Kirk for his part in Genesis while the Genesis controversy rages unabated. And an even more catastrophic danger has materialized to threaten the very existence of Terra.
The Star Trek IV Sourcebook Update contains all the information needed to bring your Star Trek: The Role Playing Game campaign up to date. It discusses the opinions of the Klingons, Romulans, and different factions within the Federation regarding Genesis and contains essays about Operation Armageddon, a Star Fleet computer simulation detailing war between the Federation and the Klingon and Romulan Empires. Sections describe what can be done to prevent the unauthorized use of starships and what sort of military justice the Enterprise crew will face when they return to Terra.
The races of the Federation…
Also included is a 16-page color section illustrating some of the new aliens seen in Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home. Along with each illustration is a description of the creatures as well as notes on their civilization and history.

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  • Introduction
  • The State of the Federation
  • The Politics of Genesis
  • Planetary Rights
  • Operation Armageddon
  • Security Procedures
  • Star Fleet Military Justice
  • Timeline
  • Portraits of Alien Races
  • Alien Races

Background information

  • According to some web sources, [1] the aliens introduced in Star Trek IV had names assigned by the makeup department production staff; for example, the Efrosians were named for Paramount Pictures's Mel Efros. FASA adapted these canon names for this work.
  • A follow-up book, the Star Trek V Sourcebook Update, was announced by FASA but never released.



Federation members

For each of the fourteen aliens showcased in Star Trek IV Sourcebook Update, a table of game statistics is given, along with some background information, including the indigenous and "Terran" names for the homeworlds. The gallery below gives a visual overview of the aliens referenced.

  1. The Edoans and Alpha Centaurans were not actually seen in Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home, yet they did appear in the sourcebook.
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