Mission Title: Contamination
Project ID: ST-HOM98JB5K
Author’s Description: The Federation Science Directorate has a rogue scientist on its hands. Doctor Klausen, of the Gavin IV Anthropological Study, has decided to interfere in the pre-warp culture on the planet and must be stopped. Admiral Quinn has recommended you to help Doctor Joanne Marbles, Director of Anthropology, Federation Science Directorate, in resolving this incident. Will you help the Federation?
A fine effort by a well respected author in the foundry community. Evil70th (Brian to those who are familiar with his forum posts), is well known for his in depth reviews of many foundry authors. I am honored to return the favor and post a review on his newest foundry creation. His mission explores one of the oldest and most important lessons learned by the United Federation of Planets and the Star Trek series as a whole. From the days when James T. Kirk worked to save an alien society from technological contamination by the Klingons, to the Next Generation and Jean Luc Picard saving an underdeveloped civilization from unintended technological contamination, the lessons learned by throwing advanced knowledge and technology into an unadvanced species created one of Starfleet’s most important laws. The inherent danger to a civilization by learning too much, too fast, is certain to cause disaster. This mission explores this concept nicely and although it starts slowly, builds to an exciting conclusion.
Evil70th gives the player the option to skip a good deal of the dialogue if desired, but in my opinion, to get the full “intent” of the mission, most of it is recommended. It puts the player in the position to make the right decisions by choice, instead of rushing through the mission. I feel the scenario is better experiencing the author’s intent to put you in the shoes of Kirk and Picard and make the decisions a Starfleet officer is expected to make in these situations. In my opinion, to bypass it takes a great deal away from the mission as a whole, and makes it more of a “generic” STO mission, with the intent to complete it quickly and reap your reward.
The map designs in this mission are well done, with each fitting the scenario perfectly. To go into them too much would spoil the scenario. I will add however, that the warping animation followed by dropping out of warp into the system was very cleverly done. I have not seen it done quite this way and was impressed.
This mission is perfectly named and the author covers the bases nicely on this subject. If you are a true Star Trek fan and enjoy touching on the lessons learned from the series, this mission gives you the chance to experience it. Although there is some combat, it is not a “shoot-em up” scenario. If you are looking for a mission to blast things, this is not for you, but if you are looking to explore a classic Star Trek experience, I recommend this mission highly.
My Ranking: 5 Stars