The fourth and final fanship framework in my planned TOS fourpack for STA is the Archer Class. Designed by Masao Okazaki on the Starfleet Museum and popularized in the Vanguard series of Trek novels, the Archer class was an instant favorite of mine when I got back into Trek expanded lore with my FASA sheets. It seemed like a great ship to base a fan production or rpg campaign on due to the unique size and role it played compared with normal "hero" ships in Trek. When Scott Bell-Fleitas of Starship Dynamics came out with his deckplans, I ordered them as soon as possible. Luckily for me, Masao has allowed me to use his design and Scott his deckplan exterior artwork so I'm able to come out with a framework for this class as well.
At first, I had planned on statting it out with some custom rules to go along with the atypical ship. My idea was to come up with a "medium ship" trait that gave it some of the benefits and penalties of small craft but only to a limited extent. I decided that the final result might be a bit too much of a lightweight for a campaign setting and that the custom nature of the rules (especially untested) might turn folks off. Instead, I utilized the normal rules in the ship section along with one unwritten one from the examples. The Nova class is an official statted out ship that is the TNG equivalent of the Archer and has roughly 4 less system points than the Intrepid that was developed during roughly the same era. Though it doesn't state that as an official rule, I decided to incorporate that penalty for the Archer as well. As always (and especially the case in this atypical framework), feedback would be appreciated.