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Interested in starship design? Join the ASDB!

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  • Are you interested in starship design theory?
  • Do you own all the blueprints and technical manuals, visit ex-astris-scientia.org, and still can’t get enough?
  • Do you like researching and coming up with specifications for the various starship classes of Starfleet?
  • Are you interested in developing a “starship creator” application?

The Advanced Starship Design Bureau is looking for any person (not just engineers) who would like to join the ASDB to collaborate on creating the Starship Designer: a new tool/game to design starships.
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The Starship Designer is built on the premise that the specifications should mean something and that the effects of chosen components on a ship’s performance should be easily seen to the designer. Furthermore, the Starship Designer is built to be a fun, interactive process, providing instant feedback to the user on the effect of his or her choices. By creating a starship design model that is built on a set of constraints and component interaction rules, designing a starship becomes a game itself.

We want you!

We’ve built a basic prototype with placeholder specifications for the basic starship components. Our vision is for someone to be able to pick a class, see a “stock” set of specifications for that class which they can further customize if they wish. They could also start with a custom hull/class and design their own ship entirely from scratch.

Whom we are looking for:

  • People interested in starship tech who want to collaborate on figuring out specifications for classes and starship components

Even if you aren’t as well-versed with knowing your EPS from your ODN, we’re also interested in:

  • People with real-world tech knowledge who want to share their insight into design and engineering theory
  • People with web/app creation knowledge
  • Artists interested in creating MSDs (those LCARS cutaways you see on the bridge and in engineering) and other artwork for the project

If any of this has interested you or you want to learn more, check out the announcement on the forums and send a message to Captain Roshanara Rahman!

About Roshanara Rahman

Roshanara Rahman is the commanding officer of the USS Veritas. Her writer is Rich, who joined UFOP: StarBase 118 in 2010. In addition to simming, he is the facilitator for the SB118 Dept. of Veterans Affairs and the Federation News Service's editor-in-chief.
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