Whether you are reading a novel or a sim, visualisation is a huge part of the experience. We allow our minds to imagine the scene we are reading, the descriptions helping to form the pictures in our head. We are fortunate to have an incredibly talented bunch of people who help create images for our characters, but what about side characters – those specific to a mission, or a background character for example? Whilst we may have an idea of how our crewmates look, we may not always know just how those around them look.
In this article, we are going to be looking at how you can improve the descriptions that you write about characters.
GIÁNG SINH — First annual winter sports biathlon takes place on new colony and the crew of the USS Gorkon (NCC-82293) finishes their tour with a celebration.
We’re here with another interview with a newer member of our community. The title of this column is “Lower Decks,” hearkening back to the Star Trek: The Next Generation episode titled “Lower Decks,” in which junior officers aboard the Enterprise-D speculate on the reasons for recent unusual actions taken by the command crew near the Cardassian border.
This month’s interview is with the writer behind Lieutenant JG Malko playing a Denobulan male Counselor assigned to Starbase 118 Ops.
GALVEN: Thank you for allowing me to interview you! Could you tell us a little about yourself for our readers out there?
MALKO: Hello, and cheers to all the readers! I am a graphic designer in Toronto who works on kids’ television, Photoshopping goofy things that appear on Amazon, Hulu, PBS and TVO! On the weekend I’m the drummer in a bar band, perform in community theatre and host a drunken Dungeons and Dragons podcast.
What has been your favorite moment writing aboard Starbase 118 Operations?
Recently, I got to write a sim that started off as a pretty innocuous sim – a routine engineering check – that turned into a ‘Tell-tale Heart’ style mystery that flip-flopped between murder and a dessert related catastrophe! The stakes were very low, comparatively to many of the gripping sims Malko has been a part of, but that’s what afforded me freedom to have fun with it. Of course, I do have to commend Lieutenant Commander Rustyy Hael on being a good sport and running with it!
TIBRO – While at Tibro to celebrate a winter festival, a deadly outbreak prompts the crew of the USS Atlantis to offer assistance.
The Second Khitomer Conference is coming on Saturday, February 22, 2020 beginning at 3pm GMT (see your timezone and add to your calendar). Mark your calendars now to join us for a fun day of engaging panels, community building, workshops, and so much more!
Some of our own community members – LtCmdr. German Galven, Lt. Ceciri Ariadust, and LtJG Sheila Bailey are panelists already. Check out the schedule to find out when you can support their sessions.
Click here to join the Discord now, or on the day of the event: https://discord.gg/m4XF6Pp
Do you have a topic you want to hear? Or ideas you want to share in one of our panel sessions? Contact one of the hosts in the Discord server!
ZELTION IV — While visiting the city of Xatrac to secure a trade agreement, the crew of the USS Constitution-B get the first-hand experience of life inside the mining community.
Join us for another in a series of interviews with winners of Duty Post awards from our recent 2018 Awards Ceremony. Our goal is to give you insight into how our fleet’s best simmers write, and imagine their characters.
This month we’re interviewing the writer behind Major Gogigobo Fairhug playing a Bardeezan male Marine assigned to Starbase 118 Ops. He won the Semper Fidelis award: “For those Starfleet Marines who have shown great skill in protecting their crew, accomplishing their mission, avoiding tragic loss of life in the line of duty, and upholding the values of the UFoP in times of crisis.”
ORREY: Tell us a little about the writer behind the character — where in the world do you hail from?
FAIRHUG: I hail from London, England and despite travelling fairly extensively around our globe for many years, I seem to have found myself back exactly where I started!
What’s been your favorite part about simming a Marine officer so far?
Gogi never had any aspirations of being a Marine, having started off as a Security Officer. But due to some unforeseen circumstances, he found himself taking up the role of CO for the Iron Jaegers – Starbase 118 Ops’ Marine contingent. Therefore, my favourite part about simming a Marine has definitely been Gogi’s internal (and external) struggle of trying to fit into this culture that he knew little to nothing about previously, while also attempting to keep the Marines onside, since he is effectively an outsider who has been given a position of command over them.
LIGHTSIDE STATION —The starship USS Eagle has returned to Lightside Station following bombshell revelations that Special Operations commander of Starbase 821 was embroiled in a conspiracy against the Federation.
EARTH, SOL SECTOR — After an attack on Earth, the StarBase 118 Ops support ship, USS Narendra, set their sights on shore leave as a wave of officers joined the crew.
Star Trek has varied in tone and style over the years. An individual series can be more hopeful and with a retro science fiction style, or more dark and morally complex. It could even be live-action or animated. But in general, each main Star Trek series is of the same basic genre. What if the franchise decided to branch out in a big way for a new spinoff?
The launch of the new Picard series and the various projects related to Discovery have left plenty of options for spinoffs. Most of these proposed spinoff projects would be focused on particular characters. However, the Star Trek universe is full of characters, technologies, and alien worlds to explore. There could be room to explore that universe through a series that is in a slightly different genre from a traditional Trek series.
A police procedural or a medical drama set in the Star Trek universe would have a lot of options and more than fifty years of reference material to draw on. These other television genres might be unusual for the Star Trek universe, but they could certainly be an interesting look into various corners of the Trek universe.
Which television genre would make for an interesting Star Trek spinoff series?
Click here to head to the forums now and vote in this week’s poll. Be sure to leave a comment in the thread!