Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Trek fun

While only the cover on the far left is possible, I thought it was fun to see some alternative options.

Also the notion of modifying and using the old TOPPS Star Trek collector card wrapper as the cover would be fun.

So while there will be a limited opportunity to buy a hard copy version (at production cost/not for profit) it will not be a hard back book--but a soft cover book, 6x9 sized. 

Keep on trekking!

 Emmaliene as Femme Kirk |  Paingu as Femme Spock | Yari as Femme Scotty |  Mimi Reaves as Janice Rand | Photo: Dale Leung

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Old School Trekking

The original version of Far Trek comes in at about 90 pages loaded with art.  The current revised edition is 144 pages with minimal art.

So there are substantial additions although the majority is in the Appendices.

There are lots of new races, new creatures, new classes and expanded options for playing as Klingons or Romulans.

A couple new ships added (Bird of Prey baby!) and some general clean-up and clarifications that should make it easier to understand and play.

If you are looking for TOS era inspirations while you are waiting I can recommend the Vanguard series of novels---or the newly released FREE series Four Years War novels (based on the old FASA ST:RPG supplement) from Stephen A. Fender.

Mr. Fender has a new kickstarter for a Romulan War novel series and a Four Year War Tech Manual!

Two Cover ideas: 70's style (left) and 80's style (right)--any thoughts?

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Prepare to beam aboard

Far Trek 2.0 is nearly complete.  All of the writing is done and it is now in final editing.  I will add a simple Index to this edition and then the voyage continues...

I think the revised edition is a major upgrade with lots of new content.  I am thankful to comments made on the blog over the year and especially to Mike Berkey for creating and sharing Where No Man has Gone Before the basis and inspiration for Far Trek and to Darren Bulmer for lots of contributions and edits that greatly enhanced and improved this new edition.

The PDF will be offered for free download on this site and a limited time link will be made available to buy a hard copy at production cost (NO PROFIT).

Thanks for your support and patience over the years, I certainly hope you will dig it!

Model: Yaya Han
Photo by: Benny Lee Photography
Uniform by: ANOVOS
Photographed on the set of “Star Trek Continues”

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Star Trek: Uncharted

Well exciting news fellow Trek fans, a fellow fan Michael Gunmelt is getting the chance to officially pitch a new TV series to Paramount--Star Trek: Uncharted. 

A concept for a new Star Trek TV series, modernized for the 21st century with a new format, new technology, a new crew and a new mission.  My goal is to get the pitch in front of Paramount/CBS/Bad Robot and, hopefully, have it go into production in time to air on the 50th anniversary of Star Trek in 2016.

I've been working on this concept for 20 years.  In that time, I've revised and revisited and polished the concept, continually updating it as the years passed.  All the while, I tried to keep the core values of Good Trek in mind:
  • Interesting, diverse characters who interact and grow.
  • A progressive, optimistic view of the future.
  • The thrill of discovery, the adventure of the unknown.
  • Space exploration.
  • High concept sci-fi, but with a respect for and grounding in real science.
  • Cutting-edge technology.
The show synopsis is as follows:

The series picks up 200 years after the adventures of Captain Kirk and the original crew of the Enterprise. A signal is received from the Andromeda Galaxy, from a species claiming to be the creators of all life in the Milky Way. With the invention of new interstellar travel technology, probes have successfully returned with data from the Andromeda Galaxy. A new USS Enterprise is constructed to explore this new galaxy and establish first contact with the messengers.

This all sounds great to me a ST is best on the small screen I think, where story must come before effects budgets.  

On my own endeavor, thanks to contributions and help from Darren Bulmer, FAR TREK 2.0 is shaping up to be quite a nifty little effort.  I have the Romulan section to complete and some added bits an bobs to filter in but I am still working towards a summer release. 

I will plan to offer (at no profit) a one day opportunity to buy a physical book through Lulu once the effort is ready.  I will give notice of maybe a few hours before it goes live, but it will be a very short window.  

Keep on trekking!