Starfleet Command: Inerviews: Anduril
By Captain Starkiller
for BlackOps Station, 2001-05-30
(interview conducted over
Tell us a little about yourself.
I'm probably a grandpa here. I'm 38, married, with a young un on the
way. I live in Northeast Wisconsin in a smallish town which is the
best way to go after having lived in cities of all sizes. Can't get
the farm out of the boy I guess. Did 8 years in the navy to learn electronics
and fixing them is what I do for a living...For fun I ride Motorcycles.
What kind of bikes? Street or dirt?
Street. Dirt is for sprouts with bodies that mend fast. I started that
way. Now Its usually our Harley. Sometimes the others get to come
out and play.
What kind of music do you prefer?
hmmm a lot of stuff. Metal, both new and 70's style. Bands like the
Red hot chili peppers, Nirvana, Steely Dan, Queen, Stones,
Some of the Hip Hop of the late 80's early 90's, Zepplin, Pink Floyd.
Tons of stuff. The CD changer is full. And of course THE BAND
......little British group called the Beatles.
Heheh, just listened to Queen and David Bowie... "Pressure",
wow, very cool tune...
You an old SFB player then?
I played from 1982ish till about 1990 when I moved back from Florida
and away from the group I played with every saturday.
I gave them everything including about 300 miniatures that I had painted
down to the windows. then of course I got the itch when they
re-released everything and spent another small fortune buying it back
Wow. So, is that your motivation when modeling? Do you have a 'character'
that you used to play?
I was always a Romulan. They seem to have the deck stacked against them
and are destined to loose. So it was always fun to bloody
some noses. I carved and molded so many models that when I discovered
the Taldren forum by accident Modeling became a natural
extension of my old habits.
Have you read any of the fan fiction regarding the Romulans?
I really haven't gotten into any of the other forums yet. I did get
my feet wet in the general forum and almost got myself involved in
one of the political posts. I got out fast :) I spend most of my free
SFC type time modeling and really haven't played the game all that much.
Though I've been hitting the Iplaywest server...and having fun with
heheh, kewl, I do recommend it... some very good Romulan storylines.
So, what's Ghost like to work with?
The perfect partner I'd say. A godsend in a way. After making the Condor
and Sparrowhawk I was just getting to the wonderful world of
texturing and Ghost contacted me about texturing them and me joining
up with the fleet dock project. I have been able to learn the different
facets of this at my own frantic pace.
frantic. You two have just blown me away with an ERA I really am not
that fond of. There is just something magical about the tos fca and
an fdd alongside...
Are the roms your favorite TOS race?
I think so to. Who would have thought a plate with a cardboard tube
below it would look good as a DD?
Me, I used to play with anything even remotely similar to a 'connie'
In fact, I guess I cut my teeth in Star Trek Gaming back in Junior High.
Teletype Computer playing the old ASCII star trek games...
you know the ones?
Wow, going back to the time of the early Zork games. What was your Junior
high time frame?
crap, I am 36...
you can call me granddad..
I remember Space 1999, UFO, and Star blazers....heheheh
ah Star blazers...I remember waiting to go to class in "C"
school at Great lakes naval base during the 80 Olympics. One TV in the
was showing the US-Russian hockey game and we commandeered another set
out of the office to see the Yamato rise from the dirt.
No, kidding, I woke up on a lazy weekend morning after staying up all
night watching Creature Features, woke up to my tv still on playing
that Hockey Match... OMG... what cool memories...
Ok, I am old... ack
What is your favorite thing about Star Trek? Would you call yourself
I still sit and watch it when espn or someone pulls it back out for
a play. That and the gold medal game were amazing.
I wouldn't call myself a Trekkie. My favorite things would be the ships
and the meanings behind the stories.
Then ones that have them at least. As corny as the original series could
be at times it almost always had something to say about society.
I've seen George Takei and James Doohan speak and of all the things
that they say you can tell that they believed that they
tried to send a message...
Which ERA then is your favorite?
I don't know all that much about the ships of the later eras other than
seeing them in the shows. Of course now I watch with a more
I think I'm a bit, hmmm, hostile towards the later era's and Paramount's
taking cloaking devices and giving them to the Klingons because
they wanted to.
hehehhe, so you are excited about the "ENTERPRISE" television
I'm not sure. My wife thinks it'll be cool and it probably will be.
I'll reserve any judgment until I see how much history they
decide to rewrite. I'm still not sold on Scott Bakula, tho I do like
him, as the captain. But since I don't have a suggestion different
captain I won't complain. I don't agree with the name however.
yeah... potentially any story can be good...
What is your favorite model?
anybodies model or just one of mine?
hmm... either or :)
There a handful that I really like. But if nailed down to an anthill
so I'll confess I think I'd say Moonraker's Ambassador.
I missed the TNG episode with it in and saw a model of it at EAS. After
snooping around I grabbed his. Hard to choose, or even
remember all the ones I've seen.
What do you think of the SFC series?
I didn't care for the first one. Poor lighting and too many Orion encounters
drove me nuts. I ended up playing quake3 for a year.
Someone in a quake IRC channel told me about sfc2 and after a bit I
went and bought it. After making a second trip to the "big"
they didn't' put a CD key on my jewel case I fired it up and liked the
newer look of it.
are you jazzed about the Orion Pirates expansion?
I think they have gone in the right direction with the game. There are
still things I wish we could do with it but with time who knows.
care to expand on that?
Excited because two people in this small community got the call and
we can see their work. I'll give the game a try but.....I'm not
all that excited about the pirates in reality. I wasn't overly fond
of them in SFB. But who knows the possibilities that they put in the
till we get to try it out
And, yes, I am VERY Excited to see the modelers in question, Cleeve
and Pneumonic81, get the attention they deserve.
I am hoping to see a more open community, more sharing between the 'Modders'
and the developers.
What is your favorite PC game?
My wife and I play Baldur's gate from time to time, or Diablo across
the LAN. And I will occasionally take up my rail gun and go show
the people I still know how to use it. That's pretty much it. I made
a rule many moons ago, well more of a guideline, 2 games at a time!
I think the wing commander series was my favorite though.
2 games ?!?!? OMG... how can you do that? You haven't fallen victim
to Black and White yet?
And yeah, Origin's Wing Commander Three and the Mechwarrior Series...
my faves... along with Unreal Tournament and Quake III
Hehehhe... so the wife, is she a computer person too?
If I played more than two I'd keep forgetting my keyboard layouts. I
had the same for quake, half-life and any other shooter I could
modify that way. Hell, if I could use the same layout for SFC I would.
It also keeps me from getting too immersed. Too many games means
too much time at the pc trying to keep up.
hehe, feel your pain.
How about the family, are you all organized around the pc as a unit?
Heh, nah, we have Playstation also. :)
couple nights a week we've been playing Diablo on it. Rest is outside
or being lazy. We don't watch very much tv so time is split up between
various things. Including the ever present honey-do list of house repairs.
Hahah... I mean, yes of course, the 'list'.
I suppose the Playstation would bring up my other favorite game..
Gran Turismo 2
What are your immediate plans for SFC modeling? Have you and Ghost Modeled
the entire SFB fleet?
We are getting close. Every time I look down the shiplist or my master
list I get ideas. They get in the way of the other voices.
I know Ghost has Hydran and Gorn work to do and I'm still trying to
catch up on Illuminating. I am almost tempted to learn scripting as
will be doing some missions but I think recruiting is the way to go..
Scripting? What kinds of scripts are you picturing?
I am starting to get ideas on some other ships after going through the
various races and will be starting some TMP , I suppose, type
Kzinti/Mirak soon. I've already done some prelim sketches and will probably
get froggy and do a mini story to coincide with the release of the
excellent. Do you play the D2 at all?
I would think some of the more famous SFB scenarios. Of course it'll
require some research to see what can be done with the
limitations of the game imposed upon us.
I played on Arctic Fires server. I just read today that his box crashed.
I'd send him some guts but at the moment I only have a
couple 200mhz Pentiums laying around and they're not quite what he needs.
I still have a ship on IPlayWest but may move to another
server as I think it's time to go home to Remus and pick up a Sparrowhawk
and get down to business
What about releasing a D2 Pack of TOS replacements for the fca, fff,
It's kind of frustrating with all the game resets. Though I still have
a ship after 4 days now so things must be looking up. I like
getting others to join up and go into a mission. I groan at times with
the "draft" but it's almost always fun so don't complain.
I like the idea of a pack of TOS ships. But Chris Jones and Dan James
are building a mod for a server to be set up in the near future
so will wait to see the interest in it. If it looks like people like
the TOS environment I think I may just work on setting up a 5 or 6 ship/race
kewl, I know I would
anything else you would like to add?
i think so...bout the packs?
about life, the universe and everything?
About life...life is short. People get themselves way wrapped up in
things and loose touch with what really matters. It is good to
see that all has calmed down, forum wise, and that civility has returned
and been in place for a while. I admit, though I'm not proud of it,
I almost found all that amusing...
about the universe...How come we're not living there yet?....
Thanks very much... I really appreciate the time :)
Your welcome and have a good evening.
and take care