Starfleet Command: Inerviews: Moonraker
By Captain Starkiller
for BlackOps Station, 2001-02-15
When did you start modeling in the 3d environment?
I started about late '98 messing with cad programs and turning my 2d
sketches into 3d forms, since acquiring other software I've been
able to practice a lot of different things, and I'm always finding
that there's more I can learn!
Which do you prefer? StudioMax or Lightwave?
hmm, that's a tough
one, but I really prefer Lightwave since its modeler and layout are
separate, as in MAX its all the same, it makes the modeling task a lot
I use Lightwave primarily for my modeling purposes because of this.
Where do find your resources for texturing and modeling?
I find my modeling resources at many different places, I use the ship
schematics database a lot, and to make my textures I try whenever
possible to use the actual studio ships as reference. plus many
many many pictures of them.
How do you like the new SFC2 engine compared to SFC1 and to other "space"
I like the new engine especially compared to the first one. what they
have added to it has greatly improved the game in my opinion, there
are a lot of enhancements that really help. as for comparing it
to other games, there aren't many that are like SFC, but id definitely
have to say that its tops all of the space strategy combat sims I've
So, why the name Moonraker?
hehe, this is a good one... I've always had a certain liking for the
name, I'm a fan of the best secret agent 007. and when I first
started online gaming it was used as my handle, and eventually
stuck with me. so since then I've used it for everything, people
are always asking me why I have the name, so there's your answer
How do you feel SFB is being represented in the SFC universe?
well, I don't claim to be an SFB expert (SFB guys don't get mad at me)
but from what i have learned from others who id consider very
knowledgeable about SFB, i think that its represented quite well
in SFC, it has the main part of the SFB playfield there, with its
own new twist, and I personally think that's a good thing.
so you mentioned online gaming, what other games do you play?
well I started playing online games a while back, I was doing NASCAR,
Starfleet Academy, Railroad Tycoon, many different ones. I covered
a lot of games back then, id have to say that SFC focused me on
space sims, since id always liked trek as a show, and always enjoyed
spacecraft, I became interested in nothing but space sims.
Earlier, you mentioned your upcoming releases with Newships, the Original
Series Kzinti. Do you prefer the TOS versions of Star Trek models?
oh yea, my main interest is on the TOS and 1-6 movie eras, I just like
everything about those craft. TOS especially, I was just always
disappointed with how little they actually showed those great
So, how did Ds9's "Trial and Tribulations" make you feel?
oh I really liked that ep. and I really liked the ship reproduction
of the original enterprise. for anything TNG, I always like it
when they revisit the older eras in their time travel plots.
Your latest model "glimpses", images released on the Taldren Forums,
are beautiful! Do you feel that your time spent away from SFC
(Working on KA, right?) helped hone your already excellent skills?
most definitely, at first my mods of SFC were done a lot different,
and almost required no real modeling by myself, it was mostly
HEX code replacements and such, getting into KA gave me more experience
actually building models, since it uses native Lightwave objects
for its ships. I always said id come back once the second
installment of SFC came out, and I came back ready to make a lot of
From a gamers point of view, which do you prefer, KA or SFC?
I think that depends on what kind of gaming you are looking for. I like
SFC cause it
makes me feel like a real captain that has to make all these decisions
based on the
starship I'm in command of. while in KA I feel like a pilot who has
to know how to fly his
ship well. its just depends on who you want to be that day.
So, what are the timelines in regards to Newships new releases? Will
it be set up in
".exe" format again?
I really enjoyed the simplicity of installing the old Newships mods.
I'm not sure on the timelines to the new packs, but we are getting our
staff together and like I said will have the TOS packages out, including
all the best SFB races. also my current models will be released with
their own specs and backgrounds at a later time. there will be all the
advanced features in the Newships lineup, including those easy to install
Will you at Newships also be reworking the textures within the game?
most likely, that was always my job there, but I do have two others
that are applying to work with the modeling, so ill probably have time
to do some good ole texture editing.
Kewl. What are your goals for the future of Moonraker and Newships?
to get things done! lol, always a problem is time... and getting things
my goals for each are to keep making the best possible mods for the
we aren't going to be limited to just SFC and have a planned expansion
into other games.
I meant to say 'we have a planned expansion into other games.'
-Note: When asked to further expand on that, ~«Möôñråkêr»~ confessed
that this is still an unannounced
In regards to copyrights... how does it make you feel when you see another
modeler using your ships as a foundation
for their own models? Does "kit bashing" make you twinge?
no, I'm not overprotective of my models, but I ask that if anyone wants
to change a lot
of things and make their own modifications to release that they just
tell me and at least
send me a copy of the material. i don't think that's so much to ask,
and I really haven't
ever had much of a problem with it in the past.
I have noticed that you spend a lot of time in the forums assisting
people with questions and advice, very kewl... do you like the
Taldren Forums... how do you feel about the community? About Taldren?
I go to the forums daily, unless I'm gone or something, but I really
enjoy it there,
and i like to go and see what the community thinks on the many different
pass through there. I think its a great way to get feedback and communicate.
Do you find the time still to play the games? If so, what is your favorite
Favorite class of ship?
oh yea I still play the game a lot, my fav SFC race is feds, but that's
that way for me. fav class is the FBCF nice hull, nice power, and you
have to like a
fed ship with a plasma, you just have to. over all the races though
my fav ships are in
the Lyran fleet...
What, in your own opinion, is the best model you have created?
hmm, its kind of tough to answer, since i really never get completely
with them, but I could tell you my favorite one, my New York class DDH,
its just one
mean little design.
heheheh... I have noticed over and over how Modelers become very competitive,
do you think that this is a good thing? I wonder sometimes... it seems
to do more damage than good.
I really don't think its good for that to happen, but yes it does happen.
good to try and work together instead of against each other. often times
I've found that
it gives you new ideas and helps the way you make your mods. for instance,
if you have
ever seen some of my very first works, and many people haven't, you'd
be surprised at the big changes I've made, and that's all come from
others, especially the Newships team
Anything that you would like to add?
ah, yea I would really like to thank everyone who has been so supportive
for so long,
I never would have even kept it up if it hadn't been for the community
out there, so
just my thanks to all of them.
You are an icon in the community, it is awesome to get the chance to
talk with you.
Having worked with Brad and SFB2SFC for so long, I have actually had
the opportunity to
see ALOT of your work. How close to being finished is the Enterprise-B?
well the first version was released not too long ago, and the TNG Lakota
refit will be
Where are you currently releasing your models?
my new web location
excellent! Thanks for the time man! I really appreciate you r patience!!!
no prob, I enjoyed it!
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