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Starfleet Command: Inerviews: Pprboy2000
By Captain Starkiller
for BlackOps Station, 2001-06-08
conducted over MSN)
pprboy2000 here. did you want to schedule that interview?
hey! Sorry about being so offline lately!
no sweat. we all get busy
yeah, when is good for you?
You are west coast right?
whenever. and yes, west coast
can do it now if you want
hmm... hang on, lemme save some stuff
no problem. standing by
ok, you game?
Let's do it.
Start off with- How old are you and where are you from?
I’m 34 years old, married, no kids, living in Southern California. Graduated
high school in ’85, went to college and got my
Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice with an English minor in ’89,
and I’ve been a cop for the last eleven years. Hobbies
(besides SFC modeling) include kayaking, gardening, shooting, photography,
fish keeping and riding my motorcycle
(’96 Honda Gold Wing).
Yeah, you broke out the can of spray paint on the Okinawa didn't you?
The Police Frigate
LOL Yeah, guilty as charged. Even though police ships are the last thing
you'd want in the game, I couldn't help giving them a facelift.
It was rad!
Man did I download that ship
very cool mod
Heard there was another one coming out for OP. Guess I'll have to do
one for the new ship too.
Just fyi, you have been my motivation for texture mods.
You and Trunks.
Wow, thanks! I'm flattered. I like what Trunks is doing as well.
I used to work with SFB2SFC in the old shipyards, Trunks really made
a similar impact when he began 'modding' the models...
How do you feel about Skinners vs Modelers?
SFB2SFC was what got me into doing textures. That and Newships.
I didn't know there was a rivalry between them. Seems like you can't
have one without the other.
Or did I misunderstand you?
well, there was at first
When Trunks first broke in, there was a lot of resistance to rampant
Now, it seems to be more of an outsource...
Was the Okinawa your first mod?
Uh, yeah, I think so. It's been a while, so I don't even remember which
one I did first. I pretty much got started by adding
different names and registries to everyone else's stuff for my own use,
just so I wouldn't have to look at NCC-1701-A on every
Then I saw what was going on at Starfleet Universe, and figured I might
as well share with everyone else.
If rivalries between skinners and modders are to be avoided, it's REAL
important to give credit where it's due, and make
sure everyone knows you're not trying to take credit for a model if
all you did was re-skin it.
They have determined that creating read-me's cause cancer
it appears sometimes
have you modded any other games besides SFC?
No. Believe it or not, I'm not really into computer games. Nothing against
gamers, of course, but I just never got into the whole gaming thing.
I'm too old fashioned.
Most of the games I love are what I used to pump quarters into in junior
so, the Playstation and Nintendo?
or, shudders, pinball?
Space Invaders, Asteroids...god, I'm dating myself here... And yeah,
pinball and Intellivision are more from my era.
* cringe *
A friend of mine who's a heavy gamer showed me SFC 1, and I fell in
love. I've been a Trek fan all my life, and what Trek fan can resist
flying all those ships you grew up loving?
I know... the graphics rock.
And dreaming of flying...
I think the lighting effects in SFC 2 make the game.
Yes, a definite marked improvement...
dang near photo realistic sometimes
esp. the TMP textures...
Especially with great skins, like Moonraker's or Pneumonic's.
The quality of modeling these days amazes me, with some of the high-poly
stuff that's out there.
Too bad my system doesn't like those models as much as I do.
Have you modeled now?
Yeah, Pneumonic convinced me to learn. I've done a few models, like
the Spacedock with an interior,
etc. But I try to keep my stuff as low-poly as possible,
for people with systems like mine.
I leave high poly to those who excel at it, like Moon, P81, and Wicked
what is your system?
Custom-built Gateway computer w/Pentium 550 motherboard
12.6 GB hard drive
NVIDIA RIVA TNT graphics card
Creative SoundBlaster Audio 64 sound card
Various accessories, such as: Printers - Epson Stylus Photo EX, Alps
MD-1300, DVD-ROM and CD-RW drive, Mustek 1200SP scanner, etc., etc…
It was the top of the line system for at least ten minutes a few years
still not too bad
*flexes his PII*
Yeah, it can handle most everything I throw at it. Although 3DS Max
makes it shiver a little.
3dStudio Max makes ME shiver
By OS do you mean Windows '98?
I had serious issues with Max in win98se and ME
wouldn't even run...
I blame Taldren
(Just kidding... sheesh... relax everybody...)
Haven't upgraded to 2000 yet.
win2k and Max get along MUCH better
highly recommend it
Why not? Everyone else seems to for everything.
What is your fave Graphics program... ie PSP or Adobe
Adobe Photoshop, all the way. Been using it for years.
I've never used PSP, although WZ says good things about it.
I'm on Photoshop 6.0 at the moment.
Hard to master?
I even get to use it at the workplace as well, very occasionally.
not I... got to have those MAD SKILLZ in order to get the MAD SKILLZ)
And no, I don't think it's too hard to master. It's just complicated
until you get used to it.
I prefer PSP, but Adobe just kicks for the registries...
What was your GPA in high school?
Mastering 3DS Max is what's giving me a headache these days.
My GPA was about 2.8, 3.0. Nothing spectacular. I spent most of my time
wishing I was somewhere else.
Grow up in CA?
I've live in the same 20 mile radius all my life.
Neighborhood cop? Is your patrol near your own neighborhood?
Born in a town called Long Beach, grew up in Costa Mesa, and live in
No, I patrol an area about fifteen miles from where I live. It's a city
called Stanton, and trust me, you wouldn't want to live there.
Are you in a cruiser all day then?
Yeah, I'm a uniformed cop. Drive a black and white, the works...
How have you been affected by the Dynaverse?
Well, it took me forever to get on, and that was just a few weeks ago.
For the first few months the game was out, I spent so much time texturing
for it that I hardly had a chance to play! But from what I've seen,
it seems like a good concept. Kind of crashes on me a lot, though.
I liked ArticFire's server until it went splat.
The fact is, I'm only a so-so player. I'm used to playing against the
AI, so actual people tend to clean my clock on the Dynaverse.
I need a bit more practice, I'm afraid. A decent modem would be nice,
Damn 56k POS...
Did you know about all of the cheating?
And I hope people give Taldren a chance to clean things up with any
buggy D2 issues. I think they're doing the best they can. And yes, I
knew about some of the cheating issues.
It seems people will always find loopholes and use them if they can.
Just human nature, I guess.
Good answer... heheh
What is your favorite Star Trek Era?
When you get enough people together, some of them are bound not to play
TMP. I'll never forget seeing the refitted 1701 on the big screen in
ST:1. Some people gripe about how long that initial fly around scene
was, but I always knew it was for people like me who could never get
enough of that ship!
And the Excelsior is one of my favorite designs as well.
I like a lot of TNG stuff, of course, but TMP wins hands down for me.
TOS I like mainly for nostalgia reasons. After all, I grew up on it!
Being the year 2001 and all, do you think we, as a society, will ever
achieve the prosperity and space faring capability shown in Star Trek?
Hmmm... I'll try not to let eleven years of police experience with human
nature cloud my answer here. Spacefaring abilities, yes. Definitely.
I think that might also help our basic nature as well. People aren't
so bad once you spread them out a bit, and space travel would definitely
I think space exploration would be a great thing for us in many ways.
But they need to privatize it. Get it out of the hands of government,
and into the private sector. We'll LEAP into space once people figure
out how to make it profitable.
Being a cop (is that okay slang, or offensive to a police officer?)
did you get insane when Sean Connery appeared in Outland?
As Jack Webb said on Dragnet, we don't like being called cops.
As we all say, Jack Webb was never a cop
It's what we call ourselves, so I don't mind. And no, Connery didn't
bug me in Outland, but I'm biased. I think he's a great actor.
No, I meant insane good
I loved the movie... was right in the same line as Alien for it's perception
of our Sci-fi tech in the future I thought
he was excellent
Oh, yeah. I liked the movie a lot, and I agree with you. It will be
many years before space travel looks like Star Trek. Sleazy mines, strippers,
lousy working conditions are probably much more realistic of an expectation.
And Sean Connery could play a tribble and make it look great!
He's one of the best actors around. Just gets better and better the
older he gets.
So, are you excited about Orion Pirates?
I'm really looking forward to it. I never played SFB, so all I have
is what former players like P81 have told me about X ships, mauler weapons,
I'm hoping for good things with this game.
And I was very pleased when I read your interview with SFC Shadow, and
he mentioned the comprehensive ship guide being included in the strategy
That was an important feature that was missing from the SFC 2 manual.
what the heck does 'ablative' mean?
Yeah, Hawk can really nail the interview....
It's a modern day military term for a sort of "snap-on" armor
plating that can be pulled off, discarded, and replaced easily once
it gets damaged. How that term can apply to phasers, though, is beyond
me. I guess it means something else in-game.
It was mentioned in relation to phasers, right?
My experience with Battletech gave me the impression that it was reflective
like in ablative armor to reflect laser weapons
Hmm.. could be. I'm no military expert, so your guess is as good as
mine. My only experience with armor is that Kevlar stuff my vest is
But new weapons in the game are always interesting. I really liked the
addition of AMD in SFC 2.
Had I known about that feature when I wrote "Desperate Measures",
the story probably would have been a lot different.
I enjoy the amd too...
really makes you think when choosing eras in game
about that story, "Desperate Measures"
How often do you write?
Thanks. I don't write fiction that often. I usually don't have the time.
But I've always been interested in writing. I was one of those students
who did really
well in English class, but had to take off my shoes to count higher
than 10 in math class.
Besides, my job requires a lot of writing, so I've had my share of experience,
even if it's non-fiction.
Its too good to just have 'come out one night while I was daydreaming'
reads as though you really worked it
very good story
Well, I thought about it a lot before I wrote it, but the initial idea
was just to depict a large-scale fleet battle. I'd read and liked a
lot of the stuff on the fiction forums, but I wanted to do something
REALLY battle oriented. My main inspiration was the fleet battle scenes
in Tom Clancy's "Red Storm Rising".
But it did start out as a daydreaming sort of thing. I just built on
it from there.
do you read the fan fiction much?
Thanks. I'm glad people liked it. What I'm really hoping for now is
for Moonraker to do more of those pics.
I don't read it as much as I used to, but I still do when I have the
vs fish throwing-backing?
Yeah. Two outdoor ponds (one barrel, one in-ground, stocked with fancy-tailed
goldfish), one freshwater tropical tank, a Betta hex, and a saltwater
And yeah, I'd definitely throw them back. I don't like the way most
I'm a meat and potatoes, simple diet kind of guy. I only like fish foods
if I'm watching them on the Iron Chef.
if you get REAL bored...
http://www.chiculadreams.com is my very-soon-to-wife's family page...
there are pics of the tanks we have there... nothing too major.
Do you prefer fresh to salt?
I'll check that link out. And I'm kind of on the fence there. Salt fish
are much more interesting to look at, but freshwaters are MUCH easier
I love 'em both, but for different reasons, I guess. I've had my fresh
tank for a couple of years now, so it's pretty much self contained,
with a minimum of help from me.
Marine fish take a lot more effort, but I love looking at that reef!
especially a reef tank
how many gallons?
That's what I have. Live rock, corals, the works!
So... Cop Camaros vs. Cop Mustangs... which is better?
Just a 60 gallon - I didn't have the room for bigger. I'll e-mail you
a pic later.
Actually, my department drives Ford Crown Victoria Police Interceptors,
now that Chevy doesn't make the Caprice anymore. Both the street cops
administration more or less loathe the Crown Vics - no muscle, dammit!
We drive Blazers and Tahoes for beach and mountain patrol, but the street
cars are all Fords.
if you had to choose between Baywatch and DS9?
LOL! DS9, of course. I loved that show once the Dominion War started,
although there's also a certain appeal to watching Hasselhoff perform
open heart surgery
with a Swiss Army knife...
What is your next SFC-related project?
I'm working on a Pearl class repair facility, which was a FASA design
from the Fed Ship Recognition Manual. It's basically one of those ST:1
frames with a small command pod and nacelle attached, so it can move
from place to place and repair damaged ships. I try to do things I think
no one else is doing.
No need to duplicate work within the community. There's enough projects
to go around. And besides, we have enough TMP Enterprises at this point.
I'm also working on a Mirak design, just because some of those races
seem to get the short end of the modeling stick.
I'd like to try doing a ship for each race, just to see if I can.
Awesome. I like that Dark Drone has taken it upon himself to assist
in beefing up the outer races...
Are you still doing custom textures for players?
Yeah, I like what he and Crymson have done for races like the Mirak
and ISC. Even if you don't play those races, it's alway nice to look
at a different enemy ship.
I don't do custom stuff for other players as much as I used to, although
I'll still try to help out if someone e-mails me. I originally started
doing that in partnership
with Pneumonic, but once he learned to do his own stuff there wasn't
as much need for it anymore. That's one of the reasons I took up modeling.
Hawkeye is currently joined up with the XenoCorp fleet, have you tried
playing with the fleets in MultiPlayer skirmishes on Gamespy?
Had to do something to keep busy in the SFC world.
I know your modem pain, too...
No, I haven't. I'm not averse to trying it, but I'm not sure I'm a good
enough player yet. And besides, I'm happy enough if I can even connect
Dynaverse, let alone something else like Gamespy!
My cable company keeps promising a cable modem in the near future, but
I'm starting to turn blue from holding my breath.
have you tried any of the user created custom missions?
Until then, I'm stuck in 56k hell.
No, I haven't, but that's only because I'm not sure where to get them.
I don't look at the mission scripting forum as much as I shoud. I really
liked some of the ones people made for SFC 1.
What are some of the good ones?
My biggest mission regret about SFC 2 was the loss of customizable hostile
skirmishes, with different terrains, etc., etc. And give me my Sarbase
Assault back, dammit!
ok, which is your favorite ship ever...?
*gathering list of script links*
check down at the bottom
also that Tenndra Exercise is pretty cool!
they are all fairly easy to install
In the game or Trek in general?
in any form
any show really
Oh, man. That's a tough one. For Trek, the TMP Enterprise is tied with
the Excelsior (both variants). For other sci-fi, I have to say that
the Shadow ships from
Babylon 5 were about the scariest looking things I've ever seen in a
series. I also liked the Agamemnon type ships in B5, with that rotating
I really liked the look of the Eagle (Space 1999) and the Cylon Raiders.
But, its the USS Chandley for me, with the Akira a very close second
well, any web pages you wanna plug?
I always liked the Chandley, but the Baker was my favorite FASA.
Just the Dominion website. I think it's worked out fairly well since
Any other topics you want to touch on?
You listen to Howard Stern?
You can't survive in my job without an inappropriate sense of humor.
Your partner a guy?
No, I don't have one. We drive single-man cars. If something hits the
fan, we just roll additional units and hope they get there before I
have too many holes in me.
But most of the cops in my area are guys.
How bad did that armored bank robbery affect you? The one that happened
two, three years ago?
the guys with the HEAVY weapons and body armor?
It was way longer than three years...
life is just flying by...
That was in LA, about 45 minutes north of me. I watched the whole thing
on TV, sitting at my favorite bar. Typical case of the bad guys outgunning
It helped in the end. We're a lot better armed now because of that incident.
They upgraded all our weapons after that.
wow... I was stunned... the images were so rough
cant even imagine
You there for the earthquake too?
I've never been in a shootout that bad (fingers crossed).
I've been here for every earthquake since 1967. Which one are you talking
the highway crushing all those people earthquake
really bad with dates... ask my fiance
Oh yeah. That was in San Francisco, I think. Way too far north for me
to feel it. That one in Northridge about six years ago knocked me right
out of bed at 4:30 in the morning.
oh man... too much. I managed to miss the eruption (Mt. St. Helens)
by about a week...
That was my closest brush
Whoa. That's some nasty stuff as well. I've been through all the earthquakes,
a few fires, and several El Nino's. California keeps you on your toes.
Damn near lost a car to that last El Nino flood...
I was stuck at a friend's house for two days due to flooding.
good friends I hope
Yeah, my best friend, and it was my days off. We drank a lot of beer
and went swimming where his street used to be. The water was five feet
How does the wife feel about your SFC contributions?
She doesn't mind sharing?
No, she doesn't gripe too much. I'm lucky that way, and I make sure
to spend plenty of time with her as well. It keeps me out of trouble,
She'd rather have me doing this than drinking and carousing anyway.
Anything else you would like to share?
Only that I'm glad to be a part of the SFC community, and that it's
nice to be on forums that are reasonably flame-free. The SFC forums
are good that way.
Well, thanks for sharing so much of your time. Very cool chatting with
Yeah, there were some growing pains, but it's calmed down a lot.
Enjoyed it as well. Take care!
He is also a
regular contributor to the SFC Community and can be found haunting the
forums at Taldren.
Model can bee seen in more detail here
MODEL - Spacedock- inside and out