Starfleet Command: Inerviews: Trekke1170
By Captain Starkiller
for BlackOps Station, 2001-04-18
member of the Newships Project
good evening sir
you got a few?
nope, unless you consider perusing Napster being busy
ok, all official and on the record now...
as official as is possible with me, anyways...
How is the Merge with Gamespy going for you and the rest of the Newships
It's going great. Xtreme Networks wasn't very supportive when I was
working at Newships, Jeh was never around to answer emails.
how long had you been with Xtreme Networks?
The first few weeks I signed up for Gamespy, I had instant help, from
every department, from getting the site started with the owner of Strategy
Planet to getting accounts for the whole site from different departments
how long had you been with Newships?
probably a year and a half. Figure Newships opened August 1999.
Is the original Newships crew involved with the New Newships?
Most of the crew returned in some shape or form, some haven't replied
to the email I originally sent out when we came back. From the Original
crew, Moonraker, Maestro, Charlie, and KnightHunter are back, and Raven
of course Seven will be coming back in December, many will remember
her great texture work
Are you planning on recreating the SFC1 Newships Mods for SFC2?
Eventually, right now we've been just trying to get back into the swing
of things. I've been juggling several jobs at once. Now that I have
a webmaster, I know the site will be fine and I can concentrate on releases.
We figured users could add SFC1 Newships Mods to SFC2 themselves for
the most part and would rather us concentrate on some new releases first.
Cool. What kind of new releases?
Well, I've been working on Ancient Angel's Nephilim ships mostly, also
training some of our new less experienced modelers like Chay Mareyn
Very kewl. Chay has some very kewl ideas. I was just looking at some
examples today, I believe at Scrapyards...
yeah. Our webmaster 3dot14 is working on a shipyards for Newships individual
releases right now. Wanted to take advantage of the outstanding Gamespy
You were one of the many people involved with The Docking Ring at SFB2SFC,
has that project been cancelled? Will you be continuing that type of
user motivated modeling at Newships?
Well, the Docking Ring kind of fell apart, first Noah left. I myself
was bogged down with real life and just lost the motivation to make
other people's ships during my free time. Firehawk felt that the Taldren
forums provided the SFC Community with a request line, so the Docking
Ring basically became obsolete. I might bring a request type thing to
Newships, but would have request guidelines.
What brought you into the SFC Community? Was it a love of Star Trek?
Mostly modeling. I was previously working at a site for Simon &
Schuster's Starship Creator called Starbase Prometheus, it was pretty
well known. When I bought Starship Creator, I thought it would have
the ability similar to kit bashing in SFC, where you can mix and match
Then I got SFC and saw Brad's plug in, downloaded a copy of MilkShape
trial, and messed around.
Is Starbase Prometheus still up?
nope, it was shut down after the release of Starship Creator Warp 2,
which Simon & Schuster did not support. We had a great relationship
with one of the people at Simon and Schuster. With the release of Warp
2, they put up a website of their own for Starship Creator, basically
trying to compete with the people they supposedly supported. The site
owner wasn't satisfied and moved on to better things
Kewl...speaking of support... what are your feelings about Taldren?
I feel Taldren supports SFC pretty well, they've gone well beyond what
they have to to support the game. I see the new Gamespy merging as a
blessing, as all the people complaining about Gamespy not being equal
to MPlayer now know what it was like for Taldren to recover after flipside
dropped out. Like Taldren, Gamespy has to write new coding to support
SFC 2 since MPlayer wrote its own code
(IMO) Gamespy has what it takes, I hope, to really enhance the whole
online scene for SFC2. Have you played the Dynaverse yet?
I guess, that is the same as asking, are you OC, MC, or IC?
[note] OC, MC, and IC are
references to Taldren's beta testers... the inner circle, middle circle,
and outer circle. [/note]
I'm in OC, but not very active since I have 56k
Does the 56k keep you from playing the SFC2 Multiplayer?
no, its just that there have been a lot of beta patches that are around
15mb or more. The patches the community downloads, we download like
3 times via several release versions. By the time I download this patch
and reinstall SFC, there are no bugs to report, so their is no point
in testing, and I really haven't had the time
understandable. How has the communication between the beta testers and
Taldren been? Smooth?
There have been a few rough times, but they have improved on it since
then, they've given us our own guy from Taldren, TheBeast, he monitors
the server and keeps us advised and then TalonClaw keeps us informed
on the IC
So, how long have you been modeling then? Was the Starship Creator your
first 3d modeling endeavor?
well, it wasn't a 3d modeling program, it was basically select from
5 nacelles, 5 saucers, and 5 secondary hulls, and that was your ship.
My first modeling endeavor was in September 1999 when I joined Newships.
It really wasn't a cannon model, just a kitbash, I would say it was
probably a 4 nacelled Miranda class (it was) never released I can't
remember my first released model. Probably somewhere on Moon's site
What is the project you are most proud of?
That's a hard question. Probably my Defiant and my Prometheus. Even
though the Defiant model wasn't mine, I was proud that i was able to
convert a model that was some 30,000 polygons to a mere 2000. Everyone
wanted a Defiant and we had only had DIX's old kitbash, then I came
out with mine and it is still one of the more popular ones today
How do you feel about the new SFC community? Do you see a lot more innovation
coming from the community?
I see a lot of things, good and bad. Good is how the community is growing
and becoming more of a helping community. Its bad how there is a lot
of site competition right now, a lot of egos that get out of hand and
a lot of tempers with short fuses. I've been known to go off a few times
myself, but I usually go off when its justifiable.
I was just starting down that road... do you see Modeling as competition...
I don't think it should be, as you know, I haven't released anything
myself in a while, I've been helping people like Wicked and the new
modelers at my site. But I see too much of the same or similar model
being released at the same time and a flame war ensuing. Its one of
the reasons I'm not to comfortable with the sudden 'corporization' of
the community, it just promotes competition
What does Trekke do when not modeling and managing Newships?
When I'm not modeling and managing Newships? I'm probably writing lyrics
or playing my guitar, or hanging out with friends at the mall.
do you have any music published? (A note... amazing how many creative
persons there are that model and do music...)
nope, not yet, I just got started into guitar this year. Took guitar
class this year starting in September, got my electric guitar for Christmas
and have been playing ever since.
sweet... favorite band?
There also seems to be a lot of modelers listening to alternative and
rock music. I know Wicked like Metallica and Creed, Lord Bile mentioned
the same in his interview.
Right now, probably Linkin
Park and Cold, but Korn and Smashing Pumpkins brought me into the whole
rock and alternative genre
what kind of computer are u you using?
LOL, bad question, hehe, don't get jealous now!
Pentium 200 MMX
ATI Xpert 128 w/16mb
not top of the line, but
getting a new computer next year.
ack... does that burn coal or what?
yeah, thinking of over clocking my video card till it burns out to get
what other PC games do you play?
well, I just got done playing Oni, that was fun. Um, Elite Force has
caught my interest, and Deus Ex and Alice. Those are the most recent,
don't spend much money on games lately.
will Newships break into mods for other games? Like Elite Forces?
Oni rocked, at first, but... anyways... love Elite Forces.
We plan to later, Our first game to break into will be Klingon Academy,
since we have all of Moon's Mods after all. heh, good old Moon!
Did you play Klingon Academy?
if so... what did you think of it in comparison to SFC?
I've played the demo, never bought it though
I think it had its merits, better than Starfleet Academy, Kinsu effect
is better then our current break models, but just wasn't appealing,
especially the AI's obsession with ramming
and I felt too much like Riker from Insurrection when playing
Hahahhaha... yeah, that was an interesting scene...
What is your favorite era?
Probably TNG, that's what I grew up on.
I was born in 1983, when the TOS came out, I don't remember any of it
except the Enterprise toy I had when I was real little I basically got
into Star Trek and Star Wars because I got all my brothers toys
heheh, are you the youngest then?
yeah, I'm the youngest
how many kids?
2 twin brothers and a sister
Ahh... What is your favorite race?
Federation, sucker for the good guys
second would be the Hydran. Like the sleek ship designs
umm, hmm, not sure. Klingons. LOL
Have you been into the Fan Fiction Forums?
A few times, not in a long time though. Good stuff in there
Big fan of that section, very little 'flaming'
So are you a SFB'er at all?
nope, never played SFB, wasn't around
Kewl, with that in mind, how do you feel about the 'stock and unmodified'
balance of SFC2?
I feel SFC 2 is somewhat balanced, the only balancing problems I have
are probably due to my lack of skills with that race, like when I fly
Have you seen Crymson's new ISC ships?
yeah, they are pretty cool, finally someone did the ISC, think he should
texture those SFB ISC meshes floating around
yeah... good call...
Where do you see SFC2 going in the next few months? Is Newships committed
to being around for awhile?
SFC2 will expand more into Multiplayer mods I think, once Dynaverse
comes out. Newships is committed to being around for a while and hope
we can be an influence in the SFC community once again, being that we
were the first modding site. Along with us, SFB 2 SFC is one of the
first sites. I remember when it was just us, then SFU came along and
hosted all the sites
the good old days
Newships was one of the first sites I ever saw. When I worked at SFB2SFC
it was always a goal to get the Newships models added into the Shipyards...
ack... so many of them
Still have them
ah well... dsl rules... 56k modem droolz
Can you divulge any info about SFC2:The Orion Pirates?
is it true that user created models will be featured?
Well, I don't know much, but rumor has it that two modelers in the community
have been contracted by Taldren. No names or details
Have you tried any of the user-created scripts and will Newships be
heading down the API/FMSE road?
Well, me and Maestro are working on the API, but like I said, I'm juggling
several different projects, LOL, Raven said I was CEO material because
of the way I juggle everything, but yeah. Just the SFC 2 API turned
out to be more of a disappointment then a help, if was more difficult
to understand. Think Chris Lewis' (RIP) tutorials helped many people
with the SFC 1 API
Ah-hah! You are working on an API project? Along what lines?
Just learning, making some Newships scripts
Well, I got to go, want to finish this another time?
Unless there is something else you would like to add... I am real happy
Well, I'd just like to comment on Reign's mention of the Alliance between
Newships and Omega Sector, it has been confirmed and we have formed
an alliance. We hope to bring some collaboration projects to the community
that will blow them away. And I would also like to thank the community
for the support of Newships through our time of 'hibernation'.
Very sweet. Thank you VERY MUCH man
Alright, its been an honor, now I got to get some sleep.
Keep up the good work with Black Ops, goodnight, or evening your time
Be sure to visit Newships
and the Newships-Omega
(Interview conducted over