Star Trek Discovery Season 3 Promo

I really quite enjoyed the first two seasons of Star Trek Discovery so I am looking forward to season 3, even if it is set 930 years in the future…

So there are Trills in the promo, as well as Andorians. So much to see and so much to anticipate.

Of course Covid-19 has delayed production, but I think it might be worth the wait. It should be on Netflix in the UK from the 16th October.

Captain Pike is back…

Captain Pike, Spock and Number One.

The USS Enterprise is back, under the command of Captain Pike in a new Star Trek series based on their appearance in Star Trek Discovery. The new series is called Strange New Worlds, which is of course a phrase from the original opening of the original series.

“Fans fell in love with Anson Mount, Rebecca Romijn, and Ethan Peck’s portrayals of these iconic characters when they were first introduced on Star Trek: Discovery last season,” said Julie McNamara, Executive Vice President and Head of Programming of CBS All Access in a press release. “This new series will be a perfect complement to the franchise, bringing a whole new perspective and series of adventures to Star Trek.”

In an announcement from the case, the new series was talked about by the actors playing Captain Pike, Spock and Number One.

I really enjoyed the second series of Discovery and when earlier there were calls for a new series featuring Pike and co, I thought, that will be nice, but this probably won’t go anywhere. So glad to be proved wrong.

This sounds like the reboot of Star Trek that we have been waiting for. All the essence of the classic series, combined with the filming and SFX technology of today with the support of that legacy of Star Trek content from over the last fifty odd years.

It will be interesting to see how they will run with this, will it be episodic like the original series, or will they do a story arc as they do with Discovery and Picard?

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Full Thrust

Nice to see one of my favourite rule sets of all time, Full Thrust available for free download.

I really liked the simplicity of Full Thrust and it was a really fun game.

Back in the 1990s I developed a set of Star Trek cards and rules for Full Thrust which were a lot of fun. I ran a fair few participation games at shows around the UK using Star Trek toys from MicroMachines.

Full Thrust is a science fiction strategy wargame written by Jon Tuffley and published by Ground Zero Games of England. It is usually played with miniature figurines representing imaginary starships, although cardboard chits representing the vessels can also be used. Unlike many games, the publishers encourage the use of any miniatures rather than only “official” ones, though Ground Zero Games does also sell an extensive miniature range.

They were first published in 1991 by Ground Zero Games with a second edition published in 1992.

They are available as free download from the GZG website.

Full Thrust

Full Thrust – Fleet Book 1

Full Thrust – Fleet Book 2

Star Trek Discovery Season 3 Trailer

One of the things that has annoyed me over the last few years has been the geographical unavailability of Star Trek Discovery content such as the Short Treks and trailers, despite the show being available one day later from the US broadcast date on Netflix. The Short Treks last season finally appeared on Netflix.

So was quite pleased to find the season 3 trailer from the New York Comic-Con on Twitter, which works in the UK.

The YouTube version doesn’t and isn’t available in the UK.

New Picard Trailer – release date 23rd January 2020

Well we have a new trailer for Picard.

Some nice surprises in there and some interesting scenes. So much so I was pausing and rewinding. Nice to see some old friends in there too.

All kicks off on January 23rd 2020 on CBS in the US and Amazon Prime in the UK.

Star Trek: Picard

I am so looking forward to this new series.

How about you?

It will be the eighth series in the Star Trek franchise and centers on the character Jean-Luc Picard. Set at the end of the 24th century, twenty years after the events of Star Trek: Nemesis, the storyline is affected by the destruction of Romulus referenced in the film Star Trek (2009), as well as the death of Data.

In the UK it will be on Amazon Prime.

Steampunk Old West: Time Travel

Old West

This is a series of blog articles, updating and based on my original article on Steampunk Old West. I will be posting a few blog articles over the next week or so on my experiences and thoughts on taking the old west and adding a dash of victorian science fiction. I have painted and have been painting up some Foundry Old West figures for use with the Legends of the Old West Warhammer Historical rules. I liked the concept of a traditional Old West game, however the film Cowboys and Aliens got me thinking about “different” old west backgrounds. I did first start thinking about adding Victorian Science Fiction or Steampunk elements to the games.
As well as aliens, and steampunk tech, another thing that could be added to the mix is time travel.

One inspiration for this was Harry Turtledove’s Guns of the South, in which South Africans travel in time and arm the Confederate South with the AK47. Adding 20th Century weaponry to the 19th Century can make for some interesting scenarios and games. The key really is to keep the weapons to a minimum, otherwise you no longer have an old west game, it’s just a moderns game but with cowboys!

Another idea would be to put some modern day soldiers in the old west. Though having the advantage of modern weapons, the journey back in time would be confusing and the modern day soldiers would be hesitant and unsure.

Another variation would be to follow a Star Trek style scenario have have future humans travel back in time to the old west. They could be armed with phaser style weaponry.

Star Trek: The Next Generation had a few old west holodeck adventures and that could be another mechanism for having games with cowboys and future tech. For example the Borg invade the Enterprise holodeck and the Star Fleet personnel need to team up with cowboy holograms to defeat them.

“Spectre of the Gun” (originally titled “The Last Gunfight”) is an episode from the third season of the original science fiction television series Star Trek that was first broadcast on October 25, 1968. In this episode, having been found trespassors into Melkotian space, Captain Kirk and his companions are sent to die in a psychic illusion that takes the form of the town of Tombstone, Arizona, on Earth on the historic date October 26, 1881.

A Town Called Mercy

Of course if we are talking about Time Travel then we mustn’t forget the Doctor. Across his many generations he has travelled to the Old West, including the recent episode, A Town Called Mercy. This episode saw the Doctor, Rory and Amy visiting the American Frontier, or “Wild West”, where they encounter a town which is cut off from the rest of the frontier until they hand over Kahler-Jex, an alien doctor, to a cyborg called the Gunslinger. However, the Gunslinger is a product of experiments by Jex to win a civil war on his planet, and the Doctor is unsure of what is the right thing to do.

The first Doctor also visited the wild west in The Gunfighters, where he interacted with the main protagonists in the gunfight at the O.K. Corral.

I already have a few Doctor Who miniatures that are on my workbench.