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Offline Kirok

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The Twelve Trek Days of Christmas
« on: 18 December 2007 12:08 PM »
The House of L'Stok in conjunction with the guys at Hailing Frequency have decided that the time is right to unleash upon an unsuspecting world ...

The Twelve Trek Days of Christmas!

Everybody likes Christmas presents.

Who doesn't appreciate something given you for free, without any thought of something in return? Christmas is known as the "season of giving" but what if I told you that there are people to whom giving is a year 'round thing? If you are a Star Trek fan then we have a treat in store for you!

Star Trek fans come in all shapes and sizes, the timid and the bold, the consumers and the creative. Amongst the creative there are those who write, those who act, those who have production skills that can turn out artistic and entertaining productions in a surprising range of media.

This project is a major collaboration between a wide variety of Star Trek fan groups and individuals to celebrate the season of goodwill and giving. It is first and foremost a fun activity created by Star Trek fans, as a gift for their fellow Star Trek fans. It is meant to introduce you, the world wide web of Star Trek fans, to the amazing array of material available for free on the internet.

What are we going to give you? Well ...

On the first day of Christmas
Star Trek gave to me
A Hako Enterprise bridge

On the second day of Christmas
Star Trek gave to me
Two fanzines …
And a Hako Enterprise bridge

On the third day of Christmas
Star Trek gave to me
Three Wise Men, Two fanzines …
And a Hako Enterprise bridge

On the fourth day of Christmas
Star Trek gave to me
Four Podcasts, Three Wise Men, Two fanzines …
And a Hako Enterprise bridge

On the fifth day of Christmas
Star Trek gave to me
Five fan films, Four Podcasts, Three Wise Men, Two fanzines …
And a Hako Enterprise bridge
 
On the [sixth - eleventh] day of
Christmas my true love sent to me
Six Filkers, Filking …
Seven Music vid's
Eight Podbook Ep's
Nine Gamers gaming
A ten page comic
Eleven Hako clones
A Trek fan calendar
[Twelve strips of latinum to the first person to post an mp3 singing that]

What exactly are they? We're not telling! You can shake the presents as much as you like and try to guess what is inside the wrapping! The surprise will be all the better at Christmas!

These are all made by fans of Star Trek and, as such, it is meant as a homage to the professionals who have created the films and TV shows, the games and toys, the books and collectables. If you like what we have done then help to keep the Roddenberry dream alive by buying a book or DVD, play one of the cutting edge games or own a little piece of the dream by buying one of the quality, licensed collectables.

It must be stressed that these are all fan productions. The trademarks and copyrights of Star Trek lie with CBS / Paramount and no profit can be directly or indirectly made from these ventures. Any attempt to sell, rent or otherwise make a profit from any of these projects will be reported to the copyright owners for their action.

Stay tuned for more on Day nine - Nine Gamers, Gaming - shortly!

K
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Posted on: December 14, 2007, 12:03:03 AM

I'll give you my ideas as they stand so that you can get an idea of my vision for this project. I'll assume you've read the promo material, so you'll know that this is basically nine Christmas presents for Star Trek fans from the Star Trek gaming community. For the "Nine Gamers, Gaming" I'm taking a wide definition of gaming and aiming it at people who have had no experience of gaming as well as the experts. I've tried to cover the whole spectrum of games and each "present" is meant to cover a specific subset - I tapped my kids heavily for my research! I'm not a gamer myself, although my two teenage kids are, so I've got a Noob's outlook on it. You guys, obviously, are informed experts - exactly the type of person who can give the newcomer authoratative comment and advice.

As a general principle I want to make each present pretty much a stand-alone thing in that you don't need to buy a hundred dollar game to use it. The exception to this is the mods - you obviously can't play an Elite Force II mod without having a copy of EFII. There is just no way that you could talk about fan involvement in gaming without mentioning mods! Taking a game like Half-Life 2 and creating a whole new game from the ground up with it, as they are in Enterprise, The Temporal Cold War for example, is a mind-blowing concept! If you think in terms of "added value", modding extends the lifespan of a game far beyond the commercial resources of the game's makers!

Another principle that I'm going to apply to each present is that I'm going to give a plug to the commercial games as well. This is mostly a pro-active defence against the licencees hitting at us about copyright. It has a legitimate place though - with the best will in the world, fan produced media are rarely as good as the commercial products and the punters want to know what is out there.

1. Board Game - I'm 53, so when I was a kid a game was something like "snakes and ladders", a board & dice game. I don't think anyone has done anything like that but we do have a a strong community that supports the classic Star trek 3D Chess game. Existing resources that can be tapped are Jen's exhaustive website on the subject
<http://home.arcor.de/jens.meder/3dschach/indexe.html>
and Parmen's computer version
<http://www.hemptrek.com/parmen/parmen.html>      CONFIRMED
[I am also working on a card-and-CD case version of the DIY built set on Jen's website. Plug the licensed collectable]

2. Customizable card Game - Card games are another traditional form and have merged with modern fantasy and Manga culture to give us runaway successes like Pokemon and Magic The Gathering. Decipher have a couple of free decks that you can download which make it so that you can get a taste of the game
<http://startrekccg.fanhq.com/Articles/Article.aspx?ID=701>

3. Constructable Card game - This could perhaps be merged with the last present but I think it's sufficiently different to warrant their own category. "Pirates of the Caribean" is like a cross between a trading card game and tabletop wargaming and there is a fan-made game called "Pirates of the Federation"
<http://www.geocities.com/gamemaster_gamester/piratesfederation/index.html>
which mimics it. There is no Trek Constructable card game, but we could plug Rocketman, which is their SF style game.

4. Starship sim - Tabletop wargaming  morphed with RPG's to form this type of space battle simulation. Just as with the Decipher, Amarillo have released a freely downloadable starter pack that introduces their newest game, Federation Commander   
<http://www.federationcommander.com/fed_command.shtml>   CONTACT MADE

5. RPG - This one is problematical. Play by email and forum style Role Playing games are still popular but how would you make it into a present? We could get someone to start an RPG specially for the project or failing that latch on to one that is starting. Its not a tangible thing that you can say is a special present though. Perhaps we could talk to Decipher about their RPG or Amarillo about Prime Directive?

6. PC Game, Text based - Retro gaming! This is mostly a historical curiosity but we could link to one or two of the original text-based games on the web plus Jason Shankel's graphic form - Open Trek
<http://shankel.best.vwh.net/opentrek.html>

7. Free game - One of the Flash based games?

8. Free game - "Enterprise, The Video game"?

9. Mods - Links (Videos?) to the major Mods for each game - EF2, BC, HL2 etc ...

Cheers

K
[That should have been a seperate post but it keep coming up as an edit

Posted on: December 14, 2007, 12:54:48 AM
Guys, for me, Christmas started on Friday December 14th - the first day of Christmas! Playing catch up here.

Every day, for the following twelve days, I will feature a different form of Star Trek fan production - a present to you. These will be presented on the Twelve Days of Christmas website ...
<http://12daysxmas.thunderdownunder.org/index.htm>
... kindly donated and managed by the CO of the latest Starfleet International (SFI) shuttle in Australasia, Cpt Jayden Tyronian of the Shuttle Atlantis, they will be mirrored on most Star Trek media forums as well as being expanding in excruciating detail on my amazingly good
fanzine Acrux! <http://acruxfanzine.blogspot.com/>

Everybody has their motives, mine are pretty simple. I want to show Star Trek fans the diversity of fan produced media that are open to them. Some, like fan films, are reasonably well known already, others like web comics, card models and filk are relatively unknown. I also want to build bridges. I would like to see Christmas once again be what it was, a time of good cheer and making friends, a time of giving, a time when organised Star Trek fandom can show the world what IDIC means by coming together and giving freely of ourselves.

Besides ... we need a little stress in our life, don't we Igor?

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On the first day of Christmas, Star Trek gave to me … a Hako Enterprise Bridge!

Our first present to Star trek fans is a scale card model of the NCC 1701 Enterprise, Kirk’s Enterprise from the Original Series, designed by Ron Caudillo and hosted by Jon Leslie on his LHVCC website. These have been designed as 6-8 modules that can be made individually or joined together to make a complete bridge set scaled to be used by Hako Clones. Don’t know what a Hako Clone is? Chekout the website!

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On the second day of Christmas, Star Trek gave to me … Two Fanzines.

Christmas should be a time when you can sit back and enjoy some light holiday reading. Fanzines - literally fan-made magazines - have been around since the 1930's and for the most part have survived the leap from paper to the Internet age. Today I feature two fanzines, Imaginations Unlimited, a member's project of Starfleet International, and Acrux, a new Blogzine that this month focuses on the Twelve Trek Days of Christmas.

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On the third day of Christmas, Star Trek gave to me … Three Wise Men

Star Trek was the first serious science fiction aimed at the mainstream public and Gene Roddenberry set the tone for the series by getting real science fiction writers to write for him. Today we introduce three wise men. I make no claim that they are the wisest of men but each has had something to say during the year, using Star trek as their vehicle, that I have found either profoundly inspiring or profoundly challenging ... and isn't that what science fiction is supposed to be about?

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I am greatly indebted to a diverse team of talented people who have given freely and unselfishly of their time. Your names and deeds will be spoken of with pride in the halls of the House of L'Stok!

Qapla' !!!

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Re: The Twelve Trek Days of Christmas
« Reply #1 on: 18 December 2007 12:42 PM »
Brilliant stuff - cant wait for day 4


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Re: The Twelve Trek Days of Christmas
« Reply #2 on: 25 December 2007 01:54 AM »
On the fourth day of Christmas, Star Trek gave to me … Four podcasts

For those of you who have never listened to a podcast, we're going to open your eyes to a whole new world! We have hours of Star Trek news, views, comments and craziness for you on podcasts specially made for this event. There's gaming news courtesy of Hailing Frequency, the best survey of TOS and the next film around on Twerpcast. You'll find a welcome in the private quarters of The Love Long and Prosper Podcast and then sit in on Indiana Jim as he interviews Larry Nemecek on the glass ceiling between fandom and professional and the chaotic state of Trekworld today.

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On the fifth day of Christmas, Star Trek gave to me ... Five Fan Films!

Fan films are by far the highest form of fan production around today. Consider Star Trek: Hidden Frontier, Star Trek: Intrepid, Star Trek: New Voyages, Starship Exeter and Star Wreck. Who are they, where did they come from and how do they relate to each other? Who is the oldest? The answers might surprise you. I have taken my reporting on the five major fan films producing today and turned it into a chronology that I'll wager you'll find interesting and illuminating.

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On the sixth day of Christmas, Star Trek gave to me ...  Six Filkers,
Filking!

Filk is a tradition as old as Sci Fi conventions, and a subset of this tradition is Star Trek parodies of Christmas carols which are traditionally sung by trek fans to celebrate the season of goodwill to the accompaniment of much revelry and the imbibing of your drink of choice! The USS Joan of Arc, a Starfleet International Star Trek fan club of Corpus Christi, Texas, quite often gets the whole restaurant singing along with them at their Christmas parties! To read more and download the songsheets for six of their original Filk Christmas carols, go to our web site at <http://12daysxmas.thunderdownunder.org/>.

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On the Seventh day of Christmas, Star Trek gave to me … seven music videos

The internet is full of witty, entertaining and moving videos - mostly on YouTube which has cornered the market as the defacto distribution network. I've scoured the airwaves for links to seven of the best Star Trek music videos and in the process met some interesting people and ended up in some strange places! It is by no means a definitive list think of this as the House of L'Stok's Playlist. To access the links go to our webpage at <http://12daysxmas.thunderdownunder.org>

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To download this and all the other presents from the Twelve Trek Days of Christmas, go to <http://12daysxmas.thunderdownunder.org/>. I am greatly indebted to a diverse team of talented people in many Star Trek fan groups and organisations who have given freely and unselfishly of their time. Your names and deeds will be spoken of with pride in the halls of the House of L'Stok!

My apologies for the delay in getting Day 5 out but even I can't spit 25 pages out overnight! However I would like to thank my crewmates on the USS Southern Cross who have shown patience and understanding by releasing me from my newsletter responsibilities.

I would like to thank my old friend, Fleet Captain Robin Van Cleave of the USS Joan of Arc and, I believe, others throughout Starfleet who have contributed lyrics to day six. Next year we start earlier and the filk will be mp3's!

Day seven is straight from the favourite's list of the House of L'Stok! However I would like to take this opportunity to thank Derek Kessler - Cpt Hair - forum manager of TrekUnited, co-creator of the "Despatches From The Romulan Wars" and creator of the Day 12 Fan Calendar for his patience and assistance. Your name and email address will be added to the Christmas Card List of the House of L'Stok!

Qapla' !!!

-------------------------- Kirok of L'Stok -------------------------
------------- Lieutenant Commander, USS Southern Cross -------------
----- Producer -- "The Twelve Trek Days of Christmas" --------------
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