24 Hours of G & T: Hours 2 & 3
24 Hours of G & T: Hours 2 & 3 is now available to download. Check it out here. Our guest for the next two hours of the fundraiser is the Lead Content Designer for Star Trek Online, Al “Captain Geko” Rivera. We discuss STO, their latest episodes, and so much more. Don’t miss it.
We start off this segment of the show with a brief discussion of the music played during our break and mention the hashtag #24hrGnT, before greeting Al. Mike takes a moment to mention this hour’s prize, Star Trek Online’s Legacy of Romulus Pack. Terry mentions the last time we had spoken with Al. We start with Midnight and they congratulate Al for the great job they did creating it. Nick is enjoying Sunrise as well, because it had such a different feel from Midnight. Al enjoys coming onto the G & T Show because he gets to talk about story. He talks about the history of STO leading up to Midnight. Al mentions Star Trek: Horizons and how their take on the Iconians was benevolent and Al just smirked because that was his intention for them as well.
He goes on to say that he’s got the story mapped out through Expansion Five, and has began thinking about how the game should end and shares an idea that he played around with but rejected that involved the Talosians and Captain Pike. The conversation shifts to Kipleigh’s role in Sunrise. Spoiler Alert. We go into detail about Sunrise. Allen chimes in to talk about Kal Dano and the Tox Uthat. Terry reasons that this could be a new front in the Temporal Cold War. Al describes how they plan their stories and what references they choose to use. Star Trek has plenty of loose threads that they are able to pick up and run with.
Mike noticed the ship Kal was in and why the Tholians attacked early on in the story. Al talks about how special Tholians are. Terry fell in love with them through Vanguard. Nick and Al get into a heated argument over Cardassians as to whether or not they were Nazis. We all agree that Tholians are cool. Mike talks about the pair of Cardassian missions he had played. Nick loves the Bladerunner feel that Mirror Universe Bajor has in the mission Jabberwocky. It leads into a discussion of Captain / Admiral Leeta. Al talks about spending the day with Chase Masterson and Kipleigh Brown and their adventure to Pixar later in the week. Al raves about Pixar. Terry and Mike share their progress in the Cardassian Arc. Al clarifies some details about Leeta’s rise to power before talking about the new PVE Queue missions.
Nick takes a moment to talk about Champions Online. Al worked on Champions for a time and some of his work is still there. Terry returns us to the Star Trek Online and the Badlands Battle Zone. Al talks about what players can find there, including the revelation that how the Mirror Universe won their Iconian War. Mike wonders how cold the Temporal War actually is. Terry gets clarification on the differences between Adventure Zones like Nimbus and Battle Zones like the Undine portion of the Voth battle zone. Al reveals that they are not done with Admiral Leeta. She is scheduled to come back sometime next year.
Nick asks about the new Admiralty system. Al goes into detail clarifying how the system is supposed to work. Mike was looking for the Dry Docking system and couldn’t find it, because it wasn’t out yet. Al describes how the Dry Dock system will work and how it can be used with the Admiralty system. Terry mentions the events that are going on with the Admiralty system and how they can affect the outcome of a mission. She also mentions the pass tokens that can be awarded in some missions. The passes allow you to skip some missions in favor of accessing the next one in the queue. Mike quickly asks when we can expect the next specialty to come out. Al thinks it may happen during Season 11.5. He, then, asks about the Maintenance mechanic in the Admiralty system. Al explains that different tier ships have different maintenance schedules and the lower tier ships can be put back into service much quicker than higher tier ships. There are benefits to having tier one ships available in the Admiralty system. Terry thanks Al for the giveaways that preceded the release of Season 11.
Nick mentions the prize for this segment of the show along with more details on the grand prize, before mentioning the duty officer system. Returning to the Admiralty system, we talk about the rewards for the Admiralty system and every campaign offers a unique reward. The Klingon arc offers dilithium, while the Federation campaign offers XP and ultimately specialization points. Al compares it to the Duty Officer system and highlights some of the differences between the two.
Terry shifts the conversation away from Star Trek Online and asks Al what shows he’s currently watching. They talk about Walking Dead. Al hasn’t watched Supergirl, but when everyone recommended it, he decided he’ll give it a try. Nick had recommended Orphan Black and Al loved the show. Al has been watching Arrow and Flash, but his second favorite show right now is Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.. We discuss these three shows.
Mike interrupts the discussion to announce that Senthil donated $100 and is in the running for the STO Legacy of Romulus Pack. Nick takes a shot of tequila as promises. They return to the discussion of television shows.
Al has watched Daredevil and he’s seen the trailer for Jessica Jones and talk about both. We compare Marvel to DC. We discuss Legends of Tomorrow. Al shocks Nick with his opinions of some of Batman’s villains. The conversation shifts to DC’s animated series and how much better than their live-action series. Nick chalks it up to Warner Bros. interfering with the properties. Terry shifts the conversation to Star Wars and Star Wars Rebels to ask if Warner Bros. needs a tent pole. Nick blames it on the fact that WB doesn’t have a single person in charge of the universe.
Their next guest is waiting in the wings, and a break is needed. They thank Al for joining them. Dayton is upset that there weren’t any skittles in the green room. Al quickly talks about some of the movies and tv shows he’s looking forward to in the future. Al offers to drop back by later if we have an opening. We announce Senthil as the winner of the STO Legacy of Romulus Pack. Al is played off the stage and we go to break.
But, wait. There’s more.
He is the co-owner of Busy Little Beaver Productions and is the producer and co-host for G & T Show and Gates of Sto’vo’kor. He’s directed voice actors, and produced and edited audio podcasts and dramas because he doesn’t have the face for video. He plays well with others and is always on the look out for the next project, the next thing, the next next. If he wasn’t working on something with a half dozen other projects waiting in the wings, somebody please check to make sure he’s still breathing.
During the day, he’s a mild-mannered computer repair man who dabbles in web design in his small, rural, Central California community. He lives with his lovingly dysfunctional family and loyal canine companion and spends most of his time in the closet concocting some hair-brained scheme or another. He’s got an unhealthy obsession with Lego video games, Klingons, and Star Trek Online that borders on the neurotic.
Despite all this, he still finds the time to write the words. Find out what he's doing here.
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