G & T Show 184 – A STO News Week
G & T Show 184 – A STO News Week is now available for downloading. Check it out here. This week Nick is back and is joined by Terry and Mike. They discuss Agents of Shield and debate the Joker and Batgirl variant cover before getting to this week’s Star Trek News, an update for STLV, a new LifePod One, and a massive STO update talking about the rumors and news that emerged this week. Don’t miss this week’s episode.
They get things started with introductions before realizing that they made an error with this week’s introduction. Instead of correcting themselves, they run with it for humor’s sake. Terry asks Mike about what he’s been working on this week. Mike finished the outline for Fires of the Phoenix. The comic currently sits at 47 pages. He shares his experiences working on the outline and the fact that Vulcans made him cry. Nick worked and passed out this week because of shooty-time last week. Nick is eager to jump into Agents of Shield, but Mike stops him and asks Terry about her week. She worked and is getting ready for her trips, which includes a conference in LA before departing on a cruise. They talk about Val Kilmer. Mike realizes that he will soon be in the land of enchantment.
They move on to S.H.I.E.L.D. Terry mentions that its easy to comment negatively on Facebook post. She had to walk away from a post Sunseahl had made. Nick points out that Greatest American Hero never got used to flying, and Sky is supposed to get a handle on her powers after three days.
They move onto discuss the Batgirl variant cover. Terry understands both sides of the argument. They discuss the core crisis that created her and Batman both. They discuss the controversy around the various covers. Mike appreciated the second version of the cover that shows the stronger Batgirl. The first cover she didn’t like it. Nick suggested that it should have remained and a special packaging should have been used. Mike finds the second variant cover and Terry likes it better because it displays the anger that created the character. They discuss violence in entertainment and how it doesn’t create violence, but it does have affect on those who suffered from violence. Nick says that it has put Batgirl back in the public consciousness. Terry thinks it could be used as a means of generating conversation, such as any other good forms of art.
Nick squirrels to poke fun at Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2. They move onto Star Trek News. Nick starts them off by wishing William Shatner a Happy Birthday. They talk about him and his presence on Twitter. They mention his reaction to Leonard Nimoy’s passing. They move on to George Takei’s Indiegogo fundraiser to put Allegiance on Broadway for the benefit of the Japanese American National Museum. Mike thinks its important to support because history forgotten is history repeated. After a Japanese food squirrel, Terry draws attention to Simon Pegg attending a dedication ceremony for a university theater named in his honor. Next on the agenda was in regards to Nerd Court, in which Jonathan Frakes made an appearance.
Terry mentions that there is an event going on in the mobile game Family Guy: The Quest For Stuff that features a Star Trek: TNG theme with voice overs from several of the actors. Nick talks about the TNG and Webster crossover special and wonders if its canon. Nick hopes that Dayton will work it into the From History’s Shadow sequel that he’s currently writing. Terry is pleased to talk about the USA Today article drawing attention to Fan Fiction and lists several Star Trek fan fiction sites, including Ad Astra. Before jumping into the next segment, Nick asks if they have gone radio silent on the third movie.
They move onto Star Trek Online. Terry starts them off by confirming the layoffs that befell PerfectWorld, which and affected STO’s Community Manager and a Developer. Others may have been affected, but no others from the STO team have come forward. They each discuss each of their thoughts on it. They point out that the layoffs aren’t the only bit of news coming out of STO this week. In fact, a lot of new dev blogs were released that prompted Mike to state that Season 10 seems to be drawing closer.
Mike thinks Season 10 will be coming out with Delta Recruit. Terry asks about the Debriefing Session 28, which dealt was a prelude story that will lead into the featured episode, Uneasy Allies. They move onto the pair of PVE queued events that are coming out as well, Brotherhood of the Sword, and The Herald Sphere. Brotherhood of the Sword mission made Mike groan initially, until he released that of all of the allies, the Klingons are the most likely to be able to handle it. After Nick shares a story about oversized rats, Mike talks about The Herald Sphere. He finished up by talking about the pilot specialization and the changes coming to the specialization system.
It spurs Nick to talk about how the changes that came to the game with Delta Rising, turned him off to the game. Terry talks about a level 50 character she had stopped playing that still has a lot of story content ahead of him and how the progress with him is going to be so much easier than what we had experienced. Which also relates to the Delta Recruitment, which encourages people to create a new character. Mike thinks that experience balancing will be part of Season 10. Nick just wasn’t having fun leveling Stonn trying to figure out all of the new stuff to fine tune his character. Mike catches everyone up with some of his newest accomplishment in STO and the improvements that these news systems have on your character. Mike and Terry discuss some of the advantages that the specialization and the starship traits will add makes the effort worth it. Terry loves the new sector space map.
They even discuss some of the bugs they have experienced lately, including the Bridge Officer bug. They even recall over some of the more memorable bugs they had experienced. Mike draws attention to the disconnect between certain missions on the PVE Queue and the equivalent ground-based mission.
Nick moves them forward to convention news. Terry starts off with the news that they have requested their booth for STLV. Michael Westmoore will be making an appearance. The Okudas will be attending along with Star Trek’s Art Director Herman Zimmerman, which will be part of a panel talking about the art and design of Star Trek. They reminiscence about the time Brandon Braga stopped by their booth.
They move onto this week’s Life Pod One regarding which passenger would you choose to leave behind from Nacheyev, Martok, Ross, Paris, and Chang. Terry would choose to leave Chang behind. Mike wonders if this was set up if there was only one answer. He too goes with Chang. Nick replaces Chang with Donatra. Terry leaves Paris behind. Mike gets some clarification regarding Donatra before making his selection. He too agreed that Paris would be left behind.
They move onto this week’s announcements. He starts off with a reminder about about Con Man’s indiegogo and how well they are doing and the two stretch goals that have been added which included a comic and a novel.
Mike is looking forward to it. Getting onto our announcements, he talks about Gates of Sto’vo’kor. He was surprised by the number of new likes that Gates of Sto’vo’kor had been receiving on their Facebook page. He wanted to remind everyone that received a script for Gates, and they have not sent back their lines, to get on it. They are waiting on audio before they can get to work on a batch of five episodes. For Blood of the Nei’rrh, they are still casting. They have two more roles that they are still casting. For Starfinder, Mike is getting ready to rewrite portions of a script originally penned by Oren.
Mike moves them along to G & T Show announcements. He starts off with Nick’s contest for a chance to win Star Trek: Catan requiring listeners that attend conventions to get a celebrity to say that they never listen to the G & T Show. Terry fills us in on the Takedown contest. The first person that identifies her favorite scene in Star Trek: Titan: Absent Enemies will get a copy of Star Trek: The Next Generation: Takedown that Terry is going to have autographed. Finally, they talk about their social media campaign #WhyIGnT for Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, Google+, and YouTube. They have lots of prizes. Mike quickly asks his cohosts, why do they GnT. Nick says it’s because its 9am on Sunday morning. Terry says that does it because she enjoys spending time with her friends. Mike jokes that he’s just there so he won’t get fined. Mike GnT’s because of our listeners. He does it to be with people who share his interest.
They quickly figure out what their schedule will be in the coming weeks. Terry has a trip coming up and Nick has shooty time coming up but not on the same weekend. Next week it will be Nick and Mike, and the week after that it will Mike and Terry. After that they will play it by ear.
At the last minute, Mike remembers Adrianne’s new album. Invocation Array will be releasing a new album next week. It’s going to be cyberpunk and fantasy rock. Nick and Mike had a sneak peak and they both love it. They suggest everyone give their page a like.
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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