G & T Show SL – Cryptic Trip Round Up
On June 12th at a little after 9 am (PST), I made the more than two hour trek from my home westward towards a small community nestled at the foot of California’s Coastal Mountain Range just a couple dozen miles from the mighty Pacific Ocean. This was the place where an entire universe — one that I had cherished since childhood — became a tangible thing that I can visit daily, explore endlessly, and make connections with people half a world away. Los Gatos, California home to Cryptic Studios had become a sort of Mecca for me, since it was the birthplace of Star Trek Online.
I had attempted the journey several times since the game’s inception, and each attempt had ended with failure due to injury, hospitalization, disability, and even the death of a close family member. This time, it was going to be different. This time, I was determined to complete my mission at whatever the cost.
I began planning the trip several weeks in advance to coincide with my thirty-ninth birthday. I made arrangements to visit some of the friends I had made through the game, stay at a local motel just a few miles from the Studio, booked a tour of the facility where the proverbial magic happens, and to sit down with several of the developers for a series of interviews to not only talk about their work in the game, but also about them, their interests, and of course Star Trek. Within a matter of days, I had all of the pieces in place for the trip.
As the big day approached, I grew more and more excited. Everything was falling into place. And, then, the other shoe dropped. A situation with my grandfather threatened the entire trip. As I waited to find out what happened with my grandfather, I feared that once again my journey had ended before it even began. When my grandfather returned home, and I learned that he was going to be okay, I cautiously proceeded with my plan and waited to see if an infection or something related to his injury would require me to cancel the trip. It wasn’t until a couple of days before leaving that I learned that he was on the mend and my trip was back on.
After confirming that my arrangements were ready, I packed everything I would need for the trip, including my new recording equipment. That night, I hardly slept a wink, as I was so excited about everything I see, learn, and experience. It would only be a few hours now.
The next morning, after taking care of some last minute errands, I began my journey. My GPS informed me that I should reach my destination a little after 11:30 am. I would have too, if I hadn’t needed a short break to stretch my legs. I had made it as far as Casa de Fruita, about forty-five minutes from my goal, before I had to stop. Strolling through their gift shop, I picked up a few goodies for later and resumed my journey.
Traffic was heavier during the final stage of the trip. It even slowed to a crawl as I passed one fruit stand after another selling, promising the best, the freshest, the most flavorful fruits and veggies. After the final vendor, I was able to pick up speed and was once again making good time.
As I approached my final exit, my GPS inexplicably lost signal and neglected to tell me that I had to take the exit. By the time it regained its senses, I had already passed two more exits and had to double back via the scenic route — at least it was the scenic route.
I reached my motel around 12:30. I checked in and found that there was a problem with my reservation. Apparently, my special needs had not been noted with my reservation. After several minutes, everything worked out and I was given free high speed wifi during my stay for my trouble. WIN!
Retreating to my room, I quickly unpacked, and performed a few last minute equipment checks. Once I was satisfied that everything was working, I called Adrianne, who had agreed to join me during the visit to offer moral support during the interviews. She was just leaving work, and would meet me at Cryptic as soon as she could. Noting that I had less than an hour before my tour was set to begin, I quickly freshened up and set out to grab a quick bite to eat at a nearby dine and dash establishment.
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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.