Space EdVenturing Community, Come Learn How to Make Your Own Tactical Stakes in Thorium Masterpiece. A Workshop Just for You Sponsored by Farpoint, and Taught by Thorium Creator Alex Anderson
|A Thorium Masterpiece Tactical Screen|
Many of you know that I’m working on a new set of starship simulator controls called Thorium. Not only is Thorium designed to replace the ship controls, but will also be able to take the place of viewscreen software like TSG and Masterpiece Tactical. Imagine having your tactical completely in sync with your simulator - shields, damaged systems, thruster movements, and more! That’s what Thorium hopes to offer.
Masterpiece Tactical made it possible to make tactical screens on the fly and display whatever you want during the mission. TSG made it possible to create playlists of view screens which could be shared between simulators. Thorium encapsulates the best of both into a system that makes it easy to create mission timelines for specific missions and show dynamic content on the fly.
I’m putting on a training for creating Tacticals with Thorium this month. We’ll cover the basics of making these timelines and how to use them during a mission. Anyone interested in Thorium or making tacticals is welcome to attend!
Where: USS Voyager at Renaissance Academy
Feel free to get in touch if you have any questions!
The Jumpship Hyperion, The Latest Pictures of a new Ship of the Line in the Final Stages of Construction at the Telos Station Shipyards
|The Hyperion's Bridge|
My tour started in the Hyperion's Ready Room and Engineering Station. The entrance to the room is through the small darkroom door seen along the wall on the right side of the photo. A large conference table will replace the work table once the room is complete. The engineering station is on the left through the half wall.
|The Hyperion's JumpCore|
Looking from the Jumpcore towards the opposite wall one sees the airlock entrance on the left along with the conference room viewscreen. Admiral Anderson is near the exit, a door never to be used during a mission unless of a real emergency requiring rapid egress.
|A closer look at the Conference Room's airlock entrance|
The tour continued. From the Conference Room one moves into the Brig / Decontamination Zone before passing through another airlock and into the Hyperion's Bridge proper. Admiral Anderson is pointing out a Brig feature (the Brig entrance is to the right as one enters the zone).
|The Brig at the end of the Decontamination Hal|
|The Hyperion Brig. Just try to escape this beauty.|
|The main airlock separating the Brig / Decontamination Zone and the Bridge|
This large airlock connects the Brig / Decontamination and Conference Room to the Bridge. Admiral Maeson Busk of Farpoint's Discovery Fleet (Everest and Dauntless) demonstrated its use and did a fine job of it as well. The Hyperion Bridge has a striking similarity to the Voyager's Bridge (Farpoint Renaissance) - the ceiling.
The rounded recessed ceilings of the Voyager and Hyperion seem to be an Assembly standard for ship's of this class. Admiral Anderson is sitting in the Hyperion captain's chair. The communication's officers has a nice semi-secluded workzone behind that diamond plated half wall.
|The Starship Voyager's Bridge and curved ceiling. Renaissance Academy. SpaceCampUtah.org|
Ask to be the communication's officer when you fly the Hyperion; it is the safest place on the bridge in case of Orion Pirate attack.
I took the picture above from the communication station. Admiral Nathan King of the Lionsgate Fleet (Apollo, Artemis, and Leo) stands in the light on the left of the photo. He is inspecting the workmanship of the ship's main viewer.
I went up to join him from the other side. You'll see that a great deal of thought went into the Hyperion's design, especially in regards to maintenance. Notice the large amounts of polished metal surfaces which are perfect for those many inner ship phaser battles this front line ship will see in the coming years. One must also take into consideration hyperjump accidents. Sometimes one of the fleet's younger and inexperienced officers will fail to take proper steps in preparing for a jump into hyperspace. Those type of unfortunate accidents do take a heavy toll on a ship's walls.
|Admiral Busk comments on the durability of the metaled wall in case of an unsecured officer's large impact|
during a hyperjump
|Admiral Anderson explains the soon to be installed tri-leveled bunk beds soon to be installed to Admiral King|
Just behind the captain's chair is another bridge exit leading to the Hyperion's Bridge Sickbay. Having a bridge sickbay is ideal for mission story telling. The sick, injured and dying crew member can have his suffering somewhat tempered by hearing everything happening on the bridge - a great form of mental distraction.
|The back end of the Hyperion's sickbay|
The Jumpship Hyperion is a Farpoint Ship, meaning its stories are set in the Farpoint Universe. The official launch date is not set so please continue to monitor these frequencies to learn more about the event. Who knows, you may even be given a VIP pass for a special tour and ticket to the ceremony. Watch this blog and the Telos Discovery Space Center Facebook site for further details.
The Starship Titan was the Star of the Provo Stem Festival
|The Provo Stem Festival at the Recreation Center|
In my Saturday travels I made it a point to stop at the Provo Recreation Center to say hello to our three intrepid officers manning the Starship Titan's demonstration missions for the Provo Stem Festival.
If a Provo Stem Festival parton wanted a mission on the Titan last Saturday, you needed to get in line to receive a mission time and stamp on your Stem passport. It was a busy busy place as seen in the photo above.
|The sign from the Provo Recreation Center's main gym showing the way to the Titan for the demonstration missions|
This was the way out of the main gym and out to the Titan.
The Titan was parked in the back of the center which was a good thing. It was the only place that had an open parking place; that is how crowded it was on Saturday. Not only was the Provo Rec full of its regular Saturday fitness folks, it was also the home of the Provo Stem Festival. Parking was just not to be had, unless you know this out of the way staff parking lot in the back.
Of course the Titan looks cool. I call it "The Little Ship that Could" in honor of its predecessor from centuries ago.
The Titan goes all over the country demonstrating the magic of simulator based experiential education. It is jointly used by the Telos Discovery Space Center and InfiniD, the Titan's owner.
|The Saturday Titan Team: Jennie Steeneck, Pariss Rose, and Admiral Maeson Busk|
|A new crew had just boarded. Maeson was giving them the quick introduction to the Space Edventuring Community before wishing them luck on their journey|
|The crews were excited. There was electricity in the air (which could have come from a downed warp core conduit as well)|
|Maeson Busk with Spence Baird|
Not only was the Titan busy on Saturday for the Provo Stem Festival, the ship was also running missions over The Point of the Mountain Wednesday night for the Summit Academy Independence Stem festival. Maeson and Spencer flew the Titan through rain, hail, and snow thanks to the storm front that passed through that evening - which made for some interesting mission elements. There was also the harrowing ordeal of towing the Titan up there by the Little Truck that Could driven by the Little Man that Could......somehow the comparison fails with that last one....
I'll try again, by the Mighty Man that Could!
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