Disruptor Beam, a Boston-based game developer, has announced the development of Star Trek Timelines, a multiplayer strategy RPG set in the Prime Universe that will cover every era of the franchise’s history, from the Enterprise-era through the TNG-era. The developer, who released Game of Thrones Ascent last year, is designing the game in a way that makes “mixing and matching” crews from different eras a possibility.
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Bye Bye Robot, an independent art publisher who has been publishing licensed Star Trek-related artwork since 2011, is releasing 4 new posters inspired by the 4 TNG feature films. The prints, created by artist Matt Ferguson, are designed to be reminiscent of old movie-house posters from the past. All the posters contain a stylistic similarity.
It is the beginning of spring here in the Western Hemisphere, which means it’s time to celebrate the birthdays of Trek royalty. Today is the 83rd birthday of Spock Prime himself, Leonard Nimoy. Mr. Nimoy, who recently disclosed that he has a smoking-related illness called COPD isn’t letting anything slow him down. It was announced recently that he will be hosting two special “space-themed” performances by the Boston Pops in May, featuring music from many science fiction classics, including, of course, Star Trek. More information, including ticket prices, can be found at The Boston Pops website. Mr. Nimoy took to Twitter to mark the day and to thank everyone for their good wishes: Living long and prospering. Great family and friends and 100’s of honorary grandchildren. Many. Many thanks. LN — Leonard Nimoy (@TheRealNimoy) March 26, 2014 He also received a message from an old friend of his: Happy Birthday to my dear friend @TheRealNimoy — William Shatner (@WilliamShatner) March 26, 2014
Last night, at the Nightclub & Bar show in Las Vegas, the Tin Man Brewing Company of Indiana and the Federation of Beer, a Canadian company, debuted “Klingon Warnog”, a new craft beer in its line of Star Trek-themed beers. The beer, named after a Klingon ale seen on TNG and DS9, is made with German wheat yeast, Munich malt, and rye, wheat and caramel malts. According to the press release, “The flavor draws heavily from the blending of the rye malt and traditional clove character, creating a very rich and unique flavor, a bold beer suited for the harsh Klingon lifestyle.” It will have notes of banana, clove, and caramel and be 5.5% alcohol by volume.
More than 4 years after it launched on Windows machines, Cryptic Studios has finally released a Mac client for Star Trek Online. From the press release: Free-to-Play MMORPG Now Available For Mac Players (Redwood City, CA) March 11, 2014 — Perfect World Entertainment Inc., Cryptic Studios, and TransGaming Inc. (TSX-V: TNG) are proud to announce that Star Trek Online, the award-winning free-to-play MMORPG, is now live on Mac. Players can choose their destiny and play as Federation, Klingon, or Romulan factions. Explore the galaxy, captain a starship, and engage in epic space and ground battles. “Star Trek fans have been asking for Star Trek Online on Mac since we launched in 2010. Thanks to the tremendous success we’ve had with the game, we’re excited to be expanding the galaxy again.” said Cryptic Studios CTO & Executive Producer, Stephen D’Angelo. “We know there’s a large gaming community that thrives on Mac and we’re thrilled to finally be able to let them experience Star Trek Online. It simply looks amazing on Mac widescreens.”
This spring, IDW Publishing will launch a new, bi-monthly TOS comic, and TrekMovie has the details. Last December, IDW released Star Trek Annual 2013, a “photonovel”-style story from legendary comic book writer/artist John Byrne, set during The Original Series and a sequel to “Where No Man Has Gone Before”. Taking stills from the series, Byrne utilized digital technology to place the characters in a brand new story: What John does on these photonovel stories is nothing short of amazing,” said Chris Ryall, IDW’s Chief Creative Office/Editor-in-Chief. “He’s moved far beyond photo-manipulation and montage to constructing his own set pieces, uniforms, and characters. Much more than just comic stories, these tales are the closest thing to Original Series-era ‘lost episodes’ that the world will ever see.
Star Trek legend Leonard Nimoy recently disclosed that he is suffering from a lung disease called COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease), a condition commonly caused by age and years of heavy smoking. Mr. Nimoy, who by his own admission was an “Olympic championship smoker” who smoked two packs of cigarettes a day, quit the habit 30-years ago. Despite being smoke-free ever since, the damage was already done. On Monday night, Mr. Nimoy, looking well, appeared on CNN’s “Piers Morgan Live” to discuss COPD and touched upon the culture that surrounded smoking during the time he picked up the habit. Continue on to see a clip of his interview.
The fan production Star Trek Continues will premiered it’s second installment this weekend. Star Trek Continues, a TOS-era production, made a splash last year when it released it’s first episode, “Pilgrim of Eternity” – a sequel to the second season TOS episode “Who Mourns for Adonais?”, which featured the return of actor Michael Forest as Apollo. See our story. The second episode, “Lolani”, which was crowd funded as part of a successful Kickstarter campaign last fall, debuted before a live audience Saturday night at the Dallas Sci-Fi Expo, and has now been made available online. Click on for the details and the video.