Hey all, wanted to give you a bit of a quick update. I’ve finished the text for the Larson class and will *hopefully* get everything squared away and uploaded as a PDF on Saturday. If MS Word ’16 that I have on my work PC worked like this version of MS Word on my Mac does, I could have it done sooner (if they gave me Adobe InDesign on my work machine, I’d add it to my CC subscription and there would also be no problem). Alas, it will just have to wait.
At the risk of repeating myself when I make my next update after everything is finished and posted, Larson’s history follows a fairly standard path. There’s the background on events that prompted the need for another Destroyer and then its wartime history. I was just going to tie everything up with a vague paragraph or two about how it finished out the Class I era (the 2250’s – 60’s) rather quietly and then leave it at that, before I thought to go back through my FASA archives to check and see if there was anything I could mention. Lo and behold there was. I’ll save the details of that whole scenario (that involves the Gorn) for my next update, but suffice it to say, I think it does well to balance things out. The one bit I will let you in on concerns Jose Mendez from “The Menagerie”.
This scenario, taking place roughly 2 years after that episode (2269), mentions that Mendez is now an Admiral (who briefs the characters on the situation at hand). I checked Memory Beta and there is one TOS novel that mentions him as an Admiral (Garth of Izar), so I figured why not go with that? It’s not like he’s ever going to pop up again in my own personal interpretation of the universe.
Aside from that, I’m pretty much dead set now on revising the Constitution class now to include an armament of six phaser banks instead of three. I still love the schematics by Neale “Vance” Davidson, but there absolutely has to be some differentiation between Destroyers, Frigates and Cruisers. Changing the Constitution class History I wrote up and then re-uploading it won’t be that much trouble. Another thing though with that I’m going to have to change is the deadweight tonnage. I’m not sure where I got the figures that I used, but they are definitely inconsistent with some of my more recent publications, like Surya/Coventry and Pyotr Velikiy – for which I relied on the Hobbyist’s Guide……..
I’m not sure if I’ll have the motivation to start anything new tomorrow morning at work (mornings typically being my most productive time at work when I have the most energy), or Saturday either (Saturdays being a bit busier for me now), but I do know for sure that I want to get away from ships of war and focus on my own ‘Antares‘ class (I mentioned this as being a surveyor in an update or two before). So I’ll just have to let those thoughts percolate and write down the thoughts as they come.