Captain Pike & the Enterprise

Hey all – know it’s been over a month since I posted something.  Am still working on my revamp of Independence.  You would think that writing it into my Four Years War narrative would be smooth and things would move along faster, but no.  I’ve been battling some major “writer’s fatigue” if you will and haven’t had a whole lot of motivation as of late.

Wanted  to share some stuff I ran across though.  I was reading through my usual tech blogs yesterday on my lunch break and I think it was CNet that reported Discovery had found someone to play Capt. Christopher Pike.  (this link comes from Endgadget though)

Now I’ve never seen the new show and really have no plans to (mostly because I don’t like the idea of plopping down money for yet another subscription when that would be the only show I’d watch), but the addition is intriguing.

Even more intriguing than that was a shot of the new Enterprise I saw in the article.  I went digging and found another link that compares/contrasts the design with the original TOS version

I actually don’t mind it.  To me, it looks a bit like Constitution II or Tikopai (as I presented here) only with different nacelles, no torpedo launchers and of course, different exterior aesthetics.

This kind of makes me wish CBS would’ve chosen a different avenue with which to present Discovery, but who knows……..maybe one day I’ll cave?



Larson Class Destroyer

Good morning all!  As promised, here is my finished writeup on the Larson class.


Larson class Destroyer


Expanding a little bit on what I said previously and in the Editor’s Annotations there at the end, you can divide this into roughly three sections: the Four Years War, a change in Starfleet shipbuilding strategy and the Demand of Honor/conclusion (DoH being the name of the FASA supplement I alluded to in a previous post.

While I can’t make any definitive statements regarding the class, as after all, it does get a Linear Warp-era upgrade, I think one of the important take-aways is the fact that this is where/when the whole concept of the Destroyer and its place in the overall fleet changes.

At the outset of the Class I era, Starfleet builds Saladin and intends that to be a catch-all platform to handle all manner of defensive/offensive related tasks.  Of course, Saladin doesn’t quite work and so then we get Larson.  By the end of the war though, Kiaga establishes itself as the go-to platform to handle those tasks, while more routine ones are increasingly given to the larger Surya and Coventry class Frigates.  This starts a pattern that accelerates into the Linear Warp era with the proliferation of Frigates, Cruisers and assorted Patrol Combatants and by the time we get to the DS9/VOY/Future period, things have come full circle.  Defiant is the only Destroyer in the fleet, with a Corvette class or two and perhaps some examples of the Sabre class Scout joining it on the low end of the size bracket while Cruisers remain secure as the centerpieces of fleet strategy.


At some point once I finish the Antares, I’ll have to go back and rewrite Kiaga just to make all this clear.  As far as Larson is concerned though, in the Linear Warp/TMP era, she’ll just be there to boost the fleet’s numbers vis-a-vis the Klingons–am not expecting there to be much for me to write about once we get to that point.


I’ve got a few other things to take care of today, so I’ll leave you with this.  Hope you all have a good weekend and happy reading.


Live Long and Prosper.

Antares Class Musings (Sensor Ranges)

Gahh.  Already just barely into my coverage of the Antares class Surveyor and already I’ve hit a brick wall – sensor ranges.

1 Parsec (3.27 light years) is implied to be the maximum sensor range of the Constitution Class in TOS (courtesy of Memory Alpha) and the TNG Technical Manual gives a maximum sensor range figure of 17 light years for the Galaxy class.   None of the reference material I have nor anything I’ve found online has been able to give an even hypothetical figure for any other ship class.


Really, this isn’t too big of a deal.  Antares is the only TOS Surveyor/Science Vessel I plan on doing and the only other class where a specific figure would be relevant is Akula (as a Scout/Early Warning platform).  Nevertheless, going forward, I feel that establishing some broad era-specific ranges might be helpful.


TOS: 1.5LY (Daedalus) – 5.5LY (Federation)

The Federation class DN is the largest and most powerful ship of the era, so obviously, it will take the spot at the top.  With Constitution at 3.27LY, I think a range of 3.85 for Pyotr Velikiy, 4.3 for Akula (appropriate, given its mission) and 4.8 for Antares works out well, leaving plenty of wiggle room should I decide to get more detailed with other classes.


TMP: 6.0LY (La Fayette) – 12.3LY (Arizona)

Moving into the Linear Warp era is  all about new technologies and more power.  Though La Fayette comes in later as a design that uses clear Excelsior aesthetics, I’m pretty sure this is the smallest one I’ve come up with in this era.  Arizona on the other hand is the largest and I think 12.3 is a good range that leaves plenty of room to move into the Lost Era and then TNG proper.  I’ll peg Oberth at 8.0 owing to the ‘basic’ design and small size, Enterprise at 9.4, Tikopai (the large exploratory/scientificly focused one-off) at 9.8, Akula II at 10.3 and Excelsior at 11.5
TNG: 16.0 (Nebula-std), 17.0 (Galaxy)

The various Lost Era designs can stay close together I think, say between 13 and 15LY or somewhere in that area.  From TNG forward then, Galaxy and Nebula will be the baselines and all ships from that point forward, even smaller ones like Intrepid will jump from there (specialized ones like Akira or Steamrunner could possible exceed Galaxy/Nebula figures as well……… I said though, mentioning them isn’t going to be relevant to *every* class)


Larson, ‘Admiral’ Jose Mendez and 6 vs 3

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.






Hello again all, am back with an update once more.  If it weren’t for the normal issues of motivation combined with a bit of RL interference, I would’ve had this finished and out about two weeks ago, but oh well.

I made one final update to my computer setup here at home and that’s a transition from the low profile ‘modern’ keyboards like this Apple one I had been using, to the word of mechanical keyboards (with their pseudo-old school typing feel/aesthetic).  There aren’t many out there that are Mac-focused, let alone Mac-focused and not hideously expensive, but I picked this one up off of Amazon for $100 (still reasonable IMO) about two weeks ago now and have grown to love the feel/sound (though it did take some getting used to for my wrists lol).  I have a similar one coming for my PC (not that I type much on that, will be interesting to see how it performs gaming-wise) and then because these are still new to me, I ordered a completely different one for use at work (since I do just as much, if not more typing there).

All that aside, it’s made typing this out a much more satisfying experience IMO.  As I said above, issues of motivation have bogged me down as of late, but I managed to finally get Loknar done.  Aside from the usual overview/examination of the design/engineering, the history is made up of three parts–the class’ small role in the Four Years War, events of Operation Vanguard and then its brief participation in the ‘Kzinti Incursion’.  I didn’t bother sifting through my FASA resources to find any further filler material (the only Loknar-focused one I know of–“Decision At Midnight”–takes place in the 2270’s) and so this is rather short in comparison to Surya/Coventry.

Loknar class Frigate


What’s next?  Well, both Kearsarge and Larson have been on my mind.  Kearsarge is a SFB (Star Fleet Battles) design and lacks any the kind of colorful history certain FASA designs have.  Larson on the other hand is a FASA design, though one that has scant mention outside of the “Demand of Honor” and “White Flame” supplements (taking place in the late 2260’s).  In reading the Hobbyist’s Guide…….. they also enter service in different decades–Kearsarge in the early 2230’s (competing a bit with Loknar); Larson in the 2240’s (replacing Saladin but bringing up new questions for Starfleet).  I’m not necessarily enamored with the idea of having two separate publications come out short (I did enjoy crafting the long histories of recent classes like Pyotr Velikiy and Surya/Coventry), but then again, keeping a long term view in mind, doing them individually would make things easier when the time comes to release my TOS era compilation.  So who knows?

I did take some time off coming up, in addition to this next weekend I have the 19th-22nd to myself and only have to work a half day on the 23rd, so hopefully if I can get some momentum going and find some motivation, I’ll have something up for Christmas.


Live Long and Prosper

Comments Enabled

Hey all, sorry for the short post here, but after going through WordPress, I discovered that somehow, the commenting option got disabled.  I’ve gone back through my last few posts and re-enabled commenting and will keep a closer eye on this going forward – feel free to leave some though in the meantime if you want.



Thank You!

I just wanted to take a moment to pass along my most heartfelt thanks to you, my readers.


Well, after finishing my latest project and posting my latest update, I took a moment to check my stats and it appears I’ve set a new record – 308 visitors/viewers today so far (as of this writing), beating my previous record of 235 visitors/viewers on 12/24/11.

Over the past 7 odd months, my work here has taken on a new, more personal dimension.  At the end of November (11/28), I lost my job and thus far, have remained unemployed despite my best efforts.  Delving deep into this universe populated by starships of all shapes and sizes as well as an astro-political landscape that’s slowly gained some depth (thanks to TrekLit), has definitely done well to help me maintain my sanity.  The new visitor/view record I just set really does mean alot 🙂

Once again, thank you 🙂