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About AndrewLyon

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  1. Looks like this month is the Lost Era is in the $0.99 bin. Everyone is on a budget these days, so I hoped by posting this info it might give people some entertainment on a reasonable budget. I mean how many RL books can you buy for $.99 a copy?;)
  2. I want to be clear this is NOT an advertisement for Amazon. A few years back I inherited a tablet, and I found it made it reading ebooks easier, and as an avid reader this was like giving me a new fix! Hey, there are worse drugs than books.;) I digress. I've noticed that at the start of every month Amazon (Canada) takes several regularly priced Star Trek novels, and knocks them down to $.99 for a month. Anyone else ever notice this, or just me?
  3. Now I was playing Civilization IV, deep into the end game, and I was avoiding certain techs so my wonders would keep working/giving me benefits when this little question me. As we all know the Federation has a pretty strict rule when it comes to First Contact, you must achieve warp flight. The idea being if you achieve faster than light travel you are ready to work with the interstellar community. We also know they like to study developing civilizations. A lot easier to say Hello if you know the guy wants a shoulder punch over a hand shake. You have to wonder what does Civilization & the Prime Directive have to do with one another? Let's take a budding civilization, and they do not achieve warp drive. As they develop technology, they take a side step, and do something different. They develop a new branch of technology the Federation has never even considered, would that lead to the old PD being loosen so the Federation could trade for it? Or what if they skip warp drive, and go straight to slip stream, or transwarp. Does the Prime Directive apply to these guys?
  4. Before the end of Enterprise Star Trek had "one" reality if you would. We knew Enterprise>TOS>TNG>DS9>VOY>END Since Enterprise went off the air, it feels like Star Trek has become as bad as comics! I mean look at all the universes we have. Star Trek Online Kelvineverse Expanded Universe (Novels) Discovery (Section 31 operating more in the open/less in the shadows) Picard Universe (not released yet) To borrow a phrase, I feel I need a playbill to track all the players. Isn't the Q suppose to help keep the multiverse on track so us mere mortals don't go nuts trying to keep track of it all? Or am I alone who is confused by all these different realities of Star Trek?
  5. nemesis

    I can't say what the GMs will say about this, I am just a retired simmer. For the record my copy of Nemesis (along with countless other Star Trek content) resides on one of my hard drives. (Actually writing this post reminded it its a good idea to back it all up) I think it comes down to how good the new content is. I mean we all have parts of Trek we ignore/hate, hard to after what 50 years to bat 1.000 with the fans. If the continuing adventures of Captain Picard are good, more in line with the Pre-kelvine verse Trek. I can see GMs taking it on. If it's more of the post-Kelvine verse, look how pretty the lights are, and no depth to it. I can see it being dropped like Sunday in the middle of January. Kids might like a good icy treat, but not in the middle of winter.
  6. Thanks to StarTrek.com for giving a preview of comic #2 of this series. WARNING PAST THIS POINT IS SPOILER LAND! You have been warned. I am surprised Spock didn't blow his ever loving Vulcan mind to quote McCoy. A mind meld is a dangerous thing with another being under any circumstances, but with Optimus Prime that's like V'Ger on steroids! All V'Ger knew all that was knowable and it had been around for what 200-400 years? Prime himself has been around for a few MILLION, then add the power of the matrix! The matrix for the uninformed is several things in one. It contains all the wisdom of the past leaders of the Autobots. It is also a part of the life force of Primus, the one who gave the Transformers life, he gave them life to fight Unicron. Literally the power of something some might call a god. There is Spock just mind melding with it like it was another Saturday morning. I won't be surprised if this doesn't affect Spock somehow, since if V'Ger knocked him flat on his back in the movie, Prime has to do that if not more. Now the countdown resumes for issue #2 to hit newsstands!
  7. In this corner people of Cybertron I give you the Klingon Empire! They are under attack by jets, and other assorted vehicles which appear to be from from Earth from their the 20th century. Sending out a distress call they receive aid from James Tiberus Kirk! The most horrific monster since Archer to helm the ship Enterprise. When Kirk arrives on the Klingon colony a familiar red semi arrives to help him out, will he accept the facts, or damn all Cybertroins to the scrap heap! Find out this September at a comic book store near you!
  8. Now we all know when Pocket Books was in charge of Star Trek there were several rules. One of them being a numbered novel was never sold in hard cover. Well I found a copy of Star Trek: The Wounded Sky in hardcover format. Best part, paid $5.00 for it, Amazon.ca sells it for $25.00.:D
  9. What do I mean by Transformation? Think of it like Transformers franchise, where the characters have an alt mode (i.e. your pony idea) and a humanoid mode for day-to-day interaction. You can write it into the character profile that the character prefers it in the alt mode, but can transform to humanoid form. That would solve the problem of the character really serving in deep space. I mean can you see a pony (even a robotic one) doing fine manipulating with tools? Or getting into small spaces? As per it being within the character's parameters, well we are getting there with cars transforming into humanoid forms, or cars transforming into planes so off hand I'd say it's plauseable.
  10. Compu, Two criticisms, note I am NOT a GM in anyway/shape/form. Just an old simmer who retired from simming 15 years ago. In Star Trek we haven't seen any quaderped species yet (I have only watched TOS, ANI, TNG, DS9, VOY, ENT). I haven't seen any in Star Wars, Andromedia, BattleTech, Star Gate (I watch too much sci-fi). I know Star Trek authors have had Horta characters on ships, but a quaderped is a whole load of problems. If you want to play the robot angle, transformation might solve this problem even if its short term. Since could you imagine a horse trying to move around a Starship or Starbase? The second thing is this feels like Data meets my Little Pony, since the crystal entity did destroy the colony he was being built on. Lost in space might work, or some rogue robot who can't remember who its creators are, and decides to enlist with the fleet as part of its self discovery. I have to assume that if you go deep enough into space you can leave almost any problem far behind you.
  11. I know, you (the reader) knows simming and AOL were joined at the virtual hip years ago. Eventually AOL cut simming lose as it became clear with unlimited high speed internet it wasn't cost viable to support simmers anymore. Some simmers and groups still used AOL's vaunted AIM system to make chat rooms, to sim. To be candid I miss those days still in a sense, where there were chat rooms online, where if someone was out of line they got spanked, but that's a topic for another day. Heck, I miss the days where you had to write a letter that was clear and concise and not everyone was available in real time. As of December 15th, 2017 AIM will be shut down by AOL. Well go in peace AIM, and here is to the hopes that one day something like AOL's old chat rooms does come to be, since as much as I love the wonders of the new net, there are times when I miss parts of the old one.
  12. Holy Tribbles....this is FairBol from the USS Ranger, how the hell are ya?! :-O

  13. Like countless people during Enterprise's run I didn't have access to it, wasn't going to pay $20+ extra a month for the Paramount channel. Now as a Christmas gift I received all 4 seasons on DVD, and I want to salute CBS for dropping the price on all the Star Trek seasonal DVDs to a reasonable price. That being said, does anyone understand why for season 4 she doesn't wear a normal uniform? Season 1 & 2, she was with Vulcan High Command, it made sense. Season 3, she's a civilian, once again makes sense. Season 4, she's with Star Fleet, heck when Archer doesn't have his rank tabs on she has hers on, but she doesn't wear the normal Star Fleet uniform. Anyone know why?
  14. Chirakis, You are not the only one dusting off old books literally and figuratively. Now that I have ample shelf space (for now). I am reading my way though the Battletech universe, from the Forth Succession War to the end of the FedCom Civil war. When I have kids they will wonder what kind of man daddy is. He rides a mountain bike, reviews old games and toys, and knows how to repair almost anything. I mean the later part, fixed my cycling shoes, computer, and kitchen inside 24 hours. For all the faults of the 21st century, one thing I've got to approve of is the fact Amazon let's people self publish novels. Don't get wrong they all won't be good, they all won't make a lot of money, and odds are a load of them need editing, but with the software out there the editing can't be that bad. Anyone with a sharp eye has spotted plot holes, typos, and spelling errors in printed novels. It will also give those who dream a way to get out there and get noticed where before the door was closed because they didn't know the right people. I do write some fan stories and game reviews when I get the time as a chance to practise new methods of writing. I've come to realize after all these years if some kid wanted to skip doing his/her homework and had to do a writing assignment they might steal one of my stories. The story I am writing (when I get time) is a fantasy/fiction story, set in two worlds, one of which is Earth, Florida 1980s in a fictional city. I am touching up on several ideas like honor, and MAD. I mean Mutually Assured Destruction. Since the end of the cold war, not many people remember that little turn of phrase. I've seen two sides of the coin when it comes to reading and writing. In some parts of society its seen as an ancient skill, not one really required for the 21st century, soon to be cast aside like driving. While others are expecting it from our youngest members. I am one to believe that the demand for skill will only rise as does our technology, and our society evolves. In the western world the idea of earning a degree, and it being good for the length of 25 years in that role is dead. Only by self-educating ourselves can we keep pace, and to do that we need to know how to read, and by extension write. That's it for now, somehow I got a 5 page piece of fan fiction out before Legion launched, despite 60 hour work weeks. Got the genesis of the story in the shower, where else.;) Now a 20+ year old game is crying for me to review it.
  15. Sadly due to this evil thing called work and "we need you to do triple OT" some things fell off my radar, but now that things are slowing down I can sit down and play catch up. Funny thing Chirakis even as I was working so hard I found a used bookstore that called to me like a siren to a sailor, where I found a used copy of Kahless, hard covered! Little over priced in my opinion for the book, but in excellent condition! As RPGers with our own characters we do have some idea of how hard professional authors have it. Since when we look at that blank screen we face the same questions they face when they start a novel. Yes I know there is a difference between a sim and a novel, but logs could be considered mini-novels. I hope like them when the story is right before us how good it feels, they have that same joy. To this day I wish I could recapture that magic I had when writing The Hunter Trilogy years ago. As an aspiring author, I'm not afraid to admit having taken ideas/character names from previous fan works of mine to help build a living breathing universe. Trust me on this one, as hard as it is to sim, to create a whole universe from the ground up is all the harder. Also hard when your flash drive doesn't save 10 pages of work when the juice is hot! One novel I failed to mention before that I do feel deserve mentioning is Star Trek #20: The Vulcan Academy Murders. Since usually we associate Star Trek with action/adventure, not mystery and romance. Jean Lorarrah without making it feel like a stretch or gaudy. She doesn't feel a need to play with all the characters of TOS crew, just three once they get past the main introduction. As a fan I find it interesting how the earlier novels seemed physically smaller, but still told a good story, while some of the later ones seemed to drag on too much for my tastes. One of Peter David's first book series I found to be his best is the Knight series which documents the problems of one Author Pendragon as he tries to handle the modern world where the world needs him, but has out grown him in a sense. Chirakis, I'll take your advantages of real books and raise you one. Power goes out, batteries drain away, but as long as there is light, and you have your sight, you can read any day. It shocks me in a sense how many people are illiterate in the western world today. To me it's as basic a skill as being able to walk, or feed yourself. Yes Google has audio input, and there are countless how to videos, but to truly work within the western world, to truly be understood, you need to be able to read and write, otherwise in a sense you are someone who is self crippled.