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Lt. Commander
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Learn more about Christine Thompson, writer for Star Trek Online!

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Iím a fan of a lot of the female characters in the series Ė Uhura, Crusher, Kira, Dax, Janeway, Torres. Star Trek has never shied from creating characters that are strong and multi-faceted. Trek was one of the first things I could watch where the women werenít just plot devices, moms or damsels who needed rescuing, and thatís part of what helped hook me on the shows in the first place.
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# 2
12-08-2008, 02:36 PM
Interesting, especially the stuff about the episodic content. Quests that are similar to episodes of the TV shows? Count me in.
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12-08-2008, 02:40 PM
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Thanks Razor and Christine!
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# 4
12-08-2008, 02:44 PM
I'm a bit curious. In Las Vegas, Jack said that Cryptic was going to be hiring a professional Star Trek writer, someone who was intimately familiar with the franchise, a veteran if you will.

But it seems this writer comes from the fish wrapper industry. Why the 180 change in direction? I'm pretty curious as to why someone was brought in that has NO background in Trek whatsoever over someone who at the very least has a Trek game credit to their resume, or a Trek novelist, or in the ideal scenario, a writer for one of the series.
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# 5 Good read
12-08-2008, 02:59 PM
Good interview Christine. The mission system has me really excited. Content and interest in the mission is important to keeping it from feeling like a grind. I like how you commented on the beaks question too looks like Cryptic is really putting a lot of research into the history of Star Trek. The fact that TAS is even referenced will make a lot of people I know pretty excited. Keep up the good work.
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# 6
12-08-2008, 03:18 PM
Nice interview! Glad to see we have fans of the show working on the game and looks like we'll have some solid writing for all the 'episodes'!
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# 7
12-08-2008, 03:19 PM
Episode like missions? that rocks!! looking forward to Launch.

But a clarification here on the way this interview was written Razor. Is she the 'Head' writer or one of the writers on staff?
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# 8
12-08-2008, 03:44 PM
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Episode like missions? that rocks!! looking forward to Launch.

But a clarification here on the way this interview was written Razor. Is she the 'Head' writer or one of the writers on staff?
I am a writer, and I have a head. :p

But to clarify, I'm the writer for Star Trek Online. That means I write everything in-game -- collaborating with the rest of the design team, of course. I'm also writing the updates to the timeline that we post on the web site.

Razor is one of our awesome community reps, and one of his responsibilities is getting content on the web site. So that's why he's the one who posted the interview.
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# 9
12-08-2008, 05:37 PM
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I'm a bit curious. In Las Vegas, Jack said that Cryptic was going to be hiring a professional Star Trek writer, someone who was intimately familiar with the franchise, a veteran if you will.

But it seems this writer comes from the fish wrapper industry. Why the 180 change in direction? I'm pretty curious as to why someone was brought in that has NO background in Trek whatsoever over someone who at the very least has a Trek game credit to their resume, or a Trek novelist, or in the ideal scenario, a writer for one of the series.

Maybe they're busy or they are more expensive. Anyway in the bigscreen as in the TV industry, the less important is who's the writter but how good is the script.
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# 10
12-08-2008, 07:41 PM
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Originally Posted by RandomRedshirt View Post
I'm a bit curious. In Las Vegas, Jack said that Cryptic was going to be hiring a professional Star Trek writer, someone who was intimately familiar with the franchise, a veteran if you will.

But it seems this writer comes from the fish wrapper industry. Why the 180 change in direction? I'm pretty curious as to why someone was brought in that has NO background in Trek whatsoever over someone who at the very least has a Trek game credit to their resume, or a Trek novelist, or in the ideal scenario, a writer for one of the series.
If you didn't notice, most the writing for every star trek game besides Elite Force were horrible. The writers for STX did a lousy job, and the writers for enterprise took till after the series was canceled to come up with anything remotely interesting and relevant to the star trek universe. So Veteran writer creds don't make you a good writer, much of the veteran writers lost that magic touch to there stories after Gene Roddenberry left the picture.

Its about time we have writers who come into the franchise with a fresh mind; and know a thing or two about writing, plot devices, and have other fantastic writing skills.

It seems to me that she's not going to disapoint us. She has seen every star trek episode, and reads a book a week. She now knows more about star trek than most likely you. And given her wonderful education background, her background in intence writing working envirnments, and her obviously well developed intelect, its no doubt that she studies story line themes of the shows, movies and books, and works hard at understanding the IP at a very intimate level.

Also in writing star trek, the most important knowledge to have isn't knowledge of the star trek IP, its worldly knowledge, and understanding of politics, drama, history, and worldly affairs; an understanding of how people work in relationships, and through stress ect; and a nack for creative plots. - this knowledge is what is important to actually create interesting plots that keep people wanting to read more.

In other words, she's smart, capable, and is putting her hart into it. that is when masterpieces are written.

All I ask, and I'm sure she understands this, is that the story follows inline with the vision and feeling of star trek, its true to caanon, the story line is thrilling and full of treky goodness, and she works hard on proper charecter development.

By the way, what I've been reading on the last 3 time line posts are better than anything released into star trek cannon since the end of DS9 and VOY.

Thanks for the interview Christine, I've loved the plot so far. Can't wait for more, and to experience the game for myself.
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