Ugh. We’ll just gloss over January, shall we..?

I’m not a Star Wars geek, by any stretch of the imagination particularly since, Lego Minifigs aside, nothing good has come out of that franchise since about halfway through 1983. Having said that Christmas Day 2010 was a lot like Christmas Day circa 1981, having received the toy versions of the AT-AT and Snowspeeder for both from the jolly fat man in red, i.e. Dracula.

Having spent Christmas and New Year in a weird haze of not knowing whether I’d have a job come April and the best part of the first two weeks of 2011 bouncing off the walls of a Premier Inn in Aberdeen WHERE 3G HASN’T BEEN INVENTED YET, it was a relief to return home and have legitimate excuses for not actually accomplishing anything.

For the first time since I took over the site CoHCOMICS.COM missed an update because of being away. I had actually prepared (well, I say prepared, I mean worked until 22:30 the night before it was due) everything for the upload but the whole not being able to access the Internet sort of put the kibosh on that.
Once again the planned submission had slipped and I had to use an inventory issue to fill the spot, hopefully this was somewhat mitigated though by the debut of a Second Feature. This was a concept stolen from DC and is something I plan to do occasionally to get submissions which haven’t in the past been strong enough to put out on their own some exposure.
A good example is the double-header of Star Trek Online based comics which I hummed and hawed over previously, but several of our contributors create material surrounding their main storylines and it’s a good chance to get some of that seen.
For the inaugural edition though, I went with something closer to home that is a slightly tweaked version of the New Year Rill and Led update. Since it focused on the superhero characters rather than the two erstwhile Snowtroopers, the strip lent itself to magazine format naturally anyway and Spider-man, Hulk and the others would take less explaining to anyone seeing these 12-inch Adventures for the first time.
The whole story was pretty elaborate actually. Look! That’s an actual set that’s been built for the first time, even if it was only 30 minutes work with some marker pens and small Christmas decorations..!

Speaking of the Second Feature initiative, it’ll make a good showcase for the 7 pages of comic I’ve finally finished after agreeing to provide them back in July!
You may recall I previously commented on the bespoke speech bubbles the main character used and the multiple elements which required compositing for each. Stupidly what I did was to reduce the number of these required by creating dialogue boxes which required even more work for each.

There’s little chance I’d have the time to expand this out to a full comic anytime soon to complete the story, but half a dozen pages every couple of months to showcase alongside one of the other titles might be possible.

By the way, that’s Star Trek Online just passed its first Anniversary, which remarkably for someone with such a low boredom threshold means I’m still playing the game a year on.
They celebrated this week by having Q (or more accurately his son) show up and quiz players on their Star Trek knowledge. successfully answer five questions correctly and you could have a badge, but it was much more fun to get them wrong so that he’d turn the player into various creatures like one of those Klingon dogs from Star Trek III, or a Vulcan Selath cat or best of all a Horta. Luckily players could beg him to be turned back or wait for ten minutes till it wore off otherwise it might’ve been difficult to push the buttons back on their ships.

One thing I’m unlikely to be playing a year from now, or in fact ever again the way things are going, is Battlestar Galactica Online. I wasn’t very enamoured by the gameplay and after docking at the Galactica I found myself stuck looking at a hangar with no way to interact at all. Now after logging out for a week I find that myself and many other players get about a third of the way into loading the game and it just stops dead.

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It’s been a busy old time round here…

After taking two weeks off to tackle all the things I had outstanding and instead painting the hallway, therefore achieving none of them, redundancy upsets and working on the January Rill and Led update there’s very little by way of anything which can be shown. Now, with having to spend a week in Aberdeen following New Years’ weekend, I’ll either have no time to devote to all this stuff or be locked in the hotel room every night and weekends with an unreliable laptop trying to make progress on any of this!

One of the few things I did do since the end of November was to play through The Devidian Weekly episodes of Star Trek Online to get the required screenshots for the cover I’d been working on.
Unfortunately, it appears I’d entirely misjudged the Federation faction version of the story. Since I originally played through the content as a Klingon character and was sent back in time in a Klingon D-7 cruiser, I had assumed the equivalent would occur for the Starfleet variation and we’d end up at the helm of a Constitution class vessel.
Incorrect, the D-7 it appears was the ship of choice regardless, which scuppers a large component of my original plan. Annoyingly similar was levelling up to the rank of Admiral Lower Half, prior to undertaking the mission chain meaning the Galaxy Class ship in the image is also now incorrect. Gah. Let’s not even mention the rank stripes, although technically I didn’t attend the promotion ceremony back on Earth Space Dock at that point so they’re correct at least…

Harking back to my mention about Lego’s Designed By Me tool and my subsequent Random Piles of Bricks though at least Julie was able to assemble her gift in 150-odd “easy” steps, thanks to having a laptop to hand.
Yes it’s still a bug-bear but to be fair as you can see, they were right with their copyright concerns!

Still at least I won’t be distracted by one other thing since DC Uni- whoops. Almost. Erm… Since no doubt there are games out there which are being released to retail in the next two weeks their Beta Test period will be ending. I’m still, or at least I would be if this wasn’t hypothetical situation, not convinced by arcade gameplay (so much so, it’s now being branded as the worlds first Massively Multiplayer Online Action Game or something) despite its appealing presentation and setting, but maybe if a Green Lantern expansion is released to coincide with the movie I’ll give it another go as I’ve been following his adventures since the same visits to the chip shop which netted me my Star Trek comics back in 1980’s…
Wait. Did I say “Green Lantern”? Damn. That IP cat is out the bag I guess!

Speaking of Beta Tests, it’s worth pointing out that you can get yourself along to http://beta.battlestar-galactica.bigpoint.com/ and sign up as a BSG Online player. This game is browser-based so theoretically it should be hardware and OS agnostic for anyone who bought their computer from one of the Dixon family and you can play as a Colonial or Toaster. Ironically a Caprica MMORPG would have been much more fitting when you think about it…