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Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Yet Another Progress Report

This is Steven Petrick posting.

Most of the reviewers of the Klingon Master Starship Book have reported in that they have no further reports to make. As such, the book awaits the completion of Jean Sexton's review and the last few graphics that SVC has to create. It is otherwise in a state that, were I to suddenly disappear on some clandestine operation that the company would disavow, then the book could easily be completed without me.

I have become redundant to its publication, which is a good thing.

As the Klingon Master Starship Book is effectively a closed chapter, the Romulan Master Starship Book is moving to center stage (in terms of getting the books done). In consultation with SVC, the reviewers having stated they have no more reports to make on the Klingon Master Starship Book, the assembled Romulan book has been broken down into components (because there were few existing graphics, the book was originally done as just two component parts, the "General Units" and "everything else"). The first of these components, at the request of one of the reviewers the Romulan General War era fighters, has been sent to the reviewers. The reviewer thought it best to do the fighters first as this would impact many other units in the other files, i.e., when a given fighter (or bomber) becomes available has to be correctly input into the various carriers, bases, and ground bases.

The major issue with the Romulans will, of course, be their early years units, which requires a very different format from that of just about every other empire. As not all Romulan ships have cloaking devices, this had to be accounted for in the general format, and some Romulan units do not have seeking weapons, requiring a reminder about seeking weapon control ratings.

The Romulan book is, however, complete for review and when the Klingon book is finished, SVC will hopefully be able to start doing graphics for the various Romulan ships (I suspect he will start with converting Klingon ships to KRs, then move on to either the Eagles or the Hawks).

At this juncture, I suspect the Romulan Master Starship Book will be available early in 2016, assuming no major issues crop up and there are not too many interruptions by other things needing to be done on the schedule.