Over the past year is when game streams finally clicked for me. I’d been aware of Critical Role, but I’d never watched it. Then I started watching Geek & Sundry’s SHIELD OF TOMORROW from the first episode, and it hooked me, all the way to the end — 50 episodes later (52 if you count a side-game and a Q&A). Funny thing is, at 3 hours of play per episode, that comes to 150 hours of Trek content, which turns out to make it (unofficially, obviously) the longest Trek series ever — beating out The Next Generation plus the TNG movies, which tops out at 143 hours.
Any way — the show streamed on Twitch… but Geek & Sundry has been putting the older episodes up on Youtube. They’re up to episode 31 at the time of this writing.
Here’s the first episode in the series playlist, featuring the set and the costumes… but a few episodes later, they actually even add a title sequence!
Name a game that had an impact on you in the past year.
I would definitely say that over the past year, that game has been STAR TREK ADVENTURES, from Modiphius.
From a professional standpoint, I worked on three different projects for the game (two of which have been released so far), which were all extremely positive experiences with a company that is responsive, supportive and professional. The fact that I was able to contribute to one of my favorite properties, STAR TREK, for the first time in 20 years, was an additional cherry on that particular sundae.
From a personal standpoint, I actually started a STAR TREK ADVENTURE game with some local friends, which marks the first time in many years that I’ve had the chance to do any gaming for fun. Not only that, but during the past year, the now-wrapped Geek & Sundry webseries SHIELD OF TOMORROW, a STAR TREK ADVENTURES campaign played live on camera by a group of talented performers, in costume and on a set, was the entry point for me into becoming a fan of Actual Play Streaming.