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Jared Huckaby (JH): Welcome everybody to Citizens of the Stars, our weekly look at the amazing content creations made by you the Star Citizen community. I’m your host for this week, Content Manager Jared Huckaby. Now the Star Citizen community is an inescapable touchstone of our development and sharing those things that you guys do each and every week is one of the highlights of my job. So, to get us started we’re going to throw it over to Tyler Nolin and this week’s Citizen Spotlight.
Tyler Nolin (TN): Hey everyone and welcome to this week’s Citizen Spotlight. Today’s guest is AndrewRall from Old Blood and Guts, the YouTube channel that’s created the science of Star Citizen. Hey AndrewRall, how’s it going?
AndrewRall (AR): Thanks for having me Tyler.
TN: Now tell us a little bit about your YouTube channel.
AR: Old Blood and Guts is about providing… sort of a different perspective on Star Citizen. There’s so many wonderful community content creators out there, that do such an amazing job in bringing news to the community every day, every week. We tend to take a little bit different of a stance on that and maybe present things that aren’t seen as much, you know, whether it be designs of Star Citizens, whether it be the Field Command series we have or our ship reviews which kinda take more of a tactical approach to ships rather than reviewing them for data and stats.
TN: Where did you come up for the idea for the science of Star Citizen?
AR: Honestly it was just a whim kinda thing. I think we were crashing ships in the PU, just having fun and in the background there was a history channel show on, science of another sci fi genre and we thought to ourselves, ‘maybe we should do something like that, that would be pretty fun’ since we’re messing around and we do have some folks who are academics within our ranks. They absolutely volunteered right away and here we go, off to the races.
TN: Are there any new shows you’re working on?
AR: Right now we’re working on something called Start Citizen, essentially to introduce new players to the game. You know whether they’re looking for their first ship in a package, or they’re curious to learn how to fly as you know sort of space orientation can be a little intimidating for those folks used to atmospheric flight in simulators and things like that. So, we’re trying to spend a little time there and obviously all of our content is completely driven by ourselves, our subscribers… so everything that we… all the feedback that we get we definitely respond to and that’s definitely going to be our next focus. Focusing on that sorta of Start to the Star Citizen project and it’s fantastic to be a part of this and we’ve had a blast and we’ll continue to look for more patches and updates and great stuff.
TN: All right, thanks again for joining us today.
AR: Thanks Tyler.
TN: Now let’s see what’s going on this week in Star Citizen.
Tyler Witkin (TW): Hey everyone and welcome to another instalment of Quantum Questions where we put a developer in the hot seat to answer as many questions as they can in just two minutes. Joining us this week is none other than QA tester, Jeb Bauer. Jeb, how’re you doing?
Jeb Bauer (JB): I’m doing well, how about yourself?
TW: Doing great, thanks for asking. Now how well do you think you’re going to do today?
JB: I’m not super confident but I’m hoping I can stumble my way through 3-4 and I’m already off to a bad start.
TW: All right, let’s find out how you’re actually going to do. I’ve got two minutes on the clock and we’re starting now. What is your name and what do you do at CIG?
JB: I’m Jeb Bauer and I work in the Quality Assurance department here in Austin, Texas.
TW: What is quality assurance?
JB: Quality assurance, we’re the team that tests the game and other functions of how CIG work in all of our tools.
TW: Have you worked at any other game studios before?
JB: Yes, I came from Blizzard Entertainment.
TW: You can only choose one, this one is a tough one, breakfast tacos or BBQ?
JB: BBQ obviously, but let me blow your mind here, you can put BBQ in a breakfast taco and it’ll change your life.
TW: Wow, let’s talk after we’re done filming. What have you been testing lately?
JB: Right now what’s really on plate is the 2.0 Item conversion for all the ships and vehicles currently.
TW: I also understand you’ve been testing one of the upcoming space bikes, can you tell us anything about it?
JB: I’d love to but I cannot.
TW: Well done, what is the funniest bug you’ve encountered recently?
JB: Recently I would say the funniest one I’ve encountered along with Brandon Crocker we discovered that Glaives were actually immortal or the weapons so we didn’t tell our fellow QA members, during a playtest we decided to exploit it and kill everyone for fun.
TW: I’m proud of you, it was a blast. So I understand you do a lot of focus on ship testing specifically, what other kinds of specialty testing are there?
JB: So we’re a bit all over the place, we touch multiple different departments. Such as art, or the engineers developers with the editors tools and everything else such as motion capture and we, I think there isn’t a department we don’t work with.
TW: What is your favourite ship?
JB: My favourite one currently would be the Sabre Comet.
TW: Now is it true that you’re not a fan of the TV series titled Firefly?
TW: Next question, what is wrong with you?
JB: I said it and I meant it.
TW: How is working at CIG different than working at other studios?
JB: I would say the biggest thing is probably transparency…
TW: We are out of time but great job and thank you so much for taking the time out of your busy schedule coming and doing this with us.
JB: Thanks for having me.
TW: Well, that makes nine questions for Jeb which still doesn’t take the championship from Brian Chambers but that’s ok because his time is coming but for now let’s jump over to Alexis for this week’s Sub-Conscious.
Alexis Lesnick: Hello subscribers, I’m Alexis and this is Sub-Conscious. The only mini show that dares to ask the question, what in the world are you doing with those Caterpillars? The subscriber ship of the month is the Drake Caterpillar evil transport and that means the Verse is currently filled with Caterpillar related antics. I’ve seen convoys, bowling, stacking, people cramming ships into Caterpillars, it’s just Caterpillars all the way down. So let me say for the record, nice job everyone.
Now I want to know what the craziest thing you think you can do with the Cat is, post them in the Subscribers Den and I’ll share my favourites next week. The June issue of Jump Point drops this week, and this one is a little different instead of focusing on one ship, David Ladyman had worked with the designers responsible for our thruster design system. Who will be teaching you about how we set up all of the maneuvering for all of our ships. That plus an exclusive serial and usual assortment of lore and behind the scenes articles. In case you missed it we hosted a Subscriber Town Hall with the Props team last week, thank you for all the great question submissions. We love the fact that the subscription support means that we can do livestreams like this one, the kind that no one else does, you make them possible. Details about the next Town Hall will be available in the coming weeks. Finally make sure to check out the IMS Bolliver space station model now in your hangars, it’s a real peach, with that I’m Alexis, this have been Sub-Conscious and I will see you in the Den.
Ben Lesnick: Hey everybody, Ben here, time for your top five and MVP.
Number five, 2.6.3 screenshot gallery by Andre Schramm. This is a bunch of excellent, excellent Star Citizen screenshots, check it out. These are some fantastic shots.
Number four, Kane Universe. Kane is a fantastic Twitch streamer from France, part of the French Star Citizen community. We are very, very proud to have them part of the group making this game possible, I encourage you to check out the work that he’s doing and merci beaucoup.
Number three, Big Bang with 7 Ships by Jack Tripper because sometimes it’s just enough to make big explosions.
Number two, the recent Oklahoma Bar Citizen. This was the first Bar Citizen in Oklahoma, sounds like it was a great time, thank you so much to the organizers and everybody for coming together and just having a great time talking Star Citizen.
And your MVP is With Wide Eyed in Star Citizen by Narayan. This is an amazing video that I’ve seen passed all around by backers, please, please just check it out.
JH: Well, that about wraps up this week’s show. A special thanks to AndrewRall and Jeb Bauer for appearing on this week’s show and a special shout out to the Austria Bar Citizen group. Who had a Bar Citizen this week with an amazing turn out and I want to call special attention to their patch, look at how cool this patch is. Guys, I collect these things, you want to send me one, you know where I’m at. So, for Citizens of the Stars, I’m Jared Huckaby, we’ll see you next week everybody.