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Citizens of the Stars: Michael (Baior) Smith and Ricemaiden Written Monday 11th of September 2017 at 12:00pm by Desmarius

As per usual, anything said during the show is subject to change by CIG and may not always be accurate at the time of posting. Also any mistakes you see that I may have missed, please let me know so I can correct them. Enjoy the show!

Full Transcript

Intro With Jared Huckaby (Community Manager). Timestamped Link.

[Camera pans across office to Jared Huckaby slouched upon a loveseat with Eric Kieron Davis furiously typing in the background]

Jared Huckaby (JH): Hello everybody. Welcome to this week's Citizens of the Stars, our weekly look at the amazing content creations made by you, the Star Citizen community. I'm your host this week, Community Content Manager Jared Huckaby. Now, to get things started we're going to throw it over to Tyler Nolan and this week's Citizen Spotlight. [Stretches out to awkwardly lay across loveseat] It's not a very big couch is it.

Citizen Spotlight With Tyler Nolin (Community Manager). Timestamped Link.

Tyler Nolin (TN): Hey everyone and welcome to Citizen Spotlight, our chance of highlighting some of the amazing content creators within the Star Citizen community, and joining me this week is RiceMaiden. Hey RiceMaiden. How's it going?

RiceMaiden (RM): Not too bad. Half our state's on fire, but I can't complain.

TN: Now how did you get started in all of this?

RM: So, I had been a backer of Star Citizen for about a year, and I thought I have a passion for engineering and I have a passion for lots of sci-fi stuff, and so I thought why not combine the two. So, one night I sat down with the Origin M50 holo viewer model and just kind of figured it out. I … Nobody taught me how to do it. I threw together my first model, which was the M50 and ever since I've been making models the same way and they've been working out.

TN: Where did you come up with the idea to combine plywood with 3D printed plastic?

RM: So, with 3D printing … 3D printing takes a lot of time, and I don't have a lot of time. My 3D printer is used for a lot of different things, and so I wanted to come up with a way to make big models. Models that you could show on the desktop that are appealing to people, but don't take more than a weekend to build, and so by using laser cutting and by using 3D printing you get a pleasant looking model with the detail you want, but something that doesn't take a week's worth of 3D printer time to make.

TN: Is there a particular model that you're a favorite of?

RM: The Vanduul Glaive was ... is my favorite thus far. It's one that I'd been wanting to make for quite awhile. I didn't do it first initially, because there was some learning that went along with it. It's built differently than a lot of the other ships. And so, once I got comfortable with that I ended up putting it together, and I'm really happy with how it came out.

TN: Tell us what you're working on right now or that you have coming up.

RM: So, the biggest thing I'm working on right now is I'm donating the first, second and third place trophies to VerseCon in October. When I get those done and shipped over to Texas. If you're in the Arena Commander tournament, you should have a chance at winning one of my models.

TN: RiceMaiden thank you so much for taking the time to join me today. That's all we have for today. Let's see what's going on this week in Star Citizen.

Quantum Questions With Tyler Witkin (Community Manager). Timestamped Link.

Tyler Witkin (TW): Hey everyone and welcome to another installment of Quantum Questions where we put a developer in the hotseat to answer as many questions as they can in just under two minutes. Joining us this week is none other than Baior of Red. Baior, how are you doing?

Michael Smith (MS): Fantastic.

TW: Great. Now how well do you think you're going to do today?

MS: I'm shooting for average.

TW: Fair enough. Let's find out. We've got two minutes on the clock starting . . . now. What is your name, and what do you do at CIG?

MS: My name is Michael Smith, also known as Baior of Red; I'm a game support agent.

TW: And why do people call you “Dr. Baior”?

MS: I have my doctorate degree in Paleontology.

TW: Impressive. Now, what's the most popular peripheral used in Star Citizen?

MS: Outside of mouse and keyboard the Thrustmaster T-16000m.

TW: Okay. What is the most fulfilling part of your job at CIG?

MS: I like to talk to players; figure out what kind of issues they're having with the current gameplay. That could be balance, could be design decisions, could be bugs; go through ... systematically test those, and then chase up those issues up the food chain to see if I can get them fixed.

TW: What control setup do you use when playing?

MS: Right now I'm using dual stick, two VirPil T-50s, and CH Pro pedals.

TW: Very nice. How many hours would you say you have played in Star Citizen?

MS: On my personal account on live I have approximately 2,240. On my dev account a little over 300 or so, and on other accounts 200 to 300 hours.

TW: Wow. Okay. I understand you get around town in style. Tell me about that.

MS: I have a Russian motorcycle with a sidecar attached that my dog rides in.

TW: Very nice. Now, what did you do before working at CIG?

MS: I taught biology at Indiana University.

TW: Okay. Now, if you could change one thing about the game what would it be?

MS: I'd like to see the implementation of the CVI, so that players could get a lot of really cool feedback about what's going on around them, lot of cool targeting stuff and just see that in game.

TW: Great. Now who is your favorite Star Trek captain?

MS: Jean Luc Picard.

TW: Good answer, and your favorite ship?

MS: Khartu-al.

TW: Now I understand you interact a lot with the community; what do backers most commonly want to talk to you about?

MS: Usually it's ship balance, ship performance, combat balance - that sort of thing.

TW: Alright. Now out of the three moons coming in Star Citizen Alpha 3.0 which one are you most looking forward to exploring?

MS: I have to say Daymar.

TW: Alright, and it looks like we are actually out of time right at the buzzer, so Baior thank you so much for taking the time out of your schedule and doing this with us.

MS: Yeah. No problem at all.

TW: Well that makes 13 questions for Baior which doesn't make him the Quantum Champion, but it's definitely not bad. Make sure to tune in next week to find out who's taking on the hotseat.

Sub-Conscious With Alexis Lesnick (Subscription Manager). Timestamped Link.

Alexis Lesnick (AL): Greetings subscribers. Alexis here with the latest edition of Sub-Conscious, the mini-show that's just for subscribers. First up we have a brand new issue of Jump Point coming on Friday. This time around the magazine will look at how we updated several ships for Alpha 3.0 including the Aurora, Aquila and some others that don't start with A.

Next, want to see something blow up? This week's vault is a work in progress imagery of an Idris exploding. You know what they say. The larger the ship the bigger the bang. And don't forget your ship of the month is the Herald. I've already seen some beautiful images submitted in The Den so far. Check out this great shot from Lofer who took a break to admire the beauty of the verse. Keep posting your Herald images in The Den, and we'll show them off throughout the month. With that, I'm out. Until next time I'll see you all in The Den.

MVP With Ben Lesnick (Director of Community Engagement and Content Strategy). Timestamped Link.

Ben Lesnick (BL): Hey everybody. I'm back [Double Finger Guns] This is Ben Lesnick, director of community engagement, kicking off your Top 5 and MVP. [Continued Finger Guns]

JH: [Off Camera] I can see!

BL: [Laughs]

Number five, 600i Wallpaper by Starmedic. Starmedic has been making Star Citizen fan art for as long as I can remember, and this latest one does not disappoint. He has the 600i in this picture over this beautiful city vista. It makes a nice wallpaper.

Number four, Electronic Access and REC for Germans by Jarod. Not sure if a particular ship or weapon fits your style? Learn the ropes of loaning and buying items with REC, the virtual currency that you can earn in game with this German video tutorial by Jarod.

Number three, Genesis Starliner layouts by Sir-Berticus. Who among us has not sat down and tried to imagine different internal configurations for the Genesis Starliner? Well, Sir Berticus has gone a little bit further and actually drawn them all out so you can see what it might look like if it had a cargo mode or a max capacity mode. If you're a fan of air travel in space this one's for you.

Number two, 3D Printed Behring Rifle by AlcatrazSkywalker. You know all those panicky news stories about how now that 3D printers are available criminals will print their own weapons and rob banks? Well, this is like that but only the cool part. He's created an actual Behring Rifle from Star Citizen in reality!

And number one and MVP goes to Astora Wide News #3 by Luckystrike. One of my absolute favorite things in the world is seeing people put together their own in universe publications, and Luckystrike has created one for his group, Astora. They're a backer run security organization, and it's just a cool magazine similar to the ones we put out for different ships, and I want to see more of this.

So, nice job everybody! Back to you Jared.

Outro With Jared Huckaby (Community Manager). Timestamped Link.

[More furious typing by Eric Kieron Davis offscreen]

JH: [Groans and rolls over on loveseat] Well, that about does it for this week's show. A special thanks to Michael Smith and RiceMaiden for appearing on the broadcast this week. [Continues to roll over to find comfort on the loveseat] For Citizens of the Stars I'm Jared Huckaby. We'll see you next week everybody.

Eric Kieron Davis (ED): Jared.

JH: What?

ED: You can go … [Points] … you can go back to your desk now.

JH: [Gasps] In a minute. I'm almost done here. It's a … How you … [Incoherent mumbling while switching sides of the loveseat and waves goodbye]



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