This evening at 7:00 p.m. Pacific Time/Sansar Time, Gene Roddenberry’s son Rod will screen a special artist biography, reflect on the Roddenberry legacy, and answer Star Trek fans’ questions. It’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for Trekkers!
Here’s the listing from the Sansar Events Calendar. You will need to install the Sansar client software on your computer and create an account to see this show. Here’s a guide on how to get started. On the day of the event, open up Sansar and navigate to the Atlas (look for the Go button on the left-hand-side menu, click it, then select “Find Places to Go”). At the What’s Happing in Sansar page, click on the item A Crash Course in Star Trek to join the live event. The doors will open up 30 minutes ahead of the show. See you there!
On September 8th 1966, Gene Roddenberry launched a television phenomenon that would forever change the face of science fiction. Star Trek: The Original Series followed the 23rd-century, interstellar adventures of Captain James T. Kirk and his crew of the Federation Starship, Enterprise. 21 years after its first airing of The Original Series, Gene Roddenberry amazed audiences by re-launching the franchise with its most successful series to date: Star Trek: The Next Generation. Fifty years after its initial airing, the Star Trek franchise includes five live-action television shows, one animated series and thirteen feature-length films.
Linden Lab has a booth at the Star Trek convention, and they are giving people demos of this Sansar experience. In this picture, my avatar is standing in front of the Gene Roddenberry Action Figure Prototype display:
There are many displays featuring items, such as communications devices and weapons, which you can pick up and inspect:
There is a comprehensive timeline display of Star Trek insignia, emblems, symbols, and seals, by Brad Wilder, creator of the Star Trek Design Project website:
When I first visited, the elevator wasn’t working (I’m sure it will be fixed soon). There are a second floor and a third floor with displays of costumes and storyboards from Star Trek: The Motion Picture. (I took these pictures by using the fly-cam mode; please click on each image to see it in a larger size):
Star Trek fans might be enjoying some gameplay sessions on Star Trek: Bridge Crew The Next Generation DLC at the moment, but those interested in learning about its history can do so in a new immersive way today. Sansar and Roddenberry Entertainment have collaborated on the Roddenberry Nexus, a portal into the Star Trek universe where fans can see the best of Roddenberry’s science fiction properties.
The Roddenberry Nexus houses a treasure trove of Star Trek memorabilia, including never-before-seen art and artifacts from Star Trek’sfifty-two-year history and new stories such as the short film Instant.
Looking to further involve fans in the history and lore of the TV shows and films fans now have virtual access to its archives, from anywhere in the world whilst providing a hangout space that will serve as a venue for future Roddenberry events and fan meet-ups.
“Roddenberry Entertainment always strives to be on the forefront of innovation, going where no one has gone before,” said Eugene “Rod” Roddenberry, CEO of Roddenberry Entertainment in a statement. “Sansar Studios is a leader in VR development and we are proud to partner with them on this new initiative, combining the history and legacy of Roddenberry with their groundbreaking technology.”
If you’re a die-hard Trekkie, this exhibition is a must-see!
This evening is the official launch of a brand-new, officially-sanctioned Sansar experience: the bridge of the Enterprise from the original Star Trek TV series!
Here are the details from the event listing:
John Champion and Ken Ray – the hosts of Mission Log on the Roddenberry Podcast Network – are headed to Sansar! What better place to talk Star Trek than the bridge of the Enterprise? Built by a serious Trekker, you can watch Mission Log Live at 7pm Pacific/10pm Eastern on the main view screen on the original series bridge! Then a few minutes after the show, John and Ken will hit the bridge.
This week: Why are we here and where is here anyway? What sparked your interest in virtual reality? What do you see for VR going forward? Of course, you can bring your own topics as well. We’re just hanging out on the bridge, and hoping you’ll join in.
Dress code: There is none, though free Mission Log and Roddenberry shirts are available NOW in the Sansar store!
You can join this event in Sansar desktop mode too – you don’t need a VR headset!
Gindipple discovered an interesting piece of news: a Star Trek podcast by Roddenberry Entertainment called Mission Log has announced that they are setting up a VR hangout in Sansar! It is the bridge of the Enterprise from the original Star Trek TV series, and it will be officially unveiled on May 22nd, but a Facebook video released by the Mission Log crew gave us a few preview shots of the recreation:
Here’s a link to their Mission Log Live video on Facebook, where one of their guests was Jason Gholston, head of Sansar Studios at Linden Lab, who gave a bit of an introduction about Sansar. (Unfortunately, Jason’s microphone level kept going up and down, so it was hard to hear some of what he was saying.)
Here’s a link to the website and the Facebook group for Mission Log, by Roddenberry Entertainment. Looking forward to being able to visit this experience when it launches! Hopefully, some of Sansar’s costume designers can whip up some appropriate sci-fi uniforms for us to wear.