So, “Tholian Simulator” (working title) is gonna be a big and a fairly ambitious project.
For starters, what is a ‘Tholian’?
Tholians are a species from Star Trek. They have only been seen on screen twice but are heavily featured in an episode of the MMORPG Star Trek Online. Despite their (IMO) under utilization in the canon Star Trek universe, I’ve been quite the Tholian fanboy for a while since they are really unique compared to most sci-fi aliens and with this project I hope to give them the creative ‘platform’ that does them justice! 😀
It is gonna to be a cultural simulator. It will detail Tholian society in a way faithful to what little is known from their two on-screen appearances and STO, but will greatly expand on that. To that end, it might be different to the expectations others may have of the Tholians and will largely contradict non-canon Star Trek material (like novels and most other games). I consider this a way for me to be creative!
It will feature ground and space action. On the ground, you’ll be focused on doing your part for Tholian society, help explore strange new worlds, and ultimately work your way to the top of the Assembly! In space, you’ll be engaging in galactic politics and diplomacy and of course space combat!
Current stage of progress
Right now, the game still is being planned out before large-scale development – the lore, outline of the game, how things, etc etc. However, I’m already testing game concepts in Unity (my choice of engine for all this) as we speak. Base systems for ship operations, lighting paradigms, and custom shaders for enhanced visuals are all being developed right now.
First three ships
As part of the lore development, a number of ship designs have been lined up from canon/STO and some that were sketched out are modelled and implemented!
In order to further flesh out Tholian society (and especially their homeworld), I’ve decided to plan Tholian subspecies that have unique abilities for ground exploration and ground combat (if I choose to implement it)!
This “fly Tholian” is based on a design by Norsehound on DeviantART. It’s still very similar right now, but it will be developed down the line.
A parting video!
Here’s a video of the lighting effects and firing FX for your viewing pleasure. Just bear in mind this is still early days! 🙂
Stay tuned for more!