Hello fellow Star Trek Onliners! I have spent a great deal of time discussing ships and characters but in all that time I have barely glossed over the fantastic feature called Foundry.
What is the Foundry? This is a tool that allows US, the game playing public, to create custom content for STO players all over the world to play. We can create missions using a clever tool called the Foundry. I have been working on a mission myself and hope to have it up and available to play soon. Recently I played a great mission that was called, “Hero of the Empire” by RogueEnterprise. This was a fantastic mission that had a great story. This mission inspired me to start building my own foundry mission. RougeEnterprise designed a plot with an interesting finish. I highly recommend playing the mission it will take about 45 minutes. You can read about it here on the Perfect World Site.
The Foundry tools are fairly easy to use at first to build simple missions. They do get a little confusing as you try to utilize more advanced functions. I am diving in and have my first mission about 2/3 complete. Since I am a major NOOB on the Foundry tools, I cannot really write in great detail a how to. Rather than a how to, I am writing a go to! Go to it and build content. It has taken me a long time to build this mission and at this point it is probably only 20 minutes long. I don’t think I have designed a mission as well as many that I have played, but it is my first attempt. There is something very satisfying about building something and seeing it actually work.
The Foundry allows you to test or “preview” your mission. You can take it from the top and run it all the way through, or you can test individual maps and or components. Once you have it complete you can publish it live to the world.
Cryptic and Perfect World have some rules involving content in the Foundry that you would be wise to follow. Copyright is strongly guarded so be careful to stay within the parameters they offer with regards to using the likeness of “real” people, etc. They do offer the ability to use the names of characters and ships throughout the Star Trek franchise.
I am struggling to get more detail items to work like having a ship that I used as a Contact warp away (flee) or the same with a ground contact as the dialog reaches a crescendo I want the contact to run allowing for a chase. I can’t seem to figure that out. I will though because I have seen it done by others.
I am hoping to have this mission up and running this week. I believe that it can be “tweaked” after it is published. I whole heartedly recommend the Foundry to unleash your creativity and enjoy seeing your finished product available for others to play.