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Are you as excited as I am about the news of Sir Patrick Stewart returning as Jean-Luc Picard in a new Star Trek series? Well, now you can nerd out in style with Stage 9 which let's you explore the Enterprise-D from Star Trek The Next Generation.

Sent in by a reader, who also happens to be one of the people working on it, Stage 9 aims to recreate the entirety (inside and out) of the Enterprise-D using Unreal Engine 4. They also gave me a little fun fact, that the Linux version seems to be more popular than the Mac version.

You can see a recent release video below:

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Performance is a bit hit and miss and at one point I had to perform an emergency transport, as I seemed to fall out of the Turbolift into space—quite amusing. I also got blown up in a warp core breach, so that was certainly something. 

Also, they recently shared an update on progress towards the next version:

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A fun idea, will be interesting to see how far they can push it. As much as I love some fan projects, I do fear the eventual copyright hammer coming down on them.

Find out more on their official website. You can download the Linux build here, once you extract the archive find the "Stage9Linux.sh" file and run it. They also have a Discord Channel you can join.

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slaapliedje 14 August 2018 at 3:13 pm UTC
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TheSHEEEPTime travel has always been a minor part of Star Trek, but never really played the main role - which is great, as time travel usually tends to make storylines ugly and messy.

Time travel played a major role in Enterprise with Archer as Captain. Maybe that's why I never really got warm with it.

Did it? That's weird - I loved Enterprise, thought the characters were amongst the best I'd watched, was gutted when it was ended... but I don't remember much in the way of time travel being a core theme. Honestly, I don't remember too much of any Star Trek series... ever. They all kind of merge into one for me. Voyager was great. I remember not enjoying DS9, even though everyone I've ever met tells me it was the best one. TNG was awesome of course. And I'm enjoying, mostly, Discovery, albeit one character's acting is leaving me cold.

But more Star Trek? Yes, please!

Enterprise was good but season 3 killed it. The whole doom and gloom kills Star Trek. The whole message from TOS was technology will push us into a peaceful future.
I loved TNG because it was the first I saw.
Deep Space was ok , but i disliked some of the themes. It felt more political rather than exploring space and the new frontier.
Voyager was ok but I disliked their captain. They tried to make her a strong leader but she always played too soft for me. Wanted to see more of her teeth. Loved the Klingon girl and Seven-of-Nine.
Have not seen Discovery yet.

Interesting, I actually like the most seasons 3 and 4 in Enterprise, they got the ideas really flowing. I remember being almost bored by season 1 while season 2 was the most Trek-ish.
But seasons 3/4 got me really excited, I very much agree that it felt less Star Trek at that point, but the action was really good and it kept me on the edge of the seat.
When I heard about the cancellation I was in disbelief, why then, when it started to kick ass?

Voyager, indeed, the prize for the most annoying Star Trek captain goes to....
Good thing we had the virtual doctor though. This scene always cracks me up:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dtKm0K4gVfQ

DS9, sigh... all that religious and political crap annoyed me to no end, must confess that I was going fast forward through all that. As for characters, I think that Garak (the Cardassian tailor) was the most fascinating one. Oh, and Odo.

(all of the above are personal opinion and taste of course)
The theory is that the political and religious crap was injected because it was stolen from Babylon 5, which had been proposed to the studio, but then DS9 appeared with similar plot lines. But to be fair to DS9, a lot of weird things got into the Original Series of Trek, so it kind of fit as well into DS9. My problem was they started out with it in the first season... then pretty much didn't go much of anywhere with it.
wvstolzing 14 August 2018 at 3:31 pm UTC
slaapliedjeBut to be fair to DS9, a lot of weird things got into the Original Series of Trek

You mean, like this:
Space Hippies

Or this:
Abe Lincoln in Space
slaapliedje 15 August 2018 at 6:29 pm UTC
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slaapliedjeBut to be fair to DS9, a lot of weird things got into the Original Series of Trek

You mean, like this:
Space Hippies

Or this:
Abe Lincoln in Space
Exactly like that!

Ha, the space hippy episode...
wvstolzing 2 October 2018 at 12:07 pm UTC
The project has been shut down by the way:
youtube link
TheSHEEEP 2 October 2018 at 12:30 pm UTC
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Too bad, really. But not unexpected.
Dunc 2 October 2018 at 2:09 pm UTC
TheSHEEEPToo bad, really. But not unexpected.
True.

“Hey, boss, look at this! These guys have made this amazing recreation of the Enterprise! They're really talented! We could get them on-board, maybe use what they've made as the basis of a game or something, put our marketing weight behind it, and take a cut of the profits! Everybody wins!”

“SHUT IT DOWN.”
slaapliedje 3 October 2018 at 1:05 am UTC
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TheSHEEEPToo bad, really. But not unexpected.
True.

“Hey, boss, look at this! These guys have made this amazing recreation of the Enterprise! They're really talented! We could get them on-board, maybe use what they've made as the basis of a game or something, put our marketing weight behind it, and take a cut of the profits! Everybody wins!”

“SHUT IT DOWN.”

Ha, with the exception of the announcement of the return of Picard, I'm fairly certain that's the owner of Star Trek's answer to any good idea... Don't get me wrong, I thought the first movie with Chris Pine was decent, the second one was so atrocious what they did to Khan I will never forgive them... though they tried to cover bad decisions with a comic book, still was just bad. The third was entertaining at least.

Discovery should have been done in the far distant future with some of their tech and how the Klingons look.
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