20Q: Midshipman Skyler Gray

This month we get to learn more about Chris, the player behind Midshipman Skyler Gray, Security Officer aboard the USS Titan, CL-2007.

Age, Sex, Location?
29, Male, Washington USA

When did you first join FedSpace?
Sep 2011

What brought you to FedSpace?
I was bored one day and googled startrek RPG after having been re-watching Startrek on netflix. I really liked the orginization of the wiki, and was not comfortable with the format of some of the play by email sites I had seen.

Tell me a little about the process of developing your character.
Well as my first character on fedspace, I pretty much took what I wanted to be in today’s world, and adjusted it for the 24th century. I tried to exaggerate my self. My skills, my interests, and flaws. Then I added some stereotypical events such as parents dieing to try and give some depth to the character with out becoming just another one of THOSE characters.

Do you think it is easier or more difficult to play someone based on yourself?
I think that it is easier, and safer, and probably doesn’t allow you as much creative freedom, but I think it is a good idea to always start from there at a new place, until you get the hang of the flow of the area. After that you can branch out into people that are different from you. It is hard to react to a situation in a way that is not normal to your self personally.

So far, what is your favourite part about being a member of FedSpace?
I REALLY enjoy the wiki so far. Kudos to everyone involved in that.

If you were president for a day, what would you change?
You know honestly I haven’t been a member long enough to notice anything major, I suppose I would change the posting requirements. I feel people in more key roles should be require to post more than others. For example if you are in the role of an Instructor at the Academy, or the C/O or F/O of a ship you should post more than the department heads, and the DO’s should post more than there department crews etc. But then I am also impatient sometimes haha.

What makes a good Ship/Station?
I think good communication both in game and out of game. I enjoy being on the Titan, because since day one I was able to talk to my C/O, F/O, and some crew members on msn.

What do you spend your time outside of FedSpace doing?
Currently I am a Junior, studying applied Physics. That is what most of my time is spent doing. If not that then I am working at the local Hospital as a Phlebotomist, or building and launching model rockets with my 7yo son.

What is your favourite Star Trek series?
My favorite Series has to be TNG, I love Picard, and Data, and it was the first series I started watching as a kid.

If you watched the movies, which one was your favorite?
Nemisis. That was the best movie ever that defines Startrek. No I’m just kidding, I really liked First Contact because It is in the timeframe tha I am most interested in, the first fifty years after warp drive, and building up to it.

Do you have a favourite line or phrase from either a show or movie?
I don’t think I have a favorite line persay, but I do enjoy Data’s attempts at jokes.

Do you have a favourite character from the shows and why?
Cpt. Picard. If I had a dad in the 24th century in Starfleet, I would want it to be him. Even if hes awkward around kids.

What piece of Star Trek Technology would you most like to see today?
Most definately the Warp Drive. I am very disapointed that I was not born in an era that allows more space travel. I would even accept impulse drive and more colonized places in the solar system.

What was it about Star Trek that made you fall in love with the show?
It has taken my love for technology and physics, and placed it in a world I want to live in.

What FedSpace player would you most like to meet in real life?
I think I would like to meet the captain of the Columbia , Adaran 225. I feel the character would be very interesting and so different from anyone on Earth.

What FedSpace character would you most like to meet in real life?
Vexx most likely as hes the one I have spoken to the most.

If you could list one pet-peeve about your fellow players, what would it be?
That they all seem to have lives. It is very hard to become unhealthily addicted if no one is playing the insomniac with me.

Do you feel there is any disconnect between you and other players based on geographical location?
Not all, because of my schedule I find my self online and random times. The bigger and more diverse the group, the more likely there is someone on when I am.

What is in your FedSpace future, for yourself and for your character?
I really hope to add a lot to Fedspace through subplots. I hope that my Character becomes a very well known and respected person in his field, and as most everyone, I hope to someday captain my own ship!

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