What are Cadet Challenges and how do they bring even more content into Star Trek Timelines? Product lead David Heron shares insights into how the recently added Cadet Challenges add new daily content, new characters and even more Star Trek storytelling.
So, for starters, in Timelines, what are Cadet Challenges?
David Heron: Cadet Challenges are a new way to interact with Star Trek Timelines where we put the spotlight on characters outside of the bridge crew. The Timelines crew roster features characters from all the Star Trek shows, many major characters and also a lot of the support characters. We want to tell stories about those support characters, and Cadet Challenges are that place. So we’ve added a new set of Away Missions with their own story, narrated by Admiral Riker from the Star Trek: The Next Generation series finale, and it’s got restrictions to a very specific set of crew.
And there was a time when Worf was just Security Chief Worf.
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Chronitons are also one of the rewards Captains can earn in Cadet Challenges, but what other rewards has the Timelines team been looking at?
What other kinds of Cadet Challenges are the team considering adding next?
David:The Next Generation
So for instance, back when we first began developing Cadet Challenges, I think we were pretty short on female engineers and maybe commanders? Like 2-stars with command skills. I’d have to double-check but I believe that was the case. So, that was this other layer. And then it always sort of passes through the filter of, “And who’s cool?”
Sito Jaxa was definitely on an earlier list, again because “Lower Decks” is a favorite of ours. Since we can’t put in everyone we want, Jaxa got taken off that earlier list. We also have some in-development art for Ensign Melora Pazlar. She’s in an episode of Deep Space Nine fittingly titled “Melora” and she’s from a low-gravity planet, so she’s floating in this kind of gravity-assistance suit.
Oh yeah. That art where she’s floating.
David: Yeah she’s floating, and that was an instance of like, “I personally like that episode. I think it’s a cool visual and an opportunity to make a character who looks really different.” She’s also female, Starfleet, non-human, and was a scientist? Great, let’s throw that in! And her character has a great story and a great set of traits. She’s just this unique person in the Star Trek universe.
Thanks for chatting, David.
David: Any time
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