The Making of the FASA Role Playing Game.
The story of Axanar was born of the role-playing game published by the FASA Corporation between 1982 and 1989. Many elements of the game have influenced later Star Trek, particularly John M. Ford’s supplement, The Klingons, published in 1983. But it was 1986’s Four Years War sourcebook and its companion campaign module “Return to Axanar” that would plant the seeds for the story of Prelude to Axanar and the film yet to come.
Is that material canon? To some it is, to others it is not. But it was licensed, and the amount of research that went into crafting it is incredible.
In this episode of the official Axanar podcast, hosts Robert Meyer Burnett and Alec Peters are joined by two of the creators: John Theisen and Stephen Fender. John is the original author of the FASA Four Years War supplement, and Stephen penned the four-part novel series. Get set for a fascinating story of the history behind content made for fans, by fans, fueled by passion.
But first, Rob and Alec recount the night of May 20, the Star Trek Beyond fan event, and a little something that JJ Abrams and Justin Lin said while up on stage.
JJ, Lin, and the Lawsuit (00:03:59)
Feature: The Making of the FASA Role Playing Game
Meeting John and Stephen (00:24:45)
Finding FASA (00:28:08)
John Ford’s Klingons (00:30:55)
Researching and Writing for FASA (00:35:21)
Studio Involvement in FASA (00:42:14)
It Came from a Game (00:44:26)
A Multitude of Stories (00:54:55)
Canon or Not Canon (01:01:01)
Fueled by Passion (01:10:54)
Robert Meyer Burnett and Alec Peters
John A. Theisen and Stephen Fender
C Bryan Jones (Editor and Executive Producer) Norman C. Lao (Associate Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Will Nguyen (Content Manager)
Simon Lissaman Interview.In this episode of the official Axanar Podcast, Peters is joined by Lissaman to discuss his design work for Axanar including a phasers, bat'leths, and costume design.
Larry O'Connor and Bing Bailey Interview. Robert Meyer Burnett and Alec Peters are joined by Bing Bailey, the digital imaging technician and digital colorist on Prelude to Axanar, and Larry O'Connor to discuss OWC's new video technology.
Star Trek 50th Anniversary Retrospective. It’s hard to believe that Star Trek has been around for 50 years. Also difficult to believe is that we remember watching those original stories when they first aired. We look back at our favorites.
David Gerrold talks Star Trek Beyond. Fans eagerly awaited the newest film with a mix of excitement and concern. But what did the author of "The Trouble With Tribbles" think about Simon Pegg's and Justin Lin's baby? He joins us to share his opinions.
The Making of FASA. Two writers who brought to life the famous role playing game upon which Axanar is based, John A. Theisen and Stephen Fender, join us to talk about researching and writing in the Star Trek universe.
Star Trek Horizon with Tommy Kraft + The Lawsuit. Tommy joins us to talk about the rigors of making a fan film, and Rob, Alec, and Mike update you on the state of the lawsuit.