General Project Questions
Q: How do I install and run it?
A: Download the Stage 9 at the download links on the website, please use the Torrent if you can. Then, simply unpack it and click on the Stage9.exe If you are having troubles, please visit http://stage-9.co.uk/tutorials/ or keep reading the FAQ.
Q: What is the minimum specs for running Stage 9?
A: We recommend setting similar to this for decent gameplay:
Core I5 4670 CPU
8GB DDR3 1600mhz
So far the lowest tested is:
Intel Pentium Celeron 2 core 1.60 GHZ
Standard Intel Graphics
It doesn’t run well, but it runs.
Windows Users, you should have a Windows 64 bit system of some sort plus DX11 or above. Mac users, you need to have at least Sierra OS or higher, it’s an Unreal Engine requirement. We are not able to make the game work for older computers for the same reason.
Q: Help! I can’t get it to work!
A: Please make sure you have the minimum specs working ok, and that your system is working well in general (virus free and such). If so, please try to investigate what is going on. What exactly happens when you start the program? Or run it? Play around with it and gather data. Then, tell us in Discord (General chat is fine) what you’ve found. We will get back to you as quickly as possible to figure it out with you.
Q: I found a bug! Or I have a suggestion. How do I submit it?
A: Our bug tracker is at https://github.com/dapperrobotbear/Stage9 . Please sign up there (A how to guide is in the info of the #bug_reports channel!) and read the previously submitted bugs. If it isn’t listed there or in the closed bugs, please submit yours!
Also, the Discord has Feature Suggestions and Bug Reports chats that can be used to provide even more info or test things if need be.
Q: Are there Easter eggs to find? Can I suggest other easter eggs?
A: Yep. We’ll give a number of them to search for and hints. And nothing else. Have fun finding them! Here’s two hints: 1. Oppa Gangnam Style. 2. Read the red tags.
We are currently not accepting easter egg ideas.
Q: Is this in Alpha or Beta? Can I be a Beta-tester? Can I break the game?
A: We’re not even at Pre-Alpha yet. Yes, you can be a beta tester….innnnnn maybe a year or two when beta describes the game more. However, we do have QA testers! We sometimes call out for specific testing needs, but to be a Windows or Mac tester, you should find us all the bugs and submit them to the bug tracker! Those who submit issues without duplicating others’ issues may be invited to the bug tracker teams.
Q: On the Discord, what’s the difference between a Dev and an Ambassador and a Counselor? What do they do?
A: Devs are those people actively developing this project via source code, lots of item or character modeling, working on how to make it all act like the TV show, etc. They spend most of their free time on this project. Ambassadors are people making a large contribution to the re-creation. Some are doing writing, some are doing marketing, some are doing 3d modeling of items, and more. Our counselors are the ones handling Discord mod duties, social media, and answering your questions. Please contact our two counselors, Cacille or Strato, if you need anything.
Q: Are you working with Person A or Team B, you should, you’d make a great team!
A: We’re working with a great amount of people right now, and yes there are other groups doing similar things. We can’t work with them all, but we ARE working with a few people or teams you might have heard of.
Q: I want to help! What do you need help with?
A: We’ve got everyone we absolutely need, however we are looking for more talent familiar with Unreal Engine, Blueprint/logic/C++ people, Texture/Graphic Design/concept art people, and advanced Object Modeling people. Join the Discord and say what you can do in General chat and one of our devs will contact you, and then please send them a portfolio of what you’ve done. Please keep in mind that we are already limited in time by our day jobs and are not able to train new people in the above areas, so we are only currently looking for people with experience. If you can see how we’ve done certain things in this re-creation and you know how to do them too, please contact us!
Q: What’s the end project goal?
A: We get lots of feedback from the community about what we should have in the game and what the game should be. We have a huge list of suggestions (we track them all via our featured_suggestions channel) and combined with our own goals, dreams (which we hope are the same as you had as a kid about being on the Enterprise)! Please keep the suggestions coming, though please be aware your suggestions may already have been suggested by another or we have already decided and started on a different direction.
Q: Are Youtubers allowed to post videos of them playing Stage 9 on their channels?
A: OF COURSE! We have our own Youtube channel after all, we only ask that people link to the website or Facebook or our Youtube channel. However, at this point, please refer to this project as a re-creation, not as a game. Being massively incomplete, we do not want to spread the idea that this project is a finished product or give any hint to it being anything more than a recreation or a walking simulator at best. We do not want to hype this project or build any expectations more than what the person can see and do.
Q: Are you going to implement __ that’s on the show?
A: Yes. If it’s in the show, even one tiny part in one episode or movie, it’s probably going to be added. We have a loooooong list. The only exceptions to this is when something updates from one season to another.
Q: Are you going to do other ships, like the JJ enterprise?
A: Nope, or at least, not for a long time. We’ll be focusing only on Ent:D right now, then DS9. Voyager is being developed by someone else we’re associated with (who is one of the ambassadors here).
Q: Are you matching the ship plans or the show?
A: We’ve chosen to match the show. Because of that, the windows or some details will not match the plans – because the show didn’t match the plans. It is better to match the show in general, from an insane amount of feedback from the community earlier on in our re-creation. No going back now!
Q: This isn’t right! There’s a problem with X room in your program, it’s not like Episode Y.
A: You’re probably half right. Please note that the bridge and many other rooms changes every season. Our ship is designed as closely as possible to Season 7. The bridge, however, has multiple versions and is accessable via the Holodecks (as of V10) or via the Options (V9 or lower). If you see an error, first make sure you’re referencing the correct season to what you’re playing, and then submit the issue to our bug tracker.
Q: Why is the lighting so different? It should be closer to the show?
A: The lighting is different per episode. Also the TV show set isn’t enclosed, it has outside lighting coming in from the set itself. Lighting is difficult and even worse when it’s different every episode! So we choose the best from the available references, get feedback from the community about the feeling, and go with it from there.
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Q: Do you have a Patreon? I’d love to contribute financially.
A: At the present time we are unable to accept contributions for anything other than asset procurement. If you you see a Patreon or some Kickstarter up claiming to be us raising money for this project, it’s a scam – please report it to us quickly. We are a free fan project and anything given to us via our website donation goes straight to purchasing assets for this project only.
Q: Where’s the V0.0.8 and V0.0.9 Linux versions?
A: Due to issues with UE4 being rather unsupported of Linux, we were unable to update Linux during those two versions at all, despite multiple attempts. We are happy to report that there will be a V0.0.10!
Future Development Questions
Q: Will you acquire a license for this project to make it more official?
A: Since this is a free fan-made project, licensing is something that we are looking into now. But if we do not get a license deal worked out, then it will continue as a free fan-made project only – which we’re all fine with.
Q: Wasn’t another guy cease and desisted for making a 3D re-creation like this?
A: Yes he was – he was asking for donations to pay his salary so he could continue making it, and the owners of Star Trek didn’t like THAT part of it. We are not accepting donations, we get no salary from this, we are making no profit. Any donations or monetization is put directly towards purchasing tools and assets. Yes we’ve asked official people who deal with this type of stuff and we’re OK, but there’s always risk, with or without money being involved.
Q: Will this be put on console or android?
A: At some point we would like to continue Android or iOS development, but at the moment we don’t have the resources to continue to update it.
Q: Are you going to make this disability friendly?
A: Hell yes. We’ve actually got innate plans for that, some of us are extremely eager to making it as disability friendly as possible. From blind, deaf, colorblind, physical limitations, we’re going to implement as much as we can think of. We’ll hopefully make Geordi proud.
Q: Are you going to make the holodecks and make scenes like Dixon Hill’s office or the Forest where Riker meets Data?
A: Yep. We’ve already got tons of plans (and a lot of in-fighting) about who is going to get to model it. We all want to work on that! Already got a bunch of stuff going for stuff so please watch future versions!
Q: Will all parts of the ship be accessible, including Jefferies tubes and tiny places that were never on the show?
A: Yes, mostly. We have some character related issues and deck plan issues of what’s actually in those, so it’s going to take some creativity on our part. It’s a bit of a larger task so we’ll probably do small parts at a time.
Q: Can you build the insides of the turbolifts, and stuff inside the panels in Jefferies tubes?
A: We CAN. And then it would slow the game to a crawl. You’d need an Enterprise-speed computer to play that version. Since none of us are at Starfleet level computing systems in our houses yet – we’ll not be building behind everything cause that stuff is always visible. We’ll do only what’s referenced in canon in certain places, or in episodes.
Q: Why does the player not die if they get glitched into space, and why do they fall? It’s space!
A: Space…the final issue. UE4 isn’t exactly conducive to multiple gravity/no gravity needs in a game. Also there are game play things associated with that, so for the moment it’s probably going to be on the back burner.
Q: What about bathrooms? Or other normal life things, how about the toilet on the Bridge, WHERE R THEY IN THIS?
A: We’re still working on them. Toilets are kinda…well, low priority. As we build “living quarters”, we’ll worry about things inside them then. If you need a bathroom, please exit the program and use the one you most likely have in your house. The NPCs currently have no bladders programmed in, don’t worry about them.
Q: Will there be stairs between decks?
A: Yes. Some are already in. We haven’t finished the corridors yet for each deck so we can’t put in stairs yet for normal decks.
Q: Are you going to put the Tesla and Starman into the re-creation?
A: Unlikely. It’s not mentioned in any series of Star Trek, though Voyager gets close in the 37s episode with an early model Ford we know. It still isn’t part of the star trek universe so adding it, or anything else non-series, will probably not happen. Though easter eggs…hmmm.
Q: Why are you not developing this faster! I want x and y to be seen now!
A: Cause we’re doing this free, on our own time, for fun. This is a fan project at this point. We have day jobs and aren’t able to go full time at this yet.
Q: Can I at least have access to the source code so I can help place stuff or make modifications to the game? Or can I use parts of your ship for my own unrelated game/project?
A: Sorry, not at this time. The source code and assets need to stay private for the moment for legal reasons. If you’d like to help us out with modeling or modding, we do accept modeled items from the community sometimes. Other modifications, well, tell us what you can do – if we can’t do your particular idea, perhaps you could help with mods we need!
Q: Will there be multiplayer?
A: Probably. We’ve got some ideas and some people who are working on that. It’s a big, complicated thing to work on.
Q: Are you on other social media platforms?
A: We’re on a lot of platforms!
Q: So…. V10?
A: Coming SOON! You know us though – we don’t do deadlines. We really can’t work with deadlines due to our day jobs and family lives (Most of us devs are over 30 so some have significant others and families). We try to keep you updated as much as we can as to our progress.