- General Questions
- Technical Questions
- Using Our Specs
- Website Questions
Q. Can I join the
ASDB Team and help you guys out?
Sorry, but we've already closed the application process long ago. While
it may seem like an extra hand would help in taking on some of the
burden, it would create a few headaches in redistributing the workload
and bring about various other concerns. The people onboard are
permanent members, so we don't have to worry about somebody bailing out
or coming in to replace them. It has taken some time to hammer out and
finalize what we have all decided to be our final direction, and that
cannot exactly be described in a few words. Perhaps in the future,
should our directives change, we'll open up the application process for
a new task.
In the meantime, the
best way to give us a hand is to look over our
stuff, and see if you can spot any errors, whether they're simple
grammatical errors or us managing to forget about a certain Star Trek
fact. Some of you hold real-world jobs as engineers, logisticians, and
hold various other positions, and can offer a degree of that experience
to help make our specs more realistic. Email us with suggestions,
comments, or corrections. We're always looking for high-quality canon
images to put into our Images section, as well.
Are these the official specs for ST:ACTD?
All the specs on this site are indeed the official ones used by
ST:ACTD. As far as matters within the game go, the ASDB starship
specifications are the definitive source for information on a
particular ship class... so no photonic cannons, transphasic torpedoes
or batmobile-like ablative armor generators. This is the only
official source for up-to-date specs, so secondary sites created by
ST:ACTD players or their official starship sites may not have the most
Q. Who are you
guys and why are you doing this?
To some extent, we're probably a lot like you... a group of guys who
love Star Trek and spend a chunk of their day wanting to be in that
24th Century universe of faster-then-light starships several football
fields in length. We have episodes and movies on tape and DVD, as well
as a wealth of official publications in the form of technical manuals,
encyclopedias, and magazines.
Q. I'm in need of
contacting your team for some
reason. Where can I find you?
A. You can contact
me, the Star Trek: A Call To Duty Advanced Starship
Design Bureau Team Leader here.
Q. How do you
"make up" the date when a ship is
We don't really make it up, but rather produce a date that seems
consistent with known information. On the various series and the slew
of technical manuals and magazines they've spawned, we've already been
told the launch dates for a handful of the classes seen on screen. One
of our accepted beliefs is that the NCC number of a starship follows a
rough chronological order, and this is the basis for determining what
ship class came before another.
Q. Where do you
guys get your information from?
Our Sources section
lists the majority of the sources that we used in creating these specs,
aside from one very important one... our heads. In reality, these specs
are just great fiction, and are original works created by the members
of our team. Not all of our team has a library of Star Trek books
sitting in their room, but even then, only a relatively small amount of
information can be squeezed even from the volumes of books and
magazines termed "official" by Paramount. Granted, those with these
sources on hand are often the ones who bring forth canon examples of
particular ships, technologies, and history to the team's attention, it
is everyone's artistic writing talent that is the main source that
creates our specs.
we have various sources classified into certain levels of "canon,"
which is basically how official information is. The five Star Trek TV
series and the 10 movies constitute the highest level of canon, while
official publications such as the technical manuals and Encyclopedias,
as well as information from staff members come into play on the second
level. Novels and unofficial magazines, such as the Communicator are
not considered to be canon. On occasion, information within the series
contradicts another source, and this is dealt with on a case-by-case
Q. Am I expected
to memorize these specs by heart
when I play on my ship?
but just remember that this resource is available to you. We've
collectively watched every episode of every Star Trek series, read
every official publication, magazine or book, and scoured the web for
interviews with those who were a part of creating Star Trek so that you
didn't have to. We don't want you to be a nerd like us... just have fun
in the game!
Q. I'm a smart
cookie, and I know for a fact that
some canon often contradicts other canon... what are ya gonna do then,
the canon that's "more right," so to speak. The Defiant is the best
example of this, and I suggest you read the Author's Notes section for
that class's specs. This has come up more times than not, and we do
have to make logical guesses - its not pretty, since real hard and
concrete knowledge on a great many ships we use in ST:ACTD is
practically nonexistent. What we do have, we infer in conjunction with
the canon available for that class.
Q. Hah! I mock
your specs and laugh at their
I'm so sorry to hear
that! If you have a problem with something you see
here, deal with it. If you can give us a reliable canon source or at
least a good argument as to why we should change something, we'd be
more then happy to look into matter and consider a revision.
Q. Can I use
these specs on my own site?
Yes, but only if you cite the ASDB as the source you copied them from.
Nothing is worse then copying another person's work and not giving them
credit for what they've done, or worse yet, claim it as your own. Some
have actually done this with our specs, and it goes to show that some
don't have the maturity yet to be amongst the online community of
Trekkers and Trekkies. If you decide to copy an entire page of specs,
please leave the copyright information at the bottom intact. If you
chose to take parts or modify some of our work, at least place a
statement at the bottom of the page or in an appropriate location on
your site that acknowledges copyrighted work like:
starship specifications present on this website were originally created
for the online RPG Star
Trek: A Call to Duty. To see the original version, as well as
specifications for other starships, please visit their website at http://techspecs.acalltoduty.com."
who chose to steal our specs will ensure that we will close our doors
and never make any public releases again. Because they are original
works, international copyrights do apply.
Q. Can I copy
your specs and modify them for my own
Yes, though we ask that you modify the copyright information to reflect
that you've changed our work. For ST:ACTD Starships, we recommend you
only copy deck layouts and basic information from our site, rather then
the entirety of a particular starship because over time we will be
making revisions. Simply place a link somewhere on your starship's
specs to the particular class specs in the ASDB (please don't direct
link to the printable specs).
Q. Why is the
site design so boring and simplistic?
Boring and simplistic? Why thank you. It's supposed to be this way...
the LCARS look is considered to be outdated simply because so many
people use it on Star Trek-related sites. But, we're not trying to
design a revolutionary site with nice, pretty graphics and so forth.
Our important feature is our content, more specifically, our written
content in the form of our technical specs. The site is designed to
work on all monitor resolutions, allowing all of our players to be able
to access it. Yes Virginia, even at 800 x 600. Our players using 56k
and slower modems will appreciate the relatively quick download time
for each page, hence our very simplistic layout.
Q. I use a Mac
and your site doesn't seem to be
working right... namely with some spacing.
Even using the most recent version of Internet Explorer, some of the
spacing seems to be off when viewed on an Apple... most likely due to
my lack of robust HTML skills. That said, this site is best-viewed on a
Windows-based PC using Internet Explorer.
Q. I use Opera or
a non-standard browser, and the
site looks... funny.
This site is designed to work in Internet Explorer 5.0 and above, and
appears to work fine using equivalent versions of Netscape. Browsers
such as Opera or Mozilla are not supported, so if you have any
complaints, view the site in an appropriate browser first.
Q. Who is that
guy whose always talking in the
first person on every news update?
A. That'd happen to
be me. The guy who is in charge of making
everything look spiffy before it gets put on the site... err, I mean,
Q. Can I use the
images from the ASDB site on my
In short, no. Aside from what you'll find sitting in our Images
section, the other pictures you see on the site are original creations
either by myself, or in the case of Class Development Patches, by other
members of the team. The aforementioned Images section contains a
collection of various screen captures from the public domain, and
you're free to make use of them. Please note that I've listed where
these images came from, and as a courtesy, it'd be nice if you did the
Last edited on
09/29/2007 by Mike.
FAQs compiled by Jon.