The Next Great Starship Episode 1.5 - Specs and Concept Art


Updated - 2014-03-01 - with link to Gunship Specs Comm-Link and corrected time index on Team Tri-Tri's entry

(Citizen Star News) - 2014-02-28 - The Fifth Episode of the Design Competition, The Next Great Starship, revealed the ship specs and presented the concept art of the first six teams of 18 remaining. Out of the six today, four moved on to the next phase. The two that did not move on will be eligible for the community save vote. (No spoilers here.)

A surprise for today's show was an angry Chris Roberts. (He nearly turns green and shouts, "Chris must smash!" But fortunately restrained himself.)

Gunship Specs (Also reiterated in a Comm-Link with additional details)

Teams all design to the same specs, which were revealed today:

  • Pick an existing Manufacturer
  • 1 Pilot, 2 Gunners
  • 4-6 Marines or Cargo
  • 4 x TR2 Jointed Thrusters
  • 4 x TR3 Main Engines
  • Weapons: 2 Manned Turrets, 1 Remote Turret, 2 Missile Racks



Host: Sandi Gardiner (VP of Marketing)


  • Mark Skelton (Art Director)
  • Chris Roberts (Angry Bossman)
  • Chris Smith (Lead Ship Modeler)
  • Chris Olivia (Chief Visual Officer)
  • David Hobbins (Mustang Concept Artist) as a guest judge

Prize recap:

  • $30,000
  • Wacom Cintiq
  • High end AMD system w/ Radeon R9 290X*
  • Autodesk creation suite

Our contestants
(links go directly to their segments in the video):


Also of note an interesting discussion of the function of Concept Art in the design process.

Good job to all the contestants (even the one that Chris got a little upset at), and staff. Have grown to really enjoy the show.


* Maingear rigs shown off, news broken here that these were prizes for the winners