Mindcrime Entertainment has released a new audio drama in their War Stories series which ties in to their upcoming film, The Romulan War: A Star Trek Fan Production.
The latest episode, They Want Us Dead, was written by Andrew J. Lucas and performed by Ginny Welsch. It tells the story of Sergeant Trisha Goddard as she and her MACO unit fight an ultimately futile battle against Romulan shock troops in the campaign to liberate Berengaria VII. Trisha's account of events reveals the costs of war - both physically and psychologically.
Canadian writer Andrew J. Lucas, author of They Want Us Dead, has written for role-playing games, science fiction anthologies, and he's scripted multiple episodes of another Star Trek fan production.
"The Romulans have always been my favorite Star Trek villain, but I never felt they got the respect they deserved as a fully-formed military," Andrew says. "You don’t make and hold an empire with starships alone. We’ve seen how the Romulan Navy operates, but never their ground forces." Andrew's tale is told from the MACO's perspective and has hints of terror, survivor's guilt, and PTSD. "This story allowed me to make the Romulans into the ultimate boogeymen." Bringing the story to life is voice actor Ginny Welsch, who plays the role of Sgt. Goddard from her home studio in Nashville, TN. Ginny has years of experience doing voice work in commercials, industrials, promotions - you name it! She's also the co-founder and driving force behind WRFN - one of the country's first licensed, low-powered FM radio stations. "Star Trek has been at the forefront in promoting gender equality, women of color, and an acceptance of all cultures, based on peace and the general directive to never adversely affect the development of a civilization," Ginny says. "I'm proud to be even a small part of that positive culture and the long line of strong female characters that Star Trek has fostered, from Lt. Uhura all the way through Captain Janeway."
To listen to They Want Us Dead, stream it from The Romulan War's Soundcloud page or take a look at the special "enhanced video" version of the story on The Romulan War's YouTube channel. They Want Us Dead comes in the wake of Mindcrime's two-part TRW audio drama, Sleep Is Hard to Find, which was released in August. More audio dramas tied into the TRW universe will be released over the next several months.