Laying the Foundation
By Stephen Landry (Known for Star Divers, Vampire Sorcerer, Temple of the Storm)
Around the end of 2020 Jeffrey Falcon Logue, best known for The Slime Dungeon, Bio-Dungeon, Dungeon Wars, and founding the dungeoncore genre, made a Facebook post looking for submissions to the 4th volume of his Tales of Dungeons Anthology Series. Each story was always unique, creatively crafted, and curated by Jeffrey. I wrote a post-apocalyptic litRPG novelette for the anthology called Dungeon Valkyrie (which also laid the groundwork for my next big series coming next year).
Accepted, I began working with Elo Quence (who is now one of my favorite people), and Jeffrey, polishing the story. At the same time Jeffrey was messing around with some dungeoncore in space ideas. Tales of Dungeons Vol 4 released in October followed by another anthology Tales of Dungeons, All Hallows’ right after. Both were spectacular projects which continued to solidify the groundwork between Jeffrey, Elo, and I.
It wasn’t long after, during 2021 when he sent me his short story ‘Announcements’ and things started clicking into place. My mind went wild with ideas, and being the sci-fi nerd I am we started scheming. After figuring out the basic premise and flow we brought Elo (who also edited my Star Divers novel Myra’s Song) into the fold and started writing.
Meanwhile, art was made by the amazing Amelia Parris (artist known for Threadbare) who had done cover art for Jeffries previous work as well as project Rise and Rescue (no longer in circulation).
There were a few bumps along the way. I got sick during January and had to press the breaks on a lot of projects. However, it wasn’t long before we started getting back to the grind. Drawing from personal experiences and keeping ourself sane in a time when the world seems to be falling down around us.
Station Company Core walks a fine line between being a cautionary tale with characters who are being constantly tested and parody, with humor similar to Archer and Futurama. If I had to make a comparison to a game I’d say SCC-DE is a combo of Bioshock, with Goldenrod taking on the persona of Rapture while the human characters are vault hunters from Borderlands, each working to survive in a world that is constantly in motion.
One of my favorite aspects about Station Company Core is just how cool Goldenrod Station is. It is not just a ‘dungeon in space’ it is central to the story and the mystery surrounding it. The leveling mechanics, quests, EXP, loot boxes. and shares (coins) are all generated by the station. Goldenrod is a character with a voice and personality as strong as any of the central characters like Sky and Rook.
We also have a lot of monsters in the book. We did a ton of research on animal biology, current technologies in space flight. Several of the creatures in SCC-DE are terrifying and fascinating. The K-Trax being a personal favorite.
September 2nd, 2022
Almost two years since we met online and became friends we met for the first time in person at DragonCon, the same day we released the book.
If you like Borderlands, Outer Worlds, Fallout, Hal from Space Odyssey, and have ever wondered why Dune doesn’t have any robots you are going to love this!
𝗦𝘁𝗮𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻 𝗖𝗼𝗺𝗽𝗮𝗻𝘆 𝗖𝗼𝗿𝗲: 𝗗𝗲𝘁𝗮𝗶𝗻 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗘𝘅𝘁𝗿𝗮𝗰𝘁- 𝗜𝗻𝘁𝗲𝗿𝗻𝘀
𝙀𝙫𝙚𝙧𝙮𝙤𝙣𝙚 𝙝𝙖𝙨 𝙩𝙝𝙚𝙞𝙧 𝙨𝙚𝙘𝙧𝙚𝙩𝙨
Light years from home, an off-the-books corporate mission beyond the boundary goes horribly wrong and the crew’s starship crashes onto an alien world that shouldn’t exist. To make matters worse, they trigger an ominous light that appears in the sky and provoke the native wildlife. Though saved from disaster, the survivors learn they’ve moved out of the frying pan and into the fire.
‘Safe and secure’, the stranded crew find themselves the newest shareholders aboard an old space station controlled by an intelligence keen on reviving a long derelict company. As a team, they’re forced to accept their new identities as the only intern workers aboard the station and take on its numerous quests while searching for a way home- or risk defaulting on their newly acquired debt and becoming fabricator food or indentured servants. But first, they need to get the station working again.
Among the crew is Sky, a young woman who has been running towards a mystery surrounding her sister her whole life, and she thinks this off-the-books mission is the lead she’s been looking for.
Sky’s investigation heats up, revealing a situation worse than she ever could have imagined. To protect themselves, and to uncover the mysteries of the station, everyone must give 110%, because there is no better time than now, no better place to be, and no home like your home away from home. Giving up is not an option: Without resources, not only will the survivors perish, but the future of humanity could be at risk. After all, here on the Goldenrod Space Station everyone is family, and Family sticks together until the very end.
Station Protocols regarding A̶-)!^&~(-*:
1. Bag and Tag.
2. Never in the head.
3. Any unnecessary damage will be subtracted from pay.
4. When overwhelmed remember to equip your (̶n̶̶o̶̶t̶ ̶c̶̶o̶̶m̶̶p̶̶a̶̶n̶̶y̶ ̶p̶̶r̶̶o̶̶v̶̶i̶̶d̶̶e̶̶d̶) shield, available f̶̶o̶̶r̶;&&;)> at any kiosk.
5. Beware of teeth.
6. Have all insurance policies in order.
-remember, space is expensive!
*̵S̵̵T̵A̵̵T̵̵I̵̵O̵̵N̵ ̵I̵̵S̵ ̵N̵̵O̵̵T̵ ̵L̵̵I̵A̵̵B̵̵L̵̵E̵ ̵F̵̵O̵̵R̵ A̵̵N̵̵Y̵ ̵I̵̵N̵̵J̵̵U̵̵R̵̵I̵̵E̵̵S̵ ̵R̵̵E̵̵L̵A̵̵T̵̵E̵̵D̵ ̵T̵̵O̵ –)@!^&~(- ̵E̵̵N̵̵C̵̵O̵̵U̵̵N̵̵T̵̵E̵̵R̵̵S̵ — ̵T̵̵H̵̵I̵̵S̵ ̵I̵̵N̵̵C̵̵L̵̵U̵̵D̵̵E̵̵S̵ ̵B̵̵I̵̵T̵̵E̵̵S̵, ̵S̵̵C̵̵R̵A̵̵T̵̵C̵̵H̵̵E̵̵S̵, ̵T̵̵O̵̵R̵̵N̵ ̵L̵̵I̵̵M̵̵B̵̵S̵, ̵I̵̵M̵̵P̵̵R̵̵E̵̵G̵̵N̵A̵̵T̵̵I̵̵O̵̵N̵, ̵C̵̵R̵̵O̵̵S̵̵S̵-̵H̵̵Y̵̵B̵̵R̵̵I̵̵D̵̵I̵̵Z̵A̵̵T̵̵I̵̵O̵̵N̵,̵R̵A̵̵D̵̵I̵A̵̵T̵̵I̵̵O̵̵N̵, ̵P̵̵O̵̵I̵̵S̵̵O̵̵N̵, ̵L̵̵O̵̵S̵̵S̵ ̵O̵̵F̵ ̵E̵̵Y̵̵E̵̵S̵̵I̵̵G̵̵H̵̵T̵, ̵S̵̵U̵̵F̵̵F̵̵O̵̵C̵A̵̵T̵̵I̵̵O̵̵N̵, ̵S̵̵T̵̵E̵̵R̵̵I̵̵L̵̵I̵̵Z̵A̵̵T̵̵I̵̵O̵̵N̵, A̵̵N̵̵D̵/̵O̵̵R̵ ̵H̵A̵̵I̵̵R̵ ̵L̵̵O̵̵S̵̵S̵.
And remember, 𝙒𝙚’𝙧𝙚 𝙖𝙡𝙡 𝙛𝙖𝙢𝙞𝙡𝙮.
PS. Beware of cybernetic chickens!