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A.P.G started out as a game utilizing paper airplanes. No characters were used during this stage in the game, only the ships. The game was played with no other purpose in mind but to destroy the ships in interesting ways. At one point in the early game it was even suggested that the ships them selves had no crew and were alive. The first ship to be canonized in the game was the N.E.S. Nintendo.
The game made a slight shift to characters during 1992. Species created by Daniel and species created by Gabriel became stand-off factions of one another. The ships were also given more sophisticated names such as the J-Maxwell (a play on the name of an employer Julie Maxwell). Still little or no characters were created for the show its self, but more sophisticated situations were created for the stories, usually mimicking the situations found in Star Trek’s two and three.
In 1995, the warring factions were given names. The Terrans for Gabriel’s people and the Aroebics for Daniels (taken from the term “aerobic”). The stories at this point set the tone for the sophistication that would follow. Usually, the stories would deal with technical advancements (such as the “bullet” ships), or investigative discoveries (such as in the debris fields). Even though the Terrans and the Aroebics were never shown in conflict, it was written at this time that they had engaged in many wars in the past. The conflict between the Terrans and the Aroebics, both personally and professionally, became the central point of the show, and would set the stage for things to come.
Introduction of the Seronins
The Seronins (taken from a mispronunciation of the name “Serolins” from the game “The Journeyman Project”) were introduced in 1998. As reported many times, this plot was never meant to be anything more than the addition of an “interesting but quickly-thwartable” villain. But as the story progressed, a culture was created. 1998 – 2000 was devoted to the Seronin story arc. The stories in this arc centered around three main themes;
1. Dennis Wallman’s self discovery (be it reconciling his family issues, searching for his son, striving for acceptance among the Seronins, etc.)
2. Dennis Wallman and Saywinn’s love (at times forbidden love)
3. The Seronin’s destiny and change while still attempting to retain what they are.
The shows sophistication in story and character development became standard after this point. It was also for this reason that writers Daniel and Gabriel turned their minds back in time and wrote in equally sophisticated stories for the past (Masaka and Corgano, the events on Randathu, etc). Many consider the three-year arc to be the “real” beginning of the series.
The Wallman Family
Introduction of the Voleron
2002 saw the premiere of the first ever “spin-off” series A.P.G. Archam, written and created entirely by Daniel Warren. The shows premiere drew some concern and confusion as to whether the series would be forever split. Daniel Warren cleared this up in an interview released shortly before the premiere;
“All I need is a little break from my Seronin friends. I’ve been playing the same note for the last three years, and it’s a good note, but I need a break. That’s all this is for, a break for me. I’ve reached the limit of my creativity with the Seronins for the moment, and I just want to extend it elsewhere for a while.”
A.P.G. Archam featured all new species, cultures, characters, and issues. None of the original A.P.G. concepts were used in the series (with the occasional acceptation of the Voleron). The show dealt with the issues of Racism, abortion, technology vs. humanity, and the “culture of death”. The Tarquillians were a metaphor for Americans and the Jumarin a metaphor for blacks in America. The series lasted one year and became so popular that the Tarquillians were eventually included in the regular series (an event that Daniel Warren never intended). The series was also the first to feature theme music.
The Milgrim Controversy
In 2004 a character was introduced by the name of Milgrim. This was the first Seronin character to be played by anyone other that Daniel Warren. Milgrim was a Seronin who was on a Holland mission and fell into another dimension. That dimension was the R.P.G. world of Cyberpunk; Gabriel used this character in a Cyberpunk campaign. This came as a later surprise to Daniel Warren;
“The issue of Milgrim was completely unknown to me. Apparently Gabe had used him in a campaign of Cyberpunk. I had no idea he was using this character”.
Following this discovery there was a strong but short objection to the character;
“I’ve been portraying the Seronins for six years, so obviously Gabe knows how it’s done by now. And any mistakes he makes when playing the character can be attributed to Milgrims having been away for so long with no Seronin contact; I really like that name by the way, Milgrim, very Seronin. My only concern is the crossover position it puts us in. I don’t want the world of A.P.G. to be an alternative universe to Cyberpunk, that’s not what the show is about. Some of the worst Star Trek episodes were so because of an “alternate universe” plot. I hate the concept of alternate universes… almost as much as I hate the concept of crossovers''”
Eventually the issue was resolved as this; Milgrim was on a Holland mission, and his experience played out as told in the campaign he was used in, but he did not find himself in Cyberpunk. It was never clearly decided where Milgrim was, but the resolution was enough for Daniel to allow the character and his background.
A.P.G. Wayward Kin
In 2004 Daniel Warren released his second spin-off series “A.P.G. Wayward Kin”. In this series he utilized the Voleron (with permission from Gabriel Warren), and also used theme music. The Story encompassed a medical ship that was stranded far away in time (the time was unknown to those aboard the ship). All of the crew were killed with the exception of Dr. Raua Talger and three patience; Egin, Gerod, and Tallah. Along the way Dr. Talger met a man who was “species-less” named Philop who helped out around the ship.
Dr. Talger’s duties were three fold; Try and return the patience to Voleron territory, take care of the patience, and run the ship. Because the ship was large and undermanned, Dr. Talger had no choice but to assign the patience duties to perform, usually resulting in the question of whether or not it was good for them.
Daniel Warren stated that the thematic metaphor of the show was “a single parent raising three children under bad circumstances”.
Despite positive ratings all around, the show received little attention. Mostly due to the main show being run in sync, and confusion over airing dates. This was acceptable to Daniel himself however;
“I am really doing this show for me, it wasn’t created for an audience per se, but I do think we’ve told a lot of good stories with the show, and I intend to use these characters in the regular show when the series is resolved.”
Despite this statement, the characters featured in A.P.G. Wayward Kin have never been seen again. The series ended in mid 2004.