In the summer of 2007, Decoder Ring Theatre released the Summer Showcase, an anthology featuring six new podcasts showcasing stories by different writers. The most popular of these were two episodes of the space opera "Deck Gibson, Far Reach Commander", written and created by Parsec Award-winning author Matt Wallace (The Failed Cities Monologues).
In the summer of 2008, Deck Gibson became an ongoing series with the introduction of 6 new episodes. The podcast chronicles the adventures of Deck Gibson as he follows the mission of the Far Reach Fleet: to explore, to discover, to defend. Now he soars beyond frontiers of the galaxy never before seen by human eyes.
- Deck Gibson
- Once an ace pilot and crack gunner for the feared Quasar Corps of Earth (Call sign: Draco), Deck was lost in the depths of space after a brutal space battle, his damaged starfighter rescued by the alien Far Reach Fleet. He now pilots the Far Reach 1. He has a younger brother named Billy. His father piloted a Comet Tail starfighter for 20 years in the Quasar Corps under the call sign "Titan".
- Voice Actor: Jonathan Llyr is Deck Gibson.
- Little is known about the feminine voice that delivers mission orders to the Commanders of the Far Reach Fleet, not even her location at Far Reach Fleet Headquarters.
- Voice Actor: Lesley Livingston is Control.
- Rick Stringer
- The only other human to ever join the Far Reach Fleet, Commander Stringer piloted the Far Reach 12 until he was killed in battle with the Sneg known as "Black Scales". Before joining the Far Reach Fleet, Stringer had led the dissident Earth group "Citizens of the Milky Way", advocates for open borders and integration with alien races.
- Voice Actor: ? is Rick Stringer.
- Black Scales
- Captain of the Sneg pirate barge, "The Slither".
- Voice Actor: Steven Burley is Black Scales.
- A ward of the Stardust Dancers who was prophesied to destroy Haznon, the ruler of the insectoid Dran Empire, at the end of the universe. She is the last known member of the Hylemna [sp?], a powerful race of beings now all but extinct.
- Voice Actor: Monica Coté is Entheriel.
- Lt. Jason T. McDowell
- Once a member of an elite Quasar Corps squadron (Call sign: Hercules) along with "Helix", "Craterface", "Blackeye", "Dumbbell", "Eight-burst", "California" and squadron leader Deck "Draco" Gibson. "Herc" was assigned to terminate his friend Deck under the belief that Gibson was a traitor giving Earth's secrets to the Far Reach Fleet.
- Voice Actor: Gregg Taylor is Lt. Jason T. McDowell.
Known Alien RacesEdit
- The Sneg
- A race of crocodile-men, brutal creatures only interested in plunder. Their thick, scaly hides can withstand the vacuum of space.
- List of Known Members
- Stardust Dancers
- A powerful race of beings now all but extinct.
- List of Known Members
- A race of scientists and healers annihilated by the xenocidal Quasar Corps.
- Known to Earthers as "Plutonium Men", these radioactive metallic beings generate intense amounts of energy and travel in bio-metallic starships.
- Dran Empire
- A race of insectoid conquerors.