Over on Medium, Michael Chabon’s been putting up a lot of background material that he wrote for Picard, starting with Thad Riker’s fantasy world in December, all the history and information about Freecloud in late January, and just a couple of days ago, what he came up with on Romulan culture.
I’m hopeful (and reasonably confident) that a lot of this is going to make its way into upcoming STA books these days there’s a LOT of good coordination going on, but in the meantime, here’s links to his background blogs, for your own edification and the fleshing out of your campaigns, if so inclined.
Remember, this doesn’t make it “canon,” until and unless it appears on screen, but this is the place the writers were working from, and it all informed what we saw in the show, with a lot of it showing up in background or otherwise expressed without coming out and having “info dumps” about it all.
The Romulan info is a fascinating take on things that, even as a massive Rihannsu fan, I can accept and integrate a lot of, and the Freecloud notes are just about everything I would want in a setting write up. It’s fantastic. The Ardani stuff also appeals to me because I love that kind of Tolkienesque world creation, and it gives insight into what the Troi-Rikers’ home life was/is like, but I get it may not be as useful as the other two. Can’t wait to see what Chabon puts out next, I’m hoping for info on Hugh and the Artifact, but hey, getting anything from a creator like this is always awesome.