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Quinn2win
Nov 9, 2011

Foolish child of man...
After reading all this,
do you still not understand?




In 1990, Toys for Bob released a simple multiplayer space battle game called Star Control. In 1992, it birthed a sequel, Star Control 2, an MS-DOS space exploration adventure of dizzying scope. Ten years later, the creators made the source code of the 3DO version available as open source. Another nine years passed, and the game was reborn as The Ur-Quan Masters, a non-commercial PC recreation of the original game for a new generation.

The Ur-Quan Masters is one of my favorite games of all time, and although there is already an LP of it in the archive, I want to put my own spin on it, and maybe introduce this classic gem to a new audience.

  • This will be a mostly-screenshot LP, with supplemental video and sound links. None of them will be necessary to follow the game, but the game looks and sounds great, so please click on them.
  • I will be putting a great majority of the game's decisions up to thread vote. The fate of the galaxy lies in your hands!
  • As usual, a strict policy of NO SPOILERS in the thread. If it hasn't happened yet, don't post it, don't allude to it, don't wink-wink-nudge-nudge about it. If I permanently skip something, then sure, talk about it then, but only once there's absolutely no chance that I'll run into it later.
  • Update schedule will be unspecified, but fast. There will be a lot of breaks to vote, which will run for 24 hours, so those updates will take at least 2 days.
  • As with previous LPs, any voting post that is accompanied by fanart you drew yourself counts double.

STARMAP
Official 2133 Starmap. Be aware that over 20 years have passed since then, so I can't guarantee the accuracy of this information.

TABLE OF CONTENTS
Prologue
Feb 17 2155 - Return to Earth
Feb 21 2155 - Exploring the Sol system
Mar 17 2155 - Mining the Centauri cluster
Apr 24 2155 - Broadcast from the Rigel system
Jun 02 2155 - Human-Spathi negotiations
Jun 24 2155 - Psychic Space Birds
Jul 20 2155 - Ilwrath Territory
Aug 14 2155 - The Vela Situation
Sep 03 2155 - Communication Difficulties
Oct 20 2155 - Negotiations with the Zoq-Fot-Pik
Nov 20 2155 - Too Many Slave Shields
Jan 09 2156 - Divine Impersonation
Feb 25 2156 - Another Dimension
Apr 16 2156 - The Importance of Beta Testing
May 16 2156 - The Words
Jun 21 2156 - Juffo-Wup
Aug 20 2156 - The Shofixti and the Umgah
Oct 02 2156 - The Utwig and the Supox
Oct 31 2156 - Big Game Hunting
Dec 14 2156 - The Crimson Corporation
Jan 28 2157 - Of Monsters and Marsupials
Mar 11 2157 - Talking Pet
Mar 24 2157 - More Juffo-Wup
Apr 26 2157 - Oh My
Jul 02 2157 - Making Deals
Aug 01 2157 - Aged Ultron
Bonus: Super-Melee
Bonus: Scamming the Druuge
Bonus: The Great Apology
Bonus: Thraddash Cultures
Bonus: Melnorme Spoilers
Sep 21 2157 - Final Preparations
Finale, Part 1 - Suicide Mission
Finale, Part 2 - The End

Quinn2win fucked around with this message at 23:22 on Feb 22, 2016

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Quinn2win
Nov 9, 2011

Foolish child of man...
After reading all this,
do you still not understand?


SUPER SA SUPER-MELEE TOURNAMENT

BRACKET

RULES
  • Single elimination.
  • Combat is using the most recent version of UQM, in Super-Melee. Winner is best of one match.
  • Fleets cannot exceed 200 points.
  • No duplicate ships allowed.
  • At least one player should be tracking the time of each fight. When a fight has gone on for 3 minutes or longer, either player may call overtime.
  • When a player calls overtime, both players immediately must stop using primary and secondary weapons. Whichever called overtime deliberately crashes into the planet, then the other player crashes into the planet. Continue until one ship is destroyed.
  • If both players run out of ships simultaneously due to use of a Glory Device, the Scout's player is the winner.
  • At players' discretion, battles can use pre-selected teams, or take turns picking ships (player 1 picks one, then each alternates picking 2 until fleets are full).
  • Battles MUST be recorded. When the fight is over, upload it to Youtube to report the outcome.
  • The winner of the finals will be awarded the following Orz plushie.



Join us in #sasupermelee on SynIrc to organize fights.

CONTESTANTS
Roland Jones
Oblivion4568238
Byrdman
Levarris
terrenblade
curiousCat
Ralphomon
Bluhman
ProfessorProf
GlyphGryph
Cimbri
Hermetian

BATTLES
Match A: Bluhman VS ProfessorProf
Match B: terrenblade VS Hermetian
Match C: Ralphomon VS GlyphGryph
Match D: curiousCat VS Cimbri
Match E: Roland Jones VS winner of A
Match F: levarris VS winner of B
Match G: Oblivion4568238 VS winner of C
Match H: Byrdman VS winner of D
Semifinals 1
Semifinals 2 (Featuring guest player Seiren)
Finals

Quinn2win fucked around with this message at 04:54 on Feb 29, 2016

Quinn2win
Nov 9, 2011

Foolish child of man...
After reading all this,
do you still not understand?






BGM



Earth and her partners in the Alliance of Free Stars...

Against the evil Ur-Quan and its Hierarchy of Battle Thralls.

...and the Ur-Quan were winning...

Meanwhile, on the edge of the known frontier, an amazing discovery was made...

far beneath the surface of an unexplored, alien world...



Filled with the technological wonders of an advanced alien race, the Precursors...

Who vanished a thousand centuries ago.

But then the main Ur-Quan fleet broke through the Alliance's defensive line...

Isolating the planet, stranding the scientists a hundred light years away from Earth.

They wated hopefully for a rescue vessel...

which never came.



We, the survivors of the research mission, have colonized this world.

We continued our investigation of the underground city...

And we have discovered its purpose...

It is a factory.



But there aren't enough materials to make a complete vessel.

We can finish only the skeleton of one starship.

But that must be enough -

Because YOU must captain the vessel...

And return to Earth!



Find out what has happened over these many years...

Tell Earth of our plight!

And if the war with the Ur-Quan still rages....




So! Before we can truly begin, there are two decisions that must be made!

  • What is the name of our intrepid captain?
  • What is the name of his trusty Precursor flagship?

Voting will last for 24 hours.

No Gravitas
Jun 12, 2013

by FactsAreUseless


ProfessorProf posted:

  • What is the name of our intrepid captain?
  • What is the name of his trusty Precursor flagship?

Voting will last for 24 hours.

Captain Chara piloting the ship Frisk.

Roman Reigns
Aug 23, 2007



Hulk Hogan, captain of the Hulkamania, BROTHER

Alopex
May 31, 2012

This is the sleeve I have chosen.


Cool Dude piloting the Party Ship.

AweStriker
Oct 6, 2014



ProfessorProf posted:

  • What is the name of our intrepid captain?
  • What is the name of his trusty Precursor flagship?

These are the voyages of Captain Kirk Cardway, of the starship Valedictorian.

Kaboom Dragoon
May 7, 2010

The greatest of feasts



"Squiddly" Jon DeBrett, captain of the Corundum Capybara.

Shadramelk
Nov 7, 2009


Stanley Tweedle, captaining (for the lack of better word) the almighty Lexx.

Donkringel
Apr 22, 2008


Shadramelk posted:

Stanley Tweedle, captaining (for the lack of better word) the almighty Lexx.

We are in good hands with Stanley.

JT Jag
Aug 30, 2009

Fandom is misery.



Captain Crik, captaining the ship Undertaking

VolticSurge
Jul 23, 2013

Just your friendly neighborhood photobomb raptor.





Vader,Captain of the Executor.

NewMars
Mar 10, 2013


Captain Patrick Stewart of the Starship Star Trek

NGDBSS
Dec 30, 2009








Captain Virdun of the ship Barrowbarge.

DentD posted:

Late 80s/early 90s sci fi genre adventure game? Sign me up. I'm blind to this but the opening has me hooked in so far.

Hmm. I think the captain is named Zaphod Beeblebrox and he is piloting the Heart of Gold.
Going with this instead.

NGDBSS fucked around with this message at 05:07 on Dec 10, 2015

Bliss Authority
Jul 6, 2011

I'm not saying it was witches

but it was witches



Shadramelk posted:

Stanley Tweedle, captaining (for the lack of better word) the almighty Lexx.

This is the blatantly correct choice.

dancingbears
May 10, 2011

You're an idiot,
so start acting
like one.



Shadramelk posted:

Stanley Tweedle, captaining (for the lack of better word) the almighty Lexx.

I really wanted the Undertale joke, but this is way better.

SystemLogoff
Feb 19, 2011

End Session?



Cpt. Mario in the FaceShip

SergZpartan
Jun 20, 2008


We are the wise captain, Precursor flagship, commander of the Intrepid captain.

President Ark
May 16, 2010



No Gravitas posted:

Captain Chara piloting the ship Frisk.

GoingPostal
Jun 1, 2015


I love Derek Smart
U love Derek Smart
If we didn't love Derek Smart, we'd be lame


Shadramelk posted:

Stanley Tweedle, captaining (for the lack of better word) the almighty Lexx.

This. Especially with how the ship looks.

Gamerofthegame
Oct 27, 2010

Could at least flip one or two, maybe.


Steve Blum piloting the Drift King.

Sally
Jan 9, 2007


Don't post Small Dash!


Dash Rendar, captain of the Outrider.

Night10194
Feb 13, 2012

We'll start,
like many good things,
with a bear.


Blind Sally posted:

Dash Rendar, captain of the Outrider.

NO. NO. NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO-

Voting for Stanley Tweedle

DentD
Aug 13, 2015

I can predict the future! And you're going to be OKAY.


Late 80s/early 90s sci fi genre adventure game? Sign me up. I'm blind to this but the opening has me hooked in so far.

Hmm. I think the captain is named Zaphod Beeblebrox and he is piloting the Heart of Gold.

kaosblaze
Sep 26, 2015


DentD posted:

Late 80s/early 90s sci fi genre adventure game? Sign me up. I'm blind to this but the opening has me hooked in so far.

Hmm. I think the captain is named Zaphod Beeblebrox and he is piloting the Heart of Gold.

I'm going to second this: Zaphod Beeblebrox and his trusty (and totally not stolen) Heart of Gold.

Dr. Snark
Oct 15, 2012

I'M SORRY, OK!? I admit I've made some mistakes, and Jones has clearly paid for them.
...
But ma'am! Jones' only crime was looking at the wrong files!
...
I beg of you, don't ship away Jones, he has a wife and kids!

-United Nations Intelligence Service

DentD posted:

Late 80s/early 90s sci fi genre adventure game? Sign me up. I'm blind to this but the opening has me hooked in so far.

Hmm. I think the captain is named Zaphod Beeblebrox and he is piloting the Heart of Gold.

I am all sorts of okay with this.

StrixNebulosa
Feb 14, 2012

You cheated not only the game, but yourself.
But most of all, you cheated BABA


Obligatory vote for the 'official' name - Captain Zelnick of the Vindicator.

HotAndColdAF
May 30, 2011

Making Daddy proud.


SergZpartan posted:

We are the wise captain, Precursor flagship, commander of the Intrepid captain.

This sounds like a reasonable suggestion, put my vote down for this one. What could possibly go wrong?

nine-gear crow
Aug 10, 2013

low vis




Blind Sally posted:

Dash Rendar, captain of the Star Wars.

Wiser Guy
Mar 19, 2015


Blind Sally posted:

Dash Rendar, captain of the Outrider.

Going with this.

JesterOfAmerica
Sep 11, 2015


No Gravitas posted:

Captain Chara piloting the ship Frisk.

Driving the joke into the ground fills you with Determination

DivineCoffeeBinge
Mar 3, 2011

Spider-Man's Amazing Construction Company


DentD posted:

Late 80s/early 90s sci fi genre adventure game? Sign me up. I'm blind to this but the opening has me hooked in so far.

Hmm. I think the captain is named Zaphod Beeblebrox and he is piloting the Heart of Gold.

This is the answer.

Doc M
Jan 6, 2011

I enjoy metal because of its dark, creepy, intense aesthetic.




Since this version is based on the 3DO port (which I own a legit copy of ), the names should be obvious.

Trip Hawkins piloting the FZ-1.

YggiDee
Sep 12, 2007




Fallen Rib

DentD posted:

Late 80s/early 90s sci fi genre adventure game? Sign me up. I'm blind to this but the opening has me hooked in so far.

Hmm. I think the captain is named Zaphod Beeblebrox and he is piloting the Heart of Gold.

This is the correct-est choice.

CommissarMega
Nov 18, 2008


Blind Sally posted:

Dash Rendar, captain of the Outrider.

Yes. YES. YESSSS.

Also, you'd better keep Fwiffo alive

Fat Samurai
Feb 16, 2011

To go quickly is foolish. To go slowly is prudent. Not to go; that is wisdom.


DentD posted:

Late 80s/early 90s sci fi genre adventure game? Sign me up. I'm blind to this but the opening has me hooked in so far.

Hmm. I think the captain is named Zaphod Beeblebrox and he is piloting the Heart of Gold.

This

Crazy Achmed
Mar 13, 2001



Blind Sally posted:

Dash Rendar, captain of the Outrider.

I'm interested to see how you handle this, since a lot of my playthroughs fall into more or less the same path through the game. And yes, Fwiffo needs to survive.

JamieTheD
Nov 4, 2011

LPer, Reviewer, Mad Welshman

(Yes, that's a self portrait)

DentD posted:

Late 80s/early 90s sci fi genre adventure game? Sign me up. I'm blind to this but the opening has me hooked in so far.

Hmm. I think the captain is named Zaphod Beeblebrox and he is piloting the Heart of Gold.

This is the obvious winner. After all, the Everyman is a well known hero archetype, and... Zaphod's just this guy, y'know?

Agent Interrobang
Mar 27, 2010

sugar & spice & psychoactive mushrooms


DentD posted:

Late 80s/early 90s sci fi genre adventure game? Sign me up. I'm blind to this but the opening has me hooked in so far.

Hmm. I think the captain is named Zaphod Beeblebrox and he is piloting the Heart of Gold.

Echoing this.

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EponymousMrYar
Jan 4, 2015

The enemy of my enemy is my enemy.


DentD posted:

Late 80s/early 90s sci fi genre adventure game? Sign me up. I'm blind to this but the opening has me hooked in so far.

Hmm. I think the captain is named Zaphod Beeblebrox and he is piloting the Heart of Gold.

I don't know why but this just agrees with me.

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