History VideoGame / SidMeiersAlphaCentauri

13th Jan '17 9:46:33 PM rmctagg09
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* BornUnderTheSail: The Nautilus Pirates are more or less a faction of old-school Earth {{Pirate}}s but RecycledInSpace. They start the game with a number of sea-related bonuses, including the technology to build aquatic bases. Their agenda is even listed as "Pillage and burn".
5th Jan '17 11:51:41 AM Morgenthaler
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* {{Badass}}: The Spartan Federation is an entire faction based around the idea that only the most badass deserve to thrive in the new world.
30th Oct '16 10:54:55 AM nombretomado
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** In addition, ''{{GURPS}}'' released a sourcebook for Alpha Centauri. In addition to stats, it provides a lot of background detail on the factions that aren't in the game.

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** In addition, ''{{GURPS}}'' ''TabletopGame/{{GURPS}}'' released a sourcebook for Alpha Centauri. In addition to stats, it provides a lot of background detail on the factions that aren't in the game.



* WindsOfDestinyChange: The Probability Mechanics discovery. Not only does God play dice, the dice are loaded. In addition, it's hinted that Chaos Cannons and Probability Infantry manipulate probability in their odds. In the ''{{GURPS}}'' supplement, the Monoliths are said to do this, changing probability so things are better.

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* WindsOfDestinyChange: The Probability Mechanics discovery. Not only does God play dice, the dice are loaded. In addition, it's hinted that Chaos Cannons and Probability Infantry manipulate probability in their odds. In the ''{{GURPS}}'' ''TabletopGame/{{GURPS}}'' supplement, the Monoliths are said to do this, changing probability so things are better.
30th Oct '16 10:52:28 AM nombretomado
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* AllThereInTheManual: The on-disc manual has an appendix that goes into quite a bit of detail about the nature of Planet and its denizens. Also, there are three novels set in the universe, and one short story "prequel" that is available online. The ''{{GURPS}}'' tabletop roleplaying game setting book has tons and tons of story information and details that they left out of the main on-disc manual and novels and short stories.

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* AllThereInTheManual: The on-disc manual has an appendix that goes into quite a bit of detail about the nature of Planet and its denizens. Also, there are three novels set in the universe, and one short story "prequel" that is available online. The ''{{GURPS}}'' ''TabletopGame/{{GURPS}}'' tabletop roleplaying game setting book has tons and tons of story information and details that they left out of the main on-disc manual and novels and short stories.
23rd Oct '16 5:26:58 PM AnotherGuy
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* WhereItAllBegan: Some transcendental humans will return to Earth, mostly because they're curious to see what's been going on and to maybe help out.
4th Sep '16 3:27:23 PM nombretomado
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** In the game's files, technologies use seven-letter abbreviations. SMAC shortens the Digital Sentience technology to [[TwoThousandOneASpaceOdyssey HAL9000]]. SMACX has String Resonance, which enables the best weapon in the game, shortened to [[VideoGame/{{Doom}} BFG9000]].

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** In the game's files, technologies use seven-letter abbreviations. SMAC shortens the Digital Sentience technology to [[TwoThousandOneASpaceOdyssey [[Film/TwoThousandOneASpaceOdyssey HAL9000]]. SMACX has String Resonance, which enables the best weapon in the game, shortened to [[VideoGame/{{Doom}} BFG9000]].
22nd Aug '16 12:59:18 AM Morgenthaler
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* NamedAfterSomebodyFamous: Zakharov may be named after Andrei Sakharov, a Russian nuclear scientist, whom ArthurCClarke fictively attributed the ''Leonov'''s reaction drive to in ''2061: Odyssey Three''. (Similar to the reaction drive used in the ''UN Unity'', developed by Zakharov.) In the Real World, Sakharov is known for having won the Nobel Peace Prize for his activism against nuclear proliferation and the ArmsRace...and the development of the 50MT "[[FromRussiaWithNukes Tsar Bomba]]", aka the biggest bomb ever set off. ([[MyGodWhatHaveIDone The latter led to]] [[TheAtoner the former]].) It is worth noting that [[ShownTheirWork Zakharov is also a real Russian surname, unrelated to Sakharov, stressed on the second syllable (zaKHArov) unlike the original (SAkharov)]].

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* NamedAfterSomebodyFamous: Zakharov may be named after Andrei Sakharov, a Russian nuclear scientist, whom ArthurCClarke fictively attributed the ''Leonov'''s reaction drive to in ''2061: Odyssey Three''. (Similar to the reaction drive used in the ''UN Unity'', developed by Zakharov.) In the Real World, Sakharov is known for having won the Nobel Peace Prize for his activism against nuclear proliferation and the ArmsRace...and the development of the 50MT "[[FromRussiaWithNukes "[[UsefulNotes/FromRussiaWithNukes Tsar Bomba]]", aka the biggest bomb ever set off. ([[MyGodWhatHaveIDone The latter led to]] [[TheAtoner the former]].) It is worth noting that [[ShownTheirWork Zakharov is also a real Russian surname, unrelated to Sakharov, stressed on the second syllable (zaKHArov) unlike the original (SAkharov)]].
9th Aug '16 2:58:34 PM SeanMurrayI
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* FuturisticSuperhighway: The player can build "magtubes" once one finishes the Magnetic Monopole research. They function like ''VideoGame/{{Civilization}}'''s railroads, allowing instant travel between locations with a continuous magtube path.
30th Jul '16 5:34:18 PM Pavlov
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** In addition, GURPS released a sourcebook for Alpha Centauri. In addition to stats, it provides a lot of background detail on the factions that aren't in the game.

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** In addition, GURPS ''{{GURPS}}'' released a sourcebook for Alpha Centauri. In addition to stats, it provides a lot of background detail on the factions that aren't in the game.



* [[StrawCharacter Strawman Political]]: Averted. While the factions draw upon straw men used in political debates in America in the 1990s, with the [[AnimalWrongsGroup Gaians]] and Peacekeepers being depicted in a somewhat better light and the [[GunNut Spartans]], [[TheFundamentalist Believers]], and [[YellowPeril Hive]] being especially demonized, each is actually a fully realized society with its own benefits and drawbacks portrayed in a somewhat realistic manner (though some details on how these societies work are only available in [[AllThereInTheManual the GURPS supplement]]). Even [[ChurchMilitant Miriam Godwinson]] and [[TheEvilsOfFreeWill Sheng-ji Yang]] make legitimate points; the former's [[ScienceIsBad fear of technology]] is [[CyberneticsEatYourSoul quite]] [[SinisterSurveillance frequently]] [[PoweredByAForsakenChild justified]], while the latter's goals bear an uncanny resemblance to the process of [[AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence transcendence]] and many of his quotes are rooted in Eastern mysticism and suggest he genuinely believes UtopiaJustifiesTheMeans.

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* [[StrawCharacter Strawman Political]]: Averted. While the factions draw upon straw men used in political debates in America in the 1990s, with the [[AnimalWrongsGroup Gaians]] and Peacekeepers being depicted in a somewhat better light and the [[GunNut Spartans]], [[TheFundamentalist Believers]], and [[YellowPeril Hive]] being especially demonized, each is actually a fully realized society with its own benefits and drawbacks portrayed in a somewhat realistic manner (though some details on how these societies work are only available in [[AllThereInTheManual the GURPS ''GURPS'' supplement]]). Even [[ChurchMilitant Miriam Godwinson]] and [[TheEvilsOfFreeWill Sheng-ji Yang]] make legitimate points; the former's [[ScienceIsBad fear of technology]] is [[CyberneticsEatYourSoul quite]] [[SinisterSurveillance frequently]] [[PoweredByAForsakenChild justified]], while the latter's goals bear an uncanny resemblance to the process of [[AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence transcendence]] and many of his quotes are rooted in Eastern mysticism and suggest he genuinely believes UtopiaJustifiesTheMeans.



* WindsOfDestinyChange: The Probability Mechanics discovery. Not only does God play dice, the dice are loaded. In addition, it's hinted that Chaos Cannons and Probability Infantry manipulate probability in their odds. In the GURPs supplement, the Monoliths are said to do this, changing probability so things are better.

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* WindsOfDestinyChange: The Probability Mechanics discovery. Not only does God play dice, the dice are loaded. In addition, it's hinted that Chaos Cannons and Probability Infantry manipulate probability in their odds. In the GURPs ''{{GURPS}}'' supplement, the Monoliths are said to do this, changing probability so things are better.
22nd Jul '16 2:14:00 PM rehberre
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* PerspectiveFlip: If you play as a Progenitor race in ''Alien Crossfire'', the interludes and in-game messages all change to reflect that.
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