History VideoGame / StarControl

25th Sep '16 2:52:19 AM Sabrewing
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* SheatheYourSword: The proper way of dealing with Tanaka the Shofixti, coupled with a little YouFightLikeACow to make him realize he couldn't possibly be fighting an Ur-Quan ship.[[note]]His scanners are all damaged, so he can only see you as "huge threatening dreadnought", and Ur-Quan don't insult their foes as a matter of racial pride.[[/note]]



* {{Sidequest}}

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* {{Sidequest}}{{Sidequest}}: Recruiting various aliens such as the Orz or the Zoq-Fot-Pik into the New Alliance, dealing with the Slylandro Probes, saving the Shofixti race, and instigating the Yehat civil war all qualify.
23rd Sep '16 10:43:23 PM Carnildo
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* {{Stripperiffic}}: The Syreen. {{Lampshaded}} thoroughly and gleefully.

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* {{Stripperiffic}}: The Syreen. {{Lampshaded}} thoroughly and gleefully.gleefully -- for example, the first time you encounter one, only one of the four dialog options is about something other than your contact's (lack of) costume.
20th Sep '16 8:47:40 AM Morgenthaler
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** The Pkunk ship can physically reincarnate with all hands when destroyed on the field of battle. It has a 50% chance of happening each time, so with the help of the RandomNumberGod the Pkunk can be an unreasonably formidable race given that every captain is a NewAgeRetroHippie [[AC:[[RecycledInSpace In Space]]]]. They appear to believe in reincarnation for everyone[[note]]They mention one of your past lives was the [[WorldWarI ArchDuke Franz Ferdinand]], and those who reincarnate are just those people that are famous, rich, or interesting. All the others, just kind of... cease.[[/note]].

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** The Pkunk ship can physically reincarnate with all hands when destroyed on the field of battle. It has a 50% chance of happening each time, so with the help of the RandomNumberGod the Pkunk can be an unreasonably formidable race given that every captain is a NewAgeRetroHippie [[AC:[[RecycledInSpace In Space]]]]. They appear to believe in reincarnation for everyone[[note]]They mention one of your past lives was the [[WorldWarI [[UsefulNotes/WorldWarI ArchDuke Franz Ferdinand]], and those who reincarnate are just those people that are famous, rich, or interesting. All the others, just kind of... cease.[[/note]].
19th Sep '16 7:23:45 PM Sabrewing
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* DeflectorShields: Fortifications, which can be [[TeleportersAndTransporters skipped]] by the Arilou and [[EnergyWeapons destroyed]] by the Ur-Quan. Also, this is part of the armament of the Yehat Terminator.

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* DeflectorShields: Fortifications, which can be [[TeleportersAndTransporters skipped]] by the Arilou and [[EnergyWeapons destroyed]] by the Ur-Quan. Also, this is part of the armament of the Yehat Terminator.



* TookALevelInBadass: Almost all ships almost always benefit from finding Precursor artifacts, but certain generally weak ships become extremely powerful with the right artifacts. For example, the Earthling Cruiser, one of the weaker Alliance ships, becomes one of the most powerful ships in the game with the addition of Precursor thrusters. The Cruiser's main weakness is its poor top speed and its extremely poor acceleration, so the improvements to both from Precursor thrusters make it a much more powerful ship.

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* TookALevelInBadass: TookALevelInBadass:
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Almost all ships almost always benefit from finding Precursor artifacts, but certain generally weak ships become extremely powerful with the right artifacts. For example, the Earthling Cruiser, one of the weaker Alliance ships, becomes one of the most powerful ships in the game with the addition of Precursor thrusters. The Cruiser's main weakness is its poor top speed and its extremely poor acceleration, so the improvements to both from Precursor thrusters make it a much more powerful ship.ship.
** Artifacts which boost your crew or battery capacity stack. That's right, with enough luck, you could turn a ''[[FragileSpeedster Shofixti Scout]]'' into a tank.
4th Sep '16 3:12:48 PM nombretomado
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* ShoutOut: ICOM, your onboard hint machine, looks ''exactly'' like [[ASpaceOdyssey HAL 9000]]. Lampshaded, too, in one of the Captain's responses.

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* ShoutOut: ICOM, your onboard hint machine, looks ''exactly'' like [[ASpaceOdyssey [[Film/TwoThousandOneASpaceOdyssey HAL 9000]]. Lampshaded, too, in one of the Captain's responses.
8th Aug '16 8:54:40 PM Headrock
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** Once they are encountered, the Melnorme serve as an integral and highly-important information service - [[InformationBroker selling information to the player]] for a modest price. Unlike Hayes, the Melnorme have a plethora of information about the galaxy -- both past and present (and, to some extent, the future!), which they sell in discrete pieces. Each piece provides not only pertinent and interesting information about the chosen subject, but often also a very important hint that could significantly affect your success. Anyone who is not paying attention to what the Melnorme tell them is highly likely to run into many GuideDangIt moments.

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** Once they are encountered, the Melnorme serve as an integral and highly-important information service - [[InformationBroker selling information exposition to the player]] for a modest price. Unlike Hayes, the Melnorme have a plethora of information about the galaxy -- both past and present (and, to some extent, the future!), which they sell in discrete pieces. Each piece provides not only pertinent and interesting information about the chosen subject, but often also a very important hint that could significantly affect your success. Anyone who is not paying attention to what the Melnorme tell them is highly likely to run into many GuideDangIt moments.
8th Aug '16 8:05:02 PM PaulA
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* MyNameIsInigoMontoya / YouKilledMyFather / PrepareToDie: When Tanaka mistakes you for an Ur-Quan.
--->'''Tanaka:''' I am the glorious Shofixti warrior, Tanaka. You killed my father... my mother... my many brothers...all six of my sisters...in fact, my entire species. Prepare to die!

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* MyNameIsInigoMontoya / YouKilledMyFather / PrepareToDie: MyNameIsInigoMontoya: When Tanaka mistakes prepares to attack you, he makes sure to let you for an Ur-Quan.
--->'''Tanaka:''' I
know that "I am the glorious Shofixti warrior, Tanaka. You killed my father... my mother... my many brothers...all six of my sisters...in fact, my entire species. Prepare to die!Tanaka."


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* PrepareToDie: In as many word, when Tanaka mistakes you for an Ur-Quan.
8th Aug '16 6:17:07 PM reteov
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* {{Microts}}: The Slylandro have "rotation," "Drahnasa," and "Drahn" which are something like their equivalent of days, years, and millennia (not particularly similar in duration to ours though). It would be tricky to decode these except that pretty much everything interesting that's happened on a galactic scale happens in one of three time periods (Quite Recently, A Long Time Ago and A Really, Really Long Time Ago) so luckily it's not too hard to figure out what they're on about.[[note]]One "rotation" is one "day" of their planet, 1 Drahn is equal to 4 million rotations and one Drahn is divided into two thousand Drahnasa. [[http://uqm.stack.nl/forum/index.php?topic=1169.0 Some code examination]] reveals that the rotation of the Slylandro homeplanet is 14.2 earth hours which tells us that one Drahnasa is equal to 1180 earth days and one Drahn is 2370000 earth days.[[/note]]

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* {{Microts}}: The Slylandro have "rotation," "Drahnasa," and "Drahn" which are something like their equivalent of days, years, and millennia (not particularly similar in duration to ours though). It would be tricky to decode these except that pretty much everything interesting that's happened on a galactic scale happens in one of three time periods (Quite Recently, A Long Time Ago and A Really, Really Long Time Ago) so luckily it's not too hard to figure out what they're on about.[[note]]One "rotation" is one "day" of their planet, 1 Drahn is equal to 4 million rotations and one Drahn is divided into two thousand Drahnasa. [[http://uqm.stack.nl/forum/index.php?topic=1169.0 Some code examination]] reveals that the rotation of the Slylandro homeplanet is 14.2 earth hours which tells us that one Drahnasa is equal to 1180 earth days (approximately 3 years) and one Drahn is 2370000 earth days.days (approximately 6 and a half thousand years).[[/note]]
8th Aug '16 6:08:42 PM Headrock
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* MrExposition: Commander Hayes, since the Captain has been out of touch with the rest of the galaxy for twenty years, and he needs to be brought up to date. Greenish will also provide a wealth of backstory and hints, but demands to be paid for every item.

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* MrExposition: MrExposition:
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Commander Hayes, Hayes of the SOL [=III=] Starbase fulfills this role. He's pretty much the first character you meet, and since the Captain has been out of touch with the rest of the galaxy for twenty years, and he needs to be brought up to date. Greenish Unfortunately, Hayes' information is quite dated, since he has been stuck on the starbase his entire life. He has nearly no information on current events in the galaxy. His purpose, at the start of the game, is primarily to give what limited information the player needs in order to play the game properly during the first couple of hours. Once the starbase is repurposed for war, Hayes will slowly begin to process and deliver more pertinent information to you regarding events happening in the vicinity of the Sol system.
** Once they are encountered, the Melnorme serve as an integral and highly-important information service - [[InformationBroker selling information to the player]] for a modest price. Unlike Hayes, the Melnorme have a plethora of information about the galaxy -- both past and present (and, to some extent, the future!), which they sell in discrete pieces. Each piece provides not only pertinent and interesting information about the chosen subject, but often
also provide a wealth of backstory and hints, but demands very important hint that could significantly affect your success. Anyone who is not paying attention to be paid for every item.what the Melnorme tell them is highly likely to run into many GuideDangIt moments.
8th Aug '16 3:30:42 PM DudeBob
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* MagikarpPower: Your flagship. It starts out entirely dependent on its escort ships, having a painfully slow speed and turning rate that makes it all but a sitting duck in combat and armed only with a weak forward gun with a slow recharge rate. Fully upgraded and with all the Melnorme technology purchased, it becomes a LightningBruiser with potentially hundreds of HitPoints, point defense weaponry, and a main weapon that hits as hard as that of an Ur-Quan Dreadnought while [[MacrossMissileMassacre firing multiple simultaneous shots that all home in on their target]]


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* MyNameIsInigoMontoya / YouKilledMyFather / PrepareToDie: When Tanaka mistakes you for an Ur-Quan.
--->'''Tanaka:''' I am the glorious Shofixti warrior, Tanaka. You killed my father... my mother... my many brothers...all six of my sisters...in fact, my entire species. Prepare to die!


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* AbortedArc: The Kohr-Ah subplot is never explained or resolved, and has no connection to the rest of the story.


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* TheChessmaster: Plexor.


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* NonstandardGameOver: Surrender to an enemy, piss off a plot-critical NPC, or piss off the [[VideoGameCrueltyPunishment League Ethics Council]].
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