History VideoGame / SwordOfTheStars

9th Sep '17 7:59:43 AM zarpaulus
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* CantRefuseTheCallAnymore: Black Swimmers are considered dead to their civilian fellows, as reflected in the initiation ritual. First, he goes through what is basically a funeral, where his loved ones circle him, sing to him, and touch him one last time. After he is handed over to the Black Swimmers, his lungs are filled with the oxygenated fluid that Liir warships use instead of atmosphere. To the recruit, this is very much like drowning, and indeed the first day of training is called "Drowning Day". After he has been reborn, not as a Liir, but as a Black Swimmer, he will undergo his military training.
9th Sep '17 4:17:07 AM SeptimusHeap
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* BellyOfTheWhale: The initiation ritual for a Liir joining the Black Swimmers fits this to a tee. First, he goes through what is basically a funeral, where his loved ones circle him, sing to him, and touch him one last time. After he is handed over to the Black Swimmers, his lungs are filled with the oxygenated fluid that Liir warships use instead of atmosphere. To the recruit, this is very much like drowning, and indeed the first day of training is called "Drowning Day". After he has been reborn, not as a Liir, but as a Black Swimmer, he will undergo his military training.
14th May '17 5:17:31 PM nombretomado
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** [[{{Traveller}} Anagathics, Battle Riders, System Defence Boats...]]

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** [[{{Traveller}} [[TabletopGame/{{Traveller}} Anagathics, Battle Riders, System Defence Boats...]]
28th Mar '17 8:35:28 AM Gosicrystal
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* LostForever: In ''The Pit'', don't activate something unless you're sure you're going to use it immediately. Some of the devices lying around have only one use and will be unusable afterwards even if you don't do anything with them.


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* PermanentlyMissableContent: In ''The Pit'', don't activate something unless you're sure you're going to use it immediately. Some of the devices lying around have only one use and will be unusable afterwards even if you don't do anything with them.
7th Feb '17 12:45:45 AM dvorak
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* ThePennyfarthingEffect: Hoo boy. Absolutely bonkers control scheme; whoever heard of right-clicking to move the camera? Also is having to select the "move" button to move a fleet instead of just left-clicking.
23rd Nov '16 4:43:58 AM Morgenthaler
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* AngelicAliens: Male Morrigi project a psionic illusion that makes viewers see them as an attractive male of their own species with wings, and are explicitly stated to have inspired myths of angels on earth (along with a host of {{Trickster}} legends). Though their actual appearance is a three-meter long feathered serpent with eight limbs, and females are up to six m and inspired myths of dragons.
8th Oct '16 9:35:43 AM GentlemensDame883
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* MagikarpPower: The Suul'ka Horde start out weak but in the end-game can summon Suul'ka as special units.



* MagikarpPower: The Suul'ka Horde start out weak but in the end-game can summon Suul'ka as special units.



A {{Roguelike}} spinoff called ''Sword of the Stars: The Pit''. When an incurable plague breaks out on the human planet Arbuda IV, the only hope lies in descending into the depths of a mysterious and deadly underground facility rumoured to have been established by the Suul'ka. As one of three characters, each with their own reasons for being there, you must brave the monsters and traps within in hopes of reaching the bottom, where the cure reportedly lies. An expansion, ''Mind Games'', was released on July 3, 2013. In addition to brand new psychic abilities and two new characters, one a psion specialising in them, it adds more levels, more items, and more enemies. A second expansion, ''Gold Edition'', was released on November 9, 2013 and adds even more content, including four new playable characters. On April 18, 2014 a third DLC, ''The Pilgrim'', was released, adding yet more content including a playable Prester Zuul. On September 25, 2014 another DLC, ''Juggernaut'', was released, adding more content and a playable Tarka Changed male. On January 28, 2015 yet another DLC, ''Necromancer'', was released, adding still more content and a playable Horde Zuul Lich.

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A {{Roguelike}} spinoff called ''Sword of the Stars: The Pit''.Pit'' was released February 21, 2013. When an incurable plague breaks out on the human planet Arbuda IV, the only hope lies in descending into the depths of a mysterious and deadly underground facility rumoured to have been established by the Suul'ka. As one of three characters, each with their own reasons for being there, you must brave the monsters and traps within in hopes of reaching the bottom, where the cure reportedly lies.

An expansion, ''Mind Games'', was released on July 3, 2013. In addition to brand new psychic abilities and two new characters, one a psion specialising in them, it adds more levels, more items, and more enemies. A second expansion, ''Gold Edition'', was released on November 9, 2013 and adds even more content, including four new playable characters. On April 18, 2014 a third DLC, ''The Pilgrim'', was released, adding yet more content including a playable Prester Zuul. On September 25, 2014 another DLC, ''Juggernaut'', was released, adding more content and a playable Tarka Changed male. On January 28, 2015 yet another DLC, ''Necromancer'', was released, adding still more content and a playable Horde Zuul Lich.
Lich. On March 22, 2016 the seemingly final DLC, ''Healer'', was released, starring a Medic.



* EnemyCivilWar: According to the Necromancer's lore, he was sent by [[spoiler:the Immortal, one of the Suul'ka, to sabotage his fellow the Bloodweaver.]]



*** The Morrigi Striker added in the Gold Edition similarly has excellent stats in all four main stats and most of the major skills. The tradeoff is that she gets ''much'' less stat and skill points per level.

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*** ** The Morrigi Striker added in the Gold Edition similarly has excellent stats in all four main stats and most of the major skills. The tradeoff is that she gets ''much'' less stat and skill points per level.



* [[spoiler:NoEnding: ''The Pit'' just...''stops'' when you reach the 30th floor. You rescue Tamiko and... that's it?]] With the ''Mind Games'' expansion, it's 40 floors. Still same deal.

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* [[spoiler:NoEnding: ''The NoEnding: [[spoiler:''The Pit'' just...''stops'' when you reach the 30th floor. You rescue Tamiko and... that's it?]] With the ''Mind Games'' expansion, it's 40 floors. Still same deal.
5th Sep '16 11:54:04 AM MarqFJA
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* ApeShallNeverKillApe: Averted. The Hivers and Tarka are even ''more'' prone to inter-species warfare than humanity, and the Zuul instinctively pounce on signs of weakness to improve their place on the species' pecking order, often with lethal results. The Liir are {{Actual Pacifist}}s (though they'll make an exception for you if they declare you Suul'Ka), while the Morrigi are internally peaceful but don't moralize about what other species do to each other.

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* ApeShallNeverKillApe: Averted. The Hivers and Tarka are even ''more'' prone to inter-species intra-species warfare than humanity, and the Zuul instinctively pounce on signs of weakness to improve their place on the species' pecking order, often with lethal results. The Liir are {{Actual Pacifist}}s (though they'll make an exception for you if they declare you Suul'Ka), while the Morrigi are internally peaceful but don't moralize about what other species do to each other.
10th Aug '16 8:11:00 PM Chefcook90
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* SubspaceAnsible: Averted by most races, humans and Zuul place relay buoys at either end of node paths to transmit radio across, Tarka and Liir use courier drones, and Hivers send messages through miniature gates aboard all their ships. But the Tarka are able to research an ansible. The game effect is that human, Zuul, and Tarka (before hyperlink communication) ships cannot be given new orders in transit.

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* SubspaceAnsible: Averted by most races, humans and Zuul place relay buoys at either end of node paths to transmit radio across, Tarka Morrigi and Liir use courier drones, and Hivers send messages through miniature gates aboard all their ships. But the Tarka are able to research an ansible. The game effect is that human, Zuul, and Tarka (before hyperlink communication) ships cannot be given new orders in transit.
17th Jul '16 4:02:27 PM Discar
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* DoomsdayDevice: The System Killer is ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin. Given that the playable factions can only scour planets clean of life, it's very much an OutsideContextVillain. Supplementary material states that it was a tool of war by some {{Precursors}} that... "lost its way".

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* DoomsdayDevice: The System Killer is ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin. Given that the playable factions can only scour planets clean of life, it's very much an OutsideContextVillain.OutsideContextProblem. Supplementary material states that it was a tool of war by some {{Precursors}} that... "lost its way".



* OutsideContextVillain: The Grand Menaces almost all have capabilities beyond the reckoning of the playable factions. The System Killer is ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin in a universe where the lesser factions can only glass planet surfaces. The Puppetmaster can somehow subvert enemy ships and even whole planets without recourse to lesser methods like {{Boarding Part|y}}ies and ground invasion. The Locusts are PlanetLooters that replicate exponentially if left unchecked. And those are just three of goodness knows how many. All will mop the floor with an unprepared player blindly going AttackAttackAttack and are hard fights even with planning and strategy.

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* OutsideContextVillain: OutsideContextProblem: The Grand Menaces almost all have capabilities beyond the reckoning of the playable factions. The System Killer is ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin in a universe where the lesser factions can only glass planet surfaces. The Puppetmaster can somehow subvert enemy ships and even whole planets without recourse to lesser methods like {{Boarding Part|y}}ies and ground invasion. The Locusts are PlanetLooters that replicate exponentially if left unchecked. And those are just three of goodness knows how many. All will mop the floor with an unprepared player blindly going AttackAttackAttack and are hard fights even with planning and strategy.
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