History Videogame / AlienLegacy

15th Apr '16 11:07:05 PM StahnAileron
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** Actually, the game gives you another option: Death of a Hundred Paper Cuts. If you don't develop the bomb, you're given the task of sending Missile Mission shuttles to your target to attack a weak point in the armor. The number required is random-ish floating around 100. (This doesn't mean you need 100 shuttles; you just need to send shuttles on Missile missions 100 times. You do need 100 missiles.) Failing this task without the bomb eventually results in a game over. (The game has a grace period where you could use the bomb on the star to stabilize it if you failed the destruction segment.) You lose mostly by trying or being negligent, really. The game usually gives you options out of every story branch.
8th Jun '15 9:24:29 AM ChronoLegion
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* CasualInterplanetaryTravel: Played straight, at least on a government level. While private citizens or companies can't afford to have their own shuttles, it's fairly easy for a shuttle to travel between planets in a reasonable amount of time. Once you get a number of self-sufficient colonies going, you can start cranking out dozens of shuttles for your needs.
8th Jun '15 9:22:37 AM ChronoLegion
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* AliensAreBastards: The first thing the Centaurians do after discovering humanity is to send a heavily-armed probe to the Solar System with missiles filled with a deadly virus. They then proceed to send fleets to attempt to wipe out humans. There does not appear to be a reason for their hostility, [[spoiler:until you discover that all races seeded by the [[AbusivePrecursors H'riak]] are genetically-programmed to hate all non-Hriak-based life]].
8th Jun '15 9:19:50 AM ChronoLegion
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* PyrrhicVictory: After [[spoiler:the H'riak sporeship]] is found by the ''Tantalus'' colonists, they send their entire shuttle fleet to attack it. They manage to destroy all [[spoiler:its]] weapons but at the cost of 90% of the fleet.

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* PyrrhicVictory: After [[spoiler:the H'riak sporeship]] is found by the ''Tantalus'' colonists, they send their entire shuttle fleet to attack it. They manage to destroy all [[spoiler:its]] weapons but at the cost of 90% of the fleet. This also makes them unable to evacuate their colonies on Gaea and Rhea, [[spoiler:when the local biota attack]].
8th Jun '15 9:15:26 AM ChronoLegion
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* UnwinnableByMistake: During the later part of the game, you can develop a [[EarthShatteringKaboom planet-busting bomb]] that is required to prevent a NonStandardGameOver ([[spoiler:which involves the H'riak spore ship colliding with the Beta Caeli star and causing it to go nova]]). However, during the war with [[spoiler:the Empiants]], you also have the option of using the bomb to [[spoiler:destroy the Empiant homeworld]]. Unfortunately, you can only ever build one bomb, so if you do the latter, the game becomes unwinnable. Then again, it's clear the designers of the game meant for the conflict to be resolved peacefully, so it can be assumed that not being able to win the game is a punishment for opting for the violent option.
8th Jun '15 9:06:15 AM ChronoLegion
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* GhostPlanet: A ghost ''system'', in this case.
3rd May '15 6:28:04 PM nombretomado
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* MeaningfulName: All planets are named after [[ClassicalMythology Greek gods]], which are equivalent to the [[ClassicalMythology Roman]] names for planets in the Solar system. The two Earth-like planets are named Gaea (earth goddess) and Rhea (mother of the gods). Interestingly, one of the ruins contains a mention of a movement among the ''Tantalus'' colonists to rename the planets to their Roman counterparts.

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* MeaningfulName: All planets are named after [[ClassicalMythology [[Myth/ClassicalMythology Greek gods]], which are equivalent to the [[ClassicalMythology [[Myth/ClassicalMythology Roman]] names for planets in the Solar system. The two Earth-like planets are named Gaea (earth goddess) and Rhea (mother of the gods). Interestingly, one of the ruins contains a mention of a movement among the ''Tantalus'' colonists to rename the planets to their Roman counterparts.



* WhatDidYouExpectWhenYouNamedIt: [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tantalus Tantalus]] was punished by the [[ClassicalMythology gods]] for killing his son and generally being a dick to be trapped for eternity in [[FateWorseThanDeath Tartarus]] constantly presented with food and water and never being able to reach them, as well a huge rock suspended over his head. So you decide to name a ship that is supposed to keep humanity alive with a guy who ended up this way. WhatCouldPossiblyGoWrong

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* WhatDidYouExpectWhenYouNamedIt: [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tantalus Tantalus]] was punished by the [[ClassicalMythology [[Myth/ClassicalMythology gods]] for killing his son and generally being a dick to be trapped for eternity in [[FateWorseThanDeath Tartarus]] constantly presented with food and water and never being able to reach them, as well a huge rock suspended over his head. So you decide to name a ship that is supposed to keep humanity alive with a guy who ended up this way. WhatCouldPossiblyGoWrong
11th Feb '15 4:49:08 AM NemuruMaeNi
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* EverythingSensor: The "transcendental radiation" research allows shuttles to scan for things of interest on planets, moons, and asteroids.



* FTLTravel: Averted at the beginning, when it takes the ''Calypso'' over a century to reach Beta Caeli on sublight. Even the Centaurians and [[spoiler:the H'riak]] don't have FTL drives. At the end, though, the humans and [[spoiler:Empiants]] manage to build [[AppliedPhlebotinum psychic amplifyiers]] that [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin amplify]] the [[spoiler:Empiants']] natural PsychicPowers that, in conjunction with the ''Calypso'''s fusion reactor, tear open a hole in space-time.

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* FTLTravel: Averted at the beginning, when it takes the ''Calypso'' over a century to reach Beta Caeli on sublight. Even the Centaurians and [[spoiler:the H'riak]] don't have FTL drives. At the end, though, the humans and [[spoiler:Empiants]] manage to build [[AppliedPhlebotinum psychic amplifyiers]] that [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin amplify]] complement the [[spoiler:Empiants']] natural PsychicPowers that, in conjunction with the ''Calypso'''s fusion reactor, tear open a hole in space-time.



* MySignificanceSenseIsTingling / EverythingSensor: The "transcendental radiation" research allows shuttles to scan for things of interest on planets, moons, and asteroids.
9th Jan '14 3:21:22 PM tkzv
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* AbsentAliens: Despite the {{backstory}} mentioning the Centaurians, you spend much of the game with no aliens in sight. Then you find the [[spoiler:Empiants and the H'riak seedship]].

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* AbsentAliens: Despite the {{backstory}} mentioning the Centaurians, you spend much of the game with no aliens in sight. Then you find the [[spoiler:Empiants and the H'riak seedship]].sporeship]].



* ArtisticLicenseAstronomy: According to WordOfGod, the creators of the game knew that Beta Caeli is unlikely to have habitable planets (Beta Caeli is an F-type blue-white star, about 6 times hotter than the Sun) but chose it due to its relative proximity (about 90 light years away) and easily-remembered name. In reality, colony ships would most likely be sent to G-type yellow dwarfs, which would also have to be far enough away for the Centaurians not to find them and would, therefore, likely have a Henry Draper Catalog designation (e.g. [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HD_154345 HD 154345]]).

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* ArtisticLicenseAstronomy: Beta Caeli is described as F0 yellow-green dwarf 55 light years from Sun and 2.5 times more luminous. Actually it is 90 light years away, and 6 times brighter (even though it's F2, which are cooler than F0). According to WordOfGod, the creators of the game knew that Beta Caeli is unlikely too bright and short-lived to have habitable planets (Beta Caeli is an F-type blue-white star, about 6 times hotter than the Sun) but chose it due to its relative proximity (about 90 light years away) and easily-remembered name. In reality, colony ships would most likely be sent to G-type yellow dwarfs, which would also have to be far enough away for the Centaurians not to find them and would, therefore, likely have a Henry Draper Catalog designation (e.g. [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HD_154345 HD 154345]]).



* BittersweetEnding: [[spoiler:The H'riak seedship is destroyed and there is peace with the Empiants. Several colonists (both human and Empiant) manage to leave the system using the new FTL drive. However, all first-generation colonists are doomed to die soon thanks to the flawed process of turning people into {{Human Popsicle}}s]].

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* BittersweetEnding: [[spoiler:The H'riak seedship sporeship is destroyed and there is peace with the Empiants. Several colonists (both human and Empiant) manage to leave the system using the new FTL drive. However, all first-generation colonists are doomed to die soon thanks to the flawed process of turning people into {{Human Popsicle}}s]].



* PyrrhicVictory: After [[spoiler:the H'riak seedship]] is found by the ''Tantalus'' colonists, they send their entire shuttle fleet to attack it. They manage to destroy all [[spoiler:its]] weapons but at the cost of 90% of the fleet.

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* PyrrhicVictory: After [[spoiler:the H'riak seedship]] sporeship]] is found by the ''Tantalus'' colonists, they send their entire shuttle fleet to attack it. They manage to destroy all [[spoiler:its]] weapons but at the cost of 90% of the fleet.
7th Jan '14 2:08:18 PM tkzv
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* FirstContact: In the {{backstory}}, first contact with the Centaurians in 2043 involved their probe destroying a scout ship and bombarding Earth with plague missiles. It's not even clear if humans even met a live Centaurian. They do have Centaurian gene samples to compare to life on Rhea and Gaea.
** The first contact with the [[spoiler:Empiants]] also results in a war. However, this is due to a misunderstanding, as [[spoiler:human brainwaves hurt the psychic aliens]].
** The samples were likely collected in the Oort Cloud after one of the many battles there.

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* FirstContact: In the {{backstory}}, first contact with the Centaurians in 2043 involved their probe destroying a scout ship and bombarding Earth with plague missiles. It's not even clear if humans even met a live Centaurian. They do have Centaurian gene samples to compare to life on Rhea and Gaea.
Gaea, possibly collected in the Oort Cloud after one of the many battles there.
** The first contact with the [[spoiler:Empiants]] also results in a war. However, this is due to a misunderstanding, as [[spoiler:human brainwaves hurt the psychic aliens]].
aliens]]. Some players report that attacks get much bigger if [[spoiler:the player previously [[PlanetLooters syphoned hydrogen]] from gas giants]].
** The samples were likely collected in What may count as the Oort Cloud after one of the many battles there.first contact with [[spoiler:H'Riak, or at least their machinery,]] was Tantalus colonists finding an ancient pylon on Gaia and trying to break it. [[spoiler:After that biota started attacking humans.]]



* MySignificanceSenseIsTingling: The "transcendental radiation" research allows shuttles to scan for things of interest on planets, moons, and asteroids.

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* MySignificanceSenseIsTingling: MySignificanceSenseIsTingling / EverythingSensor: The "transcendental radiation" research allows shuttles to scan for things of interest on planets, moons, and asteroids.



* NiceJobBreakingItHero: Several notes found from the previous colonists reveal that the captain of the ''Tantalus'' had the ship's fusion reactor dismantled to speed up colony construction. After the [[spoiler:H'riak]] threat became apparent, many colonists cursed the captain for leaving them no option by to fight (without the reactor, the ''Tantalus'' couldn't flee the system).

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* NiceJobBreakingItHero: Several notes found from the previous colonists reveal that the captain of the ''Tantalus'' had the ship's ship dismantled to use the fusion reactor dismantled to speed up colony construction. on Gaia surface as a power plant. After the [[spoiler:H'riak]] threat became apparent, many colonists cursed the captain for leaving them no option by but to fight (without the reactor, the ''Tantalus'' (they couldn't flee the system).system or even retreat to ''Tantalus'').


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* PlanetLooters: You can syphon hydrogen from gas giants to get cheap energy. [[spoiler:The Empiants, who live on Chronus, probably won't like it.]]
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