* {{Homage}}: The Apex themselves are nothing but a giant homage to both ''NineteenEightyFour'' and ''PlanetOfTheApes''. It's as creepy as it sounds.
* NamesTheSame: Dreadwing the Penguin shares his name with a [[Franchise/{{Transformers}} Decepticon]].
* PreOrderBonus: In order to help get extra funds to speed development along, Chucklefish set up one of the most elaborate digital examples of one to date. Apart from Kickstarter-esque stretch goals (two of which were reached within a week), the more expensive preorder packages came with different perks:
** Pixel Tier ($15): The game on release, a beta invite, and the soundtrack.
** Silver Tier ($20): Same as Pixel, plus a forum badge.
** Gold Tier ($45): Same as Silver, plus the donor's name appears in the NPC name pool.
** Diamond Tier ($75): Same as Gold, plus the donor's name appears in the game credits.
** Platinum Tier ($500): Same as Diamond, plus the ability to design a hat to be included to the game. (No longer available as all 30 have been sold out)
** Solarium Tier ($1000): Same as Diamond, plus to ability to help design a gun to be included in the game.
** Impervium Tier ($2000): Same as Diamond, plus the donor gets immortalized as an in-game statue for players to build.
* ScheduleSlip: The game was originally scheduled for a summer 2013, but missed the deadline. The development team has now given a rough estimate as to the release date of their game for "when it's done". Thankfully, those who pre-ordered are guaranteed beta access by the end of the year. [[http://community.playstarbound.com/index.php?threads/addressing-beta-questions.33566/ The beta release was announced for December 4th.]]
* WhatCouldHaveBeen: It was originally planned for each character to use space stations as their main base, however that idea had given way to a single, personal spaceship for each player that has all they need in terms of advanced space travel and advanced item crafting.
* TheWikiRule: [[http://starbound.gamepedia.com/Starbound_Wiki Three]] [[http://starbound.wikia.com/wiki/Starbound_Wiki of]] [[http://starbounder.org/Main_Page them]].
* TroperCriticalMass: The game was highly anticipated across the entire net, thanks to word of mouth and many preorder promotions. The result? The Main page broke the 100 trope count a week after the beta was released.

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