Trivia / Starbound

     The Lucky Star fic 
  • Throw It In!: That whole storyline about buying stuff for Gyopi all started with what might have been either an artistic shortcut or simply assuming that water and rocks are a sufficient environment for fish to live in. To start with, the author had Kagami give a few simple instructions to Inori and Matsuri on how to take care of it, simply because it was already canon. His main beta-reader explained more that there is to it (as well as assuming it lived in a bowl or tank, due to a lack of familiarity of the show). He then showed his beta a certain scene from the anime's 15th episode, to which she replied how insufficient a habitat it is.

     The video game 
  • Development Gag: Though the beta is long over, some references to it remain:
    • Among the junk in Penguin Pete's shipyard is the booster of the original Hylotl ship design from before ship upgrades were added.
    • Dreadwing's codex entry mentions that he used to attack people who are using distress beacons, but gave up after he kept getting shot down.
    • According to the fish collection, the Imperviray has skin made of Impervium.
  • Dummied Out: A lot of content has been purged from the game, especially by the Cheerful Giraffe update, which completely revamped a number of systems.
  • Fan Nickname: The Cheerful Giraffe update - which finally brought Starbound out of Early Access - is commonly referred to as simply '1.0' by the playerbase.
  • Homage: The Apex themselves are nothing but a giant homage to both Nineteen Eighty-Four and Planet of the Apes. It's as creepy as it sounds.
  • Name's the Same:
    • Dreadwing the Penguin shares his name with a Decepticon.
    • One of the mooks found on USCM ships is called a Parasprite.
  • Official Fan-Submitted Content: The Poptop enemy was the winning entry in a contest to design a monster for the game. The entry itself is here.
  • Pre-Order Bonus: 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.
    • 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.
  • Schedule Slip: 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. The beta release was announced for December 4th. Unfortunately, stable updates were abandoned after February 18, 2014, with the team resorting to unstable updates, then giving up on those and releasing only nightly builds that they warned "might crash your system and kill your dog".
  • What Could Have Been: 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.
    • Originally each race was going to have their own separate introduction mission, instead of the shared prologue on Earth in the final game. What's more, each introduction was given a voiceover by Logan Cunningham, but they never made it in to the game.
  • The Wiki Rule: Three of them. in particular is curated by the developers and considered the "official" wiki.
  • Trolling Creator: The devs are prone to trolling the fanbase, such as showcasing the fake Glitch AI (a busty woman with a horse's head) which was later replaced with a wizard Glitch. The horse head was later used for the Novakid AI, minus the woman's body. This has resulted in heavily mixed reactions, with most players either being amused or rolling with the jokes, but a rather vocal segment of the player base will usually voice their displeasure when they believe a joke either was in bad taste or has overstayed its welcome, such as the aforementioned Novakid AI incident.