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The Ur-Quan Masters Re-Release => General UQM Discussion => Topic started by: tomt on January 10, 2005, 09:44:41 am

Title: Missing stars?
Post by: tomt on January 10, 2005, 09:44:41 am
I suspect the answer to this is "human error", but I was wondering if there's a reason some stars are missing from the game.  Just on the remote chance that they're lost in the code somewhere and might be brought back so we can land on 'em. (grin)

Two of the stars are Alpha Corvi and Beta Sculptoris, but I've also got another reference from an old text file on my hard drive.  Someone typed up a list of all the answers to the opening software protection quiz, and it mentions a planet called "Hotblack" at 263.1 : 512.3.

Title: Re: Missing stars?
Post by: meep-eep on January 10, 2005, 12:31:50 pm
It was indeed human error. But TFB found that out when the hints book was published, which contains the "official" explanation: "Victim of interdimensional fatigue" (Alpha Corvi) and "suffered mysterious solar implosion" (Beta Sculptoris). As for "Hotblack", I suspect that entry was added by whoever created that list, so that he/she could show when someone has copied his list. (It's a rather common trick. I hear that mapmakers do it too).

And just wondering: how did you find out about the missing systems?

Title: Re: Missing stars?
Post by: tomt on January 11, 2005, 09:08:07 pm
I've heard the same thing about mapmakers, because when it comes down to it it's the only sure-fire way to prove copyright when someone's copied your map.

I found the two planets mentioned (as gaps) in files downloaded from the Pages of Now and Forever, which were lists of planets and minerals.  One of them actually had them labelled as "Victim of interdimensional fatigue" and "Suffered mysterious solar implosion" - I thought they'd made that up, but I guess not!