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46  The Ur-Quan Masters Re-Release / General UQM Discussion / Toys for Bob RSS on: August 02, 2009, 11:43:07 pm

I created something that takes the news content from the TFB news site and converts it to RSS.  It saves time navigating to the site and will update immediately as news is added.

Everything seems to be working fine and I hope that it helps spread TFB news around faster for everyone using RSS readers.  I'd love to find out what everyone thinks of it and especially if it is compatible.

http://starcontroller.com/tfb.php

If anyone has any ideas or feedback, I'd love to hear it.
47  The Ur-Quan Masters Re-Release / General UQM Discussion / Re: Swords & Soldiers homage to Star Control on: May 24, 2009, 04:38:02 am
Awesome find, Night Shadow.  Too bad Swords & Soldiers isn't on WiiWare in North America, so I still have to wait to play the game; until then, I'll just watch gameplay videos online.  It's great  that they mentioned Fwiffo.  They seem like great people.  Let's hope it's not the last time Fwiffo gets thanked.
48  The Ur-Quan Masters Re-Release / General UQM Discussion / Re: Fancy New Review! on: April 27, 2009, 05:16:57 am
Cool. Star Controller will probably feature this as soon as Anthony checks the forum again.
I'll start writing about it soon.

That was an awesome review, Cameron.  I'm still hoping that TFB will get a chance to make a new Star Control.  Star Control needs all the publicity it can get.
49  The Ur-Quan Masters Re-Release / General UQM Discussion / Re: Vote Toys for Bob on: March 14, 2009, 03:21:15 am
Nice letter, David.  Mentioning Stardock's interest in Star Control is a good example that there is at least one other company interested in making a new Star Control game.

Thanks for writing.
50  The Ur-Quan Masters Re-Release / General UQM Discussion / Re: Vote Toys for Bob on: March 13, 2009, 05:08:12 pm
Nice quote, Shiver.  I completely agree that it seems like a lost cause with more popular developers who could be #50.  Spathi’s quote regarding the single precursor vessel does a good job at reflecting our predicament.

Origin is on the list.  The founder of Microprose, Sid Meier, is on the list, but not the company itself.

I don’t consider your post “raining down”; I’m just glad that someone finally replied.  I hope other people reply as well.

It’s worth a shot, at least.  It would be nice if they had more recognition for their own games and not known as the “guys who did Madagascar and Tony Hawk’s Downhill Jam”.  It’s obvious that it’s going to take much more to convince Activision to make that new Star Control game we’ve been dreaming of for so long.

When I read your Spathi quote, I thought of Commander Hayes’ quote about how we’ll have to seek new alliances, build up an army and defeat the Ur-Quan in 4 years.

Here are the 49 developers that were on the list.  It is not a countdown list.  They were listed in no particular order:
51  The Ur-Quan Masters Re-Release / General UQM Discussion / Vote Toys for Bob on: March 07, 2009, 02:41:35 pm

A few days ago, I was reading the latest issue of PC Gamer.  It had an article titled "49 Greatest Developers".  It's a countdown list and none of the developers were in any particular order.  The list included 3D Realms (listed as Apogee), Bethesda, the Nethack Team, Popcap, Telltale Games, etc.  It wasn't limited to big-budget developers.

The reason why there are only 49 listed is because they want their readers to write a letter to letters@pcgamer.com that explains the developer they choose as the 50th greatest developer.

This is the perfect opportunity to e-mail them and tell them about Toys for Bob.  If Star Control II can be called one of the "greatest games of all time", TFB deserves the title "greatest developer" as well.

I wrote about this on my blog and I received an awesome comment from the article's author, Richard Cobbett:
Quote from: Richard Cobbett
Definitely write in. If it helps, TFB were on my shortlist, specifically because of SC2. They'd have been in there if I'd had a couple more slots to play with, but 49 is both a very big and a very small number when you're writing a list like this. I also just finished a piece on retro games for a different magazine which specifically holds up Ur-Quan Masters as one of the titles worth downloading ;-)

It's definitely worth writing to.  I wrote my letter to them shortly after I finished writing about it on my blog.  This is great for everyone who already wrote to Alex Ness.  Toys for Bob truly deserves this honor.  Spread the word.  Grin
52  The Ur-Quan Masters Re-Release / General UQM Discussion / Re: A Reiche child on: March 04, 2009, 06:21:10 am
I'm a contributor to Vice magazine and I'm trying to push for them to do a mega-article on SC2. You can find my writing at http://theatrain.typepad.com , and I'll certainly keep you up to date on my publicity attempts for TFB.

Hey Arianna.  I hope that you succeed in convincing them to do a mega-article about Star Control.  It deserves all the publicity it can get.
53  The Ur-Quan Masters Re-Release / Starbase Café / Re: Bad Illustrations for SC jokes on: January 25, 2009, 07:52:07 pm


I drew this a long time ago in another random image thread.  Basically this is what it would be like if the Ilwrath Avenger could attack while cloaked.
54  The Ur-Quan Masters Re-Release / General UQM Discussion / Re: Toys for Bob - Jan 14th Posting on: January 20, 2009, 07:31:34 pm
The thing that caught my attention about their current project is that they wrote "what we've got cookin' could be just as cool" as Star Control.  So, the question is, what could be just as cool as Star Control that they're working on?  Hopefully, there will be more clues coming soon.
55  The Ur-Quan Masters Re-Release / Starbase Café / Re: Star Control Sigs on: December 16, 2008, 05:16:32 am
These are pretty cool.  And I subscribe to your blog, btw.  It is also pretty cool.

You know this topic is two years old, right?

And that most of the guys that replied to this thread are gone from the UQMF?

Yes, this thread is old.  Grin  Maybe they'll come back someday.  This was around the time when Alex just mentioned wanting to make a new Star Control, and these forums were much more active back then.

And thanks for the compliments and subscribing to my blog, Lakota.  If anyone's wondering what's going on, I posted some new userbars on my blog at http://starcontroller.com/?p=556

Maybe I should start making new Star Control Photoshops...  Grin
56  The Ur-Quan Masters Re-Release / General UQM Discussion / Star Control #4 in IGN's "Top 10 Franchises We Want Resurrected" on: December 07, 2008, 07:51:28 pm
Star Control has been listed by IGN PC as the #4 game that they want to be resurrected.
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With a title like Star Control: Famous Battles of the Ur-Quan Conflict, Volume IV, you had your first hint that this was a special game, and it was. With its colorful universe and superb combat system, Star Control and its sequel burrowed a place in many gamers' hearts. Based on Spacewar!, one of the earliest computer games ever made, Star Control let you participate in an interstellar war where you commanded a starship. What made the game great was the design system, which let you customize your starship's components. Star Control II introduced space exploration, as you had to explore alien worlds as well as interact with a wide range of alien species. Star Control let you feel like you were exploring an incredible galaxy full of both danger and wonder.

The full article is at http://pc.ign.com/articles/935/935428p1.html
57  The Ur-Quan Masters Re-Release / Starbase Café / Re: Duke Nukem Loves Star Control on: October 24, 2008, 06:16:39 pm
Very cool. I'm impressed you managed to talk him into this, seems like he is a nice enough guy.

[url]You guys had better help fill up the comments section of that blog post. A big stunt like this needs to throw a commotion.[/url

To my shame I have to admit I forgot all about the blog. Will get right on commenting stuff and actually add it to my bookmarks so I don't forget again

Keep up the good work!

Thanks for the kind words and I will definitely make sure to keep up the good work.  I love reading those comments.

Also, I plan on redesigning the blog so I can have a better visual layout and look more attractive.  I don't have set date for this, but I'll be looking for different themes that I can tweak for the blog.
58  The Ur-Quan Masters Re-Release / General UQM Discussion / Re: Melee Stunt Videos 2: The Quickening on: October 24, 2008, 02:34:54 pm
I'm so sorry.  Cry I can't believe that I missed these.  They're awesome.  I know it's a bit late, but I shared one of your videos on my blog.

And thanks for all your comments.  I love reading those.

I was worried I had offended you at some point so it was deliberate on your end. Too many pointless arguments and too much drama around here, can't remember whose toes I've stepped on anymore. Thanks for hosting that video, it's the best I've done so far.

Nononono... I'm not offended at all.  I meant the "I'm so sorry" as a form of humor.  I'm just glad that I found them, that's all. Tongue
59  The Ur-Quan Masters Re-Release / General UQM Discussion / Re: Melee Stunt Videos 2: The Quickening on: October 24, 2008, 05:35:44 am
As much as I'd like to make another stunt video so that Anthony Suarez can ignore it on his blog in favor of less impressive clips he found on YouTube, I just don't have the time this week.

I'm so sorry.  Cry I can't believe that I missed these.  They're awesome.  I know it's a bit late, but I shared one of your videos on my blog.

And thanks for all your comments.  I love reading those.
60  The Ur-Quan Masters Re-Release / General UQM Discussion / Re: Interesting Mmrnmhrm quirk on: October 13, 2008, 07:59:02 am
Hmm... That's a pretty fascinating discovery.  I never knew that about the X-Form.  And yes, people here do care about minor details about Star Control Cheesy.

I'd love to see the inner workings on an X-Form...
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