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16  The Ur-Quan Masters Re-Release / General UQM Discussion / Re: Star Control Story on: December 26, 2006, 04:21:46 pm
I didn't even know that another quote page existed besides the one on the Pages of Now and Forever! Woo! This'll be a little bit easier for me, not to mention Grakelin.

But are these collections complete? Do these lines come from the PC version of SC2, or from UQM?
One could always just look at the dialog files from UQM.

Well, it has the MetaChron dialogue, so it's from the PC version. It also looks complete to me so far.
17  The Ur-Quan Masters Re-Release / General UQM Discussion / Re: Star Control Story on: December 26, 2006, 04:12:37 am
A good way to show the reader more of Arilou culture would be to let the Vindicator crew get some shore leave on Falayaralfali.

Something tells me that that would be a bad idea.

Quote from: Arilou
Welcome back to Falayalaralfali, Captain.
Perhaps, in the fullness of time we will let you visit the surface of our world.
There are many beauties here unmatched anywhere... the Mountain Clouds of Thought
the Tangible Wish... the Dark. Unfortunately, you are not yet... acclimated.
Premature exposure to these would render you...numb.

Quote from: Arilou on Falayalaralfali
Hello. We are pleased to see you again. Have you any numbness yet?
Good. It should be too soon for that. Too soon by far.

I don't know about you, but that doesn't sound pleasant. I don't think human beings have quite what it takes to endure Falayalaralfali at this stage in our evolution.

As far as the Star Control fanfic/novelization goes, Grakelin, I heartily endorse it! It sounds like you already have some very good ideas, and going to this group of SC2 fans to ask questions is a smart thing as well. I'm sure they'll tell you if something isn't adding up. Wink

Just a few pieces of advice from little ol' me:

I've found that by reading through the SC2 manual, role-playing resource guide, and actual quotes from the game, you can come up with a vast wealth of information on the aliens that you might not have noticed or even thought of before. I mean, before reading the manual thoroughly, I would've never pictured the average height of a Yehat as being just shy of ten feet!

The pages that contain the game dialogue are here if you need them, by the way. Just remember to take "starcontrol" out of the URLs for the separate pages, otherwise they won't work.("http://starcontrol.classicgaming.gamespy.com/starcontrol/sc2/quotes/chmmr.txt" becomes "http://starcontrol.classicgaming.gamespy.com/sc2/quotes/chmmr.txt", for example)

Sometimes it's just the little things that can make dialogue seem odd or unbelievable. Going through the quotes is a good way to get a feel of the attitude and "voice" of the different races.

For example, the Utwig tend to name and describe things in very grandiose ways. The Spathi High Council speak much more boldly and can be more sarcastic than regular Spathi. The Umgah have quite a large vocabulary despite some lingual quirks like leaving the words "is" or "are" out of their sentences (ie. They can use such words/terms as "gratitude", "compulsion", "vigorous", "sufficient", "juveniles", and "legitimate" correctly and effortlessly). The VUX seem to be very quick, creative thinkers, and are eloquent as well. This can be seen in the way that they can rattle off a variety of long and descriptive insults and exclamations without pause or difficulty.

And so on and so forth...

I hope that's of some help.
18  The Ur-Quan Masters Re-Release / General UQM Discussion / Re: Your favorite race? on: November 04, 2006, 10:37:48 pm
mine would be the orz i first encountered them and couldnt stop lauging at their dialog and also because i cant work out what they are:
a frog
a crab
a lobster
a bird

I've always thought that the Orz looked like (or at least, what we perceived them to look like) a combination of a parrot fish and a puffer fish, with snail-like eyestalks.
19  The Ur-Quan Masters Re-Release / General UQM Discussion / Re: A question about the letters to Toys For Bob for a sequel. on: November 04, 2006, 05:25:26 pm
Thank you all for your responses! Now I have a better idea of what I want and need to say in the letters.

On a few letters, I've said that Activision are a bunch of fools if they do not allow a new Star Control.

Wait, you can send more than one to them and they don't mind?

What will matter to Activision is whether a new SC game can make a profit. A good personal story may help a little bit, but if the audience is just the nostalgia players, it won't be enough.

I suppose it will help that I'm not really a nostalgia player, then. After all, I just learned about the game this year. Wink If anything, that shows that this game can still pull in players so many years after the fact.

20  The Ur-Quan Masters Re-Release / General UQM Discussion / A question about the letters to Toys For Bob for a sequel. on: November 03, 2006, 04:36:22 am
So I was going to sign the petition and write a letter to good ol' TFB for a sequel. I want to see this come to fruition as much as the rest of you guys, because a game as wonderful as Star Control 2 deserves it. Wink

The thing is…I’m not quite sure of exactly how to go about it. That is, what kind of letter are they looking for? Do they want a simple “Please make a Star Control sequel. Thanks!” or do they want something more akin to a long letter detailing how much you love Star Control, filled with short stories of fannish fondness. Would the latter be considered a little too creepy and weird?

What approach did you take when writing your letter?
21  The Ur-Quan Masters Re-Release / General UQM Discussion / Re: Can someone tell me what happened in SC3? on: September 18, 2006, 01:02:07 am
What was it about them that you liked? The voice, the puppet, or both?

I like the voice, but I'm a little iffy on the puppet. It's too evil looking for me. I always thought of the Orz as a "race" that are goofy, silly, wierd, and maybe even cute...until you get them talking for long enough. Even then, it's not their voice or strange way of speaking that scares you, but it's what they say.

That's how it was with me, anyway. They were charming little goofballs until they started talking about the *silly cow* Androsynth, and saying things like "Next it is the *party* and you will *become*" and  "enjoy[ing] *the change*". Then I got creeped out.

Maybe I just prefer a more subtle horror.
22  The Ur-Quan Masters Re-Release / General UQM Discussion / Re: Can someone tell me what happened in SC3? on: September 17, 2006, 09:43:48 pm
I have not seen any videos of sc3, but I can only imagine how much worse it could be...

A YouTube user named ZarlaSheenaza has posted numerous video clips of the different races from SC3, if you're really curious. Just as a warning, there may be a few spoilers contained in them here and there.

The Kzer-Za
The Pkunk
The VUX
The Arilou
The Spathi
The Mycon
The Syreen
The Chmmr
The Orz
The Utwig
The Doog
The K'tang
The Vyro-Ingo
The Harika and Yorn
The Clairconctlar
The Exquivan
The Daktaklakpak
The Xchaggers
The Owa

*sigh* What a first post to make, huh? Undecided
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