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1  The Ur-Quan Masters Re-Release / General UQM Discussion / Re: Star Control Story on: January 29, 2007, 09:18:50 pm
Some things I'd like to see in a Star Control story:

Right from the get go, Fwiffo is leading a dangerous life.  In the early game he's often the ship's only defense against Sylandro probes, Ilwrath, etc...  That's a lot of pressure for a guy who, even by Spathi standards, is a coward.  I'd imagine Zelnick would have to practically threaten him with death to get him to captain his vessel at times.  But if he lasts, it's because he's also good.  Damn good.  He should be there in the final battle against the Sa-Matra, and I wouldn't mind seeing him save the day, and learning what it takes to be a hero.

Every human crewmember has dedicated their lives to beating the Ur-Quan and freeing Earth, but that doesn't mean tensions won't be there if lives are lost needlessly.   Hayes will lambast you some if you go through too many of his men, and I can imagine a VERY uncomfortable discussion between the Earth fleet veteran and a smart, but young and inexperienced, captain.  Furthermore, how many lander mission deaths will the crew take before they start to wonder, openly, if Zelnick's the right man for the job?  A definite character moment for your first officer.

Diplomacy is an important aspect of the game, and a mistake can be lethal.  Particularly when you have a certain talking pet on board with a bint for practical jokes ("Hey bird brain, got any fruit loops?  I mean, um...CRAP!")  So, definitly should have a mis-step here and there, to show if nothing else how different alien cultures can take different things badly.

And finally, definitly emphasize the clue gathering.  If you haven't played before, and weren't always paying attention to the dialogue, there were more than a few "Now what the hell do I do?" moments.   Would Zelnick confer with his senior officers, like Picard, or with one or two confidants, like Kirk and Spock and McCoy, or just brood alone in his quarters till he thought of something?
2  The Ur-Quan Masters Re-Release / General UQM Discussion / Things that make you slap your head. on: October 31, 2006, 01:20:33 pm
When I realized Fwiffo told me where the Syreen were on day 1.

"Bugsquirt?  Betelgeuse?  Beetle-juice?  GAAHH!"
3  The Ur-Quan Masters Re-Release / General UQM Discussion / Re: Katana and Tanaka on: October 31, 2006, 01:16:15 pm
I believe you can find Katana once you've gotten the Shofixti maidens back.  As the Melnorme should have told you, A certain Vex admiral is the one you need to see about them.

Incidentally, when you do get them back for Tanaka, and he goes about doing his, ahem, duty...notice that he never mentions his brother.  What, he can't send a few nubiles his way?  "Oh, hey Katana...'huff' 'wheeze'...oh nothing, just..'hunngg' 'aggh'...chillin at Delta Gorno, like 'eeeeeiiiiiiyyyyyyyyyyy!!', always.  No, no I'm NOT making mad Shofixti love to several dozen females who we thought were extinct.  You know I'd never bogart them on you, bro.  Sorry...gotta tofu in the oven and she's getting, um, IT'S getting hot.  Later."

What a prick.
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