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1  The Ur-Quan Masters Re-Release / General UQM Discussion / Re: Groombridge Log part IV - and the whole book - completed on: November 16, 2014, 01:04:29 am
First impressions after starting to read:

The prologue is... off. It works well for the game, but for this book it seems a bit... cheesy?
I don't know whether it's necessary. I'd consider leaving it out if the historical knowledge isn't that crucial.
After the Prologue it gets considerably better.

There are a few problems with... uhm.. is it called tense? I'm not sure.
You are German, I gather? If that's the case:
Die Zeitformen meine ich.
I'm only on page 21, so I cannot say much, but this is what I am talking about:
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Ever since they started working on the station eight years
ago, they’ve been receiving a constant encrypted signal from
the Moon base.
This should rather be
Quote
Ever since they had started working on the station eight years ago they had been receiving a constant encrypted signal from the Moon base.
Also it feels a bit off to talk about "a constant encrypted signal". I'd use something along the lines of "periodic encrypted signals" or something like that. For a constant stream of, well, signals I'd always use the plural.

I'm not far in (as already stated) so I cannot give that much feedback, but I wanted to get that out of the way, as it seems a bit jarring.

Ah, one more thing:
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Hayes started walking towards the door.
A short while ago I read a blog post on a fanfiction site about constructions like this and strongly discouraged using forms like "started <actioning>", "proceeded <doing>"... While they do make what is written more varied they only serve as filler and in many cases don't read that well.
2  The Ur-Quan Masters Re-Release / General UQM Discussion / Re: Groombridge Log part III on: November 16, 2014, 12:24:56 am
So it is. Seems like I already downloaded that and thought it was only part IV. Thank you!
3  The Ur-Quan Masters Re-Release / General UQM Discussion / Re: Groombridge Log part III on: November 15, 2014, 01:04:16 pm
I downloaded part IV just yesterday but the links here are dead. I am very reluctant to read part IV before reading the others. Are they still available anywhere?
4  The Ur-Quan Masters Re-Release / Technical Issues / Re: Compilation of UQM fails on Debian testing on: November 14, 2014, 10:06:51 am
It works as you described after doing
Code:
./build.sh uqm clean
I'm not familiar with C++'s build process, so I don't know why linking is influenced by already built object files.

Thank you (and McMartin) very much!
5  The Ur-Quan Masters Re-Release / General UQM Discussion / Re: SC3-style Orz speech on: November 11, 2014, 06:05:07 pm
I like it, although I think the sudden absence of filters makes it quite strange.


Another thought: What we hear cannot be what the aliens actually say and it's quite stretch to say that we even hear their voices. What we hear is output produced by a speech synthesis system (which may try to... uhm.. preserve a bit of the original characteristic of the... voice of what it's translating, if the concept of "voice" even applies (which seems to be the case in most instances)).
One could create a voice set based on that.
6  The Ur-Quan Masters Re-Release / Technical Issues / Compilation of UQM fails on Debian testing on: November 11, 2014, 04:23:46 pm
I tried to compile The Ur-Quan Masters on Debian testing and ran into a problem.
While trying to compile I get the following at the end:
Code:
  LINK     uqm
/usr/bin/ld: obj/release/src/libs/lua/lmathlib.c.o: undefined reference to symbol 'fmod@@GLIBC_2.2.5'
//lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/libm.so.6: error adding symbols: DSO missing from command line
collect2: error: ld returned 1 exit status
Makefile.build:88: recipe for target 'uqm' failed
make: *** [uqm] Error 1
I don't know what to make of this. Although INSTALL tells me I need GCC3.0 Debian testing only provides GCC4.9.1, so of course I tried with that.
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