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1  The Ur-Quan Masters Re-Release / General UQM Discussion / Re: Can someone tell me what happened in SC3? on: September 18, 2006, 10:48:59 am
In SC3 you were chasing ghosts until the very end of the game, where you suddenly met with the Heralds out of the blue (those were one of the more interesting aliens, but they made just a short appearance), and found out that you were fighting Gods that were powerful enough to devour all sentient life in the galaxy. Come on ! I think this is ultra lame, and that it's a shame that I had to play hours to find out about this.
The game itself was about solving lots of minor quests, and to find allies. You don't know why you need these allies, except at the very end of the game, when you suddenly have to hurry to get their help to craft some miracle device that can feed the gods. That is also lame, imo.
So, except for a few of the smaller quests, and some races that were fairly nice (Equivan, Harika), the game was not very good, lacked the nice humor that was present in SC2, and was not worth the money I paid for it. I think it's worth about 2 euro - 1 euro because it's not completely bad and it had some enjoyable moments, enough to keep playing, and 1 more euro for the courage to make a sequel for a game like SC2, which is pretty hard to do imo Wink
2  The Ur-Quan Masters Re-Release / General UQM Discussion / Re: Upgrade the graphics! on: September 13, 2006, 12:40:49 am
I'm not an expert, but I think it's difficult to change, because physics in UQM are pixel-based. So if you change resolution in one place, then physics changes too.
3  The Ur-Quan Masters Re-Release / General UQM Discussion / Re: I surprised myself in Super Melee when I... on: September 01, 2006, 12:25:27 am
Once (and only once) I killed an Avatar with a Guardian in comet mode. It got stuck in one of the Avatars wings, and destroyed it in just a few seconds.
4  The Ur-Quan Masters Re-Release / Starbase Café / Re: Dark matter found on: August 28, 2006, 04:42:17 pm
I suppose black suns can exist as well then ...
5  The Ur-Quan Masters Re-Release / Starbase Café / Re: Pluto is no longer a planet! Poor Fwiffo! on: August 24, 2006, 10:48:55 pm
6  The Ur-Quan Masters Re-Release / General UQM Discussion / Re: A question on Open Source... on: August 20, 2006, 12:09:02 pm
I've read some SW books, and there it's not so fast... maybe the travel time is simply not mentioned in the movies ?
However... this is probably the correct authority Wink
Although this is a bit vague, too.
7  The Ur-Quan Masters Re-Release / General UQM Discussion / Re: A question on Open Source... on: August 19, 2006, 02:37:02 pm
I used a-c to underline the point that their fleet isn't that big.

In Star Wars, the average ship can jump across the galaxy in a day.

Uhm, no, that would take months as far as I could understand.
I think it's a hundred lightyears each day or something like that.
8  The Ur-Quan Masters Re-Release / General UQM Discussion / Re: A question on Open Source... on: August 19, 2006, 01:08:14 pm
I think the UQ have about a thousand ships.
a. they took a long time conquering the SC2 quadrant
b. they need battle thralls to defeat the alliance
c. the Shofixti were able to destroy a third of their fleet in one supernova, and those were hundreds of ships I think.

So ... probably this nomadic race had no chance against a well-equipped empire that covers an entire galaxy.
9  The Ur-Quan Masters Re-Release / Starbase Café / Re: What do we like to do in our café? on: August 17, 2006, 11:59:28 pm
I prefer drinking some some red wine or white beer. The color is important.
10  The Ur-Quan Masters Re-Release / Starbase Café / Re: starcon rpg on: August 17, 2006, 01:32:28 pm
Well, it's not really my game, but I think those things you mentioned are possible.

Note that the game started last year. As far as I can tell, it could last another year, provided that people join. So, I think it is still worthwile to jump in if you are interested in impersonating a Yehat or some other race.

In short, the game takes place during the Kzer-Za invasion. So, there are fleets of Kzer-Za present, and a few races have been subjugated during the course of the game (Druuge, Mycon, Utwig).

The Druuge got some help from other players, but I think it was not enough. Anyway, the Druuge player left before he was subjugated, but I think this race is part of the Kzer-Za hierarchy now.

The Mycon have had no player, they were temped by a game-master, and were subjugated a few months ago.

The Mrmrmm have some important mission to finish.
They are allies with the Chenjesu.
Also, they have an uneasy alliance with the Ilwrath and Umgah.

The Vux were plunged in a devastating civil war, and also managed to get at war with the Mrmrmm and Ilwrath, who almost annihilated them. The Vux are now in the process of rebuilding, and also have a fleet of Kzer-Za closeby watching them.

The Yehat didn't do much interesting except colonizing their region of space, nor did the Zoq-Fot-Pik. The players left too soon.

The Earthlings have good relationship with most races. They've joined an Umgah/Ilwrath war against the Thraddash.

The Utwig were recently conquered by the Kzer-Za.

The Umgah are "prophets" of the twin gods of destruction, and have a close alliance with the Ilwrath, who do their every bidding.

The Thraddash keep to their region of space, but have an ongoing tournament where the strongest Thraddash invite the strongest members of other races for hand-to-hand combat to see who's strongest.

I think this covers most of the story, without going in any detail (that would take too long).

Colonization has reached it maximum allowed level, so now it's just cashing in, building ships, and talk to other players (thus, little to no micromanagement anymore).

here are the rules of the game:

here is the forum to ask questions to the players:

here is the forum with the communications between races (the roleplaying):

11  The Ur-Quan Masters Re-Release / Starbase Café / Re: War in the middle east on: August 16, 2006, 03:42:12 pm
Imo the hariri speech puts too little weight on the enormous influence of the west on global military, politics and economics.

Anyway, I think the war came a bit too soon, not all diplomatic possibilities were explored. Although Hizballah did stretch Israeli patience to the limit by 6 years of irritating border skirmishes.
However, for some reason diplomatic negotiations were cancelled a few years ago. I think because the US doesn't want to negotiate with what they perceive as a terrorist organization (imo it's more than that).
So, war was inevitable.

Given that war is inevitable, I think that indeed, Israel did a lot to minimize casualties.
It warned people in advance.
It also didn't rely entirely on long-range attacks, but also on incursion mission.

However, I do think that the war did an enormous amount of damage to Lebanese and Israeli economies (billions of dollars).
Also, I think this war was very bad public relations for the "west" and especially for the US and Israel. I hope this won't have severe impact on the longer term (after all, arab countries own a lot of oil which the west needs). Fortunately, the war ended fairly soon, so hopefully this damage is limited.

12  The Ur-Quan Masters Re-Release / Starbase Café / starcon rpg on: August 16, 2006, 09:32:09 am
If someone is interested in roleplaying (making a few posts a week on a forum), would someone like to take control of the Umgah for me ? I've stopped cause it took too long and now I've lost interest. They are in the middle of a war against the Thraddash.

There's also need for a new Earthling player, he left too. The Earthlings participate in this war as allies of the Umgah.

The Ilwrath are also allied, but I think the Ilwrath player is still around.

Several other races need new players too.

I you are interested, check here:;action=display;threadid=1138

13  The Ur-Quan Masters Re-Release / Starbase Café / Re: War in the middle east on: August 13, 2006, 07:24:12 pm
It seems like this war is going to end early tomorrow.
I saw someone on CNN say, that Israel could've done much more damage than it did. I believe that, so I'd like to conclude this with "it could've been worse".
14  The Ur-Quan Masters Re-Release / Starbase Café / Re: War in the middle east on: July 29, 2006, 12:46:23 am
"Yeah. Israel causes so much collateral damage to things that have only remotely to do with the terrorist actions themselves, that it gives me the creeps."

are you talking about the HZ personnal building HZ built above their undergound command bunker in Beirut? or are you talking about the bridges through which the iranians and syrians constantly resupply HZ? or perhaps the power station of beirut which supplied electricity to the residents of the city who sit on the fence while their countrymen kidnap our soldiers on our  territories or snipe from the other side of the fence at farmers in the fields? i'm sorry, i don't see all those as "remotely connected" to terrorism.

You're forgetting suburban residential areas, factories, villages of farmers, shops, vehicles carrying refuguees.

There's one other point btw. People mention that Syria and Iran are the real culprits. So why doesn't Israel attack those to create a long and lasting peace in the Middle East ? Or is Lebanon just practice in preparation for the real work later on ?
I'm pretty sure that you don't like the idea of such a big war, so you're not going to solve anything, you're just living in another illusion that you've accomplished something by neutralizing hizbollah.
Also, I can imagine how the current government is going to occupy southern lebanon, and that in 10 years from now, another government with another agenda, will vacate it again, and the whole process will start all over again.
15  The Ur-Quan Masters Re-Release / Starbase Café / Re: War in the middle east on: July 28, 2006, 08:58:12 pm
that aside, would a contribution of a cent say that he doesn't have the right to complain?  i would  say of course not, it's a ridiculous sum that wouldn't buy anything, but on the other hand what if ten guys donated a cent each and  the bottle of ether used to drug the soldiers kidnapped cost 10 cents? so my answer is i don't know - i don't know if there IS a clear cut answer to this

Yeah. Israel causes so much collateral damage to things that have only remotely to do with the terrorist actions themselves, that it gives me the creeps.
But it's not about those terrorist actions anymore, is it. It's become a war, and an ugly one, too.
On both sides, btw. There are a lot of civilian casualties on both sides.
I wonder why they still use the term "terrorists" when they talk about this war, it makes no sense to me.
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