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Question: What race do you consider the most original (DON'T TAKE INTO ACCOUNT Voices AND Music AND Ships)
Arilou
Umgah
Thraddash
Supox
Utwig
Ilwrath
Taalo
Mmrnmhrm
Chmmr
Spathi
ZoqFotPik
Ur-Quan Kzer-Za
Ur-Quan Kohr-Ah
Druuge
Burvixese
Melnorme
Mycon
Yehat
Shofixti
VUX
Syreen
Earthling
Pkunk
Slylandro (the gasbags)
Orz
Androsynth
Keel-Verezy
Precursors
Chenjesu
Dnyarri

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Re: Most Original Star Control 1&2 Race
« Reply #15 on: March 27, 2007, 07:01:26 pm »

Please explain your choice.

My initial thought was the chenjesu.  Who's seen a talking crystal.  Then I remembered that somewhere in the depths of my mind, I've encountered one.

I can't say I've ever seen a show that features gaseous aliens.  The idea of a race living in a gas giant is pretty neat, and I enjoyed the dialog explaining their lives.

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Re: Most Original Star Control 1&2 Race
« Reply #16 on: March 27, 2007, 07:36:52 pm »

In fact, gaseous alien lifeforms (gasbags) were explored a bit (there was a documentary on Discovery Channel about potential alien lifeforms that included such things; also in Space Empires there exist the "gaseous" choice for your species' type) but not much.
But curious gasbags that are stuck on their planet and feel lonely because they can't quit their world... yes, it's quite original.
Although there are many original SC races, if we think of it - on the first place there should go:
The Slylandro, the Utwig, the Umgah (strange anatomy, interesting culture - a species of pranksters), the Thraddash (blasted back into the Stone Age multiple times, innovative culture advancement system), the Keel-Verezy (I'm surprised no one voted them - "don't want to frighten us by showing themselves"!!!) and the ZoqFotPik.
All on the 1st place.
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« Reply #17 on: March 27, 2007, 08:59:32 pm »

I like the story and motivation of the Mycon.  None of the other non-Urquan races had as much determination to survive at the expense of other races as the Mycon.  Their regeneration ability makes them a perpetual threat, but their plasma blasts can also kill them.  What tragic irony!

Plus the idea of intelligent fungi kind of freaks me out because I could see it happening for some reason.
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Re: Most Original Star Control 1&2 Race
« Reply #18 on: March 28, 2007, 02:47:11 pm »

wml, I said not to take the ships into account.
But anyway, there are plenty of reasons to vote Mycon, indeed.
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« Reply #19 on: March 28, 2007, 05:08:19 pm »

wml, I said not to take the ships into account.
But anyway, there are plenty of reasons to vote Mycon, indeed.

Hehe, the ship is just an added bonus.   Grin  But it's not the ship that's interesting to me, it's the fact they have to take the good with the bad.  They can be their own worst enemy.
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« Reply #20 on: March 28, 2007, 05:26:41 pm »

What about the Yuptar?
(just kidding)

Man, it's a tough tough choice. So many good options! But I can knock 'Precursor' off the list. That's been done. Same with Mmrnmrhrm. And Syreen. And of course Arilou.
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« Reply #21 on: March 28, 2007, 05:36:15 pm »

Had to go with the Spathi...I can’t say I’ve ever heard of a cowardly, space-faring, one-eyed, mollusk.

Though I had to give the Ur-Quan consideration. And the Slylandro too…I really liked their Carl Sagan’s Cosmos feel.
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« Reply #22 on: March 28, 2007, 06:12:32 pm »

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And Syreen. And of course Arilou.

Definetly not unique, but their campyness made them fun Tongue
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« Reply #23 on: March 28, 2007, 06:20:16 pm »

Orz: Lovecraftian Übermonster or confused extra-dimensional being(s)? Who knows?
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« Reply #24 on: March 28, 2007, 06:33:03 pm »

I'd say confused. They don't look too informed as to what really they did to the Androsynth or stuff like that. Plus, this makes them more original.

By the way, why did nobody vote Keel-Verezy?
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« Reply #25 on: March 28, 2007, 08:13:53 pm »

I don't really think of them as a star control race. I mean they are mentioned a few times by Greenish, but for me, without seeing them it just doesn't do it for me
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« Reply #26 on: March 29, 2007, 07:30:56 pm »

I didn't vote for them, but close second goes to Chmmr for me.  Love the backstory and the nobility of their parent races.  Also love the fact that the offspring are "imperfect" and unintended.  A hybrid race from crystalline and mechanical beings?  Wow.
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Re: Most Original Star Control 1&2 Race
« Reply #27 on: March 31, 2007, 02:49:43 am »

I voted Slylandro, but Zok-Fot-Pik would have been my next choice. The Slylandro's explanation of things kept me fascinated for hours, the first time I saw it.
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« Reply #28 on: March 31, 2007, 08:59:42 am »

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The Slylandro's explanation of things kept me fascinated for hours, the first time I saw it.
Me too. I mean, when I found them - I had already completed the game for some time when I stumbled across them. I was so excited - and so were the Slylandro.
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Re: Most Original Star Control 1&2 Race
« Reply #29 on: March 31, 2007, 10:15:04 am »

Tough call.

ZFP, Orz, Spathi, Chmmr, Slylandro probes, Slylandro gasbags all seem like the best answers.
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