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 Post subject: About to try to beat Star Control 2...no spoilers!
PostPosted: Thu Mar 19, 2015 10:22 pm 
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So I used to play Star Control 1 in high school and enjoyed it thoroughly, even though I felt the only thing missing was a main story line. The Melee mode was awesome but for a 1-player it was pretty much for training to know all of the ships and their strengths and weaknesses and carry that over into the campaign missions. Still I found it very enjoyable and I loved the strategic value in ship vs ship and tactical maneuvers in campaign-mode and I always have appreciated the simplistic yet realistic approach to space combat.

I recently discovered Ur-Quan Masters when I began doing some reminiscing about old games I used to play, and I felt like it was much more like a game I could embrace and embark on a quest to immerse myself in the gloriousness THAT IS Star Control..2?..or Ur-Quan?..or whatever it's called, the 3DO one with people talking and crap.

I've already begun by doing some necessary prep work, which means I searched for a barebones copy of a starmap and printed several copies, including a massive poster-size map to chart my progress and discoveries. I'm also going to use a tape recorder as a "flight recorder" of sorts to be able to make log entries and later transcribe to keep records of valuable information or anything I might need to refer back to. The answer to the question in your head is YES! I am one of those crazy trekie guys who takes this stuff WAY too seriously...and I also suffer from Peter Pan Syndrome.

I'd also welcome any thoughts, advice (no spoilers though please), opinions, concerns, questions, subpoenas, ultimatums, inquests, or communications (or even excommunications) on the matter. Perhaps even recalling your own personal experiences when you played through the game for the first time. Thanks!

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 Post subject: Re: About to try to beat Star Control 2...no spoilers!
PostPosted: Fri Mar 20, 2015 6:59 am 
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Ah, Star Control 2...
I remember back when I played through it for the first time. I'd gone on this really long mining mission, then I caught whiff of something which I'm not going to mention because that would be spoilers, from a source which is equally spoilers. Regardless, I flew straight on over there, did... stuff, found a really great planet and then, to my horror, I find that no, I cannot mine out this highly valuable planet because I wouldn't have enough fuel to get back home if I did. Saddened, I left the bounty untouched and travelled back home, barely getting there as I didn't have enough fuel to even make a single turn for the sake of dodging an incoming enemy fleet.
So please, do stock up on fuel. Running out is never fun.

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 Post subject: Re: About to try to beat Star Control 2...no spoilers!
PostPosted: Fri Mar 20, 2015 7:24 am 
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Pay attention to characters that seem to be hinting at things. You might find that not everything is immediately obvious.


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 Post subject: Re: About to try to beat Star Control 2...no spoilers!
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After each conversation line you can review it in text form. Sometimes the audio isn't very clear and you might miss some crucial points that way.

Enjoy your journey!

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 Post subject: Re: About to try to beat Star Control 2...no spoilers!
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Don't buy the tribble. Just DON'T!


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 Post subject: Re: About to try to beat Star Control 2...no spoilers!
PostPosted: Fri Mar 20, 2015 5:29 pm 
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But Angelfish! They're so cute and cuddly! And really...what harm could one little tribble do?

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 Post subject: Re: About to try to beat Star Control 2...no spoilers!
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Thanks Quasispatial for your story, I could almost imagine a ship...going somewhere...and doing something...sort of.

But your advice on fuel I will definitely take to heart. I'm planning on making a flight plan that will take me in a circular path with the neighboring stars for early interstellar exploration. It would seem that mining might be a basic source of revenue, so I'll chart which planets have the highest mineral density for future reference. Then I'll return to Starbase and offload and make any necessary upgrades, and head back to the "outer rim" and continue. This should hopefully alleviate some of the fuel restraints during my early game, assuming of course I don't run into any other problems that would require more immediate drastic measures.

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 Post subject: Re: About to try to beat Star Control 2...no spoilers!
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The Troglodyte wrote:
Thanks Quasispatial for your story, I could almost imagine a ship...going somewhere...and doing something...sort of.

But your advice on fuel I will definitely take to heart. I'm planning on making a flight plan that will take me in a circular path with the neighboring stars for early interstellar exploration. It would seem that mining might be a basic source of revenue, so I'll chart which planets have the highest mineral density for future reference. Then I'll return to Starbase and offload and make any necessary upgrades, and head back to the "outer rim" and continue. This should hopefully alleviate some of the fuel restraints during my early game, assuming of course I don't run into any other problems that would require more immediate drastic measures.


You should always leave time for the unexpected! :D


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 Post subject: Re: About to try to beat Star Control 2...no spoilers!
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Oh, and by the way, I would also recommend getting more than one "slot" with storage, at least in the early game, for the sake of fuel efficiency. The more you can bring back in one go, the less fuel you have to spend getting to the places you are going to mine, as you won't need to go back and forth as many times. Just a suggestion.

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 Post subject: Re: About to try to beat Star Control 2...no spoilers!
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I envy you trog. Playing the best game ever for the first time. I actually had to retake a couple classes way back when because i couldn't stop playing!


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