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    In The Beginning

    Indeed, great short story - I first read it in my teens in the early '70s. and his work, along with stories by Sheckley, Robinson, Clarke, Blish,Heinlein, Anderson and Bester, formed the basis for my lifelong love of speculative fiction. Great reference, Face - brought back so many memories....
    Posted 04-28-2017 at 08:14 AM by ZCochrane ZCochrane is offline
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    In The Beginning

    Nice story. Reminds me a bit of Asimov's "The Last Question" with that Multivac (later AC) computer.
    Posted 03-20-2017 at 07:25 AM by Face Face is offline
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    Urwumpe's Avatar


    There was also a Minuteman II somewhere. I had made a crude Trident D5 missile sometime early in the past for Orbiter 2006 (Though I had the through-deck third stage motor wrong then.)
    Posted 10-13-2016 at 11:32 AM by Urwumpe Urwumpe is offline
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    There ARE ICBM addons... Igel's R-7 pack, for starters. However, I am unsure whether they have been tested in 2016 yet or not. Give it a try... what's the worst thing that could happen?
    Posted 10-13-2016 at 03:51 AM by MaverickSawyer MaverickSawyer is offline
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    No Man's Sky Part 4 - technicalities and gameplay

    Yeah, I suspected something along those lines.
    Posted 08-26-2016 at 01:25 PM by jedidia jedidia is offline
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    No Man's Sky Part 4 - technicalities and gameplay

    And floating islands and boulders. I'm not sure whether that was hard to optimise out of the engine and they decided to like it rather than trying to get on top of it, or if they genuinely liked and wanted them.
    My bet is the former.
    It looks like they are slicing a 4D function, which would inevitably produce both closed off caves and floating pieces of land. The latter are nearly impossible to get rid of with anything less that a regression to a 3D slice (the kind i have in Spaceway).
    Posted 08-26-2016 at 01:04 PM by Artlav Artlav is offline
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    No Man's Sky Part 1: Overhyped, underdelivering, game of my dreams.

    Thanks for the clarification! Goes to show that I really am not familiar with the genre, apparently!
    Posted 08-20-2016 at 05:35 PM by Fabri91 Fabri91 is offline
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    No Man's Sky Part 1: Overhyped, underdelivering, game of my dreams.

    As far as I know that series would indeed be part of the "space exploration" genre, but I see it's missing from your list.
    That's kind of why I go into that much detail with this stuff: No, neither Elite nor any of its successors including Dangerous, are space exploration games in the sense of the old genre, they are generally considerd "Space trading games". In fact, the original elite predates the birth of the genre in Starflight by 2 years, and it is doubtful that it has influenced starflight very much, considering it was in development for 6 years.

    Basically, the space trading genre can be summed up as "Flying between the stars making money following some kind of vocation, traditionally trading, but more likely by blowing stuff up". The genre employs various degrees of exploration, but it's not the core gameplay.

    The space exploration genre, on the other hand, is perfectly summarised by the Mission assignement you get in Starflight:

    1. Seek out and explore strange new worlds
    2. Boldly go where no man has gone before
    3. Establish contact with any sentients
    4. Capture and bring back non-sentient lifeforms
    5. Record alien lifeform data
    6. Bring back alien artifacts
    7. Bring back any valuable minerals
    8. Keep from getting brutally killed
    Space exploration games have emphasised these aspects differently, but they were all in there in one way or another. I'll go into more details on how No Mans Sky is distributed over these aspects.
    Posted 08-20-2016 at 02:54 PM by jedidia jedidia is offline
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    No Man's Sky Part 1: Overhyped, underdelivering, game of my dreams.

    Looking forward to the following parts of this post.

    My only contact with this genre, at least until a possible future sale where I might get NMS, has been Elite, specifically Elite: Dangerous.
    As far as I know that series would indeed be part of the "space exploration" genre, but I see it's missing from your list. Have you had any experience with them?
    Posted 08-20-2016 at 02:26 PM by Fabri91 Fabri91 is offline
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    A Saga Ends; An Adventure Begins

    Congratulations! A new pilot is Orbinaut!
    Remind to the crew to worship the Probe.
    Posted 06-22-2016 at 06:41 PM by Matias Saibene Matias Saibene is offline
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    Time for a new step.. Again!

    Congratulations, my friend. It seems to be a rare thing these days, around here anyway, to get a job, and/or career, doing exactly what you want to do in the field you want. I started my IT journey as a hardware/desktop support technician, with hopes to eventually move into a developer role within the company. It took 8 years for that transition, but I built a lot of relationships along the way that would end up benefiting me in my current place in the company, and I wouldn't change a thing.

    Enjo is right. The geek shall inherit the Earth.
    Posted 06-21-2016 at 06:15 PM by n122vu n122vu is offline
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    A Saga Ends; An Adventure Begins

    Thanks! I'm glad my ramblings have inspired someone. If nothing else, one of the biggest points I hope I've conveyed is don't give up. No matter how long you have to wait between lessons due to money, the plane, weather, or anything else, no matter how bad you think a lesson has gone or how rattled or frustrated you get, don't give up. It will be worth it in the end. Believe it or not, the delays prepared me. I've only flown 3 times since my checkride, and having the delays prepared me for how rusty I would be with all that time in between, which in turn makes me less frustrated at myself for being so rusty. I'll be flying more often though soon, but that's another blog entry...
    Posted 06-21-2016 at 12:42 PM by n122vu n122vu is offline
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    Matias Saibene's Avatar

    Andromeda project

    Originally Posted by SilverStar View Comment
    So, what are your spaceships gonna look like?
    Still busy with developing it, or are you busy with something complete new?
    First of all thank you very much for your interest and comment, and excuse the delay in responding. Really.

    It is very sad for me (and I do not want to victimize me), but a series of family problems and then personal health problems prevent me from carrying out several activities (involving concentrate on an activity in general).

    Then I tell you everything I intended to do (and someday sooner or later I will).

    The project was to be called "Andromeda Universe" (and the idea was to publish bases and spaceships along with posts in the forum to put together a story):
    1- Planets with bases and cities (inspired by Pictown)
    2- Spaceships programmed in "Vinka Spacecraft" (initially) and then complete my dream to program them in C ++. Quite detailed booths (I love SketchUp), and custom sounds (I even record sounds and voice to create a sort of onboard computer). Compatibility UCGO and Ummu.
    3- A huge space station called Orion.
    And all that in LGPL release or some open license.

    One of these days I will release all the models and all the project, only because if someone is interested in vessel's meshes.

    You can see some images that I uploaded to: http://www.orbiter-forum.com/showthread.php?t=34529


    Again thank you very much for your comment and I apologize for the delay in responding.
    Posted 06-21-2016 at 06:32 AM by Matias Saibene Matias Saibene is offline
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    A Saga Ends; An Adventure Begins

    Wow! Congratulations! I've been following your blogs from the beginning and I am really happy for you!

    This is a childhood dream of me too. I really hope that I can accomplish the same thing someday. Your blogs encouraged me to go for it... when I have the money though

    Safe flights and have fun!

    Posted 06-20-2016 at 07:37 PM by IronRain IronRain is offline
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    Time for a new step.. Again!

    Congratulations, fellow linuxer! Skillsets like this are usually in high enough demand that you can afford to dictate where you work and what else you get along with it. Don't be afraid to make positive career decisions for yourself, even if the company you're leaving did need you. They'll cope without you and you won't enjoy staying in a position where you feel overworked and under-utilised. Kudos to you for branching out!
    Posted 06-20-2016 at 12:02 PM by Xyon Xyon is offline
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    Time for a new step.. Again!

    I remember that I got a job at university in a pretty informal way: A friend talked about a problem at a research project of his employer, I had nothing better to do on the afternoon, 60 minutes later I had been employed...

    Now I am campaigning for becoming senior developer before my hair turns gray...
    Posted 06-10-2016 at 01:56 PM by Urwumpe Urwumpe is offline
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    Time for a new step.. Again!

    Cool. Being a geek pays off later in life.
    Posted 06-08-2016 at 03:15 AM by Enjo Enjo is offline
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    appropriate usernames strike

    While you're doing that, read Plato and Aristotle too.

    6 years might have been a long time ago for you, drop in the bucket for me. Political and socioeconomic values will change over the course of a lifetime. What looked good as a teenager loses appeal in the late 20's. Some shift or another occurs periodically.

    Where a person lives has a lot to do with it as well. Urban "values" are vastly different from rural perspectives.
    Posted 05-10-2016 at 08:40 AM by PhantomCruiser PhantomCruiser is offline
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    appropriate usernames strike

    Originally Posted by communist View Comment
    i think this is the most accurate way to put it
    I see. Did you read Marx?

    P.S.: Any reason why you answer my post but don't approve it?
    Posted 05-09-2016 at 06:02 AM by Face Face is offline
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    appropriate usernames strike

    Originally Posted by garyw View Comment
    You've been a member since 2010 with this name and a quick search through your post history shows this post http://www.orbiter-forum.com/showthr...6&postcount=11 declaring "I hate communism".

    Guess what?

    No one cares. Communist, non communist. No one cares. It strikes me that you're posting just to try to wind people up. Don't, the staff are watching. Always.
    2010 was a very long time ago,and i was very immature back then,and had no real idea what anything was
    Posted 05-09-2016 at 01:36 AM by communist communist is offline

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