Sunday, September 4, 2016

The Taurean Affair - Lets Play Star Trek Online

Hello Dwellers and Welcome To The Basement...

With the on-going story arc involving Sobar and crew wrapped up for now, I'm finally going to  go over mission by mission for the 'Original Series' faction exclusive missions... which is only a handful of missions before it leaps from the 23rd Century to the 25th Century... but we'll get to that in time.

So... right off the bat, we have to create a new character... I elected to go with an Andorian Female Science Officer named Tahla... because you've just seen me spend months playing as an Engineering Officer... and I have more Starfleet Vessel options for later in the game as a Science Officer than I do as a Tactical Officer.

The first mission, The Taurean Affair acts as a follow up to the original series episode, The Galileo Seven, Tahla is the first officer on a Pioneer-Class ship  under the command of Captain Issac Garret. A ship has crashed on the planet of Tarsus IV, and we are there to rescue the survivors.Along for the ride is Ensign (formally Yeoman) Mears, who isn't too happy about returning to the planet she nearly didn't make it off of, and this is a great tie in, following up on one of the characters from the original episode, showing what became of her. We also meet our first bridge officer, another Andorian named Tarsi who is a tactile weapons officer.

So once on the planet, it's basically find the survivors and fend off the rather large locals, similar to episode this mission is based on. Since it's the first mission under the TOS-Faction, it's really a get use to things mission, the combat is light... but what is awesome is the atmosphere, Cryptic really went all out to make the planet seem like the one from The Galileo Seven episode, and the Taurean actually heave large spears as weapons, which is pretty awesome. There is a nice call back to the TG7, with the electrifying the hull bit... and even a rescue of officers that are probably going to be had for dinner.

Things take a cool turn when Klingons show up, and it turns out they are ambushing and raiding ships in the area. The ground combat is a little bit more of a faster pace, but nothing to difficult, then it's back to the ship to get taught on how to navigate and deal with space combat against a few easy Klingon vessels. The story line twist is that the player gets to assist the USS Enterprise against Commander Kor, thus setting up a villain that the player has to worry about while in the 23rd Century.

The mission itself concludes with the player getting to chat with some members of the Enterprise Crew... and we get the first insight of 'Time Travel', as Scotty and McCoy both recognize Tahla from earlier in their lives , but for her, it's the first time she's meeting them. Also, Captain Garret is getting promoted to Admiral... and so taking command of the ship is the player's character (Though in the game play video, I'm trading up to the Constitution-class vessel)

As an introductory mission for new players, this mission is all kinds of awesome, as it paces everything out and things flow nicely, similar to the Klingon faction one... the Romulan and 25th Century Federation Tutorials feel a bit on the 'long side' particular if one wants to explore and take ones time.

Now since Tomorrow is Labor and I'm off from my day job, we'll go ahead and do the next mission tomorrow.

Till then my friends... have a good one!

Star Trek The Next Generation #37 - Comics From The Basement

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Back at the end of May, I went over Star Trek The Next Generation #36, which was part 1 of a 3 part story which featured the character Ardra from the episode ‘Devil’s Due’. Now sure she didn’t show up until the end of that issue...despite being on the cover, but comics can be weird like that. But let's get to this week's comic before I get myself off track

Anyway issue #37 has a great cover, showing Picard, Troi, LaForge, Roand Ardra in a jail cell… and not dressed like how they are in the story… and that does irk me a little, still I do like how it looks like it gives the reader the impression they are looking into the cell with LaForge and Ro looking out

Also of note, page one… and yeah, Marta DuBois was quite… impressive on the show in her physical presence… but… damn, I just can’t help but think that Ro and LaForge are thinking the exact same thing here.

The story here, is that Ardra came to Shanizbar to try and marry the ruler, because when he kicks the bucket, the wife gets his fortune, regardless of how long he’s been married. Let me state that this was two years before Anna Nicole Smith married J. Howard Marshall. However, she Ardra ended in prison not because she was exposed as a con artist, but she over heard that the King’s Chief Adviser are plotting to poison him to take control to get to his fortune. Picard doesn’t believe her story, but Troi, being an empath does, and thus the first order of business (to Picard’s dismay) is to break out of prison.


How this is done is just great… Troi and Ardra ‘fight’ over Picard… they get a little scuffle going, which draws in the guards, who they knock out and escape… with Picard making sure the other prisoners don’t escape because they are probably there for a good reason. And though there is a question of how will they reach the ruler of Shanzibar and convince him of the treachery around him, Ardra is sure they can do it because everything is going smoothly… so the comic ends with her asking ‘What could possibly go wrong?’ and Picard answering ‘What indeed?’

 Now in addition to the main story, there is some side trips, Dr. Crusher writing a letter to Wesley, not to tell him to shut up at the Academy, but to tell him they got Picard off the ship for Shore Leave… even if it was to see what Ardra was up too, basically that’s there to get the readers caught up on things, then a bit that kinda Riker and Crusher complaining about waiting around on the ship, And then the oddest but… two pages showing life with Miles O’Brien, Keiko and Molly… and he’s going stir crazy, he’s been pretty much a devoted father and family man… but he needs some of that ‘man’ time, Keiko gets this and tells him to go down to the planet to relax, but he doesn’t want to… until Molly flings baby food in his face as if to say ‘

VERDICT: This comic is a nice middle chapter, it explains Ardra’s presence, and shows she does have some moral fiber, since she wants to save The King… granted her motives aren’t totally pure. The jail break is pretty fun to read, and the stuff on the Enterprise is a little pointless, but the stuff with the O’Briens is nice to see.

The artwork is decent, though there are a few wonky faces here and there… and some minor inconsistency with Ardra’s forehead, otherwise, those who appeared on the show do look how they are supposed to look

Also, in the ‘Starfleet Confidential’ section, basically letter’s to the editor, there is two pages that puts the TNG comics, the Pocket Books Novels and the episode of TNG from Encounter At Fairpoint up to Time’s Arrow into a rough  timeline, which places issues #36, #37 and the one we’ll get to at some point down the road #38 to wrap up this trilogy, after the season 5 episode The Perfect Mate, but before Imaginary Friend.

And that will just about wrap it up for this week, next week, will be part 1 of a two part look at the Sledge Hammer comics Marvel produced as tie-ins to the sitcom of the same name to celebrate the 30th Anniversary of said show. So till then my friends, and you are my friends, have a good one!

Why I Am Against Intergender Wrestling Matches

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In this video log, I explain why I am against intergender wrestling matches, it's pretty obvious if you think about it: violence against women is wrong, and there is a numerous booking problems associated with it. 

I was shooting from the hip with this video, so no formal blog posting.


11/18/2019 Grandia

We were back to Grandia tonight, picking up in Luc Village and then continuing all the way up till we got to the Village of Dight. Progress ...