Your corvette has returned with its spoils of exploration from the DM-759 system and your drones have carried out the cargo. The tank of carbon fluid has solidified into a honeycombed block, although you sense it moving within the tank periodically.Your asteroid mining base is far outside your range of control, but the commanding thinker has make quick work of situating the new drones, and is expanding the base deeper into the asteroid. Reports from your shuttles as they ferry metal and nutrients back and forth indicates that the mining base is already up and running.On the distant world of Raligha, in the M-662 system your pod continues to watch the human settlers as they explore the jungle, cataloging the local plant and animal life.So much to do, and so little time to do it. You are still not sure how effective your ploy to distract the Broker was, or how long you have until you are discovered, but with your new Ceph stealth technology you plan on making the most of your situation.Welcome back to Hive Queen Quest!>Archives http://suptg.thisisnotatrueending.com/archive.html?tags=Hive%20Queen%20Quest>Twitter https://twitter.com/HiveQueenQuest>Various pasta http://pastebin.com/u/QuestDrone
>>33707448>Current armory41 Thorn Launchers2 Thorn Cannons23 Sting Casters1 Rotary Stinger3 Fire Sprays1 Plasma Spray>Current resource reservesNutrients: 4970Metals: 6587>Hive population and upkeep cost Hive maintenance – 75Queen – 5Worker (119) – 238Radiator Worker (40) – 160Warrior (22) – 88Thinker (49) – 147Speaker – 3Digger (30) – 120Refinery (10) – 70Sniffer (2) – 8Wasp (18) – 90Antenna (3) – 9Haz-mat Workers (20) – 80Shock Troops (5) – 65Excavator (9) – 171Colossus (2) – 30Advanced Relay (5) – 500Space Pod (3) – 90Shuttle (2) – 50Scout Corvette – 325Nutrient costs: 1786>IncomeMetals: 2500Nutrients: 4050Net: 1726Hive Structure>Reservoir>General storage>Food storage>Advanced Laboratory>Infrastructure>Hangar facilities: Room for 40 Aero Drones and 20 Shuttles (25N)>Mine: +250 M per day (+25 M per digger)>Algae Farm: +2000 N per day, 20 Workers (1 worker per 100N)>Clarke Research Outpost>Hel’s Angel Prison Outpost>Docking Pylon: Space for docking and construction of 4 ships (50N)Current Construction Projects20 Algae Farms (+2000N, 10 workers)New Construction Options>Algae Farm – +100N per day, 1 worker to maintain>Hangar Expansion – Add on to current hangar facilities for your choice of +40 aero drone space, or +20 shuttle space. 50N 100MShip Construction Optionshttp://pastebin.com/a7Q1shZehttp://pastebin.com/YTwGk8n1
>>33707468Finished Research>Mimetic skinThe Ceph skin is composed of a matrix of multicolored chromatophore cells bunched into clusters. At will, the Ceph can expand or contract certain cells to create any pattern or color desired. In addition, small bundles of muscles are layered just under the skin, and are capable of instinctively replicating most surface textures it is in contact with.New adaptations unlockedMimetic skin: A thin layer of crhomatophore cells develop along the surface of the carapace to create a thin membrane capable of shifting color at will. Because the membrane is grown over the carapace, it can be used in conjunction with any carapace type, although any damage sustained would rupture the membrane. (2N)Adaptive camouflage: This carapace foregoes defense to develop a dense weave of muscle fibers capable of replicating the texture of surrounding objects, such as a hive wall, stone, or the trunk of a tree. It offers no resistance to any damage type, but when used in conjunction with Mimetic skin a drone is capable of hiding in plain sight, disguised as any number of mundane objects, granting a massive bonus to any attempt at stealth against visual, sonar, or radar based detection methods. It is only effective when not moving, and cannot prevent detection via thermal imaging or other such methods. (8)
>>33707448>DM-759I thought it was OM-759?I mean it seemed ambiguous to me at first but then i noticed that the d's in this font look like they do in Lalande, and the O's look like in Wolf.
>>33707448Hey i thought up of a new drone design that replaces the sniffer.>Olfactory:Advanced(2N)>Acoustic:Advanced(2N)>Radio: Advanced(6N 3M)>Electrical(3N 2M)>Mandible>Vocalizer 2.0: similar to normal vocalizer, except it mimicks all sounds (2?N) >Arm/graspers >Dexterity:(1N) >Legs/mobility >Endurance:(1N)>Auxiliary/Utility >Wings: Advanced air superiority(4N) >Filter lungs:(4N) >Radiator Tubes:(4N) >Oxygen Recycler:(8N) >Quantum brain:(4N) >Carapace:Mimetic skin(2N) Adaptive camouflage(8N) >Chassis:Standard>Size: SmallCost:12N 1mUpkeep:6NName:Scout/SpyReasons for upgrades.:Senses:I gave it the advanced versions of the senses since each upgrade greatly enhances scouting and tracking capabilties, and the added cost is minimalVocalizer:I believe this could give a boost to stealth or used as a distraction.Wings:the upgrade cost is minimal, and the better wings are all around upgrade on its capabilities.Filter Lungs:Should allow the drone to travel where ever it wants and to not be affected by gas/airborne toxins.Radiator Tubes:It allows it to survive out planets hot temperture, it also should work well agianst thermal tracking, and maybe fire/lasers( glancing shots).Oxygen Recycler:for underwater exploration, and in case there is something the filter lungs can't handle.Quantum brain:This should help greatly with the new version of the vocalizer, it also should help in its tracking capabilities.Memetic ski&Adaptive camo: speak for themselves and help greatly in stealth.
>>33707496Current Research>Skyl dissectionMediumThe ancient bodies of the fallen Skyl have been extensively altered in a frighteningly invasive manner. Preliminary results indicate most of the remaining tissue is composed of an inert lattice >Linear particle beamsMediumBased on the Cyclotron, the linear particle beam is simply the previous design laid out into a single, long line. The longer the particle projector is the more powerful the weapon becomes, however because of the nature of the speed of light, lengthening the projector gains diminishing returns. It is most effective as a fixed mounted weapon of a ship, but powerful enough particle beams can be made to cut through an atmosphere, serving as a relatively effective anti-orbital weapon against ships in low orbit.>Biomechanical engineeringSlowThe study of how various substances interact and influence other life forms has given way to the possibility of developing new and more effective methods of biological manipulation.Available Researchhttp://pastebin.com/F6t39KSp
>>33707468what are the construction options for the clarke outpost, the hells angel out post, and the asteroid?
>>33707555Should build a psychic transmitter on the asteroid base then
>>33707543How long, until these research are done?Also are the new thinkers hatched?What do they add to research?
>>33707587Yeah, so that we at least have more of an idea of what happening.
>>33707587Agreed. That and we can make it also into a watch post in that system. Doesn't hurt to keep an eye out for anyone jumping into and out of that place.
>>33707543Valen have there own FTL if I remember correctly right?>>33707587I still wonder why we don't have interplanetary relays.
>>33707543These get my vote on the next research.>Reactive armorSlowWhile most of the human suit systems are designed to solve various failing of the human body, you may be able to learn from their chosen method of protection. The suit has a thin layer of microfibers that rapidly solidify into a dense shell when subjected to dangerous kinetic force, both serving as a cast for broken bones and protecting against blunt trauma. Developing a method of weaving a similar substance into your drones would greatly improve their resistance to impacts and ballistic attacks; however it would have no mitigating effect on directed energy weapons.>Regeneration TankVery slowThese large tanks appear to be designed to rapidly heal wounds in some way, and further research of the tank’s fluid and the mechanism of the tank itself should offer insight into its inner workings. >Lyle’s Combat armorMediumNot as powerful or complex as the drop suit, the combat armor appears to be a delicate mix of survivability and combat capabilities, with many similarities to the Union environmental suit. It appears to contain a number of devices designed to be useful in the field. >Bioweapon ResearchMedium/ Very dangerousExperimentation and testing with new artificial strains of spores, as well as other engineered toxins would make it possible to produce tailor-made bioweapons that would be quick to spread and difficult to cure. >Magnetic LevitationMediumThe small human buggy uses a series of superconducting magnets to glide along a planet’s surface a short distance from the ground. Apparently based off of Ceph technology, this device grants a great advantage to mobility.
>>33707622nah we dowe forgot the one in the queen is medium so it got the range of the planetwe put the long range transmitter in our ships though we just forgot
>>33707555Well because of the lack of a magnetosphere your crops can't grow in the asteroid base, but other than that there isn't really any restriction. The base is currently automated with a thinker, with updates arriving via your shuttles as they move nutrients to the base and take metals back to your hive. For your other outposts I has assumed each one was intended for a specialized purpose, so the Clarke base holds potentially dangerous items (except the nukes, which are in a small vault far away) and the Angel outpost is mostly a prison complex. At this point though your hive is spread beneath most of the local area, so your drones can reach almost any location on the map without going above ground.>>33707505Yea, sorry, I didn't have much time to pre-write the OP.Also, somebody needs to make a sci-fi font that's actually legible.
>>33707512So what are you guys thoughts on my new drone design?
>>33707614As far as we know we're the only with jump drives.>>33707651>Reactive armorWe already did that.>Bioweapon ResearchNO>>33707673Those are interstellar relays not interplanetary.
>>33707614The mining base is in your home system, it's just in the asteroid field that surrounds your planet.
>>33707685I figured we could expand on what we can do at the prison complex/clarke out post, and the asteroid still has the option of becoming a ship/nuke/mobilebase.
>>33707719>>Reactive armor>We already did that.It was available research, so i picked it.>>Bioweapon Research>NOWhy, when we have the clarke outpost ready for it.
>>33707719I thought it wassmall range - shocktroopers / thinker covers a 1-10 kMedium range - Queen - Cover planet rangeLong range - Transmitter covers star system?
>>33707543> http://pastebin.com/F6t39KSpYou forgot the living stellar gas and the bluepool samples we just took.>>33707685Time for surveying for a mining location on a different continent entirely on the opposite side of the world where mercenaries won't look!
>>33707772Long range covers galaxies.
>>33707651I say go for >Lyle’s Combat armor
>>33707543Suggested actions>Build new facilities at the mining base>Build an advanced relay on your mining base>Build new facilities at your hive>Other
>>33707512>>33707698I like it, it reminds me of my hacker(?) type drone from before we had the mimitic skin, adaptive camouflage and quantum brain. We could probably mix them up.
>>33707832give the asteroid a giant engine.
>>33707832>OtherSurvey for a new, as far-off as possible mine/second base on this planet.
>>33707760>Why, when we have the clarke outpost ready for it.We need all our Thinkers on that one due to how dangerous it is.
>>33707543That reminds meLyle is nearly as augmented as the skyl and he told us he gets head aches when ever the crystal drive is usedThe drive was given to him by masters for a purpose right and with coil around just to make sure it goes to planWe should check his head i think and test it to psychic influence
>>33707832>OtherHave we built the bunker research facilities? Because we should build the bunker labs. To do dangerous testing in.We should build it right now.
>>33707859its a quick research and we just got new quantum thinkers, so when we finished the 2 medium research options, we can pour all remaining thinkers on it.
>>33707832Could we create a lab that specialize in genetic research and cloning?
>>33707868It should be on a far-off continent too, in case we ever want to use it for atomics research as well.
I currently can't properly mess around with the pastebins, but I've been thinking abour deigning a specialized drone for thinkers to use during research.If anyone feels up to it, feel free. I was considering advanced senses, extra limb/convert legs into arma, extra dexterous arms, specialised blades for dissection, with low armor/mobility/etc.Could OP tell us if this could boost research?
>>33707496>Adaptive camouflageOah boy
>>33707832>Build an advanced relay on your mining base>Build new facilities at your hiveMore hanger space will be nice once the new farms are done. QD, how are the mines holding up back at the hive? Are they starting to run out or are they good for a while?
>>33707868Look>>33707685Clarke outpost was supposed to be that bunker, but it seems people forgot about it.>>33707881Don't even have that tech, and its a waste of space.
>>33707832relay at the mining baseDock plyon on mining baseAnd a egglayer too on the mining baseMore farms at home hive
>>33707881that's our basic tech base already man
>>33707888>It should be on a far-off continent tooThat would be unnecessary.
>>33707911>Don't even have that tech, and its a waste of space.We don't need it because we have perfected it. Seriously. That is like a major part of this quest.
>>33707832>>Build new facilities at the mining base>General storage>Food storage>Infrastructure>>Build an advanced relay on your mining base>>Build new facilities at your hive>Algae Farm – +100N per day, 1 worker to maintain
>>33707698Keep your designs to yourself until the thread hits the bump limit.>>33707832I suggest we swap out the queens medium range psionics for long range.
>>33707915>PylonNo, for the love of shards no. The meteor should still look like an actual meteor and stay stealthy.>egglayerAlso no.We could build 60 more Farms though, yeah.
is there anyway we could start working towards some sort of underwater base?it would need some preliminary research but i think it would be worth it.
>>33707937>CloningWe have yet to clone anything.
>>33707939Nah, i agree with this man. We should build three separate bunker labs in three different parts of the globe. Maximum security.
>>33707844I'm not a fan of the hacker drone, until we have better understanding of tech, until then we will continue to use the goop out thinkers use.
>>33707971Dude. Every single drone is a clone. That is, like everything we do. We build clones.
>>33707969How would it be worth it?I would like to explore tree for sure but what's the benefit to an underwater base?
>>33707971what do you think happens when we lay our eggsthey follow a standard format every timethe only changes are what we decide on manthey are all sterile clones man
>>33707972its a waste of time, and resources.
>>33707958>I suggest we swap out the queens medium range psionics for long range.we can't augment the queen anon.>>33707996More samples, and easier to hide from sensors.
>>33707992>>33708001*We have clone another lifeform.
>>33707979The hacker drones don't do any code cracking. The plan was just to use them as tiny drones which could scout and latch onto cables so our thinkers or us personally could read or change the signal in them.
>>33708027We still don't need a dedicated lab for it, and cloning does nothing for us.Its better to make a drone that look similar to a species instead.
>>33707972>>33708003Maybe, but for the super dangerous work, like Nuclear weapons, and other tech that if it fails, will blow up miles of real estate. We do not want that near our hive.
>>33707996more access to interesting samples (most of earths life if underwater it should be the same here),less concerned about the planets / hot cold cycle,easier to hide from outsiders,if someone does come to remove us i'd think we'd get a bit of a defensive advantage (we would be suited to the environment they would not be, even more so if we are very deep),would also give us options for setting up bases on other planets with oceans.
>>33708027Except EVERY time we research someone we take out their important bits and CLONE them into our own drones. Like the time we researched humans and CLONED their vocal cords into our own speaker drone.
>>33708026Yes we can anon.QD has said that we'd have to cocoon ourselves and we'd be vulnerable during that period but we can.
>>33707832Suggested actions>Build general and food storage at the mining base>Build advanced relay at the mining base>Build a docking pylon at the mining base (100N, 50N upkeep) This would make the asteroid base look more suspicious, but due to the lack of gravity it would let you build much, much bigger ships. Unlocks capital ships for available construction.Your current mine is still active and productive.Advanced relays have unlimited range, but can only communicate with other advanced relays. One per planet would be all that is needed, and at least one per fleet, with the others controlled with the single relay.
>>33708057I agree with nukes, but not with other stuff like the bioweapon research, since all we need to do is collapse a few tunnels and have out filter drones at the place asap.
>>33708026>we can't augment the queen anon.I the first thread QD said we could.>>33708043>Its better to make a drone that look similar to a species instead.Those could easily be spotted though.
>>33708081I don't think you know what cloning means, friend.
>>33708093>Build general and food storage at the mining base>Build advanced relay at the mining base>Build a docking pylon at the mining base (100N, 50N upkeep) This would make the asteroid base look more suspicious, but due to the lack of gravity it would let you build much, much bigger ships. Unlocks capital ships for available construction.
>>33708063Okay you convinced me.I want an ocean outpost now.
>>33708093No docking pylon only one person suggested that do not do that please.Explore the arctic though.
>>33708111>I the first thread QD said we could.I missed that, but ok.>>33708111>Those could easily be spotted though.We can map an entire genome, i doubt our drones would be that obvious to the naked eye, at worst they can be confused as a mutant.
>>33708134Unlocks capital ships for available construction.Capital ships for the win
>>33708093>>Build general and food storage at the mining base>>Build advanced relay at the mining base
>>33708093>>Build general and food storage at the mining base>>Build advanced relay at the mining baseThese but for the love of god let's wait on the docking pylon.
>>33708093>Build general and food storage at the mining base>Build advanced relay at the mining baseVoting yes on these ones>Build a docking pylon at the mining base (100N, 50N upkeep) This would make the asteroid base look more suspicious, but due to the lack of gravity it would let you build much, much bigger ships. Unlocks capital ships for available construction.Voting NOOOOOO on this one Except if we can cover it in mimic skin or some other camouflageAlso voting YES on a far out located bunker lab Anybody else still up for coating our docking pylons in camouflage?
>>33708093>Build general and food storage at the mining base>Build advanced relay at the mining baseOh man, as much as I want the big gun capital ships, we are not quite ready for that yet.
>>33708063>>33708126Agreed, get some warriors/workers with O2 alga research+sonar/EM and let's catch ourselves some fish.
>>33708160We can't bloody AFFORD capital ships that we can't even cloak for a useful amount of time at their sheer size and heat signature.It's an awful plan.
>>33708063I hope one of the organisms has mantis shrimp eyes.
>>33708160Fuck No!Capital ships are the last thing we want right now!We want to remain hidden and keep observing/learning as much as we can.
>>33708178I'm up for it, but we don't know if it would need both the caperace and the membrane.
>>33708093>Build general and food storage at the mining base>Build advanced relay at the mining baseVeto on the docking pylon. God, there sure has been a lot of stupid in this quest lately.>>33708160Is this bait? I hope you aren't serious.
>>33708186Yeah, out of all of our sensory upgrades sight is the least lacking and it has the most options.(thermal x-ray, ect.)
>>33708134Arctic exploration is coming.I hope.
>>33708251>>33708134Where is the arctic option?
>>33708262The same place the equatorial exploration was.Under >Other
>>33708093>Build storage and advanced relay at the mining base.>Build distant bunker lab for increased securityFrom your exploration you have noted several interesting potential locations for a laboratory>Mountain ranges: Along the borders of most of the continents, and in several isolated areas are large mountain ranges. Digging deep beneath one of them would make it more difficult to find.>Arctic poles: Even in the heat of summer, the poles are quite frigid. Building a research base deep beneath the ice caps would make the base more secure from biological containment.>Badlands: The equatorial badlands are a scorched, glassed over hellscape. Building a research base here would improve containment of dangerous test subjects, such as alien life.
>>33708304Why not all?
>>33708304Why are we making another research lab, when we have one at the clarke?Isn't the clarke outpost pretty far away?
I think we should bombard the Valen outpost on FG-883 with asteroids after all meteor showers are pretty common on that planet.
>>33708327This, we have the resources, just build one at each location
>>33708304>Mountain rangesI want to dig too greedily and too deep.
>>33708304Put the Nuclear weapon testing in the mountains. Possible more metal mines to be found there.Put bio weapons in the arctic. Put the dangerous xeno lifeforms in the badlands.
>>33708339it is, but people forgot for some reason.>>33707496i believe the clarke is the star, and the angel is the prison cell.
>>33708304>Arctic poles: Even in the heat of summer, the poles are quite frigid. Building a research base deep beneath the ice caps would make the base more secure from biological containment.I hope this doesn't mean we research biological warfare.That path only leads to darkness.
>>33708304what about under the sea?
>>33708339If atomics research goes bad we will probably sufferIf bioweapon research goes bad i would not like the zombie outbreak to be even remotely close.Far away isn't enough.
>>33708327Because one thing he doesn't mention about the poles and the equator, is they don't have much cloud cover due to being too hot/too cold.>>33708304Mountain ranges. Keep it secret, keep it safe.Do it at a location we survey as appropriate for mining, too.
>>33708327>>33708304sure why notthe badlands will prep us for desert colonieswhile the artic will do the samemaybe we can find something that able to be farmed in space too while we are at it
>>33708378Down where its wetter?
>>33708371Um, Have we been forgetting to feed and water the Lyle? He's been glued to the wall for some time now.
>>33708394Yeah, these are probably also good reasons.It will give us much practice to build things these labs.
>>33708399yeah the nutrient tubes are connected to him i think
>>33708389>If bioweapon research goes bad i would not like the zombie outbreak to be even remotely close.>Far away isn't enough.except we have dedicated filter drones for that research going bad, but i do agree about the atomic warheads.
>>33708399Uuuuuuuh. Yeah we should probably check up on the poor fellow.
>>33708378You have not yet explored the ocean, so you're not sure how effective it would be as a location. You could assemble an exploration team of haz-mat workers to investigate the shore just beneath the ocean fungus layer if you wish, although a deep sea expedition would be more difficult.
>>33708394We can learn those adaptation without devoting the resources to 3 separate research bases.Plus OOC that might be a bit much for QD to handle.
>>33708304>Mountain ranges: Along the borders of most of the continents, and in several isolated areas are large mountain ranges. Digging deep beneath one of them would make it more difficult to find.is my vote, and only for the nuke, the bioweapon research is safe where it as at the clarke.
>>33708389>If atomics research goes bad we will probably sufferFusion is actually safer than you think.
>>33708398And everything's betterTake it from meeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee
>>33708428lets do the shore exploration team then
>>33708428Let's do it.
>>33708304I'm this anon>>33708372Changing vote to mountain range because I don't want all 3
>>33708428Yes, let's do that. Make some hazmat/O2/sonar drones as well.
>>33708505we already have 20 hazmat workers, in preparation for bioweapon research at the clark.I don't know why people forget about them.
>>33708428We need to make a bug whaleor a sea proff ship i guess
>>33708428Can we try this new drone design for exploring?>>33707512
>>33708543People are stupid.
>>33708428I'd like to recycle our current hazmat workers and assemble this sea exploration team while we make that mountain base.
>>33708304>Mountain research baseYou quickly have a shuttle make its way to your hangar to be loaded>Send sniffers and wasps>Send warriors and workers>OtherYou also contemplate the ocean. It would likely be more costly, but you find yourself quite curious as to what secrets the depths hold. An expedition to the ocean may be worthwhile now that you are no longer vulnerable to the ocean spores.>Send ocean expedition (what and how many)>Don't send
>>33708543I know, but do they have sonar+O2 thing as well? I don't think they do.
>>33708576Send sniffers and wasps and warriors and workers
>>33708543>>33708566Or maybe it's that they don't have the O2 culture in them only the filter that won't be able to function underwater.
>>33708581they don't but we can always make an improved sniffer for those jobs.
>>33708576>Send ocean expedition (what and how many)Filter drones. A fair number. If we can capture local aquatic life then we can use that to develop more specialized drones.Eventually our research might lead to being able to convert the entire ocean surface into a biofilm farm. Were as deep sea adaptions will be useful to use for space vessels.
>>33708576>Send ocean expedition (5 hazmat workers)>>33708581Worker have sonar by default.
>>33708576Well we need workers to dig the base. and sniffers to find a good location, really.
>>33708615The workers will need to go underwater if want want to take any research subjets back to the hive, and it'd be useful to have them anyways in case want to start underwater constructions.
>>33708610>>33708581Why are you guys fixated on having workers do this job, when we have sniffers that we can upgrade easily to replace them instead.
>>33708576Sniffers and WaspsSend the expedition 15 Hazmat Workers fitted with Sonar and the air culture.
>>33708665Are you expecting sniffers to drag 200kg sharks back to shore?
>>33708665Maybe because no ones made a point of suggesting them before hand.
>>33708682they are basically workers, but with better senses.SnifferOlfactory: Medium 1Acoustic: Medium 1Radio: Medium 2Psionic: Basic 0Mandible: None 0Blade: None 0Arms: Dex 1Legs: Sprint 1Wings: Medium 2Carapace: Basic 0Size: MediumWorkerOlfactory: Basic 0Acoustic: Medium 1Psionic: Basic 0Mandible: Construction 1Blade: Tool 1Arms: Dex 1Legs: Endurance 1Carapace: Basic 0Size: Medium
>>33708649We can send workers later.>>33708665Basically what>>33708662Said.
>>33708719no the sniffers are small and dont have the construction mandible so they cant do any constructionthat why we have workers to build and the sniffer are scouts mna
>>33707512change the legs into sprint,loose the mandible bit,then you get my vote.
>>33708772yeah, and that is the job we are trying to do now.>An expedition to the ocean may be worthwhile now that you are no longer vulnerable to the ocean spores.Also the sniffer is about the same size as the worker.
>>33708576You have a hard time selecting which of your drones to send to search for an acceptable build site, and load the shuttle with a variety, just in case.Meanwhile, your haz-mat workers make their way down the tunnels leading to the shore, exiting the hive from beneath a large rock not too far from the water. Even in the middle of the night the surface is hot and humid.The ocean expands outward like an endless desert of dusty film. The strange, meaty plant has grown over almost all of the planet's water like a thick layer of fleshy skin.>Scour the shore for signs of life that may have washed ashore>Move out across the thick film>Slice through the film and dive below for a quick look in the shallows>Other
>>33708805>Scour the shore for signs of life that may have washed ashore
>>33708719So, you're saying they're basically the same thing, and it doesn't matter which we modify into an underwater version? Why are you so fixated on sniffers anyway, it's not like we're upgrading an existing drone, it's only a question of what we call the new creation.
>>33708805>>Scour the shore for signs of life that may have washed ashore
>>33708805>>Scour the shore for signs of life that may have washed ashore7 drones do this>>Move out across the thick film7 drones do this>>Slice through the film and dive below for a quick look in the shallows6 drones do this
>>33708805>Slice through the film and dive below for a quick look in the shallows
>>33708833the sniffer is better for exploration, which is why we are going down towards the ocean.
>>33708858But it wouldn't be the sniffer anymore, we'd have to switch out so much, it really doesn't matter what the starting point is if we reach the same destination(i.e. design). I was just calling it a worker because Inhoped we wouldn't need to design another seperate drone for building things underwater.
>>33708841Move out onto the film is a bad idea.After we are done searching then we can go underneath the surface.
>>33708841Thirding. But let one walk a little in front of the other to test the waters.
>>33708841Or instead of doing them in parallel, we can do all 3 in series instead.In the order of increasing danger.
>>33708805You decide to take things safe and slow for now, and have your drones scour the shore for life. Any remains that may have washed ashore should offer some clue as to what lives below the water without putting your drones at risk.Please roll 1d100, best of 3 to search.
When are we going to be colonizing DM-759?
Rolled 99>>33708996after we finish colonizing our planet, we somewhat jumped the gun, when we left.>>33708994
>>33708996OM-759.And there's not much cause to, yet.>>33709011>>33709018>>33709022Hahahahaah.Good thing we weren't looking under the ocean yet....Seriously though I don't understand this creature's life cycle. The spores don't even seem to be used for reproduction, they seem to exist only as a defense mechanism, the same way other species evolve to be toxic to anything that tries to eat them.
>>33709022Hey I screwed up and put a d20. Just ignore it.
>>33709056I thought it was an algae bloom and there just so many of them now that they dominated the ocean top
Rolled 68>>33709056Maybe it's vestigial? It doesn't really have any natural predators or room to grow, so it's not like it needs energy for anything, might as well keep producing spores.
>>33709034There is no reason not to since each planet gives us access to more resources so the more planets we colonize to the faster we'll be able to spread.
>>33709132spreading our selves thin, and losing focus is a real problem that can happen, and its a bit too early to macro.
>>33709022Rolled a d20, so that means >>33709030counts.>>33708994Your drones quickly patrol along the shoreline, finding a number of small shells and bulbous chunks of flesh cut from the thick ocean film, all covered in a thin layer of spores like fresh snow.A mile down the shore you spot a large disturbance. A trench dug into the sand, and it appears fresh. At the base of the trench is a large clutch of soft, translucent eggs half-buried in sand and spores. A large hole has been punched through the film where something crawled up from the water.>Take the eggs>Try to find the mother in the shallows>Move out across the film>Other
>>33709176>>Try to find the mother in the shallowsHaha time for submarine esque whaledrone!
>>33709176>>Take the eggs>>Try to find the mother in the shallows
>>33709160>spreading our selves thinThat is not a problem when we can reproduce so fast.>>33709176>Take the eggs>Try to find the mother in the shallows
>>33709176>Take 2 eggs for research purposes, make sure they're safe to transport despite spores, have 1 drone take them to the hive, the others look for mother.
>>33709176>Take the eggs>Try to find the mother in the shallows
>>33709176>Try to find the mother in the shallowsThe eggs aren't going anywhere, but the mother might not be returning.I hope it's a turtle.
>>33709236>>33709202whatever it is it will let us transverse this ocean at least
>>33709176>Attempt to find the mother in the shallowsYour drones move to the edge of the water and dip through the hole in the film to try to find whatever left the eggs here. The waters are murky and filled with the dangling rooted tendrils of the ocean film, like an underwater forest. It is difficult to see anything in these conditions, but you think you could see something further out.>Go across the top of the film to drop in from above>Attempt to swim out to the location>Other>>33709056It's a bit of both. The spores keep away most potential predators while infecting the occasional land animal, which lets it spread over ground to other sources of water.
>>33709215except our egg laying is set to nutrients that we can only grow on our starting planet.
>>33709337>Attempt to swim out to the location
>>33709337>Cut out a section of film and shine a light in.Along with any other plan.
>>33709337>>Go across the top of the film to drop in from aboveBoth of these could end horribly so I'm just picking this one.
>>33709337You don't think it looks too deep or too far out. You send some of your drones out to investigate. They breath in deeply, their filters filling with air, and they dive below the surface. Your workers crawl along the seafloor of sand and rock towards where you thought you saw movement.There is definitely something out there...Please roll 1d100 for searching
Rolled 63>>33709523Search for mother
Wait, which star systems have we explored?
>>33709549Time for FUN!
>>33709549well at least we found something, we should get our warriors over here asaps, and then prepare them to get killed (spore being everywhere in this area, so they are not coming back) after they capture what ever is killing our hazmat workers.
>>33709549So I'm all for raising some of those eggs in captivity!
>>33709643The roll was for searching not for combat.
>>33709549GET THE CORVETTE READY, WE MIGHT NEED ORBITAL BOMBARDMENT
>>33709549It's like Predquest all over again.
>>33709645so you want to domesticate them?I would have preferred to just research them and grow a drone with their exact genome, except under out control and see what happens.
>>33709668a nat 1 means, something found our workers instead.
>>33709676The mother likely has different adaptations than the young.I was trying to humorously put forth a way that we could get the adaptations of both the young and the mature.
>>33709709I was thinking more like Infected Mushroom.More specifically this song.https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=b8Fad9yJN_o
>>33709741all adaptions will be in the genome that both share.Ya know, inheritance?
>2 hours into thread>barely begin to accomplish one thing>critfail at it>already 2/3rds of the way to bump limitdammit this is gonna be a short night again.
>>33709882QD plays long night when it comes to itDon't worry about it
>>33709523You think you see something in the murky water when one of your drones fanishes from your mind. Your other workers clamor to find the threat, but find only your worker, sliced cleanly in half down the middle. A moment later another is gone to the sound of a crack.Your remaining drones scramble to get to safety as the two fallen workers are quickly pulled out of sight by something, and you hear a sickening crack of snapping carapace. Another drone dies. This time you can see a large claw, like a pair of giant scissors flash out from the depths. It stabs your worker and quickly pulls it in.As your worker is pulled towards the creature you catch a glimpse of it before your drone vanishes into the beast's maw. It is a large, shelled creature with a number of limbs sticking out from all directions. Its body is a thick oval, like a massive plate three meters wide and almost a meter thick. Its limbs are small and slender sticks sprouting from its sides, with each one ending in a long spike stuck firmly in the flesh of the ocean film. In the middle of its body on its underside is a long segmented limb ending in a pair of scythe-like claws, and on its back is a round opening lined with teeth rapidly moving back and forth, grinding a chunk of your drone like a meat grinder.As your drone slams into the toothy maw you lose sight of it, but you can hear the grinding sound as it eats in the darkness, and a light whip crack of its long claw as it readies another attack.-3 haz-mat workers>Cut through the film and escape to the surface>Attempt to close the distance and overwhelm it>Swim back to the shore>Other
>>33709936>>Attempt to close the distance and overwhelm it
>>33709936>Split upOne cuts through the film.Most swim back to shore.The ones on the shore start stealing eggs.Send some warriors incase the beast pursues.
>>3370993617 of them, one of it. Each drone is like 2 meters. They can take it.>Attempt to close the distance and overwhelm it
>>33709936>>Attempt to close the distance and overwhelm itThis things badass we gotta study it
>>33709936>Attempt to close the distance and overwhelm itwe can always lay more.
>>33709936>Attempt to close the distance and overwhelm itAlso replace lost drones.
>Attempt to close the distance and overwhelm itbut send a one or two back to base with the eggs
>>33709936>Cut through the film and escape to the surfaceSend a warrior squad over there to hunt that thing! we need to take it as intact as possible. I smell a hydro adaption tech from this thing.
>>33709936>Attempt to overwhelm itYou have your workers fan out to get a better view of it and send them charging through the water.Please roll 1d100, best of 3
>>33709936If it's stuck to the ocean film, we might be able to attack it from above fairly well.
Rolled 36Its agreed, that any drones we send over with out filter lungs is to be killed right?>>33710071
Rolled 60>>33710071FOR THE QUEEN
>>33710092>>33710089>>33710083Seems like most of them are going to die.
>>33710115so we make more
>>33710140And they will fail to capture it.
>>33710171Then we try again It cant leave the planet can it now?
>>33710140Glad we don't have to worry about silly things like workplace safety or morale.
Rolled 55>>33710221Yep, all they care about is pleasing the glorious mother, i wonder what would happen if we gave them a glorious sister, or if they meet a glorious aunt/grandma.
>>33710071Your workers charge in, but you see the creature react, shifting its legs along the fleshy roof of the ocean as it claws its way deeper. Another claw rips into a drone, tearing it in half in moments, and another punctures a worker's carapace, impaling it on the long scissors before whipping it away.Despite the massacre it is severely outnumbered, and as it swiftly dispatches drone after drone with a swift whip and a crack of shattered carapace your workers close the distance. They unsheath their blades, large cumbersome tools intended for tilling soil and cutting stone. They are not suited for combat, let alone combat under water, but they are dangerous nonetheless. One of your workers manages to pinch a leg with its mandibles, and it buckles with a satisfying crunch. The creature is deadly, but its shell is brittle.By the time your drones have reached the lumbering creature you have lost another 4 workers.>Attempt to move in for the kill>Try to cripple its legs and capture it alive>Other
Rolled 35>>33710277>Try to cripple its legs and capture it alive
>>33710258They would react in whatever way we wished them to.
>>33710277>Try to cripple its legs and capture it alive
>>33710277>>Attempt to move in for the killkill it, bring it back and use then make new drones more suitable for operating underwater with its genetic material.
>>33710277Your workers focus on the slender limbs in an attempt to cripple the beast before it can finish off more of your drones.Please roll 1d100, best of 3
>>33710394God fucking damnit
>>33710277SEND REINFORCEMENTS!A squad of 8 or 10 warriors would do!
>>33710471Warriors can't into underwater, man.Also, my girlfriend is Indonesian.
>>33710394WHY? WHY COULDN'T YOU POST FASTER?!
>>33710483We really need to make some kind of aquatic warriors.Wait- do the jump-jet expies work well underwater? Time to find out.
>>33710394WELP! The dice god are still mocking us.
>>33710531>jump-jet expiesIsn't that something we don't have?
>>33710531We kill ubercrab and then we get the underwater tech i guesslets hope we dont expose the insides to the spores
>>33710531Our winged warriors aren't capable of swimming, I don't think.Though they might be.
>>33710363Your workers rip into the creature, its shell offering little protection now that you are in melee. Its claw whips around and thrashes at your drones, slamming into one of your workers with a thud as its head caves in and its body drifts to the ocean floor. Another is plucked by the claw and torn away from the creature's legs.Your drones work to sever what limbs they can, but even with how easily the shell of the legs break its whip-like claw is too fast to hit. It grabs another two, impaling them both before tearing them in half.The creature is down to ten of its fifteen legs, and you have 9 workers left. The creature is too slow to escape, but you fear you will run out of workers at this rate.>Have your workers fall back>Send a shuttle to drop reinforcements from above>Other
>>33710531Hell we were given the choice to the eggs at the start so it meant it would take just longerBut we wanted it now but we roll badly i guess
>>33710572good thing we have the clarke lab.i see the mountain lab for super dangerous shit, and the clarke lab for somewhat dangerous shit.
>>33710585>Send a shuttle to drop reinforcements from above
>>33710585>Reinforcements.Make the rest of the workers focus on staying alive and close.
>>33710585>>Send a shuttle to drop reinforcements from above
>>33710585>Send a shuttle to drop reinforcements from aboveSend more workers
>>33710585Wait, better idea: AERIAL SUPPORTHave some warriors try and shoot down the creature from the air, then send the hazmat workers to seize the body.This works since we don't have hazmat warriors.
>>33710593i meant the inside of the crab
>>33710673he is underwater anon.
>>33710585A shuttle quickly lands to take in your drones and you quickly fill it to the brim with the closest drones available before lifting off and making for the battle site.Roll 1d100, best of 3 please
Rolled 3>>33710689DROPPING BY
Rolled 25>>33710688well yeah, but can't the already-underwater workers coordinate with the warriors in the shuttle?>>33710689
>>33710673>>33710585Have our Colossus with thorn cannons bombard the ocean, fuck everything
>>33710711Shieeeeeeeeeeeeet we losing a lot of drones this day.
>>33710736i am so sorry
>>33710394If only I had not rolled, you would have made it in time...
>Galactic headline>Local Crab Ruins Everything
>>33710722>>33710394>>33709030Man i been on a roll today
Rolled 61>>33710736becuase a few anons rushed it.
>>33710722sheeit.>>33710736We finally meet our Carp. Or, if it's one of the newer versions, Giant Sponge.
>>33710758how do you take a screen cap?
>>33710717Our weapons aren't strong enough to pierce through the film that's covering the ocean make it through dozens of meters of water and pierce this things shell.And even if we could there's no way we can be reliably accurate.
At least this fight isn't vital, and we can just find another crab thing.
Rolled 64>>33710807there is the eggs as well.
>>33710807This is true.I'd rather get the shit roles out of the way on stuff like this and not have them pop up during stealth missions and the like.
"You see, ubercrabs have a preset kill limit. Knowing their weakness, I sent wave after wave of my own drones at them until they reached their limit and died of a full stomach."
>>33710878Many of you will die for your Queen. A few of you will be forced through a fine mesh screen for your Queen.They will be the luckiest of all.
This is by far the most deadliest Giant Enemy Crab I have seen in ages. This thread is so worth it and our victory over this beast will be real sweet.
>>33710689As your shuttle rushes to assist your workers continue their efforts. They manage to break several more limbs, but each gain comes with a price. The waters are littered with the torn remains of your workers. Bits of chitin drift to the bottom and chunks of flesh fill the area as mangled limbs tangle in the vines of the ocean film.Your reinforcements reach the site and quickly dive below. You feel the snapping of chitin as your drones hit the thick film, breaking through with a terrible crunch as limbs snap and abdomens crack from the impact.Your drones engulf the creature like a living cluster bomb, pulling its feet loose from the ceiling and sending the entire mob tumbling down to the rocky ocean floor like a ball of gnashing teeth and claws, shedding chips of chitin and streams of blood along the way. As the creature hits the rocks you hear its claw snap at the joint, and you manage to tear apart the remaining legs. Your remaining drones thrash in the water to reach the exposed surface, writhing their limbs uselessly in the water. The battle has drug your drones further out, and by the time you reach the shore with your prize the waters behind you are filled with bodies, slowly clattering against the rocks.-7 haz-mat-8 workerYou quickly gather the eggs and the giant creature and drag the pieces back to your hive.
>>33711040Hell wayNot need to breed more workers, haz-mat and some warriors for meat shields then if we gonna keep exploring
is there a way to bring AI guy back to his home with our corvette?Sure that would bring in the big friendship
>>33711086Friendship and AI don't mix.I know your probably trolling but whatever.
>>33711086we been arguing about this for a long time, and agreed to do nothing until we are big enough to be on equal footing with the AI.
>>33711086Will you stop talking about vacuous concepts like "friendship" already?We're a sovereign nation, nations don't have friends.Also yes that is the entire plan, duh. Eventually Theseus is going to spill about the system where Unity goes to "refuel" (their Canderon-free FTL drive presumably, from gas giants).There is no reason to expose the hive's existence more than necessary at such an early stage though. No contacting anybody, not even Unity, until much later.
>>33711083We lost 13 hazmat, but no clue on worker loss.>>33711040Will we be purging the contaminated workers?
>>33711040>New research optionGiant crab dissection: While you were unable to capture it alive, the corpse should offer enough information to learn and adapt from it, as well as the eggs, which seem fresh and perfectly healthy from what you can tell.Your other search party is still scouring the planet in search of an appropriate location for a mountain research base, but a planet is a big place to search, and there are many mountains to survey. It may take a while.Please roll 1d100 for survey
>>33711127There is no need to purge anything. We have the cure for the spores, the workers can drink that if they're infected. Which they'd show early symptoms of, if they were.More importantly, we need to lay 369 workers and build 40 more farms if we want to establish an exponential growth pattern.
>>33711118>we're a sogereign nationQuite literally.The Royal We is the only we.
>>33711152Well let's do that after we survey the mountain.
Rolled 46>>33711140I wonder if we could "tamper" with the eggs while they are still developing.
>>33711165This is a refreshingly good roll. We are officially back in business.
>>33711140Replace all lost drones and lay 20 hazmat warriors and 20 radiator warriors. As well as 6 shock troops 3 with filtered lungs and 3 with radiator tubes. Why do we call them shock troops when they work more like commandos?
>>33709935Not really, most nights he quits whenever the thread hits page 9 even when it's really short, a second thread has been the exception not the rule.So maybe, maybe not. Have to ask him now that bump limit is upon us, QD.>>33711268The Curse of the Crab has been slain.
>>337112712nding beef up of kill squad
>>33711271>3 with filtered lungs and 3 with radiator tubesFuck that noise.
>>33707512Since we are in auto sage, can we discuss the possibility of laying the replacements to the sniffers?
>>33711271add in the cammo skin, then yes, they shock troops have upgraded to commandos.
>>33711271>filtered lungs>radiator tubes>protruding vulnerabilities>on a battle unit
>>33711271Because they explode. presumably. It is a little silly, the result of compromise in the design process.
>>33711271To answer your question.Because.Also I disagree with everything in your post.
>>33711321Cammo skin + self0destruct is a stupid mix. Don't want to reduce armor on a unit that violently explodes when killed. Especially not one full of expensive sensory adaptions.
>>33711312We can. The idea of the spy fly has been rattling around for a while in all our heads. Now that we have Camouflage: Extreme Makeover Edition, as well as miniaturization, it's looking very optimizable.Once consideration is we probably want to keep total adaptation costs at 15N or lower though, because then it all rounds down to 1N upkeep per drone. (15N * .25 for small drone, divided by 2 to get upkeep) Then we can lay twice as many.
>>33711312I'm game for it, if we lose the mandibles and change the legs.
>>33711140After a long day of searching you find a small mountain range far from anything of great interest near the northern swamp belt. Crevices and worn, smooth edges run along the peaks. A quick survey from the shuttle indicates that it has at least a moderate ore content, although you are not sure just how rich it is. Your shuttle lands near the summit and your drones take a closer look, taking advantage of what's left of the night to cover as much ground as possible.Meanwhile, back at your hive, the local ocean life has proven even more deadly than you had expected. You take account of your drones and contemplate replacements.>Replace all lost drones>Lay new drones (write in)>Design new drones>Alter existing designs>Leave it alone for now>Other
>>33711366it only cost 12N, and 1M, i also explained why i had some of the upgrades compared to the previous version.
>>33711396>>Replace all lost drones>>Lay new drones (write in)this idea>>33707512
>>33711396Lay 369 worker drones to bring us up to 480 total.And 16 Excavators, because we only have 4 planetside, to also help expand and double the number of farms.
>>33711396>Replace all lost drones>Alter existing designsput in heat sinks so they won't die from the heat.
>>33711396Let's do>>33711152And lay 369 more workers and build 40 more farms.>>33711396
>>33711152>>33711396Is 369 workers and 40 farms the right number? Either way I'll agree with it, it sounds about right. Though the farms will be added at the end of the thread I assume.
>>33711396>>Design new dronesA bomber drone has been suggested so here is an idea for one.Olfactory:Moderate(1N) Acoustic:Moderate(1N) Radio:Moderate:(2N)Arm/graspers:Dexterity(1N)Legs/mobility:Endurance(1N)Chemical Forge 2.0:it basically grows explosive and acid glands that allows the bomber to release(12N) Ramjet:(16N6M)Carapace: Combat:(3N10M)Chassis:Aerodynamic(4N10M)Size:Medium Cost:41N 26Mupkeep:20This is basically for clearing out an area before our warriors come in, and to harass any enemy below.>>Alter existing designsA warrior that uses the seeker pod.Olfactory:Basic(0N) Acoustic:Basic(0N) Radio:Basic(1N) Psionic:Basic(0N)Mandible:Combat(1N)Tool/Weapon:Combat(1N) Arm/graspers:Strength(1N) Legs/mobility:Sprint(1N)Wings:Basic glider(1N) Seeker Pod:(10N) Carapace: Combat:(3N10M) Chassis: Standard Size:MediumCost:19N 10Mupkeep: 9NImproved warroris.I gave it wings, so that it can jump from impossible height and for added movement, plus they are cheap.The bulk of the added cost of this unit is the seeker pod, since it basically are tracking grenades and should deal decent ranged/target damage, plus they can be used for distraction purpose/debuffing/stunning.
>>33711441Heat sinks will soon become obsolete.If we add them to everything not only is that increasing their upkeep it is creating a huge weak spot.
>>33711454>>33711422>>33711469this smells strongly of same fag.
>>33711396>>Replace all lost drones>>33711396>>Design new dronesI'll wait until research on the crab is finished, but assuming I'm not around when that happens:Underwater Warrior>Replace Mandible with ranged claw thing>Mimetic skin to copy water currents and avoid sonar detection>Filtered Gills rather than O2 production, to avoid making bubbles>Swimming methods: do we have webbed appendages or fins?
We need a design for underwater warriors if we are going to get anywhere with that plan, though we might wait until the crab is done being looked over. I'd do it myself but I need to leave.
>>33711396>Alter existing designsLet's update the Speaker Drone with Mimetic Skin.
>>33711505Maybe because it's a good idea.
>>33711505I can think of no reason to samefag a decision on replacing workers. It's just a good idea anon. Calm your paranoia.
>>33711505You smell strongly of idiot.
>>33711396>Replace all lost dronesLets hold of on making new drones until we dissect the crab as it may make exploring the oceans easier. Some warriors with radiator tubes might be nice for patrolling the outside world right now though.
>>33711534>>33711525These can be easily edited, samefag.
>>33711396>lay 369 more workers and build 40 more farms.
>>33711507It was explicitly stated that mimetic skin doesn't stop sonar.No we don't have webbed limbs.
>>33711535>>33711534>>33711525they were exactly 1 minute apart, and were basically asking for the same idea, but worded a bit differently.What was i supposed to think.
>>33711397The mandibles are pointless and also probably impossible, we can't just mimic anything. we haven't reverse engineered a perfect mockingbird yet.Filter lungs are an inferior version of oxygen recycling, so they're redundant. and way too bulky.
>>33711570Sorry, Adaptive camouflage is the one that grants a massive bonus against sonar
>>33711419The problems with >>33707512 are that it's making up a Mandible we don't have, having both the Mimtic Skin and Adaptive camourflage upgrades is redundant and the former should be cut, Radiator Tubes will INCREASE the drone's thermal footprint because their purpose is to vent heat from the drone, and the Oxygen Recycler seems largely unnecessary in a drone that relies on wings for primary locomotion(wings don't work well anywhere that there isn't proper air access, whether it be vacuum or underwater).
>>33711601i'll lose the mandible then, and the lungs.that would bring down the cost to 10N, and the upkeep to 5, if my mental math is right.
>>33711616It's alright.Anyways I think we should wait and dissect the crab before we make an underwater warrior.
>>33711637>Radiator Tubes will INCREASE the drone's thermal footprint because their purpose is to vent heat from the droneIt's actually quite the opposite. It will help regulate their to match their surroundings.
>>33711637>having both the Mimtic Skin and Adaptive camourflage upgrades is redundant and the former should be cut,Read.>Mimetic skin: A thin layer of crhomatophore cells develop along the surface of the carapace to create a thin membrane capable of shifting color at will. Because the membrane is grown over the carapace, it can be used in conjunction with any carapace type, although any damage sustained would rupture the membrane. (2N) >Adaptive camouflage: This carapace foregoes defense to develop a dense weave of muscle fibers capable of replicating the texture of surrounding objects, such as a hive wall, stone, or the trunk of a tree. It offers no resistance to any damage type, but when used in conjunction with Mimetic skin a drone is capable of hiding in plain sight, disguised as any number of mundane objects, granting a massive bonus to any attempt at stealth against visual, sonar, or radar based detection methods. It is only effective when not moving, and cannot prevent detection via thermal imaging or other such methods. (8)Also the reason i added the recyler is to make it able to travel underwater, and incase of knockout gas/poison/spores, also the thermal was a seasonal thing, and figured it would need it in the planets heat.
>>33711637Variant: Radiator workerRadiator tubes 4Cost: 9NUpkeep: 4NWith the addition of heat regulating radiator tubes in the carapace, these workers are capable of withstanding incredible temperatures that would quickly kill any normal drone. The increased heat tolerance grants a resistance to fire and other heat based weapons, as well as the added bonus of more effectively matching the ambient temperature, making the drone somewhat more difficult to detect with thermal imaging.
>>33711702...it does so by making one part of itself much hotter, venting heat, though.Not that it matters, since there isn't a good way to hide from thermal imaging anyway at this time, that's scaleable down to drone size.>>33711646I think the Radio sensitivity needs to drop to Moderate, that's a big leap in cost. Quantum brain is a waste, considering that staying very still and quiet doesn't require intuition or independent thought.
>>33711711Okay I like the design.But since we don't have that vocalizer 2.0 why would we need Quantum Brains?
>>33711774>I think the Radio sensitivity needs to drop to Moderate, that's a big leap in cost. Quantum brain is a waste, considering that staying very still and quiet doesn't require intuition or independent thought.i added the highest of radio, since we can interpret data transmitted, plus the added cost is minimal thanks to the small size(2N), and i figured the quantum brain could help with radio and the other senses.
>>33711852It doesn't make sense. We get all the sensory data no matter what, quantum brain is only useful for taking actions.
>>33711396>Replace lost dronesThere seems to be a lot of ideas floating around for new designs, but no real apparent consensus.>Lay additional workers (how many)>Lay new drones (write in)>Not nowTo specify on radiator tubes, it permits the drone to quickly regulate its own body temperature like a built in thermostat, meaning it can try to match the ambient temperature. It isn't the most effective, but it does help a little to prevent detection. When it's venting heat it lights up like a christmas tree though.
>>33711826to help with its spying mostly and to help with its general effectiveness.
>>33711876We can at least update the Speaker Drone with Memetic Skin, right?
>>33711876Magic numbers: bring the total number of workers to 480, and the total number of Excavators to 25? (5 are at meteor base)So 369 workers, 16 Excavators.We could also use 30 more diggers and 6 more refineries to mine more of our planetside mine.
>>33711876lay 369 more workers and build 40 more farms.
>>33711875I'll concede about the brain, but i do think we should have the advanced radio since it allows us to catch frequencies.>Advanced: Can detect and interpret data transmitted by EM frequencies at long range.
>>33711876Let's lay 369 new workers and make 40 more farms.
>>33711876We should lay some excavators.
>>33711913I'd support that.
>>33711923Not the anon you were talking to but without the quantum brain and mandible you just won my support.
>>33711913Sure. You can recycle your speakers and have the new ones have mimetic skin. Would you also like to give them adaptive camouflage?
Anyone know how long it's been since that first human outpost team was rescued?
>>33711964Not really.I think anon's point was so it can speak Ceph language natively.
>>33711974It was a week till Lyle incident, then another week after that he was healed from the dead.It may have been 3 weeks now since that satellite was put into orbit.Also we have two new pods. We have to jump to human systems to spy on them with those still.
>>33711876Adding:16 Excavators1 Speaker with memetic skin and maybe adaptive camouflageTo my post:>>33711922
You know, even if their rations aren't running out. I'd rather start researching the diet of Ceph, Taidaren, and human now anyway. Because there are a bunch of things to do there.- possibly make them into bioborgs that are more efficient at nutrient intake, once Biomechanical Engineering is researched. Reduce their upkeep costs.- Experiment with making food for each species as exceptionally tasty delicacies, flavorless gruel, or repulsive but nutritious goop. As needed to motivate them.- Using the smell and taste of delicacies to tantalize Lyle into cooperating with...whatever. Perhaps honey is more cruel than vinegar. With further research into human brain chemistry(cf. tobacco), make even the food addictive?- reward Coil for being a cooperative little zealot. Attempt to introduce a training/reward system for the Taidarens to slowly induce Stockholm syndrome.
>>33711876current suggestions seem to be>Increase worker population to 480 (currently 119)>Replace sniffer with improved small spy drone>Replace speakers with upgraded speakers with mimetic skin>Build 40 farms (+4000 per day, will take some time to build)>Other
>>33712067>Replace speakers with upgraded speakers with mimetic skinCancel that.
>>33711964The new spy drone.>Olfactory:Advanced(2N)>Acoustic:Advanced(2N)>Radio: Advanced(6N 3M)>Electrical(3N 2M)>Arm/graspers >Dexterity:(1N) >Legs/mobility >Sprint(1N)>Auxiliary/Utility >Wings: Advanced air superiority(4N)>Radiator Tubes:(4N)>Oxygen Recycler:(8N)>Carapace:Mimetic skin(2N) Adaptive camouflage(8N)>Size: SmallCost:10N 1mUpkeep:5NName:Scout/Spy
>>33712067>>Increase worker population to 480 (currently 119)This at the very least.>Build 40 farms (+4000 per day, will take some time to build)It will make farm building faster after all.The other two are cool too.
>>33712067sounds, good also whats our progress on the research?
>>33712086>1mOh wait.Does the Metals cost get multiplied by .25 too? I guess it would.
>>33712067>Increase worker population to 480 (currently 119)>Replace speakers with upgraded speakers with mimetic skin>Build 40 farms (+4000 per day, will take some time to build)Keep sniffer! Sniffer stronk!
>>33711964If it would improve communication with Ceph, sure.
>>33712067Add 51 Quantum thinkers. Cost :510NUpkeep:255N.
>>33712140I don't think it would, you just need the color shifting.
>>33712139>>33712067Forgot to mention to add excavators. Didn't see a stated reason from anyone except to grow the tunnel system, but that is good enough for me. Spending Ho!
>>33712145So, this thread is gonna be not long for this world looks like. Are you continuing?
>>33712149Sure that works.
>>33712067>Increase worker population to 480 (currently 119)>Replace speakers with upgraded speakers with mimetic skin>Build 40 farms (+4000 per day, will take some time to build)This will do. But when the new food output kicks in, we might have to build more storage warehouses.
>>33712164It was to excavate farm caverns mostly, which are a critical bottleneck for growing our armies, both in space and earthbound.
so no one wants a warrior that uses seeker pods?>Seeker Pod: A large, porous sack that grows and maintains a small swarm of semi-autonomous seekers. Max seekers number is equal to total cost, and they can be loaded with any ammunition type available to weapon grafts. (10N)>Seekers - Genetically altered Berry Birds, these small winged balls are capable of seeking out any species by their chemical trail in the same way that the Berry Birds seek a mate. Once the Seeker has found its target it can deliver a wide range of weapon payloads to the target. Has a short flight range, but can quickly change direction to track a target's movement. It will automatically seek out the first target that matches the pre-set pheromone and can be loaded with Acid, Explosive, Incendiary or Biochemical charges.They seem pretty useful.
>>33712067>>Increase worker population to 480 (currently 119)>>Replace sniffer with improved small spy drone>>Replace speakers with upgraded speakers with mimetic skin>>Build 40 farms (+4000 per day, will take some time to build)
>>33712202They're interesting yeah.I'd put them on a Large drone personally. Actually would that double the number of pods in it?
>>33712202why not give it to a colossus, that would seem to give it the best bang for your buck, plus it can be used on top of its other weapon grafts.
>>33712202They're only good in open warfare.
>>33712149I can support this.
>>33712223>>33712235I never did think about that, but yeah that seems pretty rad.>>33712149Thirded.
>>33712236Yeah we're in extreme stealth mode right now.Anon is probably just wanting to prepare for when shit gets real.
>>33712067You begin to lay your eggs, and your throne room soon fills with your new children. Hundreds of eggs scattered across the room in neat little clusters.>361 workers>Build 40 new farms>Replace speakers with improved speaker with mimetic skinNext day.>>33712223Yes it would.
>>33712258wait don't forget about the.>>33712149We still have excces N.
>>33712258Yo Q to the D >>33707778You forgot our new samples still.
>>33712254Speaking of which, while I'm all for explosive growth, with so few warriors we won't be able to act quickly to a threat. We may not have the days required to grow an army. Not that I'm pushing it, any big threats are still out of sight for now, but next hatching phase we should make a good number at look at defense.
>>33712278That N is going to get eaten up quickly, don't worry.We need to let the nest egg grow while it still can anyway. Upfront laying costs means we need a big buffer if we're going to start squirting out a starfleet.
>>33712236I'm not sure I agree wit this assessment. They're seeking bio-bombs, and I see no reason why they couldn't be used from stealth. In fact, they seem well-suited to rough terrain with poor visibility.They also seem really useful in open warfare, of course.
>>33712258>Hundreds of eggs scattered across the room in neat little clustersMan, I can see it. Love those bio ship pics by the way.Imagine a team of humans fighting off a small wave of warriors and running into a cave after the fight, only to turn on their flash lights and see hundreds of eggs. Would be glorious.
>>33712299I could support having 1 warrior of some kind for every 4 workers.
>>33712278>>33712352Next time anons. Like the sneaky sniffer.
>>33712258Didn't we make a nursery to keep our eggs in?
>>33712332Our ratio of warriors to workers will change drastically depending on if we are in war time or peace time I expect. That would be the most efficient. 1 warrior for 4 workers during peace time isn't as efficient.
>>33712363Never, and it's redundant with the Throne room now.
Hey, is the Anon with the artist friends around?If so, how is the HQQ art coming along?
Wait.How do Thinkers hatch from their eggs if they're just sessile brains without muscles to move with?
>>33712365We could lay them and then put the into hibernation. Cutting there cost down, but allowing us the mobilize instantly if needed.
>>33712402they don't they just sprout legs from their shells.
>>33712411Oah, I completely forgot about that. yeah, I'll vote to grow those warriors next hatching.
>>33712379I've got some rough sketches right now.
>>33712402A) The egg splits itself open.B) They wake up and a passing worker tears their egg apart.C) Their egg 'shrinks' as they grow, and by the time they're ready to be used, it's an ultra-weak paper-thin membrane, and just touching it destroys it.
>>33712365Maybe not efficient, but it is prudent to have a force at hand capable of responding to threats.
>>33712402Maybe the egg fuses with them as a protective membrane?
>>33712434Alright.Now how did the bluepool at the end of HQQ 16.5 sense the ship and attack if the ship was cloaked?
>>33712433I gave all of them to QD over twitter.
>>33712463we sent out a probe.
Rolled 2>>33712433>>33712471This is oddly cute.
>>33712471>>33712463I don't know. Whenever we get our new mountain research base we should try and find out.
>>33712485...No? That never happened. The Corvette doesn't have anything called a 'probe'.
>>33712503Forgot the image.
>>33712258>Hive population and upkeep cost Hive maintenance – 75Queen – 5Worker (119) – 238Radiator Worker (40) – 160Warrior (22) – 88Thinker (49) – 147Quantum Thinker (20) – 100Speaker – 3Digger (30) – 120Refinery (10) – 70Sniffer (2) – 8Wasp (18) – 90Antenna (3) – 9Haz-mat Workers (20) – 80Shock Troops (5) – 65Excavator (9) – 171Colossus (2) – 30Advanced Relay (6) – 600Space Pod (3) – 90Shuttle (2) – 50Scout Corvette – 325Nutrient costs: 2525>IncomeMetals: 2500Nutrients: 4050Net: 1726>Current resource reservesNutrients: 4970Metals: 6587>Researched finishedLinear particle beamsBased on the Cyclotron, the linear particle beam is simply the previous design laid out into a single, long line. The longer the particle projector is the more powerful the weapon becomes, however because of the nature of the speed of light, lengthening the projector gains diminishing returns. It is most effective as a fixed mounted weapon of a ship, but powerful enough particle beams can be made to cut through an atmosphere, serving as a relatively effective anti-orbital weapon against ships in low orbit.Skyl dissectionThese corpses are even more augmented than you had originally thought. Nearly every cell that remains is actually a microscopic machine that is completely intact. The bond holding them together has faded and the bodies are quickly disintegrating, but from your study you were able to recover a tiny chip from the skull of the body which appears to control the other cells, which in turn serve to repair and maintain the body. The cells are effectively dead now, but you suspect that they are somehow linked to the Void shards, as the corpse began to fall apart only after you had destroyed the Skyl wreckage.
>>33712463Cause we consumption beamed it, IIRC.That (if I am not recalling correctly) or it was using some sort of bullshit senses to detect the ship. Probably something relating to the mass our cloaked ship would have been displacing when it got close to investigate.
>>33712528Lets do this now, with all of our free thinkers, and then spread out after its done.>Bioweapon ResearchMedium/ Very dangerousExperimentation and testing with new artificial strains of spores, as well as other engineered toxins would make it possible to produce tailor-made bioweapons that would be quick to spread and difficult to cure.eliable method of gathering the data within.
>>33712528...The tiny chip is a whole new research subject, isn't it?
>>33712528>These corpses are even more augmented than you had originally thought. Nearly every cell that remains is actually a microscopic machine that is completely intact. The bond holding them together has faded and the bodies are quickly disintegrating, but from your study you were able to recover a tiny chip from the skull of the body which appears to control the other cells, which in turn serve to repair and maintain the body. The cells are effectively dead now, but you suspect that they are somehow linked to the Void shards, as the corpse began to fall apart only after you had destroyed the Skyl wreckage.That is massive bullshit right there.
>>33712514We tried to take a sample with our matter beam ray thing.
>>33712528Start researching the chip thing?
>>33712528>Linear particle beams>relatively effective anti-orbital weaponTime to build some big guns soon then?
>>33712530I had thought it felt us by our gravity signature. It was a Gas Giant and our movement and presence would have caused a change in the movement of the gas particles.Or it felt us by the many other ways that our cloaking does not help with.
>>33712528Hey you forgot to add those two research topic from last week to the list.
>>33712585Seconded, since it should be pretty fast.
>>33712528>Finished LPBYes>>33712598Dem ancient precursor nano-machines man.
>>33712625Yeah, the change in movement of gas would have been mass displacement.Basically the only reason it would have known our ship was there was because of the same reason a blind deaf person might notice, say, a helicopter.
>>33712463The answer is that the ship wasn't cloaked at that moment because there didn't appear to be any threat or potential observers, and the ship can only remain cloaked for a finite amount of time, so general practice is to not maintain cloaking in the absence of possible detection.
>>33712433>>33712471I love them, especially the eyes.>>33712463You were interacting with it. Any attempt at interacting with something, or using an item or weapon breaks the cloaking field, so when you descended to the planet and deployed the consumption beam you decloaked for a moment.>New research optionscontroller chipSlowWhile much of the remains have dissolved, the small chip within the Skyll's skull remains intact and inert to sensory input. Further testing will be needed to determine more.Carbon liquidMediumThis strange substance appears to be alive, and reshapes itself by assembling itself into various crystalline structures as needed. You're still not sure if it was trying to attack your ship or if it was simply reacting automatically in some fashion. An extensive battery of tests should reveal more regarding the substance.Space dustMediumWhile it was too minute to analyze in the field, this space dust contains trace amounts of nutrient contents. Testing should reveal if it is a form of life, or simply some strange natural phenomena, as well as how to make use of it.
>>33712528>Nutrients: 4970>Metals: 6587But that's the same amount of reserves as at the start of the thread?
>>33712714My vote is still>>33712585Bioweapon, and to have all free thinkers on it.
>>33712740I am interested, I admit, in attempting this, just to get it out of the way.
>>33712714Actual current resource reserves.4600N 9087M>>33712732Typo with the info dump, sorry.
>>33712714Bioweapon, so that we can get it out of the way.Have all of our hazmat guys at the ready.
>>33712760Forget the controller chip, research the Skyl data cube.Since it's the one containing the sum total of their race's knowldedge, technology, and history and culture.Including understanding how those chips work probably. At least it'll give a bonus to it.
>>33712799And Excavators, to vomit over everything.
>>33712714we need to crack open the>Skyl data cubesIt probably has critical intel we need. That and seeing if we can reproduce such objects and use them to keep Thesaurus alive longer.
>>33712714Begin researching:Data cubeSpace dustCarbon liquidCrab dissection
>>33712839Stop talking about Theseus. His life is indefinite already. And his death would honestly make things more convenient in many ways. We could still reunite his memories with Theseus at our leisure.
>>33712714Skyl Data Cube and Space Dust.
>>33712714Bioweapon, at the ready.
>>33712740I'm up for it, but let's wait for a isolated lab to be built. That way we don't endanger the hive.
>>33712714You are mulling over your new research topics when your thoughts are interrupted."Mother, Mother!" It is one of your new quantum thinkers. Only one, the others are still working on their projects. "Thing is ready to test!"You look over, immediately sensing disapproval among the other new thinkers. It's some kind of pheromone. "Test on human? See what happens!">Use Lyle as a test subject.>Take a blood sample from Lyle and use it to test it.>No, go back to researching, I did not ask for a prototype pheromone.
>>33712869We already have an isolated lab at the clarke, and the only thing it has connected to us is a few tunnels.check the image here>>33707496the labs clarke is pretty damn far, plus the spores are already there.
>>33712528>Haz-mat Workers (20)>20Didn't most of them die?
>>33712714Since photosynthetic micro organisms in space would be too mundane, I'm assuming their power source is something more exotic, like living off the solar winds, and thus only being able to survive in space beyond any planet's magnetosphere.
>>33712895>>Take a blood sample from Lyle and use it to test it.I like it.
>>33712895>>Use Lyle as a test subject.YesWe can just heal him if he take a turn for the worse anyway.
>>33712895>>Take a blood sample from Lyle and use it to test it.Dammit kid, the others clearly know this is a bad idea.This is part of Biomechanical engineering isn't it?
>>33712895>Take a blood sample from Lyle and use it to test it.
>>33712895>Take a blood sample from Lyle and use it to test it.The fact that it did this without us asking is a little worrying.
>>33712895>use a blood sampleWe did make the quantum thinkers to be more independent. Let's see what it's made
>>33712950The Thinkers have designed prototypes before, for the interface device. It's not that weird.
>>33712950It's trying to innovate since that's what the Quantum brain allows it to do.
>>33712895Use Lyle as a test subject. Who's a good lottle thinker? You are!
>>33712528>>33712905Maybe they hatched quickly?
>Take a blood sample to test the pheromone.You sense the thinker is somewhat disappointed, but quickly collects the blood sample. You find Lyle sleeping, his head leaning awkwardly to the side. He has been sleeping more and more lately, and at increasingly irregular hours, perhaps it's a physiological quirk."Fuck, what the hell?" Your worker wakes him with the quick jab. "You get back here an' I'll fuckin' bite your feelers off, ya fucking bastard!" He continues to curse at the empty room as your drone brings the sample to your lab.Please roll 1d100, best of 3>>33712947Yes, although you have noticed that none of your quantum thinkers can agree on anything.
>>33713112Honestly, since you replaced them so fast I just didn't subtract them from the big paste dump. I have a the math done through a spreadsheet so it's all accounted for.
>>33713116Awww, they're cute. All with opinions and junk.
>>33713116>none of your quantum thinkers can agree on anything.Pff
>>33713199Want QD to confirm they still can't/won't rebel against us.
>>33713223They can't rebel against us of their own will since they are biologically engineered to be loyal to us.
>>33713223What are they gonna do, think mean thoughts at us?
>>33713271"I hate you, antmom!"
>>33713116You quickly test the new chemical and the reaction is rather interesting. You now realize that the substance is loosely based on the ocean spores, although the thinker had designed it from scratch as opposed to modifying the pre-existing substance. According to the test results, the pheromone induces minor delusions, causing the subject to become more agreeable."Make humans happy, and nice!" The thinker exclaims, although it's a slight overstatement. The substance still needs some work, and is not very potent or long lasting in its current form.>Follow this lead and refine this pheromone>Return to your work
>>33713312So this is a new research subject then, branching off of it?
>>33713312>follow this lead and refine
>>33713312>Follow this lead and refine this pheromoneHello speaker upgrade.
>>33713312>>Follow this lead and refine this pheromone
>>33713312>Follow this lead and refine this pheromone
>>33713312>Praise the little ball of brains.
>>33713392Only page 8, at this time of night we've got hours left until 404.
>>33713312We do have Lyle's cigars, right?If we research nicotine and its addictive properties next, or any other recreational drugs he may have stowed aboard the Hel's Angel...What if we combined them?
>>33713312Tell them that this is good but we will eventually need something with war applications.
>>33713312>complex neurological effect>shown in a blood sampleSCIENCE
>>33713420I feel, that the bioweapon research would give a greater bonus, plus i can see them both being added to the speaker.(when he dies he dissolves, and spores poor out of him)
>>33713312>Follow this lead and refine this pheromoneChalk me up as another thinking this could be interesting with our Speakers.
>>33713312would it be possible to make a human like drone?
>>33713497Let's not go there.
>Follow up on this leadYou have the thinker focus on the new invention, much to the thinker's delight. Out of curiosity you peer at the progress of the other quantum thinkers. They are each working on a different version of the same subject, some of them failing and restarting while others quickly gain traction. You leave them to their work and return to your other matters.Your new space pods have been completed and are ready to be deployed whenever and wherever you wish.>Send the pods to (write in)>Not now>Other>>33713223Doing what you say is what makes them happy, so no, they would never disobey you of their own volition. The quantum thinkers do have a wider interpretation of your orders as opposed to your other thinkers, however.>>33713334It's more like a pet project. Your quantum thinkers are just independent enough to come up with ideas on their own, which, if permitted, they can pursue on their own to develop specific technologies and research subjects.
>>33713497We could try but it would come off as inhuman due to uncanny valley.
>>33713524so are the free thinkers researching bioweapon?
>>33713524Dagmar and Koenig.
>>33713545maybe, but perhaps we can cover up the nonhuman looking bits with robot pieces.
>>33713580It act inhuman dumbass.
>>33713551Yes, it looks like it has enough support for research.
>>33713580>"Queen! I have made [COMPLETE ABHORRENT ABOMINATION] to intermingle with humans as a spy!"
>>33713580If you recall our first attempt to create a human like drone to communicate and it came out as a monstrosity straight out of Alien.
>>33713613you do know that uncanny valley usually is about looks right?>>33713626>>33713624>>33713645Eh, maybe once we finish up Biomechanical engineering, we could try.
>>33713524M-199 and FG-883
Rolled 39>>33713524Let's send the pods off to uncharted space!
>>33713673How about FG-883 and Koenig, and the Corvette investigates M-199?
>>33713524>Dagmar and Koenig>M-199>FG-883 (Valen colony and Skyl homeworld debris field)>Uncharted space
>>33713671Not to mention if their technology is advanced enough they could be given away with a simple medical check up.
>>33713739>>Dagmar and Koenigor one of them and>M-199
>>33713616Have we built a independent lab yet?
>>33713739Anything but uncharted space.
>>33713739>Dagmar and Koenig
>>33713739>FG-883 (Valen colony and Skyl homeworld debris field)We need to grab more Skyl tech as we can.
>>33713739>FG-883We really need to know more about the Valen like what the fuck are they.
>>33713739>FG-883 (Valen colony and Skyl homeworld debris field)>Uncharted space
>>33713783Well this isn't very good for consensus.
>>33713739>M-199>FG-883 (Valen colony and Skyl homeworld debris field)
>>33713840...You're a dense one, aren't you.All the Skyl tech is in the goddamn data cube and their planet is literally a "debris field". There's nothing intact.>>33713739>M-199
>>33713739>Dagmar and KoenigYou don't know what to expect, so you send your pods to scout the human systems. They should have a greater chance of remaining undetected. You send your corvette back to the Valen colony, hopefully you may be able to gather some knowledge of the Valen themselves.Please roll 3d100 each, best of 3 for each roll.
Rolled 81, 2, 92 = 175>>33713920Capabso certain
Rolled 39, 57, 88 = 184>>33713920
Rolled 100, 37, 64 = 201>>33713920
Rolled 45, 56, 45 = 146>>33713920
>>33713949Oah boyThat 100
>>33713929>>33713932>>33713949WelpCrazy shit's happening in Dagmar
>>33713949Dat nat 100
>>33713929>>33713932>>33713949>100, 57, 92Dagmar, here we come.Sorry, Koenig...
Rolled 57, 73, 74 = 204>>33713886You sure about that? It might contain their story, but they might just not go into detail as to HOW their tech works so we can learn it. Besides, the 'debris field' will give us stuff to work with as well. We might find an intact and/or working tech sample. >>33713920
>>3371399388, not 57
>>33714000Yes you can be pretty sure about that because the entire deal was to teach us so we can learn it what the hell would be the point otherwise.
>>33713949well at least that 1 we rolled earlier balanced out.
>>33714031he warned us about the cube, though so i think we should be cautious.
>>33714029No it's clearly 57.
>>33714051You're reading it wrong anon.The rolls are 92, 88, and 100.
>>33714031The difference is learning from the cube alone versus the cube AND some hands on tech samples. It's like learning how to rebuild a transmission from a book a lone, verses the book and having the transmission right there with you to practice with.
>>33714052"best of 3 for each roll" means the first roll of each poster for the first planet, and so on, exactly like regular 1d100.Not dividing planet by anons.
>>33713920The first is the Dagmar system. Your pod slips into the system directly behind a gas giant and quickly cloaks. As you move past the gas giant you make note of a small station, smaller even than a corvette. A short, repeating signal labels it as Gibson Station, and as you drift past it you note swarms of tiny robotic devices moving along the rings of the gas giant of Gibson, dragging rocks and chunks of ice into a gaping maw of the station that makes up most of its size. Further into the system you detect a small volcanically active planet dotted with massive metal rigs of some kind that drill into the planet's crust and draw in lava from the rivers of molten rock. Near the equator you detect a source of EM radiation, and as you approach you make out another transponder signal labeling the planet as Kaltara. The small settlement appears to be surrounded by the mining rigs, with a large space port in the center.
>>33714239That's some sweet mining gear they've got.
>>33714328Shame if something happened to it.
>>33714239Wait a second that would be perfect for the planet in our system.
>>33714239>Crab>>33714328>>33714360>>33714376Wait... can we look around for possible residue of these stuff? Or maybe there's an abandoned unmanned mining rig we can yoink...
>>33714428>>33714376>>33714360>>33714328>>33714457that would require fuel, and its too obvious, but if we can make a super version of our excavators.Also our ship is way too small to drag this.
>>33714239>land at space port>claim planet for the Hive
>>33714475Aww, fine. If we're done scouting this place, let's go on the other systems.
>>33714457It's a fucking Pod, dumbass.
>>33714513I mean to yoink it later with our 'vette. But since that's out of the question, just spy on them for now!
>>33714239Your second pod quickly makes its way into the Koenig system. As the pod enters the system you quickly cloak, but just ahead of your pod, several light-seconds away is a large ship, covered in various weapon placements and surrounded by a small wing of fighters. Nearby is a vast gas giant covered in small interconnected stations, all linked to a large dock yard."Calpamos Station, this is Hadeki, we're reading an energy spike around three five five, can you confirm?""Roger that Hadeki. You sure it's not a supernova?""It looked to close for that. Did you pick anything up?""Ah, negative Hadeki, our sensors are down for maintenance at the moment. Increased solar activity today, you sure it isn't a flair?""Roger that, we'll run a diagnostic and get back to you."You quickly pass the gas giant Calpamos and its mining stations, each one pulling in vast amounts of gas. The central station is like a floating city adrift in space, covered in windows and trailing docking pylons. Situated within the pylons are at least a dozen ships of various sizes and in various states of repair. Several are easily twice the size or more of your corvette.You continue on, and further into the system is a vast debris field, in the middle of which is a massive construction yard covered in construction cranes and docking clamps. Its transponder signal labels it as Tadeki Station, and you see two massive ships docked to it, both three times the size of your corvette, and drifting idly on the far side of the system is a behemoth vessel nearly two kilometers long. You drift in for a closer look and make out a large bold string of text wrapped around the front shield cap, "USV Texas". Nearly a dozen small fighters buzz around it in a protective formation as it slowly drifts across the system.
>>33714360If the Union takes any more hostile measures towards us we should definitely open with a sleugh of stealth strikes against various infrastructure/industrial targets.
>>33714616>USV TexasBattlestars when?
>>33714616Oh hey Lees home ship.>>33714639I doubt we can survive, with so many big ships around.
>>33714616Heh heh heh.So many toys to BREAK!
>>33714681>Oh hey Lees home ship.What.
>>33714687Didn't Lee say he was part of the USV Texas?
>>33714616Your corvette quickly appears in space just outside of the debris field. You still see the Valen ship squat on the planet's surface, although you notice many more of the large structures, and the artificial lake has grown to twice its size since you last saw it. The lake is filled with large clumps of vegetation that slowly drift around the lake in peculiar patterns. Several of the large lumps of vegetation can be seen laying around the water's edge, each a grayish blue mass of vines and alien moss. The cruiser itself has been partially disassembled, with components scattered into neat piles around the frame to form a wall around the lake.
>>33714639Their manifest destiny expansion over this sector is inherently an act of hostility.Now we know that Koenig is where they keep the shipyards for the expanse, and New Port is apparently where their intelligence office is.
>>33714703According to what the humans told you, and what you learned in the Clarke's computer, the Texas is the flagship of the Expanse fleet.
>>33714756Hey guys I just had a horrible idea that I don't think we should do.We could poison/infect that lake.
>>33714784All it takes is a few spores.Lets do it.
>>33714784Good idea anon, let's do that ASAP.
>>33714784good thing we are researching bioweapons.
>>33714784I agree and I believe this idea is the best idea we've ever had.
>>33714800Very funny anons.
>>33714784You're right, that is a horrible idea we shouldn't do.
>>33714756Ok, we are almost at the end of page 10, so I think we need to stop here.Will stick around till we 404 for any feedback, questions and the usual.
>>33714756>The cruiser itself has been partially disassembled, with components scattered into neat piles around the frame to form a wall around the lake.Did we just miss them taking apart their ship? We could have studied it while they took it apart.
~4 threads to culling time. Bring out yer deeaad.
>>33714821Thanks for running QD!
>>33714783Build as many corvettes as possibleCloak into systemUnleash our furyDie for MotherWin
>>33709935>Don't worry about itI told you bump limit was a precious resource.
>>33714784Maybe if the inhabitants are humans, sure.Otherwise, we kidnap and dissect some Valen.
>>33714639I think we should start with conventional warfare and then after hostilities have been going on for a little we use the stealth bombing option.That way it throw suspicion off of us and onto the Ceph thus dividing the humans attention, resources, and priorities.
>>33714821thanks for the run, also how long would it take to finish bioweapon and biomechanical engineering.
>>33714837We already knew they were taking apart the ship to build the commune, we saw it had bits off of it the first time we came.
>>33714821>aliens.wikia.com/wiki/Darwin_IV_UniverseDo you know anything about this stuff?
>>33714821any reason why you choose 7 as a starting time for the threads?
>>33714852Too disruptive and reportable.Starting a mine on this mineral rich planet on the opposite side of the world is much more productive. No one will suspect.
>>33714800>>33714802>>33714803I'm going to feel extremely guilty if my idea is put into practice.
>>33714784I like the idea, i fourth it.
Considering whether I want to give Coil an expanded, but equally tight and secure, cell, with a pool/tank to swim in.What saline content does he prefer?
>>33714909its /tg/, where even joke suggestion get voted in, even when the original poster is extremely against it.
>>33714841Thanks for playing!>>33714862Well that's actually one of the first real techs your making from scratch, as opposed to a sample that you're picking apart, so it's less a single thing and more like a skill that you're training up. Right now you're working to determine how to apply your knowledge of biology to other races, after that you will be able to attempt custom research projects to make things you specify, like a toxin or chemical that has an effect you determine.
>>33714821Thanks QD, but what about our xeno prisoners/quislings? are they still trying to fix up our gear?
>>33714909Hey now, we are space bugs, it'd be almost wrong if we didn't swarm around infecting everything we can. PRAISE THE QUEEN, PRAISE THE BIOMASS.
>>33714907It would be smarter to drop some asteroids on them.
>>33714947so that for biochemical, but does bioweapon follow the same rule set?
>>33714952What gear. What are you on about, they do nothing for us now that we got all the research we could out of them.>>33714947When do we start creating food for them?
>>33714947Could we bio-engineer humans?
>>33714947Did the drones we left in the mountains start conversation on the isolated lab/ore mine?
>>33715001Do you mind me asking what benefit that would give us?Also the regeneration tanks probably cover that area.
>>33714881Yup, it's creative and would make for a good setting for a sci-fi campaign. It's also where I got the art for the flyer.>>33714890Not really, it's just convenient since it gives me time to finish things up for the day while not usually ending too late.>>33714997Well they still have a few weeks worth of food left, but you could probably start synthesising food for them in a few days.>>33714977Yup.>>33715030Not yet, they are scouting out the mountain range for suitability and stability, not just ore content. Making sure it's far from fault lines, isn't prone to rock slides, things like that.
>>33715042diplomacy/stealth, mostly stealth though.Since we have a large cache of human money and no way of spending it.
>>33715091We spend it the same way Unity does. over the internet, obviously.
>>33715111picking it up, would still need a human looking drone.(i myself would prefer as drone parasite that controls humans/steal their knowledge)
>>33715042Intelligence upgrades and human-like drones.
>>33715138Again. Let's not.>>33715133Not really. Unity can handle that too.
>>33715111That;s pretty much spot on. While I hesitate to say that they just order things from Space Amazon, there are plenty of banking and merchant systems that use FTL communication to never meet in person, so it's not all that hard to hire someone without them actually seeing you.
>>33715133Humanlike drones would be great for starting cults and smuggling in parasites.
>>33715205I fucking hate Resident Evil 5
>>33715205We can call them genestealers.Although I think their metabolism would give them away.
>>33715048I noticed anon. My phone registered my attemp to select one word as another.
>>33715176Presumably there's a way to deposit physical energy credits somehow.
>>33715169>Unity can handle that too.We're not letting Unity handle our affairs.
>>33715232I imagine we could engage in most affairs through intermediaries.
>>33715238They don't have to. They could be helpful teaching us how to set up a bank account and make a deposit though, when we feel like engaging in space commerce.Which is in the distant, distant, less stealthy future.
>>33715238Unity shouldn't handle our affairs.But we can handle our affairs like Unity.
Just to keep Theseus busy we should ask for his help with the crab and those eggs.
>>33715318Theseus is busy repairing the Clarke and teaching our Thinkers how said human tech works.It has been forever since we finished the quantum power tap, when do we learn something new?
We still have to ask Theseus about the state of interstellar politics between the 3 empires. And how big the fleets of the Union and the Commonwealth are. They're our mutual enemy, dishing the dirt on them is worth sharing for free. I'd like a guesstimate for the distant future of just how huge a fleet we need to birth to stand toe to toe. Or chitin to toe, as it were.
>>33715333The Clarke is mostly finished now, actually, or at least it's as finished as he can make it without the Canderon you have.
>>33715362Which 3 empires would that be?
>>33715368What about the sensor array?Do we already have sensors that match it?
>>33715368What would Unity do for information on how to make Datacubes?
>>33715368So would Theseus be down with helping us learn about these Crabs?
>>33715427Theseus is all about learning, man.
>>33715427We don't need him. To what benefit is his assistance on this?
>>33715427Very likely, yes.>>33715424Well, apart from helping you to research them, they would likely consider the data cubes, and whatever information they contain to be a rather hot commodity.
>>33715424That's a weird question to ask since you have to ask Theseus himself and they don't even know about such data cubes in the first place.
>>33715469Wait, they like bio-research right? Here's a plan on when we're about as big as the Unity.>get Theseus some of our delicious bio-research (omit the ocean spores and the human pheromone thing)>get Theseus to Unity as goodwill>Diplomance some sort of research agreement or other form of assistanceIf we're on equal footing with them, they won't try anything wonky.What do you guys think?
>>33715469Have you considered running more than once a week?Even with just a day's notice is cool.
>>33715561You think this is some brilliant new idea, don't you.There's no good will to earn. We already do trade agreements with Theseus. Obvious if he ever reunites with Theseus we would continue research trades as needed.This isn't some revelation.
Maybe we should tell Theseus to add one notch to the list of extinct sapient species.And then, in true-to-bug form, refuse to elaborate.
>>33715561If we could get locations of their serverships to ensure they won't fuck us over in anyway.
>>33715565I have, but with my wonky schedule I try to focus on regularity. If my schedule clears up to a decent degree I might give it a shot. What days and times do you think would be the most convenient?
>>33715581Well, at least we would be getting rid of a potential thorn on our side in a clean way. Even if our Theseus stopped functioning, other Unity that come to visit us in the future will probably detect that we used to harbor one of their kind.Better to declare that we found and returned Theseus as a guest, instead of letting them think we held him against his will.
>>33715644Just about anything for me personally.
>>33715651That sure is a lot of words that nobody has ever said repeatedly before.Their auto-detection capabilities are doubtful though.No duh eventually returning Theseus if they ever find out he exists will be a necessity to prevent conflict.
>>33715644You can have regularity and then bonus irregular sessions later in the week.Any night you can do two threads for instance.
>>33715461It makes the research on the crab/eggs go quicker.It also provides an excuse to what we have been doing.Spaceships? What spaceships? We've been having troubles with crabs what makes you think we could actually survive out in space?
>>33715644Whatever would be most convenient for you. Honestly.
>>33715747Well he already knows the buggers must be spacefaring since it isn't the native planet, so that last bit wouldn't quite work, hilarious though it be.
>>33715406Union, Ceph, Valen, obviously.Well there's Commonwealth. So 4 really.
The best part is, as long as humans are limited to the Gravity Drive, once we're willing to provoke and take on the Union and Commonwealth combined, we can just take the Wolf system and make Canderon prices skyrocket by cutting off that supply.Then every ship we destroy, it'll be almost impossible for them to replace, while ours can be far more easily with ordinary Metals.There's a critical tipping point for victory, we just have to reach it.
>>33715747We basically finish dissections in a day anyway. We'd be better off researching a batch of critters and then trading them for a medium-value technology. Ion thrusters, the med tanks, that sort of thing.
>>33715782Okay point taken, but I don't see any cons to having him help us.Also I just realized that this crab basically means seaworthy colossi are in our future.
>>33715864Every research we do on our own is a bit of currency to pay Theseus with later.
>>33715864If we have him help us, we can't sell the info to him.
>>33715846Okay do you think war with the humans is inevitable?I don't want to go to war with them just to have those Voidians show up after we've exhausted ourselves against the humans.
>>33715900>exhaustedIt's more like resource acquisition. It pays for itself.
>>33715644Whenever you can tweet about it and can pull an allnighter.
>>33715846I'd rather just show up with a huge fleet and broadcast a message:"Her Imperial Majesty hereby affirms her independent and sovereign rule of Leeland and daughter holdings."
>>33715996>and daughter holdings."Which is to say. Everything.
>>33715911Considering that the Humans have an abundance of atomic weaponry.How so?
>>33716008Why do we need everything?I'm pretty sure there's enough room in the universe for the both of us.
>>33716015We'll have atomic weaponry soon enough too.It pays for itself in resource nodes that produce the resources to replace the losses twice over.
>>33716008Well, yes, but it isn't diplomatic to say so.>>33716039I believe anon was suggesting possible scorched earth tactics being used on those nodes via nuclear weaponry. Mild joke on them considering our natively higher resistance to radioactivity, but it still isn't ideal.Also keep in mind that we've yet to come even the tiniest bit close to hitting a cap on resource production from our planet.
>>33716030An exaggeration.But they really don't need this Frontier Expanse thing. We deserve at least this whole neighborhood.That and Wolf, to make sure the balance of power is tipped in our favor.
>>33716072Keep in mind that we could expand into uncharted space instead of antagonizing a faction who, in all fairness, started colonizing this region before we arrived.
>>33716096Why is it that people didn't want to go into uncharted space?
>>33716122Well I for one don't want to meet Unity yet and get entangled into another web of lies and/or returning Theseus.Rather put that off.