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    16 KB Anonymous 12/11/10(Sat)11:39 No.13111584  
    Alpha Centauri thread?

    Alpha Centauri Thread.

    So, /tg/, tell me your stories of Nerve Gas and Fungus Buggies and that fucking asshole Cha Dawn.
    >> Anonymous 12/11/10(Sat)11:40 No.13111593
    Transport Crawlers.

    Transport Crawlers everywhere.
    >> Anonymous 12/11/10(Sat)11:42 No.13111602
    I renamed the first Nautilus Pirate base "Rapture". Is this sad Y/N.
    >> Anonymous 12/11/10(Sat)11:43 No.13111613
    Always play University. Ally with Spartans. Kill Believers first.
    >> Anonymous 12/11/10(Sat)11:45 No.13111626

    University is pretty fuckwin. Especially if you name the bases "Black Mesa", "NERV", Tyrell Labs", etc.
    >> Anonymous 12/11/10(Sat)11:45 No.13111631
    I don't think there was any game of AC that I finished without resorting to planetbusters.

    Every. Single. Game.
    >> Anonymous 12/11/10(Sat)11:46 No.13111636

    My favorite way to win is to build a fuckhuge navy and then flood the planet.
    >> Anonymous 12/11/10(Sat)11:46 No.13111639

    I love Planetbusters.

    "Spy on me, will you? WELL WHO'S LAUGHING NOW, MIRIAM?"
    >> Anonymous 12/11/10(Sat)11:46 No.13111640
    University is easy mode. Race to get the super-project "Hunter Killer Algorythm" and nothing can stop you (since probe teams are a Uni weakness)
    >> Anonymous 12/11/10(Sat)11:47 No.13111644
    -Play cyborgs
    -Ally with University
    -Science forever
    >> Anonymous 12/11/10(Sat)11:47 No.13111648

    >Build that mass teleporter secret project

    >At Aperture Science base
    >> Anonymous 12/11/10(Sat)11:49 No.13111666
    My favourite thing about SMAC: One of the Sea Base names for the Data Angelis is "Tears In The Rain".

    >Fuck yes you are the best movie ever.
    >> Belisaurius 12/11/10(Sat)11:50 No.13111678
    There have been times where I've had to adopt the Spartans in order for them to stay in the game.

    By adopt I mean give them one of my bases (a remote one I had captured) and grant all my research. They just don't grow fast enough to utilize mass armies or high tech elites.
    >> Anonymous 12/11/10(Sat)11:51 No.13111683

    What's better is renaming the Data Angels Anon and renaming whoever the fuck their boss is Moot. Fuck year hackers on steroids
    >> Anonymous 12/11/10(Sat)11:51 No.13111687
    I did that too. Then I started building submerged cruisers with the carrier upgrade.

    Planet, meet my nuclear subs. Nuclear subs, meet Planet. Of course, by the time I got that far everyone was either vassals or dead.

    >Captcha: The Dorforts
    It's learning.
    >> Anonymous 12/11/10(Sat)11:52 No.13111695
    A Datalink Hate Machine!
    >> Anonymous 12/11/10(Sat)11:53 No.13111697
    I give mine space pirate themed names and try to get mag tubes as fast as I can
    >> Belisaurius 12/11/10(Sat)11:54 No.13111702
    Fuck updating technology, MASS MIND WORMS
    >> Anonymous 12/11/10(Sat)11:55 No.13111711
    I laughed when the governor I turned on started researching "Organic Superlube"
    >> Anonymous 12/11/10(Sat)11:56 No.13111716
    Spartans, small-ish map, not much land. Initial colony on a nice bit of river valley/coastline. Plenty of minerals available but colonization space is limited.

    Get stuck in a war with of all people, the peace keepers. have to hold them off, eventually signing a peace treaty on pretty bad terms after losing bases to mindworms as well as the peacekeepers. Tensions rise as I expand along their boarder, planting forts and getting a road network in place whilst neglecting base facilities in favour of churning out a ton of combat units.

    Eventually the tension breaks, and back to war we go. Initially losing a dozen units, offensive stalling on the monsoon jungle, where the mass of Peacekeeper bases lay. Eventually a hard-fought slugging match breaks as I get a stack of laser (yes, thats as far as things had got) rovers through the frontline, and then keep pouring them in like a flood. Game over peacekeepers, Spartans go from the weakest to the strongest faction within a handful of turns through violence.
    >> Anonymous 12/11/10(Sat)11:56 No.13111720
    Hijinks with global warming and terraforming
    - Sinking enemy bases into the sea using super formers
    - Passing all global warming bills and drowning out the world.
    - Shooting tectonic missiles near your own coastal base to make it a mountain base.
    - Blocking off the rain from enemy bases by mountains.
    -Planet busters and tectonic warheads to bulldoze and level areas on the map.

    Hurray for out-teching everyone!
    >> MagicJuggler !sMYbIFo6TI 12/11/10(Sat)11:57 No.13111728
    One particular game I played was as the Nautilus Pirates. I did my usual sea advance, the only difference being I decided to go for an early land crawl. Meaning lots of Buggies, and Sea Formers.

    So between a mass of gunboats, Rovers, and some Sea Formers to lower areas into the sea to deny reinforcements, I found myself kicking ass. Then I got the Nerve Gas Helicopters+Drop Pod Garrisons and a repealed charter...
    >> Anonymous 12/11/10(Sat)11:59 No.13111740
    I wish I was halfway decent with this game..

    How do I learn AC?
    >> Anonymous 12/11/10(Sat)12:01 No.13111752
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    I never liked the expansion factions.

    All the original factions had big, coherent ideologies; ideas one could form a whole civilization around, ideas millions of people could live and die for. Peace, Harmony, Strength, Knowledge.

    The expansion factions... they weren't civilizations, they were subcultures. Minority factions you would expect to find in the shadows of the major factions. The pirates were just bandits; the idea "what if there was a faction that was mostly sea-based" is interesting, but you can literally do that with ANY FACTION. Or all factions, once you flood the world. The cyborgs are the University with certain techs and social choices. The Cult of Planet is a crazier-than-usual group of Gaians. The Drones are the Hive, basically; that's what they'd turn into, anyway. The hackers are University undergrads; you can't have a civilization of all hackers, not everyone is going to have those proclivities.

    The expansion factions didn't have enough ideas new enough or big enough to stand on their own.
    >> Anonymous 12/11/10(Sat)12:09 No.13111799

    >> Anonymous 12/11/10(Sat)12:11 No.13111819
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    Anyone remember the thread where we decided that Aki Zeta-5 started as a junior University researcher with a crush on her boss Zakharov, and all the cyborgation, dangerous research, rigid adherence to logic, and so forth was just to try to get his attention and make him like her?
    >> Anonymous 12/11/10(Sat)12:13 No.13111836
    Not to mnetion the fucking aliens with their ogres and resonance armour right off the bat.
    >> Anonymous 12/11/10(Sat)12:13 No.13111839

    That would work, except that in my headcanon, Zakharov is a cackling loon, so logic and suppressed emotions really aren't the way to go.

    Also in my headcanon, Morgan and Svensgaard are bros for life.
    >> Anonymous 12/11/10(Sat)12:17 No.13111866
    >get introduced to the game by fiance
    >make a deal to rape everything and then make war
    >choose Nigger Industries against University
    >rape everything, declare war
    >hey, I'm winning, I'M FUCKING WINNING
    >suddenly, Planet Busters everywhere
    >get raped by nukes, raising sea level and hordes of worms
    >spot the most massive trollface I've ever seen
    >get addicted
    >> Anonymous 12/11/10(Sat)12:19 No.13111888
    That and the aliens were out of place. And those fucking fungal towers and spore artillery
    >> Anonymous 12/11/10(Sat)12:21 No.13111896

    Has it been archived anywhere? SMAC fluff is best fluff.
    >> Anonymous 12/11/10(Sat)12:22 No.13111902
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    Eh, spore artillery was quite neat. Locusts, too.
    >> Anonymous 12/11/10(Sat)12:25 No.13111926

    Fungal towers made some sense actually, spore artillery I wil agree, also the sealurk didn't look like much.

    http://emlia.org/zalpha.zip supercompressed version for those who have no idea what we're talking about.

    captcha: some spyinspe THAT MINDWORM'S A SPY!
    >> Anonymous 12/11/10(Sat)12:25 No.13111928
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    Is there a rapidshare of this game? I need something fun to occupy my time and I feel that this would be more entertaining than fapping.
    >> Anonymous 12/11/10(Sat)12:26 No.13111934
    Artillery kind of does, too, when you take into account that Planetmind is learning from humans too.
    >> Anonymous 12/11/10(Sat)12:27 No.13111940

    See one post above your own >_>
    >> Anonymous 12/11/10(Sat)12:28 No.13111945
    You can fap to Dierdre whille getting blown to pieces by mindworms.
    >> Anonymous 12/11/10(Sat)12:29 No.13111956
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    Believerfag here. All other factions are PROBED!
    >> Anonymous 12/11/10(Sat)12:31 No.13111975
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    >cackling loon

    Well yes, he's ALSO that... but he's fucking brilliant, and charismatic enough that the entire SCIENCE faction (and keep in mind how egotistical and fractious scientists are) follows him. Also, if you listen to his quotes when they come up for research and projects, he's surprisingly funny and always curious about what his subordinates are working on.

    Think about it. She's a graduate student, spending what little personal time she has working on mind-machine interfaces in a borrowed lab, when the door opens. She looks up and it's the PRESIDENT OF SCIENCE, the man who built the Unity and is personally responsible for more advances in the past two decades than any 5 other researchers put together, and here he is, hands clasped idly behind his back, secretary following nervously behind him. He calls her by name (probably has her file up in his specs but he KNOWS HER NAME,) asks some insightful questions about her project (when her professor can't even be bothered to care,) suggests gold instead of copper in the tertiary growth phase (BRILLIANT,) cracks a goofy joke about hydrocarbons, tells her to keep it up, grins, and leaves.

    So she goes back to her dorm room, hides under the covers, and touches herself while staring at his author's photo in the back of For I Have Tasted The Fruit.
    >> Anonymous 12/11/10(Sat)12:31 No.13111979

    Mad bitch.
    >> Anonymous 12/11/10(Sat)12:31 No.13111980
    http://suptg.thisisnotatrueending.com/archive/10899782/ This is all I found in the archives.
    >> Anonymous 12/11/10(Sat)12:32 No.13111988

    Holy shit, this is golden.
    >> Anonymous 12/11/10(Sat)12:34 No.13111996
    Mad Bitch who thanks you kindly for running Knowledge.
    >> Anonymous 12/11/10(Sat)12:34 No.13111999

    That is disturbingly cute. But maybe it's just because I would totally sign up for Uni.

    If you were nobody special (80% chance of being a citizen, 10% talent, 10% drone, %s change depending on faction power) who would you sign up for?
    >> Anonymous 12/11/10(Sat)12:35 No.13112010

    Peacekeepers. They're boring, sure, but it'd probably be pretty nice to live there.

    Either that or Nautilus Pirates for some ADVENTURE.
    >> Blackheart !!d+z47tvchVl 12/11/10(Sat)12:35 No.13112012
    I'd probe Deirdre with my mind worms if you know what I mean.
    >> Anonymous 12/11/10(Sat)12:35 No.13112014
    UN, most likely. Probably the only faction that would care about such trifle concerns as human rights.
    Morgan might as well, if just to keep the workers happy.
    >> Anonymous 12/11/10(Sat)12:37 No.13112025

    I'd love a conversation between Nwabudike Morgan and Andrew Ryan.

    captcha: fohrmen sues: (no, captcha, but the foremen may defect to their own faction with shity -2 research)
    >> Anonymous 12/11/10(Sat)12:40 No.13112045
    What modes do you guys play in?

    Anyone else tried Transcend OCC, no techtrading, all AIs hostile, Cha Dawn?
    >> Anonymous 12/11/10(Sat)12:40 No.13112048
    I have nothing against knowledge. I just "burrow" it to further my own bible-thumping agenda.
    >> Anonymous 12/11/10(Sat)12:41 No.13112053

    Surely Morgan and Ryan would just start having sex. Right there in the office.

    I'll be in my bunk.
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    >I'd love a conversation between Nwabudike Morgan and Andrew Ryan.

    So that's why morgan has a base called the Rapture
    >> Anonymous 12/11/10(Sat)12:43 No.13112068

    I think Morgan would accuse Ryan of being limited -- the man DID fail at following through on the big paradigm shift in his own society after all. And at least at first he allowed way too much actual (as opposed to smokescreen) competition. Remember Morgan's aim is to go "from entrepreneur to emperor" as per the tech fluff.

    captcha: remedum sociales, Captcha, we're discussing morgan not lal!
    >> Anonymous 12/11/10(Sat)12:44 No.13112075
    Mind = BLOWN
    >> Anonymous 12/11/10(Sat)12:48 No.13112106

    University. For one thing, knowledge is held as the highest good there, and I'd wanna support that society even if just by cleaning drains.

    Second, at any given time the Uni is gonna have the highest tech level. My best chance of scoring a holo theater, good food, and a personal sex droid is going Uni.

    Most importantly, Uni will have the highest tech level, and a high tech level results in more talents. My best chance of being a talent, of NOT being a nobody, is in joining Uni and getting a first-rate education and maybe some int-improvement treatments.


    Secretly blushing, crushing Aki is now my personal canon. He loves science, and logic, and interesting ideas, right? Experiments that other, stupider people are scared of and don't understand, he loves those, right? So, she'll become what he loves! And he'll want to write a paper about her, no, a book, and they'll write it together and present it at the colloquium and get an award and there will be a big party and he'll hold her hand when they stand behind the podium and her stage fright will be gone, because she engineered it away and because he's there, and then there will be a reception and he'll dance with her (gotta get the proprioceptive muscle control circuits perfect so she can dance perfectly and he'll be so impressed) and then afterwards they'll both be tired and giggly and they go back to his room oh god oh god...
    >> Anonymous 12/11/10(Sat)12:52 No.13112140
    While I agree, ingame uni gets extra drones.
    >> Anonymous 12/11/10(Sat)12:56 No.13112168

    Adorable and tragic all at once.
    >> www.emlia.org 12/11/10(Sat)12:58 No.13112187


    So the faction split happened after Aki got heartbroken and decided to get rid of her emotions entirely as a way to get over it?
    >> Anonymous 12/11/10(Sat)12:58 No.13112191
    >Play as Gaians
    >Completely rape Spartans near start of game with MINDWORMS, MINDWORMS EVERYWHERE
    >Time Passes, Morgan is stuck in a tiny area of land behind me and has like 8 cities to my 50, despite this he belives we're best of bros, but really, he's just my bitch.
    >Proceed to tech up, then wage a long and bloody war against Hive
    >Miriam demands Missile launchers once too often, throws a shit fit when i don't give the tech to her and declares vendetta.
    >Proceed to launch Operation: Helljumper, Drop two dozen buggies on her shitty, but huge, country, due to her absorbing UN and part of University
    >Turns out that Synthmetal and Particle accelerators don't work that well against Plasma shard launchers and Neutronium Armor
    >Take over 45% of it, but troops are exhausted and almost depleted due to sheer weight of Believer forces
    >My fleet of 12 cruisers loaded down with armor and Mind Worms shows up, transfer my fleet of air units over to Believer land finally
    >Rapidly complete total and literal rape of Mirram and her shitty faction
    >Like 5 turns later, complete transcendence project, Morganites and Univerity only remaining factions with me, but also bros

    Feels good man
    >> Anonymous 12/11/10(Sat)12:59 No.13112199
    >For one thing, knowledge is held as the highest good there

    Doktor Mengeles agrees with you
    >> www.emlia.org 12/11/10(Sat)13:01 No.13112210

    Your superior writefaggotry rends our right hemispheres! Please write more before we get rid of the damn thing once and for all.
    >> Anonymous 12/11/10(Sat)13:07 No.13112253
    The Planetfall mod for Civ4 makes them work kinda like that. The original factions are there at the start of the game, and the expansion factions appear once certain conditions are met. This doesn't make the Pirates or Data Angels make any more sense, and the Drones just kinda appear rather than result from riots (although if a base riots, it has a chance of converting to the Drones), but the Cult of Planet is done excellently.
    >> Anonymous 12/11/10(Sat)13:10 No.13112276

    You better write more of this.
    >> Anonymous 12/11/10(Sat)13:10 No.13112281

    University. Mostly because I'm a lecturer IRL, so ACADEMIA, ACADEMIA EVERYWHERE sounds just too exciting/hilarious/mildly disturbing a concept to pass up.
    >> Anonymous 12/11/10(Sat)13:11 No.13112287
    Doktor Mengeles was just an asshole who like vivisections. Most of his 'experiments' had no actual scientific value.

    That said, he'd fit right in at the University. They have an extra drone per FOUR CITIZENS for a REASON.
    >> Anonymous 12/11/10(Sat)13:14 No.13112314
    >Play as Spartans on map with islands everywhere
    >Everyone keeps killing my ships and sacking my sea colonies
    >Fuck sea, then, I'll go for air; start pumping research
    >Overwhelm everyone else with wave after wave of suicidally fragile interceptors with ever-better guns
    >> Anonymous 12/11/10(Sat)13:19 No.13112351
    I love playing as Morgan. That +1 to Economy? It's FUCKING GOLD. On its own, it's not a big deal... but when you're using the Wealth value you get another +1 to Economy, bringing your total to +2... which means that every square you're working produces an extra unit of energy. If you've got civilians on fifty tiles, you get an extra fifty credits that turn. And the next turn. And the next, and the next, and the next... You will have so many fucking energy credits you won't know what to do with them.

    Morgan can BUY EVERYTHING ON PLANET. He can rush-buy his own troops, pour so much cash into science research he can fucking out-tech the University, keep a fleet of probe teams around to subvert enemy troops and steal any techs his neighbors have, and build base improvements all over the goddamn place ALL AT THE SAME TIME. And have money to spare!

    Morgan can take a little while to get started, but once he does he's un-fucking-stoppable.
    >> Anonymous 12/11/10(Sat)13:21 No.13112364
    Oh yeah... he can ALSO pour shitloads of money into luxuries and base improvements that make people happy to the point that everyone's fucking ecstatic all the time. Hello, constant Golden Ages!
    >> Anonymous 12/11/10(Sat)13:23 No.13112379
    I guess there are benefits to being black Ayn Rand.
    >> Anonymous 12/11/10(Sat)13:29 No.13112430
    So I just re downloaded this game, and I still can't fucking figure out how to stop the world from flooding. It usually happens before I even have the option to launch a solar shade. Is there some way to delay/avoid this altogether? Or do I just need to hold off on the genejack factories till I can get some shade up?

    Also, this is delicious writefaggotry. I always imagined Zakharov as watching with a little smile as Myriam is hauled off to the torture chamber, and lighting a cigarette as she is shocked into incoherence. Fucking believers, leave me alone dammit.
    >> www.emlia.org 12/11/10(Sat)13:29 No.13112434

    Well-armored carriers + air glass cannons was broken.
    >> Anonymous 12/11/10(Sat)13:29 No.13112441

    Working on it.
    >> www.emlia.org 12/11/10(Sat)13:31 No.13112458

    Much rejoicing!

    (That is pretty much the sort of fangirling that my goblin factotum slathered over a PC paladin...)
    >> Anonymous 12/11/10(Sat)13:40 No.13112519
    >start a game of alpha centauri, play as university

    >generate random map, maximum possible size

    >land on the west end of a cuba shaped island roughly in the middle of the map

    >send out that first dude and get exploring!

    >discover Miriam's base right next door. It's undefended as her first dude is out exploring too

    >sweet victory

    The rest of that game was almost a letdown after that
    >> Anonymous 12/11/10(Sat)13:50 No.13112600
    Unless you had Do or Die turned on, it would've respawned her somewhere else.
    >> Anonymous 12/11/10(Sat)13:50 No.13112603

    Bumping in anticipation
    >> phil !ZN5DZmGpAQ 12/11/10(Sat)13:58 No.13112666
    always play Iron Man
    >> Shas'o R'myr !!J5+vjygjQuK 12/11/10(Sat)14:03 No.13112707
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    >Play as Yang
    >Rush military
    >Get Planet Busters
    >The nun pisses me off
    >Nuke the nun
    >Nobody told me a planet buster was an atrocity
    >mon visage

    >catigh from
    >> Anonymous 12/11/10(Sat)14:05 No.13112723
    Its called a Planet Buster, it destroys the crust of the planet and you didnt expect it to be an atrocity?
    >> Shas'o R'myr !!J5+vjygjQuK 12/11/10(Sat)14:07 No.13112743

    Not really, no. All the other stuff that was atrocity they specified.

    >Thllica infers
    >> Anonymous 12/11/10(Sat)14:08 No.13112753
    No, no respawning. After that it was just the slow forward progression of science as my armies encircled the world, crushing one faction after another. Morgan was the only one I didn't end up taking out, mostly because Yang got to him first. I think I actually pissed off Lal enough over the course of the long campaign that he used a planetbuster on one of outlying bases.
    >> Anonymous 12/11/10(Sat)14:09 No.13112757
    > nobody told me obliterating a city with WMDs was an atrocity

    You're a moron.
    >> Anonymous 12/11/10(Sat)14:12 No.13112786
    you know, in every game like alpha centaury and such the "fuckwin" factions are always the ones with the most scientific bonus
    >> Shas'o R'myr !!J5+vjygjQuK 12/11/10(Sat)14:13 No.13112790
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    Hey, I had the last laugh.

    The last nuclear flooded laugh from my high mountain bastion surrounded by an ever-increasing sea...

    >Ameded My
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    >> Anonymous 12/11/10(Sat)14:18 No.13112833

    Not necessarily, they're just geared towards the late game. Leave them unchecked for too long and you're fucked.
    >> Writefag time! 12/11/10(Sat)14:27 No.13112912
    The city is falling. Sun-warmed fungus mats spread up alloy walls, pitting the metal, leeching and dissolving it back into Planet. The newborn many-mind has many dreams, and some need iron ions. The towers and walls, domes and spires, are empty; the people who lived here are angels now.

    On a hill above the city, under the shade of a twisted tree, a girl sits and watches. Her flyaway dandelion hair is as white as her simple dress, born with her from the fungal womb when she asked the world to give her a body again. One finger idly rubs the side of her head, missing something.

    Soft footfalls behind her, an ambling pace. She turns. Her eyes widen, but her face is otherwise still, haven forgotten the trick of expression. "Why are you here?" she asks, voice carefully neutral.

    The man chuckles. "Oh, you know. The same reason I do everything I do. Curiosity."

    She examines him carefully. He has his peculiar spectacles, as always. Planet must have assembled them for him, atom by atom, as it incarnated his new avatar. Stranger, though, is his appearance. Fit, but at least forty. Why not demand youthful perfection? "Explain further."

    He cocks his head to the side, peering at her through his colored lenses. "Investigating an anomaly in the experimental data. Results observed do not match the predicted model. Therefore, I was wrong about something; there is something I do not know!" He grins his crooked grin, familiar from a thousand book covers and cid links. "How can I ignore a chance to learn?"

    She stares at him cooly. Within, an unfamiliar fluttering sensation. "Am I that anomaly?"

    He smiles, and sits beside her with a grunt. "Just so! The maid of machines, the posthuman postergirl, leaves the uploaded supersociety in favor of flesh? Very strange, very interesting! Even your implants are gone!"
    >> Writefag time! 12/11/10(Sat)14:28 No.13112915
    "That was not my intention. I wished to be reincarnated as I was before your Transcendence Project. The planetmind erred." She turns from him, looking out at the ruined cityscape once more.

    "Or perhaps editorialized. No, wait, I percieve the root of that problem. Is it troubling you unduly? Can you describe your sensations?"

    She blinks. "I am... distressed. I am singular; only myself and no more. My decision-making is impeded by illogical bias, the needs of the body and hindbrain. Fear. Confusion. Seratonin release from observation of sunlight on city. Desire for tactile contact."

    "Like so?" He reaches out experimentally, puts his hand over hers.

    She jerks away, tears welling in her eyes. "Re... request permission before such behavior."

    He frowns. "I am intimately familiar with living in a body. I do believe I did it longer than any other human; I was mature when we began construction of the Unity, after all. I've found it requires a certain graceful humor and humility. But this is... everything you were working so hard to cast away. And you come back to it. Why?"

    "That is... That is sensative information. If you desire it, you must offer information of equal or greater value in trade." She wipes her nose on the sleeve of her dress.

    He smils. "Ah! That's much more like you. I was beginning to worry. What would you like to know?"

    "Wa... worried? Ah. Why." She is staring at him again, her face composed, but her eyes red. "Why did you never join me? Us?"

    He quirks an eyebrow in surprise. "I thought you surely knew. I never joined you because there was no need; I never considered our factions seperate."
    >> Writefag time! 12/11/10(Sat)14:29 No.13112922
    "What? Not... we were at war! People died!"

    "Yes, war, yes, but I never considered you an enemy. You put forth a comprehensive proposal for the future development of humanity, of sentience itself. I was fascinated, of course, but the difference between science and blind ideology is that scientific ideas must be carefully tested, proved before being accepted! Peer review is essential. And so, under my direction the University adopted the null hypothesis; that immediate implantation and upgrade of all humans was an inferior strategy, and that gradual, incremental, organic improvement of mankind was a better approach. And then the test proceeded; which society produced more discoveries? Won more wars? Which triumphed over all adversity?"

    "It was... a test? We killed hundreds of thousands for an experiment?"

    He sighs. "No more than would have died in pointless wars without our interference. Their loss was for knowledge. To advance mankind."

    She pulls up her knees and buries her head between them. "You set me a test. And I failed."

    "Not in the slightest! Your missing implants prove that."

    She raises her head. Her face has finally cracked, twisted in pain and confusion. "I... do not understand. Elucidate."

    "You requested a body as it was before the Transcendence Project began. You got one."

    "You were working on the project so early, so long ago? Or... no. Me?"
    >> Anonymous 12/11/10(Sat)14:29 No.13112927
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    just saying.


    No faction is a purewin. There will be always situations when you lose. But with sciences factions you will win more times with the others
    >> Writefag time! 12/11/10(Sat)14:29 No.13112928
    He grins again. "Quite so. I, and through me the Planetmind, date the beginning of the Transcendence Project to your pioneering work on the integration of human sentience into nonhuman systems. Which is why you popped out of the mushroom looking just like the graduate student whose lab I wandered into one hundred and twenty five years ago."

    She gapes at him, her pale cheeks turning pink. "You... remember."

    "Remember my first meeting with the cleverest woman on Planet? Most certainly!" He reaches for her hand again. This time, she does not pull away.

    "And the Transcendence is..."

    "As much your work as mine." He is leaning towards her now. "Would have cited you when I published, but the college was too busy apotheosing to accept papers. Profuse apologies." Their faces are very close.

    A rumbling crash from below is followed by a blast of warm air. A tower has collapsed, and is burning turquoise. Around it, the fungal mats are twisting, ridges raising in a great spiral.

    She gasps. "I have never observed that behavior before."

    His grin is wolfish, delighted. "Ohh, nor have I. I wonder if it's magnetic?"

    "More likely a biochemical reaction, a planetary allergy..."

    "Let's go for a closer look!"

    They run down the hill together, eager to assault the mystery, hand in hand.
    >> Anonymous 12/11/10(Sat)14:30 No.13112935
    Excellent job, sir writefag.
    >> Shas'o R'myr !!J5+vjygjQuK 12/11/10(Sat)14:30 No.13112937
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    Unless you play the aliens in the expansion.

    >avathen compelleth
    >> www.emlia.org 12/11/10(Sat)14:34 No.13112981
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    Thank you! Have some marginally related eye candy from Bloydt systems according to captcha.
    >> Anonymous 12/11/10(Sat)14:39 No.13113033

    Issue there is: How long you leave them unchecked is based on their starting position, which is random. University lands on their own corner of the map? You're in trouble. Liir off on their own star cluster? Can get nasty. Psilon homeworld is in an out of the way patch of space? You're utterly fucked. "Multiple death stars" fucked.

    Thread hijack: how do you get MoO2 to co-operate with Win7?
    >> www.emlia.org 12/11/10(Sat)14:39 No.13113039

    .... D'awwww ....

    My internets, good anon, you may have all of them. Except the narrowband downlink to the robot I'm working on of course.
    >> Anonymous 12/11/10(Sat)14:43 No.13113092
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    This is how End of Evangelion should have been.

    "Oh, hey, a giant Rei head."
    "Let's do science to it!"
    >> Anonymous 12/11/10(Sat)14:44 No.13113101
    >Thread hijack: how do you get MoO2 to co-operate with Win7?

    Wait, I faced the same problem a while ago.
    I think I used Dosbox and the DOS .exe.
    Or there was some sort of workaround for the Win95 .exe.

    Can't remember right now, but I know I got it to work eventually.
    >> Anonymous 12/11/10(Sat)14:46 No.13113115
    I loved nerve gas pods. There is nothing quite like sending in a half dozen columns of infantry with artillery and automated air support (I could really never bother with manually controlling most air units; it was really too much of a pain in the ass) to completely wipe out an entire continent.

    Also, am I the only one who really didn't bother with much aside from infantry for actually conducting assaults?
    >> Anonymous 12/11/10(Sat)14:47 No.13113128
    drop infantry all the way, son
    >> www.emlia.org 12/11/10(Sat)14:48 No.13113149

    * Carrier
    * Transport
    * Ironclad (atk1, defbest ship)

    * Unleash infantry horde
    * Unleash ground-pounder horde
    >> Anonymous 12/11/10(Sat)14:49 No.13113154
    >drop infantry

    >+ Space Elevator.

    >> Anonymous 12/11/10(Sat)14:49 No.13113155
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    drop infantry is so OP in this game, once you draw out the main enemy forces you can hop from one city to another and another and basically take an entire continent in a couple of turns.

    >my face while doing that

    >acid pronfeap
    >> Anonymous 12/11/10(Sat)14:49 No.13113156
    I just went with plain old infantry marching across a continent. The automated air support would clear out most resistance as long as I kept production up to replace units lost.
    >> Anonymous 12/11/10(Sat)14:51 No.13113185
    Alpha Centauri is the only game that makes me do an evil laugh.

    >My evil Chinese hordes march across Planet, driving all before them and leaving nothing alive
    >Mmmhmhmhm...hehehehe..hahahaHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA! Fear me, puny mortals!
    >> Anonymous 12/11/10(Sat)14:54 No.13113215
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    >Pursue a global war as a social experiment
    >Forcibly upload the entire human population into a neural network supermind
    >Get the girl
    >Escape all consequences

    Fuck yeah, Zakharov
    >> Anonymous 12/11/10(Sat)14:54 No.13113222

    It brings out the evil overlord in all of us. Try playing University at night during a thunderstorm.

    >It's alive! IT'S ALIIIIIIIIVE!
    >> Anonymous 12/11/10(Sat)14:56 No.13113234

    He's just that awesome.
    >> Anonymous 12/11/10(Sat)15:00 No.13113265
    Most of our mindworms are indeed stationed in spehs.
    >> Exalted !OOirDpvrkA 12/11/10(Sat)15:01 No.13113272
    Ah, yes... Gaia's Stepdaughters forever.
    >> Shas'o R'myr !!J5+vjygjQuK 12/11/10(Sat)15:01 No.13113273

    Wasn't there a way to put mindworms in drop pods? I don't recall. I always prioritized missile and aircraft tech.

    >from logliona
    >> Anonymous 12/11/10(Sat)15:02 No.13113282
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    Gah, forgot the pic.
    >> Anonymous 12/11/10(Sat)15:10 No.13113358

    Man, this thread is just full of awesome games.
    >> Anonymous 12/11/10(Sat)15:10 No.13113364
    iirc you could edit the unit and give it moar systems, just like any other.
    So yeah, cybernetic spaceworthy mindworms.
    >> Anonymous 12/11/10(Sat)15:14 No.13113395

    >> Anonymous 12/11/10(Sat)16:20 No.13114072
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    Spartans: atavistic, macho idiots determined to recreate the mistakes of the past ad infinitum, or only sane humans in a lethally dangerous new world?
    >> Anonymous 12/11/10(Sat)16:21 No.13114086

    Both. Welcome to Alpha Centauri.
    >> Anonymous 12/11/10(Sat)16:26 No.13114147

    I lean toward "idiots." Come on guys, let's found a civilization based on the ideals of being violent and difficult to get along with!

    Their fairly poor showing in most games I've played would seem to support this assessment. I imagine at least half their youth every generation deserting to the University (for the young nerds) or the Morganites (for those who favor pleasure and comfort over twice-daily 10km runs, barracks inspections with brutal punishments for unmade beds, and shouting.)
    >> Anonymous 12/11/10(Sat)16:34 No.13114221

    I always played Gaians, or occasionally University. The Spartans were always like "Ohh hai, we're going to start a war against you when we have no real defense against mindworms."

    It was a rare game where Santiago stayed out of my Pleasure Chamber longer then fifty turns.


    >> Anonymous 12/11/10(Sat)16:41 No.13114308

    Spartans: North Korea of Planet.
    >> Anonymous 12/11/10(Sat)16:43 No.13114337
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    We all know that Zakharov gets Lady Diedra Skye.

    Its the only way it can end.
    >> Anonymous 12/11/10(Sat)16:53 No.13114447
    Cyborgs win when I play them. Always. Even on hardest setting.

    Form treaty with immediate neighbors. Research as hard as can. Entire civilization dedicated to finding as much shit out as possible. give the bare minimum tech to neighbors to keep the alliances going.

    Reach point where I am so far ahead of them its stopped being funny. Start building hover tanks and all sorts of mad shit and then OH, GOD, I'VE CREATED A MONSTER!!!! MWHAHAHAHAHHAA!!!!

    And I for one welcome our new cybernetic overlords.
    >> Anonymous 12/11/10(Sat)16:59 No.13114515

    All that, and she's just doing it for attention...
    >> www.emlia.org 12/11/10(Sat)17:00 No.13114526
    So how does Zakharov see the new 3D movies with polarized glasses anyway?
    >> www.emlia.org 12/11/10(Sat)17:01 No.13114541

    Not necessarily, did you ever heard of The Third Wave?
    >> Anonymous 12/11/10(Sat)17:03 No.13114557
    Now I'm remembering all of the quotes in this game. Now I want an audiofile of all of them and then just to loop in my car.
    >> Exalted !OOirDpvrkA 12/11/10(Sat)17:03 No.13114559
    Lies. Skye/Santiago forever.
    >> Anonymous 12/11/10(Sat)17:05 No.13114581
    Zakharov looks kind of like Julian Assange. Middle-aged guy with white, unwashed hair?
    >> Anonymous 12/11/10(Sat)17:06 No.13114588
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    >> Anonymous 12/11/10(Sat)17:09 No.13114624

    ohh shit, brb ripping the mp3s from my copy.
    >> Tannu !t7WooWOOWo 12/11/10(Sat)17:13 No.13114662
    Cybernetic Consciousness ♥

    One of the best games ever imo. That dialogue, man, dat philosophy, dat fluff. All the other civ games are meh by comparison.

    My waifu as well. Fancy that.
    >> Tannu !t7WooWOOWo 12/11/10(Sat)17:14 No.13114675
    The tech quotes and such are on youtube, readily rippable off there.

    >conquak clear
    >> www.emlia.org 12/11/10(Sat)17:19 No.13114720

    Even kinda sounds like him...
    >> Anonymous 12/11/10(Sat)17:24 No.13114796
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    Ere, Boyz, Iz found a new wurld to Waaaagh!!! on.

    Deyz got deez mind wurm gitz and humies so itz gunna be fun!
    >> Anonymous 12/11/10(Sat)17:27 No.13114821
    This was a most quotable game.

    Are they all online?
    >> Anonymous 12/11/10(Sat)17:28 No.13114834
    I fear that Pandora is what happens to Chiron/Planet if the Gaians transcend.
    >> Anonymous 12/11/10(Sat)17:28 No.13114835
    >All the other civ games are meh by comparison.

    I mad when I think about how great AC was, and how all they do now is remake Civ every few years.
    >> Anonymous 12/11/10(Sat)17:29 No.13114840
    I played a game of Alpha Centauri for the first time in ages a while back. This time had torrented Alien Crossfire. Played with the cyberdudes and focused all my attention on expansion and improvements, then fortifying my borders and improving the shit out of everything. Then when the nasty aliens came knocking on my door I ended up pushing them back half a continent every few years (their empire spanned two or three), the last getting a bit unfair as I had essentially immortal landships and battleships capable of sinking their entire navy several times over. Finally won with a diplomatic victory after realizing my population was several times that of the remaining three human factions.

    My biggest city was in the middle of the Inland Sea (or whatever, huge lake) with every square having kelp and that underwater mineral upgrade. It was stuck in a perpetual golden age pumping out late game secret projects in only a couple of turns each.

    One thing that annoyed me was that the Free Drones who I allied early on to act as a buffer kept spamming me with hordes of crappy troops that cost a lot to support. I ended up giving all the ground units back, but using their air units on suicide attacks, as I had bothered to build only a few of my own.

    What do you guys think would be a good way to play a game as different to that as possible? I was thinking of trying a rather aggressive approach with the Cult and mindworm-only armies.
    >> Anonymous 12/11/10(Sat)17:37 No.13114949

    Try playing the Morganites and spamming probe teams.
    >> Anonymous 12/11/10(Sat)17:38 No.13114967

    That's probably because Atari owns the rights to Alpha Centauri, and they love to take great games and not do anything with them (see Master of Magic).
    >> Anonymous 12/11/10(Sat)17:41 No.13115017
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    >> Anonymous 12/11/10(Sat)17:42 No.13115025
    I'll just continue lusting after the provost.
    >> Anonymous 12/11/10(Sat)17:44 No.13115044
    I remember we had a thread where someone wrotefagged about Deidre having created a drone to be her husbando. That was a good piece of writefaggotry.
    >> Anonymous 12/11/10(Sat)17:46 No.13115074
    His cheeks start to flush. He's all too aware of the incredibly intent look she's giving him. Oh god. That silk shift she's wearing is leaving FAR too much to the imagination. He can't help but notice every time shift of her body as she breathes. Every night, he sees her. Every time he feels the warm air in the evenings, he feels her breathe on the back of his neck. Those eyes. Watching. Always present, just below the surface of his mind.

    He squeezes his eyes tightly shut. He wonders off-handly if it's possible to hate someone to death. Why did Lal have to call now, of all times? His irritation is almost intense enough that he doesn't notice something cool, and soft, and utterly RIGHT touch his hand. Deirdre speaks to Lal. He can't bring himself to comprehend what she says to him. The words simply don't reach his mind as words. So soft, and calming they are, though. He wonders bitterly if the viewscreen is large enough for Lal to see what his fellow faction leader is doing to her poor intern.

    He wonders if it's possible to pass out from someone just holding your hand gently. That shouldn't happen, and yet it's how he feels. Her gaze is fixed on Lal's electronic countenance, and yet a single moment doesn't pass where he can't feel what feels like the sum total of her mind fixed upon his, like a bug under a beautiful, majestic, utterly hypnotic magnifying glass.
    >> Anonymous 12/11/10(Sat)17:48 No.13115096
    "Don't move. Just sit".

    Her voice snaps him back to attention. The words somehow make sense. Lately, he just hasn't seemed to find the will to resist anything she's said. Requests for a fresh cup of soycaf, last years recycling reports, or one one terrifyingly sublime occasion, an opinion on a new necklace. He sits, mutely, beside her. How much longer can one woman talk on a simple council decision?

    He still feels her hand on the base of his neck. Stroking him, so soothingly. It's hard to think of anything but that perfectly formed hand. He looks up, in a daze. He sees her lips moving, but as before, her words mean nothing to him.

    He thinks. Or tries to. The initial interview, the cautious acceptance of a grad student, a bio-sciences prodigy to the much fought-over assistant position. The endless nights studying, and pondering over exactly what was needed for a given project. He lost track of the point when his thoughts drifted from soil nitrate levels and oxygen fixation, and started being gentle rocked by that beguiling image of her sitting at her desk, going over some paperwork. Just her. And the scratch scratch scratch of her pen on some meaningless document. He'd heard far-off reports about the Gaian empath guild. The support and esteem that the Lady held them in. But it was always someone else's issue. His duties kept him her, beside her, and the plants she lavished her attention on.
    >> Anonymous 12/11/10(Sat)17:49 No.13115108
    Those beautiful pale fingers are still there. They gentle brush a tuft of hair behind his ear. The don't leave there. Inch by infuriating inch, her fingertips explore the edges of his face. His cheek, his ear, his lower lip. For the hundredth time in as many years, Lal continues to babble meaninglessly about some ethical issue that's come to his attention, and just like the other times, Deirdre tells him what he wants to hear. How just, and compassionate she is. How clear her mind is. He's glad he can do this for her. Leading a faction is such an awe-inspiring task. If she feels the need occasionally to have something to run through her fingers. Someone warm to discreetly relive certain tensions, even one as prosaic as excessively cool bedsheets, then he's happy to do it.

    He remember's proof reading a research paper on the nature of telepathy. The curios of science. Future implications, the spread of psionic ability. He remembers how clearly he saw the delicate letters of her name, written there amongst the initial wave of test subjects. He remembers the terror he felt as he saw the pict-logs being uploaded to the Gaian datalinks, images of planets eternal guardians curling around her hand, and running freely over her toes, friendly, and above all, obedient.

    He wonders what that must feel like. Whatever her speeches suggested, the sheer thrill he saw on her face when her personal boil devoured the screaming face of the Morganite probe team suggested an almost hidden nuance to her environmental agenda.

    He couldn't fault her. What person wouldn't relish having such perfect control over such a wonderfully engineered organism? To have something so utterly efficient at her beck and call. He remembers the profound effect the footage had on him. The way her smile lingered in his dreams.
    >> Anonymous 12/11/10(Sat)17:51 No.13115138
    "Symbols are the key to telepathy. The mind defines itself through them". That's what the paper espoused. What symbols defined HIS mind, he wondered while reading.

    He could only think of one symbol, at the time. He pretended the realisation didn't scare the hell out of him.

    He didn't know what, or how, or why. But ultimately those questions didn't bother him so much as the when. He remembered the nights near the beginning. Waking up in a cold sweat, thousands of invading ecological terrors fading away with the morning light, only to find Her there, sitting beside his bed, her eyes closed, and her palm gently cupping his face. The relief when he realised that she was real, and that she had woken him from the terrible dream.

    The little questions, the petty shows of concern. Did he have enough pens? Would he like to finish early today? How did his weekend date go? She was his boss, but she never took advantage of his loyalty. She was there when The Flowers Preach was overrun by Spartans, willing to listen to his fears about his parents. She was there when the confusion over a new problem threatened to overwhelm, soothing him with calming words, and perspective. When Maya left him, her cold, absent eyes barely looking at him the last time, she was willing to talk to him about it. He didn't find it odd that the time consisted of him weeping, his head gently cradled in her lap. It was an act of the moment. Who justifies what they do in that sort of situation?
    >> Anonymous 12/11/10(Sat)17:52 No.13115148
    The warmth of her heated office floor permeated up through his toes and legs, flush with the polyfur floor covering. He realised that her conversation with Lal had finally concluded. Some sort of argument about some sort of canceled retroactive virus engineering project they'd embarked upon several decades earlier. He looked at her, happy that she'd defused the situation. How he wanted to hold her for just a moment. To send her worries about Planet, and Lal, and the Vendetta, and all of it, away. That her worries would break away like the skin of an onion, to be seen, and embraced, and understood. She smiled down at him as his eyes closed. The first Gaian Acolytes prayed murmured from his lips. He realised a moment later that his words matched hers, just as quietly. She rose to her feet, giving his cheek a final stroke.

    She moved back to her desk, that same sad smile on her face she had from time to time when she looked at him, when he'd done a particularly good job on a task assigned, or before she left in the mornings after ... that. The thought still made a shiver run down his spine. Maya. Joanna. Even sigrid, decades ago. None of them had stayed like she had. Whatever she thought of him, the idea of her leaving made him sick to his stomach. When would the internship end? Just what exactly did she have planned for this ... thing that they shared. As if sensing his distress, she heard him call his name. Awkwardly, he got to his feet and returned to his desk, beside hers. She grinned, and shook her head. He knew what she wanted.
    >> Anonymous 12/11/10(Sat)17:54 No.13115182
    He smiled nervously. Compelled by her smile, he walked over to her desk, and calmly sat on the edge of it, facing her. His stomach did flip flops. It always did, no matter how anticipatable her various ..inclinations became. His time in the rejuv tanks, keeping his face and hands just as pefect as the day he first met her. The hours studying the latest developments, that she'd asked him to become familiar with. He gave a little jump. After a morning of dealing with the chilly environment of the biolab, her hands were still a little cold. He bit his lip, and felt her fingers curl around him, physically, and otherwise.

    He couldn't move. That was normal. She was smiling. So was that. Tug, brush, squeeze. She'd let him gasp, at least. He could never understand it, when they were like this. She could scarcely exhale over him before he.. reacted. She laughed softly as he blushed. He could scarcely keep his mind from her, let along his body. She stood. Standing there, calm as a willow in the summer breeze. She felt her teeth gentle taking a hold of his ear. The soft musk of her perfume as her soft sari rubbed against his chest. His trembling hand found hers, and clenched. She let him. So perfectly understanding, she was. He was made for her, he thought sometimes.

    "You WERE made for me", she says breathily. Even one as psionically dexterous as Lady Deirdre Sky could still lose herself occasionally borrowing moments from his nervous system. At that point he was never in much of a position to speculate, but in the quieter time afterwards, he wondered how much of what he was feeling bled through.
    >> Anonymous 12/11/10(Sat)17:55 No.13115183
    My sacrifice to the demon prince of pain worked!

    Also, I must be the ONLY person who had Miriam winning in many of my games. I usually played on the largest maps with the lowest number of moons and as little water coverage as possible. Man, she would RAPE everyone in the early game, cover half the map with her bases, and then get incredibly bogged down with her empire. Once I got to the mid-game I had a chance of destroying her ONE HUNDRED THOUSAND MISSILE INFANTRY units, and after that I could tech above her to turn the tide, but man she would own on those maps. I think it was that those maps are VERY good for rushing, and with Spoils of War, as long as she was conquering she was keeping the pace tech-wise
    >> Anonymous 12/11/10(Sat)17:56 No.13115218
    Cold, soft, firm, and inevitable in their motions, she moved around him, up and down, her nurturing fingers playing over his length like a new plant growth she wanted to encourage.

    It began. Rapidly, he saw memories of her. Previous encounters. Moments of eye contact. Simple brushes of skin, recollections of kind words, of effective orders. They flowed over his mind like the light of Alpha Centauri itself, confusing him and reassuring him in equal measure.

    Time seemed so pointless, when she was like this. He wondered why she did this. Giving thoughtlessly to him. Since that first moment when he felt her hand gently holding ..him, after a peaceful night of wonderful dreams, he'd fretted and fussed over her motives. Her attachment to him. How she was able to so perfectly render him speechless.

    Her discretion was flawless. Whatever jealous looks the other Gaian's gave him, he was never connected to The Lady in anything other than an employeer/employee capacity. He was beautiful. He'd been told that he was. He never saw his appeal. Before her, he felt as clumsy as a crawler, and as overlookable as a strand of fungus.

    He felt her pace quicken. He almost screamed, such was the cold fire that blazed along his nervous system. The gently swirling images of her held strong in his mind, driving his earlier apprehension away.

    He made a sound, scarcely removed from a squeak, as he abruptly came in her hand. Her free hand cupped the back of his head, gently pulling it forwards into her. He felt her perfect lips on his forhead, soft and reassuring.

    She held the hand he had willingly defiled to his lips. Smiling in his heart, he remedied the problem. Slow, luxurious kisses dotted each inch of her finger, each tiny wrinkle in her palm.
    >> Anonymous 12/11/10(Sat)17:56 No.13115222
    My sacrifice to the demon prince of pain worked!

    Also, I must be the ONLY person who had Miriam winning in many of my games. I usually played on the largest maps with the lowest number of moons and as little water coverage as possible. Man, she would RAPE everyone in the early game, cover half the map with her bases, and then get incredibly bogged down with her empire. Once I got to the mid-game I had a chance of destroying her ONE HUNDRED THOUSAND MISSILE INFANTRY units, and after that I could tech above her to turn the tide, but man she would own on those maps. I think it was that those maps are VERY good for rushing, and with Spoils of War, as long as she was conquering she was keeping the pace tech-wise

    CAPTCHA: alpha meturdi
    sister star to Alpha Centauri?
    >> Anonymous 12/11/10(Sat)17:57 No.13115235
    She smiled at him, before holding him close, his pants skill messily unbuckled. He held her in return, promising in his mind that he would always be there for the Lady of the Gaians. He felt her response, deep in his hindbrain.

    Was it real? Did it matter? Here, and now, united by genetics and by empathy, they were together, whatever the physical reality.

    She pulled away for a moment, her eyes glossy with almost-tears. Distressed, he leaned up, and kissed each blasphemy away. No sadness from her. He wasn't much, but he could attempt just that.

    She smiled happily as he did so.

    "He can say what he likes", Deirdre said firmly. The boy nodded.

    "You aren't wrong. Whatever his precious UN charter says, Whatever lies Miriam or Zhakarov whisper", Deirdre spat out, anger clouding her features.

    "Just one. Was that such a crime? On this place, so far from home". He reached up tentatively. He touched her face. Stroked her perfectly shaped hair.

    She looked down at him, before smiling, and bowing her forehead to his.

    "I won't let them take you away from me...", Lady Deirdre Skye said under her breathe, the morning sun playing over her tanned skin.

    "...My good little Genejack".
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    Cybernetic Parrot Bangbang
    >> Anonymous 12/11/10(Sat)18:25 No.13115644
    Was quite some time since I last played.

    But when I did it was almost always Gaians and Spartans who were the top dogs, they would both grab an almost absurd amount of land and then they would drown the opposition in bodies. Me included. Then I started playing Spartans and wiped out all opposition in glorious waves of soldiers.
    >> Anonymous 12/11/10(Sat)18:29 No.13115704
    The first game I ever played, I decided to try Spartans. For years I was the weakest nation, struggling to get by. After building a huge army I couldn't support for long, I blitzed over the neighboring Gaians. This made me a true world power. Then it became a race between me and Morgan to absorb the remaining nations. The game ended with a narrow victory after a long Cold (and sometimes hot) war with the Morganites.

    I was hooked thereafter.
    >> Anonymous 12/11/10(Sat)18:44 No.13115914
    Fucking hate that cunt. Usually play Spartan and make friends with University. Strength & Science!
    >> Anonymous 12/11/10(Sat)18:48 No.13115968
    >Fucking hate that cunt. Usually play Spartan and make friends with University. Strength & Science!

    That only works until you get access to Power and Zhakarov goes HURR DURR NOT GONNA LET U CONQUER PLANET Y U NOT WANT KNOWLEDGE

    It works the other way around though, Zhak can ally with Spartans because of that one tech/secret proj that removes the negatives from Power.
    >> Anonymous 12/11/10(Sat)18:48 No.13115974
    >frequently initiate war to expand borders
    Fucking hypocrites. They're always second on my bitch slapping list.
    >> Anonymous 12/11/10(Sat)18:59 No.13116118
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    And Lal seems to ALWAYS ALWAYS ALWAYS become planetary governor if you give him even half a chance. x2 Votes for Governor and Supreme Leader can be truly powerful. What's even worse is if he spawns in that jungle area that gives +1 nutrients.
    >> Anonymous 12/11/10(Sat)19:03 No.13116168
    >play Believers
    >Spoils of War (steal tech when you conquer an enemy base)
    >Rampage over the entirety of Planet, conquering it all by 2350
    >Problem, Lal?
    >> TurnBaseAnon 12/11/10(Sat)19:07 No.13116214
    Slightly off topic, but I am making my yearly Christmas gift for /tg/, and so far I have Master of Magic/Orion/O2, Alpha Centauri and crossfire, X-Com/TFTD/Apoc, HoMM1/2/3 and Chaos Gate. Any more game suggestions?
    >> Anonymous 12/11/10(Sat)19:08 No.13116228
    Zakharov=Spider Jerusalem, y/n?
    >> Anonymous 12/11/10(Sat)19:08 No.13116237

    there certainly seems to be a bit of him in there.
    >> Anonymous 12/11/10(Sat)19:10 No.13116264
    >For the hundredth time in as many years, Lal continues to babble meaninglessly about some ethical issue that's come to his attention
    "Deidre, we're concerned that you're building humans for your own sick sexual pleasure, that's fucked up yo"
    "Do you WANT to be raped by mind worms?"
    >> Anonymous 12/11/10(Sat)19:14 No.13116307

    Professor do you care to comment?
    "Meh. Too busy doing science."

    Ok...Chairma....no won't bother.
    "It is my.."
    Shut up Chairman.

    Colonel..no not worth it.
    Morgan? No you would just try to sell her upgrades.

    Crazy bible basher? Just what is your angle? At some points you seem more a militant atheist than whatever religion you claim to follow.
    "Ohoho I am what I am."
    Fucking troll.

    You know what? Fuck it Dierde. You people already shit on human rights anyways. Professor would you kindly planet bust them?
    >> Anonymous 12/11/10(Sat)19:19 No.13116355
    Honestly, I imagine everyone but the Peacekeepers and the Believers do shit like this if they have the technology. Yang's "Gift to Industry" was a genetically engineered worker who's greatest satisfaction was in performing menial tasks, who's to say his "Gift to Entertainment" isn't a similarly engineered whore.

    Of COURSE high level Morganites and University-ites have them. Morgan even makes a couple of references to courtesans in his speeches, he's probably be A-OK with genetically engineered ones. The Spartans joke about "the handsome young cyborg named Ace," but more than likely it was once more than a joke.
    >> Anonymous 12/11/10(Sat)19:23 No.13116384
    In the grim darkness of the far future there are only whores.
    >> Anonymous 12/11/10(Sat)19:26 No.13116413
    I have never played Alien Crossfire, if I install it, will I still be able to play SMAC original flavor? (original 7 factions, no aliens, no new techs etc)
    >> Anonymous 12/11/10(Sat)19:29 No.13116448
    Yes, the launcher comes up and you choose one or the other.

    100% customizable genetically-engineered whores.
    >> Anonymous 12/11/10(Sat)19:29 No.13116455

    Yes, on loadup it will ask whether you wish to play SMAC or SMAX.
    >> Anonymous 12/11/10(Sat)19:56 No.13116804
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    I always loved playing Believers, I remember when Zakharov tried (predictably) to invade my boarders. I held the border for almost 5 rounds with a single rocket infantry against his experimental deathspheres and all kinds of whack shit straight from the labs in a dense fungal jungle.

    Believers will always out-Sparta the Spartans.
    >> Anonymous 12/11/10(Sat)20:09 No.13116972
    +25% on the attack is God Tier. In addition, +2 support is "holy balls" tier, you can basically afford to CRUSADE CRUSADE CRUSADE, spending *no* money in R&D, and just stealing enemy tech, whether by invasion or probes.
    >> Anonymous 12/11/10(Sat)20:14 No.13117025
    >> Tannu !t7WooWOOWo 12/11/10(Sat)20:37 No.13117298
    >It was a rare game where Santiago stayed out of my Pleasure Chamber longer then fifty turns.

    The mental image sent a shiver down my spine. Well done.
    >> Anonymous 12/11/10(Sat)22:01 No.13118158
    Playing this for the first time. Wiped out the Peacekeepers with the Academy with a scout and buggy. Shit was so energy. Anyone else playing AC tonight?
    >> Tannu !t7WooWOOWo 12/11/10(Sat)23:04 No.13118823
    Not tonight. I need to test that Mindworm strat though.

    Deidre ♥
    >> Anonymous 12/11/10(Sat)23:09 No.13118902

    The barbarian parasite things? Oh fuck them hard.
    >> Anonymous 12/11/10(Sat)23:41 No.13119289
    Either you fuck them, or they fuck you. Fuck or be fucked, there is no try
    >> Belisaurius 12/11/10(Sat)23:57 No.13119477
    Play Gaians
    Seize an early game army out of random mind worms.
    Complete the Pholus mutagen
    Run around with demon boils that require no support nor upgrades.
    Discover the locust of Chiron.
    Realize that it's possible to capture bases with air power alone now.
    Have your enemy waste more and more time making more and more expensive weapons when you can get away with just sending in the locust whenever you want something dead.
    >> Anonymous 12/12/10(Sun)00:12 No.13119646
    Bumping for delicious turn based strategy.
    >> Anonymous 12/12/10(Sun)08:47 No.13123325
    I liked the society tweaking most in this game.

    Also the ecological warfare by terraforming.

    the rest was meh

    I'd love if there was another game with one or both these features.
    >> Anonymous 12/12/10(Sun)11:14 No.13124463
    Social Engineering was the best, yeah. Green Police State focused on Power? Perfectly viable, and you best not fuck with the chrysanthemums.
    >> www.emlia.org 12/12/10(Sun)11:17 No.13124486
    Requesting a few lines of fluff on the various SE options. :D

    I would generate some but derp.
    >> Anonymous 12/12/10(Sun)11:19 No.13124504
    >ecological warfare by terraforming.

    What's taht?
    >> Anonymous 12/12/10(Sun)11:27 No.13124590
    “Citizen Miranda!”
    Miranda froze, hardly daring to turn around. That voice, that deep voice artificially pitched to be several decibels lowers than any human could achieve. It could only be the voice of one of Gaia’s Landing’s many many Green Police.
    “I wasn’t-I was just-“
    “You have violated section 1503.56 article 10 of the Green Economy code, and done untold damage to the local ecology of your area, 10 years in the isochambers”
    “FOR CUTTING DOWN A TREE! I HAD TO! Every other day I found on of its branches had fallen on my cube complex, who knows when the whole fucking thing would have collapsed!”
    The officer was covered from head to toe in body armor, but if it was possible to detect a glare underneath it all, then surely he was glaring
    “*We* know. The old growth trees in your area must maintain a perfectly scheduled life cycle, and your wanton act of destruction has endangered your ecology, and the health and safety of your fellow man. Take her away”
    Screaming, kicking, clawing, and crying, Miranda was lead away to the isochambers.
    >> Anonymous 12/12/10(Sun)11:35 No.13124677
    Read "The War Against the Cthorr" series.

    Alien ecology as a weapon to wipe out earth. Fun stuff.

    >> Anonymous 12/12/10(Sun)11:37 No.13124700
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    I used to always fight for the university and loved it to ally with the space-hippies.

    I just reinstalled it and also installed Alien Crossfire.

    >Choose Cybernetics -Transhumanism fuck yeah!
    >Research Pure Science and Military Improvement
    >Hackers have no style and always send probe teams
    >A Hive-copy Planet cultist leader ignores all my borders, demands my great science, bitches around and floods my land with his shit-troops.
    >Finally! My dear provost of the University at comlink!
    >Its by far the weakest nation... am sad.
    >Feel enclosed in my area need to expand
    >Energy problems, have to lick Planet-cults organic arses due to their far superior military power
    >Get bribed to do this and that
    >Get eradiced from planets' surface in just a few years.

    >Decide to post about it and to play again at lower difficulty.
    >> Anonymous 12/12/10(Sun)11:41 No.13124750

    It's funny... this is the crazy, improbable nightmare of a thousand right-wing libertarians. It could never actually happen. UNLESS the country's military might was based upon psychic harmony with the environment.

    Authoritarian psychic death-hippies with mindworm hordes are HOLY WHAT THE FUCK tier. God I love science fiction.
    >> Anonymous 12/12/10(Sun)11:42 No.13124762

    What's Alien Crossfire? Mind you, I've played AC when it originally came out, but haven't actually been at it for years now.
    >> Anonymous 12/12/10(Sun)11:43 No.13124776

    Its the expansion, isn't it?
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    In this game it means for example raising hills to the windward side of enemy cities which causes humidity to fall on your side of the hills, drying the enemy farms and causing starvation and disaster to the enemy city.

    Good stuff
    >> Anonymous 12/12/10(Sun)11:46 No.13124806

    So... when you consider the "Our Secret War" game quote, it's canon that Dierdre uses nightmarish psychic braineating deathworms as a deniable terror weapon.

    Which raises the interesting question: who is the most evil Alpha Centauri leader? Santiago is a military dictator, granted. Zakharov experiments on humans; Yang experiments on his entire society, though he follows a strange and logical set of ethics. Miriam is the fucking Ayatollah. So who's the worst?
    >> Anonymous 12/12/10(Sun)11:49 No.13124840

    The worst? Potato, potato. I think deontically, they're pretty much all the same. They're all guilty of something. Maybe Lal slightly less, if the quotes are anything to go by.
    >> Anonymous 12/12/10(Sun)11:51 No.13124854
    Skye has such a nice voice, in the datalinks.
    >> Shas'o R'myr !!J5+vjygjQuK 12/12/10(Sun)11:54 No.13124882

    Lal and Miriam.

    Always make sure they get planet busted first.

    >First, Boaduct
    >> Anonymous 12/12/10(Sun)11:55 No.13124895
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    It's easier to say who's the least evil.

    Pravin Lal of The Peacekeepers.
    >> Anonymous 12/12/10(Sun)11:56 No.13124910
    It's funny, but when you think about it, there's so much dodgy and unethical stuff going on in Alpha Centauri, but it's portrayed so believably. It shows a plausible, consistent march towards true transhumanism, step by slippery step.
    >> Anonymous 12/12/10(Sun)11:57 No.13124917

    He did clone his dead wife.
    >> www.emlia.org 12/12/10(Sun)11:58 No.13124925

    You mean the guy who cloned his girlfriend/mistress/sextoy without his/her consent after s/he died?

    " I loved my chosen. How then to face the day when she left me? So I took from her body a single cell, perhaps to love her again."

    http://www.pravinlal.com/ Apparently the guy's a realtor in Sacramento.
    >> Anonymous 12/12/10(Sun)12:00 No.13124943

    Someone... someone saved my writefaggotry?

    >> Anonymous 12/12/10(Sun)12:01 No.13124950
    “Tell me” said Morgan, his hands clasped over his face, “are there any woman on my staff who *aren’t* pregnant?” “Just me” said Catharine, chair of Morgan Industries Social Planning. It was Mission Year 65, 2165 in the old calendar. Proper Free Market planning had allowed the economy of the Morganites to explode like the force of a thousand suns. They were the richest, happiest, and most comforted faction on Planet, this in turn had lead to a population boom as men and women, secure in their economic future, began looking towards more sensual pleasures.

    This had been all very well and good, at first. But now Morgan Industries was reaching a point where its housing facilities were stretched to the limit trying to accommodate each new generation of young Morgans.

    “The Social Planning Council has proposed-“ “I need that pool” “I wasn’t going to-“ “and the golf course” “well how about-” “and the forest most of all.” “Besides,” said Morgan, “these proposals will only treat the symptom, not the disease. The fact remains that even if we could find houses for all out people, we would still be hemmed in by our other facilities. Water Purification and Air Circulation or running at or near maximum capacity, and Power Distribution can’t expand further without incurring us immense cost in- well everything. The fact is we need to slow down growth and wait until we are ready to expand smartly and efficiently.”
    >> Anonymous 12/12/10(Sun)12:01 No.13124956

    He tapped his pencil a few times in thought, then continued. “Effective MY 67 there will be no more maternity leave, nor tax credits for parents.” “Sir, the uproar that would-“ “and we will begin to sell contraceptives at a lose, and provide low priced clinical care to those who wish to terminate unwanted pregnancies. Finally, more benefits for soldiers, we can entice them into the military and let them die against the blasted worms.” He put down his pencil and stood, looking out the window to the city, *his* city, *his* faction. “The Invisible Hand of the market guides us ever towards a better future, but sometimes it needs a little push in the right direction.”
    >> Anonymous 12/12/10(Sun)12:02 No.13124958
    Oh boy! Went to bed reading this and playing SMAC, woke up to read this thread and destroy that fool Morgan. Life is swell.
    >> Anonymous 12/12/10(Sun)12:02 No.13124964

    >> www.emlia.org 12/12/10(Sun)12:04 No.13124981

    In before Frank Fontaine. :D
    >> Anonymous 12/12/10(Sun)12:04 No.13124982
    >typos, typos everywhere
    Fuck me, I need to edit
    >> Anonymous 12/12/10(Sun)12:04 No.13124987
    Zakharov, Morgan, and Santiago are amoral. Good and Evil don't really factor into their decision-making.

    Dierdre and Miriam are hypocrites. They think they're more moral than anyone, but they're perfectly willing to commit atrocities.

    Lal is the only one who's actually trying to be GOOD, rather than advance some personal ideology. He cares more about the people of planet than anyone else.

    Yang is... fucking bizarre. Ethics interest him deeply, but it's mostly stuff like "if you genetically engineer a slave to enjoy being a slave, is that good? Certainly it contributes to a peaceful, productive, and harmonious society."

    But I detest hypocrisy more than Yang's experimentalism, so I'm going to say Miriam and Dierdre are the worst for going all mindworms and human waves of doomed, underequipped crusaders while thinking they're the good guys.
    >> Anonymous 12/12/10(Sun)12:06 No.13125012
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    War is brutal. Is minimising human loss by co-opting native predators any worse?

    Besides. We have trees. And I think it's highly telling that in entertainment commons, the Gaian example is a lovers haunt.
    >> lotti 12/12/10(Sun)12:07 No.13125021

    does his beard like grow through the fabric of his clothes meaning that he's been wearing them for as long as it took beard to grow through them, or is he just white colored from the chin and below?
    >> Anonymous 12/12/10(Sun)12:08 No.13125022

    I must have smoked your ass a thousand times you hippy bitch.
    >> Anonymous 12/12/10(Sun)12:08 No.13125029

    well he's Indian and man you gotta know about their ideas of hygiene...
    >> Anonymous 12/12/10(Sun)12:10 No.13125036
    Considerably. Mind Worms are an incredibly horrible weapon. Like, if you were to intentionally engineer something to be as horrible as mind worms, you would fail, because there's nowhere up to go. They're literally psychic fucking rapists.
    >> Anonymous 12/12/10(Sun)12:10 No.13125037
    I like to imagine that Miriam is deeply conflicted about what she has to do. If the other factions wouldn't be so god damned amoral, she'd be at least content to let them live in relative peace. But instead they clone mind worms to make psychic horrors to unleash upon their fellow man, they turn their own citizens into experiments or slaves, they allow the democratic processes which (in her mind) CAUSED the destruction of earth by allowing the vocal minority of amoral glory seekers, merchants of death, and others who feed on war to drag their respective factions into ever more terrible wars.

    She though when she landed that she could begin an era of peace, but one look at what her fellow factions were doing told her that peace could only come after the most terrible of wars.

    I think she and Santiago truly believe that peace is best maintained by a strong military and mutually assured destruction, in both nukes and ground forces.
    >> www.emlia.org 12/12/10(Sun)12:11 No.13125046

    What's funny to me is that Miriam is all buddy-buddy with you if you adopt the same ideology...

    History doesn't work that way?
    >> Anonymous 12/12/10(Sun)12:11 No.13125052
    >“Tell me” said Morgan, his hands clasped over his face, “are there any woman on my staff who *aren’t* pregnant?”
    Lost it right there.
    >> Shas'o R'myr !!J5+vjygjQuK 12/12/10(Sun)12:13 No.13125058

    Too bad Miriam likes to cluster her cities all next to each other. Makes it easy for a single planet buster to fix the problem.

    >Enrlics hotel.
    >> Anonymous 12/12/10(Sun)12:15 No.13125079
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    No, what we NEED is to find dry land! Then we'll have all the space and resources we need!
    >> Anonymous 12/12/10(Sun)12:16 No.13125086
    Which, in retrospect, proves her right.
    >> www.emlia.org 12/12/10(Sun)12:17 No.13125100
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    You're doing it wrong, mate.
    >> Anonymous 12/12/10(Sun)12:17 No.13125104
    Morgan then goes back to playing Bioshock 54.
    >> Anonymous 12/12/10(Sun)12:17 No.13125106

    Good. The best weapon is the one you only need to fire once. Nobody fucks with you if you have rape in a can.
    >> Anonymous 12/12/10(Sun)12:18 No.13125115
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    I'm not the one with a growth penalty, Nord.
    >> Anonymous 12/12/10(Sun)12:18 No.13125116
    played as the Spartans, always have loads of oceans, naval power all the way. Lal and Miriam seem to be my number one opponents.
    >> Anonymous 12/12/10(Sun)12:19 No.13125121
    I love that playing AC is like participating in an epic sci fi novel. The overall plot and concepts it brings up are really interesting (the whole Planet being semi conscious and stuff).

    >histoire: duotion
    >> www.emlia.org 12/12/10(Sun)12:20 No.13125128

    Are you sure? http://www.ehow.com/about_4731066_does-smoking-decrease-sperm-count.html
    >> Anonymous 12/12/10(Sun)12:20 No.13125129
    You have seriously underestimated Sky. What about her suggests to you that she intends to use these things defensively? What use are mind worms on the defensive?
    In her eyes, the entire planet is her backyard, and anyone, anywhere who threatens it is her enemy.
    >> Anonymous 12/12/10(Sun)12:21 No.13125143

    Being conflicted about the wrong you do does not make it less wrong. I imagine all the faction leaders (except possibly Santiago) regret killing; they all wanted to found a peaceful utopia based on their ideals, just like Dierdre. And they all, like her, found they needed to fight for what they wanted.

    But some weapons are worse than others. This has long been accepted legal and ethical theory, and it still holds up. Bioweapons, especially, are often placed at the top of the naughty list; there's a serious moral difference between seizing a city with armed soldiers and destroying it by giving everyone ebola. And dying rapidly from having all your blood take a hike is fucking peaceful compared to being paralyzed with psychic mindrape terror and watching helplessly as a hideous worm eats through your face to lay eggs in your brain.
    >> www.emlia.org 12/12/10(Sun)12:21 No.13125146
    I vote for archiving, quality drawfaggotry in here.
    >> Anonymous 12/12/10(Sun)12:22 No.13125147
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    Yeah, ok, so you've got some "science." I've got the Deez. Deez nuts, Nord!
    >> Anonymous 12/12/10(Sun)12:24 No.13125174
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    Ok, fine. So we'll have +1 Growth and -2 Planet, your funeral Deek.
    Now what about our starting tech?
    >> Anonymous 12/12/10(Sun)12:25 No.13125186
    >In her eyes, the entire planet is her backyard
    Great Secret Project, or greatest Secret Project?
    >> Anonymous 12/12/10(Sun)12:25 No.13125190
    Uh... Doctrine Flexibility? You know for boats?
    >> Anonymous 12/12/10(Sun)12:28 No.13125216
    >+1 Growth
    >-2 Planet
    >Aquatic Faction
    Smokers. Smokers everywhere.
    >> Anonymous 12/12/10(Sun)12:32 No.13125247
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    Raising the water level is of course another timeless classic.

    Any other terraforming-as-weapon tactics people have used in the game?
    >> Anonymous 12/12/10(Sun)12:37 No.13125282
    I loved Alpha Centauri, just because you were able to concoct up the most fantastic tales about events.

    For instance, I remember playing a game as the Peacekeepers as being particularly memorable. I was the largest faction, but the Hive was the second largest. We shared an enormous border that stretched the length of the supercontinent that almost everyone was on. Right in the middle was the giant crater. It was originally an undeveloped zone, but as my border with the Hive grew, we found ourselves suddenly in a rush to develop and claim the crater. I built a new base near the center of the crater to the north, while Yang built another base on the rim of the crater. Almost immediately, a silent probe team war broke out as the both of us started sending out probe teams to try and break the other. But that quickly turned into an all-out war, with the Peacekeepers and Gaians (my stalwart ally against the Believers) vs. the Hive and Spartans. And the focal point for this entire war was the Crater.
    >> Anonymous 12/12/10(Sun)12:38 No.13125286

    The thing about Miriam is that in the logs and the quotes she actually seems reasonably sane, especially the further through the game you get. A few hundred mission years in, and even Lal is cloning his dead lover and making spooky machine interfaces. If she were only a bit more sympathetic when you actually encounter her for real people wouldn't hate her so much.
    >> Anonymous 12/12/10(Sun)12:38 No.13125290
    The first phase of what I liked to call the "Garland Crater War" was definitely in favor of the Hive, which had far superior military technology to my Peacekeepers. My base in the crater was surrounded by Hive forces, and for a few turns, it seemed as if the Hive might actually break through. But soon enough, the tide changed, and reinforcements from the north broke through the Hiver lines and pushed them to the southern rim of the crater. It was a very violent war, and ended in a glorious climax: Yang fired a Planet Buster in an attempt to deny me the entire crater and that base. A good chunk of my forces died, the southern rim of the crater was destroyed, which opened it to the sea, and I'm pretty sure it took out Yang's base (which I had captured).
    Of course, that had consequences for Yang. His Spartan allies turned their backs on him, he lost a good part of his forces as well, and it isolated him from everyone else. Seeing this as a desperate attempt to hold me back (and the fact that I couldn't keep up this war any longer), I asked for and got a peace treaty.

    In the end, this cost Yang far more than what he gained, because I used this war to push for a diplomatic victory. Perhaps the other factions saw the logic in unifying peacefully, or maybe they saw what could happen if they let brutality triumph over reason, but in the end, the Peacekeepers united Planet with diplomacy.
    And that's why I love this game.
    >> Tannu !t7WooWOOWo 12/12/10(Sun)12:41 No.13125330
    Well those books sure sound cool I guess I'll just look them u-- FOURTY DOLLARS? FUCK.
    >> Anonymous 12/12/10(Sun)12:44 No.13125356
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    >Ridiculous religious devotion
    >Obsession with unethical scientific research
    >Economic dominance of Earth
    >Worship of omnipresent but dangerous alien growths
    >Brutal dictator with no regard for human comfort or life
    >Somehow still has popular support everywhere

    Brotherhood of Kane: What happens if all the Alpha Centauri factions get along.
    >> www.emlia.org 12/12/10(Sun)12:44 No.13125359

    Awesome. I can totally see a Foundation-style narration of that.
    >> Tannu !t7WooWOOWo 12/12/10(Sun)12:46 No.13125380
    I love the voice of the Nod harvesters in C&C3, they sound like they're high. And really passionate about harvesting green crystals.

    "Fields of greeeen..."

    Plus they look awesome and they're invisible to the enemy.
    >> Anonymous 12/12/10(Sun)12:49 No.13125410
    I think it's the Brotherhood of Nod.
    Also, they're not in the land of Nod anymore. This'd be the Brotherhood of Planet or the Brotherhood of Chiron.
    >> Anonymous 12/12/10(Sun)12:51 No.13125434
    You can't kill the messiah. I mean that's just fact.
    >> Anonymous 12/12/10(Sun)12:51 No.13125443
    too bad EA had to ruin the tiberium series with the steaming pile of shit that is C&C4

    C&C3 was not very good but it wasn't outright horrible.
    Talk about wasted potential
    >> www.emlia.org 12/12/10(Sun)12:52 No.13125460


    EA also ruined Wing Commander and absorbed Bullfrog after which all the good devs left.
    >> Anonymous 12/12/10(Sun)12:53 No.13125462
    Any ideas where you can DL and/or buy this game?
    >> John Galt 12/12/10(Sun)12:53 No.13125467
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    >This'd be the Brotherhood of Planet or the Brotherhood of Chiron.
    >Brotherhood of Chiron
    >> Anonymous 12/12/10(Sun)12:54 No.13125482
    What? Get your indians out of here, First Nation dog. Tiberium is the future!
    >> John Galt 12/12/10(Sun)12:58 No.13125528
    Is nothing. Peace through Power. Fuck yeah.
    >> Anonymous 12/12/10(Sun)12:59 No.13125536
    You are in luck, I've personally uploaded SMAC, and I'm uploading the expansion as we speak. Want me to link them?
    >> Tannu !t7WooWOOWo 12/12/10(Sun)13:02 No.13125575
    I think C&C3 was very good, though not as good as the earlier games.

    I enjoyed it immensely and I think it was a faithful and good continuation and evolution of the series.
    >> Anonymous 12/12/10(Sun)13:03 No.13125595

    If you would that would be most excellent.

    Thank you.
    >> www.emlia.org 12/12/10(Sun)13:04 No.13125608
    http://emlia.org/zalpha.zip supercompressed version (40mb)
    >> TurnBaseAnon 12/12/10(Sun)13:04 No.13125616
    >>13125536 Here,

    http://www.megaupload.com/?d=IGA1F155 SMAC, from my own collection, scanned and clean - feel free to check if you want.

    http://www.megaupload.com/?d=KEH0DNIK - Alien Crossfire. Same as above.

    http://www.megaupload.com/?d=2X0G2ZIB And the X-Com collectors edition just for the hell of it.
    >> Anonymous 12/12/10(Sun)13:05 No.13125621
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    >There are two distinctly different editions of the first two books in this series. The first edition was released in 1983 by Timescape Books. This edition removed several items which they objected to. All of the chapter introductions (the "Solomon Short" quotations) and several pages of homosexual content were removed.

    >In 1989, David Gerrold made a new publishing contract with Bantam Books. This time with all redacted content restored.
    >> Anonymous 12/12/10(Sun)13:41 No.13125978
    Bumping for the Planet.
    >> Anonymous 12/12/10(Sun)14:08 No.13126185
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    Guise! Guise, listen...
    I'm makin' a new faction... relative strenght 10, so stronger than SMAC factions, but weaker than the average SMAC X faction.

    Now I need the leaders pic... ideas?

    >Richard schreen
    this might be his name, captcha, indeed.
    >> Anonymous 12/12/10(Sun)14:26 No.13126335
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    >> Anonymous 12/12/10(Sun)14:36 No.13126415

    i expected troll faces
    but this one is neat.

    >fultans government
    >> Anonymous 12/12/10(Sun)14:49 No.13126548
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    Every game needs a faction of these.
    >> Anonymous 12/12/10(Sun)14:51 No.13126578
    What's this faction's hat? Can't get a good leader head without knowing what this guy is all about.
    >> Anonymous 12/12/10(Sun)14:52 No.13126584
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    Here's an updated Morgan.

    You know, in case you make an updated or similar faction to Morgan Industries.
    >> Anonymous 12/12/10(Sun)14:54 No.13126601
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    >The Event Horizon appears in orbit around Planet

    >Dr. Weir and the hideously corrupted thing that was once Captain Miller descend among millions of nameless spawn
    >> Anonymous 12/12/10(Sun)14:55 No.13126610
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    New face for peacekeepers?
    >> Anonymous 12/12/10(Sun)14:58 No.13126642
    photoshop newbie here
    What do you do to create that striped effect on all the SMAC faction pics?
    >> Anonymous 12/12/10(Sun)15:00 No.13126668
    >(can't remember the filter folder, try them all)
    >halftone pattern
    >lines not circles

    >corned asqually
    >> Anonymous 12/12/10(Sun)15:02 No.13126700
    Never installed a game via ISO, never pirated any game before. I'm currently saving the file to my computer. Do I need Daemon Tools or something else to make this work? Also, how hard is it to learn and get into this game?
    >> Anonymous 12/12/10(Sun)15:06 No.13126739
    I use Alcohol 52% myself, but any program that lets you mount a CD image should work.

    Start a game on easy, it puts tooltips and info everywhere, tells you how to do what.
    >> Anonymous 12/12/10(Sun)15:06 No.13126742
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    Make one or more layers filled with a stripe pattern on top of the portrait.
    Play with the layer properties of the stripes, add, screen exclusion, many choices.
    >> Anonymous 12/12/10(Sun)15:10 No.13126793
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    And yet, the saddest thing to me, is that nobody will make a movie before he passes away.

    This is the perfect time to make a SMAC movie. I don't care who the other actors are, but if you lose out on Freeman, what's the point?

    It's a sad thought.
    >> Anonymous 12/12/10(Sun)15:13 No.13126821
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    You know, I always had him pegged more as the Peacekeepers guy.
    >> Anonymous 12/12/10(Sun)15:16 No.13126870
    How accurate is this:

    Morgan: Is a man not entitled to the sweat of his brow?
    Santiago: wake up at 0400 to shouted at, never leave basic ~forever.
    Deedee: Eco-terrorist paradise. Worms > your life.
    Yang: You are to the human race what a cell is to a human: Expendable.
    Miriam: Chiron = Eden, the Garden of God, Our Promised Land. Interlopers must convert or die.
    Zak: Don't move, it won't hurt much.
    Lal: You have the right to live squalid shithole in spess.
    >> Anonymous 12/12/10(Sun)16:09 No.13127357
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    You know it's right.

    >section astelus
    >> Anonymous 12/12/10(Sun)16:14 No.13127402
    Movie? About humans repopulating planet from like 9 colony pods for several hundreds of years?
    >> Anonymous 12/12/10(Sun)16:16 No.13127416


    Naturally people will get pissed about whatever faction ends up winning, but it MUST be done before Freeman gets too old. Otherwise people will just be sad that Freeman wasn't able to play his part.

    And everybody loves Morgan Freeman.
    >> Anonymous 12/12/10(Sun)16:19 No.13127441
    square jawed action hero played by Nicholas Cage
    big titted "scientist" love interest
    black sidekick
    politically correct badguy played by Gary Oldman?

    btw how much fluff-rape do you want? 99% or 100%
    >> www.emlia.org 12/12/10(Sun)16:22 No.13127474

    I has a sad.

    Also, I'd say that canonically Gaia or UN wins. Did anyone raeg during Avatar for how many little things were SMAC ripoffs?
    >> Anonymous 12/12/10(Sun)16:26 No.13127505

    Goodguys: America Fuck Yeah faction, gaians (love interest), morgan (token blackguy cameo), peacekeepers (funny brown guy),

    Badguys: univ (unethical whiteguy with a Russian accent? Perfect!), spartan (femme fatale as chief evuh henchwoman),
    hive is possibly good if we want to market the film in China otherwise evuh
    believers (replace with Male lead as goodguy as a sop to christfags otherwise evuh)
    >> Anonymous 12/12/10(Sun)16:44 No.13127692
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    Is it bad that I wanted a movie of the Red Mars, Green Mars, Blue Mars Trilogy. About terraforming Mars over several hundred years.

    I'd watch it.
    >> Anonymous 12/12/10(Sun)16:54 No.13127806
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    FUND IT!
    >> Anonymous 12/12/10(Sun)17:07 No.13127938
    Everything Hollywood touches turn to shit. See Starship Troopers.
    >> Anonymous 12/12/10(Sun)20:03 No.13129657
    That man looks so fake. Kinda-sorta-not really black, with blonde fur on his face? Ugh.
    >> Anonymous 12/12/10(Sun)20:06 No.13129675
    Fuck yeah, the thread still stands. Just hit the Hive with two planet busters. Apparently that made me go from noble to something else, forgot what. Even though the Spartans and everyone else went Vendetta on me, Deidre actually went from trying to kill me, to offering a blood pact. Fuck yeah.
    >> Anonymous 12/12/10(Sun)20:13 No.13129744
    >even though everyone else went vendetta on me, Deidere went from trying to kill me to offering a blood pact

    God I love this game.
    >> Anonymous 12/12/10(Sun)20:15 No.13129756
    I just stole the mp3's for the tech advances and I'm running them on Itunes right now. Shit is so cash, though I forgot how creepy "Planetvoice" can be at times.
    >> Anonymous 12/12/10(Sun)20:16 No.13129777
    I don't know but I've been told, Deirdre's got a Network Node. Likes to press the on-off switch, Dig that crazy Gaian witch!
    >> Anonymous 12/12/10(Sun)20:21 No.13129834
    Never could figure out the last verse to that.
    >> Anonymous 12/12/10(Sun)20:22 No.13129838
    Hey. Fa/tg/uy. Where'd you take them from?
    >> Anonymous 12/12/10(Sun)20:24 No.13129863
    But that's just my guess. Maybe he found them somewhere else.
    >> Anonymous 12/12/10(Sun)20:29 No.13129921

    What this anon said.

    1. Go to Alpha Centuari folder
    2. Open the Data Folder, scroll to voices.
    3. ??????????
    4. Profit!

    Enjoy listening to this shit in your car or whatever.
    >> Anonymous 12/12/10(Sun)20:31 No.13129948
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    >Only have a cassette player in my car
    >> Anonymous 12/12/10(Sun)20:34 No.13129983

    It ends up being about 50.6 minutes long and 23.7 MB. I am going to burn it onto a disk with the voice MP3's from Civilization IV and enjoy this.

    Also jesus christ, Mirriam gets SOOOO pissed about science. See tech73, and tech20, she sounds like she wants to choke a bitch. I can't help but feel though, that she's really just tsundare for Zhakrov.
    >> Tannu !t7WooWOOWo 12/12/10(Sun)20:34 No.13129984
    >> Anonymous 12/12/10(Sun)20:36 No.13130012

    Last I checked you could buy adapters to run a MP3 player with a Cassette deck. IIRC, they sell this little casette tape that has a cable running out of it that you plug into your ipod or cd player or whatever.
    >> Anonymous 12/12/10(Sun)20:39 No.13130053
    That ugly space nun? You have no idea how much I enjoyed using advance technology to destroy her.
    >> Anonymous 12/12/10(Sun)20:42 No.13130098

    >Implying I didn't overrun her with thousands of captured mindworms. Capturing Isles of the deep before they dump their mindworm cargo is so cash. Tentaclerapeforeveryone.jpg
    >> Anonymous 12/12/10(Sun)20:42 No.13130099
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    "We must Dissent..."
    >> www.emlia.org 12/12/10(Sun)20:45 No.13130125
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    We must Descent
    >> Anonymous 12/12/10(Sun)20:48 No.13130159
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    We must Descent!
    >> Anonymous 12/12/10(Sun)20:54 No.13130221
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    We must dissent.

    >the Haettes
    Haettes gonna Haet
    >> Anonymous 12/12/10(Sun)21:00 No.13130311
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    Well, this was a good thread.
    >> Anonymous 12/12/10(Sun)21:04 No.13130340
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    >> Anonymous 12/12/10(Sun)21:22 No.13130555
    This might be deserving of archival or sticky. Or, just letting it die.
    >> Anonymous 12/12/10(Sun)21:25 No.13130592
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    A little big of good writing but otherwise not worthy of archive.

    Please don't go. The drones need you. They look up to you.
    >> Anonymous 12/12/10(Sun)21:28 No.13130624

    You know I hate you anon. I was just about to post the bit about the drones but you beat me to it!

    Dont die on me thread!
    >> www.emlia.org 12/12/10(Sun)21:39 No.13130760
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    >Badguys: univ
    >> Anonymous 12/12/10(Sun)22:00 No.13130992
    You may not leave, the planet is not yet done with you.
    >> Anonymous 12/12/10(Sun)22:26 No.13131250
    Has anyone ever tried using probe teams on things other than the infantry base? Like, helicopter probe teams?
    >> Anonymous 12/12/10(Sun)22:38 No.13131375
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    It's the future. Everybody's a mulatto.
    >> Anonymous 12/12/10(Sun)22:43 No.13131416

    The default's technically a speeder, believe it or not.
    >> Anonymous 12/12/10(Sun)23:05 No.13131626
    Are helicopters any good? They seem redundant after being able to build interceptors.
    >> Anonymous 12/12/10(Sun)23:06 No.13131640
    I don't see the use for them. Always run out of range, too quickly. Planes are better.
    >> Anonymous 12/12/10(Sun)23:19 No.13131762

    A jet can only attack once per turn, a helicopter can attack as many times as fuel it has. Pretty useful if you have a place to land.
    >> Anonymous 12/12/10(Sun)23:20 No.13131774
    That does sound pretty fun. Can they take drop pods?
    >> Anonymous 12/12/10(Sun)23:21 No.13131791
    Only infantry can take drop pods, i thought.

    Either way I know Helicopters cannot.
    >> Anonymous 12/12/10(Sun)23:30 No.13131912
    Ah. I was under the assumption that drop pods were for infantry but could be carried by aircraft, or after getting the orbital elevator from there. I am incredibly new to the game however. Also, doing my damnedest to keep this alive.
    >> Anonymous 12/12/10(Sun)23:32 No.13131931

    Hovertanks can take drop pods too. Im not sure about rovers, never really used them at that point in the game.
    >> Anonymous 12/12/10(Sun)23:36 No.13132005
    Mostly irrelevant. Helicopters move so swiftly that strategic deployment isn't usually an issue.
    >> Anonymous 12/12/10(Sun)23:41 No.13132064
    Hnnnnggggg, tanks full of shard troopers. That is truly faptastic. I'll have to experiment more in game, and maybe play as Santiago and not Zakharov.
    >> Anonymous 12/12/10(Sun)23:53 No.13132217
    Anyone else find cloning vats to be basically an I Win button? Unless you're on the ropes its ridiculous.
    >> Anonymous 12/12/10(Sun)23:56 No.13132255

    A lot of secret projects are like that. IIRC, there are a few other nice ones at that tech level also, so it's hard to get them all.

    It's a big advantage, but what about stuff like the Bioenhancement Factory, or The Weather Paradigm? Or The Virtual World, if you're University.
    >> Anonymous 12/13/10(Mon)00:02 No.13132332

    Oh yeah, some are definately pretty crazy but the cloning vats is insane if you have orbital hydroponics labs and hab domes. The output ability multiple size 25-30 bases is insane. Not to mention the votes...

    At least, that's my experience anyways.
    >> Anonymous 12/13/10(Mon)00:04 No.13132356

    Probably true, but I suspect that by that stage of the game, actual expansion that involves colony pods is minimals, and most bases are already pretty large. Food's another big thing. I like the orbital things, but there always seems to be more important projects to do for my big cities, and my smaller cities never have enough output, or they have more important low level stuff to do. So cloning vats ends up being limited by food.

    It is a pretty spiffy project though. I always liked The Hunter Seeker Algorithum. I usually play University, so the immunity is great. Or the Data Angels, in which case knowing that nobodies immune is a great help. Elite Probe teams as soon as they're build, mag-leving all over the place.
    >> Anonymous 12/13/10(Mon)00:08 No.13132402

    Hunter-seeker is pretty cool. I love watching the AI sends swarms of probe teams at me only for them to instantly pop.
    >> Anonymous 12/13/10(Mon)00:10 No.13132425
    Hunter Seeker actually kills probes? I ended up with it after I killed that bastard Morgan who managed to steal a ton of my research before I figured out how probes work. I'd have loved to have seen the dying probes that could have caused.
    >> Anonymous 12/13/10(Mon)00:12 No.13132446

    Its been a while, but I think so. Its a popup that says something to the tune of "Enemy probe team eliminated by the hunter-seeker algorithm"

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