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    123 KB Anonymous 05/19/10(Wed)16:48 No.9922001  
    So, /tg/. Let's get hypothetical here.

    It's the near future. 2120, if you wish to be a precise. Some native species have died but there's been no mass extinction event, the energy crisis is still around, global warming's done some damage but nothing world-shattering. There's still poverty and humanity is as humanity will always be, full of sin and vices.

    Enter the megacorporations. The big daddies. The suit-wearing swindlers. Let's use some famous examples here. Weyland-Yutani. Resources Development Agency. Multinational United. The Tyrell Corporation. The Zorg Corporation. Pentex. Morgan Industries. They've done just as much good for humanity as they've done bad, just like the concept of capitalism itself. Without them, humanity probably wouldn't have colonized the entire solar system by 2120.

    That's right. The solar system has been colonized, made habitable. Each terrestrial planet and moon is either in the process of being terraformed and/or is covered in habitat facilities, while gaseous bodies are surrounded with space stations. Space is the new American Dream. Yet, the results are predictable. Eventually, over-population will be a problem again and people will need a new frontier. It's time for humanity to go from interplanetary to interstellar. Not a need, but a desire.

    Weyland-Yutani funded the launch of four space probes with the very latest propulsion technology, to Alpha Centauri, Barnard's Star, Wolf 359 and Lalande 21185. Earlier this year, Morgan Industries and RDA both funded seperate space programs, each launching unmanned exploration vehicles to explore the terrestrial bodies in Alpha Centauri. A new space race has begun.

    Let's say, hypothetically, that you work for another megacorporation that wants to join in on this space race. What would this company, in the midst of all of the other corporate giants, be called?
    >> Anonymous 05/19/10(Wed)16:50 No.9922040

    Corporate Capitalist Interests Industrial, LLC, IN SPAAAAAAAAACE

    that's the full name on your business card
    >> Anonymous 05/19/10(Wed)16:52 No.9922070

    Coca-Cola/McDonalds Incorporated.
    >> Anonymous 05/19/10(Wed)16:52 No.9922082

    Sounds like some sort of STD.
    >> Anonymous 05/19/10(Wed)16:53 No.9922097
    >Weyland-Yutani. Resources Development Agency. Multinational United. The Tyrell Corporation. The Zorg Corporation. Pentex. Morgan Industries.
    All in one universe? Humanity is fucked.

    Aperture Applied Industries will show them all how it's done.
    >> Anonymous 05/19/10(Wed)16:54 No.9922125
    The Vikings were quite intrepid explorers in their time, you could have a company that takes their themes from norse mythology

    Sleipnir Interstellar, SLINT for short

    all of their probes and space ships could be named after norse mythology
    >> Anonymous 05/19/10(Wed)16:56 No.9922150
    University of Planet.

    And I would promptly rename myself to 'Prokhor Zakharov'
    >> Anonymous 05/19/10(Wed)16:58 No.9922207
    >> Anonymous 05/19/10(Wed)16:59 No.9922218
    All in one universe. Damn fucking straight. You better believe it. You're adding another homebrewed megacorporation to the pile too.
    So we have:
    >boring standard corp name.
    >hilarious play on current affairs
    >a concept that is honestly quite interesting.
    >stolen from SMAC, much like Morgan Industries.

    Pretty varied selection.

    Any other ideas from anyone or does anyone like one of the already stated ideas more than the rest?
    >> Anonymous 05/19/10(Wed)16:59 No.9922229
    Games Workshop.
    >> Anonymous 05/19/10(Wed)17:00 No.9922245
    Well, Virgin certainly is as close to a megacorp as we have in reality.
    Well played.
    >> Anonymous 05/19/10(Wed)17:00 No.9922246
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    >Good news everyone, you now work as space deliverers for a Megacorporation!!
    >> Anonymous 05/19/10(Wed)17:01 No.9922276
    You forgot Walmart a.k.a. Buy'n'Large.
    >> Anonymous 05/19/10(Wed)17:02 No.9922290
    That was a very, very tempting one, but I decided to opt them out in exchange for Morgan Industries.
    >> Captain/co/mrade !hzAsrOsWT6 05/19/10(Wed)17:03 No.9922309
    What? Omni Consumer Products?
    >> Anonymous 05/19/10(Wed)17:05 No.9922337

    I see your vikings, and I raise you a Ui-Te Project, on the name of the fabled first settler of New Zealand.

    Which is, oddly enough, headed by the mostly euro-russian Cozmoprom-Alea corporation. They bought the rights on the name for 100 years from the Maori.
    >> Anonymous 05/19/10(Wed)17:06 No.9922358
    The Family. "It's our thing."

    Yes, I know, it's been done, but I figure they'll fit in with the other corporate criminals.

    (The mafia, if it isn't clear enough.)
    >> Anonymous 05/19/10(Wed)17:07 No.9922363
    Company using the Lesser Key of Solomon as its theme.

    What would be a good name?
    >> Anonymous 05/19/10(Wed)17:07 No.9922374
    Fireball company. Or corporation.
    >> Anonymous 05/19/10(Wed)17:08 No.9922392
    Robocop in space? I'm fucking sold.
    >> Anonymous 05/19/10(Wed)17:09 No.9922395
    Glad to see somebody else has read Poul Anderson.
    >> Anonymous 05/19/10(Wed)17:09 No.9922402
    Aperture Science
    Black Mesa Labs : D
    >> Anonymous 05/19/10(Wed)17:10 No.9922419
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    Solutions Tactical Finance Unlimited.

    STFU, aside from their meme induced financing from the turn of the millennium made the greatest inroads in creative banking.

    By giving the customers services with clearly labeled warnings regarding risks and aggressively re-branding themselves to different countries markets they now make up nearly 70 percent of the world's digital banking services.

    What this means aside from the company byline is that a bunch of Old Money decided to strangle the new ecnomy in it's sleep and put themselves in control.

    Now they want the Stars.
    >> Anonymous 05/19/10(Wed)17:11 No.9922432
    I see your new zealand and I don't raise you shit because nobody cares about backwards ass sheepfuckers :)
    >> Anonymous 05/19/10(Wed)17:11 No.9922442


    >> Anonymous 05/19/10(Wed)17:13 No.9922470
    Oh my god, someone got that? Holy SHIT.

    And, hey, they were practically good guys, too. I liked them.
    >> Anonymous 05/19/10(Wed)17:14 No.9922477
    Well, there's always Umbrella.

    Viral outbreak on a space station will cause some serious damage.
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    >Trioptimum not yet mentioned
    Without Citadel Station, how shall we create a goddess?

    Hell, I don't see Page Industries, either.
    >> Anonymous 05/19/10(Wed)17:14 No.9922488

    The Jewttle?

    Wiki sez the kabbalistic term for astrology is Mazal or Mazalot.
    Kesil is (probably) Orion.
    >> Anonymous 05/19/10(Wed)17:16 No.9922521
    The solar system won't be colonized in just a century no matter how optimistic you are.
    >> Anonymous 05/19/10(Wed)17:16 No.9922523
    not really, not on a galactic scale

    if the station gets completely overrun, they'd just blow it up.

    Or, really, declare it derelict, vent the atmo, and shoot down anyone attempting to dock at the station. Wait for a hundred years or so until everything dies off and then start over.

    The point is, losing one space station when the corporation owns a few thousand throughout the galaxy is a very insignificant event.
    >> Anonymous 05/19/10(Wed)17:18 No.9922547
    North Central Positronics.

    Or perhaps the Tower Corporation.
    >> Anonymous 05/19/10(Wed)17:19 No.9922578
    Church of the New Epoch

    It is even worse than in the game: it's evangelicals colonizing space.
    >> Anonymous 05/19/10(Wed)17:21 No.9922613
    Space Nazis from Russia.
    >> From Hell's Heart 05/19/10(Wed)17:21 No.9922618
    >>In the same setting

    Alien vs Predator vs Black Spiral Dancers vs FOOKIN' PRAWNCE vs SHODAN

    >> Anonymous 05/19/10(Wed)17:22 No.9922626
    Ah, but you're forgetting the carrier method. A devastating infection with a long incubation period could be transmitted to multiple installations before being discovered. The key is making it difficult to detect.
    >> Anonymous 05/19/10(Wed)17:22 No.9922633
    The SpaceChan.
    >> Anonymous 05/19/10(Wed)17:23 No.9922644
    Hey, you can't include every corporation just like that.

    Anyway, screw it.

    The megacorporation itself is called Solutions Tactical Finance Unlimited.
    Aperture Applied Industries and Aperture Industries are both owned by Solutions Tactical Finance Unlimited.
    STFU's space program has been named Sleipnir Interstellar.

    So, still being hypothetical, if you could choose any one advantage for this space program to have, what would you choose?
    An orbital drydock, to make starship construction faster?
    A damn fucking awesome R&D department (not surprising, seeing as you've got fucking Aperture Science on your side)?
    Double funding from the big boys in charge of STFU, because they've got big hopes for the project?
    Awesome PR (hey, the parent company's called STFU, that's got to pull a few laughs and smiles)?
    Good connections, so you who to talk to in order to get the right information about the right things?
    Or perhaps some damn fine replicators, so that you can create some real advanced technology from raw materials away from Earth, rather than having to ship it in from there?

    Hypothetically, if you were a member of a board of directors, which one of these advantages would you want the most?
    >> From Hell's Heart 05/19/10(Wed)17:25 No.9922686
    Actually, brb, hammering this into a functional setting.
    >> Anonymous 05/19/10(Wed)17:25 No.9922687

    >> Anonymous 05/19/10(Wed)17:25 No.9922693
    I think I'd have to go with "Gravitas Recession Continues"
    >> Anonymous 05/19/10(Wed)17:25 No.9922703
    R&D, definitely.
    >> Anonymous 05/19/10(Wed)17:26 No.9922706
    Oh dear god.
    >> Anonymous 05/19/10(Wed)17:26 No.9922710
    >> Anonymous 05/19/10(Wed)17:26 No.9922719
    >A damn fucking awesome R&D department
    Experience shows that this is always the sound long-term strategy.

    However, I'm on the board of fucking directors, so I've got short-term shareholders to appease until I can cut and run. Drydock me harder.
    >> Anonymous 05/19/10(Wed)17:28 No.9922756
    R&D. I doubt any self-respecting fa/tg/uy will take material advantage over SCIENCE!!!
    >> Anonymous 05/19/10(Wed)17:29 No.9922774
    Oh, it has potential if you want to run a campaign with it. I wont deny that.

    I just don't think it really has an intergalactic crisis level potential if it starts on a space station.

    Maybe if you had some shipment of the virus get dropped while being shipped through a major space travel hub. Some commercial space station that is the solar system equivalent to like New York's harbor where billions of goods/people are moving through every day.

    THEN shit could hit the fan.
    But if the outbreak happens on some remote research station it wouldn't be all that bad, there would be multiple extensive security measures to prevent it.

    Or, if all else fails, lolterrorists
    >> Anonymous 05/19/10(Wed)17:32 No.9922814
    Ah. I was thinking in the short-term, just dealing with the solar system itself. But it would be easy enough to screw things up in the near-term, as well. Just piggyback your bio-weapons on the interstellar vessels of other corporations, and you can eliminate their colonies/installations before they've even gotten started.
    >> Anonymous 05/19/10(Wed)17:33 No.9922822
    ...Being the company that made Blaine... My word... I wonder whether that would be an accomplishment or a secret shame?
    >> Anonymous 05/19/10(Wed)17:35 No.9922863
    >An orbital drydock

    let me put it this way, if you're trying to explore and colonize SPAAAAACE, and you DON'T have a drydock, you are doinitwrong as hard as you possibly can.

    You would have to be fucktarded to invest in a space exploration program that doesn't have a drydock, if that technology is available.
    >> Anonymous 05/19/10(Wed)17:35 No.9922867
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    Some damn fine replicators.

    However in order to GET those we'd need an awesome R&D dept.

    Hopefully not just allowing ourselves to be picked clean by the industrial espionage arms of these other economic giants.

    Thank deities there wasn't any mention of GENOM.

    As for the other choices I humbly submit to the board possible workarounds.

    orbital drydock- We can bankroll this with another mega-corp. If it's large enough from our infusion of capital we could prefab portions earth-side and launch them up to the dry dock for final fitting.

    Double funding- Throwing money at a task sometimes just attracts more leeches. Also we're STFU, use someone else's clearly labeled slush fund for that.

    Awesome PR- Would be invaluable in getting the people with the 'Right Stuff' onboard. However that's before we even have a craft. While having them invested early design by committee eliminates the inspired and leaves the workable.

    Good connections- It's always about intel. But sometimes having something WORTH talking about gets others to share secrets.

    -sits back in holographic projection and steeples fingers-
    >> Anonymous 05/19/10(Wed)17:37 No.9922903
    Why bother, when your R&D department has figured out how to make teleport engines?

    That, unlike the others, do NOT force you to travel through hell.
    >> Anonymous 05/19/10(Wed)17:38 No.9922930
    >steeples fingers

    We need SEELE in this.
    >> Anonymous 05/19/10(Wed)17:43 No.9923012

    The idea of Shinji and Asuka as a lone couple colonizing a planet is seriously disturbing.
    >> Anonymous 05/19/10(Wed)17:45 No.9923045
    true, but teleport engines are kind of more trouble than they're worth.

    Do you really think the government will allow a corporation to have a monopoly over that technology? Fuck no. I don't care how big and bad your company is, if you invent a teleport engine, you're going to suck Uncle Sam's interstellar cock.

    It's just too much, there's no way some law wouldn't be passed that forced you to pony up the blueprints for the thing for the public good.

    Look at what happened to microsoft, that's just a fucking operating system. Teleportation would change every aspect of human life immediately and in a HUGE way.
    >> Anonymous 05/19/10(Wed)17:45 No.9923054
    The idea of Rei clones forming the bulk of the corporation's employees-

    I'm in.
    >> Anonymous 05/19/10(Wed)17:49 No.9923128
    True, it would change everything. But not in the way you're thinking.

    You now have the power to place a battalion of tanks on the White House lawn. The power to materialize a nuclear warhead inside Parliament. The power to drop troops anywhere in the world.

    At this point, you are the supreme power in the world, and anyone who tries to stop you is going to drink vacuum.

    That said, starting with an AI should have been one of the choices. I like a little psychotic banter in the morning.
    >> Anonymous 05/19/10(Wed)17:49 No.9923134
    I'm making this as hard sci-fi as I can while still keeping it more interesting.
    So, the Sleipnir Interstellar space program has been founded in 2120 and is working with Aperture Science to make this shit work out good and proper. Common vote was for an exceptional R&D department, so you start with that.

    To start things off, Solutions Tactical Finance Unlimited has granted you $500,000,000,000. That's five hundred billion. No, I didn't add on a few zeroes by accident. Of course, they want at least a 50% return on that by 2150, 100% by 2175 and 200% by 2200 or SLINT is getting its ass shut down.

    So, it's 2120. Weyland-Yutani sent out four space probes travelling at an average of 0.5c to the four nearest star systems two years ago. This year, MDU and MI have each sent UEVs travelling at an average of 0.75c to land on seperate terrestrial satellites that orbit a gas giant in the Alpha Centauri system. The other megacorps are rumoured to being doing shit, but they haven't made anything public just yet.

    It's 2120, and you're supposed to join in on this space race somehow. You know the funds you have available here, what would you like to try and do with them this year?
    Construct probes?
    Construct starships?
    Find out more about the activities of the other megacorporations?
    Get a list of the nearest star systems / star systems with terrestrial bodies?
    Just say.
    >> Anonymous 05/19/10(Wed)17:50 No.9923150
    Graystone Industries.

    I don't give a fuck about colonizing space, I just want my own Holoband.
    >> Anonymous 05/19/10(Wed)17:53 No.9923201
    List. Have the lab coats find out which of the nearest planets/satellites contain large amounts of heavy metals, are potentially habitable, etc. We need profiles.
    >> Anonymous 05/19/10(Wed)17:54 No.9923226
    Also, we chose a massively awesome R&D department. What are our other resources? Do we have any orbital assets? Any old Russian rockets waiting for launch? Any ready-made probes sitting in a warehouse outside Prague?

    Options, man.
    >> Anonymous 05/19/10(Wed)17:54 No.9923230

    >> Anonymous 05/19/10(Wed)17:58 No.9923292
    ORBITAL ASSETS: Satellites. Some of them are for observation, but they're not of the highest quality. Nothing you could learn with them that you don't already know.
    OTHER RESOURCES: You can call from favours from the other facets of the megacorporation that you belong to. Your resources are almost unlimited, but their quality is not as stellar as that of your R&D department.
    AVAILABLE VESSELS: Using Russian rockets? The idea is laughable. No current probes have been made or belong to the company. You need to start fresh.
    Nearest 10 Systems with Terrestrial Bodies:
    Alpha Centauri: 4.3ly
    Epsilon Eridani: 10.5ly
    Tau Ceti: 11.9ly
    Gliese 876: 15.3ly
    40 Eridian: 16.5ly
    Eta Cassiopeiae: 19.4ly
    Delta Pavonis: 19.9ly
    Beta Hydri: 24.3ly
    Pi Orionis: 26.3ly
    Gamma Leporis: 29.2ly
    >> Anonymous 05/19/10(Wed)18:01 No.9923340
    Alright, we're going to need some way to get our constructions to orbit. We could go with traditional solid-fuel rockets, mass drivers, balloons, I don't know.

    General overview of space-launch technology in 2120?

    Hell, general overview of ALL technology in 2120?
    >> Anonymous 05/19/10(Wed)18:05 No.9923416
    Media and Entertainment Mega-corporation.
    Works something like Rupert Murdoch's Empire.

    Why are they interested in exploration? They intend to turn it into a reality/documentary TV show.
    >> Anonymous 05/19/10(Wed)18:06 No.9923437
    50% return by 2150... Okay, we have to make 250 billion in 30 years. Unless we manage to find some unobtanium or something, that might be difficult. We should have R&D package their useful (but not too useful) discoveries and sell em' off. After all, lots of the stuff we use today came from NASA.
    >> Anonymous 05/19/10(Wed)18:07 No.9923444
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    So we're going to be heading up SLINT for STFU.

    We need to make 250 billion in the next 30 years first step.

    Construct probes- I think this might come after we have a list of possible places to send them to.

    Construct starships- Getting started on basic designs early might mean our brand could be utilized as the exploration workhorse for the other Mega-Corps. Best way to be everywhere at once is to be indispensable.

    Activities of the other megacorporations- We know they're trying to get inter-stellar. Seems like that's all we really NEED to know. If we're going to start eavesdropping we might as well do it -honestly- and start funding the colleges that produce these sorts of breakthroughs.

    Get a list of the nearest star systems / star systems with terrestrial bodies- Should be as easy as accessing the interNet in our brains for relevant info. If we approach this with the Darwinian transparency of our parent group a sort of 'Sky-Stocks' interstellar transit development initiative might be formulated.

    Fellow STFU/Sleipnir task force heads, I humbly submit that we pursue starship building. We'll be taking the risk of innovating the tech but turning that into a shared base of investment might prove superior dividends.

    -the holographic image accepts a drink off camera from a strictly non-sentient humanoid labor clone before settling into it's seat expectantly-
    >> Anonymous 05/19/10(Wed)18:07 No.9923456
    Yeah but they get liquidated with all the other corps from the aftermath of System Shock (If Ii recall correctly but then again it's been a while)

    >Page Industries.
    Okay now we're fucked.
    >> Anonymous 05/19/10(Wed)18:09 No.9923475
    I'm okay with this, but what kind of starships? Heavy cargo? Passenger transport? Modular I-can-do-anything?
    >> Anonymous 05/19/10(Wed)18:10 No.9923491
    For the megacorporations that do not have the obscenely expensive orbital drydocks available to them, mass drivers are used.

    Starships and probes use antimatter-matter reactions for power, hence the rather insane average speeds that vary from 0.5c to 0.75c. However, they have to rely on cold superconductors and well, that means that it can get pretty expensive for long distances.

    Communication has become FTL, however, what with tachyons being used to their fullest with no causality issues, either. Which is pretty fucking awesome.

    The combined cost of a 0.5c interstellar probe is one billion per lightyear you intend for it to travel. Make that two billion if you want to make it 0.75c. Takes two years to construct.
    Of course, if you want more than a standard probe and you want a Unmanned Exploration Vehicle that can interact with a planet's surface, that'll be two billion per lightyear for a 0.5c one and four billion per lightyear for a 0.75c one. Takes two years to construct as well.

    The costs include having it launched and everything.
    >> Anonymous 05/19/10(Wed)18:11 No.9923504
    The later. The key to starships is mass and mass distribution. Make it a hull that can be fitted for any role.

    Also sell the best mass-calculation and placement programs. Those will be the equivalent of displacement for water ships.
    >> Anonymous 05/19/10(Wed)18:12 No.9923522
    We should build a space elevator. It'll turn a profit even if we don't end up dominating the space race with it. Hopefully.
    >> Anonymous 05/19/10(Wed)18:12 No.9923527
    My Mega corp name would be Genesis
    or Omega Genesis
    >> Anonymous 05/19/10(Wed)18:12 No.9923528
    Manifest Destination.
    >> Anonymous 05/19/10(Wed)18:12 No.9923541
    Sky hook! Give all our investors primo-living space on gated platforms at 20,000 feet.
    >> Anonymous 05/19/10(Wed)18:13 No.9923549
    If they take two years to construct, we're already behind. Maybe we should consider buying uplinks to other companies' probes.
    >> Anonymous 05/19/10(Wed)18:14 No.9923560
    Starships are... expensive.
    All travel at 0.75c.
    10 billion per light year between Earth and its destination.
    1 billion per 25 passengers in cryosleep.
    1 billion per 50 tons cargo space.
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    Memo to Slepnir Dept heads;

    ORBITAL ASSETS: Satellites. Working on it.

    OTHER RESOURCES: Favors would likely be in the sectors of PR. Since STFU has such a presence in banking the aggregate spending patterns of most of the planet could be subsidized into expansion into space. Suggestion; zeppelins used as advertising platforms.

    AVAILABLE VESSELS: Working on it.
    >> Anonymous 05/19/10(Wed)18:15 No.9923584
    Once we've got a foothold in space, we're golden.

    Space: One kilowatt per meter squared.
    >> Anonymous 05/19/10(Wed)18:17 No.9923616
    Who do you wish to contact for the possible purchase of probes?
    >> Anonymous 05/19/10(Wed)18:20 No.9923676
    Not purchase of the probes themselves, but purchase of the data they collect.

    Let's contact W/Y, MI, and RDA, since they've all got probes out, and see if we can negotiate a lower price than we'd pay to construct and fire probes ourselves.

    Remember, time is money. Two years, considering travel times, can be ridiculously expensive.
    >> Anonymous 05/19/10(Wed)18:22 No.9923710
    Not Umbrella, and not Weyland-Yutani.
    >> Anonymous 05/19/10(Wed)18:25 No.9923766
    W/Y offers:
    1 billion for Alpha Centauri (will arrive in 7 years)
    4 billlion for Barnard's Star (will arrive in 11 years)
    4 billion for Wolf 359 (will arrive in 13 years)
    4 billion for Lalande 21185 (will arrive in 15 years)

    RDU offers:
    5 billion for Alpha Centauri (will arrive in 6 years)

    MI offers:
    4 billion for Alpha Centauri (will arrive in 9 years)
    >> Plasma !UHUuLXLjhk 05/19/10(Wed)18:26 No.9923780
    RDA, sorry.

    Also, assuming tripfag.
    >> Anonymous 05/19/10(Wed)18:30 No.9923873
    I'm up for taking W/Y's Alpha Centauri, at least.

    Can we get any information on the bodies MI and RDA are sending crawlers to?
    >> Plasma !UHUuLXLjhk 05/19/10(Wed)18:33 No.9923929
    That's common knowledge. They're both aiming for more detailed exploration of seperate moons that orbit the second of three gas giants that orbit Alpha Centauri A.
    >> Anonymous 05/19/10(Wed)18:35 No.9923957
    Overpopulation becoming a problem... Unless we find a way to transport massive amounts of people very quickly and cheaply, interstellar colonies just aren't an economical or plausible solution.
    >> Anonymous 05/19/10(Wed)18:36 No.9923995
    In that case, let's take those too.

    How is ownership of interstellar bodies handled? Do they belong to nations, corporations, or are they neutral territory?
    >> Anonymous 05/19/10(Wed)18:36 No.9923996
    I would suggest building modular external frame freighters that offer only basic living quarters for a very small crew.

    Take the idea of a semi-truck, and a supertanker, and combine them in space.

    We sell these ships on the cheap, flood the market for 10 years so that they are everywhere. Our R&D can busy themselves with designing the containers that would be attached tot he external support frame of these ships.

    That way make tons of money off of interstellar trade (which will grow exponentially as our competitors colonize more planets).

    Furthermore, the modular configuration will allow us to send a freighter into the deeps of space with modules for cryo-pods, terraforming equipement, scientific survey equipement, and habitation construction equipement.

    Fuck, we could load a freighter up with terraforming modules, shoot it into space, and have it plop down un-manned terraforming stuff on planets as it passes by. These would count as "staking a claim" without investing personnel (and all the expenses associated with that) in the venture.
    >> Anonymous 05/19/10(Wed)18:37 No.9924015
    I support this.
    >> Plasma !UHUuLXLjhk 05/19/10(Wed)18:38 No.9924024
    It's just an excuse for a new frontier to explore. Out in the wilderness of space, there are things undiscovered by man that could be exploited and sold for incredible prices. The victor of this space race could wipe all competition of the map due to their access to extrasolar materials.
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    >> Anonymous 05/19/10(Wed)18:39 No.9924052
    Further, we can routinely scan their computers for anything interesting. (They're ours, after all.)
    >> Anonymous 05/19/10(Wed)18:41 No.9924089
    Bostonia Mining and Minerals or the Gas Miners Guild

    >> Anonymous 05/19/10(Wed)18:42 No.9924106
    Space! New Adventures and Frontiers United should be the name of our PR campaign.

    Also, given that we're with Aperture Science, could we ask them to see how far they could push the distance on their portals.
    >> Plasma !UHUuLXLjhk 05/19/10(Wed)18:49 No.9924247
    Corporate property, although it could trade hands.
    Interesting proposition. What does everyone else think? Do you wish to try this?
    R&D responds that although given enough research, it could probably develop an interstellar portal gun that functions at interstellar ranges that would allow for instanteous travel after a number of years equal to lightyear distance, it would take trillions to fund the construction of something like that.

    Currently, their best available model allows for instant intraplanetary transportation and has a hefty price of half a billion.
    >> Anonymous 05/19/10(Wed)18:53 No.9924302
    Instant interplanetary transportation for half a billion.

    How would this work? Shoot a portal on Earth, carry the gun to Mars, and shoot a second portal?
    >> Plasma !UHUuLXLjhk 05/19/10(Wed)18:53 No.9924308
    That's another possibility.
    >> Anonymous 05/19/10(Wed)18:54 No.9924337
    Hmm... That could give us an advantage in getting things into orbit from planetside once we start shipping back. Shuttles gotta be expensive, as is fuel, building a space-elevator should also cost more than half a billion and takes more time than firing a gun.
    >> Anonymous 05/19/10(Wed)18:54 No.9924338
    So putting stuff into orbit is basically not a problem? Or do these portals conserve energy as well as momentum?
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    >> Plasma !UHUuLXLjhk 05/19/10(Wed)18:56 No.9924380
    Multiple ways and I said "intraplanetary". So, not from Earth to Mars. Earth to Moon, maybe. But over such long distances, without enough power, a portal would become unstable and collapse.

    One way has a permanent "home" portal. The portal gun can create another portal that you can go to the home portal from.
    Another way has two seperate guns, with portals that connect one another.
    Another just has two permanent portals.
    >> Plasma !UHUuLXLjhk 05/19/10(Wed)19:00 No.9924441
    That's right. You can put things into orbit without a hitch.

    Theoretically, you could research a portal facility to teleport a constructed probe or starship into an orbit facility, which would removal initial launch cost. Of course, the cost of the facilities would be fairly expensive, and it'd need to be researched, and the orbital facility would need to be launched.

    But, in the long term, it could actually be quite useful.
    >> Anonymous 05/19/10(Wed)19:06 No.9924530
    Yes, it could. I suggest we research surface-to-orbit portal facilities, as well as methods to stabilize portals on or around different planets in the solar system. Not only could we make vast profits in the transportation industry, but all our outer colonies/installations would benefit from instant transport technology.
    >> Anonymous 05/19/10(Wed)19:09 No.9924573
    Agreeing with this,
    >> Plasma !UHUuLXLjhk 05/19/10(Wed)19:11 No.9924607
    So, orders for this year:
    - Request probe details of Alpha Centauri from WY ($1 billion)
    - Request crawler details of Alpha Centauri terrestrial moon 1 from MI ($4 billion)
    - Request crawler details of Alpha Centauri terrestrial moon 2 from RDA ($5 billion)
    - Initial research of surface-to-orbit portal facilities (expected research time: 4 years)
    - Begin construction of freighters.

    One last thing before a time skip, then.

    How many freighters do you guys want to be constructed, and how far do you want them be able to go to and do a return journey from without being refueled? How many tons will you also want them to carry? ($1 billion per 50 tons)

    You can also make them slower, which will half the price per lightyear and make construction faster.
    >> Anonymous 05/19/10(Wed)19:13 No.9924627
    Oh, and in addition, let's work on applying portal tech groundside. Pitch it to governments: secure transport between any two locations on Earth, uninterceptable. Not to mention, obviously, how 'portal hubs' could completely replace airports. There are many possibilities.

    Research methods to intercept and collapse other portals, just in case.
    >> Anonymous 05/19/10(Wed)19:17 No.9924691
    I think we want modular freighters, with interchangeable parts and modules. That way, you could swap out the engine at an orbital dock to double the speed, or remove unneeded fuel tanks to increase efficiency.
    >> Plasma !UHUuLXLjhk 05/19/10(Wed)19:18 No.9924708
    Aperture's rather conservative ways has prevented them from allowing the general public access to it, and has only sold it to big spenders who will either use it for novelty travel or moving goods, just as you plan.

    This will be included on the timeskip plan as well, though.
    >> Anonymous 05/19/10(Wed)19:19 No.9924719
    If we're doing this we should consider selling the tech to the other megacorps, to some extent at least. Preferably just before they are about to launch their missions in which case we can drive up the price and hopefully delay their plans.
    >> Plasma !UHUuLXLjhk 05/19/10(Wed)19:25 No.9924836
    Adding modular framework to the research list, then. Priority after surface-to-orbit portal facilities. Estimated time that it'll take after portal facility research is completed: 2 years.

    Do you wish to begin construction of different engine, cryosleep and storage modules anyway? The engines and fuel tanks are the same thing, due to the method of travel involved.

    Reposting costs just so you know.

    Engines (0.75c): $10 billion per lightyears intended to travel to and back from.
    Engines (0.5c): $5 billion per lightyears intended to travel to and back from.
    Cryosleep: $1 billion per 25 pods.
    Storage: $1 billion per 50 tons.
    >> Anonymous 05/19/10(Wed)19:26 No.9924846
    With this in mind, let's have the minimum range be a round trip to Alpha Centauri, and the maximum be a round trip to Tau Ceti. Once we have the tech, we'll have them set down portal hubs.

    Each cargo module should be able to carry 5 tons. Up to 30 can be strung together on a single vessel.

    An engine speed of .5c should be sufficient for now.
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    >> Anonymous 05/19/10(Wed)19:27 No.9924872
    Not that great with astronomy, but are there any suitable systems to wich we can send our own probes before anyone else?
    >> Anonymous 05/19/10(Wed)19:29 No.9924906
    Does storage have to be split into 50-ton increments?

    Let's make sure these components can be launched by mass drivers, in case we need them up before we have orbital portals.

    Also, if possible, we should make them able to swap modules without assistance from orbital facilities.
    >> Anonymous 05/19/10(Wed)19:32 No.9924964
    Odds are there are significant barriers to entry involving the space race right now. The shear number of corporations already involved in this process show that competition is one of the largest barriers. On the other hand if everyone wants to colonize space even large mega corps could be stressed to meet the needs of every customer who wants 100 acres of land on mars. Probably not though, land is land.

    I think my company is going to be called "Communicorp" selling under the idea of recreating the the old idea of the "Community" in space. We'll match people up based on their "needs" *cough*race*uncough* and pack them into smaller spaces on planets. We don't have to take a lot from one person just a little from a bunch of people then set them up in small apartments everywhere and be done with it.

    With so many corporations trying to expand into the high end space race model there is only room left for a slum lord. Did I mention my company was evil?
    >> Plasma !UHUuLXLjhk 05/19/10(Wed)19:35 No.9925012
    Nearest Systems:
    Alpha Centauri: 4.3ly
    Barnard's Star: 6.0ly
    Wolf 359: 7.9ly
    Lalande 21185: 8.3ly
    Sirius: 8.6ly
    Luyten 726-8: 8.8ly
    Ross 154: 9.7ly
    Ross 248: 10.3ly
    Epsilon Eridani: 10.5ly
    Lacaille 9352: 10.8ly
    Ross 128: 10.9ly
    EZ Aquarii: 11.3ly
    Procyon: 11.4ly
    61 Cygni: 11.4ly

    Nearest 10 Systems with Terrestrial Bodies:
    Alpha Centauri: 4.3ly
    Epsilon Eridani: 10.5ly
    Tau Ceti: 11.9ly
    Gliese 876: 15.3ly
    40 Eridian: 16.5ly
    Eta Cassiopeiae: 19.4ly
    Delta Pavonis: 19.9ly
    Beta Hydri: 24.3ly
    Pi Orionis: 26.3ly
    Gamma Leporis: 29.2ly

    Terrestrial body = solid planet or moon.
    You can have seperate cargo containers, as you desire.

    So, you wish to construct anything at the moment? You have five construction yards which you can use and for starships and starship modules, it takes one year for every $20 billion spent on it.

    If you don't want to construct anything at the moment, we can move on.
    >> Plasma !UHUuLXLjhk 05/19/10(Wed)19:36 No.9925034
    Impressive, I like it.
    >> Anonymous 05/19/10(Wed)19:38 No.9925067
    I don't think we need freighters right now. Go ahead and skip.
    >> Anonymous 05/19/10(Wed)19:40 No.9925097
    What about building and sending probes to Epsilon Eridani and Tau Ceti? While it seems a lot of people are going for Alpha Centauri, if this "space exploration" thing really hooks they are bound to be the "second wave", in which case we'll have an advantage.
    >> Plasma !UHUuLXLjhk 05/19/10(Wed)19:47 No.9925207
    Year 2121:
    Multiple governments have accepted your proposal. You provide the technology, they construct the facilities, you get a slice of the cake. However, it is quite controversial and not everyone uses it - airports and RDA's global maglev network are still quite popular.
    You earn $2 billion.
    Message from R&D. They've made an early breakthrough on orbital portal facilities.
    Ground-based facilities can be constructed for $5 billion. Takes 1 year.
    Orbital facilities can be constructed and *have* to be launched for $10 billion. Takes 1 year.
    Probes sent into space this way are $500 million cheaper.
    Starships sent into space this way are $5 billion cheaper.
    You earn $3 billion.

    The year is 2122.
    You have $495 billion.
    You have five inactive construction yards which you can use to construct orbital portal facilities.
    You can also build any surface portal facilities.

    How many?
    >> Anonymous 05/19/10(Wed)19:50 No.9925252
    At least one Orbital and one surface.

    I also vote for one 0,75c Crawler probe for Epsilon Eridani.
    >> Anonymous 05/19/10(Wed)19:51 No.9925261
    I think we should start with one surface and one orbital. Contact other corporations for a price quote on launching the orbital.
    >> Plasma !UHUuLXLjhk 05/19/10(Wed)19:51 No.9925269
    Pentex has launched three probe. It has not announced their destinations.
    Multination United has launched two probe. One is heading for Epsilon Eridani, the other has an unknown destination.
    Weyland-Yutani has launched four probes. One is heading for Sirius, one is heading for Luyten 726-8, one is heading for Ross 154, one is heading for Ross 248.
    >> Anonymous 05/19/10(Wed)19:52 No.9925273
    Spool up PR and have them push portal travel. Call it the safest possible method; after all, it's instantaneous.
    >> Anonymous 05/19/10(Wed)19:53 No.9925290

    to Tau Ceti.
    >> Anonymous 05/19/10(Wed)19:55 No.9925326
    Do warships exist? Does anyone operate armed space vessels?
    >> Anonymous 05/19/10(Wed)19:57 No.9925378
    Offer to rent out the conyards that we aren't using.

    How much does it cost to build more?
    >> Plasma !UHUuLXLjhk 05/19/10(Wed)19:58 No.9925397
    Constructing one ground facility and one orbital.
    Cost: $15 billion. Will be made and functional by 2123.
    Constructing one 0.75c crawler probe to Epsilon Eridani.
    Cost: $3.5 billion. Will be complete in 2124. Will arrive at 2138.

    Also, in response to using your portal facilities:
    Weyland-Yutani: No.
    RDA: No.
    MNU: $1 billion for starships.
    Tyrell Corporation: $1 billion for starships.
    Zorg Corporation: No.
    Pentex Corporation: $3 billion for starships.
    Morgan Industries: No.
    They demand $4 billion for this campaign.
    >> Anonymous 05/19/10(Wed)20:03 No.9925467
    Crawler's destination should be changed to Tau Ceti, as per >>9925290.

    Get PR moving, 4 billion is fine.
    >> Plasma !UHUuLXLjhk 05/19/10(Wed)20:06 No.9925528
    No. Not yet, at least. No need for it.
    $20 billion.
    Also, in response to your offer:
    Weyland-Yutani: No
    RDA: $25 billion to use your construction yards whenever you are not using them until 2180.
    MNU: $2 billion per usage.
    Tyrell Corporation: No.
    Zorg Corporation: $500 million per usage.
    Pentex: No.
    Morgan Industries: No.
    Understood. It will now take until 2140 for the probe to reach its destination.

    Which ones do you let use your portal facilities?
    Which ones do you let use your construction facilities?

    Once this is answered, time skip.
    >> Anonymous 05/19/10(Wed)20:11 No.9925610

    Portal: Pentex only. I assume it is per starship and not a one time fee.

    How much do we think MNU will use the facilities up to 2180?
    >> Anonymous 05/19/10(Wed)20:11 No.9925621
    For portal facilities: Do we get paid per starship?
    >> Plasma !UHUuLXLjhk 05/19/10(Wed)20:12 No.9925630
    Portal is per starship.

    As for RDA and MNU, you have no idea how often they will use your construction facilities.
    >> Anonymous 05/19/10(Wed)20:13 No.9925646
    If necessary, we could offer them a discount. Each conyard after the first being only 1.5 billion, or something.
    >> Anonymous 05/19/10(Wed)20:13 No.9925662
    If it's per starship, can't we let all three use the portals?
    >> Anonymous 05/19/10(Wed)20:15 No.9925700

    Meh, we should show them that if they wanna earn on it we gotta earn on it.
    >> Plasma !UHUuLXLjhk 05/19/10(Wed)20:15 No.9925701
    MNU is interested in this offer.

    No one else is.
    >> Anonymous 05/19/10(Wed)20:17 No.9925742
    My company will be called GeneCo.
    I mean, Repo Men. C'mon.
    >> Anonymous 05/19/10(Wed)20:17 No.9925745
    The point is to make them want to use the yards more often, so we profit more.
    >> Plasma !UHUuLXLjhk 05/19/10(Wed)20:18 No.9925760
    That was another idea, but nah. Didn't go with it.
    >> Anonymous 05/19/10(Wed)20:18 No.9925767
    I'll have a liver that plays music, thank you.
    >> Plasma !UHUuLXLjhk 05/19/10(Wed)20:19 No.9925789
    Still, only MNU is interested in accepting that deal.
    Zorg Corporation will only use them for $500 million per usage
    And well, RDA's deal is incompatible with that offer.
    >> Anonymous 05/19/10(Wed)20:20 No.9925809
    Well, we're still in the background selling "improvements". How else will you specialize your corporate engineers for vacuum? Just be punctual with your payments.
    >> Anonymous 05/19/10(Wed)20:22 No.9925844
    I'm acting on the assumption that we only take MNU's deal. If we offer discounts, they might use the yards more often than if each use was for full price.
    >> Anonymous 05/19/10(Wed)20:29 No.9925987
    For portals, Pentex. For conyards, MNU. We'll stick with flat rates for the first year or so.

    Movin' forward.
    >> Anonymous 05/19/10(Wed)20:30 No.9926001
    PLASMA! I remember you from Corp Quest!
    >> Anonymous 05/19/10(Wed)20:35 No.9926102
    Let's build a ship with 100billion worth of pods, and 100 billion worth of cargo space. We dump all of our assets and employees into it and head for the sirius sector.
    >> Anonymous 05/19/10(Wed)20:37 No.9926141
    What about CHOAM Company? Where will we get the spice from?
    >> Plasma !UHUuLXLjhk 05/19/10(Wed)20:37 No.9926150
    Very well. You accept the deals of Pentex and MNU.

    Year 2123:
    The ad campaign booms.
    Tyrell Corporation launches a probe towards Epsilon Eridani.
    You get $6 billion in income.

    Year 2124:
    Zorg Corporation launches a probe toward Epsilon Eridani.
    You launch a probe toward Tau Ceti. Since you didn't say otherwise, you make the destination of this probe public.
    You also finish researching the modular framework.
    MNU is constructing a starship using one of your facilities. You recieve $2 billion from them. This will take five years to complete (2129)
    You gain $8 billion in income.

    The year is 2124.
    You have $482 billion in the bank.
    You have nothing on research list.
    You're not making anything - although you have only four construction facilities available.

    Sorry for delay.
    >> Anonymous 05/19/10(Wed)20:38 No.9926155
    Dear god. That's almost guaranteed not to profit, but it's so awesome it's hard to say no.
    >> Anonymous 05/19/10(Wed)20:39 No.9926179
    That's alright.

    We should be continuing our portal research, shouldn't we?
    >> Plasma !UHUuLXLjhk 05/19/10(Wed)20:40 No.9926211
    Just like that quest, this one should start off relatively dull - like it is. Then it'll get fun.
    >> Anonymous 05/19/10(Wed)20:40 No.9926219
    Not to profit!? Don't be silly, we'll be famous.
    >> Anonymous 05/19/10(Wed)20:41 No.9926241
    Wait, if we've got Aperture Science as a subsidiary, doesn't that mean that we make shower curtains?
    >> Plasma !UHUuLXLjhk 05/19/10(Wed)20:42 No.9926253
    Depends. What do you want to try and research next? Interplanetary?
    >> Plasma !UHUuLXLjhk 05/19/10(Wed)20:43 No.9926280
    Yes, you have fucking awesome shower curtains.

    +1 to "fuck yes these shower curtains are awesome" when showering.
    >> Anonymous 05/19/10(Wed)20:44 No.9926294
    Yes, do so. Will be useful in future space exploration and will bring in cash at home.
    >> Anonymous 05/19/10(Wed)20:44 No.9926297
    What we need to do is establish a portal network - that's a long-term goal, but it will serve us very, very well if we do it right. Even if intersystem portals transfer things at lightspeed only, anything going in requires no reaction mass, and doesn't have to accelerate/decelerate at the beginning and end of the trip. Essentially, you could go from Earth orbit to Tau Ceti in a glorified space shuttle.

    Let's get on this.
    >> In Class 05/19/10(Wed)20:47 No.9926352
    Have we developed the plans for those modular space freighters? If so, start building them on our available docking stations.

    Pay to find out where the probe going to Epsilon Erdani is going; thats the only stellar system that had celestial bodies that only one other corporation is going to. I think we should focus our attention there rather than Alpha Centauri.

    Also, we need to keep pushing the portal research. Can we put any money into industrial espionage? It would be infinitely cheaper to hack into these corporations than paying them outright.
    >> Plasma !UHUuLXLjhk 05/19/10(Wed)20:47 No.9926356
    Interplanetary, remember. Not interstellar, which is still fuckaeons off.

    This should take about ten years to develop.

    Anyway, are you going to construct anything, or not bother building any modules or modular frameworks at the moment?
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    Okay, so we have to have made a total of 250 billion by 2150, right? What can we do to ensure that we not only meet this goal, but exceed it?

    Anyone? Anyone?

    >> Anonymous 05/19/10(Wed)20:48 No.9926383
    Question: What's on the moon, and could we make fuckbuckets of money by putting portals there?
    >> In Class 05/19/10(Wed)20:50 No.9926417
    Have we already outfitted our drydock with permanent portals to assist in the shipbuilding process? If not, we need to do that ASAP.

    Also, estimate of cost to expand orbital drydock? It would be an amazing advantage if all the interstellar or interplanetary shipbuilding had to go through us.
    >> Plasma !UHUuLXLjhk 05/19/10(Wed)20:51 No.9926436
    Three corporations going to Epsilon Eridani. All three are going to be looking at the moon orbiting the first planet. All three are crawlers.
    MNU will not sell any information regarding their discoveries.
    Tyrell Corporation will sell information for $4 billion.
    Zorg Corporation will sell information for $10 billion.
    >> Anonymous 05/19/10(Wed)20:54 No.9926489

    Given that we need to have an average 8.3 Bil income per year and had an income of 8 bil last year that is no big worry, especially if we become /the/ dominating party for all travels inside the solar system.
    >> Plasma !UHUuLXLjhk 05/19/10(Wed)20:55 No.9926511
    It's possible. As a corporation that claims territory on the moon, you could build a ground chamber there and a ground chamber on Earth and reap all of the profits.

    Or, you could do what you've done on Earth - offer engineers and technology to nations, have them use their funds to build the facilities, and only reap a percentage of the profit.
    >> In Class 05/19/10(Wed)20:55 No.9926512
    How much to establish or beef up our industrial espionage? If its not possible to steal their information illictly or without their knowledge, then we buy from Tyrell, asking them to sign a non-disclosure agreement so nobody else finds out we're not going to Alpha Centauri.

    I want to make everyone feel that we're only going to help them get interstellar while building up our information secretly while building up our ability to colonize publicly.
    >> Anonymous 05/19/10(Wed)20:57 No.9926554
    Okay, but what's actually on the Moon? Habitats, industrial facilities, helium-3 miners?
    >> Anonymous 05/19/10(Wed)20:57 No.9926571
    Let's do it. Link the Earth and the Moon by portal. Suck it, Apollo.

    Cost estimate?
    >> In Class 05/19/10(Wed)20:59 No.9926612
    Better question: What would the cost be to retrofit the moon as a mobile spaceplatform? How much of it do we own?
    >> Anonymous 05/19/10(Wed)21:01 No.9926637

    Nah, would fuck too much with earth. I mean, sure, we're an evil megacorp, but we should start small.
    >> Plasma !UHUuLXLjhk 05/19/10(Wed)21:01 No.9926640
    You can try and get the information through illict and illegal means.
    All three, along with several terraforming facilities and algae farming facilitie and oxygen farms. It's quite heavily populated, with 1.2 billion civilians living on it.
    >> In Class 05/19/10(Wed)21:02 No.9926663
    I would think that STEALING THE MOON FROM THE SKY would be starting small as a megacorp. My first thought was to move our facilities off planet before accidentally an hero'ing the Earth with a portalgun.
    >> In Class 05/19/10(Wed)21:03 No.9926690
    Cost/Benefit analysis of hijacking an uplink to the Tyrell Corporation's probe?
    >> Anonymous 05/19/10(Wed)21:04 No.9926727
    Screw the Moon. Let's go for Deimos.

    >> Plasma !UHUuLXLjhk 05/19/10(Wed)21:07 No.9926774
    Approximately 0.31% of the moon's surface is under your dominance. Such a feat is implausible, impossible and would make people very very angry.
    $5 billion for both facilities.

    Going with plans that you specified a while back, you use your four facilities to make the modular freighters. They start initial engine modules and storage modules.
    How far do you want the freighters to travel on initial engines?
    How many tons do you want the storage module(s) to have? If plural, how many storage modules?

    Engines (0.75c): $10 billion per lightyears intended to travel to and back from.
    Engines (0.5c): $5 billion per lightyears intended to travel to and back from.
    Cryosleep: $1 billion per 25 pods.
    Storage: $1 billion per 50 tons.
    >> Anonymous 05/19/10(Wed)21:08 No.9926808
    Okay, this is perfect. Set up a system that would end up destroying the world by stealing the moon from the sky. Build massive sleeper ships, pouring all remaining assets into them. Destroy world, 'accidentally', with your colonists situated in sleeper ships in space during a test run.
    Competition eliminated, no need to repay loan.
    >> Plasma !UHUuLXLjhk 05/19/10(Wed)21:09 No.9926817
    Benefit is that you get to discover everything that Tyrell's probe would discover. You know everything that they'd know and you wouldn't have to pay.

    Of course, you could get discovered. It's risky.

    I'd have to ask for a roll of dice+1d100.
    >> Plasma !UHUuLXLjhk 05/19/10(Wed)21:10 No.9926838
    You're a board of directors, not genocidal maniacs.
    >> Anonymous 05/19/10(Wed)21:11 No.9926864
    Hey, I'm not giving a penny back to those assholes in STFU. I don't care what it takes.
    >> Plasma !UHUuLXLjhk 05/19/10(Wed)21:12 No.9926879
    Why is it that whenever I run a quest, people always seem to hate their superiors with a fucking passion?
    >> In Class 05/19/10(Wed)21:14 No.9926926
    Initial engines should be enough to get to Alpha Centauri round-trip.

    Crypods for 75 (100 total crew, 25 on active duty at a time), with cargo space of 500 tons. Does this sound reasonable to everyone else for a space freighter?

    What would it cost to be able to add the functionality "land" the freighter for one-way colonization attempts? Could we create a varient of the cargo freighter that does this, as a more temporary one-off colony ship, perhaps with more cryopods?
    >> Anonymous 05/19/10(Wed)21:15 No.9926941
    Proceed with the Moon-linking. Build a .5 freighter designed to go to Alpha Centauri, with ten cargo modules holding 5 tons each. If that's not possible, two modules, 25 each. Make this public.

    We should set this up carefully. Hire an outside contractor to hack it, so if they get busted, we can cover our shit.
    >> Anonymous 05/19/10(Wed)21:16 No.9926975
    Why the hell would you need 25 guys manning a freighter? For most of the trip, they're just cruising.

    Anyway, how the hell do these ships protect themselves? At half or three-quarters lightspeed, a chunk of frozen piss will rip your engines right off.
    >> Anonymous 05/19/10(Wed)21:17 No.9926993
    Uh... because we all have shitty jobs and we hate the guys on top?
    >> Plasma !UHUuLXLjhk 05/19/10(Wed)21:18 No.9927012
    I'm assuming you want 0.5c on those, which is the cheaper alternative.
    Cost: $38 billion per freighter ($43 for one-way landing)
    Construction period: 2 years.

    How many do you wish to make?
    >> Anonymous 05/19/10(Wed)21:18 No.9927025
    Wait... you have all these other corporations.... and you didn't include "United Aerospace Corporation"?

    What's wrong with you?
    >> Anonymous 05/19/10(Wed)21:19 No.9927039
    Cartographers Guild

    In an effort to remember the routes of humanity.
    >> Plasma !UHUuLXLjhk 05/19/10(Wed)21:20 No.9927059
    Protection from such things comes as standard.

    Also, if you want the 0.75c alternative, that's $63 billion or $68 billion for one-way landing device.
    >> dice+1d100 In Class 05/19/10(Wed)21:20 No.9927063
    Rolling to hijack uplink to Zorg Industries probe. Hopefully with the ability to see and record anything the probe sees, along with the ability to completely take over the probe in case of emergency.

    If plan fails, start PR campaign immediately to cover it up, and buy uplink to Tyrell probe before they find out about it.
    >> Anonymous 05/19/10(Wed)21:20 No.9927065
    And who says we can't be both?
    >> In Class 05/19/10(Wed)21:21 No.9927085
    rolled 52 = 52

    oops I'm dumb
    >> Anonymous 05/19/10(Wed)21:22 No.9927105
    Isn't that a real company?

    Yeah, that's a great idea. Offer to buy the link right after some guy was caught trying to hack into it. No one will suspect a thing.
    >> Anonymous 05/19/10(Wed)21:23 No.9927116
    Oh... Oh my god...

    Forgive me, Father, for I have Sinned...
    >> Plasma !UHUuLXLjhk 05/19/10(Wed)21:24 No.9927150
    Attempt failed.

    However, there's no way the hacker could've gotten detected. There's also no statement issued by the Zorg Corporation. The attempt went without being noticed.

    You accept Tyrell's offer of $4 billion. You will see all that it sees.
    >> Anonymous 05/19/10(Wed)21:25 No.9927170
    Oh, you mean UNION Aerospace.

    Rip and tear.
    >> In Class 05/19/10(Wed)21:25 No.9927181
    Crew of 25?
    10 Security
    5 Navigation/Piloting
    5 Human Services (Gotta keep 'em sane)
    5 Engineers.

    I mean, that seems like a pretty reasonable crew for me, or are these ships smaller than I thought?
    >> Plasma !UHUuLXLjhk 05/19/10(Wed)21:27 No.9927230
    They're pretty big. They're no Retribution Class Battleships, but there's also not Millenium Falcons. That's a sensible guesstimate.

    So, make your choice:
    1) How many?
    2) 0.5c speed for $36 billion, or 0.75c speed for $61 billion?
    >> In Class 05/19/10(Wed)21:27 No.9927239
    Also, is the hacker in our employ? Have him killed if he isn't. If he is, well, cut his pay.
    >> Anonymous 05/19/10(Wed)21:29 No.9927259
    I thought two to four crew members would be more than enough. After all, these ships spend almost all of their time in transit. You only really need people up during docking and maneuvering, or if something goes wrong.
    >> Anonymous 05/19/10(Wed)21:29 No.9927261
    For all your supersoldier and mind-rending horror needs, look no further than the Armacham Technology Corporation.
    >> In Class 05/19/10(Wed)21:30 No.9927297

    Start building 2 dedicated freighters and one colony ship with capacity for 300 additional cryotubes. Make it less however much storage is needed to have the price reasonable, you don't need the colonyships to have more cargo than they would need to sustain themselves until the next of our cargo ships came by.
    >> Anonymous 05/19/10(Wed)21:30 No.9927302
    Thread music.
    >> Plasma !UHUuLXLjhk 05/19/10(Wed)21:31 No.9927307
    Screw it, let's make this simple.

    Any spacecraft comes with crew cryosleep pods *FOR FREE*.

    That should stop the argument.

    So, $35 billion or $60 billion, with higher price = more speed?
    >> noko In Class 05/19/10(Wed)21:32 No.9927332
    I just don't like the idea of trusting 60+ billion dollars with such a small crew. Maybe its because I just saw Pandorum, but I think there needs to be a moderate crew for each "shift".
    >> Plasma !UHUuLXLjhk 05/19/10(Wed)21:33 No.9927351

    That's two $60 billion ships and one $72 billion ship.

    A total of $192 billion in spending.

    Are we in agreement, gentlemen?
    >> In Class 05/19/10(Wed)21:34 No.9927367
    60 billion. We need to get these fuckers going.
    >> Anonymous 05/19/10(Wed)21:34 No.9927368
    Let's just go with this.

    Geez. We hadn't even pulled out the reaction images and greentext yet. You're not fun.
    >> Plasma !UHUuLXLjhk 05/19/10(Wed)21:35 No.9927396
    They'll be made in three years time.

    Doing the time skip.
    >> In Class 05/19/10(Wed)21:36 No.9927402
    Lets make that three ships, we did have enough space on the orbital docking platform, right?
    >> Anonymous 05/19/10(Wed)21:38 No.9927461
    What should we christen our three ships?
    >> Anonymous 05/19/10(Wed)21:39 No.9927487
    Enterprise, Enterprise II, and Tardigrade.
    >> Anonymous 05/19/10(Wed)21:43 No.9927557
    Er, I haven't read the whole thread, but it seems to me that we'd be best off selling these at minor profit? $35 million or $60 million would be better, both for product proliferation, and promoting space exploration (giving us a greater market faster.)

    We'd also start with an even larger leg-up on our competition...
    >> Anonymous 05/19/10(Wed)21:43 No.9927563
    Serenity, Falcon, Galactica
    >> Anonymous 05/19/10(Wed)21:44 No.9927571
    I like water bear, but Enterprise seems so...cliche? Maybe something more in-line with norse mythology as befits our division. How about Dellingr?
    >> Anonymous 05/19/10(Wed)21:45 No.9927608
    HMS Beagle, Dauntless, and Thunderchild
    >> Anonymous 05/19/10(Wed)21:46 No.9927630
    I like that. How 'bout Skidbladnir for the last?
    >> Anonymous 05/19/10(Wed)21:47 No.9927645
    Tanngrisnir and Tanngnj├│str.
    >> Anonymous 05/19/10(Wed)21:49 No.9927674
    While the norse-names idea has merit (and I'm not saying we shouldn't do it,) another idea I find entirely acceptable would be to name ships (or classes) after sci-fi authros. Niven, Heinlein, Asmiov, K. Dick, Clarke, Herbert, etc.
    >> Anonymous 05/19/10(Wed)21:49 No.9927689
    A legendary norse ship? Sounds perfect to me.
    >> Plasma !UHUuLXLjhk 05/19/10(Wed)21:50 No.9927696
    Year 2125:
    You construct earth-moon portal transit.
    Income is $24 billion.

    Year 2126:
    RDA UEV arrives on moon in Alpha Centauri A. For PR purposes, the initial video feed is live on TV throughout the entire solar system. It's a lush, beautiful, exotic planet that is absolutely gorgeous and makes the Amazon look like an ugly urban back garden. Moon is named "Pandora".
    Of course, you get the other side of thing. Several new elements are discovered on the first habitable body other than our own to be discovered. One of them is an unobtainium, a room temperature superconductor.
    Pentex launches the first interstellar starship but doesn't state destination.
    Income is $31 billion.

    Year 2127:
    You get detailed information from the Weyland-Yutani probe in Alpha Centauri. Five terrestrial planets, three gas giants. One of them possessing fourteen moons - including the one that RDA has discovered. Four of those moons contain life. One of the terrestrial worlds is also shown to contain life. Another terrestrial planet in the system possesses an unobtainium, according to scans. Except for Pandora and that planet, the system is worthless.
    RDA launches the second starship ever towards Pandora, for the purposes of discovery and exploration. Unobtanium-Pandora is yet to be publically announced.
    All three freighters have been constructed.
    Income is $36 billion.

    The year is 2127.
    You are currently researching interplanetary portals. This is expected to be finished at 2134.
    You are currently not constructing anything.
    >> Plasma !UHUuLXLjhk 05/19/10(Wed)21:51 No.9927730
    Ah, I forgot to give you the surface-to-orbit discount.


    You currently possess $391 billion.
    >> NuBlackAnon !!z6ldXGL61Wm 05/19/10(Wed)21:53 No.9927759
    Pilgrim Corporation.
    >> noko In Class 05/19/10(Wed)21:53 No.9927766
    Lets make that three ships, we did have enough space on the orbital docking platform, right?
    >> Anonymous 05/19/10(Wed)21:54 No.9927769

    Well, that's it. That's fucking it, gentlemen.
    >> Anonymous 05/19/10(Wed)21:54 No.9927774
    Pandora eh? Oh boy...
    >> Anonymous 05/19/10(Wed)21:55 No.9927801
    Wait for them to be kicked off, buy the rights off them cheap, head back loaded to sterilize the planet. Possibly with some asteroids in the cargo bay, that we shall accelerate to .5 or .75c.
    >> Anonymous 05/19/10(Wed)21:56 No.9927830
    Of course, we'll have to develop a cover-up, make sure no-one knows those asteroids had some outside help.
    >> Plasma !UHUuLXLjhk 05/19/10(Wed)21:57 No.9927836
    They were all made and are in space.

    ISV Dellingr (Freighter)
    ISV Tanngnj├│str (Freighter)
    ISV Skidbladnir (Cryo-Freighter)
    >> Plasma !UHUuLXLjhk 05/19/10(Wed)21:59 No.9927895
    Come on, what *were* you guys expecting?

    Anyway, what are you going to do, now you have those freighters constructed?
    >> Anonymous 05/19/10(Wed)22:00 No.9927907

    I wish I could hate you to death.
    >> Plasma !UHUuLXLjhk 05/19/10(Wed)22:02 No.9927939
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    Come on. /tg/'s always said how it could do things better in a situation like this.

    Let's see you do it! Who knows, you might have some fun while you're at it.
    >> Anonymous 05/19/10(Wed)22:03 No.9927963
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    >> Anonymous 05/19/10(Wed)22:04 No.9927976
    Well, when it comes to dealing with Pandora, a planet with a sentient eco-system, we can either be extremely buddy buddy, or scourge the planet. Pros, cons?
    >> Plasma !UHUuLXLjhk 05/19/10(Wed)22:06 No.9928003
    Well, now that Pandora's been discovered and all that is known about it is that it's incredible exotic and it contains a form of unobtainium, what would do, in an in-character way?

    You still have three freighters uselessly hanging about.
    >> Anonymous 05/19/10(Wed)22:09 No.9928049
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    Buddy Buddy, Pros: Tourism, Bio-Research, Immigration, Access to Planet-Mind, Cons: Fucking Fern Gully

    Exterminatus, Pros: No more fucking Fern Gully, free Unobtanium, Colonization Cons: No Planet-Mind, No Bio-research on original ecosystem

    There are more than these, but eh. Also have some horrible MSpaint art.
    >> Anonymous 05/19/10(Wed)22:10 No.9928074
    Obviously, we have to go there, dig some up, and bring it on home. Also, we need to set down some portal installations so we can charge other corporations for the privilege of not wasting shuttle fuel.
    >> Anonymous 05/19/10(Wed)22:12 No.9928096
    Looks like a status display of the ship, kinda cool.
    >> Plasma !UHUuLXLjhk 05/19/10(Wed)22:12 No.9928117
    Horrible? I fucking love it! Actually reminds me of this one starship game. Battleships Forever.
    >> Anonymous 05/19/10(Wed)22:17 No.9928224
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    Pic related.

    I love that game, especially making my own ship parts. Awesome.
    >> Anonymous 05/19/10(Wed)22:21 No.9928278
    Wait a second. Everyone's focusing on Pandora, but there's another planet with exotic stuff, and other bodies with life on them.

    Requesting more data on the other worlds/moons of interest. If we play this right, we can monopolize the other exotic one and charge exorbitant prices for setting science teams on the moons with life.
    >> Plasma !UHUuLXLjhk 05/19/10(Wed)22:22 No.9928309
    Who are you sending along to the planet?

    You can employ:
    1) Mooks. Standard company employees who would jump at the chance to go to this world. No cost.
    2) Military specialists. Some of the damn fucking best mercenaries the world's ever seen. $500 million for ten people.
    3) Science team. Normally, you'd have to pay fuckloads. However, your R&D department is awesome. No cost. Ten people.

    Also, what are sending along as well? Mining equipment, food, replicators, what? You've got 1500 tons of storage available to you.
    >> Anonymous 05/19/10(Wed)22:25 No.9928355
    I second this idea. Let RDA bloody their nose trying to get that unobtanium, let's shift our focus elsewhere.
    >> Anonymous 05/19/10(Wed)22:28 No.9928412
    Screw Pandora for the moment. There's another planet in the system with unobtanium, and no one's touching it. We should get there first.

    Send scientists, mining/construction equipment, replicators, the whole deal.

    Could we feasibly carry portal ground and portal orbital installations on one of the freighters?
    >> Plasma !UHUuLXLjhk 05/19/10(Wed)22:32 No.9928509
    Alpha Centauri A has the gas giant - named Polyphemus. It has fourteen moons and four of them have life.
    There's Pandora.
    One of them appears to be in a primordial stage. A strange pinkish fungus that covers almost every surface of the body gives the moon its odd hue.
    The third appears to be nothing more than some bacterial soup.
    The fourth planet is in a similar state. Nothing but the tiniest of life forms.

    Alpha Centauri B's second terrestrial planet, Hermes posssess what might another form of unobtainium. Needs further analyzing.
    The fifth terrestrial planet, Ares, appears to have advanced life on it.
    >> Anonymous 05/19/10(Wed)22:36 No.9928571
    >pinkish fungus
    >mind worms

    We'll call that one Chiron.

    Let's send teams to both Pandora and Hermes, but equip them for either one. By the time the freighters arrive, something might have changed.
    >> Anonymous 05/19/10(Wed)22:36 No.9928586
    Not sure if it's worth it to go wading through a bunch of primordial ooze. Let's further analyze the unobtanium on Hermes.

    When you say advanced life, how advanced?
    >> Plasma !UHUuLXLjhk 05/19/10(Wed)22:37 No.9928598
    An unobtainium. Not all unobtainium is the same. Unobtainium-Pandora is only one form of extremely valuable material. An unobtainium is just a theoretical chemical that may or may not prove incredibly valuable to humanity.

    Also, no. There is no enough room to bring portal facilities there. You can't replicate the most important parts of the facility there either - it's too complex. You'd have to spend years constructing it from the raw materials present on that planet, with that workforce. It'd take a stupidly long time.

    Also, don't worry. Your freighters also come with shuttles for transport purposes.
    >> Plasma !UHUuLXLjhk 05/19/10(Wed)22:41 No.9928675
    About as developed as Pandora and Earth.

    Anyway, I guess you guys are loading up with all of the standard goods and equal parts mooks and scientists (hey, someone needs to do the labour and less important jobs).

    Anything else you wish to do at the moment or just continue as planned and send the freighters on their way?
    >> Anonymous 05/19/10(Wed)22:42 No.9928694
    Well then, we're going to need a dedicated transport for portal facilities, or a method to build them extremely rapidly.
    >> Anonymous 05/19/10(Wed)22:42 No.9928704
    I vote we ship a science team to Hermes, to further analyze the unobtanium there.

    Not sure what to do about first contact with an advanced race, though.
    >> Anonymous 05/19/10(Wed)22:44 No.9928732
    Wait. Put some of those seats on the market, and see if we can get any bites. I'm sure other corps and certain universities would like to get a chance to put a man of their own in Alpha C.
    >> In Class 05/19/10(Wed)22:44 No.9928733
    Lets go ahead and send our colonyship to Hermes, and lets lease the other freighters out to other companies for exorbitant fees.

    How much would it be to expand our orbital drydock? Is it the only drydock in existence?

    Start building three more freighters and one more colonyship. This colony-ship should be equipped to be able travel to Erdani. One-shot, with the ability to land.
    >> Anonymous 05/19/10(Wed)22:46 No.9928762
    Build two more freighters, cargo-pattern, and one designed to transport one portal-ground and one portal-orbital.

    Are there any space colonies at the lagrange points back home? If so, perhaps we should consider linking them via portal as well.
    >> Plasma !UHUuLXLjhk 05/19/10(Wed)22:51 No.9928857
    Hermes is lifeless and barren.
    It's Ares that has the lifeforms.
    Researching "Portable Portal Facility". Will be researched once "Interplanetary Portals" is complete by 2134.
    The research you've just ordered should be complete by 2142.

    - ISV Skidbladnir to Hermes. Will arrive at 2133.
    - Selling the other two freighters to the highest bidder.
    - Two freighters ($60 billion each) and one Eridani colony ($122 billion). Freighters will be complete at 2130. Colony will be complete by 2133.

    >> Plasma !UHUuLXLjhk 05/19/10(Wed)22:52 No.9928870
    And by sell I mean rent, d'oh.
    >> Anonymous 05/19/10(Wed)22:53 No.9928876
    Oh I got that it was Ares with the ET life. Just simply stating I don't know if we should attempt contact with them or not.
    >> Anonymous 05/19/10(Wed)22:54 No.9928891
    I guess, but if there are space colonies in Earth orbit, link em' up.
    >> In Class 05/19/10(Wed)22:54 No.9928906
    Don't care if its barren and lifeless, prefer it that way so that nothing can get in the way of a mining colony for its resident unobtanium. Don't want to fuck with no advanced cultures, lets let the other megacorps hash that shit out.

    What will we get for leasing out our freighters? Should we create a new sub-company that deals with intergalactic freight, some sort of planetary express?
    >> Anonymous 05/19/10(Wed)22:56 No.9928925
    >some sort of planetary express

    Saw what you did there.
    >> In Class 05/19/10(Wed)22:56 No.9928935
    Go ahead with the timeskip.

    Has the Erdani probe seen anything interesting on its trip out yet?

    Whats going on in Earth-politics?

    How are the other companies dealing with the Na'vi?
    >> Plasma !UHUuLXLjhk 05/19/10(Wed)22:58 No.9928966

    Oh, and by the way, RDA offers to rent your freighters for, say, $100 billion each. Do you accept?
    >> In Class 05/19/10(Wed)23:00 No.9929011
    100 billion? What are the terms of the lease? 10 years? 100 years?

    Thats like, a 40 billion profit or so, which I'm cool with. Just want details.
    >> Anonymous 05/19/10(Wed)23:01 No.9929025
    $100 billion each, per trip. After, of course, they've unloaded what we bring to the system.
    >> Anonymous 05/19/10(Wed)23:02 No.9929045
    Yeah, what are the terms of the lease? As long as they only pass into RDA's control once our stuff's been dropped off, I'm cool with it. Probably.
    >> Plasma !UHUuLXLjhk 05/19/10(Wed)23:04 No.9929081
    $100 billion, 50 year lease. Immediate use.
    Most companies are declaring the Na'vi an amazing phenomenon.
    RDA is trying to interact with them.
    The Tyrell Corporation is manufacturing perfectly replicas of Pandoran wildlife to sell for millions, including intelligent replicas of the Na'vi themselves - althoug they speak and act nothing like them.

    Nothing interesting global politics. The U.S.A. continues its war in South America, while China and India bicker and argue over insignificant things. Nothing major.

    Eridani probe has not arrived yet.
    >> In Class 05/19/10(Wed)23:07 No.9929138
    How long does it take for a round-trip to Alpha Centauri? Like, 20 years?
    >> Plasma !UHUuLXLjhk 05/19/10(Wed)23:08 No.9929162
    At 0.75c, 6 years. Coming back, that's another 6 years.
    >> Anonymous 05/19/10(Wed)23:11 No.9929213
    Labyrinth Polymorph.

    Corporate image: a circular minos labyrinth with an infinity sign made of two eyes at its center. Eyes clearly not human.
    >> In Class 05/19/10(Wed)23:11 No.9929223
    Hm, I think we need to negotiate this on a per-trip basis. They also need to give us a 75 billion deposit for insurance purposes. They will be using only Aperture Applied Sciences crewmembers, hired only from us for a nominal fee for, lets say 2 billion a trip.

    Should I roll for success of negotiation, or does this seem reasonable enough?
    >> Anonymous 05/19/10(Wed)23:13 No.9929258
    >Morgan Industries

    >> Anonymous 05/19/10(Wed)23:14 No.9929289
    Well, that is the system we're dealing with right now.
    >> In Class 05/19/10(Wed)23:15 No.9929299
    Offer RDA 32 billion per trip per ship with crew included.

    Crew will also secretly send regular reports to us along with RDA.
    >> Plasma !UHUuLXLjhk 05/19/10(Wed)23:27 No.9929491
    No, it's acceptable. They're put in use immediately. You get $150 billion plus $4 billion and they go off to Pandora, to arrive in 2133. You'll get updates on the situation upon arrival.

    Year 2128:
    Pentex launches another probe. Destination unknown.
    $41 billion earned.

    Year 2129:
    Morgan Industries probe arrives on one of the four habitable moons. No questions are answered.
    Morgan Industries CEO along with several other important individuals board a starship that departs for this planet, named Chiron.
    MNU vessel leaves your construction yard, completed. It hovers in orbit.
    $48 billion is earned.

    Year 2130:
    Two freighters are constructed and are deployed in space. RDA wishes to lease them too.
    An early breakthrough has been made! Interplanetary portals are now possible. Your science team are bros. They start immediate work on portable portal facilities
    You recieve $3 billion.
    Your orbital portal facility descends from orbit and lands in Texas. The state is devastated by the impact. Casualties are at least 1.2 million.
    Explanations are demanded and portals are denounced as a dangerous use of technology. Pentex advocates its Umbral technology as a safe alternative whie RDA uses the opportunity to show off what the Unobtanium-Pandora will do for its global maglev network. Still, fingers are pointed at you. They want answers. Right fucking now.
    You make $3 billion. Portal uses are at an all-time low.

    You currently have $409 billion.
    You have three free construction yards. You're currently researching portable portal facilities. Should be finished by 2138.
    >> Anonymous 05/19/10(Wed)23:31 No.9929545
    Quick! Claim it was a sabotage from a rival corporation!
    >> Anonymous 05/19/10(Wed)23:32 No.9929556
    Investigate the fuck out of what went wrong. More than everyone else, we need answers.
    Our Portal technology is safe; there should have been no way for the facility, with its geosynchronous orbit, to crash like that.
    I suggest budgeting up to 50 billion to get some answers. This smells like industrial sabotage.
    >> Anonymous 05/19/10(Wed)23:33 No.9929579
    >> Anonymous 05/19/10(Wed)23:33 No.9929581
    >They want answers

    So do we. Rebuild the facility, with motherfucking extra safeguards. Find out how this happened, and why the colony drop wasn't intercepted. As soon as someone on our end or in the government noticed a fuckhuge piece of high technology transferring to a rapidly decaying orbit, things should have happened. Nuclear things, if necessary.

    What the hell, man.
    >> Anonymous 05/19/10(Wed)23:34 No.9929593
    >> noko In Class 05/19/10(Wed)23:36 No.9929622
    Start investigations into what caused the problem. Begin PR campaign to blame it on South American Ecoterrorist/Extremists. Fabricate evidence.

    Get the US Military's help with cover-up, in return for some very limited hard to reverse engineer portal tech, like a gun that turns people inside-out or something. Psychological warfare at its best.

    Build two cargoships, and one military-class ship with additional armor and armaments. This ship will be sent to the planet with the sentients or sold flat-out to the highest bidder.

    Send one of the cargoships loaded with resupply goods to Hermes with some goods to trade with the installation on Hermes. Lease the other cargoship to the megacorp.
    >> Anonymous 05/19/10(Wed)23:39 No.9929673
    I suggest making 1 more ship of the class as the ISV Skidbladnir. Since we're already sending one ship with our own people on it, we can sell seats on this second cryo-ship to interested parties, such as universities and second-tier corps that couldn't afford their own space programs (with a rider in the contract requiring that they share any interesting research data with us first, of course). I also suggest changing one of the freighters into a heavy cargo lifter meant for the Sol-Alpha Centauri run, with the cargo capacity increased by 300 tons from our previous freighters. The first cargo run could contain the equipment needed to create a space station for the Alpha Centauri system. Eventually, we could install our Portable Portal technology (once finished) on it, and charge the other megacorps to use the station's facilities.
    The military ship can be built as mentioned.
    >> Anonymous 05/19/10(Wed)23:40 No.9929685
    If we are at fault, it could take portal tech years to recover from the bad PR, and that means lots of lost profits. We have to prevent this, by finding out who cause the orbital to fall, and unveiling that to the world.

    Just look at nuclear reactors. What if the commies had been able to prove, beyond a doubt, that it was American sabotage that caused the Chernobyl incident? What if they had been able to prove that every single step in the chain had American fingerprints on it? That the reactor design was completely safe?

    If there's a problem on our end, we will fix it. The rest is PR.
    >> Plasma !UHUuLXLjhk 05/19/10(Wed)23:41 No.9929694
    Facility exploded upon use by a Pentex vessel. Was in the right position in orbit to have it land right in Texas. The $3 billion came from their bank account.

    If you point fingers at them, they annouce that they have only begun long-range uses of this "Umbral" technology due to the failure of portal technologies. There is no evidence that they have done anything wrong (they're right - there is none, as far as you can see. the station exploded immediately after the ship was half way through the portal) - if there was any screw up, it was with your system. It's a miracle someone else outside of the incident hasn't been injured already.

    Except, others have already been. Suddenly, the media is popping up with hundreds of burn victims who have "been refused by hospitals on STFU's payroll after recieving portal burns".

    Your PR is falling and fast. Several people are demanding an outright ban of portal technology due to the dangers.

    What do you wish to do to find the answers?
    >> In Class 05/19/10(Wed)23:43 No.9929733
    I agree with supercargoship idea, but I think we need to maintain control of this ship. No selling or leasing of it, even though it will carry other megacorps cargo.
    >> Anonymous 05/19/10(Wed)23:44 No.9929741
    Portal Burns? PORTAL BURNS?

    >> Anonymous 05/19/10(Wed)23:45 No.9929762
    A terrorist organisation has stolen advanced technology and taken control of all facilities on Titan. You must head up a special task force with assets drawn from the major corporations. Retake Titan, secure the facilities and recapture the stolen tech before the terrorists learn how to use it.
    >> Plasma !UHUuLXLjhk 05/19/10(Wed)23:46 No.9929765
    Portal burns.

    And the general public is eating it up in spoonfuls.
    >> Anonymous 05/19/10(Wed)23:46 No.9929772
    Spend money. Hire hackers. Find out who did this. Find out who's got the media in their pocket. We've made a lot of enemies with this portal shit, and it's time to find out who gets the grand prize.
    >> Anonymous 05/19/10(Wed)23:47 No.9929783
    Tell me portal burns aren't possible. Tell me we can prove they aren't possible.

    Then we start suing people.
    >> Anonymous 05/19/10(Wed)23:48 No.9929803
    We need to find out if any of these claims of 'portal burns' are true. If people in R&D, or Hell, someone else on the Board, had been hiding this, we need to out them now and distance ourselves as much as possible.
    As much as I hate to do it, we may have to put the entire Portable Portal project on hold. We may lose a year or two, but given the alternatives, I think we need to put massive amounts of R&D into rechecking our Portal technology. And even further, and I know I'll get flak from the shareholders on this, open up our facilities to government and third-party investigators.
    If we don't, and Portal technology doesn't recover from this PR nightmare, it'll be worthless anyway.
    >> Plasma !UHUuLXLjhk 05/19/10(Wed)23:48 No.9929805
    How much are willing to spend on this?

    >> Anonymous 05/19/10(Wed)23:49 No.9929827
    Given how our entire strategy hinged upon the successful deployment and adoption of Portal technology, I suggest 150 billion. Anything more and we'd be ruined anyway.
    >> In Class 05/19/10(Wed)23:50 No.9929850
    We need to hack into Pentex's mainframe and find out what happened privately, while publicly blaming South American Extremists. Someone's fucking with us though. Find everyone they took pictures of being denied treatment and give them Giant Checks for Lots of Money to Feel Better. Like, the giant novelty checks. Then give them free rides to the new colonies. Mandatory.

    Need more background on this umbral tecnology in regards to the incident. Was the Pentex vessel equipped with these technology?
    >> Anonymous 05/19/10(Wed)23:52 No.9929879
    No. Hell no. We aren't giving those people one fucking cent until we find out who they are and how they really got the burns. DIG. DIG HARD.
    >> Anonymous 05/19/10(Wed)23:53 No.9929899
    We ship kilofucktons of freight from and to orbit every day, and Pentex expects us to believe that our portal setup just *happened* to go kablooie as their ship was passing through. Uh-huh.

    Information warfare, first. Try to hack into Pentex's systems. And by "hack into" I don't necessarily so much mean "exploit software security holes" so much as "acquire the assistance of one or more disgruntled employees in the IT department". A lousy one billion should set up at least ten whistleblowers for life.

    The word "whistleblowers" in the above sentence may or may not need scare quotes.

    (What we're *really* looking for is knowledge, though: what was on that vessel that made the portal facility go kaboom? It may have been ordinary explosives, or it may have been prototype Umbral tech interacting with the portal like a portable hole and a bag of holding.)
    >> Plasma !UHUuLXLjhk 05/19/10(Wed)23:54 No.9929910
    $150b. Also using every single resource you have available to find out as much as possible.


    >> In Class 05/19/10(Wed)23:56 No.9929950
    Publicly give them giant novelty checks, then ship them to the colonies. If they are employees, they won't have a choice. If they aren't, they fuck 'em, how the hell did they get portal burns?

    We do need to publicly pay out the asshole for the damage done by the crash-landing though. Above and beyond what it costs.

    Our company HAS to have emergency funds or insurance for this kind of thing so that we don't have to foot it all.

    We DID buy insurance, right?
    >> Anonymous 05/19/10(Wed)23:57 No.9929964
    rolled 19 = 19

    Here goes everything. Hopefully we get a fuckawesome bonus to the roll for the resource expenditure.
    >> Anonymous 05/19/10(Wed)23:57 No.9929966
    rolled 26 = 26

    >> Anonymous 05/19/10(Wed)23:57 No.9929975
    rolled 62 = 62

    Fuck them, mine counts
    >> Anonymous 05/19/10(Wed)23:58 No.9929986
    rolled 54 = 54

    >> dice+1d100 In Class 05/19/10(Wed)23:58 No.9929991
    >> Anonymous 05/19/10(Wed)23:58 No.9929995
    Are we going for high rolls, or low?
    >> Anonymous 05/19/10(Wed)23:58 No.9930001
    rolled 53 = 53

    ... *and* hopefully it's a roll-under system.
    >> Anonymous 05/19/10(Wed)23:58 No.9930003
    I say low, and count the 19
    >> Anonymous 05/19/10(Wed)23:58 No.9930004
    rolled 6 = 6

    >> fuck I'm dumb In Class 05/19/10(Wed)23:59 No.9930005
    rolled 25 = 25

    so dumb >_<
    >> Plasma !UHUuLXLjhk 05/19/10(Wed)23:59 No.9930011
    Going to make a new thread with the update, since this has just gone into autosage.

    Feel free to archive this with whatever name you like.
    >> Anonymous 05/20/10(Thu)00:02 No.9930061
    >> Anonymous 05/20/10(Thu)00:03 No.9930078
    >> Anonymous 05/20/10(Thu)00:07 No.9930146
    Link to the new thread?
    >> In Class 05/20/10(Thu)00:12 No.9930244
    Thread is archived. http://suptg.thisisnotatrueending.com/archive/9922001/

    Who has link to new thread? Haven't seen it yet.
    >> Anonymous 05/20/10(Thu)00:14 No.9930270
    Obviously, the roll was so bad that writing out our enormous failures takes up a lot of time.

    The link to the new thread will be posted just before this.
    >> Plasma !UHUuLXLjhk 05/20/10(Thu)00:29 No.9930555
    Sorry for the delay, folks. There it is.

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