Previous Episodes: http://suptg.thisisnotatrueending.com/archive.html?tags=Skyship%20Crutch4Captain's Log.Stardate: Out of time.The nebula has not been kind, and with the unprepared state our ship is in, this may be my last log. I hope somebody's been receiving these. I was told writing these on paper and tossing them out the airlock was a bad way to tell our tale, but it works in the movies. I am Tom Hinderson, captain of the Skyship Crutch4, Federation captain. We carry with us a dossier with information on the Rebel's Flagship; the key to their military strategy. If we can get this to Federation Command, we'll win this war. If not, I we won't live to see if we win or lose, because the only way this stack of papers is leaving this ship is when it's extracted from my bowels, because presumably I'll eat them in front my killer just to spite him.
The ship has been handling well, until we began reaching the more advanced, more densely-populated sectors of space we're entering now. In this quarter, a great Nebula controlled by the Slug trade empire, we were blown to the brink of death. Our shield manager and Zoltan envoy, Hippy McHippy, was killed in a fistfight with pirates while trying desperately to put out fires onboard. Morale is low, supplies are running short, and we have next-to-no scrap to upgrade or repair the ship. The remaining crew includes the Buy-One-Get-One droids that came with this ship, Dr. Mr. Derek, former prostitute and current heavily-armed Slugman, and Nikolai, Engi Engineer. We'll have to hope our shields can last whatever barrages are thrown at us, and that our weaponry will be able to pierce the hulls of the surely well equipped ships we'll come across.
As we near Federation Command, the zones tend to become more populated, if not always more civilized. Sitting in the Long-Range Jump Ring, we can reach two sectors; the Engi homeworlds, and the Mantis homeworlds. It's clear now why these two civilizations have always been at war; they're fucking neighbors. Who was stupid enough to not, say, move? I thought these Engi guys were supposed to be smart.
>>36454899Engi worlds should be marginally less killy.
>>36454899Mantis sounds deadly. lets NOT go there
We pick the safer route, and head to the Engi homeworlds. We're piloting an Engi ship, and we have an Engi Engineer. Maybe we'll be treated with a bit of kindness for once!Or maybe Nikolai can just say hey to his mother-factory, who knows. We have an array of options to choose from, and, we're receiving a faint distress signal from the SpaceSoutheast!
>>36455154Well, it did say "friendly space" so we could help... Then again, Engis with Engine trouble is kinda farfetched... I say go SpaceSoutheast
We head to the SpaceSoutheastern beacon, wary for traps. And... it's not! It's actually a Mantis ship, out of fuel and food. We share with them what little we can spare, and they proclaim shock that anyone with an Engi crew would assist them. In the Mantis homeworlds, they're told that Engi are remorseless, thoughtless machines who only kill out of spite. They promise to head to the Mantis homeworlds, and spread the word that they'd been misled by their government! This war will end, and it's all thanks to us! As we wave them away, they're blown the fuck up by a pirate ship just jumping in.EVERY time.
>>36455332Avenge our fallen friends/emmisaries, so full power to the weapons
>>36455332They killed those fairly nice mantises........ Those bastards! kill them all!
GOD FUCKING DAMMIT I WAS GOING TO GO TO SLEEP YOU RAT BASTARD! Also, can you get a twitter or set up an email list so I know when you're gonna play?
We power up the weapons, and charge the shields! But a victory against a well-armed target will require much more that just firing away wildly. We have to pick and choose our shots, take stock of our situation, balance out power for accuracy, speed for defense! And all that nonsense. So, we obviously must kill them, but /how/ do we kill them?We're equipped with an upgraded Ion Blaster, capable of temporarily stunning a system, de-powering it. This attack stacks with itself, multiple shots means more time disabled. We have a Hull Laser, which is exactly what it sounds like, and a Flak Cannon, which fires out trash to batter the enemy. Derek, being a telekinetic Slugman, can also temporarily mind-control an enemy every once in a while, even across the void of space!The enemy appears to have a fuckhuge missile, some kind of beam weapon, and an itty-bitty laser machine gun. And some kind of hacking thing, which is flying right towards us.
>>36455512Sleep is for the weak you pussy. Tell him we're on an important mission, Cap'n
>>36455538Flak shields, ion weapons once the shields ar down laser everything else. Cut Med bay and use the combat drone as well.
>>36455538Mindcontrol the zoltan, Launch anti drone drone, Ion on shields then flak on weapons. one flak has hit, fire the lazers.
>>36455639*Once flak has hit, fire the lasers on shields
We begin to charge the weapons, but suddenly, a loud burst of static comes from the Weapon Control Bay! Nothing can be made out through the fired mic and speaker, but it's clear what's happened; the weapons have been hacked, and are powering down! And one of the Droids is trapped inside!Fuck!I have no idea how to deal with this!
>>36455694Just going to have to wait the hack out.
>>36455694Focus on evasion and shields, wait it out. MAybe mind control the crew?
>>36455752We already pinged the zoltan.
There's a brief break in power flow to the hacking bot; perhaps they were shuffling more energy to the engines, or something. Whatever caused it, it's more than enough time to charge and fire a few volleys; first into the hacking device itself, and then, right up their ship's ass. Derek mind controls their Zoltan captain, and forces him to bomb his own quarters, using his own energy-driven body as the ignition source.Their remaining crewmember comes on-screen, bleeding badly. He begs for mercy.
>>36455834We will not accept surrender. try to kill him and keep the ship intact.Also let him know that they killed people who could have ended the mantis/Engi wars.
>>36455834Hacking is worse than murder. Our collective browser histories are now know to that survivor. You know we can't let him live, lest it comes out that Big Boned Boning Burly Brawlers 8 has been watched 9834 times by the crew.
>>36455949Together, of course.
>>36455970That goes without saying, all those near death experiences cause some serious male/robot/engi/slug bonding
We try to simply kill the remaining crewmember; Derek even mind-controls him, hoping we could drive him to suicide. And we do, in a way; rather than blasting his own head off, he chooses to destroy the apparently-weakened cockpit, and the rest of the ship by extension.We make sure to run a magnet over their ship's hard drives.No reason.At all.
Again, a smorgasbord of choices. Where to next?
>>36456141Space west So about the twitter...
>>36456141Where does SpaceNorth lead?
>>36456141SpaceNorth. More choice
SpaceNorth looks like this!>>36456158Nah.
We head SpaceNorth, where the cold space-winds blow!We warp in, only to find a pirate ship, weapons warm and humming! "Ha ha! I am the dread pirate Tucor! Fear my mighty might, my awesome awe, my deadly death-dealing dashing good looks!"The last time we found a pirate this annoying was in the Mantis hunting grounds, way back in Sector Two.
>>36456254Mind control the zoltan, disable hacking then weapons. Combat drone launch. Ion on shield, flak and hull on weapons.
We send like, one volley at them, and they immediately curl up in the fetal position, according to the scanners. They contact us hastily. "Shit, I'm sorry, man! I didn't know you'd shoot at us! This was my first time pirating, I was just copying what I saw on The Misadventures of Cpt. Hendershin and his Crew last night, I'm so sorry man!"Hinderson is inclined to let them go, but, they did hack our engine. So now they know exactly what Nikolai has been doing to the engine in the dead of night.It may be kinder to kill them.
>>36456427Exactly what HAS Nikolai been doing to the engines?
>>36456427Let them livegive them a slap on the wrist and an autograph
>>36456427Kinda need some fuel so I guess we can take it.
>>36456427Let them SUFFER... by living.
We let them go. As we do minor repair jobs and the engine finishes cooling, we hear manic, incoherent screams coming from where their ship was last seen.The comms system is off.>>36456455We don't know exactly what, but he says he's hidden it for our own good, the doors are locked between 4 and 6 SpaceAM every day, and the place always smells like cinnamon and calamari.
>>36456580>Cinnamon and calamari.this is my fetish. And so is Space north!
>>36456580Space south-southwest. We can swing around.
>>36456664Space west-southwest, I mean.
We head further into the cold ravages of SpaceNorth!We find an Engi fleet, and each ship is furiously bother the others with comms chatter.Nikolai offers to step in and mediate.[I'm going to go ahead and pick the blue option, because I think those are always good.]
>>36456794blue is always good, yes.
>>36456794Ooch, right in the viewport!
>>36456822This is what Nikolai's been doing in the engines.
Nikolai steps in, and asks what all the hub-ub is about. After assurances that their conversation won't be recorded and shared, they tell us that a pair of experimental Engi ships have been stolen by Mantis, wearing Rebel coats on their warships to boot! It's clear that if the Rebels can copy their tech they'll be yet another step ahead of the Federation, but the Engi lack proper battle ships to chase after them. We offer our assistance, and they tell us their last-known coordinates.
>>36456909I was expecting something else. Space west, if you please.
>>36456909East. I don't think we can do the quests but they give good rewards all the same.
>>36456909>East, it's our duty to help those in need. heh, duty.
We head SpaceEast, and find an abandoned research station orbiting a Pulsar star. We gear up to strip the place for scrap, when a small combat ship launches out the side! A pirate trap!Or, at least that's what the sensors say. Can't see anything out the windows.
>>36457087God damn it Nikolai, did you strip the transmitter to do whatever you do to the engine?
>>36457109Wait for decloak.
>>36457109Yeh...we're fucked. Launch everything and volley their guns. Mind control pilot to reduce evasion.
>>36457109Send out some drones, since we've currently got nothing better to use our power on.
The fight goes well!Until the damn star sends out an electromagnetic pulse, simultaneously blowing our weapons and shield.I notice that the GTFO button has lit up. Should we GTFO, or use Great Strategy to win this fight?
>>36457249Fuck this, lets run
>>36457249Push the button as hard as possible.
>>36457249Run. We've got no other options.
>>36457249Nope the fuck out!
We get the fuck out of there.
As the viewscreen fades into a plaid mist, we have just enough time to actually imput coordinates as to where we're fleeing to!
>>36457386Space south east past quest we are in shit shape atm.
>>36457386Hit up the quest node in space SouthWest and then bolt for the exit
We head to the Engi's coordinates, and find the Rebels outfitting their ship with... something. The ship they lost is nowhere to be seen.As soon as they spot us, they fire their weapons, and launch something that looks like molten death right at us!I don't know what that is!
>>36457508Oh, so that's what it is.Sounds fucking terrifying.
>>36457533Well we're so fucking dead now.
>>36457508Mind control captian, flak shields, ion shields, laser weapons.
>>36457508>>36457600sorry i mean flak centered on drone control.
Everybody say it with me.One,Two,Three!HOLY SHIT OH GOD
>>36457600This, but we need to get rid of the drone control as quickly as possible.
>>36457637ITS MAULING MY FACE ITS MAULING MY FAAAAAACE
>>36457637derek and droids get to medbay and shut the intruder down, power med bay on for healing. open near by doors for extra O2.
>>36457637Everyone run away until mind control is active. Use it to disable the intruder.
>>36457752You make me sick.
>>36457774it's a drone that will not work.
We send in our crack team of punch-happy scrappies, and they manage to bring the hulking drone down before it can do substantial damage! Shortly afterwards, a volley of shots hit all at once, crippling their ship! Or, damaging it slightly.They seem to mistake this insane luck for skill, and hail us, saying they'd rather not die for petty info.
They say they don't know where the ships actually went or what the had on them, but he does know where they were supposed to meet. He gives us another marker on our map, and jumps away.It's quite a distance away, and the rebels are gaining fast. Can we go for it?
>>36457863We can make it!
>>36457863Sure, why not.
>>36457863Yes we might hit a shop up while we're at it.
hi i made you a shitty fanart
>>36457863Can we reach it directly from SpaceSouthwest?
We leap towards the new coordinates. (And will continue to do so as best as I think we can, if that's alright with you folks.) As we travel, we find an Engi civvie ship! Who them immediately open their cargo holds to us out of pants-shitting fear.Serves them right, or educate them?>>36457933Best anon in the thread right here.Except for all the rest who are equally good.
>>36457985Explain that we're friendly. The Engi are buddies with the Federation, so there's no need to be rough with them.
>>36458019Theyll either give us their cash anyway or fuck off.
>>36457985Accept the offer. We need suplies and better those supplies go to us then the rebel scum behind us.
We explain how we're DARING FEDERATION CAPTAINS on an IMPORTANT MISSION.One of their lady-bots faints in astonishment, and clutches her robo-pearls.They hand off their equipment, saying that they'd rather the federation have it than the dirty rebel scum. Next jump!
>>36458075I think this might be a good time to upgrade something.
>>36458113>>36458152We can't do that. We need to reach a shop to patch up the holes in our hull with scrap.
We reach the coordinates the rebel scouter gave us! There's a massive, cargo-ship sized mothership flying, no doubt with the stolen ships inside, flanked by a battalion of Mantis bombers. We reconsider fighting twenty ships at once, but suddenly, a bunch of Engi ships (With pirate markings, they quickly hail us and tell us it's to make the Engi nation not look any worse) port in, and begin to wage war on the Mantis! With a fleet at our backs, we charge in!There will be no fleeing from this fight, it's do or die time!>>36458113>>36458152We can't! We don't have the equipment for on-the-fly repairs, we'd need a designated shipshop, of which there appear to be NONE in this sector!
>>36458170they mean the drone control
>>36458179TAKE OUT WEAPONS!
>>36458179Focus our weapons on their weapons.Send out an attack drone. Don't bother with the defense drone, they've got no drones of their own.Keep mind control on standby for when they use those boarding teleporters.
We focus all fire on their weapon systems, and unleash the drone. The crew knows their lives are on the line, and work as best they are physically capable. Our shields take their Ion blasts, keeping the important components safe. When they board us, and of course they did, Derek is ready to manipulate one into attacking the other, both distracted as air floods out of the room. They suffocate and die in minutes. As C3P3 works away in the weapons bay, he does exactly as programmed; aim, fire, reload, breath, aim, fire, reload. Over and over, and few shots miss thanks to his careful aim. But their shields are too powerful, and their weapons have some kind of heavy armor; they just refuse to go down, no matter how many shots are pumped into them. Their small missile pod fires, and hits; a direct shot to the cargo bay. No systems damaged, but the already-weakened hull lets out an audible groan, stressed beyond specifications and then some. Noone loses focus; they can't afford to. Shot after shot from the flak cannon goes out, and finally, their weaponry comes down, just a little!Just enough to depower their Ion cannon, leaving their missiles up and running.Their large and small pods fire on tandem, and the shots converge on the helm. They have impeccable aim.
>>36458385Fucking dropped! great going guys, why to fuck up. I'm just kidding, I had a great time and I look forward to the restart!
Captain Hinderson is immediately torn from the Captain's Chair, flung out the hole made in the hull by explosive decompression. Luckily, he does not strike anything on the way out; it's a clean toss. He's fine, except for being in the Void with no suit.He watches the battle rage as his vision darkens. The Engi ships were unprepared for this battle; they're going down one by one. Missile after missile comes from the Bombers, penetrating any defenses held, destroying the allied ships. The Engi, and by extension the Federation, will lose this fight.It takes about thirty seconds to die, exposed to the Void without a suit.And during those thirty seconds, Hinderson's oxygen-deprived mind can only contain one coherent thought.
>>36458460One coherent thought, "Better luck next time."
>>36458460>can only contain one coherent thought.Well?
So, can we do ship pick and names for next time?
>>36458521We'll miss you, Dr. Mr. Derek.
Cpt Hinderson went on the be incorrectly memorialized in the now-popular cartoon dramadey "Misadventures of Cpt Hendershin."Nikolai, and his beloved engine, were never recovered. The gunner in charge of firing on The Crutch4 was put on medical leave, for "Mental trauma."The Droids were eventually picked up by the Rebels, after they won the battle. They were scrapped and turned into attack drones.Dr. Mr. Derek was a man of many hats, but he did not have a space helmet. He suffocated in space, and was eventually cremated and set to drift in the nebula of the Slug homeworlds.Hippy McHippy wasn't important.Thanks for playing, everyone! This has been really, really fun, actually. More so than I anticipated. I'll certainly be doing this again, at some point, later. But the biggest problem with doing this is that FTL doesn't have multiple save slots, so I couldn't play while this went on. And I'm a greedy bastard, and I love this game, so I'll be playing this.I will return! Probably with Captain's Edition!But, again, thank you for playing. You're all lovely people.Questions? Comments? Concerns?
>>36458595I'm kinda disappointed that I didn't get a good chance to post this picture.http://www.hentai-foundry.com/pictures/user/ImpyHero/272905/FTL---Mantis-BoarderWe even had the right crew arrangement and everything! Too bad I didn't get a chance when we were attacked by a Mantis boarding party.
>>36458656Get out of here with that, dude. That's not even sexy to anyone with whatever combination of fetishes you'd need to think that's sexy.
>>36458646You're a cool guy Cap'n. Thanks for doing these threads. Don't get burned out on the game before you come back, y'know?
>>36458646Found this on steam forumC:\Users\[name]\Documents\My Games\FasterThanLightYou can copy your continue.sav and change its name to something else, then change it back to continue.sav when you want to use it again. It's a bit of a pain to do every time, but it allows you to get around it to an extent.Bear in mind as soon as you die the current continue.sav gets deleted, just something to remember.
>>36458656/d/eviancy is cool and all, but that's just ugly.
>>36458656also that was already posted.
>>36458646So captain, what do you think about >>36458731? it'll let you play on your own time and save the /tg/ file for when you want to play with us.
>>36458646The thread is now archived.http://suptg.thisisnotatrueending.com/archive/36454859/When you start the next playthrough, how do you want me to do it? I'm thinking of marking the first thread with "Ship 2 Thread 1" and counting up from there. Does that look good to you?
>>36458870I don't /actually/ care enough to do all that, just to have two save files. Only having the /tg/ ship was a minor annoyance, but I have other games.I also don't trust myself not to fuck it up completely.>>36459021Sounds good to me!
>>36459056fair enough. I REALLY look forward to the next time you run. Hopeful I won't miss it.
>>36459078Count on it sometime late next week, same time.