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The Starcaster Chronicles 06.03

May 21, 2018 by Tim


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James Rye
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James Rye

We won’t get to decide which planet/race to genocide. Awwwwwwwwwwwwwwww~

Skyblade
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Skyblade

No offense, Tim. But this is easily my least favorite of your works. And I think it’s the decisions that do it. As we saw with the Ethan MacManus: Space Archaeologist comics, a decision can lead to a random death at any point. It makes it impossible to get invested in the story when you know that a decision made by people without information can lead to a “rocks fall, everyone dies” at every page.

Eldest Gruff
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Eldest Gruff

Skyblade, I can almost see where you’re coming from; I felt similar back when there was the Space Archaeologist series. But I mean, this is the sixth season of Starcaster. There’s been plenty of investment so far, on both the audience and on the author, and it should be clear that there’s no “rocks fall everyone dies” situation – no cheap deaths. And I feel that at this point, having the audience make some decisions can make you more invested.

Casey
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Casey

This is one of my favorite comics and I cannot wait to see where you take the story! Keep up the good work Tim. There will always be haters.

Trapsin
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This series is so good, easily one of my favorites, if not flat out favorite.

toughluck
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toughluck

I have two ideas to throw out there:
1. Wouldn’t it be a good idea to have a decision be made at such a focus change? We get to decide, the decision gets unveiled to characters at a later stage. No need for extra work to get a strip out on a specific date, right?
2. To make decisions more meaningful, how about the decisions could be like this:
Choose where Cort jumps to:
A: System about to be invaded and razed by Dranglaex
B: Another system close by
C: Another system far away
It wouldn’t reveal the plot, but would make the decision much more informed.

Steven
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Steven

It’s a great story and it’s your story. Keep up the good work.

Brent
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Brent

Aw, back with these losers? I wanted to choose planetary destruction, dammit!

Well, I can’t blame Cort for wanting to be done with Nyrah. I’m sure story won’t let that happen, but I don’t blame him either. After all, it’s been a pretty rough week or two ever since she woke up in his cargo hold. Loving this little tension/drama amidst everything else, Tim. Feels very natural, totally in character, and completely earned. Now for the real choice……what childish doodles does Cort draw on the Starcaster?

James Rye
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James Rye

Maybe we jump back to the two brothers and they are in a war room and the little brother is all “I want this race dead, no wait, those fuckers are superannoying, no wait, attacking and destroying this planet could bring out message to the entire galaxy, no no wait…” while his big bro sips alcohol and waits for the decision aka us.^^

Brent
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Brent

-If Kelias attacks the galaxy’s economic and cultural center, click here

-If Kelias attacks the galaxy’s largest military supply depot, crippling their forces in advance, click here.

-If Vectanix uses the Starcaster on Kelias to stop his whining about Starcasters, click here

James Rye
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James Rye

Pretty sure it will be 2-4 planet choices and I doubt one of them gonna be so extremely important. It will most likely be a choice between some Fed planets and planets with no affliction to the Feds. If we get one that is.^^

Wim
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Wim

I share some of the same thoughts expressed here by a couple others. It’s about 10 years ago now that Idiots in Space came out. At that time I was 12 and I loved the choose your own adventure style. But at this point, I would much more enjoy reading a fully pre-written story. You, Tim, are after all a much more experienced story teller than “Majority rules” is. However, this is just me. Maybe the majority of your audience does like this choose your own adventure style. Also, have you ever done a reader survey? Asking stuff like how… Read more »

Trapsin
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I don’t understand everyone wanting to have an arbitrary decision like what planet/race gets destroyed.

James Rye
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James Rye

Why not? it is just fun. We can decide to destroy a Cat race or a Slime race or some kind of rockmonster race or a race that belongs to the Federation or a race that is in some small alliance or a race that told the Empire to fuck off in the old days, etc, it is just fun.^^

Heldarion
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Heldarion

nice poster in the 4th frame

Talos
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Talos

Nice catch. Didn’t even notice that.
And very nice old school reference, Tim

Dan
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Dan

Looks like Ethan has been doing some push-ups, since we saw him last. Maybe steroids.

Heldarion
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Heldarion

starcaster is one helluva drug

Brent
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Brent

Cort, not Ethan.

GUIGUI
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GUIGUI

Well, I don’t know how good prosthetic/members regeneration are in this era, but she previously said amputation WAS a solution.

Eldest Gruff
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Eldest Gruff

Considering how Nyrah’s body is mechanical, I’m assuming that prosthetics are pretty good. Pretty expensive, too, and it’s not like Cort’s loaded or anything. Nyrah’s already missing an arm, and I’m sure that’s not going to be cheap to repair. I have a feeling that his attitude right now is just mostly shock. I’m pretty sure that if he could sit down and think logically about it, between choosing between being dead, having one arm, and having the Starcaster, “being dead” would be last on the list. I’ve got no idea how the Starcaster is affecting him mentally, but it… Read more »

Brent
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Brent

Not sure how much of this is mental and how much physical, but I do know that at the end of Issue 5 he was talking about being able to feel stars exploding like headaches and that being out in freezing temperatures was so hot it made his skin feel like it was melting. Safe to say that he’s a lot more resistant to temperature extremes now and that that shower was hot enough to melt glass while feeling only cool to him.

James Rye
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James Rye

Yeah, but WHO would get said starcaster. The Feds who are corrupt, the Empire who are genocidal or one of the other 2 starcaster holders? Cort might not be a perfect human being but he is also not an insane mofo who destroys entire worlds just because he can.

Eldest Gruff
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Eldest Gruff

Yet.

Yet.

James Rye
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James Rye

Maybe Cort becomes the next evil Overlord of the galaxy due our decisions. He did say something about buying a star system after they found the “map” to the Starcaster. XD

Somewhere
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Somewhere

First of all there are a lot of star systems.
Secondly, he wasn’t interested in anything much, just a little 2 planet system, maybe a few uninhabitable planets/dwarf planets for mining. Not like he was aiming to claim a sector or something.

demoncat_4
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demoncat_4

cort didn’t see that resposes coming from nylah espicaly now that their old enemies are about to say look them up should be interesting to find out what corts response to her staying with him will be

Somewhere
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Somewhere

I’m sorry, what are their old enemies saying?

Tim
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Tim

I’m really enjoying this. Getting a glimpse of what makes Cort tick when he’s not under immediate pressure to get things done is a nice change of perspective. He doesn’t want the weight of the universe on his shoulders, but he’s not averse to lending a hand here or there. Seeing the psychological effects of having a superweapon bonded to you is just icing on the cake, Tim, you’re doing a great job with this work, keep it up!

foducool
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foducool

would be funny if it could withstand the energy of a sun but would still break if wet

Brent
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Brent

Damn Acme Warrantys….they always give out when you least expect them to

Andminus
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Andminus

Yaaaah, you have cosmic power strapped to your wrist, and everyone in the universe looking for the Starcaster… you don’t get to say “I’m done with this” Cort. Classic hero journey rejection of the call.

Josfrey
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Josfrey

Yay! My favorite story and characters are back!! Can’t wait to see what will happen. 🙂

Somewhere
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Somewhere

I must say, while it isn’t immediately obvious, re reading the series made me notice something about Nyrah- She is basically a head and some internal organs, and then the robot body makes up literally everything else. This also shows an interesting anomaly; the Generic Empire of Doom could have brought her down to nothing but the vital organs in a jar- instead, they left her head and gave her a mechanical body which included limbs and, well, you know… Any explanation for why they did that? They gave her hypothetical free movement, which really doesn’t make sense given what… Read more »

Eldest Gruff
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Eldest Gruff

Well, you kind of need a head to talk. No head, no mouth, no talking. Simple, no? This is just a thought – but possibly, the prosthetics in this universe are good enough that they can reconnect nerve endings. It would make sense, seeing as Nyrah seems to be able to sense things by touch. If that’s the case, then it’s basically like you’ve tortured one body to complete uselessness, then get to start anew on a second. Or a third. Or a tenth. To be honest, this is probably the most likely answer. It’s probably not as much fun… Read more »

Him.
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Him.

I guess it also brings up fewer questions- if you are bringing along a preserved body, you can claim “oh, it’s a…friend of mine who got beaten up. We’re bringing her to her family so they can see her in case she doesn’t make it”.
With a bodiless lump of meat and some metal to keep it in…well, not everyone will believe that it’s just a mannequin

Jay
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Jay

I don’t know how the starcaster is so powerful.

I HOPE it is not like the Infinity Guantlet.

DUN LIEK!

Broken
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Broken

So selling the merc ship then what

How are they gonna go places

Selling ship+ giving girl money= Money given to girl – enough to buy a ship

(i forget their names too much…)

Steve C.
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Steve C.

Upon closer inspection, it seems that the starcaster can instantly heal a nasty bullet wound to the neck, but not replenish a missing piece of your ear, apparently.

Isaac
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Isaac

Couldn’t he cut off his arm? wouldn’t replacing it with a cybernetic hand effectively “remove” the starcaster?

drakestarkiller
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drakestarkiller

really really really loving the series keep up the good work