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The Starcaster Chronicles 06.24

July 9, 2018 by Tim


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Nick
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Nick

Ooh, yay a space battle! And are heroes are right in the midd-… oh. Cort, you now have many more problems than two seconds ago.

Vicente
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Vicente

But Cort has a Starcart, I think he has the “Biggest Weapon” right of way

Caleb
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Caleb

He doesn’t know how to use it though, and according to Nyrah he’s in no condition to try anyway… Also using it while on his ship will very quickly ruin said ship if last time is any indication

Vicente
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Vicente

Starcaster, damn autocorrector

foducool
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foducool

lol that’s one good autocowreck

foducool
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foducool

ah, good call

Lauren
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Lauren

This is gettin’ goooood!

BakaGrappler
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BakaGrappler

Like I’ve been saying, this commander is a bloody minded warrior. He’s going to worst case scenario and he’s right on the money this time. Even a broken clock is right twice a day. Hit the command ship, the biggest threat first, then clean up the rest when they’re disordered and afraid. That’s the theory, anyway. Putting theory into practice is where every battle is lost, though. But I love this page. So much is happening, and all of it is relevant. Say Tim, if you’re going to do fleet battles, may I suggest listening to the Patric O’Brian books… Read more »

BakaGrappler
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BakaGrappler

Say Tim, I just noticed that Green Jeans doesn’t have a visible nose. Are his species mouth breathers, or do they have another method? And can they tell when someone ripped one in the elevator?

The Schaef
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The Schaef

If you’re going to do that, then your go-to series is The Lost Fleet, by Jack Campbell. He thinks through his battles in three-dimensional space and accounts for inertia and even engagement at near-relativistic speeds, though this web series seems to be more of the Star Wars / Trek bent, and having ships engage at “cinematic” speeds and distances.

Vicente Sampedro Burgos
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Vicente Sampedro Burgos

I prefer the David Weber Honorverse and how it takes into account relativity and gravity interactions.
Also, Odysseus Rising from Evan Currie treats space battle like big submarine battles, where hiding from the enemy and overpowering surprise attacks are the norm.

Him.
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Him.

Thing about SPACE FIGHTS is that most of them involve being out in the open. Unless they are in an asteroid field, there aren’t nearly as many ways to perform sneak attacks.
Granted there is a stealth aspect but it isn’t nearly as explicit or feasible as many other forms of warfare.

Martin
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Martin

I find it hard to believe that the Grin takes the effort to hardwire the engine control (as he is apparently aware of that this can be controlled remotely) yet seems to be surprised when his weapon systems require authorisation / are taken over by the feds at a crucial moment. Seems like a rookie mistake to me..

Brent
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Brent

I don’t think he’s surprised so much as frustrated that (a) they were able to and have turned off the guns, and (b) he’s meters away from killing Cort, yet can’t trigger the weapons to make it happen.

foducool
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foducool

when everything else fails, just crash on target

Tumbleweed
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Tumbleweed

Ramming Speeed!

Brent
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Brent

And so, every decision made comes together in one great and glorious opera of a space battle. The result?

We fucked.

MightyThor34
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MightyThor34

Honestly, the space battle was all going to happen anyway, the situation Cort is in would be slightly different if we had run directly or switched who went to the controls, but overall we still would have been here at the end of the day.

BakaGrappler
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BakaGrappler

Except the space station would still have external shields online if we hadn’t sabotaged the station to cause some chaos.

MightyThor34
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MightyThor34

And we would have had to deal with 20 guards chasing us to the ship rather than 1

Tim van der Meij
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Tim van der Meij

This would be a FANTASTIC time to know the dimensions of the Aphelion compared to most pirate craft!

Him.
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Him.

Um
2

foducool
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foducool

“two what?”
“um, speed”

Somewhere
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Somewhere

Speed Fahrenheit or speed Celsius?

Caleb
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Caleb

I think considering it’s a run down junk ship used mostly for smuggling and other minor things, not meant for combat in the first place, and probably sorely in need of repairs considering how poor Cort is… we can safely assume that any space battle is not going to be in Cort’s favor unless Speck can out-pilot them. Which he probably can… in a 1v1 or 2v1… but in a battle royale with warships and stuff? No way

Melkior
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Melkior

Looks like I’ve called it so far. Now I wonder if the rest will be similarly true. Possibly not, but the next few strips should tell. 🙂

Looks like no-nose at least has the sense to recognise an attack when he sees one, even if his judgement in other matters is questionable.

I wonder if he’s going to survive to be court-martialed for disobeying orders?

Helldemon
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Helldemon

Or cort will escape then the bad guys will go after him and no-nose will survive and say cort brought his buddies and killed lots of people escaping lol.

Hans Kokx
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Hans Kokx

“once we’re gear up”…? Tim? You ok?

The Legacy
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The Legacy

Gear Up, is an appropriate term for raising landing gear, even in aviation. Wheels up is less common, whereas gear-up is the standard term. I assume the main reason for this, is because some aircraft use skis or floats, instead of Wheels, depending on the surface where the plane is landing. For spacecrafts, they likely have magnetic skids, wheels, or both, depending on the role of the spacecraft.

Execuris
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Execuris

We say “gear-up” in the aviation industry. I suppose it makes sense that you didn’t understand, though; I probably wouldn’t have made sense of the words 20 years ago, either. Certain phrases just look silly without understanding the context, but in this case it is certainly correct. 🙂

Bob
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Bob

Why do people keep designing spaceships with underbellies? It doesn’t need to float!

Somewhere
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Somewhere

Because maybe even if most of us want to fly in compact, useful ships, MAYBE some of us want to fly in a giant Dragon-whale thing, and MAYBE some of us think that we should do that, not because it makes sense, but because in our hearts it feels RIGHT!

DemonCooler
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DemonCooler

Screw that I wanna be the sea urchin of outer space. Guns in ALL directions baby! XD

James Rye
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James Rye

Alright, looks like it is time for tango in space with explosions!

martin
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martin

another week with no ctrl-alt-del… at least not good one.. hope this is soon over

Ian H.
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Auto-playing Snapple with Vodka video ad… bah!

Tumbleweed
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Tumbleweed

Please enter authorization code to override.
# 1234
Code Accepted.
Weapon Systems Reactivating…

Somewhere
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Somewhere

Suitcase override activated.

Brent
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Brent

God, I love Mel Brooks….

Acher4
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Acher4

This page seems awesome.
Full of action, suspense and a bit of humor with that second panel lol.