Free Captain’s Log #2

Free Captain’s Log (Space Date – August 24, 2198)
(Captain Athena’s Personal Log)

Writing Contest!

Have you heard the word, pirates? Snakehead’s Writing Contest is in full swing – not only that, but there’s now an early bird special as well!

They’ve pledged 1000 points for everyone who gets a submission in before September 1st – more if enough people are in by that time. I don’t know about you, but I can feel my writing fingers getting itchy just thinking about it…

Mobile Games

It’s not like racing from one end of the system to the other and blowing anything in my path up ever gets BORING, dear Journal, don’t get me wrong. But there ARE a few boring stretches in between the explosions, and the hold can only carry so much rum. So the shipboard AI said I ought to look at some “mobile games”.

And wouldn’t you know it, Snakehead Games has come through for us there! Their debut app “Word Nerds: Tap & Spell Words” is the most fun I’ve ever had without a laser pistol in each hand. Lets me feel smart, those ants are just SO adorable, and just to top it all off, it didn’t cost the crew – I mean, ah, it didn’t cost ME a dime!

I also checked out ZipZap as well – from Industry Corporation, friends of Snakehead Games. I can appreciate some asteroid exploding hijinx, lemme tell ya.

Coliseum

Speaking of feeling smart, I learned something else today. Seems you don’t need plasma cannons to beat up your friends – virtually, of course! – and have fun doing it. Coliseum has seen some HUGE updates recently, with their soon-to-be-famous Foederati system finally being implemented.

Hmm…recruiting my friends to help me take revenge on those who wronged me, and all to the delighted roars of a ferocious crowd of ancient romans, huh? Sign me up!

Revenge, you ask? Oh yes. The first parts of the tutorials, backstory and additional questing is being activated too. Is it a good time to be a Lanista or what?

Snakehead Roster

And how did all this happen? Well, thanks to this nice Taerdin fellow, who was recently added to the Snakehead stable of employees after a sterling internship. Why can’t MY swabbies work half this hard? Well, I suppose if I actually bothered to pay them any better that’d be an incentive…

Star Pirates Updates

Of course, we Free Captains haven’t been forgotten either. Lots of little upgrades here and there to make our lives easier and more interesting, as well as more and better commissions piling up. They certainly seem to be getting ominous. I wonder if there’s something big coming around the corner?

Well, at least ONE big thing definitely will be. You didn’t hear it from me, dear Journal, but the scuttlebutt is a second Ascension story might finally be on the table, with work starting in early September. I can hardly wait!

Now, let’s see…was there more? Lasers, rum, explosions…heh, sounds fine to me. Don’t mind if I do~

This is Captain Athena, signing off for now!

Free Captain’s Log Stub: Bind To Install

Free Captain’s Log (Space Date – August 23, 2198)
(Captain Athena’s Personal Log)

So I’ve just got off the horn with the AI Council. We’re overhauling our tech, it seems, and I was confused about what it all meant until I got a hold of one of them…Splinter…Splinter of…Splinter Cord? Something like that. Anyway, Bind To Install, it’s called. And it’s a lot less scary than it sounds.

When the upgrade goes through on September 4th, all upgradable rare-or-higher items you’ve got installed – that is, that haven’t been upped to Mk I or higher – is going to be converted to a “Mk 0” format. Everything in your INVENTORY stays as is, and you can sell and trade it as before – but if you’re going to plug it into your ship, it has to be “activated”, converted into a Mk O component, at which point it will only “work” for you. An active component, then, can’t be loaned to another Free Captain or given away.

Look at it this way. Imagine a box. You know exactly what’s in it, but as soon as you pop the seal, the item inside belongs to you. It’ll only work for you. Before then, you can use it to upgrade items you already have, sell it and trade it, but once the seal is broken, it’s yours and yours only. You can sell it back to the AI Council for cost, converted into NOMS, two Mk 0s can be combined into a Mk I, all that. But only you can ever install it.

(I asked if there was someway I could “bind” all my special officers to my ship as well, but Splinter kinda dodged that question. Oh well, I’ll just have to stick with handcuffs and duct tape. It’s served me well so far.)

So what does this mean to me and my fellow Free Captains? Honestly, this “big change” isn’t really changing much at all. The higher-ups are just doing what they need to to keep the Star Pirates economy viable, as they’ve managed to keep it for five years or more now.

Whew! So nothing to worry about, it seems. Those weird readings from out near the Oort cloud, though…ah, but that’s a topic for another log. Time for another drinking contest with my engineer – it’s not like he’s going anywhere…

Free Captain’s Log #1

Free Captain’s Log Space Date: March 7, 2198
(Captain Athena’s Personal Log)

Ship Upgrades

It’s looking like exciting times all across the system! My Engineering Officer just told me that some existing ship classes have been upgraded, AND there’s a whole NEW class of ship – the Behemoth! Ooooh!

Only 8 seem to be out there right now, though. We’ve only been able to scan them from a distance – I’m a little nervous about getting too close to one of THOSE bad boys without a Behemoth of my own!

BEHEMOTH!!!1!1one

New Jobs & Tasks

We’ve been busy lately too. Feels like everyone’s got something they need doing – be it the AIs or shadier folks. As much as I’d like to think it’s our fine ship and her reputation, it’s not just us. All the Free Captains have been offered new jobs and tasks. The crew and I have tried our hand at a few, and the experience and goodies have been WELL worth our time.

To-Do

Least I Could Do

Oh, and a contest! Remember that awesome comic, Least I Could Do? Well, they’re offering a chance at turning one of their comics into a Live Action piece. I’ll need to check it out more here: http://starpirates.leasticoulddo.com.

(Of course, it’s got Mature Themes and rudies and all. So maybe I’ll work on it when the crew’s tucked in and fast asleep…)

Ah, let’s see, let’s see, what else? Oh yes! The Free Captain referral program has been upgraded. Now the benefits are for every day of referrals, not just every month. Score!

Never a dull moment in the life of a Free Captain, but that’s all for now. Captain Athena signing off!