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Friendship is Trekkers
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Author Notes:

Newbiespud 26th Oct 2013, 6:00 AM edit delete
Author: Indigo Steel

Guest Author's Note: "If only they hadn't picked up that strange device on Rigel VII..."

Notice: Guest comic submissions are open! Guidelines here. Deadline: January 27th, 2023.



DarkVan 26th Oct 2013, 6:23 AM edit delete reply
This reminds me of a GURPS Classic Trek game in which none of the PC bridge crew had the skills to operate the scanners. Starfleet Academy really messed up with that batch of graduates!
Digo 26th Oct 2013, 6:53 AM edit delete reply
If I had a nickel for every time the Enterprise blew up... I'd have a lot of nickels. :)

I've only had one experience in a Trek game as a player and it was probably the worst gaming experience I had.
ShadowDragon8685 28th Oct 2013, 6:47 PM edit delete reply
I had a pretty crazy (and thankfully, very, very brief) Trek gaming experience once.

It was a long-running game on the internet that me and an associate were getting into. Well...

The captain was an NPC. That was the good news, really, and the long and the short of the good news. Rather than, say, all of the players having two characters (bridge crew for starship flying and diplomatizing, and hazard team type detail for away missions being recommended by the book, IIRC,) everyone just had one character.

So the player's ranks were all over the place. That wasn't so bad... But the game had evolved in such a way as the captain pretty much let the PCs do what they want, choosing their own assignments and such. So instead of a Lieutenant Commander giving the Ensign the order to go and test a shuttle after repairs, the Lt. Cmdr just took it out for a joyride herself and invited (yes, invited) the ensign to come along.

It was whack, and so radically departed from every sense of decorum and chain-of-command that we were expecting that we decided this game was bonkers and made up some regulation mumbo-jumbo about getting off the ship to report a "ship in disarray and complete breakdown of the chain of command" to Starfleet Command.

Then we took a transporter pad the hell off that flying lunatic asylum (the players' characters were all REAL "characters," to boot) and out of the game.
CmdrHurricane 26th Oct 2013, 7:16 AM edit delete reply
well, that was the first time I everread Twilights character with captain Picards voice
Mettaur2 26th Oct 2013, 8:03 AM edit delete reply
It is rather unnerving at first.
Digo 26th Oct 2013, 8:08 AM edit delete reply
Quickly becomes hilarious though.
DracoS 26th Oct 2013, 8:12 AM edit delete reply
Maybe they should get a talking pet to translate?
Raxon 26th Oct 2013, 10:38 AM edit delete reply
You played Star Control 2 also? Kiss me, you wonderful man.
Tatsurou 26th Oct 2013, 11:57 AM edit delete reply
Knife included.
Digo 26th Oct 2013, 7:19 PM edit delete reply
Star Control 2! That was a real fun game. Played on the... 3DO was it? The system that had the voices. Very fun. Someone ported to PC a while back I think.
Z 26th Oct 2013, 9:34 PM edit delete reply
Yep, it exists as "The Ur-Quan Masters". I've played it. Can I kiss you too, Raxon?
Sensei Le Roof 28th Oct 2013, 8:48 AM edit delete reply
Well, it was a PC game before, just with that pesky shareware bit. The UQM remake took out the map quiz.
DracoS 26th Oct 2013, 8:12 AM edit delete reply
Maybe they should get a talking pet to translate?
Walabio 26th Oct 2013, 8:19 AM This provoking a war reminds me of a radioshow: edit delete reply
FriendShipIsDragons.Com gave to me an idea for a campaign we can play after this campaign ends in 2015:

This provoking a stupid war, ending in the annihilation of humanity, reminds me of a radioshow:

A few years ago, I could not sleep, so listened to the radio late at night. I came across this show, where this guy humors a lunatic because his crazy story was very funny:

The caller claim to have encountered an alien spaceship. The host had a lot of fun until the caller mentioned that he shot at the alien spaceship. The host screamed at the caller that if this would have been a real spaceship instead of a paranoid schizophrenic hallucination (up until this point, the host humored the caller) you could have started an interstellar war we could not possibly win. This gives me an idea for a campaign:

The Inbred RedNeckWarCampaign

An inbred redneck is in the woods with his wife, mother, the mother of his children, aunt, and sister. Her name is Sue. An alien spaceship appears in peace. He shoots at it, causing a war against a bunch of aliens capable of interstellar travel.

An year later, Earth is in a war against an enemy set on wiping out all humanity. If the entire world mobilizes against the aliens, we have a very slim chance of survival, if the aliens do not reinforce the ships already here.

The PCs of the campaign would be a squad of lovers-not-fighters (in peacetime, the military makes up about 1 % of the population and most people never join the military, but when someone attacks the country, most people in their late teens join the military for protecting their country from the enemy invaders) who responded to the call to defend Earth. They received a crashcourse in militarytraining, Esperanto (so they can speak with each other and except commands (¿Ĉu vi scipovas paroli la lingvon internacian Esperanto?)), and training in how to pilot the new spacefighters which were designed and manufactured in less than 1 year, so they have many problems. The whole campaign is in Esperanto.

¿Do you like mine idea for a campaign?
Wyvern 27th Oct 2013, 8:40 PM edit delete reply
The "Inbred Redneck War" almost really happened, over a pig. Luckily pretty much everyone who wasn't an inbred redneck realized how stupid the whole thing was.

Unlike the War of Jenkin's Ear, which involved actual shooting.
Walabio 29th Oct 2013, 2:56 AM edit delete reply
Wyvern 27th Oct 2013, 8:40 PM

> “The ’Inbred Redneck War’ almost really happened, over a pig.” … “Unlike the War of Jenkin’s Ear, which involved actual shooting.”

Unfortunately, if peaceful aliens would arrive, an inbred redneck probably would shoot at them. Maybe that is what happened 66,038,000 year ago ±11,000 years:

An inbred dinosaur with a red-feathered neck shot at peaceful spacealiens. The aliens dropped an asteroid onto the dinosaurs in retaliation.
Robin Bobcat 26th Oct 2013, 9:07 AM edit delete reply
.... I am now imagining a ponified version of 'Banned From Argo'...
Guest 28th Oct 2013, 5:20 AM edit delete reply
I checked Youtube, having just been exposed to 'Banned From Argo' for the first time. There isn't one yet. I could see it being based on Luna, if only there was enough footage of her enjoying herself.
Raxon 26th Oct 2013, 11:00 AM edit delete reply
Ah, I played a ST:TNG rp on a forum years ago. I was rejected because my character was 'weird'.

I don't see why. She was a brilliant young half elf... I mean half-vulcan human, raised by humans, who had entered Pon Farr for the first time, and the only available male was an old klingon warrior. The klingon had agreed to mate with her, but only on the condition that he, fight her first, to prove himself worthy. They fought, and she overpowered him. As the wound up, she grabbed his face, and felt it imperative that she hold tightly. After a few minutes, he stopped struggling. Now, his Kata laid in her mind. A young vulcan with a noble warrior in her head to guide her. I even gave her a human and vulcan blended name.

Gwendolyn T'Dai
Indigo Steel 26th Oct 2013, 4:52 PM edit delete reply
Indigo Steel
I like it!

I wish you could play as an Augment. You probably can, but with penalties like getting arrested if you're found out, or something.
Walabio 26th Oct 2013, 6:29 PM Originally, only Vulcan Males experienced Pon Farr. edit delete reply
Raxon 26th Oct 2013, 11:00 AM:

> “ … She was a brilliant young half elf... I mean half-vulcan human, raised by humans, who had entered Pon Farr for the first time, and the only available male was an old klingon warrior. … ”

Female Pon Farr is an example of writers not consulting canon:

Pon Farr was suppose to be a male condition, analogous to musth:

BullElephants can reproduce at any time, but scrawny males evolved a way of hedging their bets. About annually, at a different time for each male, testosterone increases 60x. This is called musth. a bull in musth basically is superhorny with RoidRage. No nonmusthbull will dare get in his way and no cowelephant in heat will dare refuse him. In musth, even a 1-ton weakling is guaranteed to score. If 2 bulls in musth encounter each other, they fight to the death. A bull can only maintain musth for about a week because it is hard on his body.

Pon Farr was suppose to be a condition of Vulcan Males analogous to musth. In the 2000s, writers erroneously attributed Pon Farr to Vulcan Women too. This is an example of canondisintegration from writererror.
Digo 26th Oct 2013, 7:22 PM edit delete reply
Cool trivia! Know we know!
Indigo Steel 26th Oct 2013, 8:50 PM edit delete reply
Indigo Steel
"Thanks for RUINING the franchise, Bakula!"
- George Takei, Futurama
Newbiespud 26th Oct 2013, 2:50 PM edit delete reply
So I have a basic Donate page set up now. The incentive is pretty loosely defined, but right now I think I prefer it that way. Any other suggestions are welcome.
DracoS 27th Oct 2013, 11:18 PM edit delete reply
Personal favor, eh?

I got some "Christmas presents" that need burying in the middle of a field. Hope you got a strong back.
Newbiespud 28th Oct 2013, 4:04 AM edit delete reply
Aaaand I'm taking it down. This idea did not age well in the last 48 hours.

Ah well. I'll just have to come up with another way to make money on the internet.
Digo 28th Oct 2013, 4:47 AM edit delete reply
If your "Photoshopping" skills were up to it, I'd say make a setup where folks could donate to get a pony character inserted in a short side story.

There are likely enough pony generator resources out there to make it easier too.
aerion111 29th Oct 2013, 1:24 AM edit delete reply
A simple 'donate' button works for most, but obviously an incentive WOULD (possibly) increase it (as long as an unwanted incentive doesn't keep people from donating)
Ref 26th Oct 2013, 4:29 PM edit delete reply
So, Are there six of these?
Indigo Steel 26th Oct 2013, 5:06 PM edit delete reply
Indigo Steel
I'm afraid not, I didn't have time, sorry. Assuming Spud allows it and the comic keeps going, I can make more though as guest comics for a later time, as I did originally plan out comics for each of the girls taking their respective turns.
Tatsurou 26th Oct 2013, 6:40 PM edit delete reply
Applejack's would probably use Harvest Moon sprites/backgrounds.
FanOfMostEverthing 26th Oct 2013, 9:02 PM edit delete reply
And Fluttershy's likely involves Pokémon somehow. Bunnies & Burrows with Pikachus?
you know that guy 26th Oct 2013, 10:52 PM edit delete reply
Pokethulhu, perhaps?
DracoS 26th Oct 2013, 11:29 PM edit delete reply
Or Nintendogs, but those games don't have sprites.
Indigo Steel 27th Oct 2013, 10:16 AM edit delete reply
Indigo Steel
*scribbles notes* Oh, don't mind me!
redwings1340 26th Oct 2013, 7:15 PM edit delete reply

Clearly the group has forced fluttershy to watch some Star Trek since this comic.

I kind of like it though.
Indigo Steel 26th Oct 2013, 8:58 PM edit delete reply
Indigo Steel
I'd like to think she took a liking to the soft, cooing fuzzballs.
you know that guy 28th Oct 2013, 12:35 PM edit delete reply
"I simply refuse to call him Private Donut!"
DracoS 26th Oct 2013, 11:30 PM edit delete reply
Alternatively, this comic also reminds me of an old song called "Star Trekkin'"

Boldly going forward 'cause we can't find reveeeeeeerse!
Olon 27th Oct 2013, 7:08 AM edit delete reply
We come in peace, shoot to kill!
MerchManDan 28th Oct 2013, 6:34 PM edit delete reply
It's worse than that, it's PHYSICS, Jim!!
_R_ 27th Oct 2013, 8:36 AM edit delete reply
I remembered a long time ago when Star Trek was best show.
Then I watched Doctor Who.
Then my friend convinced me to watch Sherlock.
And now the MLP Season 4 footage makes it rocket back up.
I don't know anymore.
Zeeth 27th Oct 2013, 4:17 PM edit delete reply
I still believe one of the very best science fiction series I've ever watched was Blakes 7.
_R_ 27th Oct 2013, 6:32 PM edit delete reply
Are there links to watch the episode online? So far I have access to all Sherlock episodes on dailymotion and MLP episodes via YouTube. Doctor Who hasn't been so lucky, and to this day I have only watched Series 7,I haven't watched Series 6 at all. Life sucks.

_R_ 27th Oct 2013, 6:35 PM edit delete reply
*Series 7 in WHOLE. I've watched at least one episode per series.