06/10/22 – Serious Support

Spacetrawler, audio version For the blind or visually impaired, June 10, 2022.




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  1. Pete Rogan

    Space battles have been conceived as exchanges between capital ships (Star Trek), as combined-action exchanges including fighters and auxiliary craft in the same battle (Star Wars, Battlestar Galactica) and, rarely, distant relativistic encounters between warring vessels at the edges of Einsteinian space but never meant for combat. If anybody’s ever put that on film, it’s news to me.

    What actions we’ve seen in Spacetrawler tend to be exchanges of fire between major ships, though ‘major’ here includes Emily’s HOTAS-equipped single-seat marauder. And over very quickly, save for large-scale battles that took place offscreen a long time ago. I can’t recall ever seeing a large-scale space battle in Spacetrawler, Not that there haven’t been any, but… well, in a medium where 700 pixels takes up the full width of the display, it’s kind of like watching “Wagon Train” and its miles-long procession of Conestogas rendered on a phone screen. And two inches long.

    The only reason I mention this is that Emily’s G.O.B. fleet meeting the combined might of the Stribs is by definition an epic, indeed climactic battle, and we’re seeing only small snapshots of it. Gosh darn it, I wanted images of hulls being ripped open by savage beams, or lethal missiles crashing into a soon-to-explode starship. Scale and viewpoint prevent that from appearing here.

    I find myself wishing to see some perfectly deformed Strib spacecraft returning looking half turned inside-out from internal explosions or vicious cutting beams. But that’s just my savage nature. I do in fact know what goes into the making of a cannibal sandwich. Not common knowledge these days. Forget I said anything.

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