09/28/22 – Not a Simulation

Spacetrawler, audio version For the blind or visually impaired, September 28, 2022.




It reminds me of working in an office and trying to meet a deadline, and someone keeps coming up to chat with you.


  1. Jude

    Nogg can also send Aitana’s parents to the other ships (in appropriate spacesuits) so they could give big hugs and turn the other cheek. And voila! The battle’s over and everyone goes for a beer together. Genius!

  2. Coyoty

    Nogg should be used to strangers appearing on the bridge by now. Especially when they’re Zorilla’s relatives, however distant.

    “How distant are they?”
    “About 40 million light years.”

  3. someone

    My experience of pacifism in video games is that it’s all about finding ways for your enemies to kill each others or themselves, or trigger situations so that they get killed but not directly by your hand, you only like cut a rope that made a piano fall on their head instead of directly shooting at them with a gun, so it doesn’t count as you being aggressive.

  4. Silence

    The sad fact is that while we must always strive for peace and understanding, we must also prepare for war. Not everyone we meet will want to negotiate or understand our position after all. War is ugly, evil, and leaves only victims, but sometimes it is the only thing left.

    I can appreciate the position of the pacifist, Aitana’s parents however seem to be taking the more suicidal position of pacifism.

      1. Silence

        The Stribs have certainly made it clear that war is the only position they’ll take, as it’s either that or actually raise their kids.

        I ponder what chemical makeup made their race so narcissistic to determine they’re too worthy to have to do child raising.

  5. I’m wondering how much of this is do to the fact they are still under Stribs brainwashing? I mean, Pierrot was against killing but was still for self defense… And punching people who didn’t agree with him… Maybe Pierrot was a bad example…

  6. Pete Rogan

    I was working late at my gaming magazine one night when there was a knock on the door. One of the local gamers said he had an idea and wanted to work on it. So I let him in, went back to work… and maybe two minutes later he asked for a typewriter and some paper. I got it for him, got back to work… five minutes later he’s asking for a dictionary, and did we have an encyclopedia on hand?

    I finally asked him what article he was working on. And he said, “Oh, it’s not for the magazine. I had an idea for my role-playing campaign.”

    He barely resisted being shown the door (my fist around his arm may have helped) and having it locked behind him. So I can get behind being interrupted for no good or practical purpose. I’m with Krep here.

  7. The Gorram Batguy

    They’re not wrong. “Turning the other cheek” would end all wars. Namely, when nobody is left alive, there’s nobody fighting. The one surviving aggressor would either just leave in peace alone, or end itself. Then, peace and quiet for all time.

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