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SCA Admiral King Mengi

March 27, 2009

[Short note of explanation: I play a game called Star Pirates which I referenced directly in an early post. The character I’ve developed is an Admiral but also scatterbrained and basically a bad stand-up comedian. This is to celebrate the rechristening of our two fleets. Enjoy]

King Mengi looked out at the stars as the Palace of Wisdom orbited Jupiter, the current base of the StarCon Reserves. He pulled the bandages slowly from his ribs without even wincing. That last war had been tough. The computer blipped to life.

“Mr. Mengi..” G.R.O.U.C.H.O. chimed.

“My father was Mr. Mengi, call me King.” Mengi answered.

“Sir, that doesn’t make sense”

“You don’t make sense.” He tossed the bandages aside and stretched before reaching for his shirt.

“Sir, if I may… it’s unwise to wrap broken ribs. 20th century doctors found that you just might puncture a lung”

“Very true. Who said my ribs were broken?”

“Well, I just assumed with the bandages and such”

“I was trying to be dramatic. And now you’ve ruined it.” Mengi said with a sigh.

“Sorry, King.”

Mengi stared rooting through a trunk in the corner that was marked with the seal of his house.

“Groucho, state of my world?”

The computer made a whirring sound as it thought. “You’re an Admiral of the SCA, formerly of the Terran Astry before Starslip Drives were outlawed. You command the Palace of Wisdom, medium-sized as ships go”

“Hey, don’t insult the ship” Mengi said with a warning gesture. That ship had cost him all his savings and more. Nobody was allowed to insult it.

“Of course not. You’re currently managing the newly created StarCon Reserves and doing a bang-up job.”

“Flattery will get you everywhere” He said with a smirk.

“And you’re the king of –”

“That’s enough. I’m ready”

“For what, King?”

Mengi stood in full uniform, heroically posing with the stars as his background

“No idea!”

Pirates in the Stars

August 13, 2008

I’m a gamer. That’s been a simple fact of my life since the original Nintendo came out and blessed our humble Baltimore home. I generally hung out on consoles most of my life and I still enjoy the console genre. It’s fun. However, in the last 6 weeks I was turned onto a game on those fabulous intertubes that really has caught my fancy. Star Pirates (available at Starpirates.net) is a very simple game that is fun to play. It’s sort of hard to explain completely.

First, there’s nothing to download. Good news fellow paranoid masses, Star Pirates is virus free. All you have to do is go to the site and sign-up. For free, even! You pick yourself a pirate handle that appeals to you. (Mine’s Mengi) Then you start out with a happy little ship with which to get into pirate shenanigans.

Second, there’s a huge community of over 7.000 players. It’s mostly divided into fleets. I joined up with the Terran Astry almost immediately since it’s full of fans of one of my favorite webcomics, Starslip Crisis. There’s something to be said about being among people who share similar interests as yourself. There’s a natural progression to our fleet since we have military ranks (I’m a Commander) and we even have an Academy you can use to hone your skills.

Third, the game does not have to take up much of your day. It is a game played completely through clicking links on a webpage. You click a few links and you’ve just attacked a ship or made a exploratory run through an Asteroid belt. Then you wait for your fuel or energy reserves to fill back up and you click again. What do you inbetween clicks? Do your work, watch tv, do the dishes… heck I’m writing this blog in between clicks. It does not recquire 100 percent of your attention, just as much as you are willing to give.

I probably did a disservice to the game by explaining it poorly. If you’re a gamer or even if I’ve peaked your interest, go to the site and sign-up. You’ll like it. And if you don’t like it? You didn’t lose any money or time. If you do like it, think about joining the Terran Astry. If you don’t join the Terran Astry… don’t mess with us. : )

That’s all for that

Cmdr. King Mengi aka Steven


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