I've rediscovered an old love in video games, the real-time strategy genre. First one I ever played was StarCraft
. Oh so fun. Right now I'm working my way through the campaign in Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War
. I find the Space Marines are pretty good at turtling up to the enemy, just like the Terrans in StarCraft
. I've also tried my hand at Command & Conquer 3: Tiberium Wars
, but it's really different from anything I've ever played and I'm having some trouble.
Still working slowly on the Balcrusian planets and systems. I find it fun coming up with historical details of future cultures (hence "pre-nostalgia", a term I borrowed from Tom Lehrer
). Take these for instance, the DESCs for Orzanacruz and Dlakacruz.Orzanacruz:
This planet was formerly the Orizian border world Vorash, a major exporter of computer components for industrial concerns and the Orizian National Fleet. Starting in 845 GSD, the Balcrusian Empire began to encroach on Orizian territory, culminating in Vorash's forcible annexation in 858. Renamed Orzanacruz, the planet's industrial capacity was put to work for the Empire despite continual sabotage and resistance efforts from the native Orizians. During the Balcrusian Civil War, the Orizio Union attempted to drive out the occupiers, and for a period of ten years the planet nominally returned to Orizian control. It didn't last: after getting itself sorted out, the new People's Republic counterattacked and handed the ONF its most lopsided defeat ever, taking both the Orzani and Edos Systems in one fell swoop.
The name "Vorash", incidentally, is a shout-out to Stargate SG-1
. It's the planet the Tok'ra had their headquarters on for seasons two through four.Dlakacruz:
When the Balcrusian Civil War broke out, the airless planetoid Dlakacruz was a barely established mining colony, and was quickly captured by the leftist rebels for use as a supply base. Ten days later the Imperial Space Force counterattacked, but the rebel ground forces dug in and held them off for almost a month. The battle ended when the ISF admiralty ordered them to withdraw and reinforce the fleet defending the Anorok System; the admiral in charge chose to deny the rebels the base and tractored a 25 kilometer asteroid into the planet.
Last but not least, I've got a job, and
I've been accepted to UNC Greensboro for the fall semester! Overall, it's been a good month.