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  1. Emmett.hendrick

    Andromeda - Death of a Princess

    The following morning the sun broke over the oval shape of Lyrius and oozed through every port hole in Wraith HQ. Smyth stood on the bridge with a half a doozen report pads in his hands, as he diligently read through and signed each on he was handing the completed pads to a LT on his left side, she was already carrying about a doozen pads and was quickly getting overburdened with her load, noticing her plight a young marine lept to her aid and offered to help her carry her load as James handed her the last pad. He smiled at her and her new friend as he handed her the pad and without changing his focus called out acros the bridge. "Miss Talla what is our status!" "Bridge stations ready to go Sir!" was the LT Commanders quick response. James turned and hit the com link to engineering "Bridge to Engineering! Roy status!" "Engines are raring to go sir - reactor power is nominal!" James smiled as he switch com lines "Medical this is the bridge report!" ordered Smyth trying to sound as commanding as possible "Medical ready sir!" came Geraldine's voice over the com line, James sighed he really wished he hadn't given into her demands to come but he knew better than to argue with her, again he changed the com line. "Flight Deck report!" "Fighters ready for launch sir - pilots on station!" James eased himself into his chair as LT Commander Talla took her position standing beside him, quickly he activated his perscan computer and noted that the Andromeda's marine compliment were already on duty through out the ship. "Very well then lets get under way!" he nodded at Phae beside him and she nodded knowingly in return before turned to face the anticapting bridge officers. "Helm prepare for departure!" "Coms open a line to Wraith HQ launch control!" "Navigation set course for our first jump to the Lennon system!" Crew members quickly attended to their task as ordered presently a voice from Wraith dock control filled the speakers on the Andromeda bridge. "Andromeda this is control you are cleared to depart space dock doors are opening!" Outside at the spaceward end of Wraith HQ's massive space dock facility the immense, cumbersome doors slowly parted, as they did so the forboding mysterious of space beyond were revealed once more to the crew of the mighty ship. "Helm all ahead slow!" commanded Smyth. The Andromeda's engines grew to a roaring crescendo as she fought to break the confine's of inactivity. Slowly the massive beheamouth started to crawl towards the gapping maw of the gateway and the obscurity that lay beyond. The giant carrier pulled slowly past the view ports and social areas of Wraith HQ space dock, shuttles sped around the dock area as the massive ship powered it's way forward gaining momentum with every passing moment. "Forward one half helm!" commanded Smyth as the hanger doors loomed ahead gapping widely to allow her to escape to the void beyond. With a thunderous blast, lost in the silence of space the GCV - Andromeda powered clear of Wraith HQ. Calming to a gentle cruise the carrier silently moved away from the massive station that was Wraith HQ. Within a few moments the ships powerful hyperdrive engines kicked in and the ship was cast into hyperspace and on it's way to her first system jump. Lenon!
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    games you are playing

    quote:Originally posted by ShoHashi: Emmett, I picked this up over the weekend and it's okay...not the best thing since sliced bread, but okay. A lot of people who played the X-COM games (including me) are going to be disappointed. You can't compare it to X-COM. Sure, some of the basic premise is the same, but a lot is totally different. If you decide to go play it, don't think you'll have a worthy replacement for X-COM. You can grab the demo from fileplanet if you don't mind the wait. Actually I got my Broadband setup last night/yesterday and I downloaded the demo last thing last night (40 mins for 170mb I was impressed). I haven't played it much but what I have played reminds me of Apocolypse but I'll make a final decision when I play more of the demo tonight.
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    games you are playing

    O.K. Games I am playing and want to play. Diablo II Enjoyable beat em up and even though at heart it's fairly repeative it's so much fun you don't notice and keep coming back for more BCM Need I say more Anarchy Online My first ever foray into the world of MMORPG's and I was impressed. Played well on a 56K modem aswell. Wanna get Homeworld II Played the demo - very impressed (but then I loved the first game) is on my WANT list UFO Aftermath Not the next official X-com game but in the same vein - updated graphics, bigger story line and some RP/character devolopment to boot - there is supposidly a demo available on the net but I have yet to find it - more info go to www.ufoaftermath.co.uk. Jedi Academy Played the demo and yes it is basically more of JK II but hey it's JK II. And yes the lightsaber combat is a little 'off' but it's still great fun to play. UC See BCM comment Star Wars Galaxies I have been watching the devolopment of this game for two years and waiting anxiously. I have a few friends who are playing and I was involved in the last two weeks of the beta. European release is the end of this month and my ADSL goes in tomorrow so wife already knows that this and UC should be in my Xmas stocking if I don't have them already.
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    Girl Gone silly

    quote:Originally posted by Steve Schacher: quote:I try not to bring to much "chick" around here but this I just can't contain!!!Maybe that's what this place needs from time to time. You may be right there!
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    Web Forum Postings

    quote:Originally posted by Jaguar: quote: Originally posted by Echo What a potty mouth! The old saying "do you kiss your mother with that mouth?" comes to mind rather quickly. Not impressed with his language any of my kids wrote/spoke like that there would be hell to pay!
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    quote:Originally posted by Huwie: Alright then, Hostile Waters by Rage. Anyone remember Carrier Command? Well, Hostile Waters is like a massively updated version of it. Yea I have Hostile Waters - fun game but Carrier Command was much better as you had full control of your carrier. I'm just waiting now for the Naval units in UC - gonna have some fun then
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    Andromeda - Death of a Princess

    A few hours later James sat at the head of the Commanders table for dinner. He was surrounded by his most senor officers and his wife, Geraldine Meagher, had joined them also. Before dinner James and Geraldine had been involved in quite a heated discussion regarding her involvement in the up coming mission. Geraldine had fought her corner well and in the end James had, grudginly, yield to her demands to be allowed come along. No matter how he had argued for her safety she had refused to give in. She was a very stubborn woman and it was one of the reasons James had fallen so deeply in love with her so he had, eventually, yielded to her demands and allowed her to store her belongings in his quarters alongside his own. Now she sat beside him at the table while his first officer, Phae Talla, sat on his left. Also at the table was Roy Faulker, the Andromeda's chief engineer, the majority of the bridge crew and LT John Tucker, who had recently come on board to command the Andromeda's marine compliment after her previous combat officer was killed during the Omega incident. James sat silently sipping his drink as he stared at his crew assembled around his and the other tables in the dinning area. The rest of the crew mixed well he was happy to see and members of all areas of the crew happily conversed over dinner. After dinner James stood up and walked away from the table calling for the attention of his crew as he did, drink still in his hand. "Good evening all!" he started, "Some of you have been part of this crew for a long time. And some of you are new. To the new members I welcome you aboard, to the old I am happy to once again be going in action with you again." He paused for a moment to allow his greeting carry to all in the room. "As from now the Andromeda is in a state of lock down, all supplies are aboard, all weapons are loaded, repairs are done and we are ready to depart, and in little over two hours we will depart on our latest mission." "I have briefed all the supperior officers on our mission and they have been ordered to inform you all of the details once we are underway. I must unfortunatly inform you that the details of this mission are confidental and must not be discussed with anyone outside of yourselves. To this end all personal communications will be barred in one hour." "I know many of you have your doubts and worries I'd be lying if I said I didn't have worries of my own. But I promise you this this crew will show the same dedication, the same determination and the same savy that we have approached all our previous operations. We will make Wraith proud of this ship and Galcom proud of Wraith. We will perform all that is required of us by duty and we will prevail!" With that a cheer arouse for the crew and a thunderous round of applause filled the dinning area for 5 minutes. Eventually the applause died down and James concluded. He held his drink high "To Galcom, To Wraith and to the Andromeda!" The crew responded by raising their own glasses and repeating his call TO GALCOM, TO WRAITH AND TO THE ANDROMEDA!! James sat down to thunderous applause and cheers from the entire crew.
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    way to quiet

    Echo Echo Echo Ah well back to ship repairs! *sighs*
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    Andromeda - Death of a Princess

    James stood staring at the datapad that sat on his desk for a few moments, unsure of what it contained he was uncertain about reading it, the last thing he wanted today was more bad news. Eventually he plucked up the courage and snapped the pad from his desk. Activating it a confidental message from FC Tac appeared.. To: Commander James Smyth, GCV Andromeda From: FC Tac James once again I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for taking this mission, I know it can not have been an easy decision for you but with your extensive time in Gammulan space to date you have possibly one of the best chances of pulling it off. Not to belittle your expierence but I have authorised some upgrades to the Andromeda to help guarantee your success. By the time you read this Wraith Engineers should have finished upgrading the hull, shields, reactor and engine of the Andromeda, however you will also find that they have fitted an IOD device to your ship also. The upgrades are not much but I hope they help in someway. I have also authorised delivery of as much fuel as you think you will need for all your systems and you will find two replacement IC's in you cargo bay also God speed Andromeda. We await your return. James turned off the Pad and turned to look out the view port, he watched for a few moments as shuttles travelled too and fro transporting matierals and fuel as required. Out of the corner of the view port he noticed the Invader sitting quietly in the hanger also. James smiled, a bit surprised that the had not notice the MK 2 before but assuring himself that he had been failry distracted on his return to the Andromeda. He thumbed the com link to engineering, Roy Faulker's gruff voice answered "Engineering!" "Roy this is Smyth have you had a chance to look over Wraith's work?" "Bumbling group of children. Yea I had a glance surprisingly they seem to have done a good job but I have one of my teams looking it over to be sure!" "Efficient as always! Roy can you go to the main gun and check the installation there?" "Main gun what the Frell did they fit there." he paused for a few moments as James heard him below something at one of the engineers behind him "Sure I'll take a look shortly!" "Excellent!" smiled James "Oh and Roy don't take long I expect to see you at my table for diner!" "I'll be there" barked Faulker as the com line was cut.
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    Andromeda - Death of a Princess

    OOC: Welcome aboard Bandus but just to let you know the Andromeda is docked in Wraith station not Galcom HQ. IC: The door to the bridge silently opened in front of Smyth and the Andromeda's bridge once again revealed it's self to him. As he stepped out of the lift he took a quick glance around. The subtle drone of constant radio communications echoed from every station as crew members co-ordinated teams through out the ship. Computer displays constantly updated with new information on ships status flashed at every station. At the command chair Smyth spied his second in command, Lt Commander Phae Talla, surrounded by half a dozen crew members with reports for her attention. Busy as she was she was unnerving in her determination and she was making quick work of barking orders to each of the crew in turn. As soon as she spotted Commander Smyth she stopped, snapped to attention and called. "COMMANDER ON THE BRIDGE!" The entire bridge stopped, the incessant radio chatter remained by the back to front banter and operational discussions between crew members ceased almost immediatly. The entire bridge stopped, turned to face him and snapped a salute. All except for a poor maintenance engineer who caught his head on a console as he hurried to pull himself up to great his commander. Smyth stiffled a smile and returned their salute "As you were!" he commanded as he crossed the bridge to his second in command. As he approached the other crew members quickly finished their business with the LT Commander and hurried back to their posts. James hid a wiry smile as he pulled up beside his first officer and gave her a quick glance up and down. LT Commander Phae Talla, 24, female, human, originally from Lyrius. She had joined Galcom as soon as she was elible and had literally clawed her way up the ranks, James was not sure but he thought she may just be the youngest first officer in Galcom but he never got around to confirming that idea. She was dressed, as usual, in her full military uniform which was kept maticulously clean. Her hair was short, to just above her shoulders, well within regulations. On the bridge she ran a tight ship, but James also knew that socially she was a very easy going and easy to get on with person. She was also very efficient, the crew on the Andromeda we're well trained and combat hardened but Talla had managed to increase their efficiency even further and James was very impressed with her service record to date on his ship. He also knew she had been offered her own command, actually that was not true she had been offered her choice of commands. They had discussed it shortly before the Omega Six incident and she had said that she was being pulled towards Naval duty although space travel still pulled at her too. To his knowledge she had not made a decision, but he knew that if she went she would be sadly missed by all on the Andromeda. "How goes it Lt?" asked James as he pulled up beside his first officer. "Well sir!" she smiled "We are just about ready to depart, Wraith's engineers have been working in the engine room all day but they report they work is done also, personally I don't think Faulker would have given them another tweenty minutes down there without barging in on them to see what they were doing!" James smiled, Roy Faulker had been the Andromeda's chief engineer for as long as he could remember, even before he was her commander. Faulker was a bit of a gruf man, slightly over weight but great fun when surrounded by his friends. He had a very unhealthy relationship with the Andromeda, almost boardering on an obsesion and he loathed letting any other engineering team any where near her engines. "Once the station engineers are finished tell him to go in a check their work, that should make him happy. I should be able to tell him what they were doing by then!" "Yes sir. On that a private transmition came in for you from FC Tac while you are away. I had it piped to your desk." "Thank you Lt Commander," smiled James "If you need me I'll be in my quarters!" Phae nodded her head as he exited the bridge the way he came. James felt a little strange leaving the bridge as they were preparing to depart but he knew LT Commander Talla could look after things and he was only at the end of the com link should anything go wrong. As the turbolift started on it's journey to the crew quarters he wondered about the upcoming mission about the datapad waiting for him is his quarters. What were the extras that Tac had talked about and why had Galcom engineers baned his chief engineer from his own engine room for almost two days. Hopefully the Datapad would give him the answers to these questions.
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    An update on my life.

    I don't pray but you are in my thoughts Silk
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    DMV eye exams

    I went for an eye exam before getting my licence and was told I didn't need glasses to drive, six months later I did a private eye exam and have been wearing glasses ever since. Now I hate going for an eye exam as I end up having to change my glasses everytime I go!
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    New UC shots

    Man those Naval pics rock!!!
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    Name your favorite ship!

    My personal faourite would have to be the Nightstar carrier - but for no other reason than looks - it reminds me of a modern day carrier and also the SDF1 from Robotech. Checking the shots for UC I love the new look of the Nightstar - Very impressed - SC as usual you and your team are doing a GREAT job!
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    New amphibious car

    That would make my daily commute so much easier!! Way cool!
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    Sound card advice

    I use the on board sound on the current board (see machine specs link) It's nothing mind blowing but it does function well (even supports my 4.1 speaker system which I originally bought before I 'lost' my SB live) SC works fine so won't be replacing anytime soon.
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    Essential Words for 2003

    quote:SITCOMs-- Single Income, Two Children, Oppressive Mortgage. What yuppies turn into when they have children and one of them stops working to stay home with the kids.Yup that sounds like me and the wife alright.
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    Guess who's back

    Welcome back to the fold!!
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    Any suggestions on how to get a job?

    Sorry to hear about it mate. In much the same situation myself. I went self employed about 3 years ago and it has not been a good three years. I have had a few occasions where I have been out of work all I can say is take anything that is out there - personally I got a job delivering pizzas for a local company which helped keep food on the table at least. Hang on in there I know it's seems hard but keep your spirits up, something will come along
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    Star Wars Galaxies & JTL Expansion

    nine planets at the moment AFAIR. More promised to come soon (and more playable species too and vehicles toooo!) And nope there is no way to download it online and start playing(have to say loved that feature of Anarchy online) and I don't think there will be an option either(but I may be wrong)
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    Jaffa! Cree! Sub Commander T'Pau on SG1

    I like the SG series actually the characters/actors on the series were (IMHO) better than the people they had for the movie.(only thing the flick had was the bigger budget for the special effects)
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    DS9 redux

    The battle scenes in DS9 rocked! Sky are doing re-runs at 6am over here at the moment and this mornings episode was when the defiant retook DS9. The scene where the Defiant is skimming along the hull of the dominion/Cardassian ships while being chased and simultaneous shooting down a Jem Hadar fighter is just soooooo cool
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    Where is everyone?

    I'm still trying to pop in as much as possible. Weathar over here is great - not quite as hot as the UK - just nice and comfortable.
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    Ok after reading the comments here and the advice to try from quite a fwe in the community I decided to take the plunge. So I cast of the shackles of IE6 and downloaded Mozilla Firebird and then downloaded a neumber of plug ins some themes and some other bits and stuff and ......... So far so good - have 1 or 2 issues with work web sites but nothing major. So again another good recommendation. Congrats guys on converting a true child of Gates and showing me there is light outside of Microsoft
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    Night at the movies - Tomb Raider : The Cradle Of Life

    Have to admit Angelina is a very beautiful woman but I don't think she pulls off Lara quite right. Although I am basing my opinion on the half baked original. I may change that opinion after seeing number: 2