Sunday, February 22, 2015

Kerbal Space Program: BoomShakalaka 4

At launch, 2 boosters from BoomShakala 4 separate from the main rocket a few meters off the pad. One flies off camera and explodes on impact while the other flies up a few meters and pushes the spacecraft over.

Saturday, February 21, 2015

The Catastrophic Failure of CrayCray 1

Remember the KSP Motto:
"Well... that went better than last time!"


Followed by the next motto:

"We're hiring!"

Friday, February 20, 2015

BoomShakalaka 2 overheats

Jebediah survived, cementing his nickname as "Lucky Jeb" - the best damn test pilot in the program.

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Kerbal Space Program Machinima

A nice little machinima using a mod in the game Kerbal Space Program, recreating an Apollo Moon mission, or as Kerbals call it, The Mun.

The Mod is called FASA - Kerbal NASA - Mercury to Apollo

The Tragic Loss of BoomShakalaka 1

In the annals of Kerbal Space history, there is an astronaut of legendary bravery with both science skill and piloting prowess. Unfortunately Jebediah Kerman was busy on another flight, so we were stuck with happily surprised with the arrival of his alternate Bill Kerman.

These shots were taken from the Kerbal Aeronautics and Space Administration (KASA)  launch facility at the Kerbal Space Center (KSC)...

Boomshakalaka 1 just before launch

A catastrophic failure as the engine overheats, explodes...

Adding to this, stages fail to separate and parachutes fail to open...

Bill Kerman falls helplessly...



I asked a few key KASA officials for comments:

Deke Kerman: "I'm sure I've got another astronaut here. One sec."

Gene Kerman: "Bill called in sick the day we trained on parachute deployment."

Werner Von Kerman: "Ve vill build more rrrrockits und zhoot zem into shpaze!"

Monday, February 16, 2015

Kerbal Space Program


Kerbal Space Program is a multi-genre game where the players create their own space program.

In KSP, you must build a space-worthy craft, capable of flying its crew out into space, without killing them. At your disposal is a collection of parts, which must be assembled to create a functional ship. Each part has its own function and will affect the way a ship flies (or doesn't). So strap yourself in, and get ready to try some Rocket Science!

The game has different game modes, you can play the Career Mode if you want to expand and manage your own Space Center, taking on missions and researching new technologies. Or you can play Sandbox mode if you're only interested in flying and discovering the Kerbal universe without restrictions. There is even a mid point between these two, Science mode.

Main Features:

  • The Vehicle Assembly Building and the Space Plane Hangar allows players to build spacecraft out of any imaginable combination of parts.
  • Fully-fledged, Physics-based Flight Simulation ensures everything will fly (and crash) as it should.
  • Take your Kerbal crew out of the ship and do Extra Vehicular Activities
  • Fly out to Moons and other Planets
  • Procedural Terrain delivers detailed terrain at a vast scale. The Kerbal Planet is 600km in radius!
  • Mod-enabled, allows players to create new content and modify the game.
  • Ship systems. Keep an eye out for engine temperatures and fuel levels, and try not to explode.
  • Build ships with multiple stages, and jettison parts away as they burn out.
  • Full control over the staging sequence allows for complex ships and advanced functionality.
  • Dock spacecraft together to build Space Stations, Massive Starships, or even surface bases on other worlds.
  • Manage your crewmembers, hire them, and send them out into space and make them into heroes.
  • Research and Develop new technologies to advance your Space Program.
  • Take on Missions to attract interest in your Space Program.
  • Discover new worlds and expand the scientific knowledge of Kerbalkind.
  • And a whole lot more!
KSP is still under development, so many things are not yet as they should be. We are working hard to be constantly improving the game however, and it will be regularly updated with bug fixes and new content, so make sure to check back for new versions. We are also always listening to feedback from the players, and we welcome ideas and suggestions.
The demo version is free to download and play, and will remain so forever. During development, the game is available for purchase at a discounted price, which we will gradually increase up to its final retail price as the game nears completion. So by ordering early, you get the game for a lot less, and you'll get all future updates for free. Please read this for more information.
Have Fun!

-- The KSP Team

Sunday, February 1, 2015

My New Look and Roleplay Options in SL

For many months, I've intended to change my look in SL. Now that day has come!

Eladrienne is doing her own Elf-related RP lately. I'm happy she's having fun, but it's not really my idea of a good time - so I'll leave her to it. Besides, why not have interests apart from one another?  Friday afternoon after work I finally took steps to change my look and initiate some new roleplay options.

I've read many posts from Mr. Wooster's fine blog and his insights have been very valuable. Hat tip: Gabrielle Riel.

I decided to re-customize my avatar, props, and wardrobe in a way suitable for any roleplay between say, 1925 to 1965.

I have two particular ideas in mind for RP.
# 1, 1940 Private Eye

# 2, 1962 Cold War Spy

this guy looks familiar

I don't quite have the 1940 Private Detective appearance yet, but below is an interpretation of the posh white jacket Cold War Spy look...