Star Control II: The Ur-Quan Masters

Made by Accolade, released in 1992

Sa-Matra



Current Zar note: I did this LP in 2006! I left my write-up mostly unchanged.




It's kind of sad. Every time I trigger the endgame in Starcon2, I always feel a little depressed. I just know that soon it'll be over and I'll hafta leave the Starcon2 universe. Most games give me a sense of accomplishment when I beat them, but when I beat Starcon2 I kind of feel like I'm saying goodbye to a friend of mine.

It turns out this isn't as big as I thought it would be. The Thraddash was like 500 screencaps but it looks like this will be around 300. NOT BAD.

Alright, let's do this thing.

As long as I don't screw up that is.

OR SO WE ASSUME. WE'RE NOT SURE REALLY.

Okay I'll take your word for it.

Hee hee hee this is one of my favorite exchanges.

Hee hee. Something about how matter of fact the Chmmr are cracks me up. I like picturing them being secretly pleased that they're blowing up the Captain's ship after what he did to them.

Okay, there are some people out there who are so psychotically good at this game that they can play through the entire thing without ever allying with Starbase. I can't even imagine how hard that would be. No power ups, no turning thrusters, no thrusters at all, dynamos, weapons, storage bays, fuel tanks...crew. Man. Apparently tho you HAVE to go the Starbase at least once, and it's at this point here when the Chmmr teleport you there no matter what.

As you can see on the right!

Well frick.

Double frick!

Yeah that helps me NOW.

Like how the Chmmr waited until now to spring all those resources on Starbase. I guess they didn't wanna waste em until they were SURE the Captain wasn't just going to run off with all their money.

No more Landers either!

I made a huge crucial mistake at this point. It didn't occur to me at the time, but I forgot to put in enough crew pods. I put in a few but I should have added at least one or two more. This will screw me over later. You'll see why. Why on EARTH DID I ADD A WEAPONS POD GOD WHAT'S WRONG WITH ME

Also problem is by the time I realized I needed more crew pods, it was too late for me to go back and get them. HURRAY.

You might be wondering why I didn't buy a ton of Chmmr ships or otherwise fill up my ship reserves. The answer is that I again was thinking too far ahead and forgot there was a sequence I still had to go through. FUN TIMES.

Delta Crateris. Technically you're supposed to look around the Crateris constellation for the Sa-Matra but I know exactly where it is so HAHA. For the heck of it, I'm gonna find all of the alien quotes that point you to Crateris.

Chmmr - YOU ALREADY HAVE THE DATA NECESSARY TO TELL YOU THAT THE SA-MATRA VESSEL
IS LOCATED IN THE DELTA CRATERIS STAR SYSTEM.
YOU NEED TO LOCATE THE UR-QUAN'S SA-MATRA VESSEL.
IF YOU CANNOT FIND IT YOURSELF, ASK THOSE OTHERS WHO ARE NEAR THE UR-QUAN.
PERHAPS THEY WILL KNOW.

YES. WE HAVE REACHED TWO CONCLUSIONS
ONE: THE LOCATION OF THE SA-MATRA CAN BE CONFINED TO THE STARS IN THE CRATERIS CONSTELLATION.
SEEK THE VEHICLE IN THIS REGION.
TWO: BECAUSE THE UR-QUAN LOST SO MANY SHIPS WHEN THE SHOFIXTI CAUSED THEIR OWN SUN TO FLARE
THE KOHR-AH'S FORCES ARE GROSSLY SUPERIOR TO THE UR-QUAN.
IF THE WAR IS NOT YET OVER BETWEEN THE UR-QUAN AND THE KOHR-AH, IT SHALL BE SOON
WITH THE KOHR-AH VICTORIOUS. WHEN THIS HAPPENS THE KOHR-AH WILL MOVE THROUGH SPACE
DESTROYING ALL INTELLIGENT RACES ONE BY ONE UNTIL NONE REMAINS.

Melnorme - The Ur-Quan are presently at war with a race called the Kohr-Ah.
They are fighting within a large spherical region of space centered around the Crateris star group.
Although it is probably too early to tell, it would appear that the Kohr-Ah are winning.

Pkunk - Before we proceed Captain, I must speak.
Many of my people have not been sleeping well these past few nights.
In fact, I myself did not sleep well last night.
Well, actually I slept okay in the first part of the night, and then had a little trouble a little later on, maybe halfway through, until I got up and had something to eat.
Anyway, the reason we're not sleeping is beause of a dream. Yes, a dream.
We have seen that in the center of this region of space,
near stars that form the shape of a cup,
and are in a constellation that begins with the letter C and ends with the letter S,
and whose letters rearranged spell Asteric,
two great armadas fight.
One of black ships, the other of green.
Our dream tells us that if the black ships should win this fight, they will destroy all life in this region.
Captain, they are winning now.
If there is anything you can do to stop them, you must do it... please!
Okay, that's all I wanted to say.

Supox - During the battle, one of our ships intercepted a signal
from an Ur-Quan vessel to a Kohr-Ah ship.
The contents of the message was simple, `Sa-Matra'.
Immediately after receiving the broadcast, the Kohr-Ah vessel disengaged from combat
entered HyperSpace and sped off in the direction of the Crateris stars.

Utwig - Aagghh! Your query once again painfully reminds me of the Ultron and what it was for the Universe!
I could tell you all and correct ALL that is wrong in the Universe!
All I can tell you is that the Kohr-Ah live to kill.
Their stated purpose is to seek out new life and new civilizations
and then annihilate them.
We seemed to qualify as such and that is why it is puzzling that after pursuing us with some tenacity
they suddenly turned away and headed toward Crateris.
Aangh! All this speculation would be unnecessary if only we had saved the Ultron!
It would not have taken much; a diving catch, a thrown pillow
even a fuzzy wumpus would have broken the fall satisfactorily!
Indeed, a panel convened to analyze the possibilities
concluded there were at least 623 ways that the Ultron could have been saved
if we had been prepared! Aagghh!
Let us cease our discussion concerning these matters.

The Kohr-Ah will soon possess a seemingly invincible vessel called the Sa-Matra.
I cannot give you specifics regarding this matter other than its general location
somewhere in the Crateris constellation.
The Sa-Matra is seemingly invincible, able to lay waste to an entire planet in less than an eyeblink.
The Ultron indicates that you must somehow destroy this thing or the Kohr-Ah will destroy all known life.

Thraddash - Now that you are our new role-model, I guess it's time to spill the beans on the Ur-Quan.
Unfortunately, we never really got any beans -- secret bits of information, that is.
However, maybe you would like to know about the last time we saw the Ur-Quan.
It was in 2140, I think. All of a sudden, a fleet of Dreadnoughts came storming into our space
quickly refueled, and then left, broadcasting a recorded message
which told us to remain in our old sphere of influence, obey the slave laws, and wait for their return.
The Dreadnought fleet departed in the direction of the Crateris constellation
but where they are now is unknown.

Zoq-Fot-Pik - I fear we have received our last scouting reports, Captain.
       Poor Yip, Tun and Haffy! I'll really miss those guys!
Although none of our scouts returned home alive
       ...and Jiff... and Fod... and (sniff!)...
       ...my best pal, Rogi!
They were able to send a last message.
The Kohr-Ah have won their war against the Ur-Quan
and they have begun their hideous death march.
       (sniff!)
The only piece of knowledge we have
that may help you defeat them
is a fragment of a transmission we received
from our agent Buppo who was in the Crateris constellation.
       They got Buppo too?!...(SOB!)
He reported that the Kohr-Ah had something
`big, dangerous and important as hell'
in one of the nearby star systems.
That was all we got before Buppo's signal was cut off.
       (SOB!)
You have got to stop the Kohr-Ah, Captain!...
...before they kill us all.
       (sniff!)

I think I like the Zoq-Fot-Pik's hint the best, just for their description of the Sa-Matra, altho the Pkunk's one hugely amuses me.

BY JOVE I THINK WE'VE FOUND IT

Hee hee hee

I like picturing the Ur-Quan just circling the Sa-Matra with a constant >( face.

Dnyarri slaps the Captain across the face. "YOU'RE HYSTERICAL!"

I'm not sure what happens if you do. I guess YOU LOSE.

Ur-Quan: Duuuuuuuuh

Like I said, size of a small moon.

FRICK I FORGOT ABOUT THIS. Which is stupid. I have no idea HOW. The reason I love that one Pkunk ship named Wudstok so much is cause it got me through this part and I just blanked on it like an idiot. Go me. Well, better make the best of it I suppose.

Wow, better make sure I take care of this before they hit Earth.

Heh, Nestor.

It's hard at take screencaps during Melee which is why most of the caps are after one of the ships has blown up. Hey, it's Pwappy! Of the PWAPPY YOU IDIOT fame! Hee hee hee.

God Spathi ships rock.

GO PWAPPY GO

Oh well. Poor Pwappy fought bravely.

Wow did that go badly.

Get some Chmmr in here to clean this up.

Argh!

Nestor, go!

Really, I don't play this badly generally. It's just hard to play and take screencaps at the same time. I SWEAR. IT'S NOT THAT I HAVEN'T FOUGHT AN UR-QUAN/KOHR-AH SHIP IN A LONG TIME SHUT UP

BOOM and that's the last of them!

WHY HELLO YEHAT

Was there ever any doubt? :D

COME ON GUESS

GUEEEEESSS

DUN DUN DUUUUUUUN

It's really hard for me to picture a Yehat and a Pkunk chatting amiably.

THAT'S why I didn't fill up my ships completely! Believe it or not, these Pkunk and Yehat ships are going to be INVALUABLE.

There it is.

D:

Why would there even be an opening? I guess for Ur-Quan to go in and pilot it?

Of course! They're not embedded anywhere sensible like, say, the inside of the shell or something.

I WON'T, ROWSDOWER.

OH NO

I haven't fought the Sa-Matra in a long time, so when I went into this battle I actually was a bit nervous, even tho I saved beforehand.

Due to how intense this battle was (I had to constantly be watching what I was doing, one screw up and I died and remember I'm flying pretty much the fastest ship in the game) there aren't too many screenshots of what happened. I tried to take a few though.

Those little green dots near the Sa-Matra there are one of its weapons. Those things move pretty fast and their purpose is to push your ship around. They also do one damage, but mostly what they do is bounce your ship around like a BB and believe me that can be VERY ANNOYING. The Pkunk can outrun them tho.

You can see I got three of the spheres here. The Pkunk Fury is tailormade for this. Anyway, those fireballs streaking past my poor ship are death incarnate. They move VERY fast (almost as fast as my Fury but not quite) and they will tear through your ship and do damage the whole way. LOTS of damage. Like Chmmr laser damage. They will kill almost any ship instantly. Here I made a mistake and bounced off the asteroid shield and that was enough for the fireballs to catch up to me.

There, you can see more of the fireballs. The Sa-Matra I think fires out up to...four. They stay on the screen as long as possible. I think you can shoot them and get rid of them but I didn't try it. The Sa-Matra constantly puts out those little green bouncy things.

Okay, I got rid of all the spheres. This is it. I have to get my flagship to the Sa-Matra and not die. Okay. Okay. This is my big chance. I'm psyched. Let's go.

FRICK

Okay, loaded and tried again. This time I had more of a hang of it, so Yompin generally wasn't in danger.

RESURRECTION HAHAHAHA I love Pkunk ships.

Alright, the shield's down! Time to try again!

Resurrection. Darn it Yompin, just die so I can get my flagship in there.

YOMPIN STOP IT

DARN IT

Okay there we go. Okay. I'm not gonna screw up this time. I can do this.

AGFUAHGUAUDYFA

Keep in mind that wearing down the Sa-Matra's shields takes about 20 MINUTES. At this point I realized that I needed more crew pods, since my flagship was not fast enough to outrun the fireballs and they were killing me in seconds. with more crew I could possibly make it to the Sa-Matra! At this point though it was too late to go get more crew.

So I kept trying. And kept trying. And kept trying.

Until finally...FINALLY...

Hey, there's the first look we get at the Captain!

Uh oh.

THANK YOU, CAPTAIN.

Captain: flurlurlurboobsyee

I'm assuming that the rest of the Captain's crew also got on the pod and didn't just die in a fiery explosion.

Ur-Quan: OH GOD HOW COULD THIS HAVE HAPPENED AAAAAAAAAAAA

Better Chmmr pilots than I, I assume.

I like that the Captain has brown hair.

I wonder why the Sickbay needs a hypnocoin on the wall.

Fun stuff - In Starcon3, the Spathi accompany you on your trip. The idea was that the Chmmr went around the galaxy, freeing all the species that had been trapped under slave shields, including the Spathi. The Spathi, believing that their slave shield was permanent and would protect them forever, were more than horrified to see the Chmmr pop their bubble. Just that whole concept hugely amuses me for some reason.

Spathi: NO WE DON'T WANT TO BE FREE D: OH GOD

Chmmr: DOES NOT COMPUTE

Wow that was quick.

...from screwing up everyone in the universe, if the Captain is any indication!

THE END

just kidding

The Captain's granddaughter is totally not listening.

What an ugly ship. Haha, and also SC3 totally didn't go into the Mark II at all if I remember right.

CREDITS! Hee hee.

I love the Zoq-Fot-Pik so much.

Gasp

NEVER MIND HOW

Haha SC3 had nothing to do with the Dnyarri, to disappoint you.

THE BEST KIND

Woah, haven't seen the Orz in a while.

Hee hee hee.

What's a domino?

The Utwig just like naming things.

Hehehehe.

Thraddash! :D

Hee hee.

DOG EATING PLANTS

SC3 wasn't about the Syreen either if you're curious.

Haha

I am not ashamed to tell you that I did try to call this number but I think someone stopped me.

Woody Allen I know, but Tobe Hooper's new to me.

I'm picturing a Yehat directing and just randomly going BRAK! YEEP! during takes.

I'd buy Starcon2 toys so fast.

Hehehehe

The Druuge weren't even IN SC3. Haha.

I AGREE

YAY VUX YAAAAAAAAAAAY

I like the VUX too much.

Hee hee.

Ah, our favorite pale-skinned weirdos. I'm not familiar with Project Bluebook myself.

A COVER UP

Keep in mind this game came out before the movie. Men In Black first came out in 1997.

DON'T PROBE ME

And there you have it.

Like I said, beating the game kind of makes me sad that it's all over. I love this game to death, like I said before. I love everything about it, as much as I might make fun of some parts of it. I've been playing this game for such a long time. There's so much of it that's part of who I am and how I act now. My sense of humor and my taste in music I'm sure were heavily influenced by this game.

Thanks for reading through this with me. Like I said before, this game means a lot to me and I like being able to share it with people. I hope you had fun reading along with this as much as I had playing through it and doing these entries. I hope you'll play the game yourself and tell other people to play it too and spread the word about this great game.

And so ends our second screencap adventure. I'm almost positive our next one will be a Sierra game of some kind, so keep an eye out.

(Not quite - there's one more bonus entry ahead)

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