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#1 mikker

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Posted 29 November 2003 - 03:34 PM

Alien Research


It has been widely observed that aliens have landed and taken data from the earth, sky and water. Ranging from discovering what molecules things are made of, to taking DNA analysis of bacteria, animals, and plants. Even though these missions have hit the roof in the last few years, they have started to die out. It seems that the aliens have found what they were looking for. Now they are only examining the leftovers, and have began some more offensive missions. Research missions are a little threat to the planet, and are a minor target.


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Posted 29 November 2003 - 04:49 PM

It Sucks. :D

No really, it isn't that bad. You may want to relpace "earth, sky, and water" with Soil, Atmosphere, and uhh Hydrosphere. Or something that sounds a little more advanced/intellectual.
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Posted 29 November 2003 - 04:51 PM

hehehe :)

yeah, just wanted to mess arround. got any ideas to make it bigger?

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Posted 29 November 2003 - 05:58 PM

You could tie in the fact that aliens have been doing this for a long, long time.
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Posted 30 November 2003 - 06:40 AM

It has been widely observed that aliens have landed and taken data from the soil, atmosphere, and hydrosphere of Earth. Ranging from discovering what molecule structures the chosen experimental item is made of, taking DNA analysis of bacteria, plants, and animals, and even in some cases shooting their plasma weaponry at certain things to determine the strength of the material. Even though these missions have hit the roof in the last few years, they have started to die out. Strangely, it looks like the aliens have found what they were looking for. Now they are only examining the leftovers, and have began more offensive missions. Though we have no idea how long the aliens have taken data from our planet, it have been theorized that there have been UFO sightings in the time of ancient Egypt. Research missions are a little threat to the planet, and are a minor target, though the special recording equipment aboard the research UFOs can come quite in handy.

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Posted 09 December 2003 - 06:19 PM

One question- why would the aliens research for thousands of years from ancient Egypt to the present day, when they could have invaded then and fought people on horses, or wait until the present and fight a well organized, global, (relatively) high tech defensive force?

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Posted 09 December 2003 - 11:33 PM

"Hit the roof" is an idiom or coloquiallism and would not be used in a scientific abstract.
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Posted 24 January 2004 - 03:42 PM

One question- why would the aliens research for thousands of years from ancient Egypt to the present day, when they could have invaded then and fought people on horses, or wait until the present and fight a well organized, global, (relatively) high tech defensive force?

thats a good question. As this would require alot of disscusion, I've just deleted that part :)

and Stewart, how does "exceeded the scale" sound then?

as english is not my born language, it won't be the best quallity, though I'm doing my best.

heres an update:


Alien Research

Alien craft types on mission: Small Scout, Medium Scout, Large Scout, Harvester

Danger: Minimal

Alien gain on mission: Information

Research missions are a little threat to the planet, and are a minor target, though the special recording equipment aboard the research UFOs could have a high value to both scientists and soldiers.

It has been widely observed that aliens have landed and taken data from the soil, atmosphere, and hydrosphere of Earth. Ranging from simple analyzes of atoms, to taking DNA analysis of bacteria, plants, and animals, and even in some cases determining the strength of a material. Even though these missions had exceeded the scale in activity in the last few years, they have started to die out. Strangely, it looks like the aliens have found what they were looking for. Now they only seem to be examining the rest, trying to find more valuable material. But the alien have a higher level of technology then human, and they have began more offensive missions, so these mission are not important.

“They have better weaponry, better spacecrafts, better soldiers, and now you come here and say that they still increases their technology? That’s just plain unfair!” ~X-Corps Scientist Richard Deacon

Edited by mikker, 24 January 2004 - 03:46 PM.

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Posted 24 January 2004 - 04:38 PM

I think that assessing the danger of alien recon, information gathering ought not to be included. It makes it sound like the fact that the aliens learn more about us is non sequitor (besides the point). I would like to suggest you have a rating system explicitly referring to the strenghth of the standard expeditionary group of that type rather than the alien mission itself.
Such as:

ALIEN RESEARCH EXPEDITIONARY UNIT

Craft type: Scout class ships.

Compliment: 5 - 15 ETs, craft dependent.

Tactical Strength: Low.

Objective: Military Reconnaisance, Scientific Discovery.

I also think that the harvester ought to have its own missions, like resource gathering/food resupply/medical test subject abduction... because they are more invasive than the scouts. You could have a combination of mission types outlined in the alien research mission objective description.

Here I go an angry brother gonna make his move
But can I buck him in the city so I never lose?
See I'm a get him in the crowd with a couple heavies
And lay the barrel to the ground, hold the gat steady
And now I'm ready for my adversary, talk is cheap
I'm looking for a way to make a plan gonna keep it neat
So don't be telling me to get the non-violent spirit
'cause when I'm violent is the only time the devils hear it
'cause all I want to see is m****f***ing brains hanging


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Posted 24 January 2004 - 06:33 PM

Great job Mikker. There's only one thing I don't understand.

Now they only seem to be examining the rest, trying to find more valuable material.

I don't understand that quote. Are they surveying for raw materials (stuff for Elerium) or looking for valuable science(nerd) stuff?
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Posted 25 January 2004 - 07:00 PM

I don't think you have to rule out the "coming for thousands of years thing.

One question- why would the aliens research for thousands of years from ancient Egypt to the present day, when they could have invaded then and fought people on horses, or wait until the present and fight a well organized, global, (relatively) high tech defensive force?


You could probably use it for the frame work of a deeper storyline with some thought:


"Some of the more interesting reports are those that indicate a scientific interest, in regards to Earth, on the part of our unwelcome alien guests. These explorations, conducted primaily by smaller UFO's range from simple site surveying and observation, to data and sample gathering/analysis.

Samples of plant, animal and mineral material seem to be of equal value, but human related data is definitely the focus of this "research". The connection to alien abductions is not yet known, but can be theorized on. "

Also interesting is the methodology of the collection, which seems to be sparse and slow but involves a sequential pattern. This may indicate that such missions have been occuring for a prolonged period of time. How long, we cannot say, but these findings do lend more credence to alleged UFO sighting in ancient Egypt, and cave paintings of beings with disproportionate eyes.

Hence, with the aliens only now beginning hostile interactions with Earth we must ask the question: why now? Earth is, apparently, able to mount at least some kind of defense against the alien threat. To wait for us to "catch up", then, makes no sense at the moment. We recommend more research is needed to determine the purposes, goals and history in this area."

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Posted 25 January 2004 - 07:12 PM

In the original CTD, the aliens seeded the planet with its genetic diversity in the prehistoric past and are now studying and harvesting the inhabitants.

Here I go an angry brother gonna make his move
But can I buck him in the city so I never lose?
See I'm a get him in the crowd with a couple heavies
And lay the barrel to the ground, hold the gat steady
And now I'm ready for my adversary, talk is cheap
I'm looking for a way to make a plan gonna keep it neat
So don't be telling me to get the non-violent spirit
'cause when I'm violent is the only time the devils hear it
'cause all I want to see is m****f***ing brains hanging


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Posted 25 January 2004 - 07:29 PM

well there ya go

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Posted 31 January 2004 - 04:59 AM

i suck at this :/

if anyone wants to take over, they are welcome.

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Posted 31 January 2004 - 07:21 PM

Everybody's ideas are welcome Mikker, don't worry about it.

I'm partial to the "missing link" theory as well, as to why they visited in the past. There were just primates, but the aliens wanted a better species to work with, so they alter the genetic code just enough to let us become humans. They then needed to let us multiply so there would be a good harvest when they returned. But the mothership crashes on Mars for whatever reason, and we are able to advance just enough to but up a fight when they regroup.

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Posted 01 February 2004 - 03:18 AM

I simply state that the genetic code is JUST right about now. I qualified this with the statement that they did take some 'samples' a few thousand years ago, but it was low grade, and they constructed the gillmen :D
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Posted 01 February 2004 - 04:01 AM

hmmm....but most of this wouldnt go into the research mission, right?

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Posted 01 February 2004 - 11:02 PM

Whatever you decided, it needs to match up with the alien origin's story. Thats proablby quite difficult since the history bit is up in the air right now from what I hear, with everyone submitting different stories. You might want to wait until a framework is decided on (interms of origins and goals of the aliens) and then use it for creative ideas.


EDIT: clarifying

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Posted 20 December 2004 - 01:19 PM

Hey - i've revised the entire thing. It should be much better now, and won't intervene with any other CTD.

Alien Research

The alien research missions are of limited importance to the x-corps troops, and are of a minimum danger to Earth citizen. Research missions consist of only the smallest of crafts, and only few aliens. Low priority to these is recommended, but every alien ship downed and raided is a victory for humanity.

The alien research missions are the first types of missions, which have been recorded in modern times. This gives the appearance that the current alien invasion has long been planned, and aliens have been systematically recording data from both nature and civilization. Like us, they want to know their enemy, which could give them the upper-hand in the battle to come.

The aliens have mostly concentrated their research efforts to the nature, mostly to find a weak spot in our planetary system, and to find hidden minerals unknown to the alien threat. In either way, these research missions have become rarer then before, so whatever they were looking for, they have found. Even if we could engage the UFO’s, and disrupt their research equipment, we cannot do anything to the information that they have already gained. In the past, these missions could have been of severe importance, as to prevent their knowledge of our sociality, technology, and geology. But this is too late as of yet, so concentrating on these types of missions would be a mistake.

The Interrogation Department has revealed that the aliens have been in need of different materials, not found other places in close vicinity to Earth. What these materials might be, we have been unable to discover. In any case, alien research missions are looking for those materials – later to be acquired by larger UFO’s.

On a different note, our research department is eager to get their hands on some of the alien research equipment for their own use. This may or may not increase their effectively in the labs.

“They have better weaponry, better craft, better soldiers, and now you come here and say, that the alien technology is getting even better? That’s just plain unfair!” ~X-Corps Scientist Richard Deacon

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Posted 20 December 2004 - 05:10 PM

nice, i dont find anything that trublesome.
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Posted 20 December 2004 - 07:28 PM

Hey - i've revised the entire thing. It should be much better now, and won't intervene with any other CTD.

Alien Research

The alien research missions are of limited importance to the x-corps troops, and are of a minimum danger to Earth citizen. Research missions consist of only the smallest of crafts, and only few aliens. Low priority to these is recommended, but every alien ship downed and raided is a victory for humanity.

The alien research missions are the first types of missions, which have been recorded in modern times. This gives the appearance that the current alien invasion has long been planned, and aliens have been systematically recording data from both nature and civilization. Like us, they want to know their enemy, which could give them the upper-hand in the battle to come.

The aliens have mostly concentrated their research efforts to the nature, mostly to find a weak spot in our planetary system, and to find hidden minerals unknown to the alien threat. In either way, these research missions have become rarer then before, so whatever they were looking for, they have found. Even if we could engage the UFO’s, and disrupt their research equipment, we cannot do anything to the information that they have already gained. In the past, these missions could have been of severe importance, as to prevent their knowledge of our sociality, technology, and geology. But this is too late as of yet, so concentrating on these types of missions would be a mistake.

The Interrogation Department has revealed that the aliens have been in need of different materials, not found other places in close vicinity to Earth. What these materials might be, we have been unable to discover. In any case, alien research missions are looking for those materials – later to be acquired by larger UFO’s.

On a different note, our research department is eager to get their hands on some of the alien research equipment for their own use. This may or may not increase their effectively in the labs.

“They have better weaponry, better craft, better soldiers, and now you come here and say, that the alien technology is getting even better? That’s just plain unfair!” ~X-Corps Scientist Richard Deacon

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The fourth paragraph is slightly redundant. The line in paragraph 3 (highlighted in blue) alread states that they are looking for unknown materials, which by itself is hard to believe, seeing how they are more advanced and all natural elements on Earth are relatively common and/or can be found in the universe. Anyway, why do you want iron when you can have a silabrate "exhale" alien alloys?!?!?!?

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On a different note, our research department is eager to get their hands on some of the alien research equipment for their own use. This may or may not increase their effectively in the labs.

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He is right about the iron, and this paragraph makes little sense, "this may or may not increase...", that is not right. I just don't understand what you're getting at with this.

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Posted 20 December 2004 - 08:10 PM


On a different note, our research department is eager to get their hands on some of the alien research equipment for their own use. This may or may not increase their effectively in the labs.

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He is right about the iron, and this paragraph makes little sense, "this may or may not increase...", that is not right. I just don't understand what you're getting at with this.

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I think he is trying to say that the research division might be able to use the alien technology for their own uses IF they can adapt if. You could probably re-word it into something like, "On a different note, our research department is eager to collect some examples of alien recon technology. It is possible that we can use the alien's own technology for our own uses if we can backwards-engineer it."

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Posted 21 December 2004 - 03:01 AM

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The alien research missions are the first types of missions, which have been recorded in modern times. ...

sounds funny, consider rewrite eks.
The first types of alien mission recorded in modern times where research missions.

Edited by Qonfused, 21 December 2004 - 03:01 AM.

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Posted 21 December 2004 - 01:34 PM

okay, i clearly see that i was a little too quick a few places. :Brickwall: :P

Alien Research

The alien research missions are of limited importance to the x-corps troops, and are of a minimum danger to Earth citizen. Research missions consist of only the smallest of crafts, and only few aliens. Low priority to these is recommended, but every alien ship downed and raided is a victory for humanity.

The first alien missions ever recorded have been concentrating on research, and this gives the appearance that the current alien invasion has long been planned. It is most likely, that aliens have been systematically recording data from both nature and civilization, and adapted their war efforts to our planet specifically. Like us, they wanted to know their enemy, which could give them the upper-hand in the battle to come.

The aliens have concentrated their research efforts to locate certain materials, which can then later be acquired by larger UFO’s. What else they might have been investigating, are still unknown to us. However, we suspect them to have been mapping out capital cities, growing deep into our sociality, and investigate the strength of military locations. Research missions have become rarer then before, so whatever they were looking for, they have found. Even if we engage all the UFO’s, and disrupt their research equipment, we cannot do anything about the information that they have already gained in the past. These missions could have been of severe importance, but now is too late to act, so concentrating on these types of missions would be a mistake.

On a different note, our research department is eager to get their hands on some of the alien examining technology. It is possible that we can use the alien technology for our own uses, if we can successfully backwards-engineer the devices.

“They have better weaponry, better craft, better soldiers, and now you come here and say, that the alien technology is getting even better? That’s just plain unfair!” ~X-Corps Scientist Richard Deacon

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Posted 21 December 2004 - 04:31 PM

"... we cannot do anything to the information that they have already gained. In the past, ..."
i think you might have switched the period(.) and the comma(,)
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Posted 21 December 2004 - 05:08 PM

"... we cannot do anything to the information that they have already gained. In the past, ..."
i think you might have switched the period(.) and the comma(,)

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acturly no, but it does sound better :sly:

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Posted 15 February 2005 - 05:32 PM

Alien Research

The alien research missions are of limited importance to the x-corps troops, and are of a minimum danger to Earth citizen. Research missions are only carried out by the smallest alien crafts, and only few aliens are onboard said crafts. Low priority to these missions is recommended, but every alien ship downed and raided, is a victory in itself.

The first alien missions have been concentrating on research, and this gives the appearance that the ongoing alien invasion has long been planned. Historical records show, that the aliens must have surveyed the planet since at least the cold war. It’s most likely, that the aliens have been systematically recording data from both our nature and civilization, and adapted their war efforts to our planet specifically. Like modern human warfare, the aliens clearly wanted to know their enemy before any assault was attempted, as this could give them the upper hand in the battle to come.

Although many of the research needs can easily be done by scouts, some issues require a little deeper glance, rather then a quick survey. It most be remembered, that our world is completely alien to them, and even the most trivial things needs investigation. The aliens have mostly concentrated their research efforts to locate which materials are present on our planet, which then later could be acquired by larger UFOs. The aliens have kept a close eye on the political system, and have without doubt been studying the human psychology, which outcome can be seen as the mass-hysteria following in the wake of their [Terror missions].

Today, almost all research efforts have ended, so it’s unlikely Even if we engage all the UFO’s, and disrupt their research equipment, we cannot do anything to the information that they have already gained. On a different note, our research department is eager to get their hands on some of the alien examining technology. It is possible that we, after the war against the aliens, can use the technology for our own uses, if we can successfully reverse-engineer the devices.

“They have better weaponry, better craft, better soldiers, and now you come here and say, that their technology is getting even better? That’s just plain unfair!” ~X-Corps Scientist Richard Deacon

new version.

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Red text indicates additions, orange text indicates deletions, and blue text indicates comments or suggestions.

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[Alien Research]

The [Alien Research] missions are of limited importance concern? to the X-Corps troops, and are of a minimum "...and pose minimal"? danger to Earth citizen "...to the average Earth citizen" or "to Earth citizens"?. Research missions are only carried out by the smallest Alien crafts, and only few Aliens are onboard said crafts "...crafts, each with limited crew capacities/ small crew complements"?. Low priority to these missions is recommended "A lower priority should be assigned to these passive Alien Research missions"?, but with every Alien ship downed and raided, is a victory in itself recovered, we gain valuable salvage and research materials.

The first Alien missions have been concentrating concentrate largely on research, and this gives the appearance suggesting that the ongoing current Alien invasion has long been planned been long in the planning. Historical records show indicate, hint? , that the Aliens must have surveyed the planet since at least the cold war for at least half a century, perhaps longer Changed to be consistent with Azrael's current "Alien Goal" CT. It’s most It is likely, that the Aliens have been systematically recording data from both our nature and civilization, and specifically adapted their war efforts to our planet specifically based on their observation data. Like modern human warfare, As in any conflict, intelligence and reconnaissance are the keys to military success (or "formulating a successful military strategy"), and the Aliens clearly wanted to know their enemy before any assault was attempted, as this could give them the upper hand in the battle to come made an effort to know their enemies as well as their battlefield.

Although many of the topical research needs can easily be done performed? by [scouts], some issues require a little deeper study glance, rather then a quick survey. It most be remembered, that our world is completely alien to them, and even the most trivial things needs investigation. The Aliens have mostly primarily, predominantly? concentrated their research efforts into locate which materials are present on locating useful resource deposits within our planet, which then later could be acquired by larger UFOs "...which would become targets for later [Alien Harvest?] missions"?. The Aliens have kept a close eye on the also surreptitiously observed the political system, and have without doubt been studying the human psychology, of which outcome their role/influence can be seen as in the mass-hysteria following in the wake of their [Alien Terror] missions.

Since the frequency of [Alien Research] missions has declined, we speculate that the Aliens have already acquired the information sought and have begun pursuing the next stages of their mysterious Alien strategy.  Unlike the Aliens, however, we humans have a long road to travel in terms of research.  In fact, the scientists over in the Research Division are very eager to begin studying new Alien technologies to pursue the advances in knowledge, weapons, and equipment that will one day be essential in repelling the Alien menaceToday, almost all research efforts have ended, so it’s unlikely Even if we engage all the UFO’s, and disrupt their research equipment, we cannot do anything to the information that they have already gained.  On a different note, our research department is eager to get their hands on some of the Alien examining technology. It is possible that we, after the war against the Aliens, can use the technology for our own uses, if we can successfully reverse-engineer the devices. I felt this paragraph needed a lot of attention to clarify and sharpen its meaning.  Hopefully, my suggestions are compatible with what you originally intended?

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Nice efforts, mikker- it's shaping up now! =b

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Posted 20 February 2005 - 08:05 AM

hey - i considered and implanted most of your suggestions, albeit the last paragraph didn't mix with my thoughs. Wasn't anything important, so i decided to simply skip it.

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[Alien Research]

The [Alien Research] missions are of limited concern to the X-Corps troops, and pose minimal danger to Earth citizens. Research missions are carried out by the smallest Alien crafts, each with limited crew capacities. A lower priority should be assigned to these passive Alien Research missions, but with every Alien ship downed and recovered, we gain valuable salvage and research materials.

The first Alien missions concentrate largely on research, suggesting that the current Alien invasion has been long in the planning. Historical records show that the Aliens have surveyed the planet for at least half a century, perhaps longer. It is likely, that the Aliens have specifically adapted their war efforts to our planet based on their observation data. As in any conflict, intelligence and reconnaissance are the keys to military success, and the Aliens clearly made an effort to know their enemies as well as their battlefield.

Although topical research needs can easily be performed by [scouts], some issues require deeper study. The Aliens have primarily concentrated their efforts into locating useful resource deposits within our planet, which would become targets for later [Alien Harvest] missions. The Aliens have also surreptitiously observed human psychology, of which role can be seen in the mass-hysteria following in the wake of their [Alien Terror] missions.

Since the frequency of [Alien Research] missions has declined, we speculate that the Aliens have already acquired the information sought and have begun pursuing the next stages of their mysterious Alien strategy.

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Posted 20 February 2005 - 10:42 AM

The Aliens have also surreptitiously observed human psychology, of which role can be seen in the mass-hysteria following in the wake of their [Alien Terror] missions.

Hmm... This sentences doesn't feel quite right to me... I mean, it doesn't matter who initates it, but a terrorist strike by anyone on the scale of what the aliens pull of during their terror missions would cause a huge uproar in anycase, with people pointing fingers around and accusing each other of being less than vigilant. if we reword the sentence to:
"It is likely that the observation of human psychology has affected the Alien's overall strategy to include strikes at civilian targets to generate discontent and destabilize human societies."
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Posted 26 February 2005 - 11:30 AM

Mostly, I'm going to fiddle with the verbiage a bit, from Mikker's original. Some of it sounds distinctly odd in English. My comments in blue text inside brackets.

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[Alien Research]

The [Alien Research] missions are of limited concern to X-Corps troops, and pose minimal danger to Earth citizens. Research missions are carried out by the smallest Alien crafts, each with limited crew capacities. A lower priority should be assigned to these passive Alien Research missions, but with every Alien ship downed and recovered, we gain valuable salvage and research materials.

The first Alien missions concentrate largely on research, suggesting that the current Alien invasion has been long in the planning. [That sounds very odd. The first missions concentrate, as in "will concentrate?" But isn't this supposed to be what's come before? Also, how would we know of missions prior to recently?] Historical records show that the Aliens have surveyed the planet for at least sixty-five years, perhaps longer. [I changed this. If Xenocide is in 2012, then Roswell at minimum would be 65 years.] It is likely that the Aliens have specifically adapted their war efforts to our planet based on their observation data. [The comma after likely makes the pacing sound wrong. A comma in English indicates a temporary pause. Ergo, changed.] As in any conflict, intelligence and reconnaissance are the keys to military success, and the Aliens have clearly made an effort to know their enemies as well as their battlefield. [More grammar. 'have clearly made' is proper English.]

Although topical research can easily be performed by [scouts], some issues require deeper study. [Either 'topical research can easily be performed', or 'topical research needs can easily be fulfilled'. Needs is a descriptor in this case (as in, psychological needs), while ressearch is an adverb, and performed is a verb. Either needs can be fulfilled or research can be performed. Needs cannot be performed, as needs are not actions.] The Aliens have primarily concentrated their efforts towards locating useful resource deposits within our planet, which would become targets for later [Alien Harvest] missions. [ 'Concentrated their efforts towards' is proper speech. 'Concentrated their efforts into' is just kinda wrong.] It is likely that the observation of human psychology has affected the Aliens' overall strategy to include strikes at civilian targets to generate discontent and destabilize human societies. [I agree with Tzuchan. His sentence sounds better and gets the point across better.]

Since the frequency of [Alien Research] missions has declined, we speculate that the Aliens have already acquired the information sought and have begun pursuing the next stages of their mysterious strategy. [Saying that Aliens have begun pursuing the next stages of 'their mysterious Alien strategy' is redundant. Of course it's an Alien strategy, they're Aliens! So, delete the adjective 'Alien' from the last phrase.]

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Posted 26 February 2005 - 12:32 PM

Nice comments, Penta, tzuchan! =b No complaints from me- they're all great suggestions. I'm going to have to be a lot more careful with all the keen eyes around... ;)

Edited by Astyanax, 26 February 2005 - 12:35 PM.

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Posted 26 February 2005 - 12:36 PM

i can't really comment on what is 'proper english', as it is not my first language. I just write what sounds right, i can't really control if it got some danishness into it here and there...

I try to not do it of course, but some things slip :P good thing you found them.

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Posted 26 February 2005 - 12:46 PM

It's all good, mikker. That's why the CTD exists- to create and improve X-net entries. And all the recent activity really bolsters my spirits! :)
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Posted 26 February 2005 - 05:30 PM

Suggestion for the last paragraph:

Current Alien activity reports indicate that actual [Alien Research] missions have become very rare. Our theorists have put forward the ominous suggestion that this may indicate the Aliens have already discovered whatever arcane knowledge they sought.

Given how far behind the Alien technology we are, the Science Department requests a priority be given to interception and, more importantly, recovery of vessels and crew members on [Alien Research] missions. Deciphering their research, and combining it with our own may be the only way to create weapons powerful enough to defeat this implacable enemy.



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Posted 27 February 2005 - 04:25 AM

First sounds right, but the second:

Given how far behind the Alien technology we are, the Science Department requests a priority be given to interception and, more importantly, recovery of vessels and crew members on [Alien Research] missions. Deciphering their research, and combining it with our own may be the only way to create weapons powerful enough to defeat this implacable enemy.

This was not what i originally ment. Indeed, this fits more, but if you have researched the alien research mission, chances are you either:

1) Already have intercepted a craft, and researched a navigator.

2) You already have researched everything except UFOs and alien missions.

so i really doubbt it should be in this topic.

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Posted 27 February 2005 - 10:57 AM

How about this, CB, mikker:

Current Alien activity reports indicate that actual [Alien Research] missions have become very rare. Our theorists have put forward the ominous suggestion that this may indicate the Aliens have already discovered whatever arcane knowledge they sought.

Given our technological inferiority to the Aliens, our Science Department recommends that scientific research take precedence over lesser priorities. Deciphering Alien technology and pursuing novel projects of our own may be the best courses of action to bridge the knowledge gap between us and our enemy, because an active emphasis on research may just be the best response to [Alien research] missions.

(It's a little weak at the end, but I'm trying to tie it back to the CT.)
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Posted 27 February 2005 - 12:51 PM

if you guys want it in, fine with me :)

[Alien Research]

The [Alien Research] missions are of limited concern to X-Corps troops, and pose minimal danger to Earth citizens. Research missions are carried out by the smallest Alien crafts, each with limited crew capacities. A lower priority should be assigned to these passive Alien Research missions, but with every Alien ship downed and recovered, we gain valuable salvage and research materials.

The first Alien missions mainly concentrated on research. Historical records show that the Aliens have surveyed the planet for at least sixty-five years, perhaps longer. It is likely that the Aliens have specifically adapted their war efforts to our planet based on their observation data. As in any conflict, intelligence and reconnaissance are the keys to military success, and the Aliens have clearly made an effort to know their enemies as well as their battlefield.

Although many of these reconnaissance missions can easily be performed by [scouts], some issues require deeper study. The Aliens have primarily concentrated their efforts towards locating useful resource deposits within our planet, which would become targets for later [Alien Harvest] missions. It is likely that the observation of human psychology has affected the Aliens' overall strategy to include strikes at civilian targets to generate discontent and destabilize human societies.

Current Alien activity reports indicate that actual [Alien Research] missions have become very rare. Our theorists have put forward the ominous suggestion that this may indicate the Aliens have already discovered whatever arcane knowledge they sought.

Given our technological inferiority to the Aliens, our Science Department recommends that scientific research take precedence over lesser priorities. Deciphering Alien technology and pursuing novel projects of our own may be the best courses of action to bridge the knowledge gap between us and our enemy, because an active emphasis on research may just be the best response to [Alien research] missions. [see? The previous tides well in and rounds off nicely. This one, however good it's written, doesn't really have anything to do with the alien reserch mission, and doesn't really add anything to the text. :wink1: ]

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Edited by mikker, 27 February 2005 - 01:06 PM.

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Posted 27 February 2005 - 01:03 PM

Hehe, I'm pretty impartial. I just like tweaking words and texts. :P
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Anyone has any comments on this one? otherwise I think it is completed :)

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Posted 24 October 2005 - 09:59 AM

Alien Research
X-Net://Pegasus.net/Alien/Research/Alien Research

The Alien Research missions are of limited concern to X-Corps troops, and pose minimal danger to Earth citizens. Research missions are carried out by the smallest Alien crafts, with a limited crew capacity. A lower priority should be assigned to these unlethal Alien Research missions. However, it must be noted, that with every Alien ship downed and recovered, we gain valuable research material.

The first Alien missions concentrated mainly on research. Historical records show that the Aliens have surveyed our planet for at least sixty-five years, perhaps even longer. It is very likely, that the Aliens have specifically adapted their war efforts to our planet, many of the operations based on their gathered data. As in any conflict, intelligence and reconnaissance are the keys to  success, and the Aliens have clearly made an effort to know their enemies as well as their battlefield.

Although many of the surveys were performed by simple reconnaissance missions, some issues required deeper study. The Aliens have primarily concentrated their efforts towards locating resource deposits, which would become targets for later Alien Harvest missions. It is also likely that the observation of human psychology had affected the Aliens' overall strategy, to include strikes at civilian targets, to generate discontent, and destabilize human societies.

Current Alien activity reports indicate, that actual Alien Research missions have become much rarer then before. Our theorists have put forward the ominous suggestion, that this may indicate the Aliens have already discovered whatever arcane knowledge they sought.

“They already have better weaponry, better craft and better soldiers than we do, and now you're saying that they're bringing down even more technology?! That’s just plain unfair!” - X-Corps Scientist Richard Deacon



Is the current version :)

Edited by mikker, 24 October 2005 - 10:13 AM.

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Posted 23 December 2005 - 05:05 PM

Bump


Should we work on this one a bit, or should it be sent to "complete"?
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Looks good to me, anyone has any comments?

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Posted 26 December 2005 - 08:13 AM

I think it contains most of the ideas it should. But, it needs some proofreading, so better send it there.

ALIEN RESEARCH
X-Net://Pegasus.net/Alien/Research/Alien Research

The Alien Research missions are of limited concern to X-Corps troops, and pose minimal danger to Earth citizens. Research missions are carried out by the smallest Alien crafts, with a limited crew capacity. A lower priority should be assigned to these unlethal Alien Research missions. However, it must be noted, that with every Alien ship downed and recovered, we gain valuable research material.

The first Alien missions concentrated mainly on research. Historical records show that the Aliens have surveyed our planet for at least sixty-five years, perhaps even longer. It is very likely, that the Aliens have specifically adapted their war efforts to our planet, many of the operations based on their gathered data. As in any conflict, intelligence and reconnaissance are the keys to  success, and the Aliens have clearly made an effort to know their enemies as well as their battlefield.

Although many of the surveys were performed by simple reconnaissance missions, some issues required deeper study. The Aliens have primarily concentrated their efforts towards locating resource deposits, which would become targets for later Alien Harvest missions. It is also likely that the observation of human psychology had affected the Aliens' overall strategy, to include strikes at civilian targets, to generate discontent, and destabilize human societies.

Current Alien activity reports indicate that actual Alien Research missions have become much rarer then before. Our theorists have put forward the ominous suggestion that this may indicate the Aliens have already discovered whatever arcane knowledge they sought.

“They already have better weaponry, better craft and better soldiers than we do, and now you're saying that they're bringing down even more technology?! That’s just plain unfair!” - X-Corps Scientist Richard Deacon


Edited by kafros, 26 December 2005 - 08:13 AM.


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Posted 27 December 2005 - 11:07 AM

Looks pretty good, kafros. The only thing that sticks out to me is that the fluff doesn't seem to match the text.

Hey, wait... did someone say proofreading? :P Most of the following are other words that popped into my head when reading the text, but the original words work just fine, too. Blue is for comments, green is for highlighting.

ALIEN RESEARCH
X-Net://Pegasus.net/Alien/Research/Alien Research

The Alien Research missions are of limited lesser? concern to X-Corps troops, and pose minimal danger to Earth citizens. Research missions are carried out by the smallest Alien crafts, with a limited crew capacity. A lower priority should be assigned to these unlethal non-lethal? Alien Research missions. However, it must be noted, that with every Alien ship downed and recovered, we gain valuable research material.

The first Alien missions concentrated mainly primarily? on research. Historical records show that the Aliens have surveyed our planet for at least sixty-five years, perhaps even longer. It is very likely, that the Aliens have specifically adapted their war efforts to our planet, many of the operations based on their gathered data. As in any conflict, intelligence and reconnaissance are the keys to success, and the Aliens have clearly made an effort to know their enemies as well as their battlefield.

There's a minor grammar mistake in this sentence.  The first comma isn't really needed and the part after the second comma isn't quite complete.  It could be:
"It is very likely that the Aliens have specifically adapted their war efforts to our planet, as many of their operations seem to be based on their gathered data" or

"It is very likely that the Aliens have specifically adapted their war efforts to our planet; many of their operations seem to be based on their gathered data" or

"It is very likely that the Aliens have specifically adapted their war efforts to our planet since many of their operations seem to be based on their gathered data."


Although many of these surveys were performed by simple reconnaissance missions, some issues required deeper study. The Aliens have primarily concentrated their efforts towards locating resource deposits, which would become targets for later Alien Harvest missions. It is also likely that the observation of human psychology had affected the Aliens' overall strategy, to include strikes at civilian targets, to generate discontent, and destabilize human societies.

Current Alien activity reports indicate that actual Alien Research missions have become more sporadic? much rarer then before. Our theorists have put forward the ominous suggestion that this may indicate the Aliens have already discovered whatever arcane knowledge they sought.

“They already have better weaponry, better craft and better soldiers than we do, and now you're saying that they're bringing down even more technology?! That’s just plain unfair!” - X-Corps Scientist Richard Deacon


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Looks pretty good, kafros.  The only thing that sticks out to me is that the fluff doesn't seem to match the text.

Hey, wait... did someone say proofreading? :P  Most of the following are other words that popped into my head when reading the text, but the original words work just fine, too.  Blue is for comments, green is for highlighting.

ALIEN RESEARCH
X-Net://Pegasus.net/Alien/Research/Alien Research

The Alien Research missions are of limited lesser? concern to X-Corps troops, and pose minimal danger to Earth citizens. Research missions are carried out by the smallest Alien crafts, with a limited crew capacity. A lower priority should be assigned to these unlethal non-lethal? Alien Research missions. However, it must be noted, that with every Alien ship downed and recovered, we gain valuable research material.

The first Alien missions concentrated mainly primarily? on research. Historical records show that the Aliens have surveyed our planet for at least sixty-five years, perhaps even longer. It is very likely, that the Aliens have specifically adapted their war efforts to our planet, many of the operations based on their gathered data. As in any conflict, intelligence and reconnaissance are the keys to success, and the Aliens have clearly made an effort to know their enemies as well as their battlefield.

There's a minor grammar mistake in this sentence.  The first comma isn't really needed and the part after the second comma isn't quite complete.  It could be:
"It is very likely that the Aliens have specifically adapted their war efforts to our planet, as many of their operations seem to be based on their gathered data" or

"It is very likely that the Aliens have specifically adapted their war efforts to our planet; many of their operations seem to be based on their gathered data" or

"It is very likely that the Aliens have specifically adapted their war efforts to our planet since many of their operations seem to be based on their gathered data."


Although many of these surveys were performed by simple reconnaissance missions, some issues required deeper study. The Aliens have primarily concentrated their efforts towards locating resource deposits, which would become targets for later Alien Harvest missions. It is also likely that the observation of human psychology had affected the Aliens' overall strategy, to include strikes at civilian targets, to generate discontent, and destabilize human societies.

Current Alien activity reports indicate that actual Alien Research missions have become more sporadic? much rarer then before. Our theorists have put forward the ominous suggestion that this may indicate the Aliens have already discovered whatever arcane knowledge they sought.

“They already have better weaponry, better craft and better soldiers than we do, and now you're saying that they're bringing down even more technology?! That’s just plain unfair!” - X-Corps Scientist Richard Deacon

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I agree, I think this needs a different fluff.

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Posted 27 December 2005 - 04:34 PM

ALIEN RESEARCH
X-Net://Pegasus.net/Alien/Research/Alien Research

The Alien Research missions are of lesser minor? concern to X-Corps troops, and pose minimal danger to Earth citizens. Research missions are carried out by the smallest Alien crafts, with a limited crew capacity. A lower priority should be assigned to these non-lethal non-fatal? Alien Research missions. However, it must be noted, that with every Alien ship downed and recovered, we gain valuable research material.

The first Alien missions concentrated primarily on biological and geographical research. Historical records show that the Aliens have surveyed our planet for at least sixty-five years, perhaps even longer. It is very likely that the Aliens have specifically adapted their war efforts to our planet, as many of their operations seem to be based on their gathered data. As in any conflict, intelligence and reconnaissance are the keys to success, and the Aliens have clearly made an effort to know their enemies as well as their battlefield.

Although many of the surveys were performed by simple reconnaissance missions, some issues required deeper study. The Aliens have primarily concentrated their efforts towards locating resource deposits, which would become targets for later Alien Harvest missions. It is also likely that the observation of human psychology had affected the Aliens' overall strategy, to include strikes at civilian targets, to generate discontent, and destabilize human societies.

Current Alien activity reports indicate that actual Alien Research missions have become more sporadic than before. Our theorists have put forward the ominous suggestion that this may indicate the Aliens have already discovered whatever arcane knowledge they sought.

"Yet across the gulf of space, minds that are to our minds as ours are to those of the beasts that perish, intellects vast and cool and unsympathetic, regarded this earth with envious eyes, and slowly, and surely, drew their plans against us."
-H.G.Wells, excerpt from "The War of the Worlds", Book one: The coming of the Martians

Edited by kafros, 30 December 2005 - 04:22 PM.


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"Yet across the gulf of space, minds that are to our minds as ours are to those of the beasts that perish, intellects vast and cool and unsympathetic, regarded this earth with envious eyes, and slowly, and surely, drew their plans against us."
-H.G.Wells, excerpt from "The War of the Worlds", Book one: The coming of the Martians

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I really like this one :D

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Posted 27 December 2005 - 04:39 PM

One of the most famous quotes in Sci-fi. It amazed me since I first learned the "War of the worlds". It was Jeff Wayne's The War of the Worlds PC game... Then I read the book :)

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