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  1. Harvester is the creator of the game. The game was his idea, and he is the lead developer. :)

    Also, about your moon request, I do believe KasperVld meant more along the lines of different needs. (I.E. someone to talk to, help with the forum, help with the game) While naming a moon after you would be pretty cool, I don't think that was entirely the direction he was going with that statement. :) (although I would support a moon called Tang, that's actually a decent name anyways! And the story would be awesome. :) )

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    That is the single best quote I have ever read on this forum.

    Feel free to use it as a forum signature. I definitely wouldn't mind being well known on these forums I plan on getting a more involved in the KSP community. I would put it on my own sig but that would just make me look pompous.

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    I had heard there was supposed to be A LOT of moons so I didn't think it would be much to ask to name one after me although I was being sarcastic when I mentioned it but sarcasm doesn't translate well through text.

    I also wanted to swing by an idea of having "one" of the moons actually being 3 smaller moons orbiting close together and naming them after the 3 stooges. It would make it a major challenge to land on one of them and it totally fits with the humor of the game. I should probably start a new thread of people coming up with wacky ideas like my 3 stooges moons for KSP.

    Honestly what I really would like from him is give me some advice or point me in the right direction for making mods for the game. I have always wondered what programs people use and the processes involved in making those mods I have a ton of ideas for KSP.

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    Hi there Tang_Titan,

    It's hard to express how I feel after reading your letter. A disease like yours is a great injustice, and most of us will (thankfully) never have to deal with that. Your post is extremely inspirational and I'm very glad KSP has pulled you out of a rough patch. May you enjoy the game for a very long time to come, and if you need anything feel free to contact me.

    To Harvester I think an apology is in order.

    I wanted you to know I was kidding about the whole you naming something after me. Endersmens pointed it out in the post I just wanted you to know I was being sarcastic. I didn't want you to think I was trying to take advantage of your hospitality.

    I intend on getting very involved in the forum community and try to encourage some more..... constructive criticism for you and your team. I meant everything I said about how much this game means to me and how much it has helped me. I guess I just take it personal when I scroll through the forums and people complain seemingly to no end about trivial things. Instead I am thinking about starting up a series on thread in which people will be encouraged to come up with strange and goofy ideas for the game which is one of the reason why so many people love KSP in the first place its goofy factor. I want to do this for you and your team as a way of trying to pay back everything Squad has done for me.

    My first idea I believe I have already mentioned a trinary moon cluster each named after one of the 3 stooges. It would be humorous and extremely challenging to land on. The two best thing about KSP humor and difficulty. I noticed you haven't posted on the tread so I hope I didn't offend and chase you off. You maybe busy which I hope is the case because that means your hard at work making even more wonderful and exciting ways to blow up our Kerbals.

    I would like to take you up on you offer for advice if it still stands. Anything you can point me to in order to learn how to make mods specifically parts for KSP would be appreciated. Please keep in mind I am flat broke so hopefully you can think of some free software I could use.

    I am a solo player no more Tang Titan has officially joined the Kerbal community.

  2. Wow, what a read. When I fly tonight I'll have you in the cockpit with me for a quick visit to the Mun whilst watching Kerbin set on the horizon. Stay safe pilot :)

    You don't pilot rockets in KSP my dear sir. You glue your balls to the seats and pray to God that the Kraken doesn't decide to throw your Heavy Launch Vehicle through the old interplanetary wood chipper along with your nice new shiny space station sections.

  3. What a moving letter. But I am sure many of us can associate with you.

    Personally, I was always a physics fan, but a series of events led me down a path that prevented me from working in my favorite sector, Aerospace.

    I went through severe family problems during my last year of highschool, which made me fail maths in high school. I was always good at Physics' theories, but always had issues learning maths, mainly because my maths teacher was really not fit for the job, and since half of the Physics curriculum requires one to calculate stuff, I passed that with some pretty average scores too.

    My poor maths grades got me rejected from a couple of colleges I wanted to go study aerospace engineering at, so I decided to join the military and become a fighter pilot. My Asthma is what quashed those hopes, and I ended up working in security shortly after I got discharged.

    When I began seeing posts of a friend playing the demo version of KSP, I gave it a try myself, and fell in love with the game. I have gained a much more profound visual understanding of the Physics I learned in School (understanding is one thing, seeing is another!) and the thrills I had when I was able to reach milestones (orbiting Kerbin for the first time, Landing on the Mun for the first time, successfuly accomplishing a docking in space for the first time) were some of the best I had in my entire life.

    I have now signed up for an adult learning course in Maths and Physics to learn/re-learn what I gave up at school, and am planning to try entering the engineering program at my local university once again, with the hopes to finally work in my dream sector.

    I use to think I was bad at math, then I met a teacher who told me no one was "Bad" at math they just hadn't figured out a system that worked for them. After a few sessions with my teacher after class in which we didn't even do any math problems she just showed me several different ways to learn math I figured out the best way for me to learn. I started making straights A's after every exam after I started my new way of studying. Most people try to memorize the rules and operations and for many people that works, however in my case I am a more abstract and creative person. Like I said many people just try to memorize all the steps. But with my learning style she told me that I was the type of person that needed to know the how a problem works not simply how to do the problem. An analogy would be that many people would memorize the instructions to build a Lego castle, but in my case I needed to know how each Lego piece fit together and then build it up to the castle. My learning style is great because once I figure out a set, formula, equation, etc.. I could then apply it to all kinds of different problems whereas the "memorize" type of learner would have issues everytime they come across a strange problem even though you solve it like all the others because it looks different it throws them for a loop and they get those "weird" problems wrong.

    So in my case she suggested using an online program. I can't remember the name, but it worked almost like a tutorial for a video game. Lets say I wanted to learn factoring. The program would break the problem down into its fundamental steps. So rather than the traditional see the question figure it out write down answer formula that almost all teachers and textbooks use. This program would ask for you to complete the first step analyze the answer you put in if it was right you moved onto the next step if it was wrong a window would pop up showing you exactly what you needed to do to solve the first step. Then it would move onto the next step. I would only have to do maybe 10 problems before I mastered it when I used to do 100 problems and still get C's on my tests.

    I started to learn by "understanding" math rather than "memorizing" it. I also watched a lot of math tutorials online so I could learn from a bunch of teachers that had different teaching styles. That's how I went from being a D math student to an A math student doing half the work. Maybe you could try learning this way to see if it helps and if I remember the program name I'll PM you with the name. I hoped I helped you out with your Math problems, LOL pun intended.

  4. What a great letter! Thank you for sharing that.

    To be honest whenever I see a subject with “An open letter to Squad†or something along those lines I cringe because it usually is some request for 64 bit/n-body physics/anything on the “do not suggestâ€Âlist. To see something like this instead put a smile on my face and made me feel better about Monday!

    I am new to the forum but is there really that many people posting an open letter thread only to complain about the game?

  5. You can also rest assured knowing that every one of us has read your letter now, and I'm fairly sure I speak for everyone when I say it was truly moving. This goes well above and beyond what we set out to do when we first started this project, and I really can't express how it feels to know something we've done has had such an impact on others.

    I'm very glad to hear KSP has had such a positive effect on you.

    All the best, from the entire KSP team. :)

    Cheers!

    Its says your a KSP Dev under your name so that must mean my message really did make it to the Devs as I had hoped. I am so glad you guys got to read it and that you now know that you aren't just making a game but your giving people hope and an escape. People keep trying to say that video games are art and they are but they can be so much more.

    They devs probably just set out to create a game that was fun. But now its being used as an educational tool and I read somewhere that even NASA is looking into the game. KSP has become so more than a game where you launch goofy green guys into space and laugh hysterically when your poorly constructed rocket flies apart and explodes spectacularly. I am ecstatic that I was able to get this across to the game devs. Like I said games and this one especially are so much more than entertainment or art. They are inspirational, therapeutic, and even life changing I am living proof.

    You guys gave me hope and inspiration. I have an IQ of 140 and have been wasting away in my home. Now I feel invigorated. I feel like I can take on the world again. One day I might land a real probe on a celestial body someday. On that day I'll be wearing a KSP shirt instead of a .... sci-fi woman shirt that starts a internet feminists meat grinder.

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    Hi there Tang_Titan,

    It's hard to express how I feel after reading your letter. A disease like yours is a great injustice, and most of us will (thankfully) never have to deal with that. Your post is extremely inspirational and I'm very glad KSP has pulled you out of a rough patch. May you enjoy the game for a very long time to come, and if you need anything feel free to contact me.

    Anything you say? How about getting the devs to name something after me?

    I heard they are adding a planet with a bunch of moons. How about planet Tang or one of it moons named Tang. That would be an awesome name for a celestial body. My IRL name is Benjamin Lee maybe you could do something with that. Or a part or engine made by Tang Industries. Just a thought I'd really appreciate it. I'd be thrilled to touch down on planet Tang. Come on guys what do you think? Up vote for moon or planet Tang. I'm sure its inline with KSP humor to fire your rocket at Moon Tang get it?

    Come on guys Likes for Moon Tang.

  6. If anyone knows how I want to write a thank you letter or email to the KSP developers. If anyone knows an address for email it would be appreciated heck even if its just for fan mail. What ever it takes to make sure this story and my message makes it to them. I know this sounds stupid but this game means far more to me than anyone can possibly imagine to me KSP isn't just a game it has given me so much more than I could have ever thought possible.

    Ever since I was a small boy I loved space, stars, planets everything in the heavens thanks to a book I read that had the planets all NINE of them yes I said nine PLUTO deal with it I.A.U. I always looked up at the lights in the night sky and wonder what they looked like up close. We were very poor and we would have never been able to afford a telescope so I stayed with the wonderful pictures. It wasn't until school started that I realized their were these amazing people called astronauts you were in space and have even been to the moon. My teacher showed the moon landing and I knew I wanted to be an astronaut (and a soldier I was young and public education never really explained why many astronauts were Commanders so I thought the astronauts were soldiers too that's public education for you). 2 years later I was diagnosed with a degenerative bone disease called Multiple Epiphyseal Dysplasia and after research I found out I would never be able to be an astronaut. A 9 yr old boy whose dreams of being an astronaut soldier were ripped from me. Even today I discovered that I probably wouldn't even be allowed on a private charter into space because of my disease. I will never go to space.

    So as a grown 28 yr old man I have spent most of my life living vicariously by playing space games and watching sci-fi films/shows and space documentaries. Moon Tycoon, that I am sure I am the only one who ever played that game, was the closest to a true astronaut simulator. But not until now had I ever felt this close to my long lost childhood dream. When Jebediah Kerman goes into orbit I get a rush. I put it into cockpit mode and blast off looking through the view-port as the blue sky turns a star studded black. Every time Jebediah touches down on the Mun I get back a little piece of that dream that I lost.

    I will admit I had my reservations but playing the demo for 5 minutes and I had to have it. Buying a game is a big deal for me being disabled money isn't easy to come by I actually blew through the last of that months cash. But this game was so life changing for me and I was so thankful for what it gives me beyond simple entertainment that I had to buy it. Frankly to me this game is priceless I would have paid far more than $40 for it. I am currently mulling over the idea of saving up for an Oculus rift when I discovered that mod for KSP. the game would be absolutely amazing with VR and I would finally be the astronaut soldier from my childhood. It will take months of saving my extra money but I believe it will be worth it. But I digress this isn't the point of this post.

    My wish that someone anyone from the development team will read this and know that words cannot express how much this game has improved my life. When I am launching Kerbals into space I don't notice the crippling pain. I forget that I am trapped in a diseased cage of a body. My doctor has noticed I take less medication and I feel like I am winning my nearly 2 decade battle with depression. I have even gone back to complete college and next semester I will have 2 degrees in the Information Technologies and System Security. You have also inspired me to go for a a degree in Aerospace Engineering and maybe go on to work for NASA.

    I know many will read this and think its just a game but I think I have proven by now that to me it means so much more and that you never know what little thing that can happen that will not only change your outlook on life but change your life all together.

    I just wanted you the development team of KSP that from the bottom of my heart. Thank you for helping me trade in my wheelchair for a spacesuit if only for a few hours a day.

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