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The Space Kraze: A KSP Tale

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Sigbro Kerman, "Who wants to be a Kerbillionaire" host: Welcome back to who wants to be a Kerbillionaire! I'm Sigbro Kerman, and we're about to see who could win the grand total of 50 billion Kerbs! Could it be S.C. Kerman of Great Farms, Kerlinia, Edlu Kerman of Kilano Kerbalini, or Matt Kerman of the Kobi Desert Union? Let's see who it is!

*well dressed kerbal walks onto stage and hands Sigbro the envelope*

Sigbro: And the winner is...

*drumroll*

S.C. Kerman of Great Farms Kerlinia!

*crowd cheers frantically*

*S.C. walks onto stage and sits down with Sigbro*

Sigbro: Congrats, S.C., you just won 50 billion Kerbs! What do you plan on doing with all this kash?

S.C.: Well, I plan on opening up Kerbin's first Space Program!

Sigbro: How do you plan on doing something like this?

S.C.: It's simple, I focus on the plot of land, then buildings, then hiring, then supplies. Just like my father did when he owned C7 Aerospace.

Sigbro: You've come from one of the best, son. Give it up for S.C. Kerman, everybody!

S.C.: Thank you everyone!

*S.C. leaves stage and exits building to parking lot and gets in his car*

S.C.: I can't believe I won! Now to go to the plot of land I reserved.

*he starts the car and drives off*

15 min. later...

*car pulls up at empty plot of land near coast*

S.C.: This will be perfect...

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By the way, when Sigbro said "You won 50 billion Kerbs!", "Kerbs" is what I call the currency in-game. Just to clear things up.

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Sounds interesting. Have you got any plans for the story so far? Or rather, what are you planning to be happening?

The only point I do not like 'that' much is that your nations seem to have a case of K-syndrom...

But I would definitively like to see this continue.

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Sounds interesting. Have you got any plans for the story so far? Or rather, what are you planning to be happening?

The only point I do not like 'that' much is that your nations seem to have a case of K-syndrom...

But I would definitively like to see this continue.

I'm trying to think of something, but it will probably take a while as that was a short prologue, not a whole chapter.

As for the K-syndrome thing, that's normal and, either way, there's no changing it now.

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5 days after facility construction completion

*many Kerbals get off a Kerlinia Tours bus and stand in front of a small wooden stage*

S.C.: Hello and Welcome to the grand opening of the Kerbal Space Program! Kerbin's first Air and Space exploration organization!

*crowd cheers*

Tourist: How do you know that this "Space" is up there?

S.C.: How do I know? Look up at the night sky. See the bright, sparkly things? Do you know what those are?

Tourist: Well, uhh-

S.C.: Exactly! I, for one, want to find out. Is anyone with me?

-crowd cheers-

S.C.: Let me give you the grand tour.

*S.C. leads the crowd to the nearest building, that being the R/D facility*

S.C.: Welcome to the Research and Development, or R/D, facility. Here, we research things we learn about in the field and pass on the knowledge to the next generation.

*crowd oohs and ahhs at various empty rooms*

S.C.: On to the next building.

*S.C. leads them to the next building, the Astronaut Complex*

S.C.: This is the Astronaut Complex, it's where we hire new and brave Kerbal willing to risk their lives for science.

*crowd oohs at S.C.'s statement*

S.C.: If you think you have what it takes, you come straight to this building. Ok, to the next place.

*S.C. leads them to the V.A.B.*

S.C.: Ok, guys, this is where the magic happens. We build Space vehicles here in the Vehicle Assembly Building, or V.A.B. Next lace, here we go.

*He leads the crowd to the Tracking Station*

S.C.: Ok, this is the place where... umm... Ok, I actually have no idea what this place even serves as, but my dad said we would need it, so I bought it anyway. Next place.

*He leads the group to Mission Control*

S.C.: This is Mission Control, it;s where we, fittingly, control missions.

*crowd laughs*

S.C.: Ok, the next place, you'll love, I promise you.

*He leads the crowd to the S.P.H.*

S.C.: This is the Spaceplane Hangar, or S.P.H. It's almost the same as the V.A.B., but we build airplanes here.

*crowd oohs again*

S.C.: I bet you're wondering why I said you'd love it. Well here it is, we are planning to beginning Aerospace production, hopefully, by next month!

*crowd cheers*

S.C.: See I told you! I told you you'd love it! Ok, seriously, people, tour's over, time to go. Gift shop is in the second floor of the Astronaut Complex.

*crowd leaves and S.C. follows them out*

*S.C. watches the crowd board the tour bus and pull out of the parking lot, just as a beat-up pickup truck pulls into the lot(

S.C.: Who could that be?

*Unknown Kerbal gets out*

Unknown Kerbal: Hey there, name's Jebediah...

To be continued...

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Tourist: How do you know that this "Space" is up there?

S.C.: How do I know? Look up at the night sky. See the bright, sparkly things? Do you know what those are?

Tourist: Well, uhh-

S.C.: Exactly! I, for one, want to find out. Is anyone with me?

-crowd cheers-

Awesome :D

Really, I think I like where this is going.

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Why do I get the feeling that S.C and Jeb are going to get along like a VAB on fire? :) Neither of em having much clue where they're going... but they're going there fast and with style.

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Why do I get the feeling that S.C and Jeb are going to get along like a VAB on fire? :) Neither of em having much clue where they're going... but they're going there fast and with style.

You should get that feeling as I'm planning a ma-... hold on a second, I shouldn't give it away now! Wait for Chapter 2 to come out!

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Chapter 2: First Flight

Jebediah: The name's Jebediah. You can call me Jeb if you want.

S.C.: I'm...S.C.

Jeb: I know, I rigged the speakers so I could hear you through my laptop.

S.C.: Don't you know that's illegal?!

Jeb: I know, and I don't care.

S.C.: You... you don't?

Jeb: Not a care in the world. I've had numerous run-ins with the police.

S.C.: You're wanted, then?

Jeb: Not anymore. A few tune-ups on their cruisers let me off the hook easy.

S.C.: Wow, you know how to handle people.

Jeb: Sure do. Now, down to business. I want in with your Space Program.

S.C.: No. You sound like a danger to safety regulations.

Jeb: What regulations? You made a SPACE PROGRAM! Not a hospital. There's no federal regulations because there was never a Space Program until now!

S.C.: You have me there. Fine, you're in. Do you know anyone else that you want here as well?

Jeb: Yep...

*jeb looks behinds him*

Jeb: GENE! GET OUT HERE!

*Gene walks out of Jeb's truck*

Gene: Hello! I'm Gene! You must be S.C.

S.C.: In the flesh. Jeb, what spot do you want?

Jeb: Pilot. Definitely pilot.

S.C.: You sure? You won't be able to do it unt-

Jeb: I'm sure.

S.C.: Ok. Gene?

Gene: Mission Control.

S.C.: Good choice. Now, I'm assuming you already know the compound?

Gene/Jeb: Yep!

S.C.: Ok. Follow me.

5 weeks later...

S.C.: Ok everyone, sound off. Mission Control?

Gene/Mission Control Team: Ready!

S.C.: Test Pilot?

Jeb: Ready!

S.C.: Ok, before we start, Kerbin World-Firsts Record-Keeping Society is here to record this flight, so make it pretty. Mission Control, you have the stage, over.

Mission Control: Roger. Jeb, we need a pre-flight checklist before we begin.

Jeb: Ugh...

*Jeb starts up engine*

Mission Control: What are you doing?

*Jeb boosts throttle to full and the plane shoots down the runway and takes off*

Mission Control: Jeb you little piece of-! Ugh... fine. How's it flying?

Jeb: Like a bird! Hoooooo-weeeee!

Mission Control: Ok, land it before you waste more fuel.

Jeb: But the height record!

Mission Control: Negative! We'll gas it up, then we go for max altitude, ok?

Jeb: Fine. Begining decent.

5 minutes later...

Mission Control: Jeb, put the plane SLOWLY into the hangar.

Jeb: Ok, I get it.

*Jeb parks the plane in the S.P.H.*

Mission Control: Jeb, head to the Employee Complex for debrief.

To be continued...

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Cool! Looking forward to it.

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I'm also working on a side thing with the KSP Service Ribbons in a new save in Science Mode. Keep track of my signature if interested. ;)

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It's tricky to offer suggestions a chapter at a time, since I don't really know where you want this story to go. Some quick ideas for general storylines though.

Make it a kind of record of your latest career mode game, complete with the krazy kontraptions that you build to meet the various contracts. I can just see S.C and Jeb trying to test launch clamps on an escape trajectory from the Mun for example. :)

You're starting off with planes rather than rockets? Jeb and S.C do realise there's no air above a certain height right? :) Probably a bit too technical for what seems to be a pretty light-hearted tale, but a story that has the kerbals genuinely stumped about how to get into space, would be interesting. Plus there's lots of scope for high altitude flameouts, aircraft tumbling out of control and Jeb being bad ass.

Fake it till you make it. After early successes, JC and Jeb go a bit overboard and promise to go to the Mun. Unfortunately this is *not* going to happen with their level of competence so they resort to filming the whole thing in Jeb's junkyard. Eventually of course they're busted, but by that time, Jeb is effectively a Kerbin wide movie star. Then somebody turns up (Rockomax, Wernher von Kerman, Secret Government Agency of choice - whatever), with some decent rocket tech and Jeb *does* go to the Mun - but nobody believes him!

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Feedback first: Very well done so far. I like it.

Just as KSK said, offering suggestions works better for a general storyline. What I think you could do very well (perhaps going on parallel to the main story) is somebody trying to sabotage the Space Program, which was founded by the winner of a TV show. Basically, one of the other competitors is jealous for not having won himself, as it would have given him enough money for a lifetime stack of snacks (or whatever he would have wanted to do with it); so he now tries to prevent the Space Program from being successful. This would not have to be something sinister as in some other stories that are around, but maybe just the hilarious attempts of a completely incompetent idiot, which then results in the mission being even more successful, or at least spectacular.

Which, now that Ithink about it, could also just be the story for (a rather long) chapter 3.

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Chapter 3: The 'sphere

*Jeb boards the small compound taxi*

Jeb: To the Employee Complex, please.

Edmond: Sure thing, Jeb.

*taxi dives to the Complex*

Jeb: Thanks.

*taxi leaves*

S.C.: Congrats, Jeb! You just earned the Space Program at least 4,500 more Kerbs!

Jeb: Really? From that one flight?

S.C.: Yep! Every time we complete a contract from somebody, we earn more Kerbs!

Jeb: That's very simple.

S.C.: Not really. The contracts need to be perfectly executed or it all goes to wack and we don't get the kash.

Jeb: Oh. I'll try to be more careful next time, just in case.

*armada of delivery vans pull into the parking lot*

Delivery Kerbal: Delivery for S.C. Kerman!

S.C.: What's in the trucks?

Delivery Kerbal: Tons and tons of high-end plane parts from C7 Aerospace.

S.C.: How much is this gonna cost me?

Delivery Kerbal: They're on the house, strict orders from Charles Kerman VII himself.

S.C.: Tell him I said thanks.

Delivery Kerbal: Sure thing.

*the trucks leave*

Jeb: Height record time?

S.C.: Oh, definitely.

10 minutes later...

S.C.: Sound-off. Mission Control?

Mission Control: Ready!

S.C.: Jeb?

Jeb: Right here.

S.C.: Ok, Mission Control, you have the floor.

Mission Control: Roger. Jeb, you know what to do.

Jeb: Yeah I do.

*Jeb takes off and aim plane upward at 45 degrees*

Mission Control: Ok, keep going up until you stall.

Jeb: Roger.

3 minutes later...

Jeb: 40,000. 50,000. 60,000! 70,000!

*comms go offline*

Mission Control: Jeb, do you read, over?

*static*

Mission Control: Commander, Jeb's out of comms range!

S.C.: To the Tracking Station!

*queue Batman theme*

S.C.: Get him up on the screen!

Zed: I can't! He's too far away!

S.C.: Mission Control, where did he say his last altitude mark was?

Mission Control: He said he was at 70,000 meters up, sir.

S.C.: No, no no no. He's at the mercy of the Kraken now.

Mission Control: Oh no.

Meanwhile at 76, 675m up...

Jeb: So this must be space... if only comms were online. Or a camera.

OS: Warning! Engines stalling! Warning!

Jeb: Eeehhh, shut up.

OS: Warning! Life Support critical! Warning!

Jeb: I take it back, don't shut up.

OS: Warning! Oxygen depleting! Warning!

Jeb: That's not good.

OS: Cockpit power shutting down...

*power goes out*

Jeb: *choking*

*Jeb passes out*

Back on the ground...

Zed: Sir, Jeb appeared on the map!

S.C.: Show me!

Zed: His current trajectory says he will land in the country of Kerbalini

S.C.: Send the Long-Range Recovery trucks!

10 hours later, in Kerbalini...

Leland: Help me get him in the truck!

Korey: Kinda busy...

Leland: He's not doing too well. Oxygen deprivation.

Korey (whisper): All is falling into place...

To be continued...

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Leland: Korey, help me out here!

Korey: I'm a bit busy assessing the damage.

Leland: Nevermind, he's already on the truck, no thanks to you.

Korey: Get on the radio, tell KSC to get a 'kopter with a winch.

Leland: No, you don't help me, I don't help you.

Korey: Fine, I'll do it. *radio* KSC, this is LRR-2, I'm gonna need a kargo heli to bring the wreckage back, over.

S.C. (radio): Roger. Sending a heli now. ETA: 10 min.

10 min. later

Finn (radio): LRR-2, this is Karrier 5, preparing winch, over.

Korey (radio): Roger, I'll guide the hook to a sturdy holding point, over.

Finn (radio): Roger.

*Korey hooks it up to a handle-like metal piece*

Korey (radio): You're good to go, Karrier 5, I"ll be right below you until we reach Kerbilini's shores, over.

Finn (radio): Roger.

20 min. later

*salvaged plane breaks from winch and falls into ocean*

Finn (radio): Kargo down, kargo down!

Korey (radio): There's no getting it now... oh well.

Finn (radio): What do you mean "oh well"? That's a whole plane going, literally, down the drain!

Korey (radio): There's no way to get it anymore, our Recovery Boats can't reach it down there. The most we can do is hope that fisherkerbals find it at some point and ship it to us somehow.

Finn (radio): I suppose you're right. Should we tell KSC?

Korey (radio): Nahh. They hurt a fellow Kerbal, we hurt a Kerbal-hurting device.

Finn (radio): Ok, then... want me to winch you over the ocean to the other side?

Korey (radio): Sure.

Meanwhile at KSC...

S.C.: Where are those two?

*Dr. Tomzor barges in*

Tomzor: S.C., we've made a breakthrough!

S.C.: Show me this "breakthrough".

3 min. later

Tomzor: May I present to you the LV-T30 Liquid Fuel Rocket engine!

S.C.: Wow! What's it do differently then our basic jet engines?

Tomzor: It does not require oxygen to operate, and needs liquid fuel and oxidizer, which is just compressed, heated air that ignites fuel.

S.C.: We will need a new test pilot to test these while Jeb is out.

Tomzor: But who?

S.C.: Not sure, but I saw Korey with a smart looking Kerbal once, we could hire him if we could find out who he was.

Tomzor: Good thinking.

S.C.: We will go spy on him tomorrow...

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Just to give you a fair warning: Space Kraze will be on delays until the weekends. 8th grade will get in the way on weekdays, so, plan accordingly for my atta- erm... story updates.

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