Star Trek Plot Generator

As I may have mentioned, a long time ago, I wrote a random Star Trek plot generator in Pascal. As I said, this was a long time ago. Anyway, I thought it would be fun, and a good programming exercise, to port it into PHP and post it up here for you all to enjoy. In the process, I made a few minor improvements to the plotting algorithm (which was, and still is, essentially to choose one from columns A, B, and C) which eliminated the most irritating nonsensical things like "The Klingon High Council accidentally creates Starfleet Command," "A wormhole falls into a wormhole," and "Spock is possessed by Odo." It still outputs nonsense, of course, but now most of it’s amusingly plausible. And before you ask, yes, it’s supposed to mix and match characters from different series.

So, if you’d like to check out my Random Star Trek Plot Generator, it’s right over here.

I’d have had it up a lot sooner, but the viewscreen looked a little boring in pure black. Then I found this amazing tutorial on making star fields in Photoshop, which was exactly what I wanted, and quite fun once I figured out how to translate the steps to the GIMP. If you try it, I highly suggest you also try the dust cloud effect he mentions toward the end of the article.

While I’m on the subject of graphics, I can’t believe how difficult it was to find an animated gif of the main viewer light bar. You’d think that some fan would have made one long ago, but heck if I could find one. It was a real blast from the past, though, looking through those animated GIF websites, especially some of the more seizure-inducing pages.

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