A Kerbal space diary

kerbalDiary of a Kerbal astronaut in training

Oh hey! Kerbal Space Program finally released and it’s on sale! I should totally pick this up — it sounds great and my friends have raved about it.

Aw those Kerbals are so cute. Gonna be fun killing them upon reentry.

Hey, launching a rocket ship is pretty easy! Hit spacebar to jettison boosters. Nice. So cool.

I’m in SPAAAAACE!

[hours and 12 attempts to get through the third stage through the tutorial later]

WHY DID NO ONE TELL ME THAT THIS GAME REQUIRES ADVANCED CALCULUS TO PLAY? WHY AM I SUCH A BAD ASTRONAUT? WHY CAN’T I STOP CRASHING MY SHIP INTO THE LARGE PLANET?

 

4 thoughts on “A Kerbal space diary

  1. Aywren May 1, 2015 / 12:02 pm

    Haha… I was afraid of something like that when I peeked briefly at this game. I’ll just quietly sit over here while you continue to ram planets. XD

  2. flosch May 1, 2015 / 12:30 pm

    Hah! Well. There’s basically three ways you can play KSP, and they’re both rewarding in their own way.

    Way 1: learn advanced calculus, or just be an intuitive wiz at firing space rockets. Get to planets, feel great.

    Way 2: Get MechJeb, let the mechanical Jebediah do much of the calculus work. Still feel great about the large-scale planning of how to reach planets. I feel like this is what being middle to upper management must feel like.

    Way 3: Build wacky rockets. Watch them explode. Giggle. Great if you’re not completely sober.

    In completely unrelated terms. KSP actually released? I’m astonished. I guess that’s what the small Steam update was for…

  3. Mark May 4, 2015 / 10:08 am

    That sounds a bit like my experience although in the end I think I ended up playing the third way described in the above post!

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