CAPTAIN'S Log stardate 30-10-4619: Having outfitted my ship and selected my crew I am preparing for my most dangerous mission yet. Apart from seeking out strange new worlds we are expected to assess them for future colonisation.
Despite the urgency of this mission I have been given little money to outfit my ship. Hopefully we will be able to collect enough valuable minerals to trade in for something useful on our return.
Captain's Log (supplemental): I have promoted Perky to First Officer. He is only an android but seems more capable than the rest of the crew. Mr Waffle is particularly poor at his duties - perhaps I should have spent more money on training him. Unfortunately it is impossible to train androids so when I have the money I'll have to scrap Perky. Ho hum, the trials of being a captain.
Captain's Log stardate whatever: We've been in deeps space for a while now. I find the ship really easy to handle everyone is taking orders properly.
Due to the inexperience of my navigator we had a few near misses with flux holes. These can instantaneously transport the ship to another part of the universe, but we may not have the fuel to get back. Eridium consumption is pretty high with our inefficient engines - we'll have to invest in some high technology when we get back.
Supplemental: Did i notify Microlink of my change of address?
Captain's Log stardate 5-1-4620: Made orbit around a likely planet but realised just in time that if I landed we would never be able to take off again due to fierce gravity.
Next planet in this system seems more hopeful. According to sensor data it might be suitable for colonisation, but I think I'll pop down to the surface and give it the once over personally.
If a couple of colony ships full of telephone sanitisers turned up here all ready to go and discovered there was no surface water, things might get a little rough for me back at base.
Supplemental: Made good planetfall. Opened the viewport on the way down but although the view was quite pretty it took an awful long time. Think I'll give it a miss in future. The little All Terrain Vehicle works well. I put on the auto-scoops and we have excavated lots of valuable promethium deposits.
Second Lieutenant Mr Aj suffered some minor injuries when we got caught in a wind storm but he'll pull through - probably. We have encountered several types of organic life forms. I stunned a couple with the vehicle's weapons and we will take them back for vivisection - if we don't get too hungry on the trip home.
Captain's Log stardate unknown: Dear diary, we had a pretty lucky escape down on the planet's surface. A snowstorm blew up and we lost track of where I'd parked the ship. When the clouds lifted so to speak we discovered we were but a few scant yards from the ship.
We had to let it but no one was lost or injured. Unfortunately this means the ATV was lost and all the stuff we had collected. Someone's not going to be very pleased when we get back.
Captain's Log stardate 1-4-4620: On our way home we encountered an alien vessel. I dropped the shields and offered the paw of friendship via the communications officer. Unfortunately since he was so badly trained I could only understand every third word of the other chap's message so I'm not really sure what he was on about. If it was that important he'll send a telegram of something.
Supplemental: The good ship Amiga Computing pulled alongside and asked me to report on how my vessel was behaving. I had to tell them in respect of graphics and sound it was not overwhelmingly endowed but that this was incidental to the main task of investigating, exploiting and colonising a big universe.
This was shortly before they sailed straight into a black hole of course. Shame. Nice ship. Looks like a fish, steers like a cow...