View Poll Results: Which three Drabbles do you think are the most special?

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  • 01 - Falkenherz - *fsf*

    2 10.53%
  • 02 - KalRyper - Medicinal Purposes

    2 10.53%
  • 03 - Erik Marcaigh - Do you have a valid prescription for that

    3 15.79%
  • 04 - Splendour - Watching the Unwatchable

    2 10.53%
  • 05 - Frank - Who Dares Wins

    7 36.84%
  • 06 - Galactic Midden - Dangerous when Cornered

    2 10.53%
  • 07 - Ian Phillips - Surprise Attack

    2 10.53%
  • 08 - Bikky - Large Forces

    1 5.26%
  • 09 - Ian_H - Tau Ceti

    3 15.79%
  • 10 - rootsrat - Vengeance

    1 5.26%
  • 11 - Rog - A Star Is Born

    7 36.84%
  • 12 - MikeSnos - Sniper Tactics

    7 36.84%
  • 13 - The LoneGunman - Recruitment Poster for the Very Err "Special Ones"

    7 36.84%
  • 14 - MrMogadon - A Brawl at the Spinner's Arms

    2 10.53%
  • 15 - Insanephoton - Infiltration

    1 5.26%
  • 16 - Psykokow - Stuck Up

    3 15.79%
  • 17 - Listeri69 - it's Waaaaaaayyygarrrr....

    3 15.79%
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Thread: Drabble Poll: Special Forces

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    Drabble Poll: Special Forces



    We've all been attracted to this very special event; this weeks Drabble. And the topic is - Special Forces.

    It has been a great turnout this week. I'm sure we'll get a good number of you, the audience, voting for your favourite three stories. Simply ticking three of the above boxes could herald the beginning of a new talent. Each and every Drabble here tonight is deserving of your vote, and I do mean that...

    The winner will be announced on Sunday night, but in the meantime we will let you see the Drabbles again to remind you of the quality of the competition, and let you make your mind up.

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    It's Make Your Mind Up Time

    Here are this week's entries. The contestants are allowed to cast votes but only for other contestants. Anyone caught voting for themselves will be subjected to a very special force.

    LISTEN TO THE DRABBLES HERE

    01 - Falkenherz - *fsf*

    As it turns out, Mr. Freeport-thank-you-very-much gives a damn about my purely selfless effort to clear his station´s perimeter of those loitering hot-shot Viper pilots. Actually, I am told by a heavily armed representative, Mr. Freeport is very unhappy right now, because of several new dents and kinks in his property and I ought to have to do something about it as a compensatory means?
    I hastily open up the mission bulletin and offer to accept any mission in Mr. Freeport´s name. Seems Mr. Freeport just sucessfully recruited my Anaconda as part of his special forces to collect some debts.



    02 - KalRyper - Medicinal Purposes

    Muffled voices: what do you expect when immersed in medicinal jelly … for two days?
    Was it them? No way of knowing. Time would tell. Any minute now.

    Two yellow LEDs blinked in my visor.
    One yellow.
    A green. Go!

    Bangs, like firecrackers echoed through the cargo hold. Six canisters split along their seams, revealing military figures armed to the teeth. Gel sloughed off their environmental suits.

    The local black market lackey capitulated immediately, arms raised.
    His contact was a little more relaxed and she eyed the soldiers.

    “Ah, SEALs,” she cooed.
    “What?” queried the lackey.

    “Specialist Enforcement Agents and Lubricated.”



    03 - Erik Marcaigh - Do you have a valid prescription for that

    Zezz was the rage in the marketplace.

    Kalran loved the vacation planet Reorte so much, he sold the Asp and bought some farmland. With Asha's manure, that extra canister of pickled fertilizer, and a splice between his own and a local "medicinal plant", his business was booming.

    "Hey Kalran," exclaimed Rog as he walked onto the property.

    "Rog, my favorite buyer! How was the last run?"

    "Harrowing, but profitable. GalCop nearly had me. I have a few fines to pay off now. I need more, but can you cut me a deal?"

    "For Rog, we have a special for Zezz!"



    04 - Splendour - Watching the Unwatchable

    The light show around Fawkes, moon of the gas giant Lords, was a spectacular view from the Orca’s observation lounge. When augmented by the ship’s scanner showing invisible forces it became special.

    Fawkes skimmed the atmosphere of Lords creating violent electrical storms around the equatorial belt below. Gravitational tidal forces tore the moon's surface causing volcanic plumes and exposing magma.

    With X-rays superimposed Fawkes core surprisingly glowed, but it was the display of magnetic fields that made Fawkes truly awe-inspiring and inexplicable. Huge bands clashed and writhed from Fawkes, groping down into Lord’s atmosphere, and reaching out to the void.



    05 - Frank - Who Dares Wins

    Gwen glared at her boyfriend's silhouette as he excused his way into his empty seat. His last excuse was for her.

    Lance dropped his peace offering of popcorn into his girlfriend's lap. "What have I missed?"

    "Susan Boils is a housewife hiding a pizza delivery boy under the bed. I say boy. He's more of a pizza delivery white haired old codger. Her husband has just come back from a tour with the Special Armed Spacers. He came back early to surprise her. He certainly did that"


    "Is that Arnie Absastone? He's great when he plays in these spatial farces."



    06 - Galactic Midden - Dangerous when Cornered

    They'd received the alert "stop the intruder at any cost!"

    But why send his strike team? Child stowaways aboard Capital Prime were impossible, and who expects them dangerous?

    Bryant tried to identify who'd released such destruction. The stench of burning flesh and scorched armour betrayed the demon fire still jumping body to body.

    His eyes stung.

    He told himself it was the smoke, but images intruded. Charlay, Druzo, Deemur, beautiful Magdelay, all struck down without warning.

    Strike Force Six defeated by a brat, it was inconceivable! Except it'd just happened.

    Realisation dawned. Someone must be helping the kid... someone elite!



    07 - Ian Phillips - Surprise Attack

    Ice covered the canopy as the Anaconda turned to face the planet. "Stealth mode engaged" was the terse message to the rest of the attack group.

    The only sounds were the internal cracking and creaking of the ship as parts cooled and heat was shunted to vast reservoirs, masking the ship's presence.

    The deadly formation drifted towards the planet, lying cloud covered and unaware in front of them.

    Comms opened up:

    "In range. Disengage Steath mode. Activate the weapon module and link to flagship controller."

    Five searing beams of special forces converged and together lashed out, searing the planets surface.



    08 - Bikky - Large Forces

    Faulcon DeLacey Executives sat aboard their Orca looking at the marvel before them. Hidden deep in space, light years from everyone, they were presented a behemoth of a space station. Presenting was the designer.

    “As you see before you, the last of then engineers are leaving the station, prior to commissioning rotation. And will take approximately one hour to attain optimal velocity. The design is based on planetary gravity, and as such it’s built on an asteroid. Gentlemen please prepare yourselves to be first to step foot on and enjoy a new era in station technology, and e-SPECIALly the g-FORCES.”



    09 - Ian_H - Tau Ceti

    In our last hyperspace news bulletin, we described the ongoing police investigation into the attempted theft and ransoming of the largest long period comet orbiting Tau Ceti E. The comet napping failed when the ship, a modified Anaconda, captured the comet, whereupon it quickly melted in the cargo hold, causing extensive electrical damage and crippling the vessel. The head of the investigation, a Mr Momo Stenango, we described as a senior defective in the Tau Ceti Special Forces. This was a typographical error, he is of course a detective in the Special Farces.

    We apologise profusely for any embarrassment caused.



    10 - rootsrat - Vengeance

    It felt so very strange to be here. Many years ago, when I was leaving Special Forces, filled with grief, I thought I'd never return to this cursed system. And yet - here I am, floating in space, with nearly all of my ship's systems shut down; silent, cold and invisible. Waiting for the Chief Commander to arrive in his cosy, luxurious vessel, only to be annihilated by my lasers.

    What made me embrace the dark side? Ask my family that have died because of a few badly issued orders. Many years ago, one day before I left the Forces.



    11 - Rog - A Star Is Born

    The colossal distances between stars were never meant to be crossed by man: the lonely emptinesses were intended solely for the stars and their ilk. No-one had informed humans, so they made their impossible engines... But stardrives imprisoned forces too dark and special to be easily tamed.

    The sleek octagon manoeuvred impossibly toward the Federation cruiser, energetic beams reaching out probing for, then lancing the technological prison that contained those immense energies.

    Pandora's quantum box unlocked, and for a moment, a new small star briefly shone.

    Against the fading glow, the angular ship slipped out of realspace to search again.



    12 - MikeSnos - Sniper Tactics

    Looking around, Flynn's eyes settled on a darkened cranny beneath the station's letterbox which seemed to fit his purpose perfectly.

    Bribing the on duty Dock manager had been easy, a quick mention of last month's incident at Wyrd was enough to gain silence and the promise of disabled station defences at the opportune moment.

    Cosily ensconced in his new vantage point Flynn could not only see the entire station interior but also make a quick getaway should the need arise...

    Flynn's scanner revealed the expected smuggling group in their regular diamond formation and making for the station's entrance...

    Anticipation...

    Soon...



    13 - The LoneGunman - Recruitment Poster for the Very Err "Special Ones"

    WE NEED YOU FOR OUR "SPECIAL FORCES"

    Can you run twenty miles with a loaded backpack, then at the end build a shelter?

    Can you charge through an assault course under live fire, then say at the end "lets do it again!?

    Can you dig deep mentally, find the strength to overcome all adversity, call the man next to you, brother in arms?

    "Then we DON'T need you!"

    "We NEED hardened drinkers

    Mindless morons who follow every ridiculous order

    We need confused characters, health inspectors and the generally psychopathically insane

    We need regulars at the Thargoid Bar....JOIN TODAY!"



    14 - MrMogadon - A Brawl at the Spinner's Arms

    “Four Spec Ops walk in to a crowded bar, order three pints of Asp Exploder and try to find a seat. No it’s not a joke!”

    “They can’t find one and decide to ‘move-on’ a big guy sitting alone at a table. He doesn’t move and so they start threatening him ‘coz they’re Special Force bad-asses. He still doesn’t move. Just sits there, sipping his beer. Then, one of them grabs him, next thing I know it’s raining Spec Ops.”

    “Afterwards, he comes over, pays his bill and leaves. Only thing he said was “Not so Special now, are they?”



    15 - Insanephoton - Infiltration

    The Cobra skimmed the top of the atmosphere, jettisoning a pod over the night side of the planet. Powering away from the mass lock, moments later it was gone.

    The pod hit the atmosphere and glowed like a meteor. Seconds passed as the pod cooled and slowed. A drogue chute deployed to stabilise the pod and slow it further until 100 metres from the surface of the ocean the main parachutes opened.

    The pod split open to reveal a squad of soldiers and a boat. Swiftly they headed to shore and their objective before sunrise. Their mission had started well.



    16 - Psykokow - Stuck Up

    Friction was just getting irritated, ‘Just get us out of here already’
    Elasticity snapped ‘I’m doing my best, it’s not my fault this bucket of bolts is sooo slow’
    ‘But you said we couldn’t afford a frame shift drive’
    ‘That was because Gravity blew all our profits in the Casino…’
    ‘SO!!’ Interrupted Gravity ‘I’m not the one that punched the Security guard’
    The ship shook violently under gun fire from the pursuing security services.
    ‘Shall we call Nature to bail us out?’
    Gravity bellowed ‘She won’t talk to us no more’
    Friction smiled wryly ‘She one of those Special Forces’



    17 - Listeri69 - it's Waaaaaaayyygarrrr....

    'Hello there, The Empire has sent me here to discover why my senator returned home with 14 stitches and the word MUG imprinted on his forehead… This is a serious case.. Here is my I.D.' The man towered over Doug trying to intimidate the laid back customs officer.

    'Chin...Chin Wager' Doug stifled a chuckle

    'Its WAAYYYGARRR you imbecile now go find me that so called David Broobin'

    Doug looked at the ID 'Prism Empire National Inteligence Service.. You do realise the acronym for that?'

    'Have you got a problem? Or do we need to send in the special forces?'


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    Don't forget... we've got all weekend to listen to these Drabbles and cast our votes! Each voter gets to pick THREE (just not their own).

    Most importantly... Psykokow has included a link to the Audio! Read & listen at the same time! Thank you, 'Kow!

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    Yes really!

    That does lay down the gauntlet somewhat. But I think I might be hard pressed to come up with an even worse pun. I'll see who wins and what topic they set for next week.

    And my apologies to G.T. I wasn't a very good host this week. I should have reminded them about the excellent job you did to win the opportunity to set this week's topic.

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    Some really good drabbles and some god awful puns this week good luck everyone who entered........

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    I've just 'clicked' for dockers!
    Je suis Sidewinder - Image credit Cmdr Moozipan - p.s. have you tried ABRAKA DRABBLE?

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    Originally Posted by Galactic midden View Post (Source)
    I've just 'clicked' for dockers!
    And he was never heard from again!!

    Enjoy it sir.. we are very proud of our podcast.

    OOH voting is quite spread... should be close this weekend..

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    Originally Posted by psykokow View Post (Source)
    And he was never heard from again!!
    Here you! I was just listening to the LaveCon performance.

    I laughed, and laughed and laughed, and when I got to the end, I had no idea what had just happened

    It sounded great though! LaveCon must've been good

    Podcast subscribed, I will listen again and imagine myself restocking the vending machines on Barnard's Star Station
    Je suis Sidewinder - Image credit Cmdr Moozipan - p.s. have you tried ABRAKA DRABBLE?

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    Originally Posted by Galactic midden View Post (Source)
    Here you! I was just listening to the LaveCon performance.

    I laughed, and laughed and laughed, and when I got to the end, I had no idea what had just happened

    It sounded great though! LaveCon must've been good

    Podcast subscribed, I will listen again and imagine myself restocking the vending machines on Barnard's Star Station
    There are many good recordings out there! I'll turn one on while working and get completely distracted.

    Not sure if you've heard of Escape Velocity written by Christopher Jarvis, but it well worth the time also.

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    Originally Posted by Erik Marcaigh View Post (Source)
    Not sure if you've heard of Escape Velocity written by Christopher Jarvis, but it well worth the time also.
    Yes, that's excellent! I listened to that a lot last year and did my best to catch up with the Lave Radio broadcasts. They've been doing a great job! I need to get back in to listening to them and to catch up on series 2 of E.V. I mostly listen in the car as my phone links up to the car stereo.

    I just have to watch I don't forget I'm driving and not flying
    Je suis Sidewinder - Image credit Cmdr Moozipan - p.s. have you tried ABRAKA DRABBLE?

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    Originally Posted by Galactic midden View Post (Source)
    I just have to watch I don't forget I'm driving and not flying
    I did that once after playing ED for about 6 hours straight. Got on the freeway, zoom, zoom.. came to my exit (docking request sent) and wanted to slip around the other exiting vehicles SINCE THEY WERE DOCKING TOO SLOW!!!

    hehehehe
    And yeah, I almost slipped around them before realizing I wasn't in a Cobra.

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    Originally Posted by Erik Marcaigh View Post (Source)
    I did that once after playing ED for about 6 hours straight. Got on the freeway, zoom, zoom.. came to my exit (docking request sent) and wanted to slip around the other exiting vehicles SINCE THEY WERE DOCKING TOO SLOW!!!

    hehehehe
    And yeah, I almost slipped around them before realizing I wasn't in a Cobra.
    It is worrying how easy it happens. Just don't try and roll your ship into the garage!

    Could you imagine what docking in ED would be like if we had to park between other ships the way we do when parking in a car park? You'd never hear the announcements in the docking port for all the ship alarms going off!!

    [[Apologies everyone. I've just realised how far we've strayed off topic. Please don't hit me mods]]
    Je suis Sidewinder - Image credit Cmdr Moozipan - p.s. have you tried ABRAKA DRABBLE?

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    Je suis Sidewinder - Image credit Cmdr Moozipan - p.s. have you tried ABRAKA DRABBLE?

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