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My forum search skills produced nothing relevant, so I wanted to ask...

Is there a huge Space Quest fan on the team? (Or a Freeman Dyson fan?)

Those chicken beings reminded me strongly of Astro Chicken...

Intentional reference, or are chickens in space simply such a cool concept that they keep popping up all by themselves?

Does this species have an official name? I've nicknamed mine B'khaak in lieu of one.

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Haha, B'khaak, I love it!|

Can't say I've ever heard of Space Quest before, but I'll have to check it out (:

I'm actually kind of interested what the devs are calling the races now...

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Funny you should say that. I read a book years ago called Great Mambo Chicken & the Transhuman Experience, which included an experiment on chickens. In a centrifuge. I propose those chicken people are relatives of Great Mambo Chicken!

You'll enjoy it, though it's quite long

Milt Smith was a gravity specialist at the University of California at Davis who wanted to find out what would happen to humans if they lived in greater-than-normal g-forces. Naturally, he experimented on animals, and he decided that the animal that most closely resembled man for this specific purpose was the chicken. Chickens, after all, had a posture similar to man's: they walked upright on two legs, they had two non-load-bearing limbs (the wings), and so on. Anyway, Milt Smith and his assistants took a flock of chickens – hundreds of them, in fact – and put them into the two eighteen-foot-long centrifuges in the university's Chronic Acceleration Research Laboratory, as the place was called.

They spun those chickens up to two-and-a-half gs and let them stay there for a good while. In fact, they left them spinning like that day and night, for three to six months or more at a time. The hens went around and around, they clucked and they cackled and they laid their eggs, and as far as those chickens were concerned that was what ordinary life was like: a steady pull of two-and-a-half gs. Some of those chickens spent the larger portion of their lifetimes in that goddamn accelerator.

Well, it was easy to predict what would happen. Their bones would get stronger and their muscles would get bigger – because they had all that extra gravity to work against. A total of twenty-three generations of hens was spun around like this and the same thing happened every time. When the accelerator was turned off, out walked ... great Mambo chicken!

These chronically accelerated fowl were paragons of brute strength and endurance. They'd lost excess body fat, their hearts were pumping out greater-than-normal volumes of blood, and their extensor muscles were bigger than ever. In consequence of all this, the high-g chickens had developed a three-fold increase in their ability to do work, as measured by wingbeating exercises and treadmill tests.

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My forum search skills produced nothing relevant, so I wanted to ask...

Is there a huge Space Quest fan on the team? (Or a Freeman Dyson fan?)

Those chicken beings reminded me strongly of Astro Chicken...

Intentional reference, or are chickens in space simply such a cool concept that they keep popping up all by themselves?

Does this species have an official name? I've nicknamed mine B'khaak in lieu of one.

I call mine Queen Victoria, Empress of Mars :P

(What I'm saying is space chickens as an idea seems to keep. popping up)

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Lol great mambo chicken sounds like an early RPG boss.

Here's how I see it. When you think about the universe and all of its greatness you think...

It's mostly just space, and everything in it tastes like chicken.

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It's mostly just space, and everything in it tastes like chicken.

I wonder if these spacefaring chicken folk may get offended when other spacers say their favourite food is something that tastes like chicken? Will they go berserk if someone nearby orders eggs from a replicator?

Or perhaps they're semi-cannibalistic.. and eat nutrient pellets made from their own dead! :ahhh:

I look forward to finding out in the food update.

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