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Lord British To Conduct Experiments On ISS

timothy posted more than 5 years ago | from the hear-he-throws-a-good-castle-party dept.

Space 60

CR0WTR0B0T writes "Richard Garriott, AKA Lord British, will be part of three experiments on the International Space Station. 'Garriott has a ticket to the space station because he is an orbital spaceflight client of Space Adventures, the only company that provides commercial human space missions ... Garriott will be the first person in space who has had photorefractive keratectomy eye surgery. NASA has approved the PRK procedure for astronauts but has not yet been able to test its effects. Garriott will help scientists figure out if visual acuity of a PRK patient changes in orbit as inner eye pressure increases by up to 50% during space flights.' Mostly, NASA wants to know if he can heal himself or provide resurrection to the other astronauts in case the experiments goes awry."

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60 comments

Real /.ers wanna know! (3, Funny)

grub (11606) | more than 5 years ago | (#25286143)


Mostly, NASA wants to know if he can heal himself or provide resurrection to the other astronauts in case the experiments goes awry.

Damn you for not providing more information! How can he provide resurrection in space: the d20s will float away! Will they provide slighty magnetized dice and a ferrous gameboard? Velcro-covered dice and playing field? Dice in a centrifuge?

Tell us more!

Re:Real /.ers wanna know! (1)

ILuvRamen (1026668) | more than 5 years ago | (#25286669)

holy crap, you're right! We can't even play space D&D now! Or Yahtzee! This is a disaster! Well okay, we can just use a computer randomizer but come on, you might as well just be playing Baldur's Gate or Neverwinter NIghts then.

Re:Real /.ers wanna know! (1)

fbjon (692006) | more than 5 years ago | (#25286843)

Resurrection in space is easy, all he needs is a throne and a jester who constantly gets in the way.

Not necessary (1)

Wolfier (94144) | more than 5 years ago | (#25286947)

He'll just need to cast a TYM POR to prevent anything bad from happening in the first place!

Re:Real /.ers wanna know! (5, Funny)

Chris Burke (6130) | more than 5 years ago | (#25288313)

Damn you for not providing more information! How can he provide resurrection in space: the d20s will float away! Will they provide slighty magnetized dice and a ferrous gameboard? Velcro-covered dice and playing field? Dice in a centrifuge?

He doesn't need dice. He just needs blood moss, garlic, and ginseng.

Re:Real /.ers wanna know! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25291737)

Damn you for not providing more information! How can he provide resurrection in space: the d20s will float away! Will they provide slighty magnetized dice and a ferrous gameboard? Velcro-covered dice and playing field? Dice in a centrifuge?

He doesn't need dice. He just needs blood moss, garlic, and ginseng.

ONE unit of garlic??? Now I find out!

Re:Real /.ers wanna know! (1)

UncleTogie (1004853) | more than 5 years ago | (#25288967)

Tell us more!

He doesn't NEED d20s...

He can jus' say to Iolo, "Spam Spam Spam Humbug" and edit their health directly. ;)

Re:Real /.ers wanna know! (1)

Culture20 (968837) | more than 5 years ago | (#25289409)

U6 has one of the best conversation systems I've ever seen in a game. It's all HTMLified, but it doesn't feel like you're forced into choosing one of three/four options like successive RPGs require.

Name Job Bye

Not funny, just ignorant (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25289849)

Ultima is not D&D.

Re:Not funny, just ignorant (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25290533)

Whoosh, retard.

Re:Not funny, just ignorant (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25295497)

Not really, Lord British makes computer games not board games, so the only retard is yourself..

Re:Real /.ers wanna know! (2, Funny)

wizzy403 (303479) | more than 5 years ago | (#25290579)

For thee 50 GP tribute, I raise thee 300!

Just don't let him try to fly the shuttle to coordinates 6,6,6 to try and get his ring back!

Planet X? (1)

derdesh (652578) | more than 5 years ago | (#25292241)

"She must be at 9, 9, 9!"

more info (4, Informative)

aneurysm36 (459092) | more than 5 years ago | (#25286181)

Re:more info (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25286909)

As long as nobody brings along a black sword or bakes him a loaf of bread with rat poison in it, everything will be good.

Hell, the astronauts might even gain a few levels and the title of "Space Ace" just by being around him.

Re:more info (1)

yanyan (302849) | more than 5 years ago | (#25287871)

What the articles don't tell you is that Sherry will be coming along for the trip, making her the first talking mouse in space. :-)

I also do hope Lord British brings enough ginseng, mandrake root, and spidersilk.

Rainz (3, Funny)

PhrostyMcByte (589271) | more than 5 years ago | (#25286205)

Ever since that day, British has been scarred, forever trying to get as far away from Rainz as possible.

I suspect it will go as follows... (5, Funny)

getclear (1338437) | more than 5 years ago | (#25286355)

Well, I beleive he will cast a Greater Heal, chanting "In Vas Mani", poke his eye, followed by the heal sound. At that point, he will most likely turn to the rest of the people on the ISS and PK them. They are most likely dexers, so he will have to make sure to keep Reflective Armor up, and just pick his combos well. Do you think he will look for the Star Room and mark a rune so he doesn't have to screw with flying there, and just recall back next time? *shrugs* Not sure. Can you mark in the ISS?

Re:I suspect it will go as follows... (1)

Jonah Hex (651948) | more than 5 years ago | (#25287595)

He'll just keep chanting "Vendor buy the banks some guards". Shout out to all my old Chesapeake crew, from DogMeat [MoO] Mayor of Oberon Pass
 
Jonah HEX

Re:I suspect it will go as follows... (1)

holmedog (1130941) | more than 5 years ago | (#25290033)

As long as he doesn't try "In Vas Flam". I think that could be bad. If he eats some really bad nachos before launch he could always try "In Nox". Damnit, now I feel like a complete nerd (as opposed to a half-ass nerd).

Newsflash! (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25286391)

J00z did 9/11! I learned all about it from Alex Jones and the masterpiece of cinema that is "Loose Change." Mine eyes am opened. Bilderberg. Illuminati. It's all there, you sheep!

Go Lord British (2, Funny)

Chris Pimlott (16212) | more than 5 years ago | (#25286393)

When asked why he wanted to go into space, Richard explained he wanted to "experience more!"

Most critics, however, doubt he will be able to destroy 20 enemy vessels in a single mission.

8x8 (2, Funny)

VoxMagis (1036530) | more than 5 years ago | (#25286463)

This is just a desperate attempt by Lord British to 8x8 his way to full Magic Resist.

Re:8x8 (1)

getclear (1338437) | more than 5 years ago | (#25286805)

Hmm, 8x8 is an X-Y axis thing. Can you 8x8 on a Z axis upwards into space? I guess we will find out. Hmm, think Garriot will post it to AskChopper?

Re:8x8 (1)

holmedog (1130941) | more than 5 years ago | (#25291415)

Let's hope so, I haven't seen a good bug on there in a long time.

Hmmmmm (1)

FrameRotBlues (1082971) | more than 5 years ago | (#25286505)

ISS Vision Testing Procedure:

"Can you see me now? Good!"

Don Shamino (1)

Megane (129182) | more than 5 years ago | (#25286597)

I think it would be more interesting to see Don Shamino try some zero-gee rapier combat. Pity he can't take Don Tivar up with him.

Wow! (2, Insightful)

east coast (590680) | more than 5 years ago | (#25286803)

I remember wanting to be Lord British when I was in my early teens... Now I want to be him again.

This guy leads a pretty charmed life, IMHO.

Re:Wow! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25287783)

I remember trying for hours and hours to kill lord british. Piling up an impressive array of powder kegs, equipping glass swords. He just sat there and ignored the millions of HP of damage being inflicted on him.

Early Ultima (2, Insightful)

TheLink (130905) | more than 5 years ago | (#25286929)

When I hear Lord British and Space, it reminds me of the earlier Ultima games...

Man I'm old...

Soon you'll be old just because you know who Lord British is :).

Ultima II was the first I ever hex edited.. (1)

uncledrax (112438) | more than 5 years ago | (#25291143)

I was hoping he would travel time, then fly to Pluto, pick up a Phaser, then go back in time and chill with Minax. .. but that's just me.

Re:Ultima II was the first I ever hex edited.. (1)

derdesh (652578) | more than 5 years ago | (#25292277)

Why bother with a trip to Pluto when a Quickblade was is much better and available on Earth in New San Antonio?

Re:Ultima II was the first I ever hex edited.. (1)

TheLink (130905) | more than 5 years ago | (#25295739)

IIRC I was going around with hitting stuff with bare hands and it worked rather well (but I think the character I was using had pretty good stats ;) ).

Re:Early Ultima (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25306245)

I'm young, and who the hell is Lord British?

In Case Of... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25287029)

NASA wants to know if he can heal himself or provide resurrection to the other astronauts in case the experiments goes awry.

So... he'll be testing a gray direct healing disc [wikia.com] . (It's all he can buy from a vendor; he might get a better one as a reward after he completes the mission, but not before.) He'll need at least three pumps in tools skill [wikia.com] to be able to use it to resurrect someone, though.

I doubt they'll let him pack a suit of bio armor [wikia.com] ; that would be way over the 300 g personal item mass limit.

-- Lanster

Re:In Case Of... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25288169)

Let's hope not, seeing as in TR General British's Soyez capsule crash-lands on Foreas.

Already answered (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25287061)

Mostly, NASA wants to know if he can heal himself

VAS MANI

or provide resurrection to the other astronauts in case the experiments goes awry.

IN MANI CORP

Fortunately, LB is level 8.

Should be fine... (4, Insightful)

Avatar8 (748465) | more than 5 years ago | (#25287249)

...as long as EA doesn't assimilate NASA, shift non-NASA developers onto the ISS project, drastically increase the production cycle, overwork the astronauts and launch the shuttle way before it's ready. You can't patch in space.

Re:Should be fine... (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25289131)

You can't patch in space.

Um, yes, http://spaceflight.nasa.gov/shuttle/rtf/tps/repairapp.pdf [nasa.gov] yes you can. (PDF)

I just hope NASA doesn't assimilate EA! (1)

patio11 (857072) | more than 5 years ago | (#25309855)

* We'd still be playing Madden '76.

* 2% of players would die.

* I'd have to read a Slashdot article every three days about them. ("Yesterday, a NASA mission was a stunning success, succeeding in passing a ball from one player to the same player's other hand. This pathbreaking research suggests a future in which it is possible to conceive of players possibly passing the ball to each other. Someday. The mission was a bargain at $325 million and accomplished in a record-breaking 18 months, improvements over the $400 million and 51 months required to develop a simulated hand capable of gripping a football.")

The real experiment (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25287347)

is to see if if Tabula Rasa subscriptions rise.

(Ultima I Reference) (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25287601)

Guess he's already earned his Space-Ace title.

PRK (2, Informative)

Amazing Quantum Man (458715) | more than 5 years ago | (#25287859)

Hurts like a bitch for a week, and takes about 2 weeks for your vision to clear, but works great for those of us who are, for some reason or another, bad candidates for LASIK.

I wish I'd done it sooner.

Re:PRK (2, Interesting)

blincoln (592401) | more than 5 years ago | (#25289439)

works great for those of us who are, for some reason or another, bad candidates for LASIK.

It's also supposed to be more durable - a number of US military branches will disqualify candidates who've had LASIK, but allow those who've had PRK.

Have you noticed any side-effects, like reduced low-light vision? That's probably my biggest concern, since I see very well in low light and would miss it.

I'll probably still wait until I can get replacement eyes if someone screws up, but I'm curious anyway.

Re:PRK (2, Informative)

Amazing Quantum Man (458715) | more than 5 years ago | (#25290231)

No, I haven't noticed any bad side effect, other than needing reading glasses, and that's due to age.

I'm 45, and because I was *SO* nearsighted, my near vision was actually pretty decent, but because of my age,
I now need reading glasses. If I was younger, I suspect I wouldn't need them.

The myopia canceled out the age-related presbyopia.

As a side note, I suffered from chronic erosions, and this seems to have cured it as well.

Re:PRK (2, Informative)

Sibko (1036168) | more than 5 years ago | (#25293525)

What are the advantages and disadvantages of the two procedures?

LASIK Advantages:
* Quick healing (driving vision the next day in most cases)
* Little chance of haze
* Re-treatments are easier

Disadvantages:
* Uses more tissue
* Can have flap complications (rare occurrence in good hands)

PRK Advantages:
* Uses less tissue
* No flap created so no chance of flap complication

Disadvantages:
* Healing takes longer than LASIK (driving vision in 4 to 14 days)
* Slight risk of haze (little risk with modern laser and adjunctive chemical therapy)
* Delayed epithelial healing

We do approximately 30% of our patients with PRK and find that the end result of the two procedures to be excellent.

This is from the FAQ of the guys who did my eye surgery. [I had PRK done, since I'm going in the army.] http://www.seewell.ca/index.html [seewell.ca]

Re:PRK (1)

Amazing Quantum Man (458715) | more than 5 years ago | (#25293987)

These guys [oaveyes.com] did mine. He's my regular opthamologist, so that was a plus. He also did a lot of the clinical trials, and was a pioneer in the treatment of astigmatism with PRK as well, so double plus.

Delayed epithelial healing

Yeah, that's what hurts like hell. They essentially strip off the entire epithelium so that they can shape the outside of the cornea. Essentially, it give you the mother of all corneal erosions [wikipedia.org] .

The beauty of it is that PRK is essentially the same as PTK, which is the treatment of choice for erosions, so if you're prone to erosions, and you want your vision corrected, you may want to consider PRK.

I hope this ends well... (3, Funny)

snarfies (115214) | more than 5 years ago | (#25288243)

If there's a gold plaque installed over any doorways in the ISS, he's DOOMED!

Go to hell, disbelievers (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25288299)

There you have it; more REAL science from the ISS.

Lord British Space Log (1)

AioKits (1235070) | more than 5 years ago | (#25288437)

Day 1:

I put on my robe and wizard hat...

*sigh* Byebye karma. Time to play Ultima until this blows over!

So, This Experiment... (1)

vjmurphy (190266) | more than 5 years ago | (#25288803)

Basically, he'll be reading an eyechart? Man, that's some cutting edge science. Perhaps he can also read a book, or try to see something in the distance.

Re:So, This Experiment... (2, Insightful)

geminidomino (614729) | more than 5 years ago | (#25289055)

Basically, he'll be reading an eyechart?

No. He'll be reading an eyechart... in spaaaaaaaaaaace!

Re:So, This Experiment... (1)

UncleTogie (1004853) | more than 5 years ago | (#25289135)

Basically, he'll be reading an eyechart? Man, that's some cutting edge science. Perhaps he can also read a book, or try to see something in the distance.

What they didn't mention is that the chart will be on Earth...

POR ORT WIS!

Re:So, This Experiment... (3, Funny)

Culture20 (968837) | more than 5 years ago | (#25289521)

POR ORT WIS!

Ha! Wizard Eye!

Forget the Eye Surgery tests.. (2, Funny)

Khyber (864651) | more than 5 years ago | (#25290307)

See if he can use An Nox to cure space sickness and the inevitable food poisoning!

Asteroid impact coming? Grav Por, baby!

Lights go out on the ISS? Vas Lor FTW!

Re:Forget the Eye Surgery tests.. (1)

LowlyWorm (966676) | more than 5 years ago | (#25290823)

...And the second moon should also be of interest to NASA.

Just make sure not to give him computer access. (1)

Agripa (139780) | more than 5 years ago | (#25292081)

He might exit the station without landing or even worse, use the skull.

An Corp! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25326951)

An Corp!

lol

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