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(A session report by Alfred, Lord Tennyson as originally published in The Examiner newspaper on 9th December 1854, following a game played during the Crimean War)

Turn a card, turn a card,
Turn a card over,
All in the meteor storm
Drove the space truckers.
'Forward, the Truck Brigade!
Loot all the planets' he said:
Into the meteor storm
Drove the space truckers.

'Forward, the Truck Brigade!'
Was there a man dismay'd?
Not tho' the crewmen knew
Some one had blunder'd
in building their ship and so,
Their's not to boldly go,
Their's but to load cargo:
Into the meteor storm
Drove the space truckers.

Cannon to right of them,
Cannon to left of them,
Cannon in front of them
Volley'd and thunder'd;
Storm'd at with rocky shells,
Boldly they rolled and well,
But off their modules fell,
As into the mouth of Hell
Drove the space truckers.

Flash'd their connectors bare,
Turn'd up a new card where
laser’d by pirates there;
Charging their shields while
All the worlds wonder'd:
Plunged in the battery-smoke
Watch’d as their spaceship broke;
Human and Alien
Reel'd as their shields were
Shatter'd and sunder'd.
Then they drove on, but not
Not all the truckers.

Cannon to right of them,
Cannon to left of them,
Cannon behind them
For the builder had blunder’d;
Storm'd at with rocky shells,
Cargo and cabin fell,
They that had rolled so well
Came thro' the meteor storm,
Back from the mouth of Hell,
All that was left of them,
  Left of the Truckers.

When can their glory fade?
O what poor ships they made!
All the worlds wonder'd.
Honour deliv’ries made!
Honour the Truck Brigade,
Noble Space Truckers!

(In the original printing, a footnote under the poem stated that Tennyson himself was the clear winner; Lord Lucan came in second whilst Lord Raglan and the Earl of Cardigan tied for third place.)
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Well done.
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Indeed, very well done...although I'm a bit confused with the "6 truckers" part...I know it plays up to 5 with the expansion, but am I missing something here?
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garry_rice wrote:
Indeed, very well done...although I'm a bit confused with the "6 truckers" part...I know it plays up to 5 with the expansion, but am I missing something here?


It was originally 4 truckers in my 1st draft; then I decided that the truckers could also mean the crewmen on the ship and changed it to six to closer match the "six hundred" of the poem.

I was worried someone would ask this exact question though! Maybe I should change it back...
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I was just curious...and now you have the explanation here, I wouldn't bother changing your work
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Hilarious, and well-adapted! Great post.
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Rifiri wrote:

I was worried someone would ask this exact question though! Maybe I should change it back...

Ahem....be it far from me to suggest any change to important literature, but how about "space truckers?"

But maybe that name should be reserved for a thread using a Deep Purple song for it's inspiration?

Tim
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armor_11 wrote:
Rifiri wrote:

I was worried someone would ask this exact question though! Maybe I should change it back...

Ahem....be it far from me to suggest any change to important literature, but how about "space truckers?"

But maybe that name should be reserved for a thread using a Deep Purple song for it's inspiration?

Tim


Sounds good - I like it, and have changed it!
 
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