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11 May 2010 @ 14:57
'Ship Wars  
So, 'Ship Wars is coming to a close this week at st_respect. And it's been one hell of a ride.

What's interesting is that, despite the word "War" in the name, it was really more like 'Ship Olympics. Each round, the teams would be given a prompt and specific length and format requirements. So it's not so much like a football match where you have fans of each team meeting under bridges to hit each other with pipes whilst singing "Blowing Tiny Bubbles" or anything. It's more like you would do if you were watching the Pair Skaters. You'd watch the short form, and long form, and you'd ooooh and aaaaah at the choreography and choice of music and costumes, and the skill displayed with the leaps and catches and spins and stuff. And even if you disagreed with the judges, you still enjoyed the experience of watching highly skilled people doing their very best in a chosen art form, on a grand global stage.

Team PikeOne really went into 'Ship Wars with one major objective: to sneakily seduce people with our pairing. Not seduce them away from their OTP. But to expose them to the awesome that is Pike/Number One and encourage them to check it out. Seeing as how a LOT of comments on our entries were from folks who'd never even seen "The Cage", or read exclusively slash, or hadn't come out of Star Trek (2009) thinking "I would hit that like the first of an angry god" re: The Greenwood, we succeeded beyond our wildest dreams. We have a lot (well, for us, since our comm is tiny) of new people at pike_numberone thanks to 'Ship Wars, and we've had a complete BLAST participating in the wacky party posts full of macros and sparkletext, etc.

So in short: whatever you thought 'Ship Wars was going to be when you first heard about it, here's what it was for me personally. And I hope next time we do this, more folks will give it a shot. Because it's been a massive orgy of fun--even with the herding cats aspects, deadlines, tears and so on.
merisunshine36 on 11th May 2010 20:38 (UTC)
or hadn't come out of Star Trek (2009) thinking "I would hit that like the first of an angry god" re: The Greenwood

wait, what? these people exist?

boosette on 11th May 2010 20:47 (UTC)
I think they're myths, frankly. It's a physical impossibility to walk out of that theater thinking anything other than: mmm, Pike ...
leftarrow: obviouslyleftarrow on 11th May 2010 20:49 (UTC)
(which reads as, "mmmm, Pie" if you reverse-brain-typo slightly, and that is never going to stop amusing me.
boosette on 11th May 2010 20:56 (UTC)
With the number of times I have typo'd Pike's name in that precise manner, I am unsurprised.
Re White: captain pirkre_white on 11th May 2010 23:15 (UTC)
boosette on 11th May 2010 23:19 (UTC)
While we are on this delightful topic, I have him pegged as a strawberry-rhubarb guy. (With occasional forays into the the heart-attack cheesecake arena.)
Pixytheoreticalpixy on 11th May 2010 23:38 (UTC)
Definitely fruit pies, I was leaning cherry or apple(but am also not a pie person so hard to judge). Drippy fruity things that as a tiny young thing ended up all over his hands. (and YES)
boosette on 11th May 2010 23:41 (UTC)
Drippy fruity things that as a tiny young thing ended up all over his hands.

And face! It was surely, truly adorable. (Also in his hair, which his mother never actually figured out how that was accomplished.)
Pixytheoreticalpixy on 11th May 2010 23:45 (UTC)
Yes! Tiny Pike was one of those children who have magical abilities to get things all over himself. Washing behind his ears was required.
boosette on 11th May 2010 23:47 (UTC)
I think there would have been approximately two days during the summers of his youth in which tiny Pike was not covered in dirt and stick: the day before school started and the day after school let out. Inbetween? A lost cause.
Pixytheoreticalpixy on 11th May 2010 23:56 (UTC)
I agree! Otherwise he ran around outside like a little wild thing and was very good at finding things to get all over him. He usually came home dirty, at dusk and very pleased with himself.
boosette on 12th May 2010 00:02 (UTC)
He was very good at forgetting to plug in communications devices to charge, too. Also, leaving them in places where he will surely remember where they are (read: losing them accidentally on purpose.)

Further, "But I'm not dead!" excuses everything.
Pixytheoreticalpixy on 12th May 2010 00:08 (UTC)
Yeeeeees. And he was skilled at selective hearing. And 5 minutes late is totally on time. Or 20 for that matter.

Of course it does! "But mooooom I'm okay, see :D!"
AQ aka Syredronning: pike_nudesyredronning on 11th May 2010 21:20 (UTC)
I walked out thinking "finally everyone got Kirk/McCoy" *G* But Pike followed shortly after *palms face*
boosette on 11th May 2010 21:36 (UTC)
TOS is all about the OT3 for me (and of course Kirk/Not Getting Any, but that goes without saying.)
Pixy: captaintheoreticalpixy on 11th May 2010 23:40 (UTC)
I refuse to believe it. How could they be so blind?
ljc: star trek (needs more pike)taraljc on 13th May 2010 06:10 (UTC)
IDEK, bb. But look at it this way... this way, we don't have to share him with the masses?
AQ aka Syredronning: pike_tinyshipssyredronning on 11th May 2010 21:24 (UTC)
I thought st_respect (I never use the w word) was really a success, and brought a lot new readers for the smaller pairings.

For myself, though, I should've stayed out of it because my focus clearly rests more on my own writing. The story reading and battle posts were more fun while I was no official part, but it became duty once I joined as a team member. Have to remember that for the future.

This said, I still signed up for the MU remix, sigh.
ljc: star trek (ship wars survivor)taraljc on 13th May 2010 06:09 (UTC)
I think it shall be organised differently, next go around. But so glad you enjoyed it, even if it was a bit insane near the end.
Weeping Naiad: ST: Pike - needs moreweepingnaiad on 11th May 2010 22:03 (UTC)
Seriously? Folks walked out of the movie and weren't complete slaves to BAMF Greenwood?

How is that even possible?

I'm sooo glad your team was on ShipWars because I got to read lots of wonderfully written Pike/Number One and, honestly, it's not that I don't love them, but I barely manage my f-list as it is.
ljc: star trek (needs more pike prime)taraljc on 13th May 2010 06:08 (UTC)
I am so thrilled with how many fans we sneakily seduced to our wee 'ship. And I still have to post the story I wrote for the final round that didn't get picked for the team entry. It needs about 2000 more words, and a serious edit, but it pays off the last AOS story I wrote...
rubynye on 11th May 2010 22:57 (UTC)
*beams at you*

You did well in the Shipolympics, PikeOners. :D
ljc: star trek (ship wars survivor)taraljc on 13th May 2010 06:07 (UTC)
I'm so glad I did it. I don't think I've been this prolific in YEARS.
Re White: Jimre_white on 11th May 2010 23:15 (UTC)
I looked forward to seeing the PikeOne submission like burning every prompt round and was *never* disappointed. Your ship and the comment fun we had is one of the reasons I stuck through Ship Wars. You guys were awesome.
ljc: star trek (ship wars survivor)taraljc on 13th May 2010 06:06 (UTC)
*snuggles you*
Faith: startrek-boot-pike-gqmfvertrauen on 12th May 2010 00:42 (UTC)
I really wish that I could have participated, because it looked like so much fun! Too bad RL shenanigans got in the way. Perhaps next round? ;)
ljc: star trek (ship wars survivor)taraljc on 13th May 2010 06:07 (UTC)
There will DEFINITELY be a next time!