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Cup Code Caption Contest Congratulations

Oh yeah, I had a contest a while back, didn’t I?  I suppose I should announce who won.

The contest is over and Del Taco cup codes were sent out to the winners last week.  So the winners know they’ve won and may even now have shuttles tailing them around in Star Trek Online.  But if you didn’t get a code from me via email, you might want to know who won. Or, if you did win and didn’t get a code, you might want to drop me a note.

Anyway, the winners were:

Picture One

Picture One

Winning Caption – Wins a Del Taco Cup Code

Caption from Harbinger Zero – “LCARS Load Letter? WTF is LCARS Load Letter?”

Comment: Managed to combine a Trek acronym and some computer humor lore.  Also the only caption to make somebody I know laugh out loud.

Runner up – Also gets a Del Taco Cup Code

Caption from Blake – “Which button do I have to push to replicate a chair around here?”

Comment:  Indeed, the future seems to be bleak and chairless in some regards.  Chairs are so valuable in the future that we only pretend to sit on them, or so it seems when I’m on the bridge.  Everybody seems to hover inches above their chairs.

Picture Two

Picture Two

Winning Caption – Wins a Del Taco Cup Code

Caption from TK – “Where is that bastard, Sid Meier?”

Comment: I played enough Alpha Centauri to chuckle… and I know how to spell Centauri.

Runner up – Also gets a Del Taco Cup Code

Caption from SPQR – Stranded in the Sirius Block: “So guys, let me get this straight? We didn’t need a passport to cross the sector border, but we need one to get back into Alpha Centauri?”

Comment:  It reminded me of a scene from the Phil Silvers Show.  First Jack Benny and now this?

So congratulations to the winners!  While there were not any huge, fall over laughing captions, many were good.  I tried to choose pictures that did not have an obvious joke in them to try and inspire some creativity.  I might have gone a bit too far in that regard.

STO – Special Space Junk Edition!

Despite the Star Trek line about boldly going where no on has gone before (which is right there on the back of the box), we’re now talking about an MMO and so anything I do will be more like boldly going where many, many people have gone before.

Which isn’t always a bad thing.

For example, I did not have to worry too much about figuring out how to claim my pre-order items.  By the time I was ready for that, Potshot already had a post up with instructions.

That lead me to the C-Store where I had four items to redeem in the “special unlocks” tab.

The USS Enterprise (which isn’t actually what it is called when you get it, and you can change even that name) was my GameStop pre-order bonus.

The not-so-unique Red Matter Capacitor is from the Collectors edition.

The title “Ambassador” marks me as a lifetime subscriber; either a proud badge of honor or a great big “L” on my forehead, depending on how you view that subscription option.

[Edit: Per the comments section, “Ambassador” is apparently not for lifetime subs, it is for people who made STO forum accounts before a certain date.  The either/or aspect of what that means probably still applies though!]

And then yes, Virginia, there is a Del Taco shuttle.  Apparently a single code will get you that in-game item.

Not that I am sure as to how useful it is.  So far all I’ve seen it do is follow me around in space.

Shuttle in tow

Plus it takes up a slot on your ship that could otherwise be used for… say… a unique red matter capacitor.

Still, it is mine!  I have one!  And should the next patch make is suddenly start spewing out gold-pressed latinum, I’ll be set… though I might have to unlock the Ferengi playable race to spend it.

The big item though is the ship, the Constitution class cruiser.

What decade is it now?

This ship is more cool than I thought it would be.  Flying around in it puts me far more in the “Trek” mood that the standard starter ship.  It is going to be tough to let this ship go when it comes time to upgrade.

Even combat seems a bit more fun with that ship.

Fire all phasers!

Other than that, the opening night seemed to be… smooth.  A lot of the things that I complained about during open beta and the head start weekend were not present last night.  I didn’t spend a lot of time online, but enough to do a few missions, fly around, and say hello to Tipa.  I missed her inaugural day bridge party and the accompanying games of smear the Klingon and whatever they were doing with those tribbles.

Then again, it was a Tuesday night.  Friday is likely to bring a much heavier load.

At least Cryptic knows and is admitting that capacity will be an issue.

We shall see what the weekend brings.

STO – Into The Headstart

Last night and this morning I haven’t had much in the way of problems.  There is a graphics driver crash I seem to get once per session when I sit down to play.  The annoying part about the crash is that, afterwards the launcher has to verify all 98K files, which takes about 15 minutes.

I’ll have to check the forums to see if there is something I can do about the crash.  But I can officially move Star Trek Online into the “Games I Play” category on the side bar.

I made my first “live” character, Dwayne “Buck” Turgeson.  He goes by Buck.

Buck on Patrol

He is named after a football coach from my high school, though I decided not to go all the way and use his last name, so I pulled a last name from another “Buck.”

I noticed on making my character that I had access to the uniform style from The Next Generation movies.  I cannot recall, however, with all the myriad pre-order and special edition options, how I ended up with with access to this particular uniform option.  None of my retail order options should be available until I enter the key code from the package.

But I cannot complain.  It is a nice uniform set and you can play with the color options, so I swapped out color on the inner shirt for color on the jacket itself.  And then the shoes.  The shoes make the look.  Fun with color.  In fact, being able to play with the color options makes me wonder if I should have gone for the Digital Deluxe Edition which feature uniforms from the original series.

I was able to move through the tutorial pretty quickly, this being my third time through.  The points where you are in the same instance with other players were mildly crowded.  It was obvious that a lot of other people were starting off in the head start.

There was another patch update this morning, so Cryptic is obviously still in full make and mend mode.

And, as a quick aside for a friend who is stuck on the tutorial.

The Transporter is that way

And, on one more divergent topic, the Del Taco Cup Code Caption Contest is still WIDE OPEN as of this time.  Nobody has pulled out an obvious winner.  Somebody could come along with a Princess Bride quote and walk away with a code.

STO – Del Taco Cup Code Caption Contest

Cup code caption contest.  How is that for alliteration?  But I digress.

Yea brethren! (And cistern!)

I have been to Del Taco and I have seen the promised cups!

And mighty were those cups in size, each holding a veritable bladder-stressing lake of the fountain drink of your choice!

Truly they were macho sized.

Affixed to the side of each, like a nicotine patch on a 2-pack a day smoker trying to kick his habit, there was a sticker.  And visible on each of those stickers, when peeled off these mammoth drinking vessels, was a code.

A code of mystery!

It is something of a mystery as to exactly what you get when you enter this code after logging into the Star Trek Online and then heading to the promotion redemption page.

You might get a Type-8 shuttle in game!

You might get 2 days of play time.

You might get nothing at all.

By Grabthar’s hammer, the promotion FAQ is open to considerable interpretation on the subject of who can get what and when!

Still, judging by the comments on the wall of Del Taco’s Facebook page, these codes are in demand.  On eBay you can find people offering up the codes for sale.

But here at TAGN, I am going to give away two codes!  All you have to do is emerge victorious from the trail by comedy!

Below you will see two pictures.  Unless, of course, you are reading this on your iPhone or other mobile device, in which case you may have to go to the bottom of the blog and turn off the mobile viewing mode.

But back to the pictures.  They are screen shots from the game Star Trek Online.

You will need to click on them to see the full size versions.

Picture One

Picture Two

They are not that funny in and of themselves.  But with the right caption, they could be hilarious.

To win one of those two codes, you must submit a caption for either or both of the pictures in the comments to this post

THE RULES – Read Them

  1. All entries must be submitted by 12:00 Noon 15:00/3pmPacific Standard Time on Sunday, January 31st, 2010 Monday, February 1st, 2010.  That is 18:00/6pm Eastern Standard Time or 23:00/11pm UTC.
  2. Codes will be sent to winning entries by 15:59/3:59pm Pacific Standard Time on Monday, February 1st Tuesday, February 2nd, 2010.  That is 18:59/6pm Eastern Standard Time or 23:59/11:59pm UTC.
  3. Winners will be announced in a blog post after the codes have been sent out.
  4. You may enter a single caption for both pictures.  If you enter multiple captions for a single picture, only the first caption for that picture in your comment will be considered, the rest will be deleted.  If you change your mind about your entry, you can enter again as long as you make it clear in your entry that you wish me to delete your initial entry.
  5. Only a single code will be awarded per person.  So if you enter two captions, and they are considered by the judging panel to be the two most hilarious entries over all, you will still only get a single code.  The remaining code will be awarded to the third most hilarious caption.
  6. All entries must be submitted as comments to this post.
  7. If you win, you will receive a single code via email.  That is the only prize.  You will not receive the actual code sticker nor the cup to which it was once attached.
  8. The email address to which the code will be sent is the email address you enter as part of the comment form.  The comment form has a field your email address, you do not need to put your email address in the body of the comment itself.  No email, no code.  If your email bounces back, the next person on the list will be awarded the code.  Make sure your email address is correct.
  9. You may still enter even if you do not want/need/plan to use a code.  Please state this in your entry.  Should you win, your entry will be acknowledged, but the next runner-up will receive the code in your place.
  10. You must clearly indicate for which screen shot your caption is meant.  The screen shots are clearly labeled Picture One and Picture Two.
  11. Any caption submitted in a language other than English (e.g. Spanish, German, Latin, Klingon, etc.) must be translated into English as part of the submission.  It is no fair letting Babel Fish create a hilarious caption for you via bad translation after the fact.  You may use Babel Fish to create captions as long as you only submit the final English version.
  12. While I will be the final authority in picking the winner, I may seek advice from my wife, my daughter, my mother, members of the permanent floating instance group, co-workers, the kids next door, the mailman, a Ouija board, readers of rec.arts.books.tolkien, the guy who runs that pawn shop in Los Altos, random people in Dalaran, the pizza delivery guy, or Kibo.
  13. Andy Ihnatko can enter, but he will not be allowed to win.  It wouldn’t be fair to the rest of us.
  14. The codes are assumed to only be good for people logging into the North American release of Star Trek Online and are not expected to be worth anything or be of any use in the EU.
  15. All codes are currently attached to the Klingon Defense Forces Bird of Prey cups.  If for some reason I lose those cups before the end of the contest, they will be replaced by which ever cup is currently available at my local Del Taco.
  16. Codes are not guaranteed to be valid or get you any prize or promotion whatsoever.  Codes will remain on their cups until it is time to email them to the winners.  However, I cannot validate them in any way.  If your code fails to work for whatever reason, I apologize, but I will not provide an additional code.
  17. In the unlikely event of an unbreakable tie, I will go buy another drink and award an additional code.  Anything that funny will be worth it.
  18. Any issues, ambiguity, errors, or questions will be resolved by me and all decisions are final.  There is no arbitration or appeals process and whining doesn’t work, ask my daughter.
  19. Void where prohibited, contest may be rescinded at any time for any (or no) reason, your mileage may vary, and if it all blows up in our faces remember I told you so.


  • Don’t rush to enter
  • Brevity is the soul of wit
  • If you do a multi-part dialog, make sure it is clear who is saying what
  • Captions that seem derivative of previous entries are less likely to be judged well
  • With puns, the worse they are, the better they are
  • Outside of church and the maternity ward, obscenities rarely impress me
  • Movie and TV references are great, but tread lightly on the cliches
  • If your comment does not show up immediately, it is probably in the moderation or spam queue and I’ll fish it out and approve it soon enough

STO – The Shuttle of Cups

Sorry, a tarot card reference was the best I could come up with for a title.

While I was away at work today, my wife went out for lunch.  After she was done, she sent me a picture from where she had been.

Quien Es Mas Macho?

Yes, she went over to Del Taco, which is surprisingly near our house.  In fact, I would wager that I have driven within easy sight of it over 100 times in the last year or so.  But I never once noticed it.

Their sign… does not attract the eye.  If it had been a McDonalds, A KFC, or even a Starbucks I probably would have been aware of it.  But Del Taco… doesn’t stand out, at least not at that location.

Anyway, I had a cup.  I peeled off the code and then headed over to the Star Trek Online site, logged in, then jumped to the STO Del Taco promotions page to enter the code.  I entered it and got this.

Um... you're welcome?

That wasn’t exactly informative.  And I declined to join the Del Taco Raving Fan Club.  Tacos aren’t really my thing, when it comes down to it.

Wanting to find out what I might have gained, I went to the page that shows my account settings.

Ah ha!

I am now confirmed for Del Taco Promotion A!  Which may or may not mean that I have a Type-8 Shuttle coming to me.  I might just have two additional days to pick up my pre-order from GameStop.  We shall see.

But a code is mine and it has been redeemed!

I did, however, skip part of the story.

Yes, my wife went out to lunch, deciphered the menu at Del Taco which follows the current disturbing fast food trend of assuming you already know what you want and just displaying a bunch of current specials, and ended up with a decent burrito.  She sent me the picture at the top of the story at work via her iPhone.

However, the reason I know about the menu at Del Taco is that I dropped by on my way to work to buy a Macho Size soda ($2.12 with tax).  I did not think my wife would read my post until later in the day or perhaps in the evening, long after lunch time.  I didn’t know she was such a fan.  (Having learned a bit after years of marriage, I did not burst her surprise balloon until I got home that evening.)

But my excess may be your gain!

I am going to dig through my Star Trek Online screen shots and see if I can find one suitable for a quick caption contest.  The winner (who will likely be chosen by the Saturday night instance group) will receive the code.

Look for that contest Friday morning.

Unless I cannot find a suitable picture.

In which case, my backup plan is to change over to contest to create a Star Trek shuttle based tarot card.

This is what I have so far as a sample.

In fact, if somebody sends me a really good shuttle tarot card, I might just go buy another soda to give out an extra code.

Which, as I said, may or may not get you a shuttle.

Check back on Friday!  You’ve been warned!

The Del Taco Shuttle

Open beta has passed.  Those with pre-orders are awaiting the head-start launch on Friday.  In the mean time, we can dwell on other topics.

A while back I was comparing what pre-order and collectors edition items were being offered in Europe versus the US.  The result was that the only imbalance was that Europeans could get a shuttle craft that was not available through any offer in the US at the time.

The Shuttle

While I was on vacation Cryptic and Atari saw fit to fix this discrepancy by coming up with a tie-in deal.  Here is the email I received about it on January 21st, which oddly refers to the game’s launch being in a “few more weeks” a mere 12 days before STO was set to go live.  Maybe I’m not on the high priority mailing list.

Just a few more weeks to boldly go into the much anticipated universe of Star Trek Online! As we gear up for launch, we wanted to tell you about an awesome limited time offer with Del Taco!  Customers who purchase a Macho-sized drink at Del Taco will receive a free limited edition Star Trek collector’s cup and a free trial of the Star Trek Online while supplies last. Each collector’s cup will have an individual peel code that can be redeemed for a 48-hour free trial of Star Trek Online at http://www.startrekonline.com/deltaco. Customers can redeem up to four codes and receive 48-hours of gameplay with each code. As an added bonus, customers that redeem the maximum four codes will receive an extra 48-hours of access to the game for a total of 10 full days.

Additionally, if consumers choose to purchase the game after their free trial, they will receive a free Type-8 Shuttle “pet” add-on for their Starship, available exclusively from Del Taco.


Del Taco?


Oh, and collectible cups... forgot to mention those!

I guess so.  Beam up to macho!

I actually live in California and I might not know about Del Taco except that I had a roommate from Long Beach who was extremely excited when a Del Taco opened up here in the Santa Clara Valley.

Long Beach, which is down in the Los Angeles area, is about as close to my home as Berlin is to Vienna, just to pull a random geographical distance out of the air. (Though I verified it on the web, 414 miles.)  So despite the fact that the national news reports anything from LA as though that was California, an LA chain of stores might be completely unknown up here.

I was actually a bit surprised I could place Del Taco in fact.  One of those strange aspects of memory, I can recall my roommate going on about Del Taco and wishing there was also a Naugles and an In-N-Out Burger up here to complete his fast food needs. (Since Naugles appears to have merged with Del Taco in 1988, you get a sense for how old this recollection is.  Meanwhile, we now have several In-N-Out Burgers in the area.)

So my first thought was, “How ridiculous is this?”  I wasn’t even sure that there was a Del Taco up here still, so it seemed like a pretty targeted promotion.  Like, if you live in LA or maybe the California Central valley, you might get the shuttle.

I decided to go to the Del Taco web site to see where they listed locations.

As it turns out, they list locations is 16 states, which was about 15 more than I expected.

Del Taco States

That is approximately a third of the states in the US.  Granted, they are biased towards the west end of the country, but Del Taco is still more wide spread than I would have guessed.

Then I started to click on the states.

  • Michigan – 5 locations
  • Missouri – 3 locations
  • Indiana – 1 location
  • Florida – 1 location
  • Ohio – 1 location
  • South Carolina – 1 location

In fact, outside of California… and the parts of California which I previously associated with the chain… outlets are somewhat thin on the ground.

Sure, there are 25 in Las Vegas, but if you added 4 more lanes to Interstate 15, Las Vegas would effectively be part of LA.  And while Colorado and Utah have about 20 each, that only sounds like a lot until you think about those 25 in Las Vegas alone.  And don’t even start in on how that compares to the number of McDonald’s there are in those two states.

Still, I cannot be too critical.  You get the deal you can get.  If it were Blizzard, it would be McDonald’s.  But Cryptic and Atari, well, perhaps that was the best choice they had.

Or maybe they just like Del Taco.  It turns out that there is still a Del Taco up here not too far from my home.  And my home is, in turn, not much of a trek from Cryptic Studios.  Maybe that is their thing.

Anyway, I’ll have to find some time to swing by the Del Taco on West Hamilton in Campbell for a large drink just to see if I can get a Type-8 shuttle even though I have already pre-ordered.  If you don’t live close to a Del Taco, I see there are people on eBay willing to sell you a code.

Del Taco.  You do have to admire a company with outlets in Anaheim and Azusa. (Old people, name the show being referenced and the city not mentioned, which also has a Del Taco location.  Young people, it is not The Simpsons, so be still.)