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Issue 23

Intergalactic News - Issue 23

Message from the editor
It seems that the world conspires to ensure that there are simply not enough hours in the day or days in the week from time to time. The unofficial deadline for the monthly edition of the IGN sailed by blowing raspberries and flicking the V's.

Bank holidays (and subsequent catching up) aside I have been playing with new code, returning to older custom code and refining details on infrastructure.
Anyway, suffice to say it has finally been finished and I hope that it is educational in the case of the data heavy mining article, informative with respect to lifting the lid on our plans for improving agent actions and finally entertaining in revealing some of the events on Earth that were set in motion by a player over half a decade ago.

While the story was quite quick to write, getting all the details for the mining upgrade (as well as determining all the values for the techs) proved very time consuming. The article on agent skills was mostly completed back in March then snagged when presenting examples detailing security half-life. Like so many ideas that have gone before, this was a feature that sounded so nice in esoteric discussion but refused to make itself presentable in table format. Phoenix relies a lot on prediction. Players want to know that if they do X, then more often than not Y will occur, whether it is now, next week or next month. A feature with half-life where the value is both time and situation dependent and where the situation is based on somebody else's assets does not make for a satisfactory mechanic. It certainly needs more refining but on the whole we are much happier with its development.

Cheers

Mica

In this issue:
Contents
  • Mining - Everything you wanted to know
  • Story - Africa
  • Advanced Agent Skills
  • Blog of the Week - Folkvar - Humans


  • Next Issue:
    • Infrastructure - orders and items
    • Notifications - what are they?

     
    News
    Is open for business...
     
    ***** Inter Galactic News *****

    *** Empire Strikes: Solo ***

    A massive fleet of some 1600 warships, including large numbers of super-heavy capital 300 and 400 hullers, attacked the DEN in the Solo system, catching them with their metaphorical pants down. The DEN gate platform and some two hundred DEN freighters were subject to antimatter missiles amongst other high tech ordinance.

    Jack the lad, Viceroy of the Empire, claimed a victory for freedom and the Imperial (right of) way leaving the sullen Dewiek unusually unresponsive.

    With DOM platforms firing on CIA ships, will the IMP now demand the DOM add them to the Do Not Fire lists as well? And what exactly is the nature of the DOM and DEN alliance in light of the sustained attack from the Empire? And will the DEN’s alien friends stand idly by as the Empire fleet camps in the vital gate system of Solo? How will the DEN retaliate for this action or are they ready to roll over and have their bellies rubbed?

    All this remains unknown. All that is certain is the “feel good” factor across the DTR has increased, with citizens reassured that for some time yet, they may continue in their slumber with the easy assurance that their number is not coming up anytime soon.

    Inside this issue of the SSS: * New BHD Guy * DOM Statement * &etc

     
    ***** Inter Galactic News *****

    *** To Ur Is Dewiek ***

    Dewiek forces had a hefty smackdown against the mysterious living ships known as the T’Cath (TCA). Seven adult TCA 400 hull capital ships, each firing eight of their notorious plasma cannons, were killed by a DEN and DOM fleet of some 700 ships.

    Of the minimal losses suffered by the DEN / DOM, one-eyed Magnus and Nevets Motnhap of the FEL were amongst the dead.

    Inside this issue of the SSS: * Caribbean Congo Continues * Ur Witness Report * * Hive Briefing * &etc

     
    ***** Inter Galactic News *****

    *** The Long Quiet Season ***

    Listen…
    There’s no sound of anger or of annoyance,
    There’re neither cruisers racing on the jump lanes
    Nor there jump lanes for them to race on,
    There’re neither monks chanting on the battlegrounds
    Nor bells calling us to the True One.
    There’s neither the lightning cracking of the sky
    Nor the persistent Naplians pattering on my roof.
    There’s no Dewiek arm in arm to admire the magnificent view
    There’re no war drums to feed Human ears
    Nor Hive sirens to steal the boredom away
    There’s no unfamiliar wing creeping underneath the Falconian sun
    Nor floods to enshroud the Aquaphid grounds
    The land lies lonely out here
    On this lazy summer’s day
    There’s no pollution to poison the airs of Inversion
    Nor forests to give them life
    All I hear is the hushing sound of the wind
    Assisting the sand to fall into beautiful undulations.

    Whilst we’ve been away: * Operation Giantslayer * Naplian Liberation * Back in the DTTR * &etc

     
    ***** Inter Galactic News *****

    *** Falconians Saved ***

    The Imperials have cunningly saved the Falconian Republic from being consumed by the Dewiek Elder Nation and at no small cost to the DEN either. Whilst the new pro tem Consul crowed about the “victory”, all former FCN systems besides Acropolis have been taken over by the two warring Empires - Human and Flagritz.

    Was it all worth it? For the IMP / GTT it clearly was, for the movement of a few hundred thousand troops is surely nothing to the cost they endured trying to and failing to knock the DEN out of Solo after the fact. The FCN now plucked off most of their navy and wider assets are a tiny nothing of their former self. The DEN may have resorted to some dirty namecalling but can the costs endured to save an enfeebled FCN have really been worth it? Time will tell.

    Inside this issue of the SSS: * INDignation * FELicitous Caribbean * Nah Plan for Naplia * Mercs Trouble DEN * &etc

     
    ***** Inter Galactic News *****

    *** Acropolis Now ***

    The IMP and GTT have brought peace and stability to Acropolis.

     
    ***** Inter Galactic News *****

    *** Goodbye Falconians ***

    The galaxy bid farewell to the Falconian Republic as the Human Empire subsumed them into their expanding territories. This marks the second death of an alien civilisation at the hands of the IMP / GTT in recent years. Like the extinguishing of the nearby Ulians, no voices of opposition could be heard from other quarters. This marks a long-period of appeasement by the Detinus Republic and Dewiek Elder Nation.

    Inside this issue of the SSS: * DOMination * &etc

     
    ***** Inter Galactic News *****



     
    ***** Inter Galactic News THE MUSICAL *****

    *** Norozov, No More ***

    Kantner: No more do I see the starlight caress your cyclops eye
    No more feel the tender kisses we used to share
    I close my fists and clearly my heart remembers
    A thousand goodbyes could never put out the embers

    Chulainn: Oh the power is mine now!

    Kantner: Norozov, I love you so, and my heart forever
    Will belong to the memory of the love that we knew before
    Please, come back to my arms; we belong together
    Come to me; let's be sweethearts again and then let us part no more

    Chulainn: Oh all the Stellars mine now!

    Sylvansight: I will have his eye!

    Kantner: No more do I feel the touch of your hand on mine
    No more see the love-light making your dark eyes shine
    Oh, how I wish I never had caused you sorrow
    But don't ever say for us there is no tomorrow

    Chulainn: Oh all the ladies mine now!

    Sylvansight: I will have his eye!

    Chorus: The power is in the eye!

    Kantner: Norozov, I love you so, and my heart forever
    Will belong to the memory of the love that we knew before
    Please, come back to my arms; we belong together
    Come to me; let's be sweethearts again and then let us part no more

    Sylvansight: I will have his eye!

    Chulainn: Oh the power is mine now!

    Chorus: The power is in the eye!

    Kantner: Norozov, I love you so, and my heart forever
    Will belong to the memory of the love that we knew before.

    Lanner: So, old cyclops has finally met his comeuppance
    Maybe its time for a comeback

    Chorus: No, no one wants you back!

    Lanner: I always did like that chair of his…

    Chorus: The power is in the eye!
    The power is in the eye!
    The power is in the eye!

    Continued in this special edition of the SSS...

     
    ***** Inter Galactic News *****

    *** ALIEN CRIMINALS BROUGHT TO JUSTICE ***

    FILTHY AND DISHONOURABLE Dewiek mercenaries have dared to attack HONEST AND HARDWORKING GTT warships in the Coptuv system.

    THEY HAVE BEEN BROUGHT TO JUSTICE. LONG LIVE THE EMPEROR!

    The Dewiek commander’s lengthy response was appreciated by xenophile and philanthropist HQ Manager Tom Krieger but this does not change the facts.

    FURTHER JUSTICE IS EXPECTED AT THE EMPEROR’S PLEASURE. LONG LIVE THE EMPEROR!

    Inside this issue of the SSS: * SEDITIOUS FET CHARGED * LIES OF THE FAILED REBELLION * TERRORIST PLOTS FOILED * ENEMY OF THE PEOPLE CRITICISED * &etc

     

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    I’ve played on and off for approximately 10 years, over a 20 year spell. After some interesting debate on the in-game forum, I did wonder what, exactly, has kept drawing me back to the game, when for so many others I’ve generally lost interest after a few months.

    Ultimately, I think it is a combination of automation (that allows the game to handle thousands of positions to interact on a daily basis) coupled with Special Actions (that allow the story arc to develop in a way that could not be catered for by a set of predefined list of available orders).
    -Zigic