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Issue 25

Intergalactic News - Issue 25

Message from the editor
It seems simple enough, just get a bunch of numbers, add some, subtract and divide others then show them in a nicely formatted table. The reality is anything but. It seems from concept to working results is a repetitive process of small changes and testing. Predictions as to when you will have something finished fails on first contact with reality. The moment I am happy with a bit of code I have to go back to account for something forgotten or simply to add a trigger statement such as filling an empty table with a statement that nothing is present in the table to avoid confusion.
Still, progress is being made on infrastructure and every step forward is one that should not need to be repeated. If Darak has similar issues it never shows.

I have given a review of the Rivendell source book for The One Ring (TOR) RPG. This is the latest supplement for a campaign I have been running weekly for the past couple of years. The depth of detail being layered on Tolkien's already well defined world makes this a really good storytelling setting and well worth checking out.

High Lord Samuel dates to the early days of Phoenix when he and his brother Jasil were written into the background to explain the existence of Darkfold. The story has gone through a number of twists and turns over the decades though for the past six or so years both Samuel and Jasil have dropped of the sensor grid. Now Samuel at least is back, head of the newly formed Caliphate rising from the dispirited remnants of the Confederacy. Quite what direction this will take is currently unknown.

With respect to the Caliphate, this is a concept that was first kicked about at the beginning of the year and has been worked on in secret by the members of the former Confederacy. That the real world stole their thunder by sudden appearance of ISIS is a coincidence taking us all by surprise. Odd, is the only word I can think of.

Cheers

Mica

In this issue:
Contents
  • Infrastructure - Audit World
  • TOR - Rivendell - Review
  • Samuel - First Caliph
  • Blog of the Week - Solitude - Special Delivery
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    News
    Is open for business...
     
    ***** Inter Galactic News *****

    *** Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door ***

    The stargates are closed! Reports from multiple sources indicate at least three of the stargates, all within Dewiek controlled systems, have been closed.

    Two different sources have indicated that the TCA have been spotted recently in a number of systems and may be behind this turn of events. A scan sent to the SSS indicated eight TCA ships were recently spotted first in the Faery system and later near the Kasmer stargate.

    Another source, suspiciously put the blame on the ARC, suggesting the ARC and DEN were working together because they “need to trap [the TCA] and try and finish them off after the DEN bodged their operation to protect the ARC while they incinerated the MEK homeworld, which ended up with several ARC ships being destroyed and the job only being half done."

    However, with no public statement from the Dewiek themselves, its hard to know whether these rumours are reliable.

    Lord Igor of the Dominion and Erasmus Andersen of the Garcia Family both offered public apologies at the delay in meeting their trade commitments because of the recent closures. The not-so-subtle subtext being that someone will pay with blood for this interference in their business. Or at least with a stealthy price rise.

    Inside this issue of the SSS: * Wimble Civil Strife * Who Sniffs the Sniffers? * Largin’ It * &etc

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

    *** Videtis quantum scelus contra rem publicam vobis nuntiatum sit? ***

    The Flagritz Empire is no more! The Flagritz Republic is reborn! Quick on the heel of the collapse of the Empire, the Fessin caste declared a new era of foreign and economic policy with a rapid withdrawal behind the Black Gate.

    The new ecologically-friendly Prime Minister Kayxaer, asked for patience as “economic” reforms were undertaken. It remains to be seen whether there will be any price to pay for the dramatic changes being made by the reclusive Flagritzi or whether it will all be sunshine and rainbows going forward.

    Inside this issue of the SSS: * Large at Large * &etc

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

    *** Bravo for Freedom ***

    Naplian Forces have attacked three human pirate outposts in the Morroglyph system. A spokesperson for Naplia HQ told the press that the plucky duct-tape loving free people would continue their war against slavers and pirates in their home periphery.

    One salty Naplian libertarian told the SSS, “The people of the Naplian Home Periphery are sick and tired of human criminals coming here just because their homeworld is an overcrowded hell. It’s time for them to go back home.”

    Inside this issue of the SSS: * Igor of Fang and Horns * Admiral Loves Dick Turpin * &etc

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

    .What is It?
    ..a wOrmhOle?.
    …No.. worse..
    ….the KANG singularity!…
    …..It pulls us IN…..
    ……lOOks sO familiar……
    …….yet so strange…….
    ……..what is……..
    ………that?……..

    *** Flagritz Liberalise Economy ***

    In good news for all the galaxy the Flagritzi have vowed to liberate all slaves across their Empire. Furthermore, the hectapods have given up eating other sentient species; taking up a strict diet of veganism and soy chai lattes. Sales of turtle neck sweaters and Forbidden Fruit laptops have skyrocketed.

    The news was cautiously welcomed by the benevolent Felini Tyranny who looked forward to reducing the War phase of their daily Nap-Lick-Nap-War-Nap-Eat-Sleep cycle to a perfunctory forty winks.

    Inside this issue of the SSS: * Baron Womble * A Short History of the DPP * &etc

     
    ***** 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.

     

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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