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Issue 24

Intergalactic News - Issue 24

Message from the editor
July already - where has the time gone?

The subject of the rulebook has recently hit the news again and though we don't talk about it much on the forum, we have chatted about it behind the scenes. It is time for a re-write, from the ground up.

Notifications in my opinion are quite splendid. I have had great enjoyment scribbling out messages and sending them into the aether to be received by those that should get them. A quick selection of options and a save note is so much faster than looking up individual positions, identifying their owner, getting their pol and sending a personal message (only for it to be missed). I will be making continuous use of them for the foreseeable future. Oh, and players are saying nice things about them too.

Short Story on Resource Complexes
From the outside a starbase can seem sterile with its inventory of items catalogued in alphabetical order down to the single mu and its lists of precise production and resource complex output. These numbers however represent the balance sheet and fall short of reflecting the organic nature of a starbase where personnel trade favours, have friendships and augment their seemingly clockwork life with extras that never make it onto the accounts. Seriously, does it seem likely that every single week a complex will produce from a natural resource exactly the same amount of stock? Never an mu up or down? What is true of reality is rarely satisfying in a game and as such the waste products, the less useful parts of a resource and output fluctuations are ignored in favour of playability. It is simply presumed that they are dealt with such that the costs of the operation are mitigated by any secondary incomes and the net result is no extra commercial benefit. That said, maybe a quick indulgence is necessary to see what does happen in the underbelly of a starbase. I for one speculate that even in the far future favours will be traded and people will use their personal assets to achieve ambitions even at the cost of friends.

Cheers

Mica

In this issue:
Contents
  • Notifications
  • Story - Down at the Resource Complex
  • New Rulebook Development
  • Blog of the Week - Doves give way to Hawks

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    A Detinus expeditionary force is being assembled to liberate slaves in the Twilight Periphery. Stung by the wit of the Wimble Dinash, Admiral Bridge is leading a personal and sizeable force against the newly constituted Flagritz Republic.

    The Wimble Bake Off has new competition with the Dominion instituting a Master Chef competition in the Orion Spur. This is all said to be a cover for further land grabs and in preparation for a move against the Hive and Dewiek, tipping the balance further in the Stellar Empire’s favour.

    Meanwhile, the Wimbles struck off a number of hapless Wimbles under their new rules. To cement their plan to align themselves with the Stellar Empire, they have offered the services of their new masters to the Emperor.

    Several hundred thousand slaves have been released by the Flagritz Republic but the terms of their manumission are unclear. Millions more await their emancipation. Many have refused to accept freedom without transit home, especially those brought in from outside peripheries. Many reportedly were captured by the Stellar Empire from the Detinus Republic and then sold on to the Flagritz.

     
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    The ship PRV HarCop Omega has been reported both in Orion and Corewards. This was the flagship of the former League Chairman, sacked from the role when the League went into administration and quietly disappearing beyond the edge of known space. It is thought that his return may have been for a clandestine meeting with his former contacts in Harlong and Coptuv. If so then he clearly has an agenda.

    Unconfirmed stories that the Pirate King of The Pirate Holes and Million Islands is near completing research on the various larger ships his pirates have successfully captured over the past few years (big thanks to all the affiliations that participated in 'donating' ships). If the rumours are true it is likely a new armada of pirate ships using more advanced technology will be found in Corewards in the near future.

    An supernova has been detected originating from just beyond the Transpiral Periphery. The rare event has created ripples in the subspace of the nearby stars. Nobody has reported any tangible ramifications but this is the first supernova in the current age of the Peripheries so esoteric scientists are excited by the prospect of grants to study the relatively nearby phenomena.
     
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    *** Wimbles Crisis Solved ***

    The Wimble Crisis of 217 has come to an end with the human Baron making way to the wimble Grandfather Paden Mastaak. Celebrations were held in Wimbledon upon the news with crack teams of Wimble security staff guarding all the pies.

    It’s unclear how long the Wimbles will enjoy this new era of peace and self-determination.

    Vocal Wimble Dinasha, one of Paden’s early backers, has chosen this precarious moment to bait Dewiek, Flagritz and humans who were initially disposed to be friendly to the new administration. Whilst the Wimbles' history with the former-slave-loving Flagritz could be understood, their animosity towards the Dewiek and humans was more mysterious. One insider alluded to a rise in the number of cases of foot-and-mouth across the herd as being a likely cause.

    Inside this issue of the SSS: * Storm in a Teacup *** Yahn Bares All * &etc

     
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    *** 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

     
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    *** 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

     

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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