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Intergalactic News - Issue 28

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It has been a swan year here at KJC Games. On the surface it has looked pretty much serene, business as usual but below the surface it has been paddling madly. The reason is that we have finally come to the end of the 10 year office lease. With the vast majority of KJC Games now online their once needed space has long since become expensive storage. The final straw for Phoenix was when Be*, the only reasonable ADSL provider (Cleveleys not qualifying for fibre) sold out to Sky back in March with the immediate downgrading of the upload speed to snail pace. Phoenix was relocated.

With Darak living in Stoke, Trev and myself spending more time logging-in remotely and even the accounts long since outsourced the obvious decision was taken not to renew the lease. The farce of travelling all the way across town in order to log into Phoenix being run from my own home was not unnoticed!

The plan was two part; simultaneously building an annex to house KJC Games and clearing out 25 years of accumulated junk from the offices. The latter proved to be significantly more work than expected. With three rooms turned over to storing roleplaying, board games and miniatures many of which had not seen the light of day in two decades, maybe I should not have been surprised. If the staggering amount of time spent sorting and selling all the old games was not only tiring enough, the sheer volume of documents, old magazines, abandoned printers, computers and paperwork that needed dealing with was simply horrendous. The latter had to be sorted into keep, confidential shredding and bin. If it wasn’t for a flattened thumb the highlight would have been an afternoon with a big bag of masonry nails and a 3' stack of hard-drives. There was even one that dated back to the early days of KJC, possibly thirty years old. It weighed about 4kg had less than 100meg of space. I gave it a sound whack with the lump hammer but its tank armour simply made it impenetrable. I suspect within were discs made of clay and the writing heads stamped cuneiform.

I am now typing this from my nice plush new office, wondering what to do with the 12 unused plug sockets out of the 27 I insisted were wired in. The view is also a vast improvement – I will not miss the back alley with its un-emptied bins (the inspiration for more than one urban sector description), nor the squawking seagulls. This followed by catch-up with governments and infrastructure updates however has meant that things like Intergalactic News have been impossible due to lack of time.

Anyway, enough of me rambling on, how about a peak at what Governments and the Species Upgrade mean for the game. Don't worry, there will be another IGN along shortly as articles on terraforming atmospheres and modifying planetary temperatures have already been written.


In this issue:
  • Governments
  • Fall of Folkvar
  • Species Upgrade
  • Blog of the Week - A Visit to Hell

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    Crowe Coups Self

    The IMP Viceroy Tiberius Crowe has finally achieved something in his unremarkable tenure by relinquishing even the semblance of wearing big boy pants and instead, appointed Jack Jones as Patrol Commissioner, salty spokesperson and policy maker for the Empire. Crowe will now join CIA Director Laton in riding the special bus to work where the two of them will enjoy long pleasant afternoons sipping cups of tea. Actually, just tepid fruit-scented water as neither of them can be fully trusted with a hot kettle. Occasionally, they might be visited by equally dynamic war “veteran” Admiral Bridge to enjoy mimes presenting the latest comics from the Howl. Meanwhile, Jones is putting pressure on the FET and will soon no doubt find a pretext to deploy his vast mercenary forces against anyone else who is seen working too closely with his most hated of enemies, the HEX.

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    Highlord Aadolf Loses Control As Dewiek Break Peace Treaty

    Around one hundred DEN warships have launched an attack on a small GTT destroyer squadron of forty ships in the Daggern system. Two GTT ships were destroyed and another fifteen suffered noticeable damage. CEO Xavier Fox issued a restrained but angry statement demanding the DEN explain themselves. Highlord Aadolf’s buffoon-like response amounted to “Dewiek be Dewiek, let’s drink and forget about it.” Cold comfort for the dead crew onboard the GTT ships and their families. Especially, as seems likely at this time, the Empire will settle for some bloody money instead of retribution.

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    The Worm Turns

    The FET have reduced relations with the IMP to neutral. Sneezy boss Cu Chulainn took the bold step of putting 1 and 1 together by linking recent mercenary attacks in their systems with the IMP scouts seen loitering for some time and refusing to move. Even bolder, hints that they believe “a certain Imperial citizen” is responsible for Edward Lowe’s entire underhand operation were voiced loudly enough that the handsome but hard of hearing Tiberius Crowe had to take note. He was seen grappling in trademark fashion with his skin tight jacket, pulling it down over his partially concealed middle-aged girth, as he sat to issue a terse public statement. Exactly who this citizen may be was left unnamed and no news channel subject to Imperial laws would dare unmask the villain. Luckily dear readers, we are not subject to phony Imperial laws. It’s Jack Jones everybody. Jack Jones, butcher of Naplians and fancier of silver long johns.

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    ”Necessity hath no law”

    Lord Cromwell of the DOM slapped a fleet of privateers, on charges of "knavery", "bad manners" and "poor sportsmanship." Such offences carry the death sentence in the Dominion, a nebulous territory neither part of the Empire nor apart from it. At least thirteen Armadillo class ships, typically sold by the DOM, were destroyed at a location Cromwell was unwilling to disclose publicly. Bloodthirsty Dewiek as well as "prince of peace" Yahn Wodenzoon were quick to congratulate the DOM for their merciless carnage. It seems the consensus in the galaxy’s ruling class is that not presenting valid identification is a crime worthy of the murder of dozens, perhaps hundreds, of unfortunate crewmen. This is all just another indicator that the political elite are far removed from the lives of ordinary people who are seen as little more than meat inventory. It is telling so-called “man of the people and the downtrodden” Wodenzoon so readily aligns himself with this grisly concord. Meanwhile, the archaic elocutionist Cromwell further establishes the recent trend of mild exertions of power by the cold-blooded DOM.

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    Return of the Fox

    The galaxy is still digesting news of the return of Xavier Fox to the boardroom of the GTT. The ailing corporation's share price began a sharp rally after a six month downward spiral under Ike Krieger, credited with being the worst CEO in the megacorporation's history. The only surviving board member from Fox's initial tenure as CEO, and perhaps across the entire GTT board, is Antt Tilton the Research Director. The reclusive Tilton is the brains behind the ascension of GTT technology, particularly in the field of antimatter weapons and super-heavy dreadnought size ships, Tilton offers a small measure of continuity during this tumultuous time. Mr. Fox has therefore resorted to a broad appeal for new blood to join the ailing firm. So far, the result has been a number of two-dimensional "Yes" persons being promoted to the C-suite. Still, key stakeholders were upbeat with one commenting, "Fox is the man to turn this bloody disaster around. He knows how to put a great team together and where to bury the bodies of the non-performers."

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