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Issue 2

Intergalactic News - Issue 2

Message from the editor

Welcome to issue two of Intergalactic News. In this issue, we look at what it takes to make a name for yourself in the game and getting the most out of it. Surprisingly enough it is not about spending lots of money.


This issue's story is relates to a new feature in the game, NPC's or PvE as it is generally known. Despite being around for two decades this is one aspect of the game that we have only just developed. The main reason for this is that as the game has developed and communication has become so easy, doing anything duplicitous without having your actions responded to by overwhelming odds has become increasingly difficult to the point new players would find it impossible. So by introducing game controlled freighters in certain areas of space allows players to cut their teeth without inviting certain destruction.


I also look at sci-fact - an issue that crops up quite often in Phoenix as we attempt to keep much of the science real or at least based on fundamental physics. This is something I once brought up with excellent author Peter Hamilton.


If you have a story that you would like to appear in IGN, please send it Mica via PM - yes, it does mean that you will need a Nexus Account. Don't worry, you can play ships for free so it is not even going to cost you. Better still we will credit your stellar account by 100,000 stellars* for articles over 1,000 words that are accepted. Articles need to be sci-fi, though not necessarily directly related to Phoenix.



Cheers

Mica

In this issue:
Contents
  • Politicals - Being Taken Seriously
  • Story - Diary of a Privateer
  • Dealing with Unexplained Sci-fact
  • Halo - Training Ground
  • Justice at any Cost


  • Next Issue:
    • Affiliations - Creating your Own
    • Story - Diary of a Pirate Hunter
    • The Almighty Stellar
    • From Missions to Meglomania
    • Blog of the Week - TBA


    *Stellars - in-game currency. 1 stellar = 1 week's crewmember wage.

     
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    Is open for business...
     
    ***** 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

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

    *** Voice of the Naplian Liberation Front ***

    We are the Naplian Liberation Front. We have commandeered this station to bring you important and vital deprogramming. You are a slave of the Galactic Trouser and Tussles Imperium of Unspecified Services! We have witnessed the press ganged upon by Imperial thugs. Rounding up reporters by the thousands and throwing them in weasel dens. Mocking the Great Uncle of the Flagritz. Manufacturing consent out of a lust for imports of wheat cereals! We poor Naplians(*) are given no training and substandard equipment when preparing your nutritious breakfasts. We are sent forward by the Imperial snack commissioners with threats of triple-filing tax returns on unreasonable deadlines! Death would be preferable. We are allegedly paid a wage but have you ever tried to buy anything with just $1? Strangely none of those politicals earning $10,000 or more a week seem to care about our plight. Not to mention that the Imperials throw perfectly good meat into the grinder instead of slow cooking it in black bean sauce. They have no respect for a classic burrito! We are left grieving for young families who have never tasted quality ranch sauce. You don’t need to be a dead Naplian to know the value of a good guacamole.

    * No actual Naplians included.

    Inside this issue of the SSS: * GTT vs USN * GTT vs NLF * GTT vs IND * GTT vs KAS * GTT vs FET * GTT vs SSS * &etc

     

    Free Ship when you sign-up
    Complete missions for in game rewards
    Control everything, up to an entire empire
    Dedicated human moderators
    Player and Moderator driven plotlines
    Discover new worlds to explore, exploit & colonise
    Over 20 years of content development
    Persistent Browser-Based Game (PBBG)

    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