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Issue 16

Intergalactic News - Issue 16

Message from the editor

What we’re up to…
For Darak just a couple of words can equate to weeks of work. More often than not it is the user interfaces for Nexus that takes all the time. At the moment he is busy modifying the home page to accommodate notifications. Notification is the mechanism by which your homepage will list by category all those things (big and small) that may require your immediate attention in handy expandable dialogues. It covers things such as battle reports, turns, events on turns (where they have been flagged to generate a notification) and much more. This though is just the start of how we can use them in the game (he specifically asked me not to big them up at this stage - so yeah, I expect them to be all singing and dancing >; )

As for me, I have as part of these ‘everything you need to know’ articles been getting into the nitty-gritty of the game mechanics. In many cases it is re-discovering the things we dealt with in detail at the time of design but have since forgotten. This requires exploration of exactly how the code and interfaces work but also looking at ramifications and potential exploits. This has in a few cases led to tightening up of the code and lengthy discussions with Darak.

Cheers

Mica

In this issue:
Contents
  • Targeting – everything you need to know
  • The One Ring RPG - Game Review
  • Fake
  • Blog of the Week - The Council is Summoned


  • Next Issue:
    • Escaping Combat - everything you need to know
    • Fake II - Boom
    • Settlers of Catan - Cities and Knights - Review
    • Blog of the Week - TBA

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

    *** Hoedown in Graydown ***

    Wimbles in the Graydown system have come under repeated attacks by mercenaries. The Wimbles having already lost two outposts have had their ships come under attack by boarders. The Wimbles are pointing a hairy finger at the GTT whilst the DEN are itching to get their paws in.

    Pleasantly rotund Wolf Lord Lyceum reported the destruction of one mercenary ship, a Corsair class explorer called "Eye of the Chosen" which had earlier dropped off ground forces flying the banner of "God Hates Wimbles.” Which God and why he or she hates Wimbles has yet to be revealed. We suspect its corporation-loving Mammon.

    Inside this issue of the SSS: * Sargasso Update * Wakerians * Naplian Liberation Front * &etc

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

    *** Breaking News: Caliph Samuel Assassinated ***

    The nominal head of the Caliphate, Samuel has been murdered in broad daylight at the starbase CAL Sidon in the Fortress system. The allegedly mad zealot was on his way to meet representatives of various civilian factions when a shadowy figure *cough*CIA agent*cough* shot him dead.

    The CIA issued the following statement to the SSS with a customary nudge and a wink: "In these difficult times, as we come to terms with the loss of Samuel, we are taking things one day at a time.

    "Samuel was not only our Caliph, but our leader during the Second Civil War which laid the foundations for the Confederacy after he left the Human Empire and settled in the Darkfold. It is truly a sad day and one that will be marked in history as one of many great leaders who were cut down in their prime.

    "We will strive now to look to the future, whilst remembering our past”

    Speculation is rife that this is the first step towards a unification of the two-halves of the Stellar Empire. Others are more hopeful this is a return to the Confederacy or the mark of greater separation with the Imperial bloc. Time will tell what nebulous motives the shadowy puppet-master Laton turned out to have had and which alien faction will be blamed for the Caliph’s murder.

    Inside this issue of the SSS: * HEX / FET Invade Sargasso * Magnus v Nevets Fight! * Dewiek Black Hole Disaster * FLZ Correction * &etc

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

    *** STOP PRESS: Felini Victory ***

    In an unexpected development, the FEL have scored a decisive victory against the FLZ. Destroying or maiming some 20 Flagritz Baseships in the Onwards system.

    What is more remarkable than the victory was there was no subsequent comment by Crazy Uncle Flagritz. We might need to have a lie down now.

    Inside this issue of the SSS: * DEN and FEL * Valhalla Fighting Pits * RIP smacked * &etc


     
    ***** Christmas Special Edition *****

    *** Ho Ho Ho ***

    Welcome to the SSS Christmas Special Edition! We the Editors have put together a nostalgic pudding treat intended to delight and tickle even the scroogiest megacorp executive. So gather your cubs, squidlets and larvae for some silliness and song. Time to catch up with some classics from years gone by, raise your glasses and drink your gluttony and shame away!

    Wishing you all a merry Christmas free from Krampus Jones's invading armies!

    The Editors


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

    *** Claws Out in Valhalla ***

    In a bold rebuke of Crazy Uncle Flagritz’s attacks in the Avalon system, the cunning Felini Nevets ordered a hit on a FLZ outpost in the Valhalla system. Claiming miscommunication with his warships, the mischevious Avatar cocked a snook at the washed-out Dewiek warrior in charge of the system whilst claiming an important victory in the often one-sided conflict against the FLZ.

    This isn’t the first time the foxy Feline has masked daring-do in the shroud of incompetence. It remains to be seen whether this turns out as disastrously as the time when the FEL had to pay the costs of a war started by Prince-turned-meklan LiQuan.

    Meower-in-chief Chamiah apologised for the incident in a public address laced with snickering subtext and unconcealed laughter when she got to the bit about the unfortunate loss of “5 FLZ Warships in Onwards.”

    A second incident in Valhalla was reported the next day with mardy Magnus complaining he wasn’t getting his claws in on the action. Could this be the pithy ploy that puts the cat on the mat?

    Inside this issue of the SSS: * Merc-y Wimbles * Valhalla Fighting Pits Get Weird * Profile of Lyceum Amaguk * &etc


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

    *** Nun on the Run ***

    Alleged cosplayer Carmilla D’Morenta got the vicars in the Brotherhood all hot and bothered when she made a run for it. Possibly tired of being tied up by the reverends and denied the love that dare not howl its name. With a sizeable, almost unbelievable, bounty on her head, the barking sister took refuge with the Dewiek Elder Nation.

    In possibly the shortest chase in history, the BHD managed to strike a blow for oppressed collars everywhere when they squared off with the naughty doggy-wannabe at the Valhalla stargate. The cheeky chaplains blew their hyperdrive at close range and both the BHD and DEN flagged ships were reported to be lost in space.

    Inside this issue of the SSS: * DEN Ban BHD * Ulian * FLZ in Avalon * Valhalla Fighting Pits * Interview with Carmilla * And more


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


    *** Message From The New Editors ***

    Dear Reader,

    It has been a long time since we had the exquisite joy of Sub Space Static beaming mind-altering information into our retinas. Like you, we craved word from the offices of the IGN when the next edition would hit our Nexus terminals. We waited and waited. Then we got curious.

    We fundraised a simple surveyor and sent it to the last sighting of the IGN. It was not where we expected it to be, in the Yank system. We asked the Junta but they were their usual helpful selves. Weeks, turned into months and still no sign.

    Then we found it. The singularity. With a sign. The scrawl of a demented child that read "Kang woz 'ere." What could we do but enter. Our ship went in. Where, we cannot say. The air around us popped. Our faces folded and our bodies fused together. Our minds interconnected. Vast knowledge at our disposal. Yet, we became as stupid as the least of us. As greedy as the worst of us. As forgetful as the dumbest of us. As horribly biased as a partisan hack in a post-truth universe.

    We became, in short, your Editors.

    Welcome to the new SSS. It won't be as funny as before. It won't be clever by half. It won't be any better in any way. But it will be regular. As a mohache on refined laxatives. It will be informative. Oh it will be full of facts! Even if we have to make them up.

    Send us your delicious exploration reports. Tell us about your pointless battles. Spread your vile anonymous rumours. Tell us how your mother didn't love you and that's why <insert Affiliation here> must be destroyed! Feed us, your Editors. Nurture us. Our Singularity opens to receive your offering.

    Now here is the news.

     
    ****** Caliphate Syndicated News Network (CSNN) ******

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    Welcome to another edition of news and views from the CSNN's favourite reporter and news anchor, Ainsley Moore, the peripheries' most favourite unbiased publication in the known universe, after an extended tour of the Inner Empire and all the delights within,

    And so with the news, and there has been a lot of it!


    Old News - FLZ/ GTT Break Ceasefire Agreement
     
    ****** Caliphate Syndicated News Network (CSNN) ******

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    Welcome to another edition of news and views from the CSNN's favourite reporter and news anchor, Ainsley Moore, the peripheries' most favourite unbiased publication in the known universe,

    And so with the news,

    Alien Wars - Ulian Peace Agreements
     
    ****** Caliphate Syndicated News Network (CSNN) ******

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    Welcome to another edition of news and views from the CSNN's favourite reporter and news anchor, Ainsley Moore, the peripheries' most favourite unbiased publication in the known universe, after a period of "secured safety training" for the CSNN team who was taken in by Caliphate security forces,

    And so with the news,

    Alien Wars - Empire Takes Ulian System, Empire Fleet Deployed
     

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