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Subspace Static - 192 October  [Recruit]

******BSE Newsletter October 1992******

***Bug Reports***

There area few bugs still in the programs. The main one seems to be with the AFT special ability which seems to work sometimes and not others. We will have a long look at it this week and see if we cannot fix this intermittent fault. For the colony governors, the bug with factories not using energy we will also try to sort this one out.

***Dorn***

The system number for Dorn is 151 and not 179 as printed on the system maps. Please amend you records as appropriate.

***Player Run Newsletter***

BSE now has its own player run newsletter, a copy of the first issue should be enclosed. Anybody can send messages, articles, or anything which is to do with BSE for publication. Affiliations should have their information directors send an affiliation message. You can either send submissions to us with your turn or write directly to the editor:
Richard Cozens, Fieldview, Swineshead Road, Frampton Fen, Boston, Lincs PE20 1SG

***Special Actions***

Special actions are supposed to cost a minimum of 10Tus each to perform and although I have not been charging or many of them but I am going to start from now on. There is no TU cost for writing additional information which goes with your other orders, such as telling me you are interacting with the Hyport or that the training you are performing is anti-boarding, etc.

***Colonies***

Several colony governors have had problems building or using the RTS. I have had a look at it and most do seem to be working correctly. The only thing I can think might be going wrong is that the outpost must be on the same world as the colony for the RTS to work. Also, when you set your production at factories, make sure that you have all the materials which are needed. Some items take other things in addition to metals. Also if you use EP you will lose a whole weeks production. It is better to set small amounts of items to build so tat you don't have to cancel it.
The item number for stellars is 9999, I don't think the rules mention it.

***Free Starts***

The free set-up for a ship and two turns should really have had just one free turn. From the end of October the training manual will come with just one free turn so if you have any friends who wish to join BSE ask for their free start now.

***KJC News***

Enclosed with this turn should be a copy of KJC news - October. You will notice that some games are increasing in price from November 1st but there is no change for BSE. Also, payments over 45 pounds will be credited with an extra 10% credit. If you pay by credit card and want to take advantage of this, let me know when it is tome to pay, otherwise I will just charge you the normal 15 pounds. Thanks.

***First Class Issue 11***

This is now available. It contains news on all KJC Games and also has a section on BSE - Stellar Vacancies. Each issue costs 1.90. If you would like a copy let me know on your printout and I can charge it to your BSE account.

Subspace Static - 192 November  [Recruit]

******BSE Newsletter November 1992******

With the October KJC News again plugging BSE and friends coming in from recommendations from existing players there have been a fair number of new ships starting. Affiliation recruitment officers should notice this in the new members section of your political printouts. At the moment I am processing all turns the day they arrive at our office but if the current trend continues, I may have problems on Monday when the new game week starts. This may mean that some will not go out until Tuesday. If this does happen, I plan on doing ships from outside the IK first as they have longer posting times.

***Large and Small Affiliations***

As you would expect some affiliations are more popular than others, especially the FET and IMP. I have put a message onto the Training Ships first turn advising players of this which has helped the smaller affiliations a little. It has been suggested that extra stellars could be given to encourage new players into less popular affiliations. I thought I would put it to players to say if they thought this was fair or not.

***First Turn Newsheet***

John Clink, the SMS affiliation leader suggested that it would be a good idea to give new players a newsheet explaining a little about BSE and some clues on what to do for the first few turns. This is an excellent idea and John is now writing a suitable piece. I also thought we could include a half page advert/message from each affiliation. This should be designed to appeal to new players and encourage them to join your affiliation rather than any other. Affiliation leaders could you arrange for your submission and send it to me for the middle of the month. Thanks John, an excellent idea.

***Jump Engine Swap***

When using the jump/thrust engine swap please write the number of JUMP engines you wish to take FROM either CARGO or ENGINE. Thanks.

***Extra Sensory Perception!***

Some players have been doing special actions which need me as GM to decide for them what they will do. Examples of this is doing a ground exploration and then asking me to pick a creature to examine. I am in a no win situation in cases like this. If I get you to examine which then attacks you then I get the blame and if I check it out first that is not fair. This also includes Jump movement. You must have the system number to jump into it. However, with probing of moons I will let you do a moon list and ten move to first moon, second moon etc.

***Second Ship***

If anybody is interested n starting a second or more ships ask me for a ship set-up form. Using this you can start another ship at the colony of your choice. Just give me the word, colony square, and colony name. Extra ships must belong to the same affiliation as the first.

***Intergalactic News***

I hope to include the second edition with this turn but if it is not enclosed then it has not arrived at our office in time. Please ask me for your copy next turn. Thanks.

***Telephone Exchange***

We have had a new telephone system put in here at KJC so if you have any questions you should be put through speedily to me. If possible, try not to ring on Mondays as that is the busiest day.

***First Class Issue Eleven***

I know I said this was available last time but we had another problem with our printer but this has now been fixed. Issue eleven is now half printed and will be ready in a couple of days time. If you want a copy please mention this with your next turn.

Subspace Static - 192 December  [Recruit]

******BSE Newsletter December 1992******

***Larger affiliations***

All affiliations seem to have had a rush of new members during November and hopefully this will continue into December. My idea of pushing new players into the smaller affiliations has been made redundant and was probably a bad idea anyway as several players pointed out.

***Hyports***

I thought I would mention Hyports as several players seem to be unsure as to how to use them. With a Hyport your ship only (not ground parties) can do all transactions which you would do at a star port. These are the buy, sell, deliver, pickup and transfer training. You cannot do gambling, ship upgrades, etc. as these are from complexes which are located at the colony. You also do not get a market report. If you wish to transact with the hyport just write either in the line above the action or in a special orders box and an arrow 'use colony hyport'. You must give the colony number of whos hyport you are using. This is very important as at some planets there are several.

***Inflation***

Colony governors set prices and amounts depending on the situation as they see it. This can sometimes mean sharp increases in the process of some items. If you think this may happen to you, you can write in a special order box 'only buy if price is ## or less'.

***Restrictions on Hyport Activity***

The Hyport at Tortuga on the planet Dogleg will now only allow ships to dock with it once per turn. Colonists have limited amounts of items for sale so ships transferring huge amounts of goods between Hyports quickly exhaust stock levels leaving none left for other ships. I expect other colonies to adopt the same policy.

***Intergalactic News III***

This is now available and should be enclosed with your turn.

 
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And so with the news from the last couple of weeks,


Cluster War! DNA Gather Fruit
 
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Welcome to the latest version of ESNN, giving the news and views from the ESNN's reporter and news anchor, Ainsley Moore, making this the peripheries' most favourite unbiased publication in the known universe from our home in the Heartland,

And so with the news from the last few weeks,


Cluster War! MZC attacks DNA
 
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*** Inter Galactic News ***

The Dewiek rise again!

After the death and destruction wrought upon the Dewiek Nation by the Architects, there was a period of calm if you were a werewolf fancier. But now the Dewiek have risen to once more in the name of the Dewiek Packs, led by Skarn. Their new message being one of peace, a most unusual change for the large humanoid wolves. While they rise from the ashes of the Mizuchi Combine the Galaxy waits to see how this new affiliation acts, baring in mind the Dewiek have something of reputation.

Empire invade the Cluster!

A significant force of GTT warships recently entered the Cluster, somewhere they have not seen the need to go for a very long time. At the same time the CIA banned the Dewiek Packs from it’s space and also sent a large number of warships into the Cluster to bolster the GTT’s presence. After this show of force the Crossley system, known for it’s wormhole connecting from the Cluster to CIA space shifted to be claimed by the GTT. Currently the Empire has over 200,000 troops and 2000 warships roaming the nearby systems. Inhabitants of the Cluster are waiting to see if there are any further developments. GTT CEO Xavier Fox when asked by our office dismissed it as a “Training exercise”.

Krell sale!

The Krell Clan Dark Angels has been selling off bases, outposts and even systems lately. It is unknown why they have decided to cash in their assets and territories, but it points to the accumulation of significant wealth by the Krell clan. If you have any spare cash and want to expand your assets then it seems to our office that the best place to go is the Dark Angel Clan and ask what will be going up for sale next, assuming they actually have anything left.

*** Affiliations ***

AFT Association of Free Traders (54) - Marion Tweedy
BLG Bolg Organisation (22) - Akhenaten
BHD Brotherhood (63) - de Molay
CIA Combined Intelligence Agency (64) - Laton CIA
DNA Displaced Natives Asylum (66) - DNA people
DTR Detinus Republic (58) - Morley Decker
DEN Dewiek Elder Nation (67) - <unknown>
DWK Dewiek Packs (19) - Skarn
FCN Falconian Republic (70) – Bacran *
FEL Felini Tyranny (49) - Juris
FLZ Flagritz Republic (47) - Kayxaer
FET Frontier Exploration & Trade (56) - Cu Chulainn
GTT Galactic Trade & Transport (52) - Xavier Fox
GCE Garcia Enterprises (4) - Neil
HEX Hexamon (23) - <unknown>
KRL Krell (30) - Namica
KRT Krell of the Reverence Temple (37) - Kal Torak
KST Kastor Kastorians (12) - Kastor
MZC Mizuchi Combine (86) - Mizuchi
MOH Mohache (73) – Listens
NHS Noble Houses (41) – Roy Roberts
NLF Naplian Liberation Front (38) - NLFHQ
SMS Stellar Mining and Smelting (53) - MikhailM
WMB Wimble Nations (25) - zz

* Leader MAY be inactive, affiliation may be active
** Only known contact, please update us if this is incorrect.

NPC / FoC: ARC, CIV, CGT, FRE, HBO, HEF, IND, ISP, JCN, MEK, MRC, PIR, PRV, TCA, TRN, KAS
Inactive: ANT, COD, DOM, HVE, IDC, IMP, RIP, RCF, SKW, TAG

*** Submissions ***

By private message to The Editor or via Mica if you prefer to remain anonymous.
 
GTT step forward to control protection and peace in the Stellar Empire.

With the retirement of Jack Johns and various lower-level IMP officers from public life, the Imperial Services were left on the verge of being unable to fill their role as protectors of the Stellar Empire. Due to the serious nature the Imperial Services found itself in, the Emperor recently travelled to GTT HQ to attend a board meeting with the directors of the GTT.

With Galactic Trade and Transport being one of the few remaining loyal Imperial Chartered affiliations, who also supply well over half of the war material to the Imperial Services, the Emperor sought the position of the GTT with regard to the Imperial Services becoming overburdened with bureaucracy and lacking effective leadership. Effectively the Imperial Services were at the point of collapse. A position highlighted when an opportunistic supposed ally subverted four Imperial Outposts in the Inner Empire, thinking their asset grabbing would go unnoticed.
 
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  Star Date: 221.30.5

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RAGNAROK COMES

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A Forlorn Hope

The seat of Dewiek Government has fallen. What began as a small group of Architect ships picking up retreating DEN forces, amalgamated into a much larger force. The bombardment fleet comprised dozens of Adult ARC ships plus several Planet Killers. The force made short work of the impressive fortifications of the planetary orbit of Newstart. Multiple heavily armoured and maximised deflector shield platforms crumbled. They did so only after releasing their volleys of antimatter and nova weapon batteries. Any DEN warships that remained from earlier encounters also stood the line. But within the week, the last defence was gone.

Bombardment of Wolf Lair starbase proceeded without further resistance from the Dewiek. ARC Plasmas ripped through starbase shields. They demolished tens of thousands of factories and research facilities. The ARC demolished the huge military recruitment and training facilities on the planet. Over half a million trained troops evacuated from deep bunkers, leaving a token ground defence.

The ARC were not satisfied to burn the facilities and murder the workers. They deployed repeated salvos of their Virus Bombs on the wider population. Reports began to arrive of civilians of the world regressing. Leaving settlements and returning to nature. Much as the Dewiek found themselves some decades ago when they started to recover from the First Great ARC-DEN War. This time there was no High Lord Magnus willing to obliterate the world to save a remnant of the people. Newstart was already lost.

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Newstart is lost

 
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  Star Date: 221.27.2

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RAGNAROK APPROACHES

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End Game Lost

A short-lived period of peace followed the Dewiek Elder Nation’s historic and Saga-worthy defence against the Architect Planet Killers. A handful of the more typically encountered ARC ships were spotted picking off DEN support ships in Forlorn Hope before more than forty of them appeared back in End Game.

While the ARC “Adult” class ships, as the DEN had previously classified them, were eight times smaller than the “Planet Killers”, they were still as big as the largest ships any other species has managed to produce. Including the otherwise technologically advanced Dewiek.

Forty-four of these Plasma armed organic vessels smashed through the DEN forces left circling the orbit of Beacon, End Game. The mass of ARC weapons bombarded the DEN Shipyards at Ragnorak with their superheated ionized gas, razing the entire outpost to the ground.

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ARC Plasma weapons devastate End Game

 
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  Star Date: 221.22.5

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RAGNAROK BECKONS

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Assault on End Game

The ancient Architects have declared war on the Dewiek Elder Nation. The first sign of the conflict was subspace transmissions in a remote system in the Pocket Periphery. This followed reports that the ancient Ragnarok shipyards on Beacon were malfunctioning. In response, the Wolf Mother sent urgent orders to several Dewiek scout ships to patrol the End Game system.

The Konungr Smidamadr was the first to encounter the gigantic, “Planet Killer” class ARC ships. Measuring in at thirty-two hundred heavy hulls and armed with a hundred ARC plasma weapons, the ship was more like a mobile armed platform. It is certainly the largest vessel ever recorded. The scout ship was vaporised instantly.

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ARC Planet Killer dwarves largest DEN warships

 
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  Star Date: 221.11.4

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Caste Apart

The Flagritz Republic is (very nearly) no more. In its place, a single Hexamon and Flagritz power has arisen. The new Collective has absorbed much of the Flagritz holdings with only a handful of Clique-caste Flagritz systems choosing instead to align with the other Elder species, the Dewiek.

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Flagritz and Hexamon Hybrids - A hope for the Future?

 
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  Star Date: 221.3.3

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Meklanmania

Meklan scout ships continue to be seen around the Orion Spur periphery. These cyborg creatures in service of hidden ancient masters appear to be terrorising the Wimble Nation in particular. Despite public lamentations against the hardship of defending themselves, the Wimble leadership have not yet responded to our request for comment.

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Artist's impression of a Meklanised Wimble

However, Xavier Fox, CEO of Galactic Transport and Trade, did give us the following statement:

“We have engaged several Meklan ships, although currently the source has not been identified. GTT Directors have been running patrols and have engaged and destroyed numerous ships that have attacked outlying outposts belonging to different affiliations. The pattern of ships encountered leads us to believe there is a central source, but until that is found we would suggest any affiliation with assets in the area provide adequate defences.”

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Doomsday On Pause

At the site of the Thete anomaly, the Dewiek Nation has sent media sensation Sharon Aleman to the scene. Aleman, whose cybernetic enhancements allow her to directly interface with her ship’s sensor array, led her hardened crew into a dive of the outermost “edge” of the anomaly. After spending several days collecting and analysing data (mere minutes to the rest of us outside the anomaly), Aleman reported her shocking discoveries.

 
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  Star Date: 220.50.5

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Veil Lifted on Flagritz Home Space

As the Hellcadium ISR field continues to fluctuate, one of the newly exposed systems is Junista inside the previously hidden and inaccessible home periphery of the Flagritz Republic.

Over the past few weeks Flagritz Republic patrols and platforms have dealt with a number of scout ships from the Human Empire as the IMP wasted no time in exploiting this opportunity to poke around in their old enemy’s backyard. It is understood that at least one of these unarmed scouts was destroyed with no one willing to estimate how many more might be buzzing around.

Coincidentally, suspected IMP lackey, SSL TOAD, has also been overheard showing an obsessive interest in the Flagritz periphery. However, we have received no reports of this being anything other than his usual drug-fueled, barely decipherable mutterings at this stage.

Either way, this sudden, uninvited interest in the Flagritz Periphery has left the FLZ leadership muttering darkly about appropriate measures being taken. Defensive fleets and supporting structures are being deployed in the Junista system and beyond in expectation of further uninvited guests.

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When You stare into the Flagritz Periphery...

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Thete's Timey-Wimey Tease

Investigation into the Thete anomaly continued in the Dewiek Pocket Periphery. The anomaly was scanned from all angles by a number of the Dewiek Nation’s best sensor ships and officers. The data, collected over several weeks, was sent to one of the DEN’s most advanced scientific laboratories for analysis.

What they found will shock you!

 

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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).
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