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Intergalactic News - Issue 2

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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.



In this issue:
  • 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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    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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