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Notifications

Notifications
As positions are accumulated there is a very real feeling of data overload. Information in any of the dozens if not hundreds of turns rolling in on a daily basis can easily be overlooked. Ships could have been boarded or run through an uncharted asteroid belt, deliveries may have failed, research completed and the complexes left idle while wages continue to be paid are just the tip of the iceberg on things missed by all except those with the programming ability to parse each arriving turn email and extract the valuable data.

In order to demonstrate their value, a test account has been created. This account has been used to conduct some missions and a few positions have been assigned to it in the Game Master Testing Star System (cunningly called AAtest) in order to show some combat notifications.
Notifications appear right at the top left of the home page and therefore not easily missed. You will note the presence of the triangle with a point either up or down. When the point is up, the section is open, when down, the section is closed. In this first image you can see that the Notifications section is open and that there are notifications in 2 categories; Turns (1 notification) and Missions (2 notifications). As the triangle next to each is pointed down, the categories are currently closed. The other significant point is that each category has a green circle. This is simply a traffic light system (Red, Amber, Green) representing the priority of the most urgent notification within the category.

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Clicking on the two categories opens them. In the case of Turns, it reveals a date and in brackets, the quantity of notification turns for the date. In this case, each notification represents a single turn for a position. In the case of missions, again it shows a date and quantity of notifications.
Note that these categories are also given symbols to represent whether they are currently open (square within a box) or closed (empty box). Again it is simply a case of clicking to open and close. Opening categories will reveal sub-categories such as in Active and New in the case of Missions.


Note that the notifications are links. This allows you to click on them, quickly navigating to the appropriate location on Nexus or by creating a pop-up page when clicking on a position.


Alternatively, in the case of turns, you can click on the little symbol before the link to open the turn in the turns section and in a new tab.




Types of Notification
There are 9 categories of notifications, each with between 2 and 13 subcategories.

  • Battles
  • Financial
  • Information
  • Missions
  • Relations
  • Restricted
  • Transactions
  • Turns

Details of categories and subcategories can be in Personal > Notes.
In this section there are options to completely block a notification (which is probably a bad idea in the case of battles, but may be reasonable for some of the transaction subcategories).
Ignore own is an available option where two positions interacting are both owned by you. Again transactions where you are delivering to your own positions may be worth ignoring if you have decided that blocking all transactions is a little too far.



There is also the option to set the priority. The default is grey, in which case the traffic light is whatever Phoenix dictates. This is generally Red for battles and various other ‘important’ notifications. Clicking the grey circle multiple times will cycle through the traffic light colours, assigning it to the notification.



Traders with dozens of merchant ships for example may be inclined to increase the importance of Sell orders while those into exploration may increase the priority for new restricted celestials (such as asteroids found in the outer rings of star systems).

GM Notifications
Occasionally the GM would like to release information to some players but more often than not it is not clear who should get the information. This tool takes out all the legwork of looking up accounts for positions within a designated region of space. The tool allows the GM to write a message and select from dropdown menus an area in the game that can be anything from a planetary orbit up to the entire game as well as set the priority of the message. The game then selects all unique accounts of positions within the area and sends them the notification. In this example the GM has created a Test Message for the AAtest system. Unsurprisingly only this Test account got the message.



The title of this message is Test Message, but as it is set by the GM, it is tailored to the situation so could easily have contained the location appropriate to the message.
Simply clicking on the message reveals the content.



The GM notification tool can also be used to send messages to affiliations. Such options could prove useful if for example a player has left an affiliation it is useful to inform all members in the affiliation that uncontrolled positions can be claimed or informing them that there is the potential for system claims to be lost.
A more obvious use though would simply be to inform all players about the latest issue of IGN.

Battles
Unsurprisingly battles default to high priority.



Clicking on the link brings up the battle within the notifications. At present the battle is also sent as a message. It is anticipated though that the message option will be scrapped in favour of having a button on the notification that allows the player to save the battle to Messages.


Reminder

This is an incredibly useful order. When run it generates a notification with the text submitted in the order. A common use is to send the reminder notification after a ship has arrived at a specific destination or having scanned a location. In such cases it is often the case that checking the situation before proceeding with further orders is necessary. It might even simply be a note to self explaining plans at the time of writing the orders such ‘find out if civilians are selling modules cheaper than the DOM’.



Warnings are also very handy. Many use standing orders for construction of mines and their assignment to deposits. Then all they need to do is drop modules off at outposts and the outpost will automatically take care of them. The problem though is that this can lead to having fewer employees than are needed. Also in the above case, with combat ongoing, it is easy to overlook that deaths have caused efficiently to drop below 100%.



Once you have finished looking at them your can of course minimise them.



And in fact you can minimise and maximise any of the sections by clicking on the small triangles highlighted in red.








 
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Yenni-bodies Pirates?

A PIR outpost was miraculously discovered by an IMP freighter, of all things, in the Yanni system with several Javelin class warships in orbit. After noticing the IMP freighter and seeing the public post by Jack Jones on subspace, the PIR decided to flee and leave a combined force of IMP and FET forces to capture the outpost. A brain damaged three-year old commentator who still believed in the goodness of people and Santa Claus was quick to commend the IMP on their good work, dismissing those who thought it no more than a convenient clearing up operation signifying* completion of operations in the nearby FET claimed systems of Graydown, Canth and Onissian by IMP puppet Edward Lowe. Meanwhile, the Wolf Lord Lyceum summed up the view of many when he screamed, “What is this amateur b*llshit?” into an uncaring universe.


 
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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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