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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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Welcome to the new version of ESNN (formally CSNN), giving the news and views from the former CSNN's reporter and news anchor, Ainsley Moore, making this the peripheries' most favourite unbiased publication in the known universe,

And so with the news,
 
***** Inter Galactic News *****

A Detinus expeditionary force is being assembled to liberate slaves in the Twilight Periphery. Stung by the wit of the Wimble Dinash, Admiral Bridge is leading a personal and sizeable force against the newly constituted Flagritz Republic.

The Wimble Bake Off has new competition with the Dominion instituting a Master Chef competition in the Orion Spur. This is all said to be a cover for further land grabs and in preparation for a move against the Hive and Dewiek, tipping the balance further in the Stellar Empire’s favour.

Meanwhile, the Wimbles struck off a number of hapless Wimbles under their new rules. To cement their plan to align themselves with the Stellar Empire, they have offered the services of their new masters to the Emperor.

Several hundred thousand slaves have been released by the Flagritz Republic but the terms of their manumission are unclear. Millions more await their emancipation. Many have refused to accept freedom without transit home, especially those brought in from outside peripheries. Many reportedly were captured by the Stellar Empire from the Detinus Republic and then sold on to the Flagritz.

 
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The ship PRV HarCop Omega has been reported both in Orion and Corewards. This was the flagship of the former League Chairman, sacked from the role when the League went into administration and quietly disappearing beyond the edge of known space. It is thought that his return may have been for a clandestine meeting with his former contacts in Harlong and Coptuv. If so then he clearly has an agenda.

Unconfirmed stories that the Pirate King of The Pirate Holes and Million Islands is near completing research on the various larger ships his pirates have successfully captured over the past few years (big thanks to all the affiliations that participated in 'donating' ships). If the rumours are true it is likely a new armada of pirate ships using more advanced technology will be found in Corewards in the near future.

An supernova has been detected originating from just beyond the Transpiral Periphery. The rare event has created ripples in the subspace of the nearby stars. Nobody has reported any tangible ramifications but this is the first supernova in the current age of the Peripheries so esoteric scientists are excited by the prospect of grants to study the relatively nearby phenomena.
 
***** Inter Galactic News *****

*** Wimbles Crisis Solved ***

The Wimble Crisis of 217 has come to an end with the human Baron making way to the wimble Grandfather Paden Mastaak. Celebrations were held in Wimbledon upon the news with crack teams of Wimble security staff guarding all the pies.

It’s unclear how long the Wimbles will enjoy this new era of peace and self-determination.

Vocal Wimble Dinasha, one of Paden’s early backers, has chosen this precarious moment to bait Dewiek, Flagritz and humans who were initially disposed to be friendly to the new administration. Whilst the Wimbles' history with the former-slave-loving Flagritz could be understood, their animosity towards the Dewiek and humans was more mysterious. One insider alluded to a rise in the number of cases of foot-and-mouth across the herd as being a likely cause.

Inside this issue of the SSS: * Storm in a Teacup *** Yahn Bares All * &etc

 
***** Inter Galactic News *****

*** Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door ***

The stargates are closed! Reports from multiple sources indicate at least three of the stargates, all within Dewiek controlled systems, have been closed.

Two different sources have indicated that the TCA have been spotted recently in a number of systems and may be behind this turn of events. A scan sent to the SSS indicated eight TCA ships were recently spotted first in the Faery system and later near the Kasmer stargate.

Another source, suspiciously put the blame on the ARC, suggesting the ARC and DEN were working together because they “need to trap [the TCA] and try and finish them off after the DEN bodged their operation to protect the ARC while they incinerated the MEK homeworld, which ended up with several ARC ships being destroyed and the job only being half done."

However, with no public statement from the Dewiek themselves, its hard to know whether these rumours are reliable.

Lord Igor of the Dominion and Erasmus Andersen of the Garcia Family both offered public apologies at the delay in meeting their trade commitments because of the recent closures. The not-so-subtle subtext being that someone will pay with blood for this interference in their business. Or at least with a stealthy price rise.

Inside this issue of the SSS: * Wimble Civil Strife * Who Sniffs the Sniffers? * Largin’ It * &etc

 
***** Inter Galactic News *****

*** Videtis quantum scelus contra rem publicam vobis nuntiatum sit? ***

The Flagritz Empire is no more! The Flagritz Republic is reborn! Quick on the heel of the collapse of the Empire, the Fessin caste declared a new era of foreign and economic policy with a rapid withdrawal behind the Black Gate.

The new ecologically-friendly Prime Minister Kayxaer, asked for patience as “economic” reforms were undertaken. It remains to be seen whether there will be any price to pay for the dramatic changes being made by the reclusive Flagritzi or whether it will all be sunshine and rainbows going forward.

Inside this issue of the SSS: * Large at Large * &etc

 
***** Inter Galactic News *****

*** Bravo for Freedom ***

Naplian Forces have attacked three human pirate outposts in the Morroglyph system. A spokesperson for Naplia HQ told the press that the plucky duct-tape loving free people would continue their war against slavers and pirates in their home periphery.

One salty Naplian libertarian told the SSS, “The people of the Naplian Home Periphery are sick and tired of human criminals coming here just because their homeworld is an overcrowded hell. It’s time for them to go back home.”

Inside this issue of the SSS: * Igor of Fang and Horns * Admiral Loves Dick Turpin * &etc

 

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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).
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