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IGN 29

Intergalactic News - Issue 29

Message from the editor

Seems like forever since the last IGN (well it very nearly is). That’s because Darak has been working on the internal compiler of the game which has enabled me to do more and more programming. While in turn has caused me to nag him to open more areas of the code to the compiler and the overall result is that I have been busy, busy, busy (and that's the story I'm sticking to). I have however taken a short break to whip up an IGN because we don't tell you about the cool things that are happening nearly often enough.

So, what’s in store in this IGN I hear you ask with baited breath?

First of all we have spent a long time doing a 360o review of the game and its direction. We identified certain issues that needed addressing and have set about working towards getting back to basics of the game, those being politics, diplomacy, projection of power but mainly dynamic player-player interaction.

A bugbear for many players was the ability for a ground party to bypass naval defences. This was forcing factions to specialise and play the game in a way that was far from fun. We have listened and have introduced planetary shields. This though is just the start of how we intend to revamp combat mechanics. I will outline how we are moving the emphasis away from being a home wrecker.

It is the nature of the game that Empires rise and fall and some that were thought long since buried are resurrected. That said, some have such amazing legacies that to lose them from the game would indeed be a great pity. I have therefore taken the opportunity to publish a short story on the GTT – one of the most interesting and dynamic affiliations to have made their mark on Phoenix.

In-fighting though has not just affected the GTT as it seems the dear old DEN have been dealing with a megalomaniacal scientist (see blog). For once it is not just their drinking halls that are awash with dewiek blood.

Finally, check out the Youtube links in the short Pubmeet article. In case you have ever tried and failed to explain Phoenix to your friends and family...

Cheers

Mica

In this issue:
Contents
  • Pubmeet 2018
  • GTT Needs You!
  • 360 degree Review - Paradigm Shift
  • Blog of the Week - The Wolf and the Spider-ant Queen


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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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    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,

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    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.
     
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    *** 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.

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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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