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    Violet got a reaction from Borb_1 in Limiting Script Automation will Hinder Economic Growth   
    I think the actual mining part of mining in DU is going to fairly short and easy. The time consuming and difficult part will be finding meaningfully sized deposits to start with.
     
    EVE is easy you scan, select a rock and press buttons, with DU you have to scan, scan, scan, combine the results, dig a mine shaft and then you can mine the deposit, all whilst either trying to keep hidden or keep people way who are going to try and skip the hard bits and steal the ore from right under your nose.
     
    I don't even see how you can automate this? We have discussed mining element for constructs but how do you even automate mining in any efficient sense when the ore is hidden deep underground and you are in a totally free space with 6 degrees of movement.
     
    Turtle mining in Minecraft worked because ore deposits were fairly common and small so strip mining out an entire area made economic sense, in this case you would probably need to much fuel.
     
    This is why DU excites me, the devs seem to understand all the "perverse incentives" that happen with other games and have found clever ways to make something that was particularly grindy and easy to automate into something that is hard to automate and much more satisfying from a game play perspective.
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    Violet reacted to NQ-Nyzaltar in Winter Holidays Test!   
    Dear Alpha Testers,
     
    Today we have an awesome surprise to announce for the Winter Holidays!
    The test next week won’t last 48h as usual. It won’t last 72h either, nor 1 week. Instead, we plan to open the Server for over two entire weeks! 
     
    Starting on Thursday, December 20th, 14:00 UTC, testing will last until Monday, January 7th, 14:00 UTC. However, while we will do our best to ensure the best server uptime possible, please keep in mind the following things: 
     
    As the Winter Holidays are approaching, Novaquark will be short staffed. Expect limited support during the Winter Holidays (starting Friday, December 21st).
      All Kickstarter Backers who have previously created their Dual Universe account now have access to the game. If you haven’t created your Dual Universe account and contacted our Customer Support (support@novaquark.com) before Wednesday, December 19th, you won’t gain access to the game before the end of the year due to the aforementioned limited support. In such case, you will gain access early 2019.
      We are only in Alpha and this is the first test of this duration we are scheduling with all Alpha testers. Server downtime and/or server reboots should be expected. In the off chance that  a significant and/or recurring technical issue occurs during the test, its duration may be shortened.
      “Garbage Collection” of abandoned Constructs/wrecks will occur after a certain period of time. As this is the first test to closely resemble a 24/7 server uptime,  we are enacting a set of basic rules regarding the cleanup of unused Constructs that may further change and evolve through future development.   
    What are these rules?
     
    Constructs matching all the following criteria will be deleted regularly:
    No customized name. Made on the UEF Hovercraft Blueprint basis (even tweaked afterwards) Not used during the last 24 hours. Staying on any Market Hub parking lot.  
    In other words, if you’re keen to keep your first Construct and you’ll be offline for more than 48 hours during the test, just rename it and the Construct will stay safe.
     
    We hope you’ll enjoy this holiday surprise and we wish all of you the best!
     
    Best Regards,
    The Novaquark Team
     
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    Violet got a reaction from STEALTH7 in DU Memes   
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    Violet got a reaction from MrBossMan in DU Memes   
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    Violet got a reaction from BlorgonSlayer in consequences of non-regenerating planets and ressources   
    Would be funny to have a eco-terrorist player faction that goes around attacking people who strip mine or don't restore the planet to relative beauty after use
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    Violet got a reaction from AzureSkye in consequences of non-regenerating planets and ressources   
    You have this problem in minecraft because inventories are incredibly unrealistic and you can also destroy matter by dropping it in a fire or lava. So people tend to strip mine because there is no penalty for having tons of cobble stone in the inventory.
     
    I hope they go for the more space engineers type system, that you cant really destroy matter so you either have to build warehouses full of rock or dump it back into the world, people will still trash areas but having areas that are that "mined down the bedrock" would not happen because people would need to fill in the hole with waste material because otherwise they would have to take it with them.
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    Violet got a reaction from DoxTrot in consequences of non-regenerating planets and ressources   
    Newbro housing:
     

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    Violet got a reaction from RiotRabit in DU Memes   
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    Violet got a reaction from Frenotx in How hard (or easy) will it be to earn DAC?   
    Could we at least get a small safe inventory space on the ARK ship for storing stuff in the early game?
     
    My concern is that as a kickstarter backer when the game goes live I will have a whole stack of DACs in my inventory and no safe way to store them. I wont want to leave the safe zone untill i have stashed my valuables somewhere safe,
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    Violet got a reaction from TheBlender in How hard (or easy) will it be to earn DAC?   
    Could we at least get a small safe inventory space on the ARK ship for storing stuff in the early game?
     
    My concern is that as a kickstarter backer when the game goes live I will have a whole stack of DACs in my inventory and no safe way to store them. I wont want to leave the safe zone untill i have stashed my valuables somewhere safe,
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    Violet reacted to NQ-Nyzaltar in Pre-Alpha FAQ and Rules   
    Hi everyone,
     
    Many of you have asked for more information and clarification about the Pre-Alpha.
    To make things a bit easier for everyone we’ve compiled our answers into a this FAQ. 
     
    Who will have access to the Pre-Alpha?
     
    All backers with a Gold Founder status (or above), the members of the ATV group,  a small vetted “Friends & Family” group, and the Novaquark staff.
     
    When exactly will the Pre-Alpha be accessible?
     
    The first session of the Pre-Alpha will take place Saturday 30th of September:
    - from 3.00 pm to 12.00pm (Midnight) CEST (Paris Time). 
    - from 9.00 am to 6.00pm EST (NYC Time).
    - from 6.00 am to 3.00pm PST (Los Angeles Time).
     
    We will also have a “trial run” on Saturday September 23rd for the ATV group. This will enable us to run some tests with a smaller (100 players, all under NDA) group of real players before scaling up our efforts for the Pre-Alpha one week later.

    The Trial Run (ATV group ONLY)  will take place Saturday, September 23rd:
    - from 3.00 pm to 12.00pm (Midnight) CEST (Paris Time). 
    - from 9.00 am to 6.00pm EST (NYC Time).
    - from 6.00 am to 3.00pm PST. (Los Angeles Time).
     
    Additional Pre-Alpha times and dates will depend on the results of these initial sessions. Between these sessions , the development team will improve the game according to the feedback and bug reports submitted during the last session. We will try to give access on a regular basis going forward, but please understand we are looking at these as tests and we do not intend to have the server available on a 24/7 basis yet.
     
    How will I know when and where to download the Pre-Alpha Client?
     
    If you are among those who have access to the Pre-Alpha,  we will send an email to the address linked to your Dual Universe account. Instructions for downloading the client will be provided. You will need to be logged into your Dual Universe account to download the Pre-Alpha client. Before you can download the client you will need to agree to and accept the EULA and NDA (which may be part of the EULA). Please note: Downloading and using the client means you have explicitly accepted the EULA and NDA. 
     
    Can I tell people I am in the Pre-Alpha?
     
    Unlike many NDAs, you won’t have to “hide” the fact that you are part of the Pre-Alpha Tester group. The reason is simple: it will already be publicly displayed on the forum and the Community Portal because of your Backer status (Gold and above) or the ATV membership mention. 
     
    Can I share screenshots and videos from the Pre-Alpha?
     
    Pre-Alpha testers can make screenshots and videos, with two conditions:
     
    No screenshots or videos may be posted prior to the NDA drop. This means you can make and save videos and screenshots for sharing, but may not post them until Novaquark officially announces the NDA has been dropped. While sharing screenshots and videos with people outside the Pre-Alpha test group is strictly forbidden, we also strongly discourage any sharing between Pre-Alpha testers during the NDA: unless you are 100% sure that those with whom you share screenshots and videos are trustworthy, don't share anything. The reason: if a leak occurs, you will be held responsible for it.  
    All videos and screenshots must retain the “Pre-Alpha” watermark. This is to make it clear to anyone viewing your content that these assets were created using a very early, non-final version of the game.  This is important as we do not want Pre-Alpha footage and images to be confused with later Alpha, Beta, and Release versions of the game.  Imagine someone coming across Pre-Alpha footage several years from now and making decisions based on what they are seeing because they think it’s final, representative footage, and not test footage. Obviously, we want to avoid this kind of confusion. 
      Failure to respect these conditions may be interpreted by Novaquark as an intent to damage the reputation of the game and the company (with any and all consequences that may follow), depending of the situation. 
     
    If you feel you have captured footage or images that have a very positive value (like tutorials) and should be shared before the NDA is dropped, you can contact a member of the Novaquark staff by submitting a request on the upcoming Customer Support portal or by sending a private message on the forum to one of the CMs: Nomad, Nunc or Nyzaltar). We will then submit the footage or the screenshots for approval to the upper management. However, if the answer is negative, please respect it.
     
    What about the NDA regarding discussions of the Pre-Alpha?
     
    Any and all discussions of the Pre-Alpha must take place in the Pre-Alpha area of the forums. This area will be available only to those members of the community who are taking part in the Pre-Alpha. Everything posted in this section will be under NDA. To help people recognize when they are reading or replying to a topic in a section under NDA, the background color will be different from the public forum sections.
     
    As we know the forum is not always the best way to discuss, especially in real time, we are currently in discussion to let the community have a Discord server dedicated to the Pre-Alpha. Moderators of this Discord will work closely with Novaquark staff to ensure that only Pre-Alpha testers will have access to it. Of course, the NDA will apply also on this Discord channel.
     
    How will bug reporting work?
     
    While the dedicated Pre-Alpha forum section will be the place to give feedback on the Pre-Alpha and discuss with other Pre-Alpha testers, we also plan to open a Customer Support portal where all Pre-Alpha testers will be able to report any bugs or technical difficulties they encounter in-game or to while launching the game. To be able to see the existing topics, post new ones or reply to some, you will need to log in on this portal with your Dual Universe account that has access to the Pre-Alpha. As long as the NDA is in effect, no discussion there should be made public.
     
    What about the NDA and adding content to the Community Wiki?
     
    No information related to the Pre-Alpha can be added to the Wiki until the NDA is lifted.  You may prepare texts and assets offline and hold on to them until the NDA is lifted, but absolutely nothing should be posted to the Wiki until such time. The reasons are obvious: this would be one massive leak and some of this information will likely change during the Pre-Alpha. 
     
    What happens if I violates these, or any other provisions, of the NDA?
     
    Violating the NDA will mean your immediate expulsion from the Pre-Alpha and you will be banned from the Alpha and Closed Beta tests. There may be additional consequences depending on the severity and nature of the violation.
     
    What are the specs required to play Dual Universe in Pre-Alpha?
     
    Please keep in mind that the following configuration is based on the fact that a Pre-Alpha or Alpha version of a game is not fully optimized. These may mean the specs stated here higher than may be required at launch. These specs only apply to the Pre-Alpha and should be considered as being subject to change as the game approaches a final Release version.
     
    CPU: Intel i5  (i7 may yield better results)
    RAM: 16 GB minimum
    Graphic Card: nVidia GTX 960 (or Radeon equivalent) with at least 2GB RAM.
    HDD: 40GB required for installation and Cache (a SSD Hard Drive may improve performance)
    Operating System: Windows 7, 8 or 10.
     
    Best Regards,
    The Novaquark Team.
     
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    Violet reacted to CyberCrunch in Newest DevDiary   
    Exactly that! I was a bit worried that what we saw at Gamescom would be the "design" they would go for pre-alpha release... but the new stuff has a much more "polished" feel to it!
    I wonder why they didn't show us that build at Gamescom... probably they just finished it a few days ago! xD
     
    Also that autonomous drone is amazing!
    ...to make it follow someone around is neat, but I wonder if you could program a fully fledged autopilot using that new radar unit shown in the end. (e.g. navigating to a certain waypoint using collision avoidance) Ok, they said automation will be very limited, but we'll see!
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    Violet reacted to SimonVolcanov in Newest DevDiary   
    Hope I'm the first one! 
     
     
     
    This months DevDiary includes info on the (Pre-) Alpha, a view at the game menu, a glimpse at the inventory system, redesign of the cockpit widgets and several things about building and scripting!
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    Violet got a reaction from Mazillus in consequences of non-regenerating planets and ressources   
    Newbro housing:
     

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    Violet reacted to Croomar in Gameplay publishing in Alpha   
    As far as I remember, there isn't any kind of NDA in official alpha. I believe NQ even stated once they'd encourage sharing footage of the game.

    For ATV-members, the ATV forum and ATV-alpha, there will be a NDA however.
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    Violet reacted to NQ-Nomad in Private investors fundraising   
    Hi guys, 
     
    We have an important news we want to share with you today. We just sent a press release to announce that thanks to your amazing support during the Kickstarter and via our Crowdfunding portal, Novaquark raised $3.7 million from its shareholders. 
     
    As we mentioned several times in the past and more recently in our post-mortem on Gamasutra, your support has been a proof that lots of gamers want Dual Universe to happen. In consequence, our current financial partners are now even more eager to support us. This new round of funding plus crowdfunding mean that, as of writing, we raised $7.4 million in total since the company was created in 2014. 
     
    What does it change? Not much, in reality. The Kickstarter funds have been invested in production and necessary daily operations for a company and we continue as planned our road to Alpha for this September. 
     
    Despite these good news, we stay careful in our approach and must pay attention to every little details everyday. This amount of money may surely sound big but truth is: we're not "rich". Modern video game production standards, Dual Universe's scope and ambition and the fact it's an MMO impose costs that need to be considered with care. 
     
    We need continuous support to make this dream game happen. The more you are with us, the more we can remain independent and strong in future negotiations with financial partners or even publishers. 
     
    Press release for gaming outlets can be found on our website here. 
    Thank you very much for your commitment.
     
    Cheers, 
     
    Nomad
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    Violet got a reaction from Alex_Rogan in Character Creation/Customization and Races   
    Character customization will happen at some point but its waaaaaay down the priority list
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    Violet got a reaction from Celivalg in consequences of non-regenerating planets and ressources   
    You have this problem in minecraft because inventories are incredibly unrealistic and you can also destroy matter by dropping it in a fire or lava. So people tend to strip mine because there is no penalty for having tons of cobble stone in the inventory.
     
    I hope they go for the more space engineers type system, that you cant really destroy matter so you either have to build warehouses full of rock or dump it back into the world, people will still trash areas but having areas that are that "mined down the bedrock" would not happen because people would need to fill in the hole with waste material because otherwise they would have to take it with them.
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    Violet reacted to Vorengard in July 2017 Devdiary   
    Once again, everyone is thinking about what they want, rather than what needs to be done to make the game a success. 
     
    There will have to be censorship of certain content because actual real-world countries have laws about what kind of media you can promulgate. So, if there are giant billboards flashing the swastika or other Nazi propaganda, NQ could potentially face fines, or even the banning of DU, under German law. The same could be said for statements that are racist, homophobic, anti-immigrant, or whatever, in countries like France or Great Britain, or under EU hate-crime laws.
     
    Personally, I don't really care. Internet trolls don't bother me much. But there are people with real power in the real world who feel differently. Furthermore, it will not be good for DU to become known as a game filled with racists and haters (which is what people will say if there's swastikas everywhere, regardless of the intentions) because then the vast majority of people won't play it. That is bad for the game for obvious reasons. I'm sure the next comment will be someone ranting about how they don't want to play with people who can't take constant Hitler jokes, but in reality a game like DU needs a decently large player base just to have a functioning economy. This isn't about you, it's about having a successful game, so get over yourself.
     
    Tl;dr - There will be censorship, and that is a good thing. Your precious feelings can get over it, because DU is a game, not a free speech simulator.
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    Violet reacted to mrjacobean in How to prevent basic "griefing"?   
    We call this place... The Badlands
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    Violet reacted to ATMLVE in July 2017 Devdiary   
    The July 2017 devdiary is here! Huge focus on Lua for this one. Some crazy cool stuff has been shown! I think the biggest overall announcement is that it has been shown we can add in our own images now onto screen elements. Edit: appears someone already posted it in the Arkship pub. With all these forum updates you think there'd be a delete button 
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    Violet got a reaction from Evil_Porcupine in DU Memes   
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