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  1. It's a shame to see the Thoramine go but since we're now finding out it doesn't "really" exist... The "Beta was just another simulation after all" thingy, as the most probable pretext for the wipe, is actually what bugs me the most in the whole affair. Incidentally, those who would want to know more about the puzzle and the Thoramine will find not one but two accounts of the episode at the Lexikon library, VR Pod "Lexikon"; come visit and read while it's still, well, here.
  2. (from the NDA forum) You shared the screenshot with the wrong person and got the "Mall Cop Treatment"... again. You can appeal it or just wait it out, I suppose, but in my own tin-badge & plastic-whistle experience, complaining on the forum doesn't help...
  3. Deckard was saying on Discord yesterday Image Upload would be safe.
  4. Schematics for 5 Dynamic CORES; they mean schems to use to build core elements.
  5. The collective sigh rolled on the plain like a warm afternoon breeze, rustling the grass blades in its slow wake. Somewhere in the distance, cries of anger echoed faintly but didn't last: after all, it was mostly how we always knew it would be. At last, our hands soon empty, our lands untamed, our past time already behind us, we had no other way to look but forward. This too, it would seem once more, shall pass.
  6. According to lore: "Riots break out all around the world over the selection process that dictates who gets to board the Arkships. The process was created by a scientific committee from the UEF, aimed at gathering the maximal amount of genetic diversity, plus a lottery to offset the fact that not everybody could go." So it's less about skills preservation and more about preventing genetic inbreeding, as well as making people accept their fate via the "luck excuse". It is said that mobs overran some of the arkships and some even got destroyed before they could take off, so this lottery may not have been a widely accepted stratagem. The fact that we get awaken in batches may be a key factor in one of the game's supposed "secret stories": how come we, the "first pioneers", wake up to markets and shops and institutes everywhere ? How are we to interpret the supposed date of Captain Lamarr's logs, set 2 centuries before awakening ? Unfortunately, this last one hinges on the upcoming wipe: was this just another dream ? We being in final NOT in the real world yet could void any speculation... (This, for the personal record, is what irks me the most about the wipe)
  7. Alas, speaking of fatal flaws, we have 2 conflicting versions on the rez mechanicz, both from NQ themselves: Number 1 is the "EvE way": "When you get killed in Dual Universe, your body is destroyed but your consciousness is transferred to a Resurrection Node, where your body is reconstructed and you get a nude-clean fresh start; you can only spawn back at the //nearest// of the nodes you are linked to and conditions, such as owner authorization or organization membership, will apply." It's actually an older version of the rez mechanics, no longer documented if I am not mistaken. Number 2 is the "Multiverse way": "Quantum Branching is at the heart of the Resurrection Node technology and is based on the “Many Worlds Interpretation” of quantum mechanics. At any moment, in particular, when you die violently, several versions of the universe coexist in parallel. Scientists working on EPR pair experiments unexpectedly found a way to instantly switch one universe with another, and in particular to switch the universe where you die with another one where everything would be exactly the same, except that your body position would be inside a Resurrection Node. The amount of matter to switch increases the energy cost of the operation, so RN teleport only the minimal set of mass to get the desired effect, which is... your naked body. A Resurrection Node is paired with your body and cannot be used by somebody else. It will make you virtually immortal, even if natural aging will probably get you out of the loop at some point." This one came later with the tech lore; it may replace the first one. In both case however, we are living people encased in ugly suits; the artificial versions are the "surrogates" from VR pods, which look indistinguishable from the living, increasing confusion...
  8. The more we progress into building our civilization, the more we realize we're building Aphelia's civilization. The more Novaquark tell us this game is a sandbox, the more we understand they'd rather run it as a theme park. Have I been chronicling for 6 years now the growth of a beautiful child, only to see their parents slowly smother them in fear of seeing them become an adult ?!
  9. So you're now... what, leasing the Schematics instead of selling them ? You're patenting them ? Whatever the word is and although I understand, thanks to @TobiwanKenobi, that this solution is more élégante than brute-force selling, it still means that technology belongs to "Aphelia" just like everything else: the lands, the markets, the wargrounds... Once again, this is not our civilization we're building here.
  10. New book: "The Siege of Gamma" by Cobqlt, Caerus & Metsys ! Voxels come and go. Stories are eternal (and wipeproof)...
  11. The Easter Eggs, however trivial some may find them, have entered the library ! Only now, after two years, do I realize I could have changed this forum thread's name when "Sleepers" switched to "Lexikon" back in Sept. 2020 (... though the wipe-no-wipe may imply that Beta was not "the real thing" after all but another dream trance, rendering the whole "we woke up" thing incorrect, with all the consequential porte-à-faux for the game's lore but let's not get into that just yet shall we okay good) "This too shall pass."
  12. Thank you again and to all NQ staff who participated, this event will not go unremembered.
  13. This is glorious, thank you fondly ! ... and yes, please let us know about the other quotes' choosers.
  14. EVENT PHRASES IN SCREENS - Haikus: Sunset Alioth A small Sanctuary sits Despite the Haven Shivering distance before some vertices join At the perfect seems Elderly Sundown A small Thoramine hunted Betrayed by the poor Beautiful blaze old A shaft pleasing speeder soars Into the journey Icy outter space A coarse, sluggish adjustor Beyond the ship High warming Sand dunes A private sharp pilot flies In spite of the rock Caller horizon A private, sharp pilot flies Whilst watching the rock - Citations: You can call me a worshiper. You can call me a follower. But I'm just a wanderer… Where everyone else starts from 0, we start from 1 You're old when you enjoy the past more than the future I feel that man has ruled this world as a stumbling, demented child-king long enough ! And as his empire crumbles, my precious Black Widow shall rise as his most fitting successor ! - Alice Cooper, "The Black Widow" Of all the things I lost, I miss my mind the most. - Mark Twain Home ? I have no home. Hunter, despised, living like an animal. The jungle is my home. But I will show the world I can be its master ! I will perfect my own race of people, a race of atomic supermen, which will conquer the world ! - Dr. Eric Vornoff, "Bride of the Monster" NQ-Deckard's Secret Egg: can you find my treasure ? (plus binary code)
  15. So no-one thought about checking Alioth's Cathedral, heh ? @NQ-Nyota Could we hope for a full disclosure of all messages, found and unfound, please ? We already have a compilation of some, thanks to Juvenius, Koffye, Belorion and Tekhamon, but some of the more... archive-oriented among us could appreciate having the whole ensemble.
  16. I'll actually be quite happy if they wipe. A good occasion to revisit FTUE, re-settle and then rebuild Lexikon: new place, new style, new layout, new materials, new formats... But I also understand my phlegm is in proportion to the little investment I have in the game proper: no territory holding, no industry, no pvp, no org politics... I'm quite the hermit. And NQ have been soooo bad at making decisions and communicating about them since Beta started ! Still. Man the ranks, hold the line, keep the banners up, Noveans. Our universe will come to be.
  17. But there ARE records. I'll PM you and see if I can interest you into Lexikon and DUHS. Also... We need to talk and write that down.
  18. I wish NQ had given us an explanation on how, we, the first pioneers of a new civilization, woke up to already amply-stocked Markets (on every planet!), huge Institutes, Ship Shops offering cutting-edge technology, free and insistant shuttles to the Moon, buried wrecks and even a guaranteed daily income...
  19. It's not under NDA, also available in this very forum as well as in the Lexikon Library on Sanctuary Moon. Note that Damasio's writings, although a personal request from JC to Alain, have been partially retconned by NQ.
  20. We had "alien mysteries" before: the Artifact Puzzle and the Gold Star affair (which was "alien" in a sense of "what happened here ?!") introduced the idea we Noveans were not alone in Helios. True, these "Alien Cores" look more like practical gameplay devices than lore development revelations but remember: even if NQ never put tremendous effort into their lore, we still have a couple more kyrium-backer-made mysteries coming on.
  21. My now-defunct DUSleepers website has apparently been... huh... reanimated into a scambot for Fifa stuff. Such foul Netomancy there ! Let the dead lie in peace for they, at last, have left this sorry world. Out of precaution, I edited out all the links from this thread's first page but I have put many of those afterwards: don't click them.
  22. We have a new text: a description of the Beta state of the game, a nice synthetic piece by Koriandah. Things go on, pages flip, ink flows and dries.
  23. Yes. Communication. Details. Answers. Finally. Good. Thank you, Nyz and the dev team. Now we can plan for the future in entente cordiale. Every game has its growing pains. Weird to see DU gets theirs from shrinking inside their own skin, though.
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