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  1. Dear community, We’re expanding! Novaquark opens a new studio in Montreal to accelerate the development of Dual Universe! With the hiring of Stéphane D’Astous as General Manager and 50 positions open, if you think you have the skills required (and/or know people who have them), don't hesitate to apply to join the first true Metaverse! You can find the complete news here. You can find the job opportunities on this page of the official website. Best Regards, The Novaquark Team.
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(This is the pinned version of a previous closed topic that can be found here) (Ceci est la version "Post-it" d'un sujet précédemment abordé, dont le fil de discussion peut être trouvé ici). 1) Why no info in French on the forum? 1) Pourquoi n'y a-t'il aucune information disponible en français sur le forum ? 2) Why no communication in French from a French studio? 2) Pourquoi n'y a-t'il aucune communication en français de la part d'un studio français ? 3) Is Novaquark waiting for official release before making a French version of the game? 3) Est-ce que Novaquark attend la sortie officielle avant de faire une version française du jeu ? 4) Why no articles in the French press? 4) Pourquoi n'y a-t'il pas d'articles sur le jeu dans la presse française ? 5) Does JC want to give a better reputation to video games in France? 5) Est-ce que JC veut donner une meilleure réputation aux jeux vidéo en France ? --------------------------------- 1) Why no info in French on the forum? 1) Pourquoi n'y a-t'il aucune information disponible en français sur le forum ? La principale raison est une question de budget temps. Nous restons une petite équipe et il nous faut donc choisir nos combats. Bien que le français soit la langue natale de beaucoup de membres de l'équipe Novaquark, il faut bien être conscient que devoir écrire un texte en anglais et en français cela prend... 2 fois plus de temps. Même si le temps passé à traduire est presque égal à zéro pour quelqu'un de raisonnablement bilingue, il n'en reste pas moins qu'il faut deux fois plus de temps pour écrire des textes en deux langues différentes, qu'il faut relire pour corriger les tournures de phrase bancales et les fautes d'orthographe. Ceci étant dit, certains pourraient se demander pourquoi ne pas écrire tous les textes en français au lieu de les écrire en anglais dans ce cas. Même si certains instituts de recherche prédisent une explosion démographique de la Francophonie à l'horizon de 2060, il n'en reste pas moins que nous vivons dans le présent, et qu'aujourd'hui, les faits indiquent les choses suivantes: Dual Universe a vocation à construire une communauté internationale. Ce faisant, il est logique de choisir la langue qui est la plus utilisée lorsqu'il s'agit de communiquer entre différentes communautés linguistiques. Outre le fait qu'une importante partie de la communauté a pour langue native l'anglais: - Il y a plus de joueurs nativement germanophones qui comprendront l'anglais que le français. - Il y a plus de joueurs nativement russophones qui comprendront l'anglais que le français. - Il y a plus de joueurs nativement polonophones qui comprendront l'anglais que le français. - Il y a plus de joueurs nativement hispanophones qui comprendront l'anglais que le français. - Il y a plus de joueurs nativement italophones qui comprendront l'anglais que le français. ... Et on pourrait continuer cette liste - non exhaustive - pendant longtemps. Donc oui, le choix est d'écrire dans la langue que le plus de joueurs à travers le monde seraient à même de comprendre aujourd'hui. Et cette langue est indubitablement l'anglais. Cependant... Comme le processus de sélection des modérateurs est bien avancé, lorsque ces derniers seront mis en place, nous envisageons d'ouvrir des sections du forum dédiées aux différentes communautés linguistiques. Le pré-requis sera d'avoir au moins un modérateur parlant la langue en question et qui sache communiquer en anglais de manière raisonnable, de manière à communiquer avec l'équipe (évidemment, pour la section française, ce pré-requis ne sera pas nécessaire). Nous envisageons l'ouverture de telles sections pour l'ouverture de l'Alpha, voire peut-être un peu avant si tout se passe comme prévu. A ce moment-là, en fonction du temps disponible du modérateur et de sa motivation à faire une telle tâche, il est possible que ce dernier puisse aider à la traduction de certains textes/news en français. 2) Why no communication in French from a French studio? 2) Pourquoi n'y a-t'il aucune communication en français de la part d'un studio français ? Parce qu'il semblerait contradictoire de communiquer régulièrement en français sur le jeu, alors que nous ne prévoyons pas pour la sortie officielle une version française du jeu. Alors que nous avons déjà quelques remarques régulièrement sur le fait nous ne prévoyons pas de version française pour la sortie du jeu, nous en aurions bien plus si nous communiquions en français sur le jeu sans annoncer de version française. Nous tenons à rester cohérent dans notre démarche. 3) Is Novaquark waiting for official release before making a French version of the game? 3) Est-ce que Novaquark attend la sortie officielle avant de faire une version française du jeu ? Nous concentrons d'abord notre budget (temps et argent) à développer les mécaniques de base d'un jeu complet, et ensuite, une fois que le jeu sera lancé et progressera convenablement, l'équipe s'agrandira et nous nous pencherons sur les versions localisées (la version française étant dans les premières envisagées). Quand nous entamerons cette phase, nous commencerons à communiquer de plus ample manière sur les territoires francophones. 4) Why no articles in the French press? 4) Pourquoi n'y a-t'il pas d'articles sur le jeu dans la presse française ? Il n'y a pas beaucoup d'articles sur Dual Universe dans la presse française... mais il y en a quand même quelques-uns ! Ce n'est pas parce que nous n'avons pas été proactif dans notre communication dans la sphère francophone que nous boudons les journalistes pour autant: notre porte reste bien entendu ouverte à tout journaliste francophone intéressé par notre jeu en développement. Et en voici quelques examples: - Nous avons eu un article de 3 pages consacrées à Dual Universe dans le magazine Canard PC numéro 349, et vous pouvez retrouvez une version en ligne de l'article à cet endroit. - Nous avons également eu un article sur Jeuxvideo.com, qui est trouvable ici. - Des portails de news comme gameblog.fr ou mmo.jeuxonline.info suivent régulièrement nos avancées dans le développement et font des articles en ligne à ce sujet. 5) Does JC want to give a better reputation to video games in France? 5) Est-ce que JC veut donner une meilleure réputation aux jeux vidéo en France ? Il y a un peu de ça. Dans la mesure où Dual Universe proposera aux représentants de l'Humanité (les joueurs) de se retrouver en condition où ils ont des mondes vierges à leur disposition et d'impacter ces mondes par leurs actions, qu'ils seront libres de choisir leur système politique et économique, Dual Universe pourrait aller bien au-delà du simple jeu et devenir une expérience sociale. Evidemment, on ne cherche pas à changer radicalement les mentalités des anciennes générations en France sur les jeux vidéo, mais si on pouvait instiller l'idée que parfois, un jeu peut devenir un loisir honorable, constructif pour des adultes et pas toujours bon qu'à occuper les enfants... Alors l'objectif serait rempli. Cela ne veut en revanche pas dire que l'on investira une masse de temps considérable pour remplir cet objectif. Si cela est réalisable en intervenant de temps à autre, lorsque la situation le permet, tant mieux. Sinon, tant pis. Ceci ne sera jamais quelque chose qui déviera l'équipe de son but premier, développer et lancer le jeu, en respectant au mieux les échéances planifiées. Une petite note pour terminer: Même si c'est un sujet qui revient de temps à autre, merci d'éviter tout "necroposting" (remonter un sujet sur lequel il n'y a pas eu des réponses depuis des semaines). Nous espérons que cette réponse en français servira de référence pour tout nouveau fil de discussion qui pourrait à nouveau poser la question sur l'absence de news en français, aussi bien sur le site que sur le forum (ou dans la presse). Ce fil de discussion sera ensuite épinglé dans la section francophone du forum une fois que celle-ci aura été créée. Cordialement, Nyzaltar.
  3. Since the beginning of the year, we have witnessed unhealthy behavior from several members in the Community. As many are relatively new and some older members seem to lose focus of Novaquark's vision for Dual Universe, here is a strong reminder. Dual Universe is a game where there will be wars, power struggles, conflicts, plots, spying, information warfare and betrayals. It's all fine... as long as it stays within the framework of the game. We are aware that a fair amount of people have a hard time to differentiate in-game behavior and real life behavior. While someone can be infamous, merciless and twisted in-game, that doesn't give him/her the right to forget elementary good manners outside of the game. Following the concept "the end justifies the means" will never be a valid reason here. Novaquark expects from each community member to: 1) respect the EULA and forum/Official Discord code of conduct 2) be respectful toward any other member or at least neutral toward the members you don't like outside of the game, whether they are newcomers or veterans. (neutral means: no free provocation, no real life insults or real life threats, as already mentioned in forum and Discord chart) 3) avoid using any real-life conflict, unhealthy real-life behavior or drama (made on purpose or not) as part of the game (because it's not) as this can escalate in very toxic and unnecessary situations. 4) avoid using any underhanded real life "tricks" to gain an advantage in-game. This includes: - real life threats or real life harassment with anonymous accounts outside of the game (on Discord or any other online means). - doxxing, doxxing attempts, or any behavior like gathering real-life information that could lead to doxxing. - leaking publicly private discussions about real-life topics (especially when showing only carefully selected pieces with the deliberate intention of biasing the facts) without the agreement of all people involved. This also includes Novaquark’s investigations that haven’t been publicly announced and about which you may have been informed through a private channel/room or a private discussion. - making false accusations, creating NDA leaks or false NDA leaks to accuse someone else with the goal of making them punished or banned from the game. As a company, we want to provide a fun and welcoming experience to our fans and can’t tolerate inappropriate real life behaviors that potentially ruin the gaming experience or worse, lead to real life consequences. If the Novaquark staff gets enough evidence on any of those behaviors, the team may give any sanctions deemed appropriate without further notice. If you see some community members having inappropriate behavior, please point them toward this forum thread. Best Regards, The Novaquark Team.
  4. Hi everyone! A new Devblog has been released on Territory Protection Mechanics: you can find it here! As we plan to post now all DevBlog articles directly on the website, we will have one dedicated topic per Devblog. Feel free to give your feedback in the present topic for "Our thoughts on Territory Protection Mechanics". Best Regards, Nyzaltar.
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    EVE Online players , pls gather here ;)

    Hi everyone! @Keieueue Obviously you had an infortunate player experience in the game "EVE Online". That doesn't prove you're right when you make a generalization about all the players of any specific game. Many players among those you haven't interacted with may not fit to the description you gave, as it's still possible to enjoy a game without taking part in any of the issues you mentioned, without making such player necessarily a "bad person". Moreover, saying that qualifying someone as a sociopath is not an insult is a bit borderline and hypocritical: No one likes to be qualified as such, and starting a discussion by calling someone a sociopath will immediately antagonize him/her (whether your statement is true or not). You know it and we know it, so please do not try to justify the use of this word. What exactly is your end goal here? 1) Trying to make friends in a community in which you will play? If this is the case, you did exactly the opposite of what should be done and it's more than suggested to interact with all other members of the community on a more friendly tone. If you don't like some specific people, it's your right, as long as you remain neutral on the forum and don't try to provoke them. 2) Trying to create drama and conflicts right from the beginning? Conflicts in-game are fine. Trying to create conflicts out of the game by attacking/provoking directly a category of players is absolutely not fine. In any case, no matter what your end goal is, your first posts aren't respecting the forum rules (rules I would recommend to read, or read again if you already did it, especially the part regarding "Flaming" in section III). We try to make this forum a friendly place where everyone can express his opinion, as long as the main goal is not to create conflicts. Your first posts didn't go in the right direction. See this as a first warning. Next time we will start moderating your posts without further notice. This forum is not an outlet to express your frustration experienced on other games. Thank you for your understanding. Best Regards, Nyzaltar.
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    Community site issues

    Hi everyone! Thank you for reporting the issue! Our web dev is working on it and it should be fixed soon Best Regards, Nyzaltar.
  7. Before starting to read the Lore Bible, here are three things to keep in mind: - Some names and acronyms (put between brackets) in the texts below are still temporary names/placeholders. The final names will be decided in the following days. The update will be announced on the forum and on the social media. We don't want to keep these names, for different reasons varying for each case. Once in its final version, it will be published on the Community Wiki hosted by Gamepedia in a more structured way. - It was a difficult decision but we have to consider that some parts of the short story written by Alain Damasio will be modified or removed. We all agree in the team that Alain Damasio has made a short story of the highest quality, but this short story was written more than a year ago (July 2015) and at that time, too many points regarding the game universe were unclear or undecided. With all the recent additions to the Lore Bible (those released today publicly and those which remain hidden as "secrets" for the time being), it generated some inconsistencies difficult to solve. We tried to find solutions or workarounds, without success. Some points were also not possible to represent in-game, gameplay wise. While the short story will be updated in the near future to fit with the current Lore Bible, in the meantime here are the specific points from the short story you should not take into account when writing a Fan Fiction for Dual Universe (if you want it to be eligible for being integrated to the official backstory of the game, of course. If not, you are not bind to such limitation). Unfortunately, Sohan Decker is not a member of the Alpha Team, as he woke up just a few weeks before the Arkship landing on Alioth and do not participate in the neural simulation that will take place more than a year and a half before the landing. Aphelia memory must have had a glitch when talking to Sohan for the first time. When approaching some Kyrium, the matter doesn't reflect human faces aging or growing younger. Sohan Decker has probably some hallucinations, a possible side-effect of the long cryogenic sleep. While probably convinced of it, Sohan Decker didn't communicate with an invisible entity by using elements and he didn't get some schematics of a high-performance reactor in Kyrium as a reward. The proof? When asked to show it, he's not able to find it anywhere! Poor Sohan. Probably another hallucination. Cryogenic sleep seems to have a lasting side effect on him. - The Novaquark might slightly change the Lore Bible over time, but we will try to keep those changes to a minimum, to ensure that it doesn't contradict fanfictions that have been already integrated to the official lore. These changes will occur mainly when an inconstancy is discovered in the official lore. And in this regard, we count on your feedback to track down every little detail that might seem inconsistent (some details may be awkward on purpose though ). As always, we remain open to your feedback on the Official Lore. Let us know what you think about it! That being said... Happy reading! Dual Universe Lore Dual Universe takes place about 10.000 years after the Grand Exodus when humanity left the Earth to establish itself in new star systems. The information below is meant to help answer the most common questions about the game environment and try to set the general framework where fan fiction can be written. Main historical dates 2027: Discovery of the doomsday Neutron Star that is heading towards the Earth. Collision will happen in 498 years. There are margins of error, so we don’t yet know if it means annihilation or simply major disruption in the solar system’s planets, but the end result is the same: the Earth will not be able to host humanity anymore. The event is nicknamed the [“Star Kiss of Death”], or [SKiD]. It’s basically the Armageddon. 2049: Creation of the United Earth Federation (UEF), a transnational institution in charge of coordinating humanity’s efforts and response to the SKiD. After concluding there was no hope to save Earth, the “Rebirth Program” is launched to analyze possible responses and escape strategies. New measures are voted to encourage natality in the population, to fight against a nihilist movement that advocates a “no future” philosophy and maintain a sufficient level of humans in the long run to fuel the Rebirth Project’s considerable needs. 2084: Better measurements have narrowed the margin of error. We are now certain that the neutron star will hit our solar system, and will actually collide with the Sun, turning into a black hole that will ultimately swallow or eject into deep space all the planets, Earth included. There is no hope anymore. Major funding is directed towards the Rebirth Program. All nation states must contribute at least 20% of their resources 2100: Mankind is entering a new era where robotics and AI have profoundly transformed society. Work as we know it has long disappeared, and social influence has replaced money as the currency of value. People do not “work” anymore, they have “activities” that can get them socially recognized. Money is still used, via a Universal Revenue, mainly as a way to control the scarcity in production, and balance the availability of goods against their rarity. 2130: AI have reached a threshold of global sentience. It is active in political, economic and social debates, and, while its benefits are recognized because it allowed the transition to the post-work era, more and more concern is raised about the sentient aspect and the potentially uncontrollable dimension of the AI agenda. Irrational fear rises. The AIs try to reassure the population that they have no rational reason to threaten humanity, but it only increases the level of suspicion within society. 2145: Massive rebellions all around the world signals the end of sentient AI, introducing a permanent universal ban on this technology, enforced by the very powerful UEF. Against all expectations, sentient AIs accept this and willingly shut down without any form of violent action. 2150: Society is reorganizing itself, as many “jobs” that needed sentient-level AI (surprisingly many, including low skill manual work), are once again left to humans to perform. Robots, in general, are banned also, as most of them required sentient-level AI to function properly. Early attempts at designing automated non-sentient robots all failed in the late 21st century, as it was discovered that sentience was a necessary byproduct of any sufficiently sophisticated AI for it to be able to interact with a complex world. 2200: A major summit of the UEF signals the alarming lack of progress on project Rebirth at the dawn of the 23rd century. Debates continue for years afterward about priorities, what technology to use to build Arkships that could help evacuate Earth, who would be eligible if we cannot host the 3 billion people still in the current population. 2200-2400: Major political events keep slowing down humanity and the UEF in its attempts to advance the technologies needed to build functional Arkships. Many wars, economic crisis, and nihilist terrorism are plaguing the progress. 2400: A period of calm and peace opens up. Major progress is suddenly made in the technologies needed to build the Arkships. Some are scheduled to be built within the next decade. 2440: Several key technologies are unlocked: cryosleep modules, nanoforming technology, nanopack condensers, resurrection nodes (it is unfortunately too late to use this to save humanity, as we would need to install billions of them out of the solar system, on a hospitable planet. There is not enough time for this). 2450: The Arkship technology is now mastered. Mass production begins. The race is on to produce as many as possible. 2500: Terrifying high-resolution images of the neutron star are provided by our most powerful telescopes. 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. Massive euthanasia programs were organized for those who had to stay, in order to provide them with a painless death at the time of their choosing. 2510-2536: The first Arkships leave Earth. Each Arkship is heading towards a particular part of the galaxy. One of them, the Novark, is heading towards the Scutum-Centaurus arm. 2538: The neutron star annihilates the solar system. Arkships are on their way, heading towards different regions of the galaxy. 12477: The Novark arrives on Alioth with a mighty thud as it deploys itself into the planet surface. From afar the planet shows many similarities to that of Earth, a blue and green marble sitting in the goldilocks zone of its star. Large continents surrounded by equally large oceans define the planet's appearance. Mountain ranges suggest continental drift, and large forests have taken hold over most of the planet. Primitive lifeforms are abundant. There are no obvious signs of advanced lifeforms. Year 0 after arrival (0 AA): It will be your turn to write History in-game. The world in 2500 In the century that preceded the Grand Exodus, the Earth’s population had dropped considerably, down to something less than 1 billion people. The “no future” movement had gained a considerable momentum. people were simply trying to tend to their immediate needs; losing any vision for the future or any concern for the consequences of their actions. Natality had dropped to an all-time low, crime had been continuously rising, and nation-states, as we know them, had long disappeared. The UEF was the last large-scale social structure still holding, among a myriad of medium to small sized city-states. UEF representatives and offices, research centers, production units, etc, were scattered all around the world within the largest city-states. The UEF’s role now extended far beyond its initial goals, including a feared and powerful armed force to maintain order and ensure that the proper funding was collected from all city-states, in order to fuel the Rebirth Program. A global language shared by all people on the planet started to emerge at the end of the 21st century. By the end of the 22nd century, almost everyone was speaking at least two languages: the global language (the “common”) and their local native language, each city-state having somehow evolved a variant from their original country’s language. Economy During the first half of the 21st century, the Internet quickly decentralized the economy, removing intermediaries and frictions. Anyone was able to open their own marketplace online, with powerful central aggregators to help integrate available offers. This was both true of goods and services. This highly distributed model of economy stood the test of time, both during the sentient AI era, and even after, up until the last century. One of the main challenges of the last century, after the city-states model had become the norm, was logistics. Transporting goods over long distances carried the risk of being attacked by pirate hordes living outside of the city-states. The UEF and other independent security groups were in charge of ensuring protection, but still, the risk made inter-city trade dangerous, and local markets were the preferred method for basic commerce. A global currency, the [U2] [(Universal Unit)], is installed by the UEF at the beginning of the 22nd century. It has acquired a growing support over the years and is still used as a reference currency on Alioth to help organize the exchanges of goods and services between colonists. Culture & Society At the moment of the Grand Exodus, humanity, and more precisely the UEF, was divided into four main political movements, essentially different from each other in the way they decided to answer one simple fundamental question: what is the main driving force in the development of humanity? Behind this question lies the promise of a political agenda on how to best rebuild civilization after the Grand Exodus and where to put priorities. The [Luminous] are the first group. They consider the main driving force to be knowledge and wisdom. They value science, industry, and technology as the main sources of progress, and were heavily involved in the Rebirth Program, which led to the construction of the Arkships. They are, of course, very much respected for this even if some may criticize them for their all too rational take on things. The Alphas are the second group. For them, the main driving force is, well, … force. They believe that people will respond mostly to strength and balance of power. They favor military action as a way to control and orient the evolution of the world in an attempt to avoid chaos and prevent instability. Their intentions are good, but they often fall to scandals involved with their expeditious way of handling subtle situations. The [Ethereans] constitute the third group. They believe in the power of culture and arts. For them, humanity needs to be driven by dreams, beauty, and ideals before anything else. This is what gives us meaning. They are not against more practical endeavors but like to see these activities as a way to expand and support their vision. They have many supporters but are also often criticized for their lack of pragmatic action. The [Emporium] is the final group. They believe in the power of money and commerce. They think that this has been the life and blood of human societies for millennia and, even if they will gladly regret it in private, they think this is nevertheless what gets the job done and can really set people in motion. Some point to them as a cause of an ever greater inequality, but they know how to silence critics and make people happy. None of these movements are inherently good or bad, they all value human life and sincerely want to help drive humanity to success again. Science & Technology After the early 2400 years, science and technology suddenly advanced very rapidly. Incredible innovation occurred, becoming the foundation of the industrial, societal and economical program of Project Rebirth. Here are some of the most prominent breakthrough: Nano fields: an expected advance in theoretical physics led to the discovery of a new force in nature, called the nano force due to its scale, that allows the fine control of the molecular dynamics of matter with incredible precision using high-frequency nano fields. Nano fields can be focused and modulated in a very precise way to destructure, collect or deploy and assemble matter in a short range radius. This is the core technology that gave birth to the nanoformer that every colonist is now equipped with. Calabi-Yau Compactification: the science behind CYC has been inexplicably lost in the Arkship archives. It is the technology that powers nanopacks, which are extra small containers (that colonists wear on their suit), capable of amazing volume and weight reductions of almost anything contained in them. All we know is that it seems to work based on the possibility of storing matter within the extra dimensions of space-time allowed by String Theory, inside what is called the Calabi-Yau space. The exact science and understanding behind them have been lost and attempts at reverse engineering have all failed. Due to the limited number of Nanopacks available and their considerable value, further attempts to reverse engineer them are discouraged. Nano fields displacement: this is a direct application of nano fields, used to collect, store and maintain matter within containers. The matter constituting objects is analyzed and de-structured first then stored using stable nano fields and can then be retrieved later via a reverse process that reconstructs the original object. Unlike with CYC, only limited volume gain can be obtained, and no weight reduction is possible. Nano 3D printing: based again on the versatile nano fields, advanced 3D printers became possible. They are capable to assemble matter from reservoir sources to build small sized technological parts; from electronic to industrial units. Coupled to the automated assembly, this quickly became the basis of the industrial chain. Quantum branching: 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. Propulsion Engines: the conquest and exploration of the arrival star system, as well as nearby other stars, is a clear objective of the UEF for each arkship colony. Several engine technologies have been perfected as part of the Rebirth Program to allow for various flight modes, either within the atmosphere or in space. Warp drive technology was near completion and should become available a few years after the arrival, and even stargate instant transport has been sketched as a not too distant possibility but was unfortunately still not available at the time of the Grand Exodus. Warp drive speed is believed to be in the range of 100 times the speed of light, while super warp probes, that could be used to seed stargates, could reach up to 10.000 times the speed of light Making it possible to cross the entire galaxy in just 10 years. Environment & Alioth Alioth is a rocky planet orbiting a yellow dwarf star, very similar to the Sun. It has been selected due to its very similar Earth-like environment, including oceans, forests, mountains, and lakes. It has a moderate fauna and flora. The temperature during the day is similar to what can be found on Earth, but nights can be extremely cold. The planet underground contains all the usual materials needed for basic industry, but more rare resources may have to be later harvested from one of Alioth’s three moons, or even from more distant planets in the system. The planet day/night cycle is only 5 hours, and its weather pattern is relatively stable. Overall, Alioth is a very life-friendly planet, carefully chosen to facilitate the starting years of colonists. The Arkship The Arkships are a marvel of technology. They can host millions of people in cryosleep for extended periods of time. Made out of Kyrium, they can sustain incredible amounts of deceleration or acceleration, and absorb the corresponding crushing forces for whatever stand inside them. The origin of Kyrium is not well documented, and it seems that the material cannot be produced from a known industrial process, but has probably been found during some mining operations within the solar system. Designed to travel close to the speed of light for extended periods, the Arkship engines are also not part of the colonist UEF documentation and no assembly schema could be found within the archives. There is much debate over why the UEF would intentionally withdraw such potentially useful information. Each Arkship is controlled by a proto-sentient AI that was allowed to be built against the very strong UEF AI ban because it was argued that it would have been to hazardous to let the fate of humanity rest with dumb automatic machinery that would possibly not be able to react to unexpected situations. While being an exception to the AI ban rule, the onboard AI is still however not allowed to take control of any machinery or robot beside the Arkship itself. The Novark AI is called “Aphelia”. Once on approach to the destination planet, the Arkship is designed to literally “plant” itself into the planet, to allow the deployment of deep geothermal energy collectors that should sustain the ship functions for potentially unlimited amounts of time. One of the key functions of the ship once arrived, is to deploy a 20km radius safe zone area where colonist would be free from any form of aggression from the outside, or… from themselves. It was indeed decided that the potentially violent nature of mankind under stressful situations should be mitigated with appropriate supervision. Within the safe zone, Aphelia is in charge of maintaining order and providing support and information to colonists. Regrettably, one known consequence of prolonged cryosleep periods is that the subject will suffer from a loss of episodic memory, as well as most high-level cognitive memory like expertise, skills or know-how. To mitigate this side-effect, the Arkship archive contains large data banks that are transferable to colonists via a wireless data transfer process involving brain implants capable of stimulating neural activity. The process is slow and can take days for the most advanced skills, but is an effective way to re-enable lost knowledge for long time space travelers. The Arkship extreme energy efficiency, designed to allow the ship to travel for millennia, forced trade-offs on what could be embarked in order to minimize the total mass, and of course, human bodies were preferred over any other “mass”. For this reason, and because nano 3D printing would make it possible to easily rebuild them, no ship or industrial machine was included inside the Arkships’ cargo. Humanity would have to rebuild civilization from scratch. A large set of Resurrection Nodes tuned to each registered colonist where however installed inside the Arkship to avoid any loss of precious life once arrived on the destination planet. For these reasons, the inside of the Arkship, besides the propulsion machinery, is mostly occupied by cryosleep pods, as well as Resurrection Nodes. Alpha Team While most of the Arkship passengers will wake up after the Arkship landing, a few thousand among them become half awakened between a few years and a few weeks before the arrival: the Alpha Team. While their bodies are still asleep, their brains are awakened and connected to an advanced neural/computer network that immerses them collectively within a virtual reality that is meant to simulate their first steps on the destination planet, for education and testing purposes. During this simulation, of course, nobody can die (this represents the Alpha phase in-game). They are given easier access to certain resources in order to help them experience various stages of the tasks they will have to face in real life when arrived. The Alpha Team will then be in charge of guiding newcomers and helping to bootstrap the first months of civilization rebuilding on the destination planet. Mysteries The cryosleep memory loss side effect and the apparently incomplete archive has given birth to several mysteries for which colonists have developed many “theories”: Kyrium is an absolute mystery. Nothing is available in the Arkship archives about its nature, how it was found, how to create it or even manipulate it. No colonist have the slightest memory about the Kyrium. If Aphelia is asked for information on Kyrium, the Novark’s AI will just give an elusive answer, explaining its lack of information as memory loss. Obviously, this is not a satisfying answer. Aphelia is in charge of the Novark and the well-being of all the passengers. She seems as caring as invasive in the private life of the colonists. While she doesn’t seem brutal, hostile or coercive by default, her behavior is perceived as if she monitors every action of each human that has been aboard the Novark. She also seems to avoid disclosing information on some specific topics - at least that’s the feeling of some passengers - despite the fact she always says if she doesn’t give a satisfying answer, it’s because the answer is beyond its capabilities. For these two reasons, many colonists think the AI is not trustworthy. Aphelia seems to have incredible defenses against hacking, far higher than anything the most experienced colonists in hacking have ever seen, reinforcing the feeling that the AI might hide a lot of things. The Arkship light speed engine is completely undocumented. No schema is available to rebuild one using 3D nano-printing, or by any other means. There seems to be no trace of the records pointing to the destination of the other Arkships within the galaxy. Best Regards, The Novaquark Team
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    Can someone explain it to me?

    Hi everyone, As an exceptional case, we are replying this topic, even if it’s closed, to avoid any misunderstanding. As an exceptional case, as the involved user has explicitly asked for public explanation and the customer support agrees with it, we are in a situation where both parties agree to make it public, so it doesn't break the confidentiality policy. We also want to share this as an example that things don't happen for no reason (and in the case of an error, we are ready to fix it). Just to put things in perspective: - Emtec3PL account wasn't suspended regarding the game (the account has never lost his rights to play the game when the time will come). - Emtec3PL account wasn't suspended on the forum and was still able to contact Community Managers in private. - Emtec3PL account was suspended on Customer Support side. The situation: - Emtec3PL pledged 1 euro as a symbolic donation during Kickstarter campaign (in which case it was clear it was a donation, with no rewards attached to it). - Emtec3PL pledged then an Iron Founder Pack after the Kickstarter campaign, which has been upgraded as a Silver Pack shortly after. - As explained in the news on our website here the access time, depending on the founder level, was pretty clear and self explanatory: All Kickstarter Founder Backers get access at Alpha 1. Post-Kickstarter Founder Backers get access at the earliest at Alpha 2. Emtec3PL becomes a Founder Backer after the Kickstarter campaign, first as an Iron Founder, than as a Silver Founder, so he's rightfully considered as a Post-Kickstarter Backer and will get access Alpha 2. Emtec3PL contested that fact and asked repeatedly to Customer Support for an access to Alpha 1. Novaquark Customer Support denied the request and explained why. The last answer from Emtec3PL to the Customer Support was the following: Emtec3PL sent this reply because he will have access to Alpha 2 (as planned), and not immediately (as he wanted). Obviously there was no possible discussion anymore, and as part of the process for harassment prevention, the account has been suspended on the customer support side. If Emtec3PL is willing to come back to a more constructive discussion, the account can be unsuspended. This example might be useful to put in light how we manage customer service here at Novaquark. Globally there are two schools of customer service: The old school: "Customer is king." This vision implies that no matter how the customer behaves, the customer service agent needs to endure and gives satisfaction to the customer. In our eyes, this way of doing things is relevant as long as customers and customer service agents behave with mutual respect. However, with internet promoting anonymity and online interaction, a growing number of customers started to consider mutual respect as being optional and/or lost focus that the customer service agent at the other end of the line is a human being, not a machine, and he/she is there to help, not to endure someone else's anger or frustration. Having daily customers being rude or threatening can damage a team morale, especially when rudeness or threat is undeserved. Customer Support is not an outlet for customers to let their frustration run wild. It's a place to answer customer questions and help them when they have a technical issue. Some people would easily throw there: "Hey it's part of the job. If they can't handle it, they can find another job" or the famous “HTFU” (which is perfectly fine in a game where a part of the fun is to compete to see who is the toughest guy. It’s less fine when it applies to your real life where you can’t log out) Our answer to this is "No, it's not part of the job, unless it has been decided that way by the company. It's not up to the customer to decide this part." At Novaquark we value Customer satisfaction as much as Employee well-being. The reasons? We don't want the job of anyone becoming a chore because we aren’t interested in burnouts and high turnovers, and also because we are convinced that, having people less stressed and less harassed than the average in the industry will benefit indirectly to the Customers themselves. So we won't encourage negative behavior from some customers, quite the contrary, by applying consequences to this kind of behavior. To put it simply, we are following the other school: "Customer is king... but even a king has its limits." We will always do our best to satisfy a customer as long as: - the request/demand is reasonable and motivated by common sense. - the request/demand is made in a respectful manner. Best Regards, Nyzaltar.
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    Winter Holidays Contest!

    Dear Alpha Testers, To celebrate the launch of the Alpha and the exceptional two-weeks test session for the Winter Holidays, we decided to organize a contest in which you can put your creative mind to a challenge! Starting on Thursday, December 20th, 14:00 UTC, show your builder skills by creating a small Dynamic Construct! It can be an Hovercraft type, an Atmospheric Ship or a Spaceship. The goal: Building the most kickass vehicle during the two next playtests (the Winter Holidays playtest and the first 48h playtest of 2019). The time frame: The event starts at 14:00 UTC on Thursday, December 20th. The event ends at 14:00 UTC on Saturday, January 12th The prizes: 1st place: - The Construct will be showcased in an upcoming Blog post - The winner will receive a poster based on an in-game screenshot of their construct and signed by JC. - 3 Beta Keys (to share with your friends) 2nd place: - The Construct will be showcased in an upcoming Blog post - The winner will receive a poster based on an in-game screenshot of their construct and signed by JC - 2 Beta Keys (to share with your friends) 3rd place: - TheConstruct will be showcased in an upcoming Blog post - The winner will receive a poster based on an in-game screenshot of their construct and signed by JC - 1 Beta Key (to share with a friend) Criteria selection list: The winners will be selected by a jury formed with the Novaquark staff. We will take into account the following criteria: The Construct must be a Dynamic one. The Construct must use a 16m or 32m Dynamic Core Unit The Construct must have a Sci-Fi vibe. The Construct should be good looking and original. The Construct shouldn’t seem inspired from a copyrighted asset coming from a popular franchise/universe. The Construct can be built by a team of up to 5 players. In case of a team, only the owner will be considered as the winner. The Construct owner must gather the following information about his Construct: Location (Planet & Coordinates) Construct name Construct’s owner name (in-game name) List of the additional players who participated in building the Construct Keep in mind: each player can be listed for only one Construct. If a player is registered as participant for several Constructs, he won’t be eligible for any reward). The Construct should be submitted by its owner, with all the proper information, to community@novaquark.com (a Construct not submitted by its rightful owner won’t be taken into account). Best Regards, The Novaquark Team
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    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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    Gifting Backer Packages

    Hi Yamamushi, Yes the "gift a pack" feature is planned. However, it won't be before several months (probably not before Alpha 2, at the earliest): there is a significant development time to allocate for such feature and it's not - unfortunately - in the top priorities right now. Best Regards, Nyzaltar.
  12. Hi everyone! Several people have been wondering how to differentiate Kickstarter Founder backers from Post-Kickstarter Founder backers. Indeed, until now there weren't any clear way (at least on the public) to know who has access to the Alpha and who hasn't. To make it as simple as possible, we have deployed a simple feature displaying which accounts have access to the Alpha 1 and which haven't. You can find it under you number of posts and location in any post you've made on the forum. You can also find it on your profile page, in the category "Profile Information": Some of you may have something different from "Yes" or "No" regarding the Alpha 1 access (like "1" or "0") This is just a debug display that will be replaced by the correct display once you will have logged out once and relogged on the forum. Best Regards, Nyzaltar.
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    Alpha accees

    Bonjour coolba, Le fait de ne pas avoir annoncé dès le départ la date approximative de l'Alpha 2 était une mesure de précaution et en aucun cas une volonté de cacher ou décevoir des backers: nous avons donné une date approximative dès que nous avons été convaincu d'avoir des chances solides de tenir les délais (ce qui ne nous met toutefois pas à l'abri des imprévus). Il n'y avait que deux manières de procéder: soit nous annoncions très tôt une date au hasard sans avoir la moindre idée si nous pourrions tenir les délais, soit nous annoncions une date approximative dès que nous avions un peu plus de visibilité en termes d'estimation de temps. Si nous avions opté pour la première option, et que la date approximative n'avait rien à voir avec la date réelle, cela aurait causé beaucoup plus de déception que de l'annoncer suite à une réflexion réaliste sur le sujet. Il n'y a pas de solution parfaite. Même si effectivement la date approximative est arrivée plus tard, en revanche, il y a toujours eu la mention "Accès à l'Alpha 2". Ceci indiquait clairement que le Contributor Pack ne donnerait pas immédiatement accès au lancement de l'Alpha, qu'il y ait une date approximative mentionnée ou pas. Cordialement, Nyzaltar.
  14. Hi Emtec3PL, No, we are not ignoring people who pledged 1 euro during the Kickstarter campaign. We thank them deeply for the symbolic donation. However, as you rightfully named it, it was a donation. Giving 1 euro was supposed to show your support for the project, without expecting something specific in return, which is contradictory with your claim today. Your first official pledge as a backer happened after the Kickstarter campaign, so it's just logic that you are part of the Post-Kickstarter Founder group. Moreover, being a Post-Kickstarter Silver Founder backer isn't as grim as you describe it, as we also did something for Post-Kickstarter Founder group: Silver backers were supposed to have access to the game only at Beta. You will instead have access to Alpha 2. Please keep that in mind. That being said... As a general rule of the forum, you're aren't supposed to post publicly a private conversation between you a Novaquark Employee without his consent, especially with the goal in mind to cause a ruckus (last point of section III). You can find the forum rules here. For that reason, this thread will now be locked. Please do not continue in this direction. Thank you for your understanding. Best Regards, Nyzaltar.
  15. (Last Update: 11/07/2018) Hi everyone! We are really thankful from all your support for Dual Universe. But as many of you have given a lot of feedback and suggestions already, and by investing your time and putting your trust in us, we wanted to thank you with something particular: Today we are happy to announce that the 4th wave of candidates for the Alpha Team Vanguard have been selected! How have they been selected? They all have been selected by registering on the forum AND having given significant feedback or suggestions, either publicly on the forum, by private message on the forum, or on any Social Media (Facebook, Twitter, writing blog posts about Dual Universe, helping on the Gamepedia wiki, etc) Will there be more members selected in the future? Yes, of course! There will be other people selected to join the Alpha Team Vanguard in the future. Again, they will be selected for their community involvement (the Novaquark Team remains the only jury on this matter). What does it means to be a member of the Alpha Team Vanguard today? Being among Alpha Team Vanguard members means you have the trust from the Novaquark team. You might get access to some very early versions before anyone else to test some features, and you will have some news and content that are not ready for a large public yet. In short: exclusive news. Who are the 120 members selected? Here is the list. Keep in mind that if your forum name doesn't appear in this list, it might appear next time! Alpha Team Vanguard (first wave) (19): Astrophil Astrov Comrademoco Cybrex (previously Ellegos) Deth (previously Hylios) Jared Kiklix Klatu Satori Lady_Astrum Michaelc Neopolitan (previously Saffi) PetdCat Shadow Shattari Silvligh Spacelike SpacemonkeyCongh Squishimus Vylqun Alpha Team Vanguard (second wave) (30): Aetherios Anasasi Archonious Atmosph3rik Code24 Cornflakes Darius Sanguna DaSchiz DevisDevine Dhara_Elysande Dominar Dygz_Briarthorn FrigoPorco GalloInfligo Guttertrash Halo381 Khaymann Lethak Lethality MasteredRed Nietoperek Ripper ShadowlordAlpha SzaryWilk The War Doctor TrihXeen Warden WilksCheckov Yamamushi Zander Alpha Team Vanguard (third wave) (50): AccuNut Aesras Amandarain Anonymous Arkanos Ashteron ATMLVE Begogian Benfargo BliitztheFox CommanderLouiz Danger Dark DeepNature Devious_T Devu Falstaf Fitorion FryCaptain ForlornFoe Hades Haunty Jeronimo Kuritho Kurock Kurosawa Leonis Lethys Lights Lord_Void Lynkx Mefsh Mrjacobean Pang_Dread Peregrin Rockerboy2020 Rrovall ShinyMagnemite Shynras Silmerias SirJohn85 Sunrider44 Temerian Velenka Villspor Volkier Wardion2000 Wesbruce Wizardoftrash Zamarus Alpha Team Vanguard candidates (fourth wave) (21): Armyboy941 Atmosph3rik Azureskye Corevamore Croomar Cybercrunch DarkHorizon Destrin Geo Hdparm Helvetian Knoober LittleJoe Megaddd Nanodot Nija123098 Pantera Shadow_pryo Shockeray Soarnir UnderhandAerial Congratulations to all! Best Regards, Nyzaltar.
  16. Hi everyone! Here is the official thread where you can report the bugs or problematic features on the Community Portal that need some updates/modifications. So far, we have: Error 500 when attempting to change the Logo/Image of an Organization. Fixed (currently investigated) Best Regards, Nyzaltar.
  17. Hi everyone! Today we have two exciting news topics to share with you. After today's maintenance, the official website has now a French language option! You can access it by clicking on the French flag in the top left corner of the website (or access it directly by this link: https://www.dualthegame.com/fr/). In addition, we have begun the development of localization tools within the game. The game will be released in French in addition to English. Why is this good news for non-French speaking players? It’s the first step toward additional languages. Maintaining a website in multiple languages isn’t just a matter of translation, it’s also a matter of web development. We were tasked with developing a structure that allows us to easily add new languages without modifying a page’s core code each time we alter its text.Without this structure, translation-related tasks become far more difficult and time consuming. We are starting with French for several reasons: French is the native language for the majority of our team, so it’s easier to recognize issues relating to that language, making it more efficient to test the website. With the launch of a website available in multiple languages, there is expectation that questions and concerns from players will be addressed in that language via Customer Support and Community Management. This may take additional time for internal approval and hiring the right candidate to fill these positions. In French, we can already manage these responsibilities. We plan to add several other languages in the future, though we aren’t able to release an ETA for those at this time. However, we will definitely make an official announcement to the community when we are ready to add more language options! Best Regards, The Novaquark team.
  18. Hi everyone! The Official Website (as well as the Community Portal) is going to be under maintenance today, for the next 4 hours. The Maintenance is expected to begin at 09:30 UTC. Thank you for your understanding! Best Regards, The Novaquark team.
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    What would the 7 Greatest Wonders of DU be?

    Hi everyone, Just a quick reminder: @Lethys "penis" and "balls" are words that can be tolerated - even if it's borderline - if it's said once in the flow of a discussion. However... When it's repeated 6 times in a post and the whole goal of the post is to make a sexual joke, yes, it falls clearly in the profanity field. It's just common sense. You know it, we know it. Trying to hide it behind "a lack of humor from a moderator" and/or feigning ignorance doesn't make the issue disappear (quite the contrary in fact). You can do all the jokes you want on a private forum but you have to show some restraints on a public forum. This kind of behavior is not what is expected from an ATV member (lead by example and such). Please do not continue in this direction. @Kuritho Supporting this kind of joke doesn't legitimize it. It just shows you haven't understood the rules... or are not willing to follow them. We hope it's just a misunderstanding. Please do not continue in this direction either. Best Regards, Nyzaltar.
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    Official Discord FAQ

    Hi Everyone, We heard that some of you have concerns after the announcement of the Community Discord becoming the Official Discord. So we are providing a short FAQ to address those concerns: What if a Discord admin suddenly goes rogue and does something horrible on the Discord (such as deleting it and/or leaving?) While very little has changed on how the Discord is run, there has, however, been one important change: the ownership has been transferred to Novaquark staff. As we can’t have multiple accounts owning a Discord, the owner is now NQ-Nomad. As a Novaquark employee, he has the complete trust of the rest of the team. You can check this here. Having Community Members as moderators is a problem. What if some start abusing their power with their role? Discord is something running 24h/24 7d/7. Moderators being proactive community members is far from being something new. A lot of Discords (even official ones) and forums have community members as Moderators. Current moderators have our trust. As far as we know, no abuse of power has yet occurred. However, nobody is perfect and in the case of a conflict arising (due to misunderstanding or personal grudge), there’s still the possibility to contact Novaquark staff (through the forum or customer support) to address the situation and find a solution to the problem. However, before contacting Novaquark staff for such issue, please check the 2 following things: You have tried your best to solve the issue with the moderators first. You are sure the problem is real (bring facts and evidence, not hypotheses, assumptions or rumors). I won’t come on a Discord where I am obliged to use an Authentication Bot made by a Community Member. What if this Community Member does shady things with the authentication Bot, like gathering personal data from users for himself? We trust Yamamushi, as in two years, he has given us no reason to doubt his integrity. However, if this can reassure you: before making the Discord Official, the script has been reviewed by a member of our team, NQ-Illustra. Moreover, the script is open source and its content can be found publicly here (so it would become difficult to make shady things without being noticed). However, as Novaquark is now responsible to what happens on the Discord, it makes sense that as a general rule, any addition/modification made by any Community Member (and you’re welcome to contribute) to the current script will need a validation from the Novaquark’s team before being implemented. Regarding potential issues about data gathering and GDPR infraction: The data gathered is exclusively public: the Bot is only able to collect data that you decided to display on the forum, so no information you’re unwilling to share is gathered. That’s also why you can’t be recognized as a backer on Discord as long as your backer status is hidden. As this system is not perfect, we plan in the future to change the way it works, with an API that will simplify the connection and authentication between your Dual Universe account and your Discord account to get access to channels under NDA. Basically, the Authentication Bot will just ask the API if a DU account has already access to the game or not, without trying to get any more information. Why an Authentication Bot is the right way to do it: The community will grow and giving the access manually to NDA channels on Discord for each player is just simply not a reasonable long-term solution. When Alpha launches, we will have something along the lines of 6000 new backers having access to the game. Moreover, if the process is automated, it will guarantee impartiality and no human error possible. We hope these answers will alleviate the concerns you may have. If you want to give your feedback or if you have some remaining concerns, please discuss it in this forum thread. Best Regards, The Novaquark team.
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    Official Discord FAQ

    Hi everyone, We want to thank those who gave their feedback regarding the transitory phase post official merging of the Community Discord. Today, we want to reply to some questions/concerns about the Discord Guidelines, the Authentication Bot, related API, and the community groups revamp on the Discord sidebar. The Discord Guidelines have been updated two weeks ago. We heard several concerns about the Discord’s social atmosphere becoming less casual and more strict, to the point of mirroring the official forum. Don’t worry, we have no intention to make the Discord as strict as the official forum! The Dual Universe Discord has been created by gamers for gamers. At Novaquark, we also use various Discords on our own time when playing games outside of work. So we do understand your concern and know why it’s important to keep it friendly. We want the DU Discord to remain just as it was before becoming official. The guideline changes were motivated by two points: - To clarify grey areas regarding behaviors considered not acceptable due to their potential to deteriorate the friendly atmosphere we wish to maintain. - To abide by the European laws in terms of accountability and legality. A new Authentication Bot will be deployed soon on Discord. The current Discord bot cannot decipher the difference between Kickstarter Founders and Post-Kickstarter Founders, thus losing an important element of its functionality. For this reason, a newly dedicated authentication bot will be introduced and operated by Novaquark. The bot currently in charge of authentication on the Discord will cease to have this role and all related code will be removed. Because of its other useful features such as feeding announcement channels with up-to-date Dual Universe news, it will remain on the Discord for alternative purposes. We want to thank Yamamushi for all of the hard work and help he has volunteered on this project. The planned API will be very basic and extremely limited in terms of data sharing. As we value the privacy of our community members, all data shared through the API will be limited to the minimum amount of information necessary to authenticate a player on the Discord. It will share: - An ID number. - Whether the account is a backer. - Whether the account has access to the Alpha. - Whether an account is part of the ATV. This list might be updated in the future. However, if we add any additional data to the list, we will announce it beforehand to the community and ensure we’re following the correct policies. There will be no worrying about community members gaining access to personal or valuable data illegally. Revamp of community member titles (Discord sidebar): While “NQ-Admin”, “NQ-Staff”, and “Discord Staff” groups will not change, community members will be now categorized by roles related to the length of time since joining the Discord instead of backer roles. Note: you will still able to display your backer status in your role list. We hope this clarify a few points about the changes made or going to be made Best Regards, The Novaquark team.
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    Members selected for the Alpha Team Vanguard

    Hi everyone! The 4th wave of Alpha Team Vanguard candidates has been selected! Today, we are changing a bit the rules to include members in the ATV group. We have selected a list of eligible candidates for the ATV group. We will give access to a candidate as soon as he or she will have officially accepted by replying in private message to the CMs (Nomad and Nyzaltar): - to respect the NDA tied to the ATV status. - to lead by example in public places like the forum, the social media and Discord (positive attitude, no flaming or provocation, helping new community members, etc). Note: the ATV NDA is different from the classic Pre-Alpha Test NDA. What is said on an ATV channel (forum or Discord) cannot be discussed with players/testers who are not in the ATV. Now here's the list of the candidates for the 4th wave: Armyboy941 Atmosph3rik Azureskye Corevamore Croomar Cybercrunch DarkHorizon Destrin Geo Hdparm Helvetian Knoober LittleJoe Megaddd Nanodot Nija123098 Pantera Shadow_pryo Shockeray Soarnir UnderhandAerial Congratulations to all! (there will be other waves of ATV candidates in the future) Best Regards, Nyzaltar.
  23. Hi everyone! Here is the dedicated thread to discuss about the June DevBlog that has been posted today on our website here. Let us know what you think of the upcoming changes! Best Regards, Nyzaltar.
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    Warhammer 40k themed clan

    @Shirosaki This is a matter of appreciation that varies between legal departments of various companies. Some are very extreme, others are tolerant to some length. As there is no way to know for sure in advance, the best advice we can give is: please don't copy any copyrighted material. If you copy something easily recognizable, you take some risk to see it removed, especially if it's from a well known franchise like Star Wars, Star Trek, Stargate, Warhammer 40K, Battlestar Galactica, etc. Best Regards, Nyzaltar.
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    Warhammer 40k themed clan

    Hi Blocoare and welcome to the official Dual Universe forum! However, here's some information related to copyrighted material and brand: We strongly advise to avoid using or recreating any copyrighted material in Dual Universe as by doing this, you would take the risk of seeing everything related being removed from the game without further notice if the copyright owner ask Novaquark to do so. While we understand this might be frustrating, it has already happened in many occasions for various copyrighted materials, with the last event being a fan-made, nonprofit USS Enterprise reproduction being shut down last month. Best Regards, Nyzaltar.
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