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  1. I'm not actively playing the game and I think most of the people I used to interview have left. I have no clue about the current "political" situation of the game. Let's call it a long hiatus. There isn't anything planned. But thanks for your interest.
  2. Won't speak on the topic itself. Maybe there will be some official statements. Just commenting on the point of "this major political event cannot go unnoticed". It is a sad state, that there is no DU news source left (excluding Fix News, which is basically a personal blog) and we don't even have something like the old community page anymore. All the political activity happens on closed Discords and most of the greater community will never hear about it. Maybe the current player base isn't interested in politics, but to me it was always the most interesting aspect of DU. The reason for the single shard was, that players have an impact on the world and other players can learn about it. If all that really has to wait until territory warfare is implemented... well... that's a bit late. I don't have a solution. News research is hard work with very little reward and the game doesn't make it any easier. You need enthusiasm, and that is hard to come by these days.
  3. I'm collecting community created Dual Universe content (public In-game Designs, Text, Video, Audio and other media) mostly for my own amusement. If you are interested, you are welcome to join the Discord and discuss/contribute. There will certainly be a lot more stuff once the NDA ends, and I'm trying to stay in the loop. It's mostly lists & links so far, but I'd be happy to have an actual exchange of ideas, if there's any interest. https://discord.gg/3ysbhFY
  4. Ok. Novean Almanac 4 Editorial: Making history in Dual Universe Dual Universe Development Timeline Community Media Overview Organization Updates Community Projects Overview and a shorty story by Kurock PDF, 168 pages, 4.4MB
  5. I don't. I was relying on the board's regular writers. But I guess there's kind of a general lull and it's not just the holidays.
  6. Out of interest: Is the contest over (Deadline: January 13th)? Are you extending it? Apparently there were only two entries. Maybe now, after the holidays, there could be additional participants.
  7. Didn't even know about the "Don't show backer title" checkbox. That makes it an even more useless value then. I was interested myself. Probably won't do the data collection again. There will hopefully be other ways of determining organization activity at some point, similar to Eve Online.
  8. Manually datamined from the community page. Pledge status, join date and similar information can be viewed there. But of course you can't see past activities, especially players joining and leaving organizations, so the second infographic only shows players that joined and stayed.
  9. Since nobody asked, here's some impregnated data!
  10. Since nobody asked, here's some important data!
  11. Now released: Episode 3: The Hunter, And the Hunted by Cybrex (PDF, 1MB)
  12. Now released: Episode 2: The Artful Affirmative by Ben Fargo (PDF, 1MB)
  13. Tortuga & Tales from Tortuga Tortuga City is a community city building project in the world of DUAL UNIVERSE. The city is a place for trade, manufacturing and shady business. You'll never find a more wretched hive of scum, villainy and dashing rogues. Separated from the shackles of organization affiliations and political agendas, the cyberpunk world of Tortuga with its skyscrapers and neon signs will be home to adventurers and agents, artists and militarists, traders and thiefs. Tales from Tortuga is a series of fictionalized stories set in this world, created for the entertainment of the colonists of Alioth and abroad. Our adventure doesn't take place in the actual Tortuga of the game, it only takes inspirations from it. The stories you will read are not part of the official lore of DUAL UNIVERSE, it's a story within a story. Tales from Tortuga will be released in episodes every two weeks on SpaceshipDrama.com and here in the forum. The episodes are written by different authors from the community and comprise of stand-alone stories that will tell a 12 issue long overarching plot. The cover art of the issues is also created by different artists. You can get in contact with the writers and artists on the Tortuga City Discord. - Already Released - Episode 1: Do Not Go Gently by Kurock (PDF, 1MB) Episode 2: The Artful Affirmative by Ben Fargo (PDF, 1MB) Episode 3: The Hunter, And the Hunted by Cybrex (PDF, 1MB) - Coming on November 16th - Episode 4: The Hunter, And the Hunted 2 by Cybrex - Further planned issues - Episode 5 by Einu Vei Episode 6 by Einu Vei Episode 7 by Ben Fargo Episode 8 by Agilulf Episode 9 by Lethys Episode 10 by Kurock Episode 11 by Empress Episode 12 - The Finale Series trailer as seen on Ark Central: The Tales from Tortuga team hopes you all enjoy reading our stories!
  14. The current lore of Dual Universe states, that "at the moment of the Grand Exodus, humanity was divided into four main political movements". The first three movements are listed as the "Luminous" (looking for knowledge and wisdom), the "Alphas" (putting emphasis on strength and military power) and the "Emporium" (believing in the power of money and commerce). Those three will have a clear path and presumably character skills in the game - as scientists, soldiers and traders. For the fourth group on the other hand, the "Ethereans", the future is uncertain. As the lore states: "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." I asked J.C. at the Cologne Meet-Up if there are any actual game features planned for being an "artist" ingame and he said something to the effect of: not currently. Of course you could say that there are more pressing issues in the game's development and most people are probably waiting for things like the player economy and PVP. Yet, I find it interesting that "culture and art" is singled out as one of four political movements in the world of Dual Universe and I would like to see it reflected somehow. There was a bit of a discussion back in 2016 about being a musician, visual artist or entertainer ingame. Mentioned was a "Dual Stadium" for concerts and a "Dual Gallery" for artworks. The consensus was, that it would be up to the players to make art outside of the game and then bring it in the game themselves in one way or another. That seems to still be the idea. But i'm still wondering how you could integrate the professions of an "Etherean" in the game in a more thorough way. There have been MMO games with skill trees for professions like "Entertainer", "Dancer", "Bard", etc. Those revolved mostly around buffing your team-mates and maybe make money by performing. Could something like that be possible in Dual Universe? I don't know. Here's some examples of "Etherean" professions and their potential: Architecture - No-brainer. Building is an integral part of the game. Building something beautiful doesn't really do anything, but being a "decorator" could become a viable career path. Design - It's still unclear in what capacity players will be able to design elements. If it is purely decorative, as in skins, that could again be a career path, especially if you can sell your skins for ingame money. Painting - Displaying artwork from outside of the game on a screen ingame is easy. Actually making unique artworks ingame and selling them is probably a long-shot. Sculpturing - In a macro sense, this is already possible (and seen in NQs videos). You can use the terraforming tool to "sculpt landscapes". Can you do art with that? I don't know. Literature - Well... besides writing a book and presenting it on 1000 screens for people to stand in front of, literature will probably never leave the realm of "outside of the game". Music - Pretty much the same as the literature focus. I doubt we will be able to make original music inside the game. And streaming music from the the outside to the game has its own problems. But there is some discussion about "predefined sounds". Doesn't really sound like the life of a rock star though. ? Theatre & Dance - Now here's something with potential, maybe even for actual skills. You can already build a stage, get a bunch of people and perform a play for an audience. Sound / ingame voice is a problem of course. As for movements, NQ might plan on doing "dance emotes" but I doubt something more complex is in the works. As I said, there have been games with an actual "dance skill tree", but it probably doesn't fit with Dual Universe. Movie-making - Filming something inside the game and releasing it on YouTube is obvious. But playing videos on ingame screens might be a thing too. You can build a movie theatre around the screen and might even charge for tickets. So "movie theatre owner" could be an actual money-making profession in the game. But it sounds pretty taxing. But most importantly: When will the Ethereans rise and take control of the government?
  15. The proper meetup happens at "Ludwig im Museum Restaurant" in about 2 hours. NQ plans on streaming from there, yes.
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