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UPDATE: 

 

Today was an interesting day at Talemai.  But one thing is for sure, Waste Management was wise in contracting out the military operation part of the Blockade to Unexplained Atomics.   Many haulers who live in the Inner planets tried to come in or leave with stolen Talemai ore and were quickly delt with.  On top of that two separate attempts were made to attack the blockade.  This is unacceptable and will be considered an act of war.  Both were easily delt with.  The highlight was one ship looking like a box filled with guns made some sort of Kamikaze attempt and came barreling toward talemai at 29,999 km/h and as it was shot at it finally disappeared into the atmosphere where we presumed it slammed into the planet.  A salvage operation was quickly dispatched.  Make no mistake, Talemai stands firm and is under control.  The LOCKDOWN is and has been 100% successful.   The OPA will not stand for any unethical treatment of its miners, nor allow the Inners to come in and steal ore for themselves.

 

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- JohnnyTazer

  Waste Management Consultant

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After a week long LOCKDOWN sanctioned by the OPA at Talemai, things came to a head in a major way today.  Up to this point, all attacks were thwarted, and many haulers trying to smuggle ore in and out were disabled.  A battle of an estimated 30 ships engaged in space above the beautiful planet Talemai.  ATOM stood tall against overwhelming odds.  Damage and losses were taken on both sides, but rest assured propaganda from either side is surely to be broadcast all over the subspace transmissions in the days to come.  

 

This violent attack against Talemai and the OPA has left the planet in a state of uncertainty.  It also begs the questions how the other planets will respond as the increasing number of people who live in the Inner planets continue to steal ore that rightfully belongs to the OPA.  One can feel it in the the air...a storm is coming.  Already there are reports of scientists of both the Inner and the Outer planets sending deep space probes and getting info sent back that there is an untapped Asteroid belt out in deep space.  Presumably with rich ores that would benefit any planet or faction who is able to set up mining operations. One can only think that this was only the first of many power struggles to come throughout the solar system...

 

LOCKDOWN STATUS: ON HOLD

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During a trivia conversation with a bartender in the Crooked Vector bar, news spread that Telemai planet has been blockaded by some Greenpeace activists threatening Rum delivery and that supplies may soon run out. As Crooked Vector Alliance operation would be in danger of a complete standstill should Rum deliveries be halted, it was decided to dispatch a Tractor Pobeda(translation: Victory Tractor) class battleship named ANH Monstruoso to investigate.


After numerous failures to start the ship, mechanic Vasili Petrov figured out to pull the reserve potatoes out of the exhaust pipes and applied 3kl of duct tape around the steam engine allowing the tractor to start up. Unexpected arrival of a pair of slippers thrown from the captain compartment accidentally hit the warp drive toggle and the battleship entered warp.

On arrival, crew used last Rum reserves to dehibernate and manned the battle stations.

Captain Ivanov was still busy watching his favorite exhaust-pipehub videos featuring a young lady yelling FRACK while looking at him from the screen.
Unexpected and hard warp exit led to 3.5mm jack of Ivanov's headphones to be ejected from his PC and windows 95 switching sound output. The loud FRACK was broadcast on all ANH Monstruoso internal speakers.

Crew, being less proficient with English, interpreted the word as a command to ATTACK and unleashed a vicious barrage with 42 lasers on everything in the vicinity.

Once Captain Ivanov finally arrived to the bridge, investigation of the blockade could not be continued due to everyone shooting everything as well as presence of another large military force engaging the alleged Greenpeace activists.

Ivanov decided that his mission is a success and he can try squeezing the last drops of the X2 kergon from the fuel tanks as Rum will probably be scarce anyway.

Last information received includes broadcasts of uintepretable messages from the crew involving references to flying space skulls eating Greenpeace activists and lasers missing at point-blank range.


Stay tuned.

P.S:

Props to ATOM for creating content. We need more folks like you.

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Yarrr!

 

Well, my press presence was little bit chaotic and last moment one (special thanks for guys who helped me to get into action -- @IvanGrozniy, @personality_matrix, @SpiceRub). Visuals/action itself covered much better by my more technicaly sophisticated collegues, streamers (special cheers to @Shamsie, great content). But I still want to share some impressions and thoughts about what happened. 

 

Subjective mode, obviously.

 

Results

 

My take -- its proverbial "tactical victory" for BOO (& Auxilaries) with more kills and control over field. They still probably (and so far) most numerious, organized, well equiped and experienced fighting force of DU. Yet, its surely its not time to relax, because this position now obviously contested. In this regard last battle not a defeat for ATOM & Co. Not at all. Despite more losses, they gained valuable experience, made a statement. And often in history "statement made" much more important, then per se singular victory, because it start long, but very conseqentual chain of events.

 

Political implications

 

I think its fair to welcome ATOM into "great powers" club, because fielding and more or less successfuly operating such battle group was not a small feat. Looks like @Mulligan humbly, but very methodicly grown his forces to very respectable level. If we assume, that other factions of AC awake and bring something to table too, balance of powers can change against BOO in favor of AC, if critical numerical superiority will be achieved. Still, options for diplomacy open for both sides and BOO obviously can go more long-term treaties to counter. With space-russians? Who knows.

 

State of game/PvP balancing

 

1) Game feels little bit drained on players, because even such big and active org as BOO, by my perception, stuggled to field more crews.

2) I personaly don't like current system favoring exessive voxel armouring, especialy with gold. Its bad both on combat and strategical levels.

3) Game still dangerously bugged, because some participants reported nasty desyncs and crazy things with always missing weapons. I hope NQ are working on this.

 

So?

We need more of such good fighting. Good for game.

 

 

 

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Listening to these people taking themselves seriously while sparring for control over fictional resources in a game hardly anyone plays as if there were real consequences is kinda cute but considering they're grown adults, bordering on sad. I just warped in picked up a full load and warped out a couple of days ago. nothing.
 
they remind me of the local street lads in my old litter filled, graffiti festooned hometown when I used to unfortunately live in the UK.. They walked and talked as if they owned the place, knifing anyone else who came near them but basically not actually achieving anything of actual value other than acting hard and eventually getting knifed themselves. Ah the UK... a bastion of honour and dignity. 

Shame that this sort of mentality makes its way into games, too... 

"Build a civilisation."
 

more like

"Build another shitty pigsty for people to fight over and subjugate others in."

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1 hour ago, GraXXoR said:

Listening to these people taking themselves seriously while sparring for control over fictional resources in a game hardly anyone plays as if there were real consequences is kinda cute but considering they're grown adults, bordering on sad. I just warped in picked up a full load and warped out a couple of days ago. nothing.
 
they remind me of the local street lads in my old litter filled, graffiti festooned hometown when I used to unfortunately live in the UK.. They walked and talked as if they owned the place, knifing anyone else who came near them but basically not actually achieving anything of actual value other than acting hard and eventually getting knifed themselves. Ah the UK... a bastion of honour and dignity. 

Shame that this sort of mentality makes its way into games, too... 

"Build a civilisation."
 

more like

"Build another shitty pigsty for people to fight over and subjugate others in."

From the history, we can clearly see that most of the advances in the modern era were done at the time of war (WW2, cold war). 

 

There is no peace without war, there is no law without criminals, there is no civilization without villains.

 

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Yea, you can still warp back/forth completely avoiding any pvp using a cheap and NQ provided technique that will most likely drive the last actual content creators away leaving the game with people that are happy to play it in "creative" single player like mode. Definitely a good way to build an MMO lol.

 

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31 minutes ago, XKentX said:

 

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Yea, you can still warp back/forth completely avoiding any pvp using a cheap and NQ provided technique that will most likely drive the last actual content creators away leaving the game with people that are happy to play it in "creative" single player like mode. Definitely a good way to build an MMO lol.

 

Stop whining. Warping is part of the game and it is expensive with a lot of freight. That whole Talemai claim is nonsense. You do not even to come close to have enough ships. Today I easly made it back to Alioth with 1600kL without using Warp. You are trying to intimidate other players to pay your "Mafia Fee". But in order to do that you should have some more an better ships that it doesnt look like a sandbox play 🙂

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42 minutes ago, XKentX said:

From the history, we can clearly see that most of the advances in the modern era were done at the time of war (WW2, cold war). 

 

There is no peace without war, there is no law without criminals, there is no civilization without villains.

 

P.S:

Yea, you can still warp back/forth completely avoiding any pvp using a cheap and NQ provided technique that will most likely drive the last actual content creators away leaving the game with people that are happy to play it in "creative" single player like mode. Definitely a good way to build an MMO lol.

 

You are honestly  claiming that WW2 and coldwar were the times of the most advancement? Srsly? This is such an old Hollywood myth used to glorify and justify conflict.

You're completely discounting the 70+ years of relative peace after the war where we have seen unparalleled advances in science and technology, privatised space travel, medical breakthroughs.
So many major mathematical and scientific breakthroughs were made during peace time and only a few were coopted for war (missiles, poisons, biological weapons and nukes)... The vast majority of breakthroughs were made outside of war or even despite war, not because of it. Sure, some projects were funded by the military (GPS) but they are few and specific compared to the general peacetime advancements enabled by allowing adults to go to university and study and not to war to kill.

Art and culture also. Look at the 400 years of Japanese isolation, creating some of the finest woodworking, caligraphy, art, music, tea ceremonies, silk, flower arrangements and yes, karate and katanas, too. The years of European peace that lead to the renaissance in art, music,  literature and philosophy that were unmatched throughout the world.

Civilization leads to breakthroughs in all fields, war just picks up a few bits and bobs and perverts them for destructive uses.  Moreover, war and conflict can just as easily lead to the loss of those advancements; Library of Alexandria, Twin Towers attack, Religious destruction of ancient artifacts... All of this comes from conflict...

 

But yeah, unbridled conflict.. whoopie.   Competition and challenges are needed, not war and conflict. Nothing good can come out of the latter other than a few people getting an ego massage. People who insist on and glorify open conflict merely lack imagination.

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13 minutes ago, jupppo said:

Stop whining. Warping is part of the game and it is expensive with a lot of freight. That whole Talemai claim is nonsense. You do not even to come close to have enough ships. Today I easly made it back to Alioth with 1600kL without using Warp. You are trying to intimidate other players to pay your "Mafia Fee". But in order to do that you should have some more an better ships that it doesnt look like a sandbox play 🙂

I think he might be a roleplayer, TBH.  Elite Dangerous has a few characters like him. Lot's of talk, very little in the wedding tackle department.

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3 minutes ago, GraXXoR said:

You're completely discounting the 70+ years of relative peace after the war where we have seen unparalleled advances in science and technology, privatised space travel, medical breakthroughs.
So many major mathematical and scientific breakthroughs were made during peace time and only a few were coopted for war (missiles, poisons, biological weapons and nukes)... The vast majority of breakthroughs were made outside of war or even despite war, not because of it.

Sorry, completely inaccurate. There was never peace since world war two. If the super powers were not in direct competition of creating better tech than the other, they were meddling in the conflicts of smaller countries. Arms race is a constant today.

 

Your computer and the internet it is on has it's origins from war. Just because later on, enlightened or educated types took the results (such as DARPA net) and used it differently (the web) does not mean that it did not originate from military experiments in instant comms.

 

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On 1/17/2021 at 5:54 PM, jupppo said:

You are trying to intimidate other players to pay your "Mafia Fee". But in order to do that you should have some more an better ships that it doesnt look like a sandbox play 🙂

You know that I am not among the guys imposing the blockade but one that was actually fighting them(and others who were fighting them) right ?

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12 hours ago, Deintus said:

 

Your computer and the internet it is on has it's origins from war. Just because later on, enlightened or educated types took the results (such as DARPA net) and used it differently (the web) does not mean that it did not originate from military experiments in instant comms.

 

You mean ARPANET (Yes, it was funded by a DARPA, later renamed ARPA and then back to DARPA under Clinton... but the network's name was ARPANET). The Advanced Reasearch Projects Agency Network, which came out of a desire for a network with the express ability to be able to route around "outages" (cutely metaphorical word for being nuked, which allowed them to unlock federal funding), when in reality it was more the fact that electronics were so unreliable that they needed a way to ensure that the network remained operational even if some blown transistors rendered a node inoperable.

It became, in effect, a drive to create an automated, digital version of the telephone network which at the time consisted of patchboards and switched operated by human switchboard staff.


By the end of the fifties, it was still limited to just four disparate machines and in order to expand beyond the original four computers, DARPA enlisted the help of various universities and research labs. Research laboratories and universities of course saw the need for reliable exchange information and federal funds were made available for them to research packet switching and proto TCP/IP which is the basis of modern  TCP/IP today which was finally introduced around 1969 and the first "customer" nodes were attached to the network soon thereafter. The concept of routing protocols and redundancy was also addressed during this period.

By the early 70s, many top universities in the US were connected and the first international connection was completed in or around 1973 to the UCL (University College, London)...

Again, it seems you are under another common misapprehension. This time you're stating that civilian interaction with ARPANET was them basically creating the World Wide Web on top of ARPANET and conflating the WWW with the internet, when in fact the first civilian interactions were 20 years prior, in 1969 or thereabouts and used to share proto-emails, later file transfer and still later, just before the WWW, concepts like FTP and Gopher.

So, it's a stretch to say that war created the internet when it was basically created by universities and private institutes, to all intents and purposes.
It's like saying that the first car was actually a horse drawn carriage... Which, to an extent is true... I guess...

This is somewhat different to NASA, which was very active during the Cold War and was a centrally, coldwar focused body of research. NASA's many projects were indeed focussed on military prowess and technical prowess in general and surely wouldn't have succeeded to the extent they did without the competition from the USSR.

But, see, that is as I mentioned in a previous post: Competition. Which is healthy.. Neither the US nor the USSR engaged in actual direct war... nuclear or otherwise. And after the collapse of the USSR and until Putin, relations with East Europe had been fairly stable.

I'll give you ENIAC, though, which was designed for ballistic calculations and later used for simulating nuclear weapons... But that wasn't really a generally programmable device in the modern sense because it required massive rewiring for each problem...

Real computers were developed separately, after the war once regular business resumed and things calmed down.
Truly programmable computers with punch cards and optical tape were invented that, while not as fast as ENIAC were actually useful for general purpose tasks... Again, a rather separate branch with separate purposes.
ENIAC was more like an FPGA than a "real" computer, in that it could only solve a single problem at a time and it was more like an uncle than a father to modern computing in that respect.

I could go on, since this is the sort of stuff I wrote a dissertation on at the end of the 90s.

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You have a few good points, and are correct that it was ARPANET... I was going off memory because I lived it, I didn't google details.

 

However my orginal point I stay behind regardless of details. There has not been one year that went by since 1939 that had no war.. or "conflict" if you wish to split hairs. And not one major piece of technology that has reached consumers during this time as either a direct result of military research or funding, even if it spun off for supposed peaceful purposes.

 

Computers, cell phones, internet, tablets, everything spun out of military research. War is far, far more than guns.

 

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I want to express my gratitude to the ATOM organization that agreed to participate in this PvP event on January 16, as well as to all RU community organizations that wrote to me in PM and wished to join our side in this battle. I want to thank BOO, because without you it would be very difficult for us.
 

RUSC REDA were on the one side with BOO and HVC.


Organizations that flew under RUSC REDA* tag:
1. DESQ - Delta Squadron
2. INFS - Infinitus
3. SMC - StalcerMEX Company
4. OPG - Organized Pirate Group
5. IRNS - Iron Sleeves (event organizer)

*REDA - Red Alert (one of the alliances of the RU community)

ANH - Anarchy (another RU community organization)
Anarchy decided to fight against everyone in this battle xD

It so happened that most of the RU community organizations at this event were from the Red Alert. Therefore, it was decided to use this REDA tag in this battle.
 

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