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Culture of the ‘Verse: Travel

“Space is big. Really big. You just won’t believe how vastly, hugely, mind-bogglingly big it is.” Excerpt from a small fragment of an ancient Terran guide to galactic life found after the Catastrophe.

After the Catastrophe, what remains of humanity exists is space stations scattered around the galaxy. Space, it is said, is what now binds human civilization. It is the dark and murky sea in which we flounder, struggling to stay afloat in. It is what gives us purpose, bonds us together against a cold, zero-atmospheric foe that would wipe us out but for a few meters of corroded metal and ancient rock. 

But we need it. Space is also our challenge, it drives us, lights the fires of our inspiration on how to survive it, traverse it, and even utilize it. It would be the death of us all, and thus we fight against it, stand against it, build our hulls to steadfastly protect us from it. 

Space, it turns out, is, at least for now, our home. 

From the musings of Maya Von Christova – Benevolent Dynamics

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Culture of the ‘Verse: OmReAthletics

The galaxy sure is a biggun. Whole place is mindbogglingly vast, they say! And, thanks to them astro-engineering folks consistently workin’ them jump gates, it’s getting a might smaller in terms of our own perceptions. One of the greatest aspects of this here phenomenon is the reclamation and re-embracation thereof of long lost or even newfangled traditions! 

OmReAthletics is one such beauty to recently come back to us from the Ross 154 system! Join us for a segment to talk up this bit of Culture of the ‘Verse!

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Update Changelog 2021-April-23

Let’s finished this old-Earth month with a content update! Two new missions are now available, and plenty of new tier 5 items. The team processed a bunch of Community reports (thanks),  new NPC avatars were added, and plenty of invisible changes in preparation for the new UI. The shop is now offering five new items packs.

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A Crane’s Critique Exclusive: Hemingway’s Hautest Coutures!

Greetings and salutations denizens of our cozy quadrant of this ineffable universe! Welcome to the show! This segment I have an exclusive broadcast (which came with a highly lucrative deal for yours truly, might I add) straight from the luxury ridden outlets of Hemingway’s Hyperdashery: purveyors of intergalactic finery for the enterprising elite!

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Hemingway’s Hyperdashery: New Product Announcement!

Greetings and salutations to all you galactic citizens of mega-great taste and refinement! Hemingway’s Hyperdashery here, broadcasting from the farthest and most luxurious corner of the galaxy, beaming mega-delight and quality directly into your CORETECHS. As recently promised, we have an announcement of hyper-exciting implication to report!

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Hemingway’s Hyperdashery: Intergalactic Mega-Luxury!

Luxury, one often finds, is scarce in a post-catastrophe civilization. Most, whislt struggling to survive a near extinction level event, rarely are able to afford such amenities that some of us find essential to any sort of life worth living (or taking)! For us few elite, such considerations, however, are never off the table! Welcome to Hemingway’s Hyperdashery, gearing the galaxy in ultra-finery (if you can afford it).

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Galactic Destinations: Le Guin Stronghold

Last but not least in our Galactic Destinations: Ross 154 series, is the enigmatic Le Guin Stronghold. Once Consortium, now charmingly Independent, this Station maintains a quirky, chirpy defiance in regards to returning to the fold. Take a segment to learn about a station that looks as different as its local sound.
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Galactic Destinations: Madame de Pompadour

With the opening of the jump gate to Ross 154, we’re able to continue bringing you information on some of the intriguing new locales you can find within this scarlet tinged star system. This segment, Galactic Destinations brings you to the charming and picturesque Madame de Pompadour!Continue reading "Galactic Destinations: Madame de Pompadour"

A Community from Outer Space: Featuring Dotsent!

The humans of Tau Station are as diverse and brilliant as the stars within which our galaxy swims. Many of them are as skilled as the very engineers who keep the stations afloat and as fueled by ingenuity as the scientists of Benevolent Dynamics! This segment, we would like to shine our plasma torch on Citizen Dotsent!

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Update Changelog 2021-Feb-23

We’re delighted to announce the opening of the Ross 154 system, approximately 9.7 light years from Sol. Designed for citizens levels 16 and 17, opening of Ross 154 has four stations waiting for you. Interstellar shuttles are waiting at jump gate 807.XXX directly from Sol with an approximate travel time of D/14:297.

Along with opening of Ross 154, many new tier 4 items have been added.  Just a few examples:

Side jobs are available on every station, but we do not yet have missions. However, we decided to open Ross 154 now to give tier 4 players a chance to smooth their progression.

Of course, we’ve been doing a lot more than just just adding side jobs and items. Some changes are small, such as citizens now having their age and birthdate listed.

Or when you look at another character, we’ve fixed the text to not show silly things such as “Ovid appears to be wearing a the powell and carrying a the nakatomi plasma.” That little annoyance has been there a while. Yes, there are still annoyances there!

We’ve identified some conditions in side jobs which could make them impossible to complete and we’ve worked to fix those.

For combat, we’ve rebalanced the rush/retreat success rates and have made the Agile Combat courses actually useful. We’ve also fixed some fatal errors that would intermittently crop up in combat.

There’s also a huge amount of work which has been done under the hood. Did you know that technically, your character’s inventory could accidentally point to a station locker inventory? That would be awkward—not to mention crushing you under its weight! It’s never happened before, and now it can’t happen.

We’ve also done work to try to add more variety to market stall items and to make sure their items make sense. It’s a tiny thing that you may not notice, but we notice it and lots of little “make it perfect” touches like this are the kinds of things we’re proud of. And more work with career tasks along with another university.

We hope you enjoy this update as much as we did creating it!