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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!

Galactic Destinations: Ross 154 Jump Gate

As the jumpgate pathways are being realigned and brought back into the galactic network, we are able to access further information on the stations of Ross 154. As always, the entry-point into the system is the jumpgate and, with the mesh links reestablished and lines of communication now open, we can bring you some information about it!

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Galactic Destinations: Ross 154

If humanity were a network, till very recently, it has been a fractured one. Slowly, system by system, station by station, we began to find each other again, to reconnect the nodes. After so much time apart, it was with great joy that we spoke again, heard each other’s voices. However, after so much time apart, some of us had learnt to speak a little differently.

We have recently reestablished contact with Ross 154, a distant system whose jumpgate is soon to be accessible once more. It is the perfect example of how evolution, be it social or otherwise, works in the vacuum of separation. 

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Person of Interest: Jelena Starkiss

During the darkest of times, while a candle may provide light that is both pure and illuminating, a blaster bolt often shines brighter and cuts right to the heart of the matter. Where law protects, guides, and nurtures, ofttimes a dollop of chaos can expedite matters and inspire greatness of solution! Both sentiments can be attributed to  Captain Jelena Starkiss.

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The Crane’s Critique: Mantis Class Private Cruiser

How blessings brighten as they take their flight.
Edward Young

How pertinent a sentence, allegedly uttered by a poet of ancient Terran origin, that applies aptly to the recent discovery of an entire fleet of sleek and steady vessels to ferry us through the Black. The Mantis Class Private Cruiser, a ship I have had the distinct pleasure of being allowed to fly. Tune in, loyal followers, for my enlightening review!

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Wishing you Another Festive Emberfest!

A new Emberfest is upon us! The air glitters with hundreds of holo-embers and, perhaps, just a dash more hope than before. It seems like an age since the previous Emberfest so long ago. The time between has been unprecedented, with most of us orbiting each other and our loved ones at a far distance, fighting to forge through the challenges we all face.

So, as the holidays dock into our port like an interstellar cruiser transporting hope and cheer, we want to wish you all our love and appreciation, our sincerest hopes for an amazing, gorgeous, and above all healthy 2021… and, maybe, just a little cheesy, sci-fi holiday poetry!

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Citizen’s Corner: Unofficial Short Story Contest

“The human species thinks in metaphors and learns through stories.”
Mary Catherine Bateson


It is perhaps an understatement of galactic proportions to say that here on Tau Station, we love story. We all have a love of reading, of good fantasy and sci fi. Most of us are also storytellers in our own right, be it through the visual medium, that of words, games, or the lost art of holo-weaving.

It is with no small amount of pride, therefore, that we react to moments of our own Citizens and players picking up the figurative holo-quill and creating their own stories!

Today we’re showcasing one such fantastic event, Unofficial Tau Station Short Story Contest!

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Update Changelog 2020-Dec-02

Dear Citizen,

This update, is very precious to us and I really hope it will bring you a beautiful smile. There is so much work behind it. Not everything will be obvious to you, hopefully, but one of the core element is the release of version 1 of interactive combat. We are really looking forward to your feedback and will add it to the other functionalities we are currently working on.

Oh, one more thing, maybe you want to consider playing combat horizontally, as in 2021 everything will be better this way 🙂

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