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Tau Station Status Report: September 2017

Goodbye September 2017, and a warm welcome to October! The team is pushing hard towards getting Tau Station into shape for Closed Alpha. There is a lot of excitement that very soon a select group of Sci-Fi fans will have a first look at the game. Did you sign up for the newsletter? With some luck, you could be one of the fans invited to the Closed Alpha. See below what was achieved in September and what will be the next milestones for October.

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The Art of the Market

Peace is a natural effect of trade.

Charles de Montesquieu

Peace may not be the first word that comes to mind when walking through a market in the Tau Station universe.  From the raucous harmony of a vendor hawking his wares, to the acrid, metallic taste lingering in the air after a potential customer tests out a gun at the Hephaestus Weapon Tech booth, the Market place is always one of the most chaotic and vibrant areas on a station.

Recently we showed you a glimpse of what our very talented artists were creating in as far as space travel.  This week, we invite you to enjoy a small tour of some of the many interesting aspects of our market places.

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Cirque Centauri – The Greatest Show in the Galaxy!

Cirque Centauri, once a mecca of leisure, hospitality, and entertainment, is again open for business. Back in its Golden Era, the station was a luxury destination for travelers wishing to see death-defying acts, go on thrilling rides, bask in opulence, and sample delicacies from all over the star systems. At one time a thriving station with high-end hotels, galaxy-class restaurants, a spectacular circus, and the finest of recreational activities, Cirque Centauri was the gem of the system, with visitors traveling from far and wide to indulge in the station’s wonders and delights. Until it all came crashing down…

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Galactic Destinations: Welcome to the Mermaid

Space is big. You just won’t believe how vastly, hugely, mind-bogglingly big it is. I mean, you may think it’s a long way down the road to the chemist’s, but that’s just peanuts to space.
Douglas Adams

The universe of Tau Station is indeed a ‘mind-bogglingly big’ place. In an effort to make it a little less daunting, we’re launching a tour of some of the many places you may discover throughout your journeys in Tau Station. Read the first of our Galactic Destinations series below as you walk into an Inn on København known as the The Mermaid…

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Tau Station Status Report: August

Summer performed a miracle for the team. After some well-earned holidays, everyone is back full of motivation and even more dedicated to our Universe.

Tau Station feels stronger and more vibrant by the day.

Stay tuned and don’t forget to register for our newsletter if you want a chance to be one of the first travelers on Tau Station, we are just a few months away from Alpha.

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The CORETECHS

I shut my eyes in order to see.

Paul Gauguin

The eyes, it is said, are the windows into the soul. With a little tweaking, we have made this window something a little more functional from the other side as well. Enter the CORETECHS, a happy and successful marriage of form and function. Brought to you by Benevolent Dynamics, one of the corporations you will find within the Tau Station universe, the CORETECHS is a blend of in-game utility and immersive storytelling.

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On writing clean database code

In earlier articles we looked at the way we use “economic exchanges” to simplify complex code into a series of small understandable steps. We use similar ideas to build up business logic in our DBIx::Class model layer: combining multiple small predefined queries together to create more complex conditions for generating SQL queries against the database.

Read on below if you take the challenge to read “0011001010” language of our database experts who love to share knowledge with you again about clean code.

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Do Wrong, So Long: A Traveler’s Guide to Incarceration

There is a common understanding among all walks of conscious life: rules exist. Human-kind, through careful tailoring by social norms, have a set agreement about what those rules are and that agreement is put into a system of laws. The laws put boundaries on acceptable behavior. They protect and secure and sometimes oppress and restrict. But they exist and like everywhere else in the recognizable human experience, the breaking of those laws leads to detainment and incarceration. The universe of Tau Station is no different.

We are all that is left of humanity. Our laws matter.

Read on below about what we call “law and order” in our days, but what is a special experience in Tau Station. Try to avoid going to…the brig!

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Tau Station Status Report: July

July was a month filled with it a lot of progress.

The Tau Station teams are happy and working well together, taking us closer one day at a time closer to the Alpha that we so want to offer you. A few more months of work done at this pace, and we will be able to welcome our first players.

Yes, Alpha is getting closer every day, and we are exited to announce when it will happen very soon. Stay tuned and register for our newsletter for a  chance to be one of the first explorers on Tau Station.

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