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Buster's Uncle

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  3. ...If anyone took initiative to run a contest HERE and leach our bandwidth raising activity HERE - delete the contest stuff with my enthusiastic blessing - we'd still get few people go up a level and look around, and that's where little newbs come from. ...
  4. Nik, I want to supplant the lovely Astrid as your luv slave, and have all your babies. You done a Man's Job, sir - and thanks loads for going the extra mile. -Happy latest-16th-birthday Friday.
  5. UPDATE: Contest If you wish to enter contest, submit your save with turn, in which you posses Transcendent Thought 1, linked below. [Edit - after player feedback, we ease the requirements for Contest] - It must be your first attempt in the game in order to be counted in standard competition. - Standings for Librarian and Transcendence difficulties will be held separately. You have to choose in which difficulty you want to participate for regular standings. If you play later the other difficulty, it can be only for Consolation Standings. - If you restart the scenario, because for example you lost the first attempt, even if changing difficulty, but still want to submit your game, you can enter consolation standings. - Achieved victory conditions are not objectives of this scenario. If you win by, for example Dimplomacy (get elected Supreme Leader) or conquer whole planet, then you need to play further until you obtain Transcendent Thought 1, and the turn you have it, would be your sav file submission. - Submissions after deadline are ranked in Consolation Standings. --- Nikolai, I guess there's no Front page anymore to promote this to, but just well link on Facebook w/ pic as traffic-drawing content. And if you edited the rules update into the OP, I would find it in my heart to forgive you...
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  7. That doesn't dig any deeper, 'cause you're all right, Roth - but the point stands, and I don't much care for people telling me I'm not being ganged up on and then dancing too close to taking the other side. You did better than most not dancing over. Internet people make me tired sometimes.
  8. Ooookay. I went away for 45 minutes or so to think after I saw that. I see I'm under attack for praising someone to the sky. -From two numbskulls who don't know why I left, and why I have zero tolerance for being ganged up on at WPC, a place I will never feel safe posting, since 6 February 2012 to the end of time. No big show, no all-caps, no swearing, just bitterness that this is what I get for trying. Enjoy your dead forum when the coma slips into death soon, and forget this thread.
  9. The link to the YitziPatch 3.5d, BTW - http://alphacentauri2.info/index.php?action=downloads;sa=view;down=352
  10. Totally serious. He's up to posting sounds-like-always. He's not working and potentially bored. Okay, he's got a better excuse than usual to get out of things if he wants while he's browsing lying on his side, but I expect on his better days, he could use the odd long-term project. He's not lazy. Are you serious? Never been around a long illness? Surely you have. The man's living with it. He said so.
  11. * * * Sinder Roze awoke to the beeping on her nightstand. Sitting up in bed, saw it was 5:36a.m. Putting the headset on, she slapped the earpiece to activate. "This better be good." "Pwned, Datajack." Katt's voice began, "You wanted to know immediately - Tinker Junction reports the radiometric telltales. The Gaians have initiated the Ascent To Transcendence." God; this, finally. "Where?" "Seems to triangulate on Gaia's Landing, Datajack. Recon tried a few system probes already, but they'd sewed up the interlocks and the firewalls look tight. They were ready for us." Roze pushed up her visor to rub her eyes, thinking. "Have they tried the reactor control systems? That's going to suck a lot of juice, to power the link with Planet, or at least at the last stage they --- crap; I can't think straight yet." "No vulnerabilities found yet. -It's my regular duty shift tonight if you need to get back to sleep, ma'am, and our people are on the job probing. Watching won't help. I'll ping you again if anything happens." Roze considered, still groggy, "Yeah." She'd only been offline two hours, and tomorrow would need her sharp, organizing the countermeasures and making arrangements with any allies she could get. "Look in Contingencies folder of Protocols and open the Louis Armstrong file and review, okay? Password forthelulz. "But first, Katt, screen Free Drone Central now, make sure Domai knows - and that I'll definitely be talking to him tomorrow. Logout." Roze put the headset down and flopped back onto the bed. 'The Group Mind,' she thought, looking up at nothing. 'All my life has been a war for freedom against groupthink and the human mob, dancing and scatting against something so vast and slow and oh, how it hates the independent mind, punishes style, and now that stupid, stupid Deirdre thinks she can suck us all into an alien plant making a Group Mind. Over my dead body, she will.' Mobs were vicious and stupid, to even call it mob psychology gave it too much credit for any thinking going on. The human herding instinct had been the bane of Roze's existence, social cues a self-contained girl hadn't caught, making it feel like everywhere she ever went there'd been a meeting held that she hadn't been invited to. Social rules and holoshows and fashions and turns of phrase and customs that didn't make sense and no one ever explained. She'd never been interested in any of that; she had her machines and her jazzy, elegant code. But an outsider noticed things insiders didn't - how on every systems analyst gig, every organization was full of people dressing alike, talking alike, telling her the same jokes, thinking alike, if you call that thought; how quickly and completely an outsider could become a pariah after a single quarrel with an incompetent IT worker or sysop. Mindless mobs and humans herding, everywhere. No original thought, no diversity in groupthink; no rhythm nor style, no jazz to it, just an empty white-noise hum. Group minds, bad enough how people graze together in a herd by instinct, not-thinking together in lockstep. Bad enough the natural way people always form group minds. And the Gaians thought it was a good idea to drive the human race extinct making the biggest group mind of all. A single life. One mind; one thought, a dull carrier hum the soundtrack of Hell Forever trapped in the alien Group Mind. 'No, just NO,' she closed her sleepy eyes to get some rest, 'Never. Domai will accompany my trumpet playing, and Deirdre, have I ever got some free blowing that will blow your group mind...' * * * Game of the Month April 2018 Fusion Power is NOW! [Requires Yitzi patch 3.5d] Bringing late game into spotlight. This time, we start two centuries after planetfall in Mission Year 2300. Installation - Unpack the zip file ("extract here" command or similar) to scenario folder, so that GOTM1804 folder is inside "Scenarios" folder. - Start SMAX patched with Yitzi 3.5d, use: Scenario > Play Scenario and navigate to GOTM1804 folder. - Choose the scenario, that you wish to play, there 2 difficulty settings: 1) Easier on Librarian difficulty: gotm18aprLIBRAR_2300.Sc 2) Harder on Transcend difficulty: gotm18aprTRANSC_2300.Sc - After you open in MY 2300, confirm that you are playing with game ruleset, that is designed for this scenario: Open F1 screen and make sure that the first Secret Project on the list, Ascent to Transcendence costs 3000. - Do not change folder name of GOTM1804 to any other, or change the structure of the folders/files inside after you start the scenario, and - Do not remove the folder GOTM1804 from scenarios after you started to play. That would screw up the game. Scenario Objectives Roze wants to prevent Transcendence. She can do it, among other means, by sabotaging the project of Ascending to Planetmind, but in order to do it, she has to gain knowledge on transcendence. Therefore, the objective of this scenario is: A) Research, probe or trade the Transcendent Thought 1 (the first generic technology after all tech tree is discovered) in smallest possible number of turns, and prevent any other faction from Transcendence (Completing Ascent to Transcendence Secret Project). B) Prevent any other faction from other three victory conditions, that are enabled too: Diplomatic, Conquest, Economic. Note: - You do not have to build Voice of Planet or Ascent to Transcendence, just prevent any other faction from this victory. - Blind research is ON. - Native Life is Abundant. - Data Angels just traded Fusion Power from Morganites. - Deirdre won Planetary Governorship in the first elections in 2181, against Santiago. In 2220 the second elections were held, also Deirdre and Santiago were nominated, but this time, Santiago received almost twice as many votes as Deirdre. Santiago is Planetary Governor still in 2300. - Deirdre and Santiago united their factions and are not friendly towards Roze. - Data Angels developed very well for the first several decades after arrival to Chiron, but then, till Mission Year 2300, Rose did not have very good advisers. Now it is your chance! Contest If you wish to enter contest, submit your save with turn, in which you posses Transcendent Thought 1, linked below. [Edit - after player feedback, we ease the requirements for Contest] - It must be your first attempt in the game in order to be counted in standard competition. - Standings for Librarian and Transcendence difficulties will be held separately. You have to choose in which difficulty you want to participate for regular standings. If you play later the other difficulty, it can be only for Consolation Standings. - If you restart the scenario, because for example you lost the first attempt, even if changing difficulty, but still want to submit your game, you can enter consolation standings. - Achieved victory conditions are not objectives of this scenario. If you win by, for example Dimplomacy (get elected Supreme Leader) or conquer whole planet, then you need to play further until you obtain Transcendent Thought 1, and the turn you have it, would be your sav file submission. - Submissions after deadline are ranked in Consolation Standings. Submission Deadline: June 30, 2018. Scenario .zip here: http://alphacentauri2.info/index.php?topic=20906.0 BU note: PLAY!. Mart's GOOD, and this will be GOOD. -Note that there's ALSO an easy/librarian version for newbs, oldtimers who feel rusty, and anyone wanting a relaxing game. I offer by-request computer art -especially badge, avatar or other forum-goody- as prize for winners in each category, BTW.
  12. BACK to citizen-soldier chipping in for the community -by far the most important part, who has buttons not mattering as long as nut-and-bolts janitor stuff gets done- I call on E_T, a the best citizen volunteer in the entire history of this forum who wasn't a SMACer to speak up about what he did in the glory days of cIV MP with organizing and recruiting. I nominate E_T as the chairman of the Doing What It Takes To Have On-Topic Fun Committee. He knows what to do and has proven it. Listen to E_T if he'll play ball, and follow his suggestions. Screw buncle; he has to deal with the elephants in the room and establish his bona fides as knowing what he's talking about, but talks about himself too much as a result, runs too long, and is not a regular for six years now and never will be again. WPC needs to save itself, and must. Talk about your knowledge of the members having the power in their own hands, E_T, if only they'll take initiative. Take point, and that little bit of leadership your RL circumstances permit... Please.
  13. Breaking personal Vegas blatantly to add that Solver and I are Skype-arguing right now, but he ADMITS that teh Roth is "suitable", great praise from the source while dragging heels...
  14. Maybe. Not sure I believe you. Look, Nik can attest that I know my [poop] and will really hang in there with coaching if you're willing to try at all. That sort of nuts-and-bolts is boring for public discussion -PMs- but do re-read the two paragraphs before I went literally Kirk on you, and do consider it. I'm talking modest effort - it's quiet here, Rob (and whomever else may hammer bots and cleans up) does the Janitor function superbly already, and if there's much call for actual people moderating here, I sure don't know about it, and that's unlikely to change significantly. I'd be after Rob a lot more to step up if I thought he'd be around more and there was any chance he'd commit, and Nik's got that sweet Astrid luv going, and you're the Postman; if you don't, who will? Just pledge to serve this community as First Speaker and play the rest by ear. I'm more than available for private advice, and will stop embarrassing you publically if you'll make that small commitment. Otherwise, nominate someone else better, because SOMEone must do it.
  15. 100s of thousands of literate pedants who love or would love TBS 4x gaming but just haven't found the online fan community yet are out there - and good news! It's not possible to reach them all. 100 of crazy me pulling together couldn't do it. The level of effort I deem possible to persuade the membership to assay would only be good for one or two NZCamels a year who'd take, but that immortal thing then, but still the quiet, low-drama operation y'all have become attached to. Otherwise, too many of you will have another kid or other RL complication like new job and/or death, and then WPC is an archive in five years or less. Roth, I nominate you as chairman of the Citizen Council of Those Who Care Enough, as the staffer most likely to be available when needed, and also not denying the lifecycle problem and being tempted by nostalgia for the glory days. Thing is, democracy is great, but I never walked back saying in the OP that forums can't function that way; staff has to, at minimum, hold veto and actually push the buttons to implement forum-arrangement actions and do page-top announcements and promote fun activity goodies and so on. It has to be Rob to move Other Games to the top of the root; admin function. Thing is, Roth, and get this: there's no one to stop you taking initiative. Why would anyone object? I bring a certain bossy-member attitude to the table, and a certain facility for the motivational essays, and that's not you, not Rob, absolutely not my l'il boy genius buddy Nik - but you could assume greater responsibly for the entire site. Be a little more forward with your opinions and trying to help and encourage other members. Persuade when you see something that needs to be done, or not done. Orders are for draftees, kids and management failure/emergencies otherwise. Screw TELLING anyone what to do. BE the Captain citizen-servant-coordinator of the Enterprise WPC, Mister Spock Rhotharil; FIND a reason to spare the Halkans ways to make WPC run better/healthier and make it stick! (We're talking about extra minutes a day, on average, y'know, making all the difference.) -Can I get a little "Captain Kirk Buncle; I shall consider it" action here? Just to rat out Solver on something - after I burned hours yesterday trying to track down my first-ever moderation of a human, yesterday, I told Solver the key posts of 8 November 2011 were missing from My and Beta's post histories -the Boreanez Incident- MUST be in the missing-since-migration Civ4 MP sub forum. Yo! That's where all the missing AC subs coming back from the dead yesterday afternoon came from. SOLVER GOT OFF HIS DEAD BUTT AND DID SOMETHING YESTERDAY, Y'ALL! -Nagging him to do same for said 4 MP -and also the two missing 5 subs I recall being the rest, because what the heck- I leave to others. -Can I get a little "Captain Kirk Buncle; I shall consider it" action here?