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The Blues Wed, 22 September 2021 04:29 Go to next message
Ludi Magister is currently offline Ludi Magister

 
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Ready for a new game?
At least Platon seems to be Wink As I said in my reply to his post, I owe a debt of gratitude to the hosts of the last games I've played in. (Shoutout to m9m and Victor Manuel!) So now I'll pay my dues and offer a game myself.

The Blues
(The name is completely arbitrary. Just happens to be the kind of music I like.)

Number of players:
I'd like to find room for everybody interested. However, extremely large games can get a little tedious. So I'll limit the game to eight players. If there are more people interested, I'll offer two parallel games with identical setup.

Universe size:
Determined by the number of players. I'm aiming for about 35 planets per player and will choose the universe size accordingly. So for a game of eight as mentioned above, I'd go for Medium, Normal.
The universe will not be remapped, stretched or fiddled with in any other way.

Game Settings:
All game settings will be left unmarked, with the exception of "Accelerated BBS Play".
Universe size will be determined as described above.
Player positions will be set to "Distant".

Turns:
Turns will generate at 20:00 GMT.
Daily gens until at least 2430. Slowing down to M-W-F as soon a player requests this after the given year. After 2480, if a player requests it, the pace will slow down to Monday - Thursday. The game will not slow down further unless all remaining players unanimously vote to do so.
Every player may request up to two turns to be dropped. After 2475, surviving players get an additional request.
If a player misses 3 turns in a row, the game will be put on hold. If no replacement for the player is found within 3 days, the player will be set to 'dead'.

Races:
CA - banned.
Factoryless HE - banned (i.e. factory settings must be 10/10/10 or better and population growth rate 10% or lower)
Joat may not take NAS.

Diplomacy:
Personally, I prefer 'no comms'-games, but since I won't be playing, I'll leave the decision to the players. Possible rules for diplomacy would be:
1) No comms. No communication with other players. All other races must be set to "Enemy" at all times. No alliances.
2) Everything goes. No rules at all regarding relationship with other players. No pre-game alliances though - I'd consider that cheating.
3) Something in between. This could be any kind of restriction (not more than X players in an alliance; alliances must be publicly announced; alliances are determined by chance - nearest neighbour; etc.)
Please indicate your choice by replying to this thread. Please do not flood this thread with suggestions for 3) - I will be opening a separate thread for that discussion in "The Bar" presently.

Conditions of victory:
PPS will be turned on no sooner than 2500 if a player owns more than 33% of all planets. All active players will then vote. The victor is declared if all active players vote for him.
(If Platon, the winner of "Once More", should not be winner of this game, the votes will be recounted and checked and audited until he is. I have a contract with the CyberNinjas.)

Cheats:
As before, I will gladly make use of the work magic9mushroom has put into a very comprehensive list of cheats and his extremely sensible stance on permitting or banning them. Please check his post for Once More: https://starsautohost.org/sahforum2/index.php?t=msg&th=5 646&start=0&rid=1927

Race files:
Please send an email with the race file to ludiUNDERSCOREmagisterATwebDOTde. Please do not put a password on the file.


Cheers,

Matt

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Re: The Blues Wed, 22 September 2021 12:04 Go to previous messageGo to next message
platon79 is currently offline platon79

 
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Count me in!
I would prefer option 1. no comms, all enemies.
Haha, I like your vote recounting idea 😀

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Re: The Blues Wed, 22 September 2021 12:15 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Count me in too. I would also prefer no comms/all enemies

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Re: The Blues Wed, 22 September 2021 13:49 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Ludi Magister is currently offline Ludi Magister

 
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platon79 wrote on Wed, 22 September 2021 12:04

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Haha, I like your vote recounting idea 😀

Thought you might. Wink

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Re: The Blues Wed, 22 September 2021 13:57 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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I think talking about the game is half the fun.

I'd go for
* All set to enemies, no alliances, but you can talk to anyone.

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Re: The Blues Wed, 22 September 2021 14:29 Go to previous messageGo to next message
torben is currently offline torben

 
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Count me in as well, all enemies is fine with me as well, makes things easier Very Happy

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Re: The Blues Wed, 22 September 2021 16:15 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Count me in too please. No comms, all enemies preferred.

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Re: The Blues Thu, 23 September 2021 03:18 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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I would like to play, If there is no communication at all...


2b v !2b -> ?

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Re: The Blues Thu, 23 September 2021 03:47 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Ludi Magister is currently offline Ludi Magister

 
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Roll up, roll up! Still room for more!

And the vote seems to be going for no comms...

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Re: The Blues Sat, 25 September 2021 05:15 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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I might be interested. Smile

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Re: The Blues Sat, 25 September 2021 09:56 Go to previous messageGo to next message
nmid

 
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I'm interested too.
No (private) comms, everyone set to enemy, but you can still send in game messages addressed to everyone Very Happy


[Updated on: Sat, 25 September 2021 10:19]

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Re: The Blues Sun, 26 September 2021 04:12 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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platon79
jools
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nmid

It seems we have the 8 players! Very Happy
I guess that means we can start sending you race files, based on the consensus of all enemies and no comm/limited com?

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Re: The Blues Sun, 26 September 2021 07:04 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Totally agree... Already submitted my racefile - will not win a creativity award, but hey...


2b v !2b -> ?

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Re: The Blues Sun, 26 September 2021 10:47 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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platon79 wrote on Sun, 26 September 2021 04:12

...

I guess that means we can start sending you race files, based on the consensus of all enemies and no comm/limited com?


Yup! 8 players, we're ready to roll.
All players must be set to enemy at all times. No communications between players except ingame messages addressed to all races.
(This last rule has not initially been explicitly ageed to by all players. If there is anybody who wants to restrict this to "no communications at all", speak up now!)
I have two race files. As soon as I have the other six , I'll set up the game.

If there are people out there who weren't fast enough and would like to play: I would host another game like this if enough players turn up. I guess that would be "Hard Bop". Wink

Cheers,

Matt

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Re: The Blues Mon, 27 September 2021 04:13 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Ludi Magister is currently offline Ludi Magister

 
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I have races from Platon, Robert and James. All conforming to the given rules.

Cheers,

Matt

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Re: The Blues Tue, 28 September 2021 11:59 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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For the record, I assume we're playing with 2.6j RC4?

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Re: The Blues Tue, 28 September 2021 16:21 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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One more question, could we go for only one gen during the weekend, I'm not sure if I can accomodate two gens on the weekend all the time. If this is not agreeable on all, I'll live with it Smile

Sorry for asking this late, guess I haven't read the announcement careful enough...

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Re: The Blues Thu, 30 September 2021 12:01 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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How many files are there now?... Smile
Torben, the first 30 turns will have mostly very fast turns anyway, so I guess you will manage to squeeze in a few minutes a day, and then we will have a slowdown. Smile

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Re: The Blues Fri, 01 October 2021 03:44 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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torben wrote on Tue, 28 September 2021 11:59
For the record, I assume we're playing with 2.6j RC4?

Correct.

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Re: The Blues Fri, 01 October 2021 03:49 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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torben wrote on Tue, 28 September 2021 16:21
One more question, could we go for only one gen during the weekend, I'm not sure if I can accomodate two gens on the weekend all the time. If this is not agreeable on all, I'll live with it Smile

Sorry for asking this late, guess I haven't read the announcement careful enough...


Hi Torben,

I've also had a request to speed the first turns up by going to a 24 hour schedule. But it's not my call, the players should decide. I'm setting up a poll. Majority decision. If there should be a tie, the schedule stays as announced.

Cheers,

Matt

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Re: The Blues Fri, 01 October 2021 03:55 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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I now have 5 races...

Matt

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Re: The Blues Sat, 02 October 2021 01:21 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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platon79 wrote on Thu, 30 September 2021 12:01
How many files are there now?... Smile
Torben, the first 30 turns will have mostly very fast turns anyway, so I guess you will manage to squeeze in a few minutes a day, and then we will have a slowdown. Smile


Yeah, that's true, just sometimes live cat get a bit chaotic with two kids at home, which is why I asked. Our weekends are quit full often. But hey, that's what makes life interesting. Guess the more relaxed turn scheme is also a psychological anti-stress-thinking Smile

The 24h gen variant isn't bad either though as it makes things more flexible, quite a few times that gave me two-turns-in-a-row basically ...

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torben wrote on Sat, 02 October 2021 07:21
platon79 wrote on Thu, 30 September 2021 12:01
How many files are there now?... Smile
Torben, the first 30 turns will have mostly very fast turns anyway, so I guess you will manage to squeeze in a few minutes a day, and then we will have a slowdown. Smile


Yeah, that's true, just sometimes live cat get a bit chaotic with two kids at home, which is why I asked. Our weekends are quit full often. But hey, that's what makes life interesting. Guess the more relaxed turn scheme is also a psychological anti-stress-thinking Smile

The 24h gen variant isn't bad either though as it makes things more flexible, quite a few times that gave me two-turns-in-a-row basically ...


What about a compromise: We agree on a 36h schedule for the first X turns. If we are all fast we get more than a turn a day and if someone is really busy he has some flexibility?
How many races are in by now?



2b v !2b -> ?

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Re: The Blues Sun, 03 October 2021 04:47 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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I'll poll for 6 days a week at start then, but possible faster turns when all turns are in. But later in the game I think strict scheduling is best. Not only will players always know when the next turn is, I think it is also better for the host, as he always have a fixed slot to check for hold requests etc.

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Should we set a deadline for .r files? It would be nice to know when the game can start.

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